Archive for January, 2013

January 29, 2013

Photoshop Warning Dialogue With An Exclamation Point

I hadn’t seen this warning in years, but came across it today while choosing “Create Layer” on a layer’s blending effects.

Are there any other Photoshop dialogues that have exclamation points? None that I can think of.

January 25, 2013

Nuts in Space Video

I can’t explain why, but when this dude opens the container at :09, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

Via Gizmodo

January 18, 2013

Glee Ripped off Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back”

This tweet by singer/songwriter/codewriter pretty much speaks for itself.


Here are both versions. It’s pretty astonishing how much Fox ripped of his arrangement. Let’s hope they do something to correct this, otherwise it’s some pretty bad egg on the face of the shiny Glee franchise.

Glee’s version:

Jonathan Coulton’s verion:

И не забудьте: домашние рецепты

January 15, 2013

Not Games Games

I just discovered, a website with some brilliant custom-made games that meet at the intersection of technology and irony.

Two brilliant examples are Not Tetris 2 and Not Pacman. Definitely worth trying out.

January 13, 2013

The Scariest Musical Instrument Ever

I’m all for encouraging proficiency in a musical instrument, but if my son grows up and wants to play the whatever-the-hell-this-thing-is, I’m buying him a drumset.

January 11, 2013

Sammy Sosa Flickr Tags

Recently on the web these’s been a flurry of news about Sammy Sosa’s Pinterest page. Most of the attention has been about the quirky photos and repetitive stiff caption adorning every single photo:

Sammy Sosa. Yes, I’m the real Sammy Sosa, and this is my Pinterest.

Fine, I get it. Sammy Sosa took a few awkward photos and his social media team isn’t too savvy. No big deal.

But what I find especially bizarre are the tags on some of the photos on his official Flickr page. Tags like these: “Sammy Sosa Before and After”, “Sammy Sosa Skin”, “Sammy Sosa Bleached”, “Sammy Sosa Bat”.

Here’s an example photo with those tags. I’m surprised because these tags reference recent Sammy Sosa scandals, such as speculations that he bleached his skin and he cheated using a corked bat. Why would these tags be on Sammy’s official Flickr page?

My guess is the photographer was trying to boost page views by including popular keywords. But why would a professional photographer risk alienating one of his clients just for a few extra page views? Not too savvy indeed.

January 10, 2013

Web Developer Checklist

The Web Developer Checklist is a brilliant and fun way to prep a website for launch. Surprised I’ve never heard of it before.

January 9, 2013

Badass intelligence and counter-terrorism terms

After seeing “Zero Dark Thirty” I found myself looking up some terms and found some pretty cool stuff on Wikipedia.


Tradecraft is skill acquired through experience in a (typically clandestine) trade. Within the intelligence community this means the techniques used in modern espionage and generally, the activity of intelligence.

Dead drop:

A dead drop or dead letter box is a method of espionage tradecraft used to pass items between two individuals using a secret location and thus does not require them to meet directly.

This modern example of a dead drop is particularly badass:

On January 23, 2006, the Russian FSB accused Britain of using wireless dead drops concealed inside hollowed-out rocks to collect espionage information from agents in Russia. According to the Russian authorities, the agent delivering information would approach the rock and transmit data wirelessly into it from a hand-held device, and later his British handlers would pick up the stored data by similar means.

Black bag operation:

Some of the tactics, techniques and procedures associated with black bag operations are: lock picking, safe cracking, key impressions, fingerprinting, photography, electronic surveillance (including audio and video surveillance), mail manipulation (flaps and seals), forgery, and a host of other related skills. The term “black bag” refers to the little black bag in which burglars carry their tools.


Wetwork or wet work is a euphemism for murder or assassination, alluding to spilling blood. […] Assassins are referred to as “wet boys”.

I’d already known that “Wet work” involved assignations and other bad stuff, but had no idea its name was derived from the spilling of blood. That’s pretty gross. And awesome.

January 8, 2013

Hidden Flasks

If you ever find yourself doubting the determination and ingenuity of the human spirit, just do a Google image search for “hidden flask”.

The Joe Biden Reality Show

This actual white house petition sounds amazing:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: authorize the production of a recurring television program featuring Vice President Joe Biden

Regardless of your political persuasion, you have to admit that Joe Biden is a pretty entertaining guy.

I just signed the petition. And if you’d like to take this rare opportunity to improve BOTH the quality of reality TV and political discourse in this country, perhaps you should sign it too.