Over the summer we searched for fake merit badges and found this page. I really like the “Easy Button” on!
How about a lot of Iron Chef America secret ingredients? Ok:
Amazon is now selling more eBooks than physical books. Kind of scary, but interesting. Slate takes a look at it, I can’t remember if it is that article, or another that makes mention of the idea of dynamic eBook covers, which I think is an awesome idea.
And on a related note, a candidate for Governor of Florida (and their current Attorney General) wants to ban same-sex couples from adopting, based on his personal religious views. Dan Savage takes him down a few pegs:
We’re not allowed to slam McCollom for this because, you know, he’s talking about his personal, religious faith here… a personal, religious faith that McColloum would like to impose on everyone in Florida by force of law. And I think we can all agree that every child deserves a mother and a father—particularly the 20,000 kids that are in foster care in Florida right now because they were failed, neglected, abused, or abandoned by their mothers and fathers.
And finally, AFER (American Foundation for Equal Rights), the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the trial, put together this video about one of the couples they represent (points for including Wii Tennis!):
Couple things for everyone, first, The Onion will be getting a second show, the first will be “news,” the second will be sports centered. I just rewatched The Onion movie over the weekend, highly recommended!
A followup to the passage of Healhcare Reform:
The note, which reads “Dad, the unfinished business is done.” was left by Patrick Kennedy on his father’s grave
Also as a follow up to Healthcare Reform, I donated a dollar to A Ticket for Rush. I don’t expect him to go, but it’s fun anyway.
Glee comes back in two weeks! Check out the new trailer, as well as a special message from Sue Sylvester:
And just for fun, here’s a man who taught an alpaca to stay on a surfboard in the water. Alpacas are cool, but not as cool as llamas!
Couple things for everyone real quick before I get back to work. Firstly, Mika sings the title track from the upcoming movie, Kick Ass:
Here’s a bunch of Glee spoilers, all kinds of awesome things in there, including the fact that Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris will be doing an Aerosmith duet, and this gem of a line cut from Sue’s part:
“I will kick you square in the vagina.”
And on a related note, Brooklyn has their own brand on condoms and recently the city voted (online) for a new design, the one I liked the most won:
Although to be fair, I did like the one with the manhole cover, and the one with a top hat, it was classy!
The Guild Season 3 is now being released on youtube (and DVD and iTunes), check out the trailer:
And on a related note, here is a great series on how to make Codex’s staff. Check out Felecia Day and her use of power tools! She makes the Sears’ Blue Crew proud!
Best. Cuckoo. Clock. Ever.:
Would you like to know more about Daylight Savings Time? Of course you would!
The government is finally moving forward a little bit on the issue of gay blood donation. Here’s what I don’t understand. Why is it only if someone has had homosexual sex since 1977? What happened in 1977 that made blood after that unsafe? What if a couple was having sex at midnight from December 1976 going into January 1977? So many questions, so little thought. Also, hemophelia groups? I didn’t even know that was a word.
And finally, another video! This one for an academy award nominated movie:
And here is the most expensive sketch, from his final night:
Speaking of, this is how the late night wars went down, according to a Japanese news station. I don’t understand either:
Watch this clip of Gov. Rendell (The Gov. of Philadelphia, I mean, Pennsylvania), does me make some sort of slip implying that he’s gonig to run for Senate, or am I reading too much into his comment about “some of us” losing our races:
This is floating around out there, but apparantly, the number of Crayola crayons doubles every 28 years:
If you didn’t watch the Hope for Haiti telethon last Friday, here is my favorite performance of the night:
If you haven’t heard, the fear-mongering and hateful Focus on the Family will be running an ad during the Super Bowl. Which is interesting, since CBS doesn’t show ads “touches on and/or takes a position on one side of a current controversial issue of public importance.” Right…
The following video is supposedly DVR proof. The concept is sound, and I believe proven. If you keep your product in the middle of the screen, even someone fast forwarding through the commercials will see it long enough to make an impression in your brain. And while yes, that is true, this ad misses the mark. Seeing a picture of a grasshopper does in no way make me want to purchase their phone, it doesn’t even correlate, because the brand isn’t in my mind first of all, and secondly, since it isnt, there isn’t enough time for me to see the tiny phone and make the connection. Not bad for effort, but totally missing the mark:
Caution, more fun animals: Ok, moose are funny enough when they walk or run, they appear as though they just have extra joints and their limbs just kind of flail about. And the music in this video is awful. But watch it anyway, just on mute.
Have I mentioned how much I love Representative Grayson? And I’m still trying to learn more about the Supreme Court decision, apparently it doesn’t’ change as much as first thought, but it’s still a scary precedent, to be sure!
The guys from the Woot! podcast went to CES and made this video. If the Wii by itself destroyed TVs, than that bowling ball is going to make so many, many people cry. Who would think that that is a good idea?
What would The State of the Union be like of Steve Jobs delivered it? Slate finds out.
Checking in briefly, I hope everyone’s holidays are going well.
I got a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Glee (the first half of) Season 1 comes out Tuesday. I’m thinking I have a plan in place. Here’s some of my favorites from the show so far. Notice how Finn dances the same in every number, and its only in one of the following, but the ending shot, following upstretched arms to the lights: very good:
You don’t have to be a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew or any particular race, creed, color, tint or hue to offer and receive the blessings of this or any other season. You just have to be open to — and accepting of — all the infinite possibilities of human faith and hope and love.
THESSALONIA, Ohio – Theologians are calling Saint Paul’s third letter to the Thessalonians, lost in the mail for 2,000 years because of insufficient postage, but finally delivered and opened last night, a “bombshell” because it urges that Christ be kept out of Christmas.
And here’s a video guaranteed to make you feel insignificant:
And following the ridiculous tradition, CBS cares. They really, really care:
Really? Do something “for your woman”? And while I am glad to see this one including Santa (although I’m sure there are Santas out there who either claim, or really could fill in as a OB-GYN, don’t trust them if they smell like whiskey!), I’m still confused as to why there are ones specifically made for Christmas and Haunakkah. My mind explodes a little bit.