dreaming of a life after cubicles

Is it a zombie or is it…. a frag bomb!?
November 29, 2006, 8:21 am
Filed under: WTF

This just in on WTF news… several zombies in Minneapolis were arrested for “imitating weapons of mass destruction”… OMG, not even kidding… link

Kick back for good health!
November 28, 2006, 3:29 pm
Filed under: web

Researchers at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland used a new form of magnetic resonance imaging to collect images from 22 healthy volunteers, who assumed three different sitting positions: slouching posture in which the body is hunched forward, an upright 90-degree sitting position, and a relaxed position where the subject reclined backward 135 degrees. They concluded that the reclined position is the best, and the forward slouch the worst.” From the article: “‘We were not created to sit down for long hours, but somehow modern life requires the vast majority of the global population to work in a seated position,’ Dr. Bashir said. ‘This made our search for the optimal sitting position all the more important.'”

What’s all the pudding, errr…. cheese for, Barry?
November 28, 2006, 12:34 pm
Filed under: web

Buy a wheel of Swiss Knights Fondue and Cheese and you get 500 AAdvantage air-miles — that’s like a trip to Australia for $1,100 — a serious bargoon (if you can book far enough in advance to use your miles, of course).

Tuesday Spam Subject Lines/Bob Pollard
November 28, 2006, 9:05 am
Filed under: humorous, music, web

Here’s a sampling of some subject lines in my spam box today… good for a chuckle as always:

  • The As Hole
  • RE: you naval
  • on minimal
  • Re: her lightning
  • re: his lawn
  • at your own reader
  • needs

Could be the track listing for the new Bob Pollard album, me thinks… BTW, has anyone else taken notice that the human song machine has been churning like mad this year? 3 albums already?! Dig it!

MacForge: now over 40,000 Mac open source projects
November 28, 2006, 8:30 am
Filed under: development, geek, mac, open source

November 28, 2006 – 08:00 EST MacTech Magazine today announced that its MacForge Mac open source project index now has over 40,000 projects. MacForge.net was created for not only the experienced open source user, but to introduce the Mac technical community to the wonderful array of projects available. The site also features the ability to filter projects further, search, browse categories, and sort in a variety of different ways. “MacForge was originally created out of necessity, but has quickly become popular among thousands of users looking for open source solutions on the Mac,” said Neil Ticktin, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, MacTech Magazine. “And, we continue to work hard to keep the community aware of Mac open source projects.”

Human sugar bowl — 1960s street prank
November 28, 2006, 8:23 am
Filed under: humorous, streaming media

Mark Frauenfelder: 200611272023 In the 1960s two underemployed young men named Mal Sharpe and Jim Coyle from the San Francisco Bay Area decided to have some fun by walking the streets with a tape recorder hidden in a briefcase to conduct surreal prank interviews with people.On a recent episode of the terrific podcast, The Sound of Young America, Mal Sharpe was invited as a guest to talk about the movie Borat. The podcast’s host, Jesse Thorn, said Coyle and Sharpe were spiritual grandfathers to Sasha Baron Cohen. Thorn also played a segment of an early Coyle and Sharpe bit, called the human sugar bowl, in which the pranksters entered a San Francisco restaurant and asked the owner if he would “be opposed to the idea of using an area of your head, which is currently not used for such purposes, to use this as a storage place for sugar?” I loved the fact that the restaurant owner actually had a conversation with the two pranksters, telling them they were crazy for thinking the idea would be a viable business, and explaining to them why he thought it was a bad business idea. Today, most restaurant owners who were approached by a pair of deadly earnest men spouting such insanity would reach for a gun, a can of pepper spray, or a phone to call the cops.

Here’s a sample of the bit. You can buy a four-disc set of Coyle and Sharpe’s work at Amazon.com.

Custom portrait of you as a zombie
November 27, 2006, 2:56 pm
Filed under: art, graphic design, gross, humorous

Cory Doctorow: Canadian illustrator Rob Sacchetto has opened a business selling zombified portraits of his customers. Email him a picture of yourself and he’ll mail you back a hand-drawn cartoon of you as a horrible zombie. He got the idea after doing a couple friends’ zombie portraits for Hallowe’en — now he’s charging US$85, including shipping. Link (via Neatorama)