Tuesday, March 31

Kids Write the Darndest Things

(about horses)

I have no idea how this ended up on Business Pundit, but I'm sure glad it did.

Thursday, March 26

Why I'm Happy I Didn't Go to Harvard

Check this out. A Harvard Economist's explanation of how Twitter caused this economic meltdown.

My response is best explained by the following XKCD comic.

Correlation by XKCD

Tuesday, March 24

1337 sauce

Subtitle: Hilarious Geek Joke

So, I'm just going to show you a picture I took at Meijer today, because my horribly geeky friends will think it's hilarious, I'll explain it to the rest of you after that.

Hilarious Geek Joke

So, I found this at Meijer tonight way way way in the back, on the discounted alcohol rack. Anyways, that's about a thirty dollar bottle of alcohol, but as you can see someone printed a pricetag for it at 999.99. Which is funny of course, but it's extra funny because geeks about my age use the number 999 to stand for infinity. Basically, it comes from many video games which don't exceed three digits in certain critical categories like hit points, energy, damage, …etc. So if you are at 999, you have reached the absolute pinnacle of achievement, and your powers are nigh godlike. Therefore, we can use 999 to substitute for and denote all other superlatives.

For example:

“After working through the night last night, my boss gave me a 999 raise.
Big roll for mad l00ts!”

Of course this is extra comical because I'm fairly confident that this alcohol is gross and completely unrefined. I didn't take a picture of it, but the pricetag on the Jose Cuervo tequila Cocoa said 99.99, and it's a whopping $14.95 bottle. It's always cool to find these Easter Eggs.

I'll see if I can get 999 added to UrbanDictionary.com. I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, March 23

Fire Water

There was an interesting news story tonight. It's about a couple in Colorado whose water is flammable. It's intense. Of course, it isn't technically accurate to say that their water is flammable, but the natural gas mixed in it sure is. Check it out. I also wanted to show off a cool service called QUIETube which is an awesome service with a bookmarklet that creates a blank page for the sharing of any youtube video. It's great for emailing and everything because it eliminates all the extraneous junk. They say that it's youtube without the distractions.

You can watch the fire water video here.

If you are not sure what a bookmarklet is, feel free to read this article by yours truly on the TatStore.com blog.

Thursday, March 19

Hilarious JetBlue Ad

You guys have to check this out - very clever, very Steven Colbert feeling to me. I found it on Ad Freak if you'd like to read their take on it.

There was also an interesting Canadian PSA campaign that seems valid, and uses some awesome photoshop.

Cancer Motel
Cigarettes Smoke People

Logo CraZayness

Check this hilarious article of business logo parodies out here.

You guys have to check out Dan's latest blog post, particularly the American military spending graph as published on the Economist's website. That is simply mind-blowing.

Also, I was strangely approached by a stranger on youtube to design a logo for him. His business name will be "CraZay Video Productions." At first blush I wasn't going to do it, but then I thought about it and figured that it might be fun. So I'll try to have that for him in the next couple weeks, and if I need any help I'll definitely be asking all of you.

Wednesday, March 11

I don't remember why this is funny

This is a completely unfunny product I found at a quirky kitchen supply store in Kalamazoo. It was a lovely store, and I wanted about a thousand things there, you can check it out at Lakeside Merchantile. Sadly, I have since forgotten why I felt compelled to stop in my tracks, and snap a picture. If you figure it out let me know in the comments.

Thursday, March 5

Mindy's Radio Fame

So travel back in time with me to an episode from last month maybe two weeks ago.

Well as it happens, I am sitting at work, as normal on a Thursday night, when I get an IM from Mindy who is usually doing what ever she can to not kill herself from boredom in her late COMM class. This instant message was pretty unusual however, as it read "OMG! It's Len O'Kelly. Golden throat is here in our class talking to us! OMG! I can't believe it."

The Most Stunning Eyes in the World

Okay, so we have to peddle the way-back machine a little while further.

Len O'Kelly is a morning show host on a local oldies station. He works with FreeBeer and HotWings in their radio cluster with a few other morning shows. Anyway, at one point FreeBeer and HotWings had him in their studio to do what is called "ramping" a record. That's where DJ's attempt to "hit the post" which is fill airtime with interesting information, and stop talking exactly when the first lyrics are beginning. So one day, when they got some new mics they decided Len O'Kelly, who they affectionately refer to as "Golden Throat," should try out the mics. (Sidenote: he was awesome).

Flash forward to Mindy's class. She's losing her mind - starstruck. When I finally got home she was still pumped up about running into a local celebrity! She decided that she simply had to write an e-mail into FreeBeer and HotWings relaying her experience.

When we woke up Friday morning, I wanted to get to work because we would be leaving early for the D-Zone game, but she said she absolutely had to check her e-mail to see if any of the guys responded. I was alerted by a shrill chirp that FreeBeer had in fact responded.

The rest of the day unfolded without much incident, until we arrived at the game.

As it turned out, the Griffins decided to enforce two hands, two beers rule, which caused quite a commotion when the "beer she-nazi" would come down to us and confiscate unmanned or over-the-limit beers. This forced FreeBeer to spend most of his time talking with the fans in our row about the incident. I of course had some opinions about that situation, so after talking to him about that, I knew that I could embarrass Mindy by bringing up that she was the one who had sent the e-mail the night before about Len O'Kelly. To Mindy's great surprise, he informed us that they had actually READ HER E-MAIL on the air, while they had Len in studio that morning.

That brings us to the following, enjoy.

If the above player, doesn't work click here: Mindy's Email

Pay special attention to the fact that Zane muses that she sounds "rather smitten" and FreeBeer announces very softly at the end "writes Mindy."