Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

$10,000,000?!?!

I am a big fan of the site kickstarter and love the products that it has allowed to be produced. But I am amazed at some of the funds that they have been able to generate recently.

This project recently raised over $10,000,000. That is incredible! They were shooting for $100,000.

Anyhow, it is a sweet concept.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Around the Web: Leap

This looks awesome, but I am a little skeptical how well it will work... In any case, enjoy.



Thanks uncrate.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Your so funny.

Few things make more sense than plastering the back window of a truck (or any vehicle) with a giant, ugly sticker. In fact, the uglier, the better - it's not like people will ever see it.

The only thing that could make said sticker better? A massive grammatical error. 

It should go without saying that I am very impressed by the owner of this truck: 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

I'm Okay

I'm in the LAX airport getting ready to fly to Salt Lake at an hour of the day when I feel people should not be overly chipper - especially not when they are at the airport (I believe it was Patrick Henry who, while dealing with the TSA, said, "aw forget it; give me death").

However, amongst the unpleasantries, I did overhear this little nugget. Southwest Airlines has booth in the terminal with a guy trying to sign people up for the Southwest rewards program. And I have to hand it to the guy, for have what seems to be an unenviable job, he seems to enjoy it and has a quick wit. To one passer by he extended his standard pitch, "Sir, sign up for our rewards program and receive a $417 credit." To which, this person replied, "I'm okay." The Southwest guy quickly responded in what seemed to be a sincere and non-snarky, "Great, okay people benefit the most."

I thought it was very clever and disarming. If he would have been talking to me, I may have actually stopped. 

However, I was in a hurry... and don't love flying Southwest. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Silent Killer

There are a lot of things not to like about the internet (like the fact that it makes things too convenient1), but wanna know what I love about the internet? It is a place of truth2. Sometimes there is so much truth spewing out of the internet that I wonder why it isn't called the truthnet.

However, occasionally - and don't let this shock you - lies will creep onto the internet. Take this ad for instance:
I have heard snoring called a lot of things - in fact, I have called snoring a lot of things - but silent has never been on of them.

(In case you are wondering, no, I am not going to address that hideous mask-like-contraption... too easy)

If you google silent killer you will find references to things like carbon monoxide exposure, high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, etc; you will even see this simple definition for silent killer, "Many diseases are silent killers in that they are silent (no symptoms or only vague symptoms), and that they are deadly."

Whoever made this ad is exactly half right3. Snoring is a silent killer (see sleep apnea). Silent? Not so much; according to wikipedia (the ultimate source of truth4), "snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound".  Basically, if you are silent, you aren't snoring.

I will let Toby tell you about the real silent killer:





1 - Special thanks to Amazon Prime and Zappos; shopping has never been easier. I don't know why I ever go to stores anymore... Christmas shopping this year was a breeze.
2 - uh, this should be read with a sarcastic tone...
3 - Literally half correct. 12 characters in the term silent killer - 6 are true, 6 are false.  4 syllables - 2 are true, 2 are false.
4 - See note 2

Friday, October 28, 2011

Your so smart

In my home town, they are resurfacing one of the main thoroughfares and, as I was driving home from a meeting on Wednesday, I saw this lighted road sign:
"Double
Lane
Closure"
"Tell
Sunday
Night"
Now, unless Sunday Night is a person and the construction company wants us all to tell her (or him) about the double lane closure, my guess is we are dealing with a serious devolution of the word "until". Let me demonstrate:
Until   >   'Til   >   Til   >  Tell
Which is annoying, confusing, and reinforces stereotypes about construction workers' intelligence, but may not be the worst lighted road sign I saw this week. It was at least helpful once you figured out what the author was trying to say - something I can not say for this sign:
"Road
Work
Ahead"
"Next
Four
Weeks"
There is nothing technically wrong with that example, but if you didn't see it the day the construction company put it up (and mark your calendars accordingly), there is no way to know when the four weeks of construction will be done. Therefore, the notice is completely useless; when I saw it, I didn't know if the construction was nearly done or had just begun.

However, if the author was trying to be funny and play on the fact that construction projects are rarely done on time, then I award him (or her) props for creativity and subtly mocking the system. But I also take away those same props for forcing me to think too much about it.