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Kara Swisher being tricky and funny again »

Kara Swisher is one of the smartest, funniest and sometimes cruelest journalists I know. She is a co-host of the Wall Street Journal All Things Digital conference with Walt Mossberg. For a variety of reasons she's having a hard time getting an interview with Jerry Yang. She discovered that "Lunch with Jerry Yang" is the prize from DonorsChoose.org Bloggers Challenge for the bloggers who inspire the most readers to give. To participate/give, just go to the AllThingsD page on the DonorsChoose site. So... in addition to loving Kara, I also owe her for introducing me to cool people and letting...

Gen Kanai on Viral Learning Center Video »

When did Gen Kanai start working for the Viral Learning Center? Picture of Gen Kanai. (First spotted as an ad on Boing Boing.)...

Powerpoint Karaoke »

They have Powerpoint Karaoke at 23C3. Tim said they stole it from somewhere else, but I didn't catch the name. You get up. They cue up a random presentation. You ad lib it....

Reviving Bubble 1.0 jokes »

I wonder when we'll start reviving all of the old Bubble 1.0 jokes?...

No Photos from Fortune Brainstorm 2006 »

They just announced that the conference is on the record (yay!) but there are no photos allowed (boo!). They cited security reasons. I have a feeling maybe this had something to do with it. (disclaimer: I had nothing to do with the "derivative work")...

A derivative work »

I KNEW people would make creative use of the CC licensed video I uploaded. The WoW section subtitled. By Kazpah our friendly neighborhood Warlock. And NO. That's NOT what I said. ;-P The video requires some quicktime stuff and won't run in many players. If anyone knows how to convert it to other formats, let us know. FWIW, it seems to work in Safari on my Mac, but not in Firefox... and it will take awhile to download....

Veni's joke »

For one of the last resolutions of the ICANN board meeting, Vint asked the board to show their support by swaying back and forth in their seat. He promised to explain it later, but wasn't able to. Therefore, I believe it is my role in the interest of transparency, to explain the reference. Last night Veni told us a joke.Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev are on a train heading towards communism. Suddenly the conductor says, "Oh noes! There are no rails left. We can not move on." Lenin says, "no problem, Saturday is Lenin day and we will all...

Comment spam poetry »

I've been deleting a ton of comment spam from this spammer recently. I took a moment to read it and realized that it is, in a nutshell, a kind of weirdly poetic rendering of the state of the Internet today.cleavage He stared at the clock in the dashboard instead <a href="http://www.backgamm0n.com">backgammon</a> [url=http://www.backgamm0n.com]backgammon[/url] Hi Marty!.Maybe I'm just punch from too many long meetings......

Lighthouse vs USS Lincoln »

Lighthouse Amazing FactsThe lighthouse station called Arctowski is probably the most southerly lighthouse in the world. Built at the Polish research station in Antarctica named after Henryk Arctowski, the famous 19th century Polish geographer and Antarctic explorer. Situated on King George Island in the South Shetlands group, its geographical position is 62o10'S, 58o28'W. The following is the transcript of the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland: Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees the South to avoid a collision. Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees the North to...

Silly sushi video »

A very silly video about sushi....

Reporter's personal comments in Nikkei online edition »

The Nikkei10:31 13Sep2005 NIKKEI Hakuhodo Teams Up With Russian Ad Agency Note: I couldn't identify the Russian firm. This is just a guess. KMD TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hakuhodo Inc. formed a business partnership Monday with Russian advertising agency Prior Advertising, joining the growing ranks of Japanese automakers, consumer electronics firms and other businesses moving into the country to tap its developing economy. Through its partnership with Prior, Hakuhodo aims to secure orders from Japanese companies operating in Russia.  The Russian firm, meanwhile, will handle accounts on Hakuhodo's introduction. Through this joint effort, the partners will aim for sales of 500 million yen...

Shining remix »

Shining remix. Excellent. ;-) via Nick UPDATE: NYT article about this video from Matt in the comments....

Ig Nobel Prizes streaming NOW »

The Ig Nobel Prizes, the Nobel Prize of all things funny are streaming live now. via Steve Crandall...

Warcraft video »

Video of some people who like Warcraft. Funny. (At least to me.) Watch it to the end. via Jason...

Yahoo! goes hard gay »

Weird, very Japanese and funny. Yahoo! goes hard gay. UPDATE: I talked a friend of mine who has some elementary school kids. He said Hard Gay is all the rage and that all the kids walk around constantly doing the funny pelvic thrust that Hard Gay does....

Live on FOX: Man Says “None of Your Fucking Business” (VIDEO) »

I apologize to the people who are covering Katrina seriously and to all of the people who are affected by it. I just got this from Xeni and I think it's priceless.The Political TeenSHEPARD SMITH: You’re live on FOX News Channel, what are you doing? MAN: Walking my dogs. SMITH: Why are you still here? I’m just curious. MAN: None of your fucking business. SMITH: Oh that was a good answer, wasn’t it? That was live on international television. Thanks so much for that. You know we apologize.Xeni in IMCool. I love that SOME people in america are not media...

Honesty and tough questions »

At FOO Camp they handed people a piece of paper asking three questions. 1) What do you make? 2) What is your favorite tool/toy? 3) Who are your technology heros? These were posted on a board with people's photos. Everyone had very clever answers. When I was pondering the answers to mine, someone at my breakfast table mentioned that the REAL answer for most people was probably "me" for all three questions....

The War on Terror - As viewed from the Bourne shell »

The War on Terror - As viewed from the Bourne shell. Some geeky fun for a serious issue. via MetaFilter...

More Cowbell »

Chris Anderson has an interesting article about the massive parallel culture on the Internet in the context of the Long Tail. He posted the picture Anil wearing the Goatse t-shirt in the New York Times interview as an example. I was looking at the list and one that I had somehow missed was "More Cowbell". (It's sort of the opposite of stealth disco.) Thanks to Google, I was able to find a video of the original skit. (The link to the mp3 on The Cowbell Project page was broken.) The Contagious Media Showdown targets this genre, but I wonder what...

Daily video of a geeky dancer in his living room »

Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing BlogDaily video of a geeky dancer in his living room Daily Dancer is a site where a geek video-records himself dancing to a different song every day and posts it. Jamal recommends starting with the Fett's Vette boogie, on the basis of its laudable Star Wars Kid reference, and I concur. LinkSome day people will look back and try to understand....

Anil GOATSE's the NYT »

Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing BlogGOATSE t-shirt in the NYT Anil Dash wore a subtle and arcane GOATSE t-shirt for a recent New York Times photoshoot, and they ran a pic of him wearing it. GOATSE is an Internet legend -- a repulsive photo that used to live at www.goatse.cx that Internet pranksters went to great lengths to trick others into seeing. SFW Wikipedia entry on Goatse, NYT LinkThis is excellent... Wait, does this guy work for Six Apart?...

Wikipedia Stealth Disco article »

I just noticed the Stealth Disco article on Wikipedia recently had an {{explain-significance}} slapped on it. This means that if we can't explain why it is significant, it will be nominated for deletion. Stealth Disco reminds me of the fun we used to have and it would be a pity to see Stealth Disco disappear from Wikipedia. Anyone have any good Stealth Disco stories or developments we can use to expand the article? My first Stealth Disco Stealth Disco'ed by Halley UPDATE: Link to original Stealth Disco video from mhegge. (wmv) Must See....

Autoblogger »

You thought I had blog-block? Actually, my autoblogger was just broken....

PR-Speak Translation of Adobe’s Acquisition of Macromedia ‘FAQ’ »

Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe’s ‘FAQ’ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia ;-) Funny. via Dvorak...

Launch of Sixfoo! 660° »

Launch of Sixfoo! 660° Something from yesterday. via Quiplash on Flickr...

"Happy Birthday" is owned by Time Warner »

Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing BlogHelp rat on people who sing Happy Birthday! Mako sez, "Unhappy Birthday is a website/project commenting on the fact that the song "Happy Birthday To You" is under an actively enforced copyright held by Time Warner. The site offers tools and information to report unauthorized public performances of that work. If educating people and upholding the principle of copyright means risking a DoS of ASCAP's licensing enforcement infrastructure, that's a risk I'm willing to take." Link (Thanks, Mako!)I didn't realize I was engaging in copyright infringement when I sang Happy Birthday in public without...

NYT on the Numa Numa guy »

The New York Times has a story on the kid who made the video of himself singing and dancing along to Dragostea Din Tei that I blogged about earlier. He is Gary Brolsma, 19, from New Jersey. via Mimi...

Kenji's revenge »

On my Japanese blog, I've been podcasting conversations with Kenji Eno, former game developer and now CEO of fyto. The last post was a silly remix of our conversations put to music. I didn't post it here because it was in Japanese, but he's fired back with podcasting.mp3, his revenge. (Chat 1, Chat 2, Remix - On Archive.org, podcasting - Kenji's revenge 6.7MB mp3)...

Kittengate »

Sorry about the light blogging. Have been a bit swamped during my travels. For now I present to you... kittengate. For some more serious comments on the issue, see the comments on this post....

Jorge Lopez, MCSE slams Mac Mini »

Mac Mini: The Emperor's New Computer by Jorge Lopez, MCSE...The Mini boots up into a stripped-down operating system which Apple calls OS X, similar to the stripped-down WindowsCE OS found on many handhelds. ...No serial ports, no way to connect a printer, no PS/2 ports, no floppy drive, no 5.25;-) via MetaFilter...

Help name the non-Media Player version of Windows »

Dan Gillmor is trying to help come up with the new name for the non-Media Player version of Windows for the EU....

Gesture lost in translation »

Xeni @ Boing BoingJenna Bush, Spawn of Satan Is it me, or is Jenna Bush holding up the sign of Satan next to her father's face in this photo? Choose picture #7 in this MSNBC slide show. Here's the original MSNBC Link, and here's a link to a copy of the photo I saved locally (it's now offline at MSNBC) (thanks Jeremy) Update: BB reader Charles Bestal says, "As a University of Texas student, we hear a good bit about the party animal around campus -- but it should be noted that she is most likely invoking the school's hand-sign...

It's the Wiki Wiki thing »

What happens when you 1) were thinking about stupid songs that you can't get out of your head, 2) are listening to the audio of Jimmy Wales talking about Wikipedia in Boston (audio and text transcripts here), 3) are chatting to wikipedians on IRC and 4) happen to have Garage Band open? This (800K mp3 / 870K ogg). PS I would like to add that many wikipedians contributed links, sounds and feedback in the creation of this piece. It's amazing what you can do as a community. ;-P Just kidding, I can not take credit for the entire work, but...

Jib Jab again »

In case you missed it - the new Jib Jab......

O-Zone madness »

There is song called Dragostea Din Tei on the Disco-Zone CD by O-Zone. O-Zone was a little known Euro-dance act from Romania... until someone in Japan syched some flash to it. Then someone else. Here is the original music video. Then someone made a video. Suddenly, this CD is a hit and many of my friends are ordering it from Amazon. I bet they don't know what hit them. This reminds me of the badger badger/potter potter meme and the Yatta meme. There is some peculiar element of certain songs that gets people's creative juices going. I think they have...

Potter Potter »

Potter Potter... And you won't get this unless you were part of the Badger Badger Badger infection awhile back. via Eno...

New York Times people and their perception of blogs... »

Ernie the AttorneyBlogs are 'unsourced rantings' says former NY Times editor From the 'Department of Supreme Irony' comes a statement by Howell Raines (the former Executive Editor of the New York Times) that blogging is 'unsourced ranting' (the link is to a News.com article that links to an Atlantic Monthly article that you have to subscribe to in order to view). First of all, Raines' statement is so completely ludicrous as to be laughable. Weblogs have a lot of shortcomings, but lack of sourcing isn't one of them. In fact, if you want to criticize weblogs you would do better...

New Apple Signature iPods »

First the Special Edition U2 iPod. Now this. ;-) via Michael...

Poor librarian immerses self in irony »

Funny anti-blog anti-Wikipedia article by a librarian Greg Hill who manages to mangle the spelling of Dan Gillmor and Dave Barry's name while trying to argue that "librarians abhor using reference sources that don't have established credibility editorial rigor..." ;-) I don't usually like to link to stupid articles, but this one's too ironic to just ignore. via Dan Gillmor Dan GillmorUPDATE: Trudy Schuett posted an extraordinary exchange of e-mails with the Alaska librarian, who has the nerve to say he knows of "no typos or mis-statements in that column, unless they are those of the sources I cite, and...

Straight male seeks Bush supporter for fair, physical fight »

Found on Craigslist by Kelly Sue -- "Straight male seeks Bush supporter for fair, physical fight - m4m": I would like to fight a Bush supporter to vent my anger. If you are one, have a fiery streek, please contact me so we can meet and physically fight. I would like to beat the shit out of you. via die puny humans...

Ooops »

Oops. via Imajes UPDATE: If the link above is down, try this one. Thanks Alison....

The AOLer Translator »

IM is sweeping the world but it's a whole new vocabulary. Feeling old and out of touch? Try the AOLer Translator. via Sean...

The three big Jewish brands »

I was just on a panel with Yossi Vardi, the founding investor in ICQ.Yossi VardiThere are three big brands that we have created which are well known enough to have approximately 20 million or so links on Google. They are The Bible, Jesus Christ and ICQ. The first one took 3500 years, the second one 2000 years and ICQ only 8 years as of next week. As you can see, they all spread virally....

Someone at CNN.com has a sense of humor... »

jluster.orgOK, this is so going to blow up... Go to CNN to find this page: http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/election2004.jsp?feature=ne_election5 once there, you'll find a page like the one below. Snapshot archived for posterity after CNN wises up. now right-click, control-click or whatever on the Bush/Laura image. Select "Open Image" or the equivalent. And observe the image name. Yes, this is not a fake. As of right now, November 3rd, 2004, 21:23 PST this is the frontpage. My world just got a little brighter. Pizza, Canadian beer, and watching "Strange Brew" contribute, too.The name of the image file is asshole.jpg. Nice catch Jonas. UPDATE...

Electing to Leave »

Harper's MagazineElecting to Leave A reader’s guide to expatriating on November 3 So the wrong candidate has won, and you want to leave the country. Let us consider your options.;-) Saw this in a few placing including metafilter...

Ann Coulter attacked by Al Pieda »

MSNBC: Columnist Coulter hit with custard pies The Smoking Gun: "Al Pieda" Targets Ann Coulter According to a copy of the police report from the University of Arizona Police Department on The Smoking Gun, the "Al Pieda" were involved.UAPD reportSearch incident to arrest I located on both Wolff and Smith pieces of paper (propaganda) involving Coulter's name and the explanation of "Al Pieda". via Markoff...

iDebate »

This image may be copyrighted. I don't know the origin of the image. If someone knows, please let me know. UPDATE: Larry Angell via EmailHi Joi, I was the original poster of the iDebate image. I posted it on my blog back on Wednesday, the 13th. It was an original work done by one of our MacMinute.com readers (I'm the editor over there) who let me post it. Thanks for any possible link :-) http://www.happygolarry.com/2004/10/13/bulge Cheers, Larry Angell Editor-in-Chief, MacMinute http://www.macminute.com...

Feeback on Operation Clark County »

The Guardian had an interesting project to try to get readers to send email to people in Clark County and influence the US vote.The Guardian Operation Clark County [...] It works like this. By typing your email address into the box on this page, you will receive the name and address of a voter in Clark County, Ohio. You may not have heard of it, but it's one of the most marginal areas in one of the most marginal states: at the last election, just 324 votes separated Democrats from Republicans. It's a place where a change of mind among...

Giggling translators »

I'm on a panel right now in Milan. I learned the name of the conference when I finally got my pass. Lucky for me that they have simultaneous translation. On the other hand, I'm the ONLY one in the room who is using it right now since the speaker is speaking in Italian. There are two translators as usual who switch back and forth so the other can take a break. The thing is, the resting translator seems to be trying to make the speaking translator laugh. She keeps shutting off the translation and cracking up laughing. You can still...

The Horn Guy »

Sorry about the light blogging. I've been a bit busy in New York. Here's something to to fill the void. Presenting, The Horn Guy (Windows Media Player) from eBaum's World via Scott...

Kamelopedia en launched! »

Kamelopedia, originally a German parody of Wikipedia, has launched in English. Kamelopedia uses the same MediaWiki software that Wikipedia uses, but it is a joke encyclopedia based on puns and mistakes. Wikipedia has an english language description of Kamelopedia. I just signed up, but I'm not sure which is more fun... trying to be funny, or writing in the Wikipedia deadpan tone about something that is funny. (I'm working on this style on the Stealth Disco article.) There is also the Wikipedia Bad jokes and other deleted nonsense page. via Jimbo...

NROjr.gov - a message to kids from the US intelligence community »

Since I can't get onto the GW site, I guess I have to settle for the NROjr.gov site. The NRO? National Reconnaissance OfficeThe NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment. As part of the 14-member Intelligence Community, the NRO plays a primary role in achieving information superiority for the U. S. Government and Armed Forces.So what is NROjr? It's a...

Joking about horrible things »

The post by Xeni about Stealth Lynndie-ing reminded me of a story I heard recently from a unnamed source involved in Israeli and Palestinian relations. Apparently after an official meeting, an Israeli and Palestinian were having coffee and the Israeli asked the Palestinian to tell him a joke. Here is the joke the Palestinian told: So there's this young guy from Hebron (I guess they make fun of people from Hebron...). He goes to the PLO and says he wants to become a suicide bomber. The PLO gives him a gun, a belt-bomb and a cell phone and tell him...

Hello Kitty flashlight for Doom 3 »

Cory @ Boing BoingHello Kitty flashlight for Doom 3 Doom 3 has only just come out and already the modders are revving up their engines. My favorite so far: a Hello Kitty flashlight mod that makes your gun's built-in light cast a kawaii beam on the objects it alights upon. Link (via Oblomovka)Doom modder culture has become truly sophisticated. ;-) How very Boing Boing....

Presidential Freudian slip? »

President George W. BushPresident Signs Defense Bill REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE SIGNING OF H.R. 4613, THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005 Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.Ooops. A Freudian slip? via George via IP UPDATE: mp3 file of this from Lauren Weinstein's blog....

IM from Markoff re We The Media review »

"The New York Times is my blog" Markoff just IMed me with this funny comment from Slashdot about Dan Gillmor's We the Media. I would have gotten more defensive if it weren't so funny. Anyway, keep laughing Markoff. Just you wait and see. ;-) Yes... I did photoshop out the end of his AIM nickname....

It's just a lost pet Hyena »

I think the "mystery creature" in Maryland (via Boing Boing) is just a lost Nigerian pet Hyena. The mystery creature or "Hyote" Nigerian pet hyenas and baboons...

Speaking of funny IM conversations »

I think fake IM conversations are becoming a new legitimate form of satire. Here is one of the classics. via snowchyld...

What was Eisner doing? »

Defamer imagines what Michael Eisner was doing in my moblog picture of him at Brainstorm 2004. ;-) via Glenn...

GW Bush Invigorating America's Youth »

I just found this very funny clip from David Letterman on David Weinberger's blog. (You need Real Player) So David, you may be the last person in America to see this clip, but at least not the last in the world. It's very funny. It's like a new twist to Stealth Disco....

Rock, Paper, Sadaam! »

Rock, Paper, Saddam! Pretty silly, but pretty funny. via Metafilter...

Potty mouth Cheney »

Washington Post"On Tuesday, Cheney, serving in his role as president of the Senate, appeared in the chamber for a photo session. A chance meeting with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, became an argument about Cheney's ties to Halliburton Co., an international energy services corporation, and President Bush's judicial nominees. The exchange ended when Cheney offered some crass advice. 'Fuck yourself,' said the man who is a heartbeat from the presidency." ...Even if the Senate were in session, the vice president, though constitutionally the president of the Senate, is an executive branch official and...

SD at SN »

James continues the SD tradition. Loic takes photos. Rock on brothers. UPDATE Loic SD's Liz....

Photoshop as communication »

I had fun with some photoshopping last night, but this morning someone showed me a site of a photoshop-a-rama on the new MEP from Finland, Alexander Stubb. Too bad most blogs don't allow images in comments anymore. It's such a ... "creative" form of communication. ;-)...

p-p-p-powerbook! »

Another funny example of scamming a scammer. This time on eBay. (PDF file of the scam | Web Site) via user0 UPDATE: The links above seem to be blocked now. Maybe they got too much traffic. I'm uploading the PDF here....

Louisiana to ban saggy, butt-crack-exposing pants »

Louisiana to ban saggy, butt-crack-exposing pants via Boing Boing. This is really funny because many years ago I had the honor of being with the mayor of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. I distinctly remember the mayor talking about his new "moon pants". They were pants that you could easily zip down the back of and moon people from the balcony. I guess he can't wear them anymore......

Scambaiting »

Scambaiting is the sport of baiting and messing with 419 scammers. via Thomas...

Japgrish »

Everyone makes fun of the Japanese use of English. (See Engrish) The Chicago Tribune has a story featuring Chicagoans with tattoos Japanese characters and a comparison of what the bearers think they mean and what they really mean in Japanese. Very funny. via MetaFilter and Boing Boing...

Sergey Brin in Drag »

Sergey Brin in Drag - EXCLUSIVE on Google Weblog...

Microsoft's embarrassing metadata »

A hacker grabbed all of the Word files on microsoft.com and scanned the edit/revision metadata. Very funny. Ooops. ;-) Via boing boing...

Math Joke »

I just got this via email and don't know the copyright or the origin of this. If someone knows whether I should give credit to someone, please let me know. But it's too funny not to blog....

Ze Frank on Friendster »

Ze Frank, who was on my panel yesterday has a hilarious movie. MUST See. Makes fun of Friendster, Orkut and Wallop. And Ze is a VERY funny guy. Check out his web page....

Bush Jokes About Absent Wmd »

Bush Jokes About Absent Wmd Haha. Very funny... not. Via Lauren Weinstein's Blog...

iPodrace »

8.7MB movie about... an iPod race. via Markoff...

Dishonest Dubya »

Dishonest Dubya. Funny. via Peggy...

Angle-Grinder Man is back »

Angle-Grinder Man is back. His web page is here....

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Ad »

I think this is old news on the Net, but the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force has produced an ad that is has begun to show on big screens at major intersections now and will soon be on TV. It's a bit embarrassing as a Japanese, but I guess it makes us look less threatening... via Wirefarm See the JMSDF site for the movie....

Orkutworld »

Orkutworld (1.34MB mp3). Hilarious. (via danah via Cory via FilePile via Kevin via Mighty Mighty Spatchtones)...

Cats and dogs... »

I was playing with Bo all afternoon, thinking about what her blog would look like and was reminded of this funny comparison between cats and dogs. Thanks to Google, it was easy to find....

Why the rover failed... »

In case you were wondering why the rover failed... movie via Markoff...

Pepsi / Apple Superbowl Parody »

A great parody of the Pepsi / Apple Superbowl commercial. (Thanks RS!) You can see the original Pepsi / iTunes ad here. (Thanks Shawn!) It's also on the Apple site. I guess, as Boris says, it's not so much a parody as what they really wanted to say, but couldn't. Those kids probably got paid more to do the ad than they paid the RIAA. The RIAA is getting so stupid that it's getting cool to make fun of them. Sounds like the beginning of the end when your business involves being cool. Don't forget to check out whatacrappypresent.com...

Blogging blogging blogging... »

Hugh just sent me another one... ;-) Yossi was making fun of me for sitting here blogging blogging blogging......

Insured by the Mafia »

"Insured by the Mafia : you hit me. we hit you!"...

collaborating with gapingvoid »

gapingvoid and I are going to collaborate on combing our twisted humor and his cartoon skills......

Two Cows : They're Back! »

This seems to be making its rounds on the Net right now. via Louis via Lane...

Cards for 500 of my closest friends... »

Hugh aka gapingvoid, one of my favorite online cartoonists, let me pick a cartoon and sent me 500 business cards with my contact info on once side, and this image on the other. After getting a stack of 500 cards that say, "You are the most important person in my Life" I realized the irony and realized that maybe I chose the wrong phrase. ;-p I do think his idea of cartoons on business cards is a cool idea. So what I need is a bunch of different cards ranging from "You are the most important person in my...

Bush in 30 Seconds »

Fifteen "bush in 30 second" ads on MoveOn.Org. "a political advertising contest sponsored by moveon.org voter fund."...

Halley's Barlow Christmas song »

Halley just posted a song about Barlow sung to the tune of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Soo good. Now I can go to sleep with Christmas cheer in my head. ;-) And Halley sings it for us....

David Weinberger on Howard Dean answering machine messages »

David WeinbergerSuppose Gov. Dean were to record a message like the following and make it available for download on the campaign Web site: [...] Hello. ____[suitably long pause]_____ have agreed to let me answer their phone. I'm Howard Dean and if you elect me president, I'll answer your phone, too. Now, here's the beep.Knowing David, who IS the Campaign's Senior Internet Advisor, he'll probably suggest this to Howard Dean. ;-)...

Address book poker »

Reading Jill's comments over on misbehaving reminded me of a game that some people play in Japan. (I learned it from Eno-san.) It originated with business cards, but has moved to mobile phones. There are three people: two players and a judge. The two players pick someone from their address books and reveal them to each other simultaneously. The judge decides which one is more famous or important. The loser has to shred the business card or in the case of mobile phones, delete that entry from the address book. It's quite funny because you try to play important people to beat the other person, but if you lose, you lose a valuable phone number. The judge's perspective of what sort of person is important also comes into play in an interesting way.It's no fun when you have backups of your phone numbers, but in Japan, where most people don't backup their mobile phone numbers, it's often for keeps.Don't try this at home.

Speaking of turtles... »

Speaking of turtles... don't forget the badgers...

Larry Page and Sergey Brin parody blog »

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Parody BlogI've wanted to do a blog for ages but Sergey couldn't manage to set up MovableType. Apparently it's "Just too difficult".Anyway, the other day he suggested that it would be a thousand times easier to just buy Blogger.com.So we did.Via Aaron Swartz on the Google Weblog

The Memoirs of Joi Ito »

Someone sent me a copy of "The Memoirs of Joi Ito". It came in from Canada without a return-address. (My assistant opened it.) It's a book based on The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes with all of the references to Sherlock Holmes replaced by "Joi Ito". It's from www.customizedclassics.com which lets you create customized books like this. You can also customize the dedication. This books says:Dedicated to the world's most famous detective, who has yet to be discovered, a legend in his own mind, J.I.I first thought it might be an advertisement from the company, but with this snarky dedication, I decided it must be someone I know. I asked Boris, the main joker I know in Canada, but it wasn't him. Was it you AG?Anyway, haha. Very funny. ;-p

Can you tell a coder from a cannibal? »

The Programing Language Inventor or Serial Killer? Quiz.Can you tell a coder from a cannibal? Try to work out which of the following spent their time hacking computers, and which preferred hacking away at corpses instead.Funny.Via Markoff

Dvorak on blogs »

Oh cool! Dvorak is bashing blogs again. It must be that time of year again. He probably needs more traffic.Oops. I broke my promise not to make fun of journalists who don't blog... But I'll make an exception for journalists who like to tease me too.UPDATE: Steve Gillmor takes the bait and responds to Dvorak.

Difficult choices for American youths »

via ejovi. Original is here. It appears to be a real billboard.

Arnold goes "Chichin Pwee Pwee" »

The entry on Bopuc's blog about Japander.com reminded me of my blog entry about my favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger commercials in Japan for energy drinks. This is also relevant to the entry about Lost in Translation since Bill Murray's role is probably what Arnold had to go through. Anyway, definitely worth a look if you haven't seen these commercials already. They're great.

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US »

Last year, I saw Liz Lawley link to an Apron with an Apple Base Station that said "All Your Base Station Are Belong To Us." I thought it was really funny and bought one for my sister. Ever since then, I've seen references to, and have used myself on occasion, this funny grammatically flawed assertion.Last night, Rojisan asked me if I knew where this phrase came from. I didn't. He told me that it came from a mistranslation in a Japanese video game. ??? This morning I saw a link on RageBoy's page to an ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US flash animation. (My first exposure to the images from the actual video game.) A quick Google produced a Wired News article explaining that the game is called Zero Wing from 1989 for the Sega Genesis."I'm obviously the dorky kid coming late to the party."

Rageboy on IRC »

After listening to me talk about the virtues of IRC, Rageboy sent me a link to something he wrote in 1996 about IRC and the future of discourse. As you can imagine, it's very funny.

F---ing USA? »

The FCC says it's OK to say "fuck" on TV. So it is OK to broadcast, "fucking USA" ?Via MetaFilter and Boing Boing

Superheros of our times »

New York Times“[T]he masked Englishman who calls himself Angle-Grinder Man … has been trawling London for four months dressed in a homemade superhero outfit, complete with gold lamé underpants and cape, removing the security boots from people’s illegally parked cars.Funny entry on Making Light about superheros of our times.Via Kevin Marks on IRC

Do Not Call 317-816-9336 »

Telemarketers are suing the National Do Not Call Registry in the US, which is a place where you can register to block telemarketers from calling you. 50 million households have signed up. I think this is a good idea, they obviously don't.In his column, David Barry of the Miami Herald published the phone number of the American Teleservices Association, a telemarketing company.David Barry @ Mami HeraldIt turned out that a lot of you were eager to call up the telemarketing industry. Thousands and thousands of you called the ATA. I found out about this when I saw an article in a direct-marketing newspaper, the DM News, which quoted the executive director of the ATA, Tim Searcy. Here's an excerpt from the article:"The ATA received no warning about the article from Barry or anyone connected with him," Searcy said. ". . . the Barry column has had harmful consequences for the ATA. An ATA staffer has spent about five hours a day for the past six days monitoring the voice mail and clearing out messages."That's correct: The ATA received NO WARNING that it was going to get unwanted calls! Not only that, but these unwanted calls were an INCONVENIENCE for the ATA, and WASTED THE ATA'S TIME!I just hope nobody interrupted the ATA's dinner.Ha! This is great. The hypocrisy and the irony are truly monumental. The ATA changed their phone number, but the new one is 317-816-9336. Maybe I'll call them and ask them if they know about Stealth Disco...Via The Daily Irrelevant

Nazi's on trampolines »

Lisa's posted a funny clip of Nazi's on trampolines.

SD2 »

Just Stealth Disco'ed my chairman, Jun. Gee this is addictive. 288K QT FileI must escalate to people outside of my company.

My first Stealth Disco »

I just did my first stealth disco. Uploaded the 116K QT file. I'm SD'ing Jim aka mmdc and the video was taken by Adriaan aka ado.

Talk Like A Pirate Day »

Ahoy! Happy Talk LIke A Pirate Day!

Stealth Disco »

So many people have already blogged this so I don't know who to attribute, but if you missed it, check out Stealth Disco. Stealth disco is when you take video tape yourself or someone rocking and grooving near someone who can't see you doing it. It started as a prank between employees at an ad agency in Chicago called Cramer-Krasselt.

Irrational Exuberance a fanimutation based on Yatta! by Happatai »

I received a link from Chris to a fanimutation called Irrational Exuberance by Veloso at verylowsodium.com. It's very funny. It's a flash animation over the Happatai song "Yatta!". Max and James turned me on to "Yatta!" When I saw them in May at FiRe. Happatai are a group of Japanese comedians who released a song back in April 2001 called "Yatta!". It's a very silly song with silly lyrics and a video of them dancing around with no clothes and just a fig leaf. The weird thing about this is that it was slightly funny when it came out in Japan, but the mpeg video of this has been zooming around the Internet in the US and has developed small cult following. this fanimutation by Veloso is just another "derivative work" of "Yatta!" I wonder if this is an example of Japan's Gross National Cool export. Maybe I should contact them and see if they will release the rights for these fanimutations since they are clearly increasing their popularity in the US. ;-)Flash animations over popular or weird songs or "fanimutations" are becoming a funky new art form. People seem to encourage sharing of the flash code. They are another example of a new form of "art" like mashups that aren't really feasible under traditional copyright/licensing. Mixing, sharing and attribution are at the core of this new subculture. If you go to the sites, you'll notice that people go to great lengths to link and attribute.A site with a bunch of Yatta! linksA Japanese site showing how to do the Yatta! dance

Ordering of letters don't matter »

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by ilstef, but the wrod as a wlohe.Via Markoff Via JerryUPDATE: I noticed that the title of this post is grammatically incorrect. It should be "The ordering of the letters doesn't matter" or something. The irony is that my blog renders my permalinks from my titles, so I can't correct it without breaking people's links. The first entry I've ever written about linguistics will be permanently grammatically incorrect. ;-p

Total Recall 2003 »

Funny. ;-)Thanks Max!

Six Apart gets an office, Anil caught wearing Blogger T-Shirt »

Glad to see Six Apart finally moved into an office and moved out of their apartment. In Japan, they call apartments apart. When we announced our investment in Six Apart to our investors, two of them asked if we were getting into real estate investments.Also, Anil says I'm "consorting with the enemy"... Well, Anil, what's up with that T-Shirt?Jeff Jarvis ratted on your T-Shirt. ;-)

Introvertster beta »

Introvertster beta is up!Via Xeni on boing boing

#joiito is turning into M*A*S*H »

Ever since Reverend A. K. M. Adam aka AKMA started hanging out on IRC, I've started to think that #joiito is a lot like M*A*S*H, the American TV show about the people in a medical camp during the Korean War. As a Japanese who never went to Western churches, my first exposure to a chaplain was on M*A*S*H. AKMA plays a great chaplain on #joiito. ;-) Like the TV show, there is funny chatter like the doctors chatting during surgery. There are visits by guests who pop by to say hi. There are even battles waging on blogs and the wounded show up at #joiito to hang out and recharge.Anyway, I'll stop pushing the metaphor now.

Marc Canter is a Very Silly Man »

"Mac Canter is a very silly man" -- Lisa Rein;-) Yup.Update: Lisa has posted the movie of this. ;-)

Anti-Davos Protest Wear »

The LogoAll dressed up an nowhere to goWhen I was in Switzerland, I met someone who was protesting the Davos meeting I attended in January. He gave me one of the hooded sweatshirts that they wore. At first glance, it looked like a normal hooded sweatshirt, but when you zip it up, it quite conveniently covers most of your face. Best looking "protest wear" I've seen. My theory is that most protesters protest to get stuff like this and because it's fun.Update: etoy.ROCK gave me the sweatshirt. Thanks ROCK!

GW State of the Union Address remix »

Most people have probably already seen this, but Pete turned me on to a very funny edit of GW's State of the Union address. A must-see if you haven't seen it already. Streaming QT file.

Anonymous parody of some of the "A-List" bloggers »

There is an anonymous parody of some of the "A-List" bloggers - "Simple Guide to the A-List Bloggers" on - on Scoble's site. I guess the "A-List" is defined as people worth wasting time writing a parody about. It's all very funny until you get to your part. ;-PI'm going to link to this so it's not all laughing "behind my back."Thanks to the dozens of people who told me to go read this on IRC. ;-)

Weird comic strip in current issue of Net Runner »

Is this guy supposed to be me?The current issue of Net Runner, a magazine published by ZDNet Japan, has story on weblogs. The first page of the section has a comic strip of some fat guy looking at a site that says "Joji Ito's site on how to lose weight and become popular with girls" (rough translation) who goes on to lose weight with a screen that looks like blog entries of the progress. I don't know if they're making fun of me or acknowledging the fact that blogs actually help you lose weight. I assume both.

Doc jokes about the death of Dr. Atkins »

As a Quaker, I wonder if you're allowed to think about hard-on's in church and joke about people's deaths on your blog. Or maybe being an A-List blogger forces you to resort to deadpan humor to tighten up your style. ;-|Doc SearlsOther dead Atkins headlines   I'm still on the Atkins diet. Dr. Atkins isn't , of course. I mentioned that a couple days ago under the headline Ultimate Diet . Since then I've regretted not using either of two other headlines that came to mind at the time: 100% weight loss  Dead weight Anyway, both Doc and I are on the Atkins Diet which is basically a low-carb diet. Many people swear by it, but many people continue to warn me against it. It's too bad that Dr. Atkins died, but at least he died of an injury and not of something that could be tied to the Atkins diet.

Maledicta »

Just found Maledicta Press Online on Metafilter. There is Maledicta, the International Journal of Verbal Agression.Maledicta discusses language honestly: no dashes, no asterisks, no moralistic pussyfooting. Our motto: "They say it -- we print it. This brings back some memories. I remember I was REALLY into the study of maledicta in High School. I wrote about it online on The Source and almost got kicked out. A good curse involves religion, scatology and sex. The following is the curse that I posted I guess 20 years ago. Please don't read the rest of this post if you are easily offended.

Today's most creative put-down »

Christopher CoulterNo taking over, peaceful co-existence, if stripped of all the Valley-drunk Buzzwords, Cultic Groupthink and wacky utopian half-baked utter-nonsense mushed-oatmeal theories like ‘Emergent Democracy’.

More on Andrew Orlowski article about googlewashing »

Kevin Marks has written a nice rebuttal to Andrew Orlowski's article about googlewashing.

Flattering article in The Register about The Second Superpower paper and googlewashing »

Andrew Orlowski has an article in The Register about how Jim Moore's paper about the Second Superpower spread so quickly it now ranks #1 on Google. Talks about how A-List blogs contribute to the ability for a single entry to quickly outrank versions of the word.

Mena does the cork trick at SXSW »

The last time I saw Ben and Mena, I showed them the "the cork trick".

April Fools - Joy of Being Ito Web »

So, it's April 1 in Japan and I was sitting around trying to think of something clever for my April Fool's blog entry. Then Xeni sent me a link to Joy of Being Ito Web. Haha. Very funny Jim. I'm going to give up trying to write someting funny today... ;-p

Flash animation about the liberation of Afghanistan »

Short flash animation about the liberation of Afghanistan. Turn up the sound an take a look at this link.Via Tom Hammer

The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Politicians? »

LFHCfS The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) is a club for scientists who have, or believe they have, luxuriant flowing hair. The project was first announced in mini-AIR 2001-02. I wonder if there is a Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Politicians? I would nominate Koizumi-san.Via Xeni on Boing Boing

Satire blogs »

A roundup of hilarious satire blogs. Blogs by GW Bush, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il.Kim Jong Il Live Journal link via woj@MetaFilter

Ben & Mena - a song by S. Frank »

Steven Frank has composed a song about blogging called Ben and Mena. He blogs about it here, and the 3.8MB mp3 file is here. Probably interesting to hardcore bloggers only, but VERY funny. ;-)Via Chris Pirillo

Japanese guy with long hair makes a chonmage »

A Japanese guy (site in Japanese but great pictures) with long hair cuts his hair to make a chonmage.

Bush and Blair lipsynching video »

Very funny video of lipsynching Bush and Blair. 3.8mb .mpg file.Via WombatNation

Saddam will ban photoshop... »

If Saddam survives, he'll probably ban photoshop.Via hidely on Metafilter

Have a day Anil »

Anil coins a new smiley. :|

"Freedom Fries" »

;-) I can't image the French ever liked Americans calling fried potatoes "french fries" anyway.House restaurants change name of 'french fries' and 'french toast'

Status of situation in Iraq »

Click here to see the status of the situation on Iraq.Thanks Rebecca!

alert - shields up - Richard Bennett filter ON »

Mr. Bennett has a very dismissive and insulting way of engaging and is a good example of "noise" when we talk about "signal to noise ratio".

Bush's new song »

Just got this via email. Don't know who wrote it. Thanks Michael!Bush has a new song.... he composed it himself.... Must be sung to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands":

Peugeot commercial shot in India »

I heard that there are more movies produced in India than anywhere else in the world. I saw a lot of Indian movies on my flight to India and have started to really enjoy their interesting style. Here is a very funny Peugeot commercial that looks like it was shot in India.http://www.peugeot.de/aktuell/video.php3#Thanks for the link Neeraj!

Swiss having branding problems... »

So I was talking to Zai on the way to the Zurich AirportUnique and told him that I had heard that Munich Airport was closer to Davos than Zurich and that maybe I should have gone that way. He said that ever since the Swiss changed the name of the Zurich Airport to Unique, people mistake it with Munich. Why did they change it in the first place? Zurich Airport sounds just fine to me. Now, they are chaning Swiss Air to just "Swiss". Pretty confusing. What is the point? Monorom sent me a funny web page about all of this.

The Science of Christmas »

Very funny kuro5hin The Science of Christmas An analysis of Christmas has been wending it's way across the Internet for a few years now. This analysis purports to debunk Christmas by showing that Santa could not possibly visit each and every house to distribute presents on Christmas Eve. But the analysis is deeply flawed because it is written from a pure physics perspective Full Story...

George Bush Talking to Condoleeza Rice »

I just got this in the mail from Louis. Sorry if you've seen it, but I thought it was really funny. I don't know who wrote this, but would be happy to credit them if someone knows....

Jon Udell on power law distributions and a funny quote from the WSJ »

Read a great blog entry by Jon Udell about "power law distributions". It is the notion that when you link everything up into a network, you don't get an egalitarian world... power accumulates just like in the real world. We thought a lot about this when we were building Infoseek Japan... I'm going to have to think about this more before I can contribute something intellectually to this, but you should read the entry. He also quotes the WSJ at the end of the entry. I add this to add some holiday cheer here...John UdellJon Udell: Scale-free networks and mirror...

Demotivators »

A poster from Despair Inc. There is a poster section called "demotivators". It is a parody of motivational posters. I think these posters are a very American phenomenon. I always thought it was strange that anyone would read "Great Place to Work" on the wall and really think it was a great a place to work... On the other hand, a lot of Japanese companies have the philosophy or the rules of the company on the wall. Also, common is the picture of the founder glaring down at you. Saw this first on Doc Searls Weblog...

Putting The Boots In - Photo Lab Grasses Up Pot Growers »

Plastic Putting The Boots In — Photo Lab Grasses Up Pot Growers found on BBC News written by holgate, edited by John (Plastic) excerpt A house in Leith, near Edinburgh, was raided by police, leading to the arrest of five people, and the seizure of marijuana plants 'valued' at £15,000, after receiving a tip-off from photo-processing staff at the local branch of Boots. It's believed that a lab technician identified the plants when developing a set of prints, and got on the phone to the boys in blue."While you can understand photo-labs wishing to protect themselves from obscene images, given...

Microsoft Switch 1.0 »

VS I found this on David Farber's list. Aparently Microsoft tried to do a "switch" campaign like Apple did using "real people" to explain why they switched from Apple to Microsoft. Readers on Slashdot found the women in the ad in a catalog of stock photos and she is aparently not a "real person." Microsoft has since taken down their page, but Google has a cache....

What happens when you forget you're connected to the Net »

the service that delivered the joke...This is a bit old, but I HAD to share this. ;-p I found it on BoingBoing Wired NewsKiwi Symphony's Errant Scat Music By Kim Griggs 02:00 AM Oct. 11, 2002 PDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- They had been expecting Wagner; instead, they got "Wee on My Face." When subscribers to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra used Internet-based media players to listen to CDs sent to promote the orchestra's musical offerings next season, the playlist was not exactly classical music. "I have received a give-away CD from the (orchestra) a few days ago called Season...

IBM eliminates patent on who uses the toilet next »

Spotted on slashdot CNet IBM flushes restroom patent By Troy Wolverton Staff Writer, CNET News.com October 11, 2002, 2:28 PM PT IBM has quietly eliminated a patent it received on a method for determining who gets to use the bathroom next. The computing giant received a patent for a "system and method for providing reservations for restroom use" in December. But the company later decided to renounce all of its patent claims after a petition was made against it, according to documents released this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.Recently, I had been telling people that even though...

Expedia employees slugging it out - American version of 2ch »

Recently Cory blogged about his bad experience with Expedia. The discussion thread afterwards got pretty heated and soon a bunch of Expedia employees jumped in. What was interesting to me was that this anonymous discussion by employees about their own company in a public place is one of the things that fuel one of the most popular sites in Japan, 2ch. On 2ch anyone can start a thread and anyone can post as anyone. About 90% is noise, but there are occasionally interesting things. One of the interesting effects is that the threads about companies often end up being...

Nigerian Money Laundry Scam Parodies »

I found a new form of parody of 419 Fraud letters ("Nigerian Money Laundry Scam") on BoingBoing. Here are excerpts from two. (Click the links to see the entire documents.) The first one is Dick Cheney and the second one is Mrs. GW Bush. Eschaton To: Abba_Abacha@aol.ng From: dick_cheney@whitehouse.gov Subject: Please help Dear Sir or Madam, I am Mr Dick Cheney a special adviser on Petroleum and economic matters to the Head of State of The United States of America. Because of my strategic position in the former Government, and also being a close confidant of the Head of State,...

Japander.com - American stars doing silly Japanese commercials »

I had breakfast on Monday with a entertainment lawyer who used to book a lot of these expensive Japanese ads using foreign talent. She said it has decreased significantly due to lower budgets and lower popularity of foreign talent in Japan. So these clips on Japander.com are probably going to end up as priceless gems, a genre that died with the Japanese bubble. Justin on Chanpon Japander.com hosts video clips of American stars who have advertised in Japan, from Brat Pitt to Stevie Wonder, with Luc Besson and Harrison Ford thrown in between. Some of the clips are amusing to...

SatireWire Ends »

SatireWire has closed down! Oh no! It was one of my favorite sites. In memory of SatireWire, which will stay online as an archive, here are a few of my favorites:SatireWireSTUDY FINDS YOU REALLY DON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Grand Scheme of Things, Your Hard Work, Diligence, Found to Mean Squat London, England (SatireWire.com) - In an unprecedented study, British and American researchers have concluded that despite what you've been told at work, you really don't make a difference, and are not remotely integral to your company's success. "In our research, we found that you've been encouraged to believe that...

Hackers Beg Boring People to Stop Encrypting Emails »

A pretty funny article in Satirewire. What is particularly amusing is that I sometimes think this. I know it is best practice to encrypt everything. (Otherwise it is obvious that encrypted messages are important.) But I've been having problems with PGP on my PC and sometimes I spend a great deal of effort to decrypt a message that just turns out to be some silly email that didn't NEED to be encrypted. ;-) Of course, this is exactly the wrong position to take. We really should encrypt everything. This is not meant as a message for people to stop sending...

Very funny banner ad parodies »

First sighted on Boing Boing Valley of the Geeks has a series of features of very funny banner ads. Here are some of my favorites......

MORE DELAYS: IRAQ NOW SAYS U.S. MUST PUBLISH "INTENT TO ATTACK" NOTICE IN BAGHDAD PAPER »

A Satirewire article for some comic relief...MORE DELAYS: IRAQ NOW SAYS U.S. MUST PUBLISH "INTENT TO ATTACK" NOTICE IN BAGHDAD PAPER U.S. Also Needs Invasion, Demolition, Military Housing Permits Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) Already frustrated by seemingly endless delays, U.S. officials today conceded a confusing knot of new Iraqi regulations that require "non-resident aggressors" to obtain hundreds of federal and provincial pre-invasion permits and licenses will further postpone any attack on Saddam Hussein. "I keep saying we haven't set a date for an attack on Iraq, and now I think you can all see why," complained U.S. President George W. Bush,...

Passed Over, Syria, China, Libya Form Axis of Just As Evil »

SatireWire | Passed Over, Syria, China, Libya Form Axis of Just As Evil January 2002 Beijing (SatireWire.com) — Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the "Axis of Evil," Libya, China, and Syria today announced they had formed the "Axis of Just as Evil," which they said would be way eviler than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of his State of the Union address. Axis of Evil members, however, immediately dismissed the new axis as having, for starters, a really dumb name. "Right. They are Just as Evil... in their dreams!" declared North Korean leader Kim Jong-il....

GOD NAMES NEXT "CHOSEN PEOPLE"; IT'S JEWS AGAIN »

SatireWire | GOD NAMES NEXT "CHOSEN PEOPLE"; IT'S JEWS AGAIN March 2002 Jerusalem (SatireWire.com) Update — Jews, whose troubled, 10,000-year term as God's "chosen people" finally expired last night, woke up this morning to find that they had once again been hand-picked by the Almighty. Synagogues across the globe declared a day of mourning. ... Due to the absence of voluntary candidates, God's Law stipulated that the Almighty had to choose a people at random to serve out the next 10-millenia term. Elias Contreau, director of the International Interfaith Working Group, said he wasn't surprised it came to a blind...

Corporate Anthems »

Read in Boing Boing about the ZDNet page of Corporate Anthems. It's a great page. I was able to find the audio soundtrack of one of my old favorites, "Ever Onward" the IBM Song. They also have an animation....

Riddles for Hi-Tech Job Interviews? »

For someone who is always thinking of clever things to ask when interviewing people, this was an interesting site. Thanks Sen! Sen found it on slashdot. "This is a collection of riddles I've accumulated via Eta Kappa Nu / Tau Beta Pi challenges, the internet, academic courses, and lots of cool friends. Many of them are from job interviews for hi-tech positions; I believe Microsoft was responsible for popularizing the usage of riddles in interviews. I like these problems because they often require you to think in ways you wouldn't normally. They may seem impossible at first, but then you...

SUPREME COURT RULES EARNINGS SHOULD BE PROTECTED AS "ART" »

Washington, D.C. — In a surprise decision that exonerates dozens of major companies, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that corporate earnings statements should be protected as works of art, as they "create something from nothing." Full article on Satirewire...

Very funny law firm page »

A true gem found on BoingBoing. A web page of a law firm which is hilarious. According to Jun, the legal community in Denver always looks forward to their regular emails. From their web page: The firm is composed of lawyers from the two major strains of the legal profession, those who litigate and those who wouldn't be caught dead in a courtroom. Litigation lawyers are the type who will lie, cheat and steal to win a case and who can't complete a sentence without the words "I object" or "I demand another extension on that filing deadline." Many people...
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