Archive for Funky Stuff

Snacksby: Tell us whats in your pantry

Snacksby: Tell us whats in your pantry Tell us whats in your pantry and we will tell you what to cook. Nice, thanks Lifehacker.

The Ultralight Flying Scooter

The Ultralight Flying Scooter: Attach a scooter to an ultralight and you have an ultralight flying scooter. Gotta resist the urge …

FACEANALYZER

FACEANALYZER: Really interesting but somewhat hokey website that analyzes faces to provide an indepth analysis of your and your future. Wonderful site for hours of fun!! Via: Dvorak

curiousLee: SNIF – Social Networking In Fur

curiousLee: SNIF – Social Networking In Fur: Does your dog SNIF?

carol maker – zefrank.com

carol maker – zefrank.com: Amazingly fun Christmas Carol maker! Via Zeldman

Checking Apple Repair Status

Checking Apple Repair Status: A perl script that checks on the status of your repair order. Now THIS is wishful programming! Jennifer always makes fun of me when I say “oh it doesn’t exist? I will just code it !”

Political Machine

Political Machine: Now that would be fun to play!! Via: PhotoMatt

Barely Legal Music from the Internet

Google Search: allofmp3 reviews I have been looking through many different legal MP3 venues and even tried iTunes for a little. I do have to say that 99c is still a lot of money for me for a single song. I stick to radio and to Internet radio for the most part. However, I have recently managed to stumble upon a very nice service alled allofmp3.com and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised.

To sum up the procedure, downloads are charged at $0.01 per meg and they have all kinds of music. New, old, charts and everything in between. Payment is with a credit card and I decided to use my PayPal account to counteract the hokiness. The first link lists some articles that discusses the legality of this product. I am on the verge of downloading music legally (barely legal) from the Internet again!

Realistic Friendship Promises

A very good friend of mine thought this was appropriate for our friendship and I really wanted to share this with everyone. It makes a lot of sense to me.
Are you tired of all those mushy friendship poems that always sound good but never actually come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises that really speaks to true friendship!

1. When you are sad, I will get you drunk and will help you plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.

2. When you are blue, I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile, I will know you finally got laid and give you a high five.

4. When you are scared, I will rag you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried, I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and to quit whining.

6. When you are confused, I will use small words and draw pictures to explain.

7. When you are sick, stay the hell away from me until you’re well again. I don’t want whatever you have.

8. When you fall, I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

This is my oath, I pledge ’til the end. Why, you may ask? Because you’re my friend!

*modified* Send this link to ten of your closest friends and get depressed because you can only think of two, and one of them is not speaking to you right now anyway.

Remember: A friend will help you move. A really good friend will help you move a body. Let me know if I ever need to bring a shovel.

Which side of a lane do you drive on?

This is a very strange revelation and I believe I am wrong (at least I hope I am wrong). But play along with me here. This is what is needed of you.
When you are driving today, try to notice which side of a lane you drive on or tend to veer towards. Some people hog the sidewalk and others almost run into yu through the lines on the road. Once you have noticed the side, come back to this entry and click on more. Dont click on more before you do the noticing thing, you will ruin the surprise and the whole meaning of this post.
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Russian Ternary Computers

On continuing my personal search for education and all things cool, michel led me to Russian Ternary computers from the turn of the century. The idea is really cool and seemed like it would work at the time. The basic principle was that instead of working with binary numbers, they worked with ternary numbers. Brousentsov’s Ternary Principle suggested that “the result of some weighing is expressed in the ternary number system by using three numerals namely: 1 (the positive unit), 0 (zero) and `1 (the negative unit).” The number base three idea follows from the original Fibonacci equations and formulae and were actively followed in Russia.
For those of you interested in this arcane yet extremely interesting computational mathematics, you can read more about it in “History of Computing in Russia and the USSR“. Apparently, Moscow University spent a great deal of money and resources looking at just this idea.
This would also make it easier to compare and come up with three pronged logic problems which require nested if and while loops (or extra temporary variables) to solve with our present implementation of binary numbers. I wish I could come up with a better example, but it completely alludes me this late at night.
Enjoy!

Tax Time!!

I finished doing my taxes online today. Important to note is that in spite of my status as a “Non-Resident Alien” (like I am from outer space or something!), for tax purposes, I am a “Resident” with the same pleasures and benefits of the American Taxation System. (yes, this is a retort directed towards people who claim that foreigners pay lesser taxes in America and take all their money back to their home country)
Anyways, Turbo Tax, so far, rocks my Brown Indian World!! I filed electronically (after $25.96 extra) and was done with my taxes in a couple of hours. Now, if the IRS decides to NOT decide to scrutinize my $9600 in income this past year, I should get my refund (all of 20 bucks) in about 3 weeks. However, while I was filing my return, I noticed an amended Income Tax schedule for the year and it caught my eye. I will post a screencap of it and will let my readers decide why it bothered me so.

Taxes

On another note, while I was finishing my own taxes, I wondered about the President. Does he worry about filing his taxes till the last minute? Who does his taxes for him? Does he file taxes at all? Is it processed by the same people that would process yours and mine? Would it be considered a matter of national security for the person handling his taxes? Does he file out of state returns??
These are the kind of questions that keep me up at night!

A pre-hacked pre-packaged version of WordPress 1.01

Do you think there would be any interest in a pre-hacked, pre-packaged version of WordPress (just like this blog) with this template thrown in? Would there be any interest in having me setup a WordPress blog (pre-hacked and packaged of course) for someone to just blog with and not worry about the code (or the setup on their server)? Would Matt and other WordPress devs be pissed at me? :)

Extreme Blogging

.. should be a sport! I heard of this guy on NPR The HomeLess Blogger. I dont know whether to praise his versatility or criticize his dawdle! However, blogging is a wonderful form of entertainment for most of us and much like any other form of entertainment, we should have co-ed naked blogging! YEAH! How about a mountain climber blogging from atop the Alps on his cell phone or a guy writing an entry from the depths of the Bermuda Triangle? Thats enteratining blogs right there! Step aside Howard Dean, sir!
Know of any Extreme Bloggers?
PS: You notice my catch phrase is now “Co-Ed Naked Blogging” ;)

Friendster Schmendster! Orkut is here to stay!

Matt was offering me an Orkut invite on IRC but our conversation somehow got lost. Would anyone care to send me an invite? Thanks in advance! ( I really still do not understand how their homepage says that you can “Click here to join” and then says “By invite only” after you click the link!! )