Funny Randomization: Microsoft Downgrades Vista

Found a little site called isyournewbicycle.com, which allows you to plug in any word before the domain (such as I did for this with microsoft.isyournewbicycle.com) and get back a randomized phrase. On the third or fourth try, I got this little gem: Great fit for the company that made the worst operating system I’ve ever heard of, eh? Just thought it was funny. Any takers? Beg-to-disagree-ers? Hit the comments; I’m waiting to hear from you!

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XKCD Feature: Bass

Ever get driven up the wall by annoying cars driving around that play their stereos at top volume with the bass turned all the way up? I know I do. The xkcd webcomic released a great strip the other day that I’ve been keeping at the top of my starred items in Google Reader (or at least trying to). I finally decided to blog about it. So, without further ado, here is Randall Munroe’s “Bass”: I really wish I could do that to some of the cars I encounter. Maybe he’ll lend me that machine now that it’s done being…

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Amusing Holiday Greeting

Steve Bass published an interesting, amusing holiday greeting in his latest column, sent in by a reader: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition…

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Gmail Adds Macros-Like Help Panel

This is probably old news by now (OK, it is), but Gmail added a help panel that looks a lot like the one from (and Google Reader, come to think of it). It includes all the default shortcuts. The panel is only available in the new version of Gmail, but if you use the new version (most readers of my blog should, since about 70% of visitors in the last month were using either Firefox or IE7), you can get at the help by hitting “?” on your keyboard. First , then this help panel… What’s next? Full-on Macros integration?…

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ZUG Credit Card Pranks

John Hargrave at ZUG has made a few credit card pranks over on that site, and I thought I’d write about them. I’m not sure how true they are, but they sure are funny. The first two involved trying to make cashiers actually check the signature he left on the receipts. I won’t give anything away, promise. The third pokes fun at those personal questions you always get asked when you call a credit card company. The fourth was a huge one, involving tricking people into thinking Michael Jackson (yes, you know; that guy) was paying a visit to Boston.…

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XKCD Roundup: My Favorite XKCD Comics

I’ve selected a few exceptionally good xkcd comic strips and embedded them here. I find them all particularly amusing, over and above the normal strips. The tooltips have been preserved as well. I advise you to read them; the comics sometimes don’t make sense without. If the pics are too small for you, just click them (Ctrl+click or Shift+click would be better, actually; new tab, new window) to get the full-size version. And you can fix the annoying title truncation in Firefox using this nice extension. Centrifugal Force This is one of those things that just hits my funny bone…

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IPv6 vs. IPv4: The Day The Routers Died

Most geeks these days have heard of the upcoming IPv6 standard to provide an exponential increase in the number of available Internet Protocol addresses. Regular users don’t need to worry; the geeks have probably already written compatibility into your favorite programs. For us humor-loving geeks, though, there’s a certain love of funny songs and parodies, one of which I’d like to share tonight. The song is titled “The Day The Routers Died”. You can probably guess what song this is written to (“a possibly recognizable tune”). On the very off-chance you don’t know, even after watching the video, I’ll post…

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Web 2.0: Here Comes Another Bubble

When I come across genuinely funny songs, I sometimes like to blog about them. This particular one was posted on Google Blogoscoped, and I traced it back through Reddit to YouTube. It’s quite amusing. While you watch, pay attention to the lyrics and the video; there are some fleeting visual jokes, and the lyrics are always good. And yes, I will blog about this song (obviously). Update (12/17): YouTube removed my original embed “due to a copyright claim by a third party.” A quick search brought up another copy, which I’ve used to replace the old video. Meanwhile, other versions…

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Times Square Display Crashes

For some reason, I really like putting equations in my titles… Anyway, by way of Zoli Erdos, here’s a nice high-profile crash for you: Yep, that’s Adobe Flash on Windows XP, just after it “encountered a problem and needs to close.” I love it when stuff like this happens. Here’s a nice closeup of the error dialog: Who knew Windows was so funny? I know I’m linking to Zoli a lot lately, but seriously, where else would I get these amusing little gems now that This Is Broken has gone the way of the Dodo Bird? [Photos taken by Andrew…

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Apostrophes Get Transformed to Quotes in Blogger Widget Titles

Far be it from me to nitpick, but Blogger’s Layouts feature has a big problem, Google. An apostrophe (‘) in the title of a widget will be transformed, magically and inexplicably, into a double quote (“). This makes it impossible to use contractions or possessives in widget titles without making them look dumb. Please, fix it. The only reason I complain is because I like to use apostrophes a lot, and seeing quotes (which look like two side-by-side apostrophes) where there should be apostrophes just bothers my inner grammarian. I edit Wikipedia to correct spelling and grammar mistakes whenever I…

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