Friday Heh For 6/27/08

  • In case you haven’t already been acquainted with Giant Rolling Eddie Murphy Head, I think it’s best to lead off with that even though it’s one entry below this.

    As bonus coverage, here’s some serene video of the head’s travels.

  • Usher: Love In This Club – The best damn animatronic all-animal band this side of Tijuana performs a classic club ballad. In many ways much more entertaining than the live Gorillaz show I saw in Boston a few years ago. [via Mr. Harris]

  • Anil Dash: Blogger – Jheri Curls, pointed analysis of contemporary media and culture and PYT’s have never looked so right together. [via Jeremy Zawodny (congratulations and best wishes at Craigslist!)]

  • The Cat That Hated People – I’ve been chasing this Tex Avery short ever since the dawn of YouTube. On this most recent viewing, I realized the cat’s voice characterization sounds a lot like Loren Feldman’s Shel Israel Puppet.

  • Ikea Furniture Name Generator – Having spent way too much time in Ikea lately, I can appreciate that my Swedish furniture name is DAF.

BarCamp Atlanta Set For October 17-18

Lance reported yesterday that BarCamp Atlanta’s dates are now set for October 17-18, 2008. The official planning site has been updated as well. Keep an eye out for the registration form.

Last year’s BarCamp Atlanta kept my brain whirring for 2 days and introduced me to friends and colleagues I’ve kept in touch with throughout the year, including Michael Ivey, David Cohen, and Andy Edmonds. I also resolved to show up at at least one AtlHack or Atlanta Ruby Programmers Meetup, but that hasn’t quite panned out yet. There’s still time for me to make good on that.

BarCamp Atlanta

It’s not just for web or hardware geeks — if there’s something you’re passionate about doing, sharing, or teaching, whether it’s cooking, crafting, drawing, car mileage-per-gallon shaving, or anything else, bring it to BarCamp Atlanta and share what you love with others. The more diverse the crowd is, the smarter we all become.

More information about the general BarCamp format here, my coverage from last year’s here. and if you’re a business looking to facilitate and be a part of awesome things locally, talk to Michael Mealling about becoming a sponsor.

Friday Heh


  • Smart Tag Line – Reminds me of a Costanza line whose context I’ve forgotten, something like “whatever it is you want, that’s what we don’t have.”
  • Nobody Cares If Your Puns Were Intended – No, really. Take heed. [via gregg].
  • My New Favorite German Breakfast Cereal:

  • Five Lego Video Games That Will Never Happen – I like how they go all the way with the art.
  • Mis-addressed Voicemails – Strange messages left on an unused Vonage number. [via Robot Skirts]
  • The Pizza Scarf – If I could knit and I were thrown in prison for 12 years, I’d knit a really really long pizza scarf. Or just a bunch of small ones.
  • Movie Run Times – A unitasking web application that just tells you how long a movie runs for – a quiet heh. [via Jonas]
  • One Red Paperclip Update – You could smell the setup from a mile away, but the punchline still gets me. The article is about how Red Paperclip guy, who I saw speak at ROFLCon, is taking offers to trade his house for things. The article concludes with “So far, he’s gotten one proposal:.. [spoiler redacted]”
  • Hellboy Plush Costume – This is just fantastic.

But First, Let Me Share These Things I Liked With You

1. Merlin Mann pointed me to a DJ by the name of Girl Talk who makes fun, frenetic, sample-fueled tracks. I read Merlin’s tweets and was intrigued, so this morning I investigated and am enjoying listening to what’s available on Hype Machine. Wikipedia helped too. Girl Talk is in the process of releasing a new album and on the site you can decide whether you want just the mp3’s, high quality FLAC’s, or the CD once it starts shipping, and you name your own price for each or all. It provides guidelines so that if you want to be fair, you can.

2. Yesterday, I very much enjoyed Dallmayr Sonnenblumen Honig honey from Munich, on a Grands biscuit with some butter.

3. Just a few minutes ago, Gregg shared with me this video interview that Mark at Boingboing.tv did with Kyle Glanville, U.S. Barista Champion and one of the baristas that spends time behind the counter at Gregg’s local Intelligentsia coffee. I expected it to be all magic and mumbo jumbo, but Kyle shows off his deep organic understanding and encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of what goes in to a proper espresso. As I said to Gregg, it’s refreshing to be reminded that there are still specialties and specialists who own a particular subject area, that some things will never be “just look it up on the web” easy.

4. Earlier this morning I enjoyed reading Tony Pierce’s How To Blog from 2004, for the first time. I don’t agree with all of it, and it doesn’t reflect how I blog, but I’m glad that Tony does what he does how he does and that he is so helpful in getting others to do the same in their own way.

5. Jason Santa Maria’s article, A New Day, inspired me to think about my blog a little differently today.

6. I’m not sure about numbering the items and the italicizing key passages. Just giving it a try.

Bad Durkheim Flea Market

I’ve returned from the Germany trip. While I work on catching up and getting my legs back under me, please enjoy this brief glimpse of a flea market we checked out in Bad Durkheim. Overall, the merchandise was strikingly similar to what you’d find in the states, but the food was a welcome change(and since it was Spargel season it was not without the ubiquitous Spargel booth) and we did find some fun and interesting displays.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

For Your June Bulletin Board Displays and On The Road

As usual, taken from my copy of Bulletin Boards For All Occasions, by Margaret B. Randall, 1966.

Pack Your Vacation Bags

This morning I am packing my own vacation bags full of wholesome thoughts, good books, and clean fun for an 11-day trip to Germany and Switzerland to visit a very special person. I’m not sure how much time I’ll get in front of the blog, but there’s a good chance I’ll be updating my Flickr photos. If you have any suggestions for things to see and do in Frankfurt, Munich, and Lucerne, or are one of my recently-added Twitter friends from those parts and want to meet up, do drop me a line.

Visit The Valley Of Fun
I’ll make sure to get some photos of the Valley Of Fun.

Screen Gems

This screen:
Zappos Made Facebook Beacon Less Sneaky
…told me Zappos has made improvements to the way they use Facebook’s Beacon blabbermouth marketing program. Since it asked me clearly and nicely if I’d like to share word of my purchase with my Facebook network, and thoroughly explained the options and implications, I allowed it. It’s a nice evolution from the earlier, creepier days of Beacon.

This screen:

…told me that the site I’ve used for at least eight years to check domain name registrations, Thebigwhois.com, either forgot to renew their own domain or decided to close up shop for some reason. I liked them because they were simple, and they weren’t attached to a big domain registrar so they didn’t have an obvious vested interest in my data.

This screen:
TOS From Lost's Octagonglobalrecruiting.com
…along with this screen:
DHARMA Initiative, an ABC company
…pulled me out of the suspension of disbelief on an otherwise well-executed fictional online extension of ABC’s Lost. I wish there was some cleverer way the ABC lawyers could have integrated a Terms of Service and copyright notice without having to make reference to the parent companies.