Great gig in the sky

Written on April 25, 2009 by
music

Worth seeing:

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a momentary lapse

Written on April 7, 2009 by
blog

So there I was reading about how this mass of people was upset about iTunes raising the majority of it’s track pricing and lodging complaints about how they don’t like Amazon mp3. All of a sudden I had a singular thought, “These people are all nerds who have nothing better to do than get worked up over three dimes.”  It was in that moment that I compiled the following chart:

WANT: Cobra Commander G.I. Joe NEED: to keep other men from finding out about doll collecting habit.

It seems worth mentioning that I am now protesting Shaw. But I’m doing a different kind of protest than I have in the past.

I was refusing to post to put the responsibility of getting content out there on Shaw. Now I will willingly post so that the responsibility of assuring good content falls to Shaw. An evil plan to be sure, but something must be done.

–ringl

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April 1

Written on April 2, 2009 by
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Those of you who are more web savvy are probably aware that the internet pretty much ceases to become useful on April 1st. This is because every website with regular content feels that it has to create some elaborate April fool joke.

There is one joke I ran across this year that seems noteworthy: Tetris for Charity. Now I’m relatively certain that while playing this game you will not be earning money to feed children (unless you’re playing at work and have hungry children) but it’s kinda fun and I recommend giving it a shot.

Now there is a website that actually does use ad revenue to purchase grains of rice for the hungry and I recommend you check it out. It’s FreeRice.com and from all I’ve seen is completely legit. Go check it out.

And Shaw… I haven’t forgotten what you owe all of us. At least give an ETA!

–ringl

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Don't look at me!

Written on March 17, 2009 by
VOD

Look, Shaw, you’re not getting word one out of me until I see this video extolling the virtues of Harry Potter.

I’m stinkin’ excited!

–ringl

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Pop Quiz

Written on March 12, 2009 by
participation

Everyone get out a pen and some paper; it’s time for a pop quiz!

But this isn’t a boring stupid pop quiz like the ones you hated in school, this pop quiz comes with a prize. The first person to answer this pop quiz question correctly will get to choose what the next video I make will be.

Your choices are:

  1. Reasons to NOT read or watch Harry Potter
  2. Reasons to NOT read or watch The Lord of the Rings
  3. Reasons you SHOULD read or watch Harry Potter
  4. Reasons you SHOULD read or watch The Lord of the Rings

For the record, I’m not a fan of either franchise, but I will do my best to answer #3 and #4 should they be chosen.

Those choices sound good to you? Ready to choose? Then first answer me this question:

In Calvin and Hobbes what was the sequel to the children’s book
Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie
?

You must give the full title to qualify. Submit your answers in the comments below. Begin!

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Hackerz

Written on March 10, 2009 by
informative

My good friend (and occasional nemisis), Shaw, has much more experience with this topic than I do. He subscribes to a “hack a day” RSS feed, has constructed a media-mac out of a broken macbook, and has a guitar amp case that makes people offer him money on the spot to have him build one for them.

My projects are not as good. But I ran across this fantastic video and wanted to share. Enjoy:

 

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What's in Your Pockets?

Written on March 7, 2009 by
participation

The clothes we wear, the music we listen to, the websites we frequent tend to reveal a lot about who we are. In fact, pretty much everything we do drops subtle or not-so-subtle hints about how we live our lives: messy room, messy person; clean room, obsessive compulsive person.

Today I want to cover another revealing aspect of our lives: What’s in Your Pockets? I honestly want to your feedback to hear what you carry around in your pockets, but I’m not expecting you to reveal that personal information without a little something from me.

So, What’s in my pockets?

Front left pocket: iPhone and Wallet.

The iPhone is a pretty standard affair now, so nothing to cover there, but “Wow, wallet in the front pocket?” I know. It’s not that I’m obsessed about pickpocketers, I just decided a long time ago that I hated having a “painful to sit on” wallet hanging out in my back pocket. To rectify this, I used my duck tape skills to make myself a very simple, one pocket wallet. Sure, multiple pockets would be nice, and sure I’d like to carry around every single sliver of paper I own in it, but this simple design keeps it thin enough to stay in my pocket with my phone and helps me keep my wallet down to the bare essentials. Usually “the bare essentials” include my driver’s license, debit cards, $20 cash for emergencies, and an RFID keycard to get into work.

Wallet

The wallet was extremely simple to make, I just added the stripe to give it a unique design and add a nice little challenge for myself. If there’s enough interest, I may even put together a tutorial on making one.

Front Right Pocket: Keys, thumb drive, multi-tool, a pen and chapstick.

It may seem like a lot to carry, but it’s manageable provided the keys don’t get turned to jab into my leg. The keys are pretty standard keys, but the keyring holds both my thumb drive and my multi-tool.

Thumb Drive

My thumb drive is a Pico 8gb USB Flash Drive, which is not much bigger than my thumbnail, yet holds the same amount as a two burnable DVD’s. This little beauty is built like a tank, and is perfect for keeping in your pocket for impromptu file transfers. I originally purchased it for $50, and currently the price has dropped to $29.99! That price is fantastic even for a normal sized 8gb thumb drive! Well worth the price.

Utili-key

Another product I found through ThinkGeek, the amazingly tiny Utili-key Multi-tool. A Phillips head screw driver, flat head screw driver, eyeglass screwdriver, bottle opener, and a knife with serrated blade all in one tiny little package not much bigger than a key. The multi-tool easily clips to your keyring and blends right in until you need it. It’s a small investment to make at just $9.99, but the feeling of always having the tool you need is priceless.

Pen 1
Pen 2

Another tool I carry around is a collapsible pen. It’s incredibly useful to always have something to write with, and this compact Zebra pen is simply amazing. The form factor is perfect to fit in your pocket, but it extends so you can write with a normal sized pen and not cramp up your hand. Awesome.

The fact that I carry chapstick in my pockets may have stuck out to you. I must confess that I’m absolutely addicted to chapstick. But it has to be good chapstick, not the cheap stuff like the actual Chapstick brand which leaves you feeling worse than before you put it on. The good stuff is Burt’s Bees. I don’t know what all goes into it, or how they give it the minty smell, or why it feels so amazing on your lips. All I know is it’s the only chapstick I’ve found that really works. Everything else always leaves my lips feeling dry after a few minutes. This probably sounds like product placement at it’s worst, but I’m seriously a huge fan of this stuff. If you’ve never tried it, do yourself a favor and get some. Your lips and the people that kiss them will be endlessly thankful. You’re welcome.

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There you have it; my soul and pockets laid bare for all to see. Now it’s your turn.

Share your pocket contents (excluding lint) in the comments, or if you have pictures, please send an email over to warptubes@gmail.com. I’ll make a post with some of the most interesting pocket collections I’m sent, so empty your pockets and grab your camera!

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Bizarre

Written on March 5, 2009 by
news

I run across a lot of news on the internets and some of it is just crazy to read. Here are some of the better ones I’ve run across recently.

  • This guy is Harry Houdini’s hero.
  • These sorts of shenanigans are exactly what inspired Jesus to start flipping tables. Also the headline is an absolutely terrible pun.
  • I proposed to my wife in a mexican resturant. This guy did it better. Make sure you click on the “Photo” tab!
  • Here is one of many stories about people misusing 911. You can spend all day watching these on Youtube. It will likely provide enjoyment, then make you mad, and then it becomes funny again.
  • This last one is super old, but whenever I try to have a conversation with someone about it he or she has never heard about it. This is an effort to remedy that! Apparently studies have been done that claim that the amount of dynamite used was nowhere near enough.

Since I don’t watch much sports, these are the types of things that I talk about at the water cooler. I guess that says something.

–ringl

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Children of the Apocalypse

Written on March 3, 2009 by
blog, news, videogames

A good friend of mine passed along an interesting news clip from The Onion on a topic I don’t think is discussed enough. Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Frankly, I’m upset that more news stations aren’t covering hard news like this! Sure our children may be able to use Health Packs to heal anything the apocalypse may bring along, but shouldn’t they also be learning how to filter their radiation drenched water and build a shelter to protect them from the acid rain? No one knows exactly what the post-apocalyptic future may bring, but our only chance for survival lies in these violent video game simulations.

How are you preparing for the certain end of the world in a few short years? I for one am going to keep working out strategies against the undead hordes by playing Left 4 Dead.

On a side note, my apologies for the late update. My roommate gave me a call this afternoon boasting of front row seats to a Houston Rockets game. The court seems a lot smaller from up there, but Yao Ming seem so much bigger in real life.

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Texas Rodeo

Written on February 28, 2009 by
blog, informative

Everything is done a little differently here in Texas. This week, schools get out early and roads are shut down because of an old fashioned Texas Rodeo.

Did I say roads shut down? Oh yes. It’s a Texas tradition to have a “trail” ride on horseback down some of the busiest roads in Houston, and I got to witness it. Traffic stretches on while horses do their business on the pavement. How picturesque!

Yesterday featured another big event of rodeo week called “Go Texan Day.” Business men swap their suits for jeans and boots, silk ties for bolo ties, and my roommate claims he saw a twenty gallon hat. I think I got away without wearing the full garb since I’m a newbie. Next year, I’d better have some western gear or I might be taken out for an old fashioned hanging!

All of these events are just the beginning. All next week there will be rodoes, country music, and more square dancing than your boots can handle.

Random happenings like this are one of the many reasons that I love living in the fastinatingly weird Texas. I know Texas isn’t alone in these unusual events; what are some of your hometown traditions?

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