Longbow

That was close.

Shoot your Longbow…to maim badly.

Giving the Finger – Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew” (or “pluck yew”).

Editor’s Note: You shouldn’t believe everything you read on the web.

Intrsieteng Fcat

Kdenlal, I frat in yuor geanerl dicroetin.The paomnnehil pweor of the hmuan mnid.

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Now You Can Burninate!

And Trogdor smote the Kerrek, and all was laid to burnination.

I’m sure that this has been out there a while, but I stumbled across this simple game just this weekend and Cara and I have been semi-addicted ever since.

If you missed the reference, the history of Trogdor can be found in a previous musing.

In the spirit of the Atari console games we were raised on, I submit Trogdor the game. Don’t get sworded, and enjoy!

Fishin’

Proud to run Linux, but now running OS XLittle Tim was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, “Whatcha doing, Tim?”

“My goldfish died,” replied the boy tearfully, without looking up. “And I’ve just buried him.”

The neighbor was concerned. “That’s an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?”

Tim patted down the last heap of earth then replied, “That’s because he’s inside your cat.”


A quick chuckle, now try to make your fish bigger than all the rest by eating everything smaller than you.

Post your scores in the comments below.

Review: Lake House

Avoid, avoid, avoid!Getting out of New York on a summer weekend can be quite a task. There’s the traffic, the traffic, and then once the traffic clears you get stuck behind bad drivers thinking 66 in the fast lane is plenty. Enter books on tape. The perfect solution to the traffic holding the audience captive. Good in concept, but The Lake House, by James Patterson, is horrible in practice.

We struggled not to turn it off, it’s that bad. The book is filled with pseudo product placements and references to pop culture that stick out and make you wonder if they were added for comedic value. Nary a glass of wine is sipped without a ‘Turning Leaf Chardonnay’ being mentioned. Character building is attempted by mentioning how much Maxine liked the movie, Shallow Hal, and her favorite actor, Gwenyth Paltrow. Names and brands are dropped like Patterson sold the spots for a thousand dollars a pop…is this a new business model?
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They Know Their Pong

All your base are belong to us...

Check out this ping pong match. If nothing else, it’s an impressive form of an emerging performance art: Real-time 3-d emulation en vivo.

This link requires audio and video playback for best enjoyment.

Thanks go to Dr. David Fenard for passing this along.

US Online Driver’s Licence Database

Look up your DL and the picture of you is there and everything! ScarySo, I just had an email forwarded to me that casually mentions that you can look up people’s driver’s licence on-line with picture and everything! Jesus!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want this information out there available for anyone to see, so help me let people know what’s going on so we can get a petition started to shut this site down.

For now, jump on here as quickly as you can, look up your own driver’s licence and when it comes up click the ‘Please remove me from this database’ button on the bottom right.

Driver’s Licence Database

Net Riddler

???I’ve always liked riddles, and this looks like a promising game. To get to the next page, you must enter the answer to each riddle. Some kind of prize occurs at the end…I think collectively we could get it.

Net Riddler Site

Below are the answers as I get them or people help me. They are hidden in a white font, so highlight the text area with your mouse to see the answers.
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Harvard Class Day 2003

Four of you, and I'm not at liberty to say which four, will go on to magnificent careers in the porno industry.
Socal boy Will Ferrell gave the Class Day speech at Harvard this year. The whole Class Day event was webcast, but the first hour and 27 minutes are worthless.

1 hour 27 minutes – The two guys to introduce him are so not funny they are worth watching.

1 hour 30 minutes – Will comes on and is classic for about 24 minutes…after which close it quickly to save yourself from having to listen to Harvard students trying to be funny….fortunately Will is still on stage so watch “Frank” drink a beer.

There is also a transcript available if you don’t have sound and video…and here’s a link to Apple so you can get a new computer.

Finding Nemo

[Marlin] Look! A blue whale! He's going to eat us! [Dory] No, don't worry. Blue whales only eat krill... oh, look; krill... [both when blue whale comes quickly toward them] Waaaaaaa!

You can’t help but expect something funny when Pixar Studios produces a movie featuring what looks like a clown fish and has Disney market it. Not only has Pixar done a fantastic job of making the movie move through the action of searching for Nemo, but they have also managed to assign a lot of very human attributes to fish and successfully depict some easily recognizable human social situations (using a crosswalk, meeting the dude from california and farting on a first date).

More information on the movie here…

In anticipation of the movie, I would say that there are two things to celebrate this Saturday:

1. Finding Nemo officially released
2. All of the people buried in CFA studies throughout the spring will have taken their exam and they can now come our with their friends and grab a drink!

Enjoy your weekend everybody!