Archive for June, 2007

Learning about the koopas and the goombas

Friday, June 29th, 2007

mario sex ed

It’s hard to tell if this sex education video is legit. Hilarious Mario voice over, weak Luigi. The ghosts are quite a good representation of sperm!

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Smar tea pot

Friday, June 29th, 2007

teapot

This thing looks great, until you read that it’s not for stovetop use.

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I can’t drive 55

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

They are all pretty obvious, but it pays (literally) to remember them if you like to speed.

1. Drive within 5-10 mph of surrounding traffic
2. Try to stay in the middle of the pack
3. Find a “rabbit”
4. Do not change lanes frequently, tailgate or otherwise drive aggressively
5. Avoid the fast lane
6. Watch for cutouts and modulate your speed accordingly
7. Don’t speed when you are the only car on the road
8. If it’s OK legally, get a radar detector
9. If possible, drive a nondescript vehicle
10. Be aware that appearances count

Re: #8, I remember hearing that red cars get the highest percentage of tickets. Snopes claims this is false, but their only proof is a study of merely 924 tickets in 2 counties in Florida in 1990 conducted by a newspaper reporter and it a 14% higher ticket rate for red cars. Conclusion: I now have less faith in Snopes.

Full text here.

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Gorillas in the garden

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

guerilla gardening

This Sunday I’ll be participating in Miami’s inaugural guerrilla gardening. This basically involves planting flowers and trees in run-down public areas. It’s not completely legal so I won’t say where our trial garden is. Somehow I went from being forced to garden for my father to volunteering to do it for neighborhoods I don’t live in. Another side effect of owning a pickup truck.

From the website it seems big in the UK. So far we are a pretty small group here in Miami and the only one in Florida.

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Dramatic prairie dog gets blog

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

dramatic prarie dog

If you haven’t seen this clip yet, click it now. Otherwise, check out this blog someone made for him (her?).

See also: globetrotter otter

(via the presurfer)

Stair storage

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

stair storage

At first I thought these were the bee’s knees. On second consideration, they probably wouldn’t be code compliant and would take up space from under the stairwell anyway. Still a clever idea though.

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The seven deadly sins of kid culture

Monday, June 25th, 2007

I was in Atlanta over the weekend and picked up a copy of their alternative weekly, Creative Loafing. Inside was an interesting article on something I haven’t thought much about as I don’t have any kids yet. Kids entertainment usually commits many of the following sins:

1) INSIPIDNESS
2) BRATTINESS
3) “PRINCESS-NESS”
4) STEREO-TYPING
5) VIOLENCE
6) VULGARITY
7) SLUTTINESS

It was a revelation to me that even innocuous, insipid shows on PBS Kids might not all be equal, particularly when I compared “Clifford the Big Red Dog” with “Dragon Tales.” At first I preferred “Clifford,” because I liked the books when I was young, and the late John Ritter voiced the pachyderm-size pooch. More shrill and saccharine is “Dragon Tales,” the maddeningly inane adventures of human kids in candy-color Dragonland, featuring guests such as Princess Kidoodle of the Doodle Fairies.

It slowly dawned on me, however, that a high proportion of the “Clifford” stories involved characters behaving foolishly and receiving correction, while “Dragon Tales” emphasized working together to overcome phobia or accomplish a goal. “Clifford” seems more interested in shame as a motivation, while “Dragon Tales” rewarded achievement. Sometimes banality has a purpose, so it’s back to Dragonland for us.

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The Red Auerbach collection

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Red Auerbach shoe

Nothing like honoring a legend with a gaudy shoe!

These limited-edition commemorative Arnold “Red” Auerbach Collection shoes honor the late Celtics patriarch for his contributions to social change and to the game of basketball. Adidas will produce only 938 pairs of shoes, one for every Auerbach win, for this special program recognizing one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. The shoe contains depictions of various Red Auerbach iconographies, including the Celtics logo, 938 wins, 16 championships, his retired #2 jersey and famous celebratory cigar. The sock liner has a parquet floor pattern to emulate the famous playing surface of the Boston Garden. It also includes famous quotes by Auerbach sublimated in kelly green. The shoe also recognizes Auerbach as a leader of social change. It includes embroidery of C50C, representing Auerbach’s drafting of the first African-American player in NBA history, Chuck Cooper, in 1950, B66R for Bill Russell becoming the NBA’s first African-American head coach in 1966, and 63-FIVE-64 representing the first all African-American starting five in league history during the 1963-64 season.

I imagine The Chief and the other legends will get their own numbers on the shoe.

Each pair of shoes is numbered through 938 starting with 00, the number Celtics Legend Robert Parish wore. Parish along with other Celtics Legends will receive their own commemorative shoes to honor the special relationships Coach Auerbach had with his players.

link (thx mr larry)

Useful USB

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Make a digital Swiss Army Knife.

Here’s a list of 55 of the most useful USB programs around.

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Sky Pilot, you can now reach the sky

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

skyscout

About the size of a camcorder, the SkyScout uses GPS technology to identify thousands of stars, planets and constellations. You simply find the object in the sky you want to learn more about in the viewfinder, click a button and it provides you with audio and text.

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I got the magic brick

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

brick

Henry Liu has invented a fabulous brick. This new building material is made of fly ash (a waste product of coal power plants), it’s as strong and safe as a regular brick, costs 20% less to make and may improve air quality.

It has earned him the Popular Science 2007 Invention Award

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Keep your bastard kids in line

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

PayJr

I can’t decide if this is an overall good or bad thing. Since plenty of college kids get fucked by credit card companies, parents might as well give them some experience before they are out of the house.

The PAYjr Prepaid MasterCard card is a re-loadable prepaid card designed just for teens. This prepaid card gives teens flexibility and spending independence, in addition to teaching them personal financial management. Money earned through the completion of chores, recurring allowances, even gifts can be loaded onto the card electronically. The PAYjr system also provides SMS text messaging or email notifications to keep parents and teens aware of card activity, including balances and loads to the card.

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Canstruction

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

canstruction

My grocer really needs to start putting in a little more effort.

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Chicken chasers

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

chicken buster

With all the chickens I see around town, I figured Miami didn’t have a solution to it’s poultry problem. I knew Key West was dealing with this same problem. However, Miami is indeed on the issue and it’s answer is called ‘Chicken Busters’.

The three-man team is an offshoot of Miami’s Code Enforcement Department. Formed in April 2003, the Chicken Busters go out about twice a month to rid city streets of stray roosters, hens and chicks.

So far, they’ve taken about 8,000 birds off the street. The birds are sold to farms in South Miami-Dade, and the money — $15,000 to date, including donations — goes to city charities.

It’s illegal to keep chickens in Miami and residential neighborhoods in most municipalities. Still, some people keep them for religious traditions. A lot of the time, the fowl are simply homeless.

Here’s an amusing slideshow. The ‘busters’ look a little slow. What they need is a few of the Hmong ladies that used to buy chickens from my parent’s farm. They’d grab the biggest and meanest roosters by the feet and stuff them into a feed bag in a split second.

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Classing up the table-in-a-bag

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

table in a bag

A table-in-a-bag worthy of having a decent bottle of wine sit atop it.

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