Posts Categorized: General

The 1980’s JC Penney Christmas Catalogs

A real hero named Wishbook on Flickr has taken the time to lovingly scan a large number of holiday catalogs from going back to the late 60’s through the early 90’s (including the big Sears and JC Penny Wish Books). I can remember scouring these catalogs as a child picking out what I wanted for… Read more »

Map the Zombie Attack

Ever wondered what would happen if you were patient zero in a zombie attack? Zombie-town USA uses: Gillespie dynamics on block-level census data from 2010 using 308 million people interacting across the continental US. Drop the first zombie in your town and see how it moves across the nation.

Google Maps Driving Simulator

Ever wanted to drive a car through your neighborhood? Oh wait, you probably do that every day. Ever wanted to drive a car through my neighborhood? Well now you can with the Google Maps Driving Simulator. It’s a bit like Grand Theft Auto but without the grand theft (no guns either). It’s actually a pretty… Read more »

Was Your Super Bowl Ad Worth it?

We’re a little over a week removed from “the big game” for 2015, and I recently ran across and interesting article from Embedly comparing the minutes watched in an ad and the amount that ad cost per minute. This comparison looks at the views and fall-off rate of the ads on YouTube and compares it… Read more »

Redesign #4 for

Here we go again… It’s been about five years since the last redesign, so I figured it was probably about time to try again. A lot has happened on the web in the past five years. The new design should hopefully catch a number of new trends and technologies available for websites. Like usual, I… Read more »

2014 Holiday Geek Gift Guide

Another year has passed and Black Friday is quickly approaching, so here we are again with a new Holiday Geek Gift Guide. My first list was created in 2004 (yay, 10 year anniversary post!) to help with my own gift shopping for friends and family. Because of my interest in technology and gadgets (and general… Read more »

Online Spirograph

Remember the Spirograph? Those odd little notched pieces of plastic that you used to make swirly drawings. I know I had one or two of them growing up. Like all of us, I’m sure you wished that you could continue to make those swirls yet today without digging through your parents’ attic to find your… Read more »

Strongbad is back!

After a four-year absence, Strongbad is back in a new Homestar Runner video. The new video is as random as the rest. It’s a Strongbad rap about the fisheye lense. Hopefully this is a sign of more to come. Just me and Coach Z givin the pyorple what they want: — Strong Bad… Read more »

2013 Holiday Geek Gift Guides

Well, here we are again approaching another Black Friday and (lamely named) Cyber Monday. That means it’s time again for my list of holiday geek gift guides. This list was conceived many years ago to help with my own gift shopping for friends and family. Because of my interested in technology and gadgets (and general… Read more »

DIY: Tailgate Misting Station

We’re a few weeks into football season this year and the first two game were scorchers. Usually games in the beginning of September can be a bit warm, but seemed even more-so this year with temps around 90 degrees. A dinner conversation the week before the first game prompted me to look into creating a… Read more »

New Google App Launcher

I just got the new Google “app launcher” on my Google home page. Gone is the standard black navigation bar at the top of the page. It has been replaced by an “apps” button the pops down to reveal an icon for 10 of the popular Google apps. The pop down window isn’t even full…. Read more »

Lego Prices Over the Years

I ran across a really interesting analysis of Lego prices over the years. Spoiler: Apparently prices aren’t going up, they just seem high because when most people first got into Legos they were kids and didn’t have a sense of money/cost.

Chipmunks Slowed to Actual Speed

Christmas has passed, but I guess it is still technically the holiday season. I ran across this great video of the Chipmunks “Christmas Time is Here” song slowed down. You can hear what the chipmunk voice actors in the song actually sounded like (even though Dave sounds like the devil).

2012 Holiday Gift Guides

Another year has come and gone. We are quickly approaching Black Friday and then the more recently coined Cyber Monday, so that means it is time again for my list of holiday geek gift guides. I started putting this list together quite a few years back to help me find gifts for my friends and… Read more »