Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Latest Mashup: Simpsons & Legos

So take the opening credits from an iconic animated series depicted by a classic building toy filmed in stop action and of course you will get...

"The Simpsons Legos Style"

Cheers, Homer...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Irish Snake Shop

Okay, that would be a lame business venture since as we all know, there are no snakes on the Emerald Isle. Legend and lore would have us to believe that it is due to the charming St. Patrick who lead them all into the sea. Facts and data unfortunately point to several coverings of glaciers and an island surrounded by icy cold seas. I tell you this not because there are only 170 days left until March 17, 2009, but because it came up today at lunch.

We were relating a story about an encounter with a very large snake this summer whilst on holiday on Mackinac Island. When a 4-foot serpent pops out of a stone wall at you, the first question that pops into your head is "How did that snake get on the island?" (Actually, the first question is more like "How much like a little girl did I just scream?")

This particular snake was put down (with a bow and arrow) by the owner of the cottage we had rented following the snake's aggressive attack on an elderly woman's cane as she was walking past his lair. It's snakes like that what give them all a bad reputation.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Words as Art

A lot of blogs lately are including "tag clouds" which are used to show prominent tags on postings in the blog. But what if you just want to take an essay that you've written, or a letter to Auntie Grizelda, and create a "word cloud" based on your text.

Well, now you can and you can do it with Wordle. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

You can also create a "word cloud" for any url, as shown here with today's homepage from CNN:


Sunday, September 14, 2008

69 Marathons for Pauline

A British woman has just completed her 69th marathon - on her 69th birthday.

Pauline Newsholme of Devon began long distance running in 1982, to raise money for a children's charity after her young daughter, Clare, was paralyzed following complications from measles. Clare recovered and Pauline continued to run for charity.

Her latest marathon was in Edinburgh, and she has raised about £20,000 so far. "I may be at the age when most grannies are taking it easy, but not me," she said. "I'm not ready to hang up my running shoes just yet."

Go, granny, go.


Friday, September 05, 2008

It's Gotta Be The Shirt...

Call them t-shirts or tees, there are a lot of cool shirts out there to be had. In my day, we had to flip through pages of the novelty catalog or hang out at the half-clothing half-tobacco pipe shop to get unconventional tees. Or spend two week's minimum wage on a concert tee.

One of the coolest synergy stories I've read in a while was an article in Inc. about a couple guys who started Threadless. Basically, people submit their own custom designs, everyone votes on the most popular, and then that one is sold in limited quantity and then retired. Genius.

Some of the other offerings on the net include Funny T-Shirts from BustedTees and Snorg Tees.

My favorite from Snorg: "My Butt Hurts"

A couple of emerging ideas (which means I can't go there yet) are from these guys. Maybe I tripped on the Swedish avatar dress-up thing. It sounds naughty.

A new partnership between Swedish avatar dress-up site Stardoll and German t-shirt commerce site Spreadshirt allows users to take virtual clothes they create or see online and get them made into the real thing. Users will be able to take logos or graphics from popular labels in the Stardoll world and get them emblazoned on real-life t-shirts, hats and other items.


Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Blue Man Group is Green

They never say a word, do some pretty strange things on stage to make music and get you to ask "How'd they do that?" All in all, they come across as relatively harmless and it turns out, they respect the planet. [read more]


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Top 10 Office Snacks

Courtesy of New York Dietician, Marissa Lippert.

Here’s her list:

Top 10 all-around picks, in no specific order, to stash at your desk or in your office fridge

1. Raw, unsalted nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pecans)
2. Kashi TLC granola bars, Gnu Flavor & Fiber bars, Lara bars (or check out youbars.com and create your own)
3. Low-Fat Laughing Cow Cheese, Coach Farm Goat Cheese or organic part-skim string cheese
4. Fage 0% Greek Yogurt or Stoneyfield Farms Low-Fat Organic Yogurt
5. Wasa, Finn Crisp, Kavli or Dr. Kracker wholegrain crackers
6. Organic peanut, almond or cashew butter (any organic/natural brand will do, or get the freshly ground stuff at your local Whole Foods Market or health food store or through FreshDirect.com)
7. McCann’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal or Arrowhead Mills Organic Original Instant Oatmeal
8. Kashi GoLean or Heart to Heart Cereal; Uncle Sam’s Cereal; Bear Naked Granola (watch portions!)
9. Sweet Riot Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs (for the occasional afternoon chocolate craving)
10. Good Health Half-Naked Popcorn or Glenny’s Soy Crisps (1.3oz – small bag)