Saturday, January 31, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Quote of the day

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one
that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

- George Orwell

Sent from my iPhone

These makes no sense.

Really, they don't.

How it works - Zip Code edition

Well, it's not really a lesson on "how" it works but just kinda shows how it works.  Once you try it you'll understand.  Anyway, follow the link and start typing in a zip code.  It's an interactive map that shows what sections of the U.S. are broken down by the numbers in the zip code and it keeps zooming in to state, then city, then town and so on.  It's pretty cool!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Desktop Thursday! [20090129]

Anything in night vision usually looks awesome!  Especially when you have those invisible IR lasers bouncing around that can only be seen with night vision.  Another wallpaper courtesy of on Flickr.  [view original]

Turn down the lights!

I guess YouTube is trying to save money on their electric bill.  I just saw this new feature.  Works pretty well!  Reminds me of Hulu.

Adult Merry-go-Round

I don't know if this is funnier with the audio or without.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mr. Brighstide [A musical answer to dumb questions]

Here's something fun. Let's learn what your music says about you. I know not all of you have iPods, but put the radio on scan, your 5 disc changer on shuffle, or spend a shitload of quarters at your local juke box. Or just buy an ipod for crying out loud. My 2 year old has one. You should too. Anyway, here. . . .

1. Put your iTunes on Shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!

4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name. [Makes me...]

5. Tag at least 10 friends.

6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.

*Mine are all from my iPhone which has a limited number of songs and as you can tell, a few bands get repeated.  Still counts though, but if I had my 60GB it would be way more varied.

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say

"Never Had It" - Flobots

How would you describe yourself?

"Still Alive" - Jonathan Coulton (Portal)

[This one is spot on sometimes]

What do you like in a guy/girl?

"Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield

How do you feel today?

"#34" - Dave Matthews Band

What is your life’s purpose?

"Hard Rain" - Shout Out Louds

What is your motto?

"Crow's Nest" - Halo 3 Soundtrack

What do your friends think of you?

"The Space Between" - Dave Matthews Band

What do you think of your parents?

" American Baby" - Dave Matthews Band

What do you think about often?

"Nantes" - Beirut

What do you think of your best friend?

"Technology" - The Pulsars

What is 2 + 2?

"Follow You Down" - Gin Blossoms

[Kinda provocative?]

What do you think of the person you like?

"Showdown" -  Peter and the Wolf

What do you want to be when you grow up?

"Cochise" - Audioslave

[Isn't that a real person?]

What do you think of when you see the person you like?

"Christmas Wrapping" - The Waitresses

What will you dance to at your wedding?

"Rhyme & Reason" - Dave Matthews Band

What will they play at your funeral?

"Gravedigger" - Dave Matthews

[Wow.  This is as creepy as that 20 Questions game]

What is your hobby/interest?

"Heart of Glass" - Deseridata

What is your biggest fear?

"Digging a Ditch" - Dave Matthews Band

[Probably because of my "funeral song"]

What is your biggest secret?

"Bulls on Parade" - Rage Against the Machine

What do you think of your friends?

"There's a War Going On for Your Mind" - Flobots

What will you put as the title?

"Mr. Brighstide" - The Killers

WTF Wednesday Part II

WTF Wednesday

Disney rejection letter.  Sorry lady, we want a man.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sugar Helps You Diet!

Sugar Helps You Diet!
Originally uploaded by SA_Steve
Well if that's the case...

Why so curious?

What I'm listening to...

This is kinda like a double dose of Tunes Tuesday but I couldn't help myself.  My lovely wife found the new Hillsong album online and we've been listening to it all weekend.

Anyway, watch this video from their latest album and see what you think or follow the links to see more.

* Check out for all of their info.

* Listen to their music on

Tunes Tuesday

Check out for your Tunes Tuesday.  TJ found some new releases that you may find interesting.  No comment on them yet but I'm sure he's looking into it.  Also, Scurds got a little facelift, looks good!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Weekend Fun

Well, the weekend is over.  Gosh I needed one more day!  It was a good weekend though.  My kid brother came to visit and we played pretty much Guitar Hero all day.  Well, it felt like that but we actually did do some other stuff.  We made the pilgrimage to EMS (you have to at least once a month) and the Apple store and even swung by Murky for some hot drinks.

After we were done I took him by my new office because he's never seen the new digs yet and then we went to Union Station for some snacks.  We made our rounds in the food court and got samples from any of the vendors that offered them.  I think the Japanese teriyaki chicken was the best.

I stayed up late on Saturday night and could barely stay awake through church on Sunday.  I also wanted to run, and put in some serious miles (well, not serious but at least 4 or 5 non stop because I've been running 1-2 miles) but I was way too tired.  I ended up taking like a 4 hour nap and woke up with the sun setting behind the clouds.

Not wanting to run in the dark because it was already cold enough I wasn't sure if I was still going to run but I talked myself into it.  I ended up doing just about 5.5 miles in 50 minutes.  It wasn't a fast pace at all, just testing the waters to make sure I could run non stop for 50 minutes.  I haven't in a while.  

It felt good and I'm not really sore at all.  So I'll be sure to step it up next time and either go farther or make it faster.  

But Monday is here and gladly it's over.  I am so tired!  I had some chicken nuggets when I got home and took another nap.  I feel much better now but I'm still too tired to do anything!  So good night!

Music Video Monday

Thanks to TJ, I really gained some interest in Radiohead.  I made this a Music Video Monday mostly because I love the song but the people singing in it are funny too.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Two cool things.  The Ariel Atom and Darth Vader.  Pretty sweet stuff.

Just doin' what monks do.

Honestly, if monks just walked around like this, I would probably have to sign up.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Now you know!"

Click on the image to see it bigger.  It's simple but interesting, because we've all been in this situation before.

AR-15 Builder

Over at the Firearm Blog I saw a link about an interactive AR-15 builder.  How cool!  You can customize it any way you want.  So I thought I'd try it out last night.  I made a few examples, from sand colored Iraq ready AR's to full automatic with 100 round drum SAW style AR's.  Check it out, and build your own!

"Tactical Sniper"


"Standard Iraq"

"Special Ops"


"SAW Mod"

"Old School"


"Iraq Marksman"

Desktop Thursday [20090122]

Originally uploaded by mikejulietpapa
Playing off last weeks Army Chinook helicopter... I like the darkness of this one. When I pick a wallpaper, I don't usually like it if it's very cluttered. It can be hard to find my icons. This one is great for that. Check out the original image here: Original image here [from]:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WTF Wednesday

Where Tijuana Meets San Diego

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tunes Tuesday

TJ over at Scurds has some great stuff in his archive.  Check out his post called "And Americans are Cool Again."  He found a great list of 25 bands that are making us so cool.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Music Video Monday

My friend Joey is in a band called "Baron Von Bear."  You can buy there stuff on iTunes and some shops in their home town.    Listen to more on their MySpace.

Check out: 8 bit Odyssey.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Internet Speed Test

Ok, so I decided to to a huge internet speed test.  I have two lines that I use for different things at work and I just  upgraded to cable from DSL at home.  So I thought I'd tally up a ton of results.  Below is the raw data but if you like graphs, I got some for you too.  Enjoy!



* All tests done on: using Washington, DC server.


Work Line 1 test 1

2778 kbps down

2739 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 1

5218 kbps down

721 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 2

1999 kbps down

2078 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 2

4878 kbps down

715 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 3

1032 kbps down

 520 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 3

4889 kbps down

713 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 4

1251 kbps down

2029 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 4

4889 kbps down

691 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 5

790 kbps down

1915 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 5

4807 kbps down

695 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 6

2000 kbps down

1875 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 6

4830 kbps down

714 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 7

1553 kbps down

1071 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 7

4800 kbps down

709 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 8

2750 kbps down

1363 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 8

5219 kbps down

719 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 9

1108 kbps down

1725 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 9

4802 kbps down

714 kbps up


Work Line 1 test 10

2392 kbps down

2616 kbps up

Work Line 2 test 10

5156 kbps down

715 kbps up



DSL test 1

735 kpbs down

127 kpbs up

Cable test 1

14845 kbps down

2116 kpbs up


DSL test 2

709 kpbs down

119 kpbs up

Cable test 2

20374 kbps down

2081 kpbs up


DSL test 3

736 kpbs down

122 kpbs up

Cable test 3

16155 kbps down

2982 kpbs up


DSL test 4

732 kpbs down

132 kpbs up

Cable test 4 (during video chat)

7660 kbps down

2249 kpbs up


DSL test 5

734 kpbs down

100 kpbs up

Cable test 5

13837 kbps down

2972 kpbs up


DSL test 6

737 kpbs down

126 kpbs up

Cable test 6

11336 kbps down

3188 kpbs up


DSL test 7

735 kpbs down

135 kpbs up

Cable test 7

10882 kbps down

3122 kpbs up


DSL test 8

727 kpbs down

57 kpbs up

Cable test 8

12377 kbps down

3149 kpbs up


DSL test 9

718 kpbs down

123 kpbs up

Cable test 9

11670 kbps down

3132 kpbs up


DSL test 10

738 kpbs down

110 kpbs up

Cable test 10

13212 kbps down

3163 kpbs up


BMW, you've done it again.

I am a fan of BMW's.  Really, I think my favorite might be the 1988 BMW M5.  My wife had an 88 535i and I loved it.  I also really like the 2000 M5's.  But this 6 series.... oh man!  I mean, I liked the 6 series from back in the day, but not that much.  And the new 6 series don't really feel very sporty to me (even though I'm sure they are).  This RZ-M6 is where it's at.  

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Friday, January 16, 2009

Star Wars - Retold by someone who hasn't seen it.

This is so funny, I could watch this over and over!  I wasn't sure if there were still people who haven't seen Star Wars but it looks like she's seen enough of it to know the story.  Or at least she thinks she knows the story....

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.