Saturday, February 09, 2008

But If You Follow These, There's No Movie!

This had me chuckling the whole way. Below are some of my favorite examples of the 100 tips to becoming a successful egomaniacal self-serving tyrant.

How To Be A Successful Evil Overlord
I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into confusion.

If one of my dungeon guards begins expressing concern over the conditions of the beautiful princess' cell, I will immediately transfer him to a less people oriented position.

I won't require high-ranking female members of my organization to wear a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better with a more casual dress-code. Similarly, outfits made entirely from black leather will be reserved for formal occasions.

One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

My five-year-old child advisor will also be asked to decipher any code I am thinking of using. If he breaks the code in under 30 seconds, it will not be used. Note: This also applies to passwords.

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

The Scariest Gun"
I'm not sure if I should be peeing myself laughing, or running in fear. On color alone this would be a favorite for my daughter.

But 'Hello Kitty'? Who came up with that? I mean come on, even on the scope?

"She always seemed like a quiet, friendly neighbor... but she did seem to really like that little cat cartoon. "

No word on how much it cost.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Bluto Didn't Do It This Way...

YouTube - Bare-handed bottle smash

OK, I'll admit it. I'm a geek at heart and always will be. Some science projects are just too cool. Think I'm alone? Why is Mythbusters still on the air?

In any case, this cool little trick is one to remember. The idea is that you can take an open bottle, and with a little ingenuity, cause it to blow the bottom out. It's all a matter of physics, and the explanation in the video is quite clear. Of course, you'll need empty bottles, and some place where broken glass isn't a problem.

Stuff that explodes. Isn't science cool?

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The iPod Goes Undercover

iPod in Disguise

With all the folks carrying iPods out there, this is a pretty funny, yet practical gimmick.

Basically, it looks like an old Sony Walkman with cassette and AM/FM (only the best). Flip it open, however, and there's the iPod, hiding away. The idea is that nobody's dying to steal a Walkman, so your iPod is a heck of a lot safer.

Not sure if it works, but for the sheer fun of it, I might find these for gifts.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Do You Love Me?

The Apple Store NYC! | Michelle Oshen
These guys are a phenomenal example of good ol' streetcorner magic. They are tight, and the lead singer rocks it.

This kind of enthusiasm for performing just makes me smile. Enjoy!

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Shopping Green » Blog Archive » Paper or Plastic? How About Neither…

"Plastic bags have been around for about 25 years. Which means that our mothers and grandmothers can still remember going shopping, with their own Reusable Bags. If they could do it, I think so can we…"
I remember traveling to Argentina as a kid to visit family. My grandmother had her little mesh bag she carried, putting her purchases in it and carrying them home. In general, I think these are a good idea.

The problem I see with them is a difference in how we shop from then to now. The small neighborhood shopkeepers - bakers, butchers, deli and produce - have been replaced by supermarkets, superstores and warehouses. There's not a single local vendor close enough to walk to. Not one.

So, as the supermarkets promised convenience for us, they also pushed us to use our cars more. The larger stores didn't need to be as close together, moving them further from homes and making the short walking trip difficult to impossible. And the massive buying power cut into the profits of the smaller vendors, closing their doors.

So instead of making a short trip for an item or two, it's more efficient to get all your shopping done at once. But to do that, you need to be able to carry a larger quantity of items. And for this we started using the car.

Interestingly, a trend in the last few years has been for new malls to open that return to the feel of the local market, with stores aligned on "streets", looking like a small town. What if a developer were to pose the same idea to grocers, perhaps one grocer opening a number of smaller stores in such a venue? My guess is that if these were put close enough together, you might actually find some people changing their habits, even if slightly.

I understand and applaud the idea of removing plastic bags from stores. But unless we change our behavior in terms of how we shop, the reusable bag concept doesn't fit the average home.

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