Archive for August, 2007

Needlepoint meets irony

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I may have to start a new sewing hobby. There have been some cool things going on in needlepoint, like from Sublime Stitching and Subversive Cross Stitch (above), but things are getting crazy. See below. Yes, that’s Hugh Grant’s mug shot and there’s lots more where that came from (Maria E. Pineres, Kate Westerholt).

Japanese Arm Wrestling Game Recalled for Breaking Arms

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

According to PCworld.com, Arm Spirit, a Japanese arm-wrestling game, was recalled from more than 150 arcades across the country after 3 people independently broke their arms while battling the machine.  Apparently, the game has 10 levels of difficulty, including a French maid, drunken martial arts master, and a Chihuahua before reaching the final showdown with a professional wrestler.   In response to the broken arms, Arm Spirit’s spokeswoman said, “The machine isn’t that strong, much less so than a muscular man.  Even women should be able to beat it.

Broken arms from an arcade game are pretty serious, but injuries in videogaming aren’t new,  including a recent phenomenon: “Wii Elbow.”  And something else just dawned on me: there would have been more of these Arm Spirit injuries, but honestly, who goes to arcades anymore, and furthermore, who plays the arm wrestling video game?  Definitely tagging this one as ‘geekery.’

Arm Spirit

(via Arian; story via PCworld; image via MSNBC)

Oh Yes… Bumper Dumper!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I $hit you not, on the tails of ipood this has to be the next best thing in the traveling toilet.

No ifs, ends or butts, forget the boat or camper, I am towing one of these to show the world just how full of it I really am.

Google Sky

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Early yesterday, Google launched their next phase of interstellar domination with Google Sky. This is an addition to the Google Earth app that allows you to navigate the heavens by way of constellation maps, Hubble satellite images, and planetary orbit animations. Not to mention the ability to aimlessly wander space the traditional Google Earth way by panning, zooming and rotating your view. I have to say, this is pretty freakin’ sweet. Check it ›

It’s just uhh… European.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

PureArt

For all your fashion needs:
AStyle

Monthly Mashup Vol. 3 – Summer Love in the Disco Club

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Pop music: so bad but so good.

In my latest monthly mashup, I try to prove that 2+2 = 5 by mixing two pop songs (The Black Eyed Peas’ “Disco Club” with Justin Timberlake’s “Summer Love”), with the hope that the sum, in fact, is greater than the parts. Also, this is a fitting end to summer, which I’m sad to see go. Enjoy, and free to comment!

Justin Timberlake & Black Eyed Peas

Summer Love in the Disco Club – Remix by Johnny Haze, 2007.

‘What is It?’ of the Week: a “Grilled Charlie”

Monday, August 20th, 2007

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” just may be one of the funniest damn television shows ever written. A detail in one of the episodes (season 2 – “The Gang Goes Jihad”) has caught the attention of several serious fans: a mysterious sandwich called a “Grilled Charlie.” Below are the results of my own reverse engineering analysis of a Grilled Charlie.

Its appearance and description in the show offer several good clues to its construction:
•Firstly, the instructions shouted by its creator, Charlie:

“A Grilled Charlie has peanutbutter last! Peanutbutter outside, chocolate inside! Butter inside, cheese outside!”

•Close inspection of the scene reveals a jar of JIF peanutbutter, a packet of American cheese slices (or cheddar), and a bottle of Hershey’s syrup next to the hotplate used to fry the “Grilled Charlie” (though other posted recipes erroneously indicate a chocolate bar).

Here’s a possible/probable way to create this:
Step 1 – Butter the bejeezus out of one side of a piece of white bread. Place the piece of bread, butter-side down, onto a hot skillet (if you’re hardcore, your skillet is on a hotplate and you’re in a filthy apartment).

Step 2 – As the butter side is frying, place a slice of cheese (American or possibly cheddar) on the top of the bread and let it melt. Then flip the bread over and fry the cheese side (you’ll need a sh*tload of butter to pull this off properly). You’ll have to keep moving it so the cheese doesn’t burn off the bread.

Step 3 – Remove the butter-cheese slice and put a new white bread slice onto the skillet (make sure there is still sufficient butter in the skillet to fry it). Fry the piece of bread, and while it is frying put Hershey’s chocolate syrup on the top side. Flip the bread over and quickly fry the chocolate side (it will actually fry if you do it right). Remove from skillet.

Step 4 – Join the two pieces of fried bread, cheese on outside, butter and chocolate on the inside. Add JIF peanutbutter to the outside of the sandwich (not clear if it goes on top of the cheese or on the opposide side of the sandwich).

Step 5 – Eat warm, with cold beer. Then prepare for the heart attack.

It is surprisingly good – a nice combination of burnt cheese, chocolate and peanutbutter.