Depressing Story of the Day

July 14, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

Boy, 15, Beaten with his Artificial Leg

Also in the news: Israel & Lebanon trying to start World War III, Congress bending to the will of King Bush, and DC in a state of emergency.

Almost Famous

July 14, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

I almost have a Wikipedia entry. Dear lazyweb...

Alien Ninja Sea Lions From the Future

July 14, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

San Francisco never fails in the random WTF department.

Edit: Further explanation.

So every evening after work I go for a ride. Yesterday evening as I passed through Aquatic Park (next to Fisherman's Wharf) I saw this crowd standing around a couple cop cars near the bleachers between the bay and the museum.

I initially thought someone was either hurt or committing some heinous crime like being homeless in tourist attraction, but as I got closer I realized everyone was either A) laughing or B) filming something with their digital cameras/camcorders/phones/whatever. Naturally I joined the fray, getting these shots of the police car adorned with marine mammal sporting an electronic fauxhawk complete with antennas. No giant lasers, I'm afraid.

Hey, you! Get off my car!Driver Side FlipperYou call this a bed?Seal Rock, Crown Victoria

QotD: No shouting on the bus!

July 11, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

What was your most memorable or favorite school field trip?

25 years ago I went on a field trip to the Zoo with my class from the American School in Vogelweh, Germany.  When we got to the Orangutan cages, the beasts uncerimoniously started hurling feces at the military brats. Your narrator was singled out by one particularly vicious mother orangutan for a rather nasty shit missle. I hated those stupid monkeys for a long time.

Bluetooth Headset for the Convertible Set

July 8, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

Bone conduction technology is cool, especially when the implementation leaves to the imagination exactly how this is supposed to fit on your ear. I know a couple people who will be sporting one of these in short order...you know who you are.

Holy War

July 4, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

This is a brilliant solution to the age-old problem of tabs versus spaces in source code. Instead of treating tabs as indent of a fixed size, treat the source code as tabular data, where the tab character jumps to the next logical column, where the width of said column is determined by the widest point in the document.

(via Slashdot)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

July 3, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2006.

This one time in Japan, I was caught in a blizzard on top of a volcano in Kyushu, abandoned on a 70 mile bridge between Shikoku and Honshu and caught Scarlet Fever.

Had I died it might have been a worse vacation. If you ever go to Japan, never try to simultaneously tour the country on a 1) bicycle 2) whilst camping and 3) doing it in the [spring]. Pick one.

Edit: OK, so between these particularly traumatic events, I was caught in:

  • Three tunnels in the middle of the night trying to find a tiny mountain onsen town.
  • A torrential spring downpour, utterly soaking myself and everything I owned.
  • A half dozen notable fights with my girlfriend (we broke up halfway through this trip).

More quarters please...

July 1, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in June 2006.

In no particular order, my favorite games of all time:

  • Marathon (1, 2 and Infinity)
  • Quake 3: Arena
  • Quake 1
  • Katamari Damacy
  • Rez
  • Ico
  • Burnout 3: Takedown
  • Carmageddon 1
  • Trackmania
  • Doom (1, 2 and 3)
  • Unreal 1
  • Kingpin: Life of Crime
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Troubled Souls
  • Tetris
  • Columns
  • Marble Madness
  • Lemmings
  • Space Quest (1, 2 and 3)
  • Secret of Monkey Island
  • Prince of Persia (1 and 2)
  • Karateka
  • Wipeout (1 and XL)
  • Adventure
  • Resident Evil 1
  • Silent Hill 1
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Star Wars: Dark Forces 1
  • Far-Cry
  • Out of This World
  • Half-Life (1 and 2)
  • Deus Ex
  • Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
  • Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
  • Adventure Game Construction Set (Apple II)
  • Pinball Construction Set (Apple II)
  • Need for Speed 1
  • Ridge Racer 5
  • Final Fantasy for Game Boy
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3 (PS1)
  • SimCity 1
  • SSX 1
  • Ultima Underworld
  • Halo 1

But is it Fountainproof?

June 29, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in June 2006.

Yeah, yeah. Waterproof flash memory for your, erm, digital camera.

James Bond, Referee

June 28, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in June 2006.

Having watched the excellent trailer for the upcoming second remake of the first James Bond film, I noticed this post elsewhere on Vox using strong language to refer to the referee who set a World Cup record of red and yellow cards doled out in a single game.

Anyway, these blokes look alike. Since I didn't do much in the way of answering yesterday's QOTD, I present for your viewing pleasure:

Edit: Added link to first version of Casino Royale, the made-for-TV movie (not the Peter Sellers spoof).