Monday, March 24, 2008

Peeps Show II

I rather enjoyed this collection of photos of dioramas made using Peeps.

Keep your eyes out for "No Country for Old Peeps," as well some other great ones.

And now I'm headed off to Guatemala for a month with Meri (who, for those of you who haven't heard, will spending the next 3 years in Seattle doing her Pediatrics residency)!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Why Won't Phone Books Die?

This Slate article tackles the question, which is one I have pondered for a long time.

In Portland, Ore., alone this year, the Dex directories tipped the scales at 10.5 pounds per pair, consumed the equivalent of 49,779 trees, and could be stacked nearly 12 miles high into the stratosphere. And that's just one of several directories that Portlanders receive. On a national level, the figures become mind-boggling. If we assign the not-terribly-scientific figure of just more than three pounds to the average directory, then the 615 million volumes produced last year come out to 1 million tons of phone books. Still, the Yellow Pages Association claims that phone books produce only 0.3 percent of the household waste stream—while "newspapers, in comparison, represent 4.9%." Alas, customers ask for newspapers, and they do offer an opt-out—it's called canceling your subscription.

Also, make sure to click the article's first hyperlink, to watch the Dutch Mythbusters try to pull apart two phone books that have been interleaved together.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Surprising Death

I wasn't the dude's hugest fan, but still. A shame.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Human Giant

I'm kinda late to the game here since it's been getting a lot of press, but Human Giant does have some genuinely funny stuff going on. It's nifty to see sketch comedy that's appropriately concise. Here are two good ones:

Funny, though possibly a smidgeridoo over the line:

And I really like the details on this one:

Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s

Paul Ford slogged through all of the 763 mp3s included on this year's SXSW download and wrote six word reviews of each of them. Here are some of my favorites:

  • "Not bad from 2:28 to 3:16." (Akron/Family - Phenomena)

  • "You know what? Enough organ already." (The Breakup Society - 13th Angry Man)

  • "Quite catchy. But likely precious live." (British Sea Power - Waving Flags)

  • "Fun party until Matisyahu shows up." (c rayz walz + kosha dillz - childhood ft. Matisyahu +Kosha Dillz)

  • "But I’m not hungry for skull." (Eat Skull - Seeing Things)

Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Dikembe Mutombo's Lighter Side

And opening for Foghat...

Via Carolyn, here is what may well be the funniest music clip I've ever seen:

Just gets better and better

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Things for Sale That I Will Mail You

Things for Sale That I Will Mail You:

If you give me $1,626 I will go to the small Okinawan island called Iriomote and send you an envelope filled with star-sand (don't worry, I've been there before, I know where to go). I will send it from there.

If you give me $75 I will go see a psychic and ask them for advice on my life. I will tape-record the session and I will mail it to you. If you give me $1,689 I will go see a psychic, ask them where in the whole world I should go to, and then I will go there. I will mail you documentation of this from where ever it is I go to. If you give me $9,999 I will go see a psychic and ask them where I SHOULD NOT go to in the whole world. I will then go there and mail you documentation of it from there.

For each purchase I will go to different psychics.

(via Anarchaia)