Sunday, July 30, 2006

In fact, he acts a lot like Jar Jar Binks... 

According to Barry Williams' autobiography, in this Brady Bunch scene
where the station wagon pulls up with the canoe on top,
Greg is as high as a kite.

Uh...Hey a Boat!

Zip ahead to about the 1:45 oh man, that's the funny.

Things to watch for:

1. Greg drops the bike pump and then trips over it, giving a shaggy wave at the same time.
2. The line "Uhhh...Hey, you didn't say anything about getting a boat" starts with "Uhhhh..."
3. The totally cotton-mouthy way he says "Far out."
4. The fact that when Cindy comes in from off scene, it takes him a minute to register what that noise is, then he totally looks the wrong way...almost like Jar Jar Binks.
5. When Cindy comes up and is standing right in front of him, he stares at her like she is a visitor from planet Krypton or something.


Two great threads on this site:

Pimp my Elfwood takes goofy pencil drawings of elves and fairies and warriors from a fantasy website, and the obviously talented (and obviously jerky) people on this board transform them into really compelling works of art.
Like what may start out as a juvenile sketch done in homeroom transforms into a really in-depth oil painting.

Superman Redesign gives these guys a chance to re-imagine Superman in all different contexts.
Some heroic, some hilarious.


Two hilarious Star Wars PSAs from 1979: R2-D2 takes a smoke break and Too much blue milk at the Cantina...
Even in galaxies far far away, friends don't let friends drive drunk.


Separated at Birth Album Art:


Bob Dylan’s Modern Times and Luna’s Hedgehog/23 Minutes into Brussels 7” single

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

What the Customer Really Needed 



Very entertaining Honda Civic commercial from the UK where a choir interprets automotive sounds just like that guy from the Police Academy movies. (Go to this site and click on "Watch" after it loads.)
There are also documentaries about the rehearsals of the choir and everything. Pretty entertaining.


Horrifying/hilarious Folgers commercial where these yellow Oompa-Loompas come out of the sea and climb into your window to wake you up.
Those Folgers guys are doing it right with their "Tolerate Mornings" campaign.


The Main Titles from Star Wars played on a banjo.
Very newgrassy.


Wonder what it would be like to have Parts I and II of "Back to the Future" synched up on a split-screen during which both Marty McFlys are all together? Here's your answer!
(Disclaimer: Time gaps are due to logical off-screen action)


Websites of Major Corporations in 1996, back when McDonalds was better known as "Your Dalmation Location."
Man, they all look like people's Geocities pages, and the Lego one may actually have a dancing baby on it...I can't be sure.


A handful of photos of drunk girls who fell down.


I put together a pretty involved story about My C.I.A. guy on BabyRoadies. It'll chill your soul.
Plus it features probably the first drawing I've done since getting my BFA, so it's worth looking at just for the sheer Napoleon Dynamite-ness of it all.


Clever Web 2.0 logo redesigns for older companies.



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Monday, July 24, 2006

Good Night and Good Luck! 

I mean, old white newscasters are cool and all, but they make for a boring movie...
Imagine how much gooder Good Night and Good Luck would've been
if they had thrown a wet t-shirt contest into the middle!

Before       Afta!

More terrible DVD Bootlegs in this Flickr pool.


Totally hypnotizing: These folks mounted a camera inside their car and took one photo every 10 seconds all the way from Oregon to New Hampshire. They then popped 'em all together and made This Movie.

Kind of a novel concept, and although it seems as though watching somebody else's road trip would seem boring, I really couldn't turn away...watching night fall, seeing rain come up from the horizon, watching the clouds race by as our travellers stop for munchies at a convenience store...actually enthralling.
Plus, the girl has a cute shoulder.


Hilarious Pointer Kite is a kite (y'know, like you fly on a windy day) that looks like your mouse pointer on your desktop.
So you can fly it around and pretend to be ready to click on things, I guess.


This guy Pledges up his hardwood floor and sets up those lightweight plastic bowling pins, then gets out a laser pointer and goes PUG BOWLING!!!
Anyone with a dog will think this is funny, and if you hate dogs you will think it is also funny. Blind people will not find this funny unless you explain it to them.


Some nice HUGE Sco-Jo pics from the Scoop press conference.
Wait a minute...this photo is just her talking at a press conference? Loreal's money was well spent.


Good News! Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Trailer!
Bad news: Enjoyment hampered by Nickelback song in the background.


I keep getting this message from Earthlink regarding my dumb home (non-DataWhat) website:

Dear EarthLink Subscriber,

We're writing to let you know that your free EarthLink Web site has exceeded its monthly traffic limit of 1GB.

As a result, visitors to your site will see a "Sorry, Page Temporarily Unavailable" message until the first of next month.

Please read below for important information about avoiding this problem in the future.

And then they give me some sales pitch on either upping my monthly limit or using their sales and tracking tool.

The problem is that their Sales and Tracking tool "Urchin" is giving out some totally weird numbers:


I mean look at the site in question: Some photos of me and the missus on vacation, a couple photos of flowers, a trip to Vegas...not really something that should be generating daily numbers in the thousands of hits..especially considering I've got two other sites (this 'un and BabyRoadies) that I have thrust into the public eye pretty forcefully and they rarely generate this kind of traffic.

Also, my site never gets turned off and I never get that "Sorry, Page Temporarily Unavailable" this a scam? Or possibly scamola? Are they just trying to get me to sign up for the bigger storage deal by throwing some fake numbers at me? Should I put ads on my Earthlink page and start reaping the benefits of this great hit rate? Anyone?


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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Legend meets 2001...but good. 

Hotsy-totsy mashup of the folks from the original Star Trek
doing the "Spamalot" song from Monty Python's "Holy Grail."
Familiarity with nerds in high school is helpful but not required.


You may have seen the version of Scarface that is just swears, now here is every instance of the F-Word in The Big Lebowski.
"Could you please keep your voice down? This is a family restaurant."


Verrrry strange letter from two of the guys in Steely Dan to Luke Wilson in regards to his brother's choice of accepting film roles. I can't tell if it is real or not, but the reference to Zal Yanovsky made me laugh out loud.
..and it is tucked into the official Steely Dan website, so that should be worth something.


New trailer for The Fountain, the new time travel/immortality movie directed by Darren Aronofsky (PI, Requiem for a Dream).
Looks kinda like Legend meets 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Interesting photos of World Leaders as Kids.
I'd say Kim Jong very Il.


The 32 Worst Lyrics of All Time

THE SONG: Bruce Springsteen, "Glory Days"
THE LYRIC: "He could throw that speed ball by you / make you look like a fool"
THE VERDICT: Bruce, we hate to bring this up, because we think you're great and everything, and it might sound a little nitpicky and all, but it's just that . . . um . . . well, a fastball is what Roger Clemens throws. A speedball is what John Belushi took to kill himself. Unless you were trying to make a prophetic comment about Doc Gooden's career, in which case you did a great job.

Fun list, although I can't believe the chorus of Kiss' "Lick It Up" didn't make it. Nice further discussion here.


funny math answers



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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Why does my dog only bark at Homeless people? 

Seriously! How can she tell? Because they smell different? Or are putting out a weird vibe? A hundred people will walk by my house and she won't peep at any of 'em, but when a bum walks by she's all peril and scree...what gives?


into it!

these bros are into it!


I recommend this hilarious video clip. Somebody took Star Wars and replaced James Earl Jones' Darth Vader voice with James Earl Jones' pimp voice from some movie. Really spectacular.
I was watching it on my porch and had to turn it off because I was laughing so hard people thought I was crazy and my dog started barking at me.


The Detroit News is having their Sonic Summer battle of the Bands again this year.
I am voting for the Prime Ministers because they rock the house.


Lab workers to photogs: Kill the Purple Spotlights Already

Over at, Derek Lowe issues animpassioned plea to PR departments and photographers on behalf of all people who work in laboratories: enough with the kooky colored gel lighting effects:

[O]ur instruments do not, regrettably, emit orange glows that light our faces up from beneath, not for the most part, and if they start doing that we generally don't bend closer so as to emphasize the thoughtful contours of our faces. When we hold up Erlenmeyer flasks to eye level to see the future of research in them, which we try not to do too often because we usually don't want to know, rarely is this accompanied by an eerie red light coming from the general direction of our pockets. It's a bad sign when that happens, actually.

[Lifted wholesale from BoingBoing 'cause I thought it was funny.]


Movie about magicians at the turn of the last century: The Prestige. Directed by Christopher Nolan (Momento, Batman Begins), starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie.
Sign me up.




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Monday, July 17, 2006

Elephant Ears and Art on a Stick 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is this week prompting me to repost my for/against list called
It's Not Art and It's Not Fair


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Friday, July 14, 2006


Hilarious Starburst commercial starring former AMGer Steve Huey.
Even if you don't know the guy, the commercial is worth watching.

I have to tell you something

Click here and then click on the green videotape that says "Tashi"

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hot Dog 

Hey, Real Simple magazine...stop going through my garbage.

Daze text

We have a Boston Terrier, her name is Daisy.
That's what I'm on about...


I started watching This video thinking it was going to be another "oh, aren't the things on Japanese TV strange?" kind of clips, but at about a minute in, it took a turn so strange that I never woulda saw it coming.
See there's this ballet dancer, and a guy watching her on TV, but then when he gets to the TV, you really gotta see it to really wallow in the puzzlement.



see you there


Meryl Streep introduces Joss Whedon at this Equality Now event where he goes on to discuss why he writes such powerful female characters. By the end of it, you may want to vote Whedon for President.
Seriously. That geek knows how to write a speech.


HotCaptcha is liek one of those things where you need to type in the smooshed-up letters to verify that you are not a robot, but this one involves identifying three hot girls (or Dudes if that's your thing) instead of typing in numbers.
There was one where you identify Kittens but that seems to be down.


An interesting music/recommendation service: MusicLens


It looks to me like a waveform analysis/machine listening algorithm, but I'm not sure. Basically in their demo you can use sliders up and down between things like "Silent" and "Ear-Busting" or "Male" and "Female" vocals and get some results back. A lot of the music is either in German or at least European, so I'm having a tough time with evaluating it, but it is fun to play around with.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Long Day's Journey Into Night 

Reclusive psyched-out original lead singer of The Pink Floyd Syd Barrett? He's D.Y.K.

Shone like the sun

My two favorite (possibly untrue) Syd Barrett stories:

There was some show where The Floyd were supposed to perform and shortly before going on stage, Syd crushed up the entire contents of his bottle of Mandrax tranquilizer tablets, mixing them with a large quantity of hair gel. He then placed the mixture on top of his head and as he played under the hot stage lights, the viscous mixture softened and began to drool down his forehead, giving the appearance that his face was melting. (This has been disputed by Nick Mason who said that there is no way Syd would waste good drugs by putting them in his hair.)


According to Roger Waters, Barrett came into what was to be their last practice session with a new song he had dubbed "Have You Got It, Yet?" The song seemed simple enough when he first presented it to his bandmates, but it soon became impossibly difficult to learn: as they were practicing it, Barrett kept changing the arrangement. He would then play it again, with the arbitrary changes, and sing the chorus: "Have you got it yet?" After more than an hour of trying to "get it," they realized they never would.

Shine on you crazy mofo.


The Onion did a romp of an article from the perspective of a woman who is "totally psyched for this abortion!" which is shockingly funny in that ludicrous Filthy Celebrity Imposter kind of way, but the best part is this pro-life guy thought it was real and created a long ranty blog post condemning this (fictional) woman.
My favorite part is that this post won the guy a Stegosaurus of the Week Award (because there are more brains in his ass than in his head).


Robots playing surf music and kissing girls?

Now I've seen everything.


The guy from OnlyDrinkHighLife sent me his list of '80s crushes which is fairly complete, omitting only the very obvious Nicole Eggert from Charles In Charge and I seem to remember a Growing Pains episode where some girl is staying over at the Seavers' house and wants to get it on with Kirk Cameron but he (in a precursor to his creepy Jesus-lovin ways) refuses her advances...her too.
Although, bonus points for the girls from "Just the Ten of Us" being included.


Nice little Metro Times article on Porchsleeper and their hotshot new bassist.
And I did get tired of driving three drunk idiots all over tarnation,


I couldn't turn away from this David Hasselhoff video for "Jump In My Car." Is it old or new? Is he joking or serious? Why is he karate-kicking fire? Why is the steering wheel on the wrong side of K.I.T.T.? Is it really just a long Budweiser commercial? Is it German?
It really seems German to me.


I think for next month they should just post a picture of Sco-Jo's face in Esquire's Sexiest Woman of 2006 contest because they ain't foolin nobody.

lucky bike


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