Saturday, December 31, 2016

I Honestly Don't Know How to Feel About This

via Blogless Brother Roy, a commercial for Harvey's Supermarket (no relation):


[Harveys Supermarket: Low and Staying Low] (Viewer #1,600)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

I just watched this "A Charlie Brown Christmas" again, and I still like it.

Apparently I'm lucky it even exists.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dave Chapelle's Audition

I'm posting this because I can really relate to the last joke, as I had a similar issue while living in Madison.


[Star Search - David Chappell's (1st)] (Viewer #448,806)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wheelchair Dancing - A Form Comes of Age

Dancing is all about grace and beauty of line and motion.

Needing a wheelchair is now no longer an impediment to this:


[A Chair Fit for Dancing] (Viewer #3,205)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How to Keep Little Cords From Tangling


[The best way to stop headphone tangles ] (Viewer #310,296)

I already use this on little cords. For anything over about 10 feet, I like the Roadie Wrap

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I'm Used to Seeing Visuals Like This, Just Not Without Them Being CGI

I can't imagine how much time was spent just sitting around waiting for animals to do something cool. Having owned a cat, I'd say animals do maybe 10 seconds of exciting per day. I can't imagine the macro levels of boredom attained by these film crews.

Fortunately, there's no cutting-room-floor shots in this video


[Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer - BBC Earth] (Viewer #3,587,278)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

12 Phrases That Will Make You More Confident

Via Inc.

The more you use these, the better you'll feel.

1. I wouldn't worry about it

2. Go for it.

3. Doing it this way works for me.

4. I understand where you're coming from.

5. Why not me?

6. Anything is possible.

7. I need to say something.

8. I made a mistake.

9. Tell me more.

10. Can you help me?

11. What can I do to help?

12. I'll find an answer.

and - not included on this list - my key to getting issues resolved:

"Who do I need to talk to to solve this problem?"

Lovely phrase. Cuts through stiffnecked bureaucracy like a soldering iron through butter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bury the Lead

In an article about the likely new UN Secretary General, CNN waited until paragraph 11 to mention that he was a socialist.

Maybe should have opened with "Socialist Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres".

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How to Coil An Extension Cord

Overworked & Underpaid:


[Roadie Wrap] (Viewer #362,558)

See Also

Saturday, September 24, 2016

More People Should Do This With Bagpipes

If you get tired of the prelims, skip to 1:04 when she actually starts playing, then hold onto your hat:


[Bagpipe swing with Gunhild Carling in Central Park NY] (Viewer #111,009)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I Didn't Know You Could Put This Rule Into Words

Via Mental Floss

The Odd Grammar Rule Most English Speakers Know But Are Rarely Taught

I never gave it a second thought before, but I follow this rule all the time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Divisible by 2 and 5, and That's About It

It's my birthday today.

In case you're looking for a place to say something about that, you can use the comments to this post.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pick Your Top 6

Via Mental Floss

The 98-Year-Old Productivity Method You Should Still Use Today

In short:
1. At the end of each work day, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.

2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.

3. When you arrive at work tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.

4. Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.

5. Repeat this process every working day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Weird... There's a Horse Driving My Driverless Car

Via XKCD



[Alt Text: This car has 240% of a horse's decision-making ability and produces only 30% as much poop.]

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

If I Had More Clothes, I'd Definitely Try This

Via Mental Floss

One Handy Trick for Decluttering Your Closet

Short version: hang all the hangers backward, then after you use an item, hang the hanger forward. After a year, dump all the items that are still backward.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The 80's Were Hard

Some of you younger folks don't remember this, but there were once laws requiring all Americans to spontaneously break into dance no less than three times daily. Many documentaries of the period capture the onerous nature of this burdensome statute:


[Dancing On The Ceiling - Dancing In 80's Movies Tribute] (Viewer #7,622)

[List of movies appears in this YouTube comment]

Saturday, August 6, 2016

It's How I Got This Post Written!

Via Mental Floss:

The Perfect Two-Part Recipe for Getting Stuff Done

"Turn a chore into a choice and then ask yourself why."

Also from Mental Floss:

Want to Motivate Yourself to Change? Ask Yourself, "Will I?"

"if you ask yourself "Will I choose to stay off Facebook all day?" you may find yourself considering how, exactly, you might accomplish that."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Looks Useful

Via Neatorama:



I've got a 50th birthday coming up soonish. Wonder if I'll be on the receiving end of something like this?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I Thought She Looked Familiar

Watching "You've Got Mail" the other day, I couldn't help noticing that Meg Ryan has the same smile as Jack Nicholson's Joker:

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This Is Why I Stay Indoors

Via Rubes



Don't know why this amused me so. Possibly because I've been getting WAY more sun than I intended in the last few weeks.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How to Remove Gum From Clothing


[Stain Secrets #2: How to Remove Gum | Consumer Reports] (Viewer #5,132)

From personal experience, peanut butter works pretty good, too, but you really have to work it in to get the gum to dissolve. And remove as much by hand as you can, first

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nah, I'm Good. Phone Doubles As a Hot Spot

Via Neatorama



By the way, that's not me in the comic, it's just a coincidence. Although the resemblance is uncanny.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Not Sure How I Feel About This

It's definitely a marker for the end of the world, but I'm not sure if it's the Apocalypse or the Rapture

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hamburger Puns

[via Neatorama]

Don't know why this amuses me so, but it does.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Clever Use of Magnets and Sponges

I've had hard-to-clean bottles before. Not sure whether you'll get any scrubbing from this process. Most likely just wiping:


[Clean Odd Shaped Glass Using Magnets] (Viewer #645,020)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Birthday: Boringly Common

Also the commonest birth month.

Check to see how common your birthday is on this chart.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Didn't Know They Were Actually Practical

From "How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night?"

Café doors were actually practical for many reasons. They allowed ventilation in a small enclosure that was filled with folks smoking cigars and home-rolled cigarettes. The bidirectional hinges were handy for cowboys who both entered and exited carrying heavy saddlebags (unlike automobiles, horses don't come equipped with locking storage containers in the rear, and there was always the danger of some low-down sidewinder stealing from you while you were inside getting your drink on). And those abbreviated doors shielded the church-going "proper" passersby from having to view the liquor, gambling, and spitting (spittoons were as common then as ashtrays would be later) going on inside.
I used to have a set in my basement, installed by the previous owners. None of the above conditions applied, and I removed them with extreme prejudice because they were completely pointless.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Can't Stop Clicking

As time-wasters go, it's not as good as the program it's spoiling the ending of, but it's still amusing up to a point.

via Mental Floss:
Visit Click and Win! and do just that: click any point on the screen and "win" — a.k.a. simulate the falling card ending of the classic Solitaire game.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finally! Homemade Clear Ice!

You can probably drop out around the 2 minute mark, since watching ice get cut and watching paint dry have about the same entertainment value.


[Cocktail Chemistry - Clear Ice] (Viewer #740,605)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

This Is Good to Know, and It's Almost Impossible to Google Reliable Information About Health, Nutrition, or Exercise

Via Mental Floss

How Long Does It Actually Take to Get Out of Shape?

Short answer: "While general strength doesn’t change much in that period, specialized, sport-specific muscle fibers start to change in as little as two weeks without a workout"

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Possibly the Most Useless Invention Ever

Laser Projection Mouse



Replaces your compact, wireless mouse with a mouse-sized device that projects a larger-than-a-mouse, space-hogging touchpad. Also requires a cord to be plugged into your device.

Not sure what the advantage is.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Seriously, Stick With Number 10 (Unless You Want to Lose a Friend)

Via Mental Floss

10 Tips for Lending (or Borrowing) Money

Personally, I always ask for collateral that's more valuable to the other person than the amount of the loan. Wedding rings and driver's licenses work pretty good. But I guess the other tips on the list might work, too.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Word Wish List

I want one word for "reading over someone's shoulder"

My wife wants one word for the comforting notion "you are not alone"

Saturday, February 20, 2016

6 Steps to Take When You Start a New Job

via Mental Floss, where this list has explanations:

1. MAKE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE WHO'S WELL-ESTABLISHED.

2. TALK.

3. ASK LOTS AND LOTS OF QUESTIONS.

4. WORK ON FORMING NEW HABITS.

5. REACH OUT TO OLD BOSSES AND COWORKERS.

6. KNOW THAT YOU MIGHT NOT BE OVER-THE-MOON-AND THAT'S OK.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

10 Tips For Getting Happier in 60 Seconds (Or Less)

Full explanations at Mental Floss. I just want the headlines for my own reference

1. MAKE YOUR BED

2. SMELL THE ROSES—OR SOMETHING ELSE NICE.

3. FOLLOW THE "ONE-MINUTE RULE."

4. SET AN ALARM—AND NOT JUST FOR WAKING UP.

5. DON'T LIKE A BOOK? STOP READING IT.

6. TAKE ONE THING WITH YOU.

7. LISTEN TO AN UPBEAT SONG.

8. JUMP UP AND DOWN.

9. KISS SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

10. MAKE SOME "BRIGHT-LINE RULES."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sorry for the Delay in Responding

Over the years, there have been numerous time where I didn't respond to a simple message for an embarrassingly long time. Also, over the years, I stopped trying to concoct plausible-sounding excuses for why I didn't respond. Now I just open with the title of the post, and move straight onto the answering. It's not like anyone ever remembers or really cares about my reason anyway. They just want an answer.

Anyway, sorry for the delay in getting to the point of this post. Which is a link to this Dinosaur Comic which offers some thoughts on just this topic:

Sorry I Didn't Reply to Your Text for Like Three Days: A Web Card

Wednesday, January 13, 2016