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Funny Focus

March 31, 2006 Leave a comment

Here is the start to another topic here on this blog. I often take pics and in going over them afterwards they do not have photographic merit but are snapshots that are funny or can be given funny text to make a funny commentary kind of like some joke picture websites do.

Here is one to start it off and I'll post more as they come. This was a curious thing I saw in another home, they happen to do a fair bit of ballooning so i guess this was the logical solution to this problem. The text is modeled after the famous redneck jokes 'you know your a redneck when…". They are great people and very resourceful.

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Categories: Funny Focus

Oh, how the WWW has changed

March 27, 2006 Leave a comment

This is an interesting GIF I came across the other day. Funny but true.

pcjoke.gifI’ve been busy on some new web projects the past few days and exploring places I’ve never thought I’d get time to do like setting up a small forum site. The web has really changed n the past ten years I’ve been following it. I remember first shopping for a domain name and they were like $35, I just yesterday bought one for $6.20. With the event of PHP and other new developments we can have more interactivity like this site and PHPbb for running forums, the web is truly becoming more instantaneous and interactive. WordPress.org also has a more downloadable version giving the world the opportunity to build this kind of site and more on your own hosting plan, best of all it is free. More and more we too see code being written for this that is open and free for all. Hard working people adding to the better of everyone, a far cry from PC and internet ‘founding fathers’ practices of a decade or two ago milking us dry at the teat for flawed software so they could invest in making a slightly better one.

As a developer I also am glad for the way forums and blog sites expose the everyday ‘Joe” to code and some of the inner running of doing a web page where they can dabble or at least see all the hard work it is that we do to get sites up for them. All that to say I got some things up my sleeves that I’ll post links to once they are done.

Categories: That's Life

Wedding Crashers (2005) comedy

March 26, 2006 Leave a comment

wedding_crashers_200w.jpgThis is a fun movie. I’m not really sure I’d recommend it but now that I’ve seen it I’ll review it and you/your home can decide on getting it or not. At least you’ll have been told. From looking at the acting line-up you can get an idea of what to expect but only an idea, it really is even funnier then that. It explores the life of two long time friends who are in their 30’s and still act like collage kids when it comes to the “wedding season”. They “crash” weddings of any race or religion till they finally meet their match and all their long preserved rules of crashing come crashing down on them.

A rather predictable storyline as these kind of comedies do but you are so busy laughing (or picking yourself off the floor as was the case with the guy sitting next to me) that you hardly care to notice. I found the suggestive gay elements unnecessary to the story but there seems hardy a film these days without one and this one was more bark the bite though you really feel sorry for the dude involved as there really is nothing he can do, but again just pointless. The quote “you reap what you sow” could really be true for these guys as they learn some of life’s simplest lessons the hard way. It is well casted but you get kind of bored seeing the same few guys (or various combinations) always acting like fools all the time.

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn keep it flowing together and make a funny on-screen pair. Will Ferrow’s character is off the deep end as usual and glad he did not have a bigger part then he did in this film. Not a particularly memorable film but Christopher Walken puts in an interesting performance in a rather subdued but key role. Rachel McAdams shows her star power and hope she can get some better leads and that we’ll see more from her to come.

I imagine it would be good for killing time like traveling on a plane or some time when you got nothing else to do but not something very high on the list to show to bring home. Pure entertainment.    

Categories: Movie Reviews

Making natures #2 safety’s #1

March 23, 2006 Leave a comment

the dunne - text2.jpgAt first glance I thought that this article was going make a good case of yet another reason that we as a society are fat and unhealthy – it doesn’t.
It states that Australian citizens are getting to big to fit the strength of their toilets seats. Sounds funny right? Sounds like finally a good reason to lose weight. But it goes on to explain that the current industry standard in Australia for toilet seats is only 100 pounds (45 kg). How have they let the fashion industry set the standard for toilet seats? Have we all become so “obese” as this article calls it, that if that kind of seat buckles from under us somehow it’s our fault? Very few full grown healthy people are only 100 pounds. Perhaps they got the ones designated for Chinatown or primary schools. If we designed toilet bowls to that same strength they would not be toilets, they’d be vases.

Perhaps they should take a pointer or two from the US, as when it comes to toilet seats, they know how to pick them. I personally know this to be a fact. When I was there I once worked on renovating a bathroom for a lady in Illinois. I had painted and wallpapered and then came the time to shop for accessories, and yes, a new toilet seat. I spent what seemed like many hours with her (armed with wallpaper and paint samples) trying to find just the perfect one to grace our new-improved throne room. The old blue trusty ‘international’ would no longer do. I found out that in choosing a new seat you can’t let yourself get sidetracked by all the colors and patterns there are in Home Depot, not even the shells or matchbax racecars embedded in the clear plastic ones. When it comes to a good seat there really are only two choices aside from the white plastic ‘international’ one the whole rest of the world uses.

inter vs gone.jpgFirst there is ‘go with the grain’ a seat just hewn out of a log with a hole cut out the middle and varnished to a shine  I guess for those who still miss the cold wood outhouse feel but not the splinters. Secondly there is – and now I’ve only ever seen this in America, kind of like raccoons – called ‘gone with the wind’. A foam padded make covered with cheep vinyl that sends a gust of air up your undercarriage if engaged to swiftly. We ended up leaving with a pine green ‘gone with the wind’. Ok, I’ll admit it, I caved in to her, it wound not have been my first choice. The only option in any real guys mind would have been the two solid oak slabs, but after much negotiating and her reminding me that she was paying, I relented. After all that time in there staring at the wall of toilet seats I would have taken anything just to leave that department or keep her from saying “let’s check Menards or Lowe’s”. At lest we could be assured that if at home we were to go to pot, the toilet seat would not. That is more then I can say for the dear Aussies.

I guess that might be one reason Australians are often referred to as the people “downunder”. God knows I’d spend a lot of time picking myself off the bathroom floor too. No wonder so many of them enjoy a swift trek into the outback or “bush” as they call it, braving the crocks and wild beasts. I’m sure it’s for more then just peace of mind… let’s just say… that they do it for their heath.

Categories: Curious Chronicles

Introducing: Ads you won’t see stateside

March 21, 2006 1 comment

One of the great things about our world is that places, cultures and views differ depending where you are. Living and traveling in Europe I notice some of those differences. For example Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica and Janet’s “wardrobe malfunction” are not thought of here as a big deal and many people don’t understand why American society does. Because of that difference of perception the advertising sector here has more room to add fun ideas on billboards and poster ads in public places to present their products. I’ve been noticing this for awhile but in the last few years that I’ve been into photography and keep my camera with me I’ve snapped some pics that I had on my site but now will be posting here in this new topic. First some old ones and I’ll add more as I run across them. (to see pics and commentary click the side column of this same name)
 

Disclaimer: I am sure that all these companies know exactly what they are doing and the messages they are presenting are sound. I on the other hand rarely do so the commentary is meant with the utmost appreciation for them because if they did not do what they do neither could I. Respect! 

A Redneck Letter

March 18, 2006 1 comment

Here is something just for fun. A re-post of something funny I got from someone, not sure where it originally came from. 

Dear Son,

I’m writing this slow ’cause I know you can’t read fast. We don’t live where we did when you left. Your dad read in the paper that most accidents happen within twenty miles of home, so we moved. Won’t be able to send you the address as the last Arkansas family that lived here took the numbers with them for their house, so they wouldn’t have to change their address.

This place has a washing machine. The first day I put four shirts in it, pulled the chain and haven’t seen ’em since.

It only rained twice this week, three days the first time and four days the second time.

The coat you wanted me to send to you, Aunt Sue said it would be a little too heavy to send in the mail with them heavy buttons, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

We got a bill from the funeral home, and it said if we didn’t make the final payment on Grandma’s funderal bill, up she comes.

About your sister, she had a baby this morning. I haven’t found out whether if it is a boy or a girl so don’t know if you are an Aunt or Uncle.

Your Uncle John fell in the whiskey vat. Some men tried to get him out, but he fought them off playfully, so he drowned. We cremated him and he burned for three days.

Three of your friends went off the bridge in a pickup. One was driving and the other two were in the back. The driver got out. He rolled down the window and swam to safery. The other 2 drowned. They couldn’t get the tail gate down.

Not much more news this time. Nothing much happened. If you don’t get this letter, please let me know and I will send another one.

Love, Ma

— Author Unknown

Categories: Laugh out Loud

Jesus turns the Mac into Windows

March 18, 2006 Leave a comment

imacXPj.jpgMake that Jesus Lopez. News is a computer hacker might very well be on his way to completing his first “miracle” for sainthood. At least to make it into computer heaven and sending many more computer users there at the same time.

This long awaited solution can only stand to benefit both sides of the isle, as to get Windows to run on a Mac you have to own a Mac and to get Windows on it you have to have a copy of Windows. If you got the $300 extra after getting yourself a iMac, why not. For developers and busy people that have had to have both computer formats it will help reduce time and space. Guess the possible losers could be PC makers as if everyone just gets iMacs and Windows software there would not be much need for the conventional 3rd party hardware of a PC or laptop that does not have an “i” at the beginning of the name.

This is just pure speculation on my part but I defiantly don’t see how it would NOT play to Macs favor. Now if it was the other way it would drastically hurt Mac as they rely solely on you buying their OS together with their hardware platform even if (until this year) you had no choice other then AMD chips running them. Now if someone could get Mac OS to run on my PC that would kill Mac as they are so dependant on their hardware/software combo. It would be neat but I don’t really see much need for dual-platform on a Windows system other then for someone to win another award.

Win-on-Mac though I think is an important step that will make people previously leery (at least first-time buyers) about buying a Mac if they can easily still fall back on the more familiar Windows when needed. And really what does Microsoft have to lose? More sells and everyone is happy, at least till everyone gets used to a Mac world.  

Categories: Tech Talk