Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Unpimp My Fargo Synchronicity

A friend of mine kept asking if I had seen the new VW ads for the Mark V GTI with the Unpimp My Ride theme ( you can watch them here ) and I had never seen them on TV. So he's over at my house and shows them to me on the Internet and we have a good laugh. Then we're channel surfing and we stop on the G4TV channel to watch a show from England called "Brainiac" where they do a pseudo MythBusters/Consumer Reports/Monty Python thing and 5 mins into the show they play one of the VW commercials we had just been watching.

A couple days later, I'm having lunch with another friend who had told me a couple of weeks ago that the movie "Fargo" was not based on a true story so I told him I had verified his statement by checking the trivia for the movie on IMDb. He said the Coen brothers were pure genius at marketing their product. I said, speaking of genius, have you seen the VW Mark V GTI campaign with the German scientist. He said he had only caught parts of it while channel surfing but recognized the guy as being one of his favorite bad guys in films. I told him I had no idea who he was. My friend looked him up on IMDb and found out that he is Swedish-born Peter Stormare and the number 1 rated movie that he was in was...."Fargo."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Maybe not - but you can know if it is day or night anywhere in the world with Desktop Earth 2.0. This thing is free and gorgeous...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Dinosaur Plant

Here's one to add to your shopping list for that special someone who has one of everything. I bet they don't have a prehistoric evergreen.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Reinventing the Maker in Me

When I was a kid I used to love to tear things apart to see how they worked. I rarely cared for putting them back together - it was the discovery process that motivated me. It was only after I figured out how most stuff worked that I wanted to build. One summer I found a box full of old Popular Mechanics magazines from the 40's and 50's at my Aunt's farm and spent hours paging through the history of do-it-yourselfers and the technology of the mid-century. It was though everyone basement had a lathe, a bandsaw and a welder. When I was in high school, I used to go to the library and read through back issues of Popular Science, which was a little more geared toward electronics and computing. Last month at a used book fair, I purchased a four-volume set of the "Popular Mechanics Illustrated Home Handyman Encyclopedia & Guide Deluxe Library Edition 1962" for $12. It was like time travelling back to my Aunt's farm to leaf through the pages of clever headboards with hidden storage for blankets and 100's of uses for beeswax. Then a couple of weeks later, I received an e-mail alert from my friends at ThinkGeek that Vol.5 of the magazine Make was available. After looking through the table of contents, I knew these were my people. I am planning on purchasing the previous 4 volumes as well as subscribing to future issues. Now my problem is deciding on whether to make the soda bottle rocket, the windmill generator or the jam jar jet engine...

Monday, March 06, 2006


I've been researching ancient strategy games to find one other than Mancala, the game of kings, to occupy my time with the kids. One that I haven't played yet but find intriguing is the ancient Chinese game of GO. Check it out here. Of course our favorite strategy game has always been Chess.

The following letters can be rearranged to form a single English word.


If you give up, go here for the answer.