from the "Pre-Filtered Content" Dept.

2009
Sep
2

Play THEM Off on 9/9

Being a dedicated dog person, I have to support this.
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9/9/09: A Day Without Cats on the Internet

Because why should all the fun on 09/09/09 be for Beatles fans, Apple geeks, 99-cent-store customers and post-apocalyptic steampunk ragdolls. Oh, and also President Obama. Is there anybody NOT doing something special on 09/09/09? Maybe… Satan? (long boring talk by nutcase about Large Hadron Collider and Nostrdamus)

And just for giggles, here’s Yahoo Answers on the significance of the date. (OMG TERRISTS!!! Thank you, Cheese Queen Forever)

AND NOW A WORD FROM SOMEBODY WHO MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ME...
2009
Jul
8

Of Course You Realize This Means WAR

(as seen at Monkeyfilter)

Forget about the nuke tests and missile launches. It appears that North Korea has declared CYBERWAR on the U.S.ofA. It’s a good thing that Kim Jung VeryIll’s minions are too undernourished to be competent, or this might be a serious threat.

UPDATE: Oh, Nevermind. (although an unsophisticated attack using old borrowed code does kind of sound like North Korean technology)

Jul
8

CHOCOLATE!

(as seen on MetaFilter)

Newsfilter: Man Dies after Falling Into Vat of Chocolate in NJ

He obviously didn’t yell “FIRE!” (apologies for crappy sound quality recorded too loud but it was the best version I could find and I love these guys)

2009
Jun
17

Was Gilligan His First or Last Name?

(as seen on MetaFilter)

Is there a question you’ve always wanted to ask about writing TV sitcoms? (Besides "Why bother?") Ask Ken Levine, the only living blogger and twitterer who has written for M*A*S*H, Cheers and The Simpsons (back when it was good), done baseball play-by-play for 3 Major League teams (and currently does the official DodgerTalk radio show), met Rush Limbaugh (when he was goodless awful), was once a disc jockey using the on-air alias "Beaver Cleaver" and had nothing whatsoever to do with the video game Bioshock. He’s collecting the questions for a “free teleseminar”, which is nice because he usually charges up the wazoo for seminars and based on everything I’ve seen, he’s worth it. Also, even if you HATE Twitter with every bone in your body, click the link at “twitterer” anyway and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and for MetaFilter I titled this “Why wasn’t there ever an episode of Cheers where everybody couldn’t remember anybody’s name? That would’ve been hilarious!” but I couldn’t use that here because of the way my titles are formatted.

2009
Jan
25

For the Next Time MetaFilter Is Down…

…I have created this graphic.
Overthinkin Bean Is Thinkin
It’s no Fail Whale, but hey…

I still don’t know how I was able to get not just the first post after MeFi came baqck from its SQL Injection Overdose, but actually got it posted a few seconds before the head MetaTechnician, PB, put up his “Test Post”. No, it is NOT one of the privileges of the MetaFilter Cabal (which not only does NOT exist but also I was kicked out of years ago).

2009
Jan
6

History Repeats and Hollywood Remakes

cross-posted on MetaFilter

You know the trouble with Historically-Based Movies? Unless you’re an uneducated, ignorant moran, you know how they’re gonna end. At least that’s the argument of this Premiere article on 10 Movie Endings Spoiled By History. Of course there are ways to avoid that problem, as Cracked.com’s (yeah, them) 11 Movies Saved by Historical Inaccuracy declares. Books have been written about Historical Movies’ accuracy or inaccuracy, and everybody has an opinion on what the Best Historical Movies are, but if you want your History purely entertaining, there’s only one mandog you can count on: here are Mr. Peabody, Sherman and the original Wayback Machine dropping in on Cristopher Columbus, Pancho Villa and Francisco Pizarro and the Incas (sorry, no USA History episodes on YouTube).

Notes: “300” is the only movie on both the ‘Spoiled by History’ and ‘Saved by Historical Inaccuracy’ lists. But it was the inclusion of the Star Wars Prequels on Premiere’s ‘History’ list that motivated me to make this post. What The Frak?!?

And the first episode of Peabody’s Improbable History is less about history and more about adoption issues that are still relevant today.

2009
Jan
5

The Doctor Who of Junk Food

cross-posted at MetaFilter

The Great British Sandwich is a ‘collaborative web project’ to build the world’s tallest sandwich, one ingredient at a time. It began picking up inedible layers early (20th from the bottom is Cat Hair, 38th is an iPhone 3G) and is now almostover 400 layers including the Higgs Boson, Child’s Tears and All the Turtles. via the Ridiculant

2009
Jan
2

Take a Journalist to Lunch – or to Task

crossposted at MetaFilter. (This is the kind of semi-serious stuff that I’m going to start doing regularly at another location… stay tuned)

Of all the offshoots of the “Stuff White People Like” meme, my favorite is Stuff Journalists Like. From Free Food to Press Passes to Exclusives, this blog is covering everything in the ink-stained-wretch’s lifestyle, including some things they really just barely tolerate. For a more serious look at the Journalistic Profession during this time of Transition/Crisis/Insanity, there’s always Jay Rosen, whose PressThink blog has been previously MetaFiltered and is getting more attention than ever via (shudder) Twitter. Or, for something more in-between… 10,000 Words uses a bright, shiny bunch of tag clouds, maps and other visual aids (plus fun with typography) to tell the journos how it should be done while doing it.

2008
Oct
2

Happy Birthday, Huckleberry Hound

And Yogi Bear, too.
50 years ago today…
Sure, more of you hadn’t been born yet, but I was 3 years old and destined to be in Hanna-Barbera’s prime audience.