Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009

In kindergarten, we spent weeks learning the
alphabet. I wasn't very good at it, so I got an
F when they tested us. At least they *told* me
it was an F -- I had no way of knowing for sure.

Top of the Heap:
Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2009

If there's something you only get to do once a year AND once in a blue moon, tomorrow just might be your lucky day

List of TV series and movie marathons and specials for New Year's Eve weekend 2009

The Year’s Best Pictures of the Sky, Space and Stars

Why we should call the new year Twenty-Ten, not Two Thousand-Ten

Dave Barry's year in review: 2009;id=148970

The '00s: Goodbye (at Last) to the Decade From Hell.,8599,1942834,00.html

Where were YOU when the world ended? Y2K in Y2K10 - Ten Years Later

The year's most amazing scientific images

6 Terrible Names People Are Trying to Give This Decade.

US Timeline 2000-2009

The 50 Funniest Celebrity Quotes of the Decade

The Top One-Liners Of The Decade

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the Decade

Ten Science Stories That Changed Our Decade.

Top 10 Space Stories of the Decade
The 20 Best Gadgets of the Decade

Most Popular Free iPhone Apps of 2009;id=148912

2009 List of Banished Words

The Top 10 Embarrassing Sports Moments of the Year

The 12 Most Shocking Moments of the Year,,20319348_20331173,00.html


And, from Jack's Sunday Paper...

Ogori Cafe
MacWorld Cover Creation

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 23, 2009

You'd be surprised how gracious the other patrons
of a cash register line can be when you arrive jumping
up and down, hugging a 24-pack of toilet tissue.

Top of the Heap: 2009 Finalists for the Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest

Top of the Heap #2:
Every misconception imaginable. The Book of General Ignorance

Top of the Heap #3: The Results of Slate's "Write Like Sarah Palin" Contest

2009 Last Minute Holiday Geek Gift Guide

How to type upside down and backwards on the Web (tip O'the hat to the Bardgal!)

Tweet from the Large Hadron Collider Twitter account

15 Uses for Incredibly Inexpensive White Vinegar

Most Popular Free Mac Downloads for 2009

10 Questions to Ask Before Picking a Major

10 Ways to Screw Over the Corporate Jackals Who've Been Screwing You

What Was Popular Mechanics Thinking?

10 blue characters that are cooler than the aliens in "Avatar"

Top 10 Strangest Moments in Movie Monster Science


And, from Jack's Sunday Paper...

School Answering Machine

At First, But Then (Skipnote: If you laugh at this, you're doomed)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009

My most favorite part of Christmas shopping: Shuffling over to the desk
with my robe draped open, cradling a warm cup o' java and stroking the
three-day-old growth sprouting on my jawline, at which point I sit down,
give my knuckles a nice healthy *CRAAAACK* and proceed with to
order a whole bunch of stuff online. My least favorite part would
probably be getting kicked out of OfficeMax before I was finished.

Top of the Heap: I never knew the Universe could be this colorful!

The Geek "Must Do Before You Die" Checklist (sort of a birthday present for Luis)

Top 10 Quirky Science Tricks for Christmas Parties

I present to you the city in the United States with the least creative street names ever. Take a look around.

Christmas Around the World (thanks, Billy)

The 10 Most Depressing "My Life is Twilight" Entries

This is going on in every cell in your body right now. Any questions?

The Kung-Fu Movie Script Generator (tip O'the hat to Ken)

The 50 Best Protest Signs of 2009

The 12 Days of Christmas, as you've probably never heard it played before

For the Grinch McScrooges out there, Care4Less is for you!

Find the odds of a white Christmas in your area


And, from Jack's Sunday Paper...

Nothing this week... Jack's been studying and working for the closing week of the school play. HOWEVER, he sends out some pretty good stuff every week (chip off the old block), so if you want to subscribe to Jack's Sunday paper, send him an email ( and let him know. You won't be disappointed!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009

Someone asked me what I'd do if a Grizzly bear ever
attacked me when I was in Alaska. I thought about it
for a minute and said, "Whack him with a golf club."
Then he asked me, "Gee, do you think that'll work?"
I responded, "Why not? It works on Tigers in Florida."

Top of the Heap: Golf Tips for Elin Nordegren (Mrs. Tiger Woods) and Other Raging, Club-Wielding Celebrities

Animator vs. Animation (thanks, Kevin!)

A bit late, but here's a Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

The Chinese National Space Agency is actually Starfleet!

How to Buy a Christmas Tree

The importance of resting meat

The speed of light from Earth to the Moon (animation)

The Top 10 Things From Your 20's You'll Regret When You're 40

YouTube New Year's Countdown

A sneak look at the next Harry Potter movie

The Best of the Best Lists of 2009

Worldface is a social networking site for nations to interact.


And, from Jack's Sunday Paper...

Mozilla Sunbird

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009

I don't like to name-drop or brag, but I've
been told by some of the biggest names in show
business that I've been part of a great audience.

Top of the Heap: 10 Views of Earth from the Moon, Mars and Beyond

Related - views of our Solar System

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Twitter

Something to lighten your day - The Top 10 Craziest Moments of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Il

Yawn - it's one of the best things you can do for your brain

Style Thoughts for Men

When the End of the World arrives, take your survival tips from the movies!

20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer

15 Toys NOT to Buy Your Kids This Christmas

How to send spy messages with shoelaces

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Create magazine covers with your photo

The 5 Weirdest Moments in Television

The 20 Best Gadgets of the Decade

The 10 Best Family Guy Fights


And, from Jack's Sunday Paper...