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When will they have an "Attractiveness" function?

You might already be aware that CBS photoshopped 20 pounds off of a picture of Katie Couric for use in one of it's internal publications. (Thanks, My So-Called Penis!)

As it happens, you don't need to own photoshop (or even a computer) to do the same thing to your own photos. HP now offers a "slimming" option on their cameras. I thought this was a joke based on current events, but it is really on HP's site.

Any ideas on other things HP can add to their cameras to enhance photos?

bumper crop

tv stripe

horse shit cigarettes (click for more)

the wine is waving

all out of face

(Found via TFD
LJ Feed

more water

pretending to be french

Everything is just classier en francais

trois chapeaux

nice shot

(Found at TFD LJ image feed.)


(Found via TFD LJ image feed.)


See more neat stuff at an electronic address

(Found via TFD LJ Image Feed.)


UPDATE: This picture was featured for about 40 minutes as a Front Page Post on Metafilter (before being deleted by the mods for being political.) Thanks, Hanan, for that effort. Between that and the link you put up on grow-a-brain, well over 400 people dropped by today. I haven't seen that kind of traffic in a long while.

I was just surfing flickr and came across that photo manipulation and thought it was well done enough to share here. Scary, but well done.


La Sagrada Familia

Explore La Sagrada Familia.


See more German 1980's VHS tape covers. I know that most b-movies from the 80's had really crappy covers, but these take it to another level that I don't recall seeing here in the US.


See the whole series of these at a harder world. Some images/language on that site are NOT SAFE FOR WORK. And the one with the penis? Well, if you want to see the rest, you will just have to deal with it.

(Found at TFD LJ Image Feed.)

We Salute You, Mr. Hair Gel Over Geller

If you're looking for the Bud Light "Real Men of Genius" or "Real American Hero" radio spots, this is the place.

(Found at digg.)

yee haw!

hot rod shopping cart bristol

The best NASCAR cup race of the season is Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway (TNT - 7:30pm Eastern Time.) Food City, one of the track's sponsors, has built a huge motorized shopping cart that runs around the track before the race.

Redneck ingenuity at it's finest!

it's like a calculator that doesn't need batteries!

handy adder

If you are old enough and used to go grocery shopping with your mom (or were the mom) you might remember seeing a thing like the Handy Adder.

Read about this item and other things you can buy at an online five and dime over at cool tools.

I though this was clever

I was looking through the latest AAA "Westways" magazine and came across a little ad for "OneDerWear."

OneDerWear is an ultra-light disposable underwear created for traveling. Designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience, OneDerWear disposable underwear is 100% cotton and ideally packaged for maximum space efficiency. Each package contains five compact pairs of individually wrapped disposable underwear that can fit in the palm of your hand. With OneDerWear, you simply wear and toss! By the end of your trip, you'll be surprised to find plenty of luggage space for gifts and souvenirs.


They also sell disposable socks and "Planesheets," which are full seat covers for use on an airplane.

I am not strong enough to do this

On detaching oneself from cable television's teat.

It's the future!

The site said that if I was going I should display this badge on my site. I am attending, so here's the badge. Click on it to get more information.

The Future of Web Apps Summit

I am getting back into the web application business, and figured why not listen to the ones making the money.

Quality Television

We are almost through devouring the first season DVD set of House, MD. The second season is being released this week and the third will premiere on September 5th. We really haven't watched much network tv for the last few years, so to find a show we like so much is great.

It is one of those shows where you pause and go back and look at a detail. Some are very subtle, like when you see his apartment number is 221B or when the jazz musician patient is played by Harry Lennix (Commander Locke from the Matrix movies) and in a 1/2 second pan over his albums one is called "Mindtrikz" and has a matrix looking cover. My favorite little moment was when you see his DVR list and it shows that he has recorded a Monster Truck Jam, Spongebob and Black Adder!

There is also a Columbo-type thing happening where he has to catch people's lies so he can cure them. The writing is very tight, every detail is put in to foreshadow the eventual correct diagnosis. Another running theme is tying what is happening to patients in the clinic to that week's mystery case. I can go on and on. It's a good solid entertaining program.

All of this was prompted by reading a cool post on Metafilter highlighting the similarities between House and Sherlock Holmes.

Damn shame that this is necessary

More aviation safety posters.

(Found at plep.)

Snakes on a Cake, redux

Snakes on a cake!

This morning, I saw the Snakes on a Cake picture I posted last month on Defamer, well on it's way to become a full blown meme. I am elated. It's lineage is pure (sciatica->grow-a-brain->slashfood->defamer->???) and I know that I can take credit for it. Veteran readers of this site (all six of you!) know that this is a huge bug up my butt, so to see the system work is awesome.

What makes this more special is that I found this pic via the Toothpaste For Dinner Live Journal Image Feed. To give you some background on Live Journal, pretty much every picture posted by a member makes it to the feed and there are a lot of members posting pictures constantly. This means that a new picture is on the feed for no more than a minute or two, then is only found if you stumble upon the page. It is extremely ephemeral. That is it's ultimate charm. Well, that and girls taking half naked pictures of themselves in the bathroom mirror.

What was I talking about?

Oh, yeah, the cake picture. LJ users also have the option to make their posts private or public - but if you catch a pic from the feed, you can usually see the page before it goes private ("Friends Only"). That is what I was able to do with the cake picture.

What this means is that I happened on the "golden moment" seconds after the picture was posted by the original user. I believe this also means that anyone else who posts that pic on their site/blog/whatever without attribution to one of the sites above had to have either:

1- had the same luck I had and was reading the feed at the same minute I was
2- has a program that saves an archive of the feed so they can look at it later
3- knows the person who posted the pic in the first place
4- took it from one of the sites listed above and pretended they found it themselves
5- it was on snakesonablog and i somehow missed it.

A google search has already found several sites that either had good luck (1-3) or are just thieving sacks of shit (4).

To sum up - Snakes on a Cake is fucking cool and so is Hanan over at grow a brain for linking to it here. And special thanks to Drew at TFD for putting up the feed.

He's a giver

CALL us cynical, but is Tom Cruise really as heroic as his handlers like to claim?

The wacky superstar and fiancée Katie Holmes were widely reported to have pulled over when they saw an accident on L.A.'s 101 freeway last Saturday, and waited with motorist Jon Henningsen and his wife until police arrived at the scene.

But that was hardly the first time that Cruise has supposedly come to the rescue of some lucky civilian

Read the amazing list of Tom Cruise's Rescues.

(Found at defamer.)

They took my truck and my best smell hound, too!

At 10:20am, August 17, 2006, KZLA's format was changed to Top 40/Adult Contemporary music. The last song played on KZLA was Keith Urban 'Tonight, I wanna cry', followed by Black Eyed Peas' 'Let's get it started'. The station is now known as Movin' 93.9, and morning drive will be anchored by radio legend Rick Dees.

(from wikipedia, it's amazing how fast they updated. I am impressed.)

Imagine my shock when I punched up 93.9 at lunch and got Madonna singing "Like a Prayer" and heard the "movin' 93.9 with Rick Dees" promo. This totally sucks. I thought it was a joke, but I guess the wikipedia can be taken as confirmation. As of this writing, the kzla website is still saying they are "The most listened to Country station," and have several concerts they are sponsoring, including the annual "Country Bash."

The only country station left here is 95.1 (kfrog) and they are out in the Inland Empire, don't always come in clearly and play a lot of the flag waving jingoistic country I don't like so much. A sad end to one of the largest Country music stations in the US.

Update: found a great writeup on the switch over at Franklin Avenue.



Dear John Ramsey,

Sorry about thinking you brutally murdered your kid. Well, at least about thinking you directly murdered your kid. You still sexed her up so much that the kind of perv that usually has to go to Thailand to sate his desires decided to get some at home.

(Image from a madtv hollywood squares sketch at youtube.)

coloured smoke

Looking Good

Diminished Responsibility has undergone a redesign and it looks really good. The graphic at the top is appropriately freaky. I also noticed that Puppet made this cool little sciatica blog badge - sciatica blog badge by Puppet


It might sound totally crazy, but here is how to get what you want. Seriously, this is not a gag. Try it, you'll like it.

Survey says...

Question: Name something you'd buy for more than a thousand dollars.
#1 Answer: House
Worst Answer: Pleasure equipment
Louie Anderson's Response: I'm afraid to ask what that means.


(Found at Grow a Brain.)

The best part of watching the Feud is seeing one of these brain farts happen. They are cringe inducing at times, but the other family members will still clap, say "Good Answer" and look expectantly at the board.

A very exhaustive writeup of Family Feud is available at wikipedia, including this link to recordings of some of the dumbest answers given on the show.

I guess the sequel to "My Pet Goat" hasn't been released yet

Bush reads Camus's 'The Stranger' on ranch vacation

I find it impossible to consider that he could even begin to comprehend what that book was about. It just boggles the mind.

And don't get me started on the whole "Killing an Arab" thing.

I don't understand why this is necessary

Rent a Wheel - Rent to own automobile wheels.

I wonder how many roaches were in the ashtray?

I kid. Giving away a 1971 Corvette Stingray could not have been easy. I think that means more than just writing a check for 60 grand for the hurricane victims.

McConaughey Car Sold for Katrina Relief.

Dead Again would have been even better with these

Nine-Bladed Shredding Scissors

A very fine film

A photo album of headshots of all the kids from Battle Royale.

Today was a good day


Me: Doctor, I have a pain in my back when I do this (shows PT exercises).
Doctor: Then don't do that.
Physical Therapist: See you in a month.
Me: Yay!


Got to see Kurt Vonnegut interviewed in Second Life. Ok, I was only able to see the video feed but my wife got to attend in person and took some screenshots for me. Additional coverage is at the Infinite Mind site and a review by Osprey Therian, who attended tonight. The video should be posted to the Infinite Mind site in a few days.


Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

An entire album in live youtube videos. These guys are awesome and make beautiful powerful music. If you are unfamiliar with them, you might have heard them on the Friday Night Lights soundtrack.


Seeing the License Plate Map in this month's Automobile magazine.


There is no number 5. I was done at 4. Don't you think 4 good things in one day is plenty?


Just kidding, there is a fifth thing.

You can download an entire Explosions in the Sky album that hasn't been released to the stores on their official site. Get it now by going to their albums page and clicking "The Rescue" to hear it. It sounds gooooooooooooood. Really goooooooooooooooood.


(Disclaimer: I am on muscle relaxers due to the pain in the evenings. This and future posts may reflect that.)

Get your hick on

I was sad when they cancelled "The Mullets" television show, but thanks to youtube, I can watch "The Other Side of the Tracks." It's a reality show about white trash. Not famous trash like Britney, Hulk Hogan, Gene Simmons or the Gottis, just average ordinary hayseed-americans in their native habitat.

With hundred of thousands of views already, this series of clips from the "show" has a big following.

Your great grandmother should know

Vinyl is stealing - can't remember where I took this from

Twenty mp3s of Great Songs from 1901-1920

(Found at IF THEN ELSE.)

Who wouldn't want $100?

To celebrate reaching 5 million hits to grow-a-brain (congrats), hanan is offering $100 to a random commentator (of 500) who posts a "hello" here. As of this morning, there are still 90 slots left - go and say hello and possibly win some cash.

I guess it's a badge of honor

These single folks were all rejected by e-harmony.

I was inspired to do that search based an entry over at brian kane online, where he tells us that if you are a single woman looking for a man, you might do well to "Settle for Brian."

I wonder if he is waiting for the museum to open?


(Found at brian kane online.)

Speaking of hyperactive nutters...

Like most natural history museums, this one has exhibits showing dinosaurs roaming the earth. Except here, the giant reptiles share the forest with Adam and Eve.

I cannot believe this is real, but looks like it is. I have already read one Christian (who seems otherwise pretty on the ball) post his joy at this insanity.

$25 million Creationism Museum being built in Kentucky.

(Found at digg - general sciences.)

I agree whole heartedly

No, the source of my discomfort, the demons of my daytime hours, are babies and small children.

Not all of them, of course. Just those shouting, vomiting, urinating, defecating little monsters under the age of six, who, whenever I travel by plane, always sit next to me. Not a few rows away, but within dribbling distance.

Over many years, I have observed a strong inverse correlation between their standards of civility and proximity to my seat. I never draw the quiet, well mannered kids with colouring books and teddies. No sir, they are located right at the other end of the cabin.

I attract the hyperactive nutters, the very worst examples of Attention Deficit Syndrome, the kind of children who are responsible for the exodus of stressed-out teachers from our infant school system.

Read more of How I yearn for an adults-only airline

(Found at digg - offbeat news.)

I would like one of these

Get your own home office kit.

More about attribution

The Internet is becoming a cesspool of plagiarism.

Steve McKee, a partner at Albuquerque advertising agency McKee Wallwork Cleveland, found that out in June after he wrote his monthly column for BusinessWeek.com.

The column, entitled "Five Words Never to Use in an Ad," was one of his more popular pieces. A search revealed that 36 blogs had picked it up and posted it to their sites, something that is usually considered to be fair use in the blogosphere. However, to McKee's annoyance, 13 of those took credit for writing it as their original prose.

"They're like cockroaches," McKee says. "Ideas are our assets, and it's frustrating when people take them from you without shame."

From Authorship gets lost on Web.

(Found at digg - offbeat news.)

I think this is a real site and not a joke

Golf Cart Girls (warning: brief golf ball sound effect when loading page.)

I guess they couldn't call the site "Blow Jobs on the Back Nine."

(Found at WoW Forums. Yes, I caved and am now playing World of Warcraft.)

Notice that I even attributed something I found on a forum. It's not that hard to do.

I finally decided to remove the most offending site that blatantly steals links that I mentioned here. I am now clean. Actually, it was an easy move, as I had already "presurfed" a majority of the links myself from other sources, so I am not missing much.

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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