Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Heil Homewares!


JCPenney has officially denied that a tea kettle being advertised on a billboard on the 405 Interstate near Culver City, Calif., is intended to represent Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator during World War II.
The notion that the kettle looked a bit like the architect of the Holocaust caught on after someone posted a photo on Imgur, the photo sharing site, showing what the image of the kettle looks like if you squint at it.
Sure enough, a black sweep of hair, a moustache and a saluting "arm" appear, sort of.
The Telegraph wrote a story about it, and JCP responded in a tweet that said, "Certainly unintended. If we'd designed the kettle to look like something, we would've gone w/a snowman." (It's a rare day when a major retailer can get away with tweeting a Hitler joke — but JCP has pulled this off.)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Leo may experience the burnination of a space fail.

SEE THIS LINK for info about how Leo will be gleaming the cube on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft in 2014. I see this as a potential life ender for him. I wonder if they will have alco beverages on the craft. It would be clean to be in the record books as the first human to drink in space. Then again, I'm sure that some hardcore Ruskie Cosmonaut has already been there and done that.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WAVdata in III-D

I recently acquired Steinberg Wavelab and Cockos Reaper, both which have excellent mastering capabilities. There seems to be a big bass spike in the last third of the song. A professional would lower that spike before proceeding but I'm letting the plugins work their magic, continuing to believe that it is magic.

I wonder if it would be possible to recreate a sloppy version of this song by feeding this data into a translating program, and what that would sound like. Maybe like a chorus of deaf people humming the song or something.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Best Podcast Commercial Read Ever

It only goes to the first 2:40... The Norm Show is probably the funniest "live podcast" on YouTube right now. The Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Green episodes are especially entertaining, but they are all good.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tribute to the Master

he kind of looks like Bigfoot, with a mic in one hand and a drink in the other.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Rollin' Deep

... in the Secret Underground Bunker

Railroad Tycoon 3: Let's Play "Who's The Bagholder?"

Saginaw Western is a fledgling railroad company that connects Saginaw and Mount Pleasant, Michigan. They have 2 15-year old locomotives and 60 miles of track. Their last profitable year was 1891 in which they made a miserly $8k. I short sold their stock and rode it all the way down from $11 to $2, then got popped in a squeeze when it went back up to $3, where it currently resides. 

The chairman of Saginaw Western is Daniel Drew, who has been raking in a sweet $3k a year as CEO for the past several years. 

This is the chart of a company going bankrupt. A quick look at the books shows a trend of increasing yearly losses, and even though they recently reduced their debt by half they still pay $110k a year on loan interest, a number that is bigger than all revenue sources combined.

So, who's the bagholder? Mr. Drew owns 5k shares of his own company, that's to be expected. But wait a minute, two other robber baron magnates, Charles Crocker and Jay Cooke are on the list. Both have as much or more shares than Drew and both of their respective companies are performing much better!

Mr. Cooke purchased 6,000 shares at roughly $11 a share, that means he lost about $48k of his personal wealth on a failed investment. He could have just as easily put this money into his own company (which currently sits at $31 per share), but since he decided to ride the Saginaw Express down into the dirt instead, Mr. Cooke is our Bagholder of the Week!

You know who's name you _don't_ see on that list above? Cyrus P. "Mothafuckin" Train, that's who! JP Morgan was also smart and steered clear of the Saginaw Western fiasco. That's why they're still around today.

This is only my second game. In my first one, some dude went the whole game only having 80 miles of rail but he had a knack for buying up mad profitable industries and he beat me that way.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Henry Rollins being prescient in 2007

I admit that a lot of electronic music is shitty, but so is most music if you stop to think about it. Meaning, you wouldn't waste your valuable time on this planet listening to most music that is out there. Unless you are a herd member and you like your entertainment data piped to you without having to engage in any decision making processes. But anyway, what Henry said still applies today, if not more than ever.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Make way for the MIDIots!

Whats better than a Michael Jackson MIDI file?

a. nothing
b. a live band performing a Michael Jackson MIDI file

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Man or Flounder?

His eyes are so far away from his nose they are almost on the sides of his head.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Nerd³ - Surgeon Simulator

I laughed several times, pretty heartily at this content. I'm not really a fan of geeks playing videogames on Youtube, but this Brit is very quick-witted, and the game is ridiculous as fuck.

I'm pretty sure the game designer did absolutely no research for this game, like that was a commitment. He made a bet he could make the whole game without ever cracking open a medical textbook or hopping on Wikipedia to see if brain transplant surgery was a real thing or not.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I always thought Keynesian economics was gay

Niall Ferguson Claims Keynesian Economics Flawed Because Keynes Was Gay, Childless

By transitive properties this makes Ben Bernanke the biggest queer of all-time, second only maybe to Alan Greenspan.

Friday is here, and data is near.

This interactive chart made me realize that almost all the games I like have weapons, sex, alcohol, and drugs.

Data Pipes

Fastest Mammals

Don't you want to be one of these people in these devices?

Friday, May 03, 2013

We are Borg.

Do you think this sort of tech will take off, or is it just a novelty?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Brilliant patents for u...

Beer Umbrella
 Cereal Monster (probably not detailed enough for a patent)

 Arm Mitten, weather be damned
Upside-down-person-on-your-face mask
Toilet Breather, because it's fresh down there
 Unnecessarily complicated tent warmer
 Human Car Wash/Acid Trip Enhancer
 Heated Ice Cream Scooper/Cigarette Moistener
 Can you patent punctuation marks?

Mutant Ready
Gerbil Fun Suit