May 23, 2015

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore 05/23/2015
05/23/2015

Well, if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck...

May 22, 2015

Awful Link of the Day - Vampirewebsite.net:

Once you become a vampire, you'll find that it comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, there's the whole issue of acquiring blood. Contrary to offensive outdated stereotypes, today's vampires don't kill people for blood; rather, they find an "emo" cutter and ask them for permission, or stock up on beef jerky.

May 21, 2015
EAT

Tech Company Cafeterias

Here's something that I put together a few years ago but never got around to posting until now.

If you know of any more tech company cafeterias with dorky names, send 'em over my way.

May 20, 2015
Probably my favorite Letterman clip:

May 10, 2015
feedspot mothers day promotion

Moms love RSS feeds, right?

May 9, 2015

EXT. DISNEY HEADQUARTERS - DAY

BRAD BIRD stands meekly in front of a desk, clutching a notebook in his hand. Behind the desk, a gruff CORPORATE EXECUTIVE puffs away on a cigar. His face is partially obscured by shadow.

CORPORATE EXECUTIVE

Collectible pin sales are down 16% this quarter. I need you to make a movie with no less than three scenes centered around pins.

BRAD BIRD

(jotting this down)

Yes sir, right away sir.

TWO YEARS LATER:

April 30, 2015

neon internet explorer logoYou know about OS-tans, right? They started as fanart of operating systems personified as anime babes. Over time the concept grew beyond operating systems and companies started making their own. Microsoft has a few "official" -tans marketed in Japan and other Asian countries, but I'm pretty sure "Internet Explorer-tan" is the first one that's also marketed to Western audiences. I've been following her Tumblr blog for a while now and I've been fascinated by how much thought has been put into the Microsoft Anime Girl Canon.

Anyway, now that Internet Explorer is being phased out in favor of Microsoft Edge, I naturally assumed the Internet Explorer-tan character would commit seppuku the day Windows 10 ships, and a new browser-tan would take her place. Instead, they're simply renaming her. You can't do that! That's like a total violation of OS-tan rules! It doesn't communicate the idea that Edge is an entirely new browser! It peeves me off real bad

April 20, 2015

Adium Blog:

We do not know yet how long you'll still be able to use Google Talk. Google has been making it clear they want to move forward with Hangouts, which we have no plans to support. For now, you'll still be able to sign in to Google Talk and talk to people using Hangouts, but we have no information about how long this will be possible.

Speaking of deprecated services, we believe MSN is now totally dead. We expect this to be permanent, we currently have no plans to support Skype.

Facebook Chat will also stop working on April 30. We have no plans to continue support.

Looks like the era of interoperable messaging services is over... negative man

April 17, 2015

Here's some links to recent stuff I've written elsewhere, which I'm posting to alleviate my guilt for not updating in a while:

Something Awful

Awful Link of the Day: Eckankar (Thanks, super macho dude!)

Awful Link of the Day: Rubmaps (Thanks, Crow_Rodeo!)

Tech News Rumor Insider

Review: Apple Watch

rubbercat.net/simpsons - IN THE NEWS

The Simpsons Outlives DVD Market

Confirmed: Simpsons Returning From Hiatus (Note: Not Actually Confirmed)

March 31, 2015

Strong contender for the most depressing phrase in the English language: "The Official Twitter for Jake from State Farm®"

March 28, 2015
Slimed!

I picked up this oral history about Nickelodeon for pretty cheap and it's a good read... except for the inexplicably boneheaded decision to omit people's job titles, so you have to constantly flip to the back of the book to read the bio for every other person, just to find out they were some stage manager for Welcome Freshman or something.

Here's something I thought was funny:

KEN SCARBOROUGH: The one question I get asked is, "Did you ever put something dirty in there?" Why would I do that? What is the upside of hiding dirty things for children to find in there? In the first place, it's just a gross and weird thing for anybody to do.

(about a hundred pages later:)
WILL MCROBB: That's what Nick wanted, but there was a line. "John, you can't do a blowjob joke on Ren & Stimpy." "But no kid's gonna get it; it'll go right over their heads!" Every time I'd make a counterargument, his response was, "It's not like I'm showing them fucking!"

March 27, 2015

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 03/20/2015
03/20/2015

Mallard Fillmore, 03/13/2015
03/13/2015

Liberals hate all religions, so clearly President Obama, who can't bring himself to denounce Islam, is not a liberal.
March 18, 2015

Awful Link of the Day - The Slums of Elwood:

The Slums of Elwood is a "Most Peculiar" message board where dorky teens and weird adults chat about the long-running PBS cartoon Arthur. With lax moderation and a focus on "strange and disturbing Arthur-related topics and fan creations," it aims to be to the show's fandom what Weird Twitter is to Regular Twitter. The details are a bit sketchy, but apparently it was formed in the wake of an earlier Arthur board's implosion, partially due to some drama over the concept of a certain tertiary character removing his hat. Sounds like the Arthur fandom was pretty damn weird to begin with.

March 14, 2015

Buying a $500 smartwatch to combat the problem of "looking at your smartphone too much" is the most 0th World thing I can imagine

March 10, 2015

I wrote an obituary for Sam Simon on my Simpsons site's news blog.

I didn't really set out to write serious, hopefully respectful obituaries on my jokey, ironic fansite, I just kind of fell into it. I wrote a quick one for Polly Platt a few years ago because I thought her small role in the genesis of The Simpsons was a neat little anecdote that not a lot of people knew about. And then some other folks died, and I figured, "well, if I wrote all those words about someone who was only tangentially connected to The Simpsons, I'd better write something for them..."

I suppose my overall goal is to just share whatever relevant Simpsons arcana I've had rattling around in my brain for years in the hopes that it might be somewhat interesting to other Simpsons nuts, the kind of stuff that's overlooked by actual news organizations.

March 7, 2015
Hooray I can post this again

March 6, 2015

Awful Link of the Day: /r/WatchPeopleCode

/r/WatchPeopleCode is at the forefront of the perplexing "live coding" trend, where turbonerds record themselves wrangling ones and zeroes and stream it on the internet for other turbonerds to watch in real time. "Think of it as like a ridealong in an episode of COPS, where who knows what I'm going to be running into," teases a Firefox engineer at the start of a 2-hour video about printing in Linux. Yeah, ok.