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Archive for January 2007

I’m not going to buy it, but it is kind of neat

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There are a lot of wacky USB-powered devices on the market (here’s just a sampling). I don’t think that a coffee mug mouse is even in the running for weirdest, but it might be in the running for least practical.

As I said in the post title, I’m not going to buy one. I can’t imagine trying to get work done while also trying to NOT slosh the hot coffee all over my hand.

I think a wireless version would be slightly more practical. At least that way I wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting that there’s a cord attached to my coffee mug and spilling coffee all over myself, my desk, my keyboard, or all three.



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January 25, 2007 at 11:33 am

It’s Lego Steve Jobs!

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I found this picture while reading an article on MacUser and it made me laugh.


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January 24, 2007 at 12:45 pm

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Another gem from Overheard At Western

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As some of you are aware, the university at which I work has it’s own unofficial blog (“Overheard at Western“). The point of the blog is to post funny comments overheard on or around campus. The funny part is that Western is supposed to be home to some of the smartest undergrads in the country. As the blog shows, that is not always the case.

To illustrate, here’s a little something that I think both The Clam and The Big Seester will appreciate:

Two girls are talking about Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans:

Girl #1: That show is hilarious. I saw one where they asked Americans how they felt about Canada finally becoming a part of North America. Then they got them to fully congratulate Canada and stuff, on air!

Girl #2: Ugh, dumbass Americans. They’re all just so ignorant.

Girl #1: I know, like, what the hell?! Don’t they learn about North America in, like, grade 8 geography? I mean, hello, North America has TWO countries, people!!!

Girl #2: Yeah, seriously!

On days like these I’m glad that I work in a secure area that keeps most people (especially the stupid ones) locked out.

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January 23, 2007 at 11:33 am

I think we all know That Phone Guy

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Merlin Mann (of the excellent website 43folders has been putting out a series of short videos that are quite amusing. Titled “That Phone Guy“, they’re, well, Merlin pretending to be that obnoxious, oblivious clod who seems to have had his (or her) cellphone surgically attached.


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January 22, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Other long-standing feuds I’d like to see explored in a commercial a la “Hi, I’m a Mac.” … “And I’m a PC.”

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Some of these are funnier than others (courtesy of the folks at McSweeney’s):

“Hi, I’m Dad’s Root Beer.” “And I’m RC Cola.”

“Hi, I’m The Misfits.” “And I’m Glenn Danzig’s solo career.”

“Hi, I’m buying alcohol.” “And I’m paying rent.”

“Hi I’m Long Island.” “And I’m New Jersey.”

“Hi, I’m the internet.” “And I’m doing something productive with my free time.”

“Hi, I’m lactose intolerance.” “And I’m lactose tolerance.”

“Hi, I’m buying alcohol.” “And I’m paying off student loans.”

“Hi, I’m Woody Allen’s 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors.” “And I’m Woody Allen’s 2005 film Match Point.”

“Hi, I’m a Mac.” “And I’m a Golden Delicious.”

Feel free to add others

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January 22, 2007 at 1:11 pm

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Mr. Blackadder, sir, I have a cunning plan

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As I was trying to fall asleep last night, I had a BRILLIANT idea.

I know how The White House can sell the Iraq War to the American people. I’m telling you, this is guaranteed to work.

They just have to use the marketing people from Apple, Inc (they’re no longer calling themselves Apple Computer) and change the name of the country from Iraq to iRaq.

See, I’m brilliant, right?

Then they could hire John Hodgman and Justin Long and do a series of television ads extolling the virtues of the iRaq War – you know, how it’s so much better than the old, unhip wars, how it’s so much easier to use, so on and so forth.

Just imagine the possibilities …. (iRan? iNdonesia? iNdia?)

You could even use it at home. Want to get people to move away from densely-populated areas to sparsely-populated ones? How about iDaho?


I’m a genius.

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January 17, 2007 at 10:54 am

Good news from the Tigers camp

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According to this post at The Detroit Tigers Weblog the Tigers have signed new deals (and therefore avoided arbitration) with Nate Robertson, Fernando Rodney, Omar Infante, and Craig Monroe.

This is a good thing.

Nate Robertson is, I think, one of the better young pitchers in baseball and certainly a starter that I want to keep in Detroit. Rodney is a late reliever who can most definitely throw a monster fastball (not quite the monster that Joel Zumaya can throw, but he’s a good setup man for the closer). Infante is, I think, going to be one of the best utility men in all of baseball in a couple of years. I think the signing I’m most happy with is Craig Monroe. I was a little worried that they were going to let him go to make some room on the roster, so I’m glad he’s sticking around for at least another year. Like Infante, he’s another good utility player and he’s definitely one of the better clutch/situational hitters in the game.

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January 16, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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