Friday, December 19, 2008

There’s nothing that says “I love you” to a woman like a diamond. Nope, not even the words “I love you.”

Monday, December 15, 2008

Burger King travels over 20,000 miles to find people who have never heard of the WHOPPER and perform the world’s purest taste test.

If there is such a thing as a Whopper Virgin, then I am probably a Whopper Crack Whore, because all of my life I have preferred the Whopper over the Big Mac. This is skewed because McDonnald’s was not widely available in Puerto Rico until I was in college, so until I was 19 or so the Puerto Rican burger market was ruled by Burger King and Wendy’s.

Even funnier is that I lived my last three years of college in an apartment building that had a BK on the ground floor, and the exhaust from the kitchen blew into our courtyard. After a week living there, the last thing you want to do is eat a burger. I did not eat there for probably my last two years living in that building.

Along the same lines, in the Army we had BK’s on base, but no McDonnald’s. The Army and Air Force use a consolidated PX, so in Germany both Army and Air Force bases had BK and no McDonnalds. If you wanted McDonnalds you had to go out of the base.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

airtraffic (via wiredautopia)

Every airline flight over a 24-hour period, compressed into 72 seconds.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Blackbird SR-71 EDF by Speedbirds (via neil4rc)

Nick used some of the photos that I took of the SR-71 at the Smithsonian annex in Dulles while doing the research for this model plane.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I understand the logic of hyping up the Black Friday sales, but isn’t there a way to keep the competitive spirit and the thrill of getting that one good deal but without risking customers and/or employees getting hurt?

Here’s how I would do it:

1. Break the Black Friday flyer into zones. Any customer that walks into the store before a given time, say 7 AM, gets to pick a fixed amount of items from each zone. For example, only one console from the consoles zone (this keeps people from buying all of the 360s or all of the Wiis in one shot). Other zones may be more liberal, say up to 5 DVDs under $5, etc.

2. Setup the line just like an airline or bank line.

3. One person, 18 or older, per household.

4. One hour before the store opens, each person in the line gets a card with the discount codes for the sale. You can’t check out without the card, and the card won’t give you the sale prices unless you stay within the quota, plus there will be non-sales caps.

5. High ticket items are claimed simply by grabbig a ticket from a table. Walk the ticket to the cashier, pay for it, then they’ll carry the item for you outside.

6. Once inside of the store, the customer is free to roam at will. After all, it is a loss leader sale, we want them to buy our overpriced crap so we can make a profit! The tickets are only used for high value items on the Black Friday sales flyer.

Early shoppers still get rewarded for being there early. Per customer caps are enforced without drama (“computer says no, I can’t sell you three Wiis”). And there’s no incentive to run around the store and getting hurt or hurting somebody else. You are still free to browse the store, but the 100 or so items in the Black Friday specials are not going to be browseable.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they’re going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses

Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-New York

Attractive Girls Union Refuses To Enter Into Talks With Mike Greenman

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

The puppy cam that wrecked havoc on geek productivity this afternoon. DO NOT WATCH PUPPY CAM unless you have at least two hours available!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hitchcock’s Ninja Cat comes closer without moving (via juury)

Thanks to Paul for showing me this.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stevie Wonder - Superstition live on Sesame Street (via RSLweblog)

Thanks Paul for showing me this.

After reviewing his client’s income, assets, and personal budget Tuesday, Morgan Stanley financial adviser Henry Dalton determined that Jason Hutchinson, 43, could make the best use of his portfolio by dropping dead at the age of 62.

Financial Planner Advises Shorter Life Span | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Obama’s Citizenship: I Invented The Internet (Ep. 6: October Surprise) (via illuminatitv)

I love how much hell one can raise in just 36 hours of video post production.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

LittleBigPlanet (Thats Little Big Planet) For the PS3!! (via Shiranui16)

This has to be the craziest thing I have seen in a video game in ages.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

PJ, Mario and the Princess

SNL’s take on the Vice-Presidential debate. It is getting to the point that I almost can’t tell who is governor Palin and who is Tina Fey.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Senate’s financial rescue plan may have a better chance of passage because it’s padded with pork that may be tasty enough to get reluctant House members to bite.

Spoonful of pork may help bitter economic pill go down -

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Count Censored (via CanonD265)

Just a few cleverly placed beeps make the Count sound extraordinarily dirty.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (via Fihshsticks)

I can’t trust an animal that is more intelligent than the average human (same reason I distrust cats).

If you are still not convinced, read this:
Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs, ‘Oh, Shit,’ Says Humanity

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Shaft (via notator9)

You damn right, brother.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lancaster, Ca Musical Road by Honda, W.Ave K past 60th West (via 2kidsA2Z)

There are grooves on the road that, if hit at 55 MPH, play the William Tell overture :-)

Paper Airplane

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jam Session (via myjaxon)

This is Ian with his dad Jesse. Ian is PJ’s second most favorite subject in Youtube (his favorite subject is himself, no surprise there).

traffic in India (via caps74)

This is for Karla.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

We have always been at war with Eastasia

“1984,” by George Orwell.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thomas and Friends

Same video, but in much higher resolution and less codec slaughter.

Thomas and Friends

This is the low resolution version. Youtube really slaughters videos with their transcoding.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Then I started getting that sick feeling in my stomach — the one where you start to realize how good the Democrats are at losing elections. As much as I dislike the Clintstones, I have to admit that Hillary and Bill would not be letting themselves get bitch-slapped around by the Repubes the way Obama is.

Real Dan Lyons Web Site » Blog Archive Obama has become O-boring «

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

This is an upcoming product that is trying to exist parallel to the Amazon Kindle, but without trying to make itself too big a target for Amazon to crush it. The device doesn’t have a name yet, and so far it looks promising:

  • It’s as big as a sheet of paper

  • Battery time measured in days, not hours

  • Touch sensitive screen

  • Open formats

  • Very thin and light

  • Sturdy screen

If they can pull it off, it will bring competition to the Kindle, even if only in mindshare, which is always a good thing for us consumers.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
Is dental.

Ogden Nash

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.

The issue here is that you’re trying to treat the symptom instead of the problem. The symptom is that you guys are tight on money. The problem is that you have too much debt versus income.

Dave Says - September 1, 2008

Don LaFontaine: The Voice (via TWilk)

Don passed away on Monday afternoon. He was 68.

Monday, September 1, 2008

They probably won’t get much sympathy from their hard-pressed fans, but America’s stars of stage and screen are being forced to give up one of the traditional benefits of their celebrity status: private jets. The soaring price of aviation fuel, which is now twice the cost of a year ago, is adding tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of a typical flight, prompting members of Hollywood’s élite to think the unthinkable and ground their personal Gulfstreams.

Hollywood A-listers forced to mothball their personal jets - Americas, World - The Independent

Like we say here in Virginia: “tough shit.”

Thursday, August 28, 2008

johanna (via baterflai)

I woke up from my nap with this song stuck in my head. As soon as I started the video I remembered it was a strong anti-appartheid anthem.

PJ watching himself on Youtube

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Fab Four - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (via growlyman)

I got this song stuck in my head since I saw Across the Universe. The Across the Universe version is very original (and more than a bit freaky). I couldn’t find a real Beatles video, and the only clips from the movie sucked, so I started looking for covers. The best one is by the tribute band The Fab Four.

Koi Pond for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The only cure for writer’s block is insomnia.

Merit Antares

boomtown rats _ dont like mondays (via noCoffee)

What I really hate about MY Mondays in particular is the large amount of time spent on troubleshooting instead of writing new code.

There’s always something broken.

There’s always a customer demanding attention.

By the time I am done with the firefighting drills, most of the morning is gone. And on top of that, I still ended losing half my afternoon troubleshooting my own stupid project! Grr.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Police - So Lonely (via policevideos)

I was actually looking for Shambelle, but that song was a “B” side and the only available videos are jam sessions plus one douchebag adding a heavy metal solo on top of it.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

(the) Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.

Vince Lombardi

99 Red Balloons

PJ as a railroad engineer

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

PJ re-discovers Project Gotham Racing

9 Marbles, ha ha ha ha ha

Santana - Soul Sacrifice (Woodstock 1969) (via TheDormouse)

Another representative performance. I like this set in particular because Mickaël Shrieve (the drummer, youngest performer at the Woodstock 1969 festival) pretty much steals the show from Carlos Santana.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

Sun Tzu

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sometimes it pays to stay in bed in Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code

Dan Salomon

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mister Rogers the Clown (via nebunie)

Were you scared of clowns as a child? I never cared much for them, but now as an adult I keep running into people telling me how they were terrified by clowns.

Nick Drake - Day is Done (via mouthfuloflead)

Nick Drake is one of the most obscure members of the “Rockstars that Died Young” Club.

Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.

Dolores Aguilar, 1929 - 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

New Elmo (via verapj)

Really crappy test video with PJ and his new (and annoying!) Elmo.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Deep Purple - Space Truckin’ - New York 1973 (via stever1957)

I caught myself singing this song aloud while wondering why half of my customers decided to spend the afternoon driving me crazy.

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Time is the longest distance between two places.

Tennessee William

This is probably the one Jefferson Airplane song that I love to hate the most.


It is my heart-warmed and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage (every man and brother of us all throughout the whole earth), may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss, except the inventor of the telephone.

Mark Twain, Christmas greeting, 1890

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Sopranos: “Pussy the fish” scene (via deggis4)

I am watching this episode right now, it is arguably the most popular episode in the series.

THE HOLLIES - He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (via lmj22)

Wikipedia has a fascinating entry explaining this song, its origins and connections to popular culture.

Procrastination is suicide on the installment plan


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beatles - How to Play Martha My Dear, Part 1 (via pianojohn113)

I can’t get this song out of my head, I am even dreaming of playing it myself, and I don’t even play piano!

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.

Author Unknown

Friday, August 8, 2008

“One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces,” by Pink Floyd.

This is a live piece, performed at the amphitheater in the ruins at Pompeii.

The Rise And Fall of Twitter


Quiin is All-Write

Best insurance against PJ writing on our walls, he would use those Magna Doodles until he wore them down. And the writing behavior is almost identical, except PJ also drew a lot in his. By the way, I am 37 and I can’t write as legible as Quiin.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.

Henry A. Kissinger

James Randi exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff (via RationalResponse)

This is a very entertaining video, I remember the Uri Geller bashing since I was a kid, but this is the first time I see the case laid out in this way.

I just read this great science fiction story. It’s about how machines take control of humans and turn them into zombie slaves! … HEY! What time is it?? My TV show is on!

Calvin (Bill Watterson)

Happiness is a warm gun, momma.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pentagon’s Unmanned Spokesdrone Completes First Press Conference Mission!

Money quote: “The spokesdrone will field questions deemed too dangerous for a human press secretary, whose career could be irreparably damaged by answering them.

What makes stupidity really insufferable is that it is forever in action…idiocy knows no rest.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language

Mark Twain

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Eating bacon doesn’t make you unhealthy. Being a fat bastard makes you unhealthy.

onomatopoetic, in reply to “Ham and bacon keep us healthy,” claims meat firm. At last, advertising we can believe in.



Dog credit: Random Good Stuff

That borders on the cruel. At least the poor thing got to eat them at the end.

Try that with a cat and it will scratch out one of your eyes on your first attempt.

I don’t know what your childhood was like, but we didn’t have much money. We’d go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book.

Robert Redford

Friday, August 1, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The U.S. auto industry passed another bleak milestone Thursday as Chrysler stopped writing leases on new cars and trucks, marking the end of an era that allowed many drivers to enjoy cars they probably couldn’t really afford.

Leasing takes a lashing as Detroit cuts costs - The Driver’s Seat-
Han, mah bukee, keel-ee caleya ku kah. Wanta dah moole-rah? Wonkee chee sa crispa con Greedo?

Jabba the Hutt

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, by Queen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

John Mayer gives his dad mac tech support. It could be worse, his dad could still be using windows.

Found at Real Dan Lyons.

I am, as I’ve said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.

Billy Joel
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, “Certainly, I can!” Then get busy and find out how to do it.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, July 27, 2008

O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?

William Shakespeare
I admire Apple. I love its products. But this is bullshit.

Real Dan Lyons Web Site » Blog Archive Imagine if any other CEO pulled bullshit like this «
Writing code has a place in the human hierarchy worth somewhere above grave robbing and beneath managing.

Gerald Weinberg
The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it’s too late.

Seymour Cray

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.

W. C. Fields


My talented boys.

What’s with Noah’s hair? Why not finish the crew cut?

PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.

Jon Ribbens
NEW YORK ( — Gas prices declined for the 9th straight day, falling below $4 a gallon for the first time in seven weeks, according to a nationwide survey Saturday by motorist group AAA.

Gas dips below $4 - first time in 7 weeks - Jul. 26, 2008
Once a new technology starts rolling, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.

Stewart Brand

Friday, July 25, 2008

Domino’s Scientists Test Limits Of What Humans Will Eat

Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you are as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?

Brian Kernighan