2015 Mar 29, 11:01
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can't handle the traffic! ♪ Twilight zone theme ♪
2014 May 6, 7:16
A reminder that those Doritos you love are trash:
Shortly after Disneyland opened in 1955, the founder of Frito-Lay got permission from Walt Disney to open a restaurant in Frontierland with a Mexican-ish theme. “Casa de
Fritos” was, unsurprisingly, all about the Fritos. Customers got free Fritos, and Fritos were incorporated into many of the dishes. Fritos were dispensed by an animatronic vending machine
that featured the terrifying “Frito Kid”asking his assistant “Klondike” to bring
the bag up from a mineshaft. I guess the conceit is that Fritos were mined by Forty-Niners?
Casa de Fritos contracted their tortilla production to a company called Alex Foods. One of the salesmen from Alex Foods, making a delivery to Casa de Fritos, noticed stale tortillas in the
garbage and gave the cook a little tip: fry them and sell them as chips instead of throwing them away. Casa de Fritos began making these fried, seasoned chips to enormous
success, but didn’t report this new menu item to the Frito-Lay company.
Eventually Frito-Lay found out what they were doing with the chips, packaged them, and sold them by the truckload. See, dumpster diving works out sometimes!
2013 Jul 25, 1:00 2012 Sep 28, 3:55 2012 May 2, 1:34 2012 Mar 7, 7:50 2012 Jan 18, 3:21 2010 Oct 28, 6:32 2010 Sep 6, 10:16
Via Waxy, a short story on the topic of consciousness.
2008 Jul 25, 1:52
Music that played in a bonus room of the game Skullmonkeys. Cited by Jonathan Coulton as inspiration for the Portal end theme.
2008 Apr 21, 6:05
sequelguy posted a photo:
A mountain climbing themed wedding cake with two backpacks at the top.
2008 Apr 15, 11:23
Reminds me of the sequences where you must collect notes in Super Mario Galaxy.
2008 Mar 24, 11:22
Tetris Holding LLC trademarked "an instrumental tune in the style of a Russian folk song in 2/2 time or cut time having at least two 8-bar phrases" used in video games. "Trademark Document Retrieval"
links to mp3s of examples from GB Tetris.
2008 Mar 23, 12:38
The move of my website to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET is mostly complete except for a few server side things not working yet: RandomGrammar and parts of Vizicious. I'm still very happy with the
NearlyFreeSpeech.NET hosting and so far I've only spent a few cents on hosting. At this rate I'll only spend a few dollars a year.
I've moved all my pages to use the same CSS and hooked it up with cookies to my Kuler color options so now changes to the color theme will
stick and apply to all my pages. I haven't figured out the caching for this yet so you may have to refresh to see changes to color applied.
2008 Mar 17, 10:16
Jonathan Coulton's music available as CC mp3s. He did 'Still Alive' the ending theme for Portal and 'Re: Brains' the zombie song.
2007 Dec 24, 12:41
These days it seems like there's a social sharing website for everything representable as bits. Like Scribd
for (mostly legal) documents, SciVee
for scientific research videos, Wordie
for words, and Kuler
for color themes. Kuler seems
like a ridiculous website (overkill) but I had been meaning to update my homepage's color design and Kuler has an RSS based REST API
The API lets you obtain things like the most recently added color themes or the most popular or all themes containing the color dark red, etc... So of course rather than update my website's design I
hooked up my css to the color themes coming out of Kuler. Select my main page's color theme from a list of random Kuler themes
. As I'm sure
the regular readers can guess I use an xslt
and blah blah blah... It looks OK with Silver Surfer
and Happy Hipo
but in general changing the colors
this way doesn't produce something pretty.
When reading about Kuler I found that they may have stolen the whole idea wholeslae from ColourLovers
. They discuss the thievery in an article
on their blog. I would have switched over to ColourLovers out of principle but
they don't have an easily accessible API.
2007 Oct 22, 4:47
I purchased the Orange Box
off of Steam a bit ago and like
others before me who have discussed elsewhere
, I already owned two of the five games that come from the Orange Box. However, the combined price of
HL2E2 and Portal, the two games I actually wanted was supposedly equivalent to the price of the Orange Box bundle. Incidentally, if anyone would like HL2 or HL2E1 I can gift
them to you.
HL2E2 was excellent of course but the big surprise for me was Portal. (Mild spoilers follow) It has a sort of zen simplicity: there are a few simple game-play mechanics, a handful of textures and
objects, and a deceptively simple story all used well and tied together to produce an entertaining and polished game. It seems a bit short but its probably better to end with the gamer demanding
more. The humor and the sort of play within a play
aspect of the game is what really sold me though. It has the funniest ending theme
I've heard (also blogged
by the creator
). The voices of the automated turrets are so adorable I would feel compelled to hug them if they weren't always trying to kill me. Additionally the weighted companion cube
seems like an experiment in understanding gamers' attachment to NPCs. In this case the NPC is a box
and yet I still felt awful incinerating it. The whole time I was vaguely reminded of Solitary
the reality show that sticks contestants alone in small rooms
forcing them to endure various tests all the while being watched by a humorous computer with a female voice. Someone should sue...
RPS has articles on Portal including a Portal review
, a page suggesting Portal is a tale of
, and others
2007 Jun 8, 1:30
Clip from the Family Guy of Peter doing 80s style things. Specifically enjoying the Beverly Hills Copy theme song. Why do I think this is so funny?
2007 May 11, 7:48
After Carissa and Elijah's wedding
Sarah and I went to San Francisco. We drove in, well Sarah drove anyway, still in
the PT Cruiser Sunday morning and checked into our hotel, Hotel Diva
. I was originally concerned that I wouldn't fit in as I don't really consider myself a
diva, however the hotel was cool. They have Internet rooms setup in various themes, the front desk is always staffed, our room had a very modern look, and when we entered the flat-screen over the
front desk was playing an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
We walked around a bit before going to the SF Museum of Modern Art
. There was a Picasso exhibit at the time
which we could see for only $3 more. It felt kind of wrong like my ticket was super-sized. I think the most memorable piece I saw was three white
which consisted of three blank panels. Art. Sure. After that Sarah wanted to see the giant Hello Kitty store she had heard of from her sister. We ended up going to the Westfield Shopping
center which has a disappointingly average sized Hello Kitty store. Apparently the giant one is gone. That night we went to First Crush
for dinner. I had a
flight of wine which consists of three one-third sized glasses of various but complimentary wines. It was a great restaurant in terms of food, drink, atmosphere and service.
The next morning we were even more the tourists when we went down to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. We visited the famous wax museum and purchased multiple
pounds of taffy. On the way back to the Oakland airport we got to experience a little traffic as part of the 580
freeway had collapsed
the morning we arrived and was still under repair on our way out. We survived of course and I think the trip went rather well.
2007 Apr 15, 7:37
Friday Jon, Daniil, and I saw Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
. It was really
great. The quality of individual Aqua Teen episodes varies wildly but this movie was very funny. It was like watching an excellent episode that happened to be 87 minutes long.
I had some difficulty generating interest for the movie as many didn't think this was 'their kind of movie'. I asked Sarah and she said no but I talked to her about it again later after she watched
and she said she really didn't want to see it because it looked too weird. I asked her what she saw in the clip and she said a man with weird pants was talking with french fries while a
drink was getting a meatball to push him around in a cart.
Well, when you put it like that it does sound weird...