Category Archives: Fun

RubelWithoutACause.com

I was playing around with our new Web comic this evening. We launched the other day and are making fantastic progress with the gags. Steve Rubel wants a larger version of his strip, suitable for framing. Don’t know if there’s a market in that, but… maybe we should post larger and smaller images, too? I thought I’d check to see if RubelWithoutACause.com was taken, and it’s not. I kept playing with the GoDaddy search form and found several that weren’t taken (as of the time of this entry):

What I really want to know is if you subscribed to the bLaugh feed and tried it on your iPod or PSP yet? We’re looking for testers for those (and other mobile) devices.

bLaugh: The (un)Official Comic of the Blogosphere

I love to laugh – so now I’m preparing the world to bLaugh! Today, we’re launching the (un)Official comic of the blogosphere – colorful, satirical, and comical. Expect parodies of “A-List” bloggers all the way down to the meme of the day – no holds barred. Brad Fitzpatrick is bLaugh’s artist, and I’m the writer. The strip is exclusively sponsored by a single company, GoDaddy. We have a bLaugh feed for you to suck down – and we’ll rotate the daily comic image in a static URL to encourage deep-linking from anywhere (widgets, anyone?). Of course, all you ego-whores should be watching closely – because you’re likely the ones to be parodied on a regular basis. If you blog, or your name (brand) is getting tossed around in the blogosphere, you’re on our radar. That includes you, Hugh and Jacek (because we love everybody equally).

Skype Fun (Easter Eggs?)

I don’t run Skype all the time, but this conversation was begging to be published. How many Skype easter eggs are out there?

  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:us)
  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:gb)
  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:ca)
  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:freak)
  • Chris Pirillo says: Why can’t I fly my freak flag in Skype?!
  • Chris Pirillo says: Does Skype have something against freak flags?!
  • Chris Pirillo says: (finger)
  • Chris Pirillo says: You gotta respect any instant messaging client that lets users flip someone off.
  • Chris Pirillo says: (mooning)
  • Chris Pirillo says: This just keeps getting better and better.

I talk to myself too frequently.

Gender Reassignment

My name is really Christine. I’m a girl. This is the absolute truth, so long as you look at this very page through a Web site that launched at the same time as last year’s BlogHer conference: regender. I stumbled across it last night when I was doing Google searches on my domain. That’s one easy way of discovering who’s scraping content without proper attribution. I clicked the gender-bending link and found myself face-to-face with a more feminine me (not really, but it freaked me out for a second). I am not woman; if you wanna hear Ponzi roar, just set her in the room with me for five minutes, and I’m bound to do something to annoy her. That’s my job in this relationship, ya know?

Weird Al Yankovic Releases Free MP3

I’ve died and gone to heaven. Over there on WeirdAl.com, they’ve posted a free MP3 download (192kbps). According to the filename, the new song is titled “You’re Pitiful.” No word on whether this track will be on his upcoming album, but we diehard Weird Al fans will love it no matter what! Their server seems to be getting slammed right now – so be patient. It’s a parody of the famous James Blunt song (You’re Beautiful). Here are the lyrics, after giving it a few good listens. Amazing, Al – amazing. Thanks for doing this!!!
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Desktop Aquarium

One of my all-time favorite desktop aquarium screen toys has been updated again. “Aquazone Seven Seas Deluxe” – you’ve probably used earlier versions of it on your own desktop, as it works in both Windows and OS X. This virtul aquarium now has 40 different species of photo-realistic fresh and saltwater fish, turtles, sharks, and jellyfish. Plus, you can now “tap on the glass” and “sprinkle in fish food” – making an already-fun desktop aquarium even more fun (and less messy than the real thing). It’s even better for me now, as I have a widescreen monitor to the right of my primary screen – connected to another machine, which now runs the aquarium in the foreground. I’ve got it set to follow a shark around the screen right now – but can change it to a tank full of clown fish in an instant. What’s more, they’re currently running a special $5 discount if you use the code ‘NewYear2006’ in the order form. This is the only way I could ever own fish – digital fish in a virtual fish tank.

Printer Statistics

According to the test sheet that just came from my HP LaserJet 1220, my page counts are as follows:

  • Total Pages Printed = 9477
  • Pages Jammed in Printer = 4
  • Pages Mispicked in Printer = 8
  • Total Pages Scanned = 1559
  • Pages Jammed in Scanner = 1
  • Pages Scanned to Copy = 361
  • Pages Printed From Copy = 375
  • Pages Scanned to Host = 1183

Dance Dance Revolution

The first time I saw DDR in the arcade, I thought to myself: “Oh, now there’s a game I’ll never play.” I’m not much of a dancer, even in slower tempos (just ask Ponzi). Sure, I know where to find rhythm – it’s under the word “rhythm” in Google! Seriously, I couldn’t even get the jump timings on Donkey Kong right – what makes you think I could do some Dance-Dance Revolution thing with my real feet? Well, Ponzi wanted a DDR mat – so we got ourselves a DDR mat (with accompanying DDR Ultramix game for the classic Xbox). Even if I laid it out in front of the television for the next year, we’d still not use it as much as we’re not using it today. Anybody want a hardly-used Dance-Dance Revolution embarassment blanket? Seriously, I don’t want to hold onto my failed attempt at coordination any longer. I can’t dance. I can’t sing. I don’t want DDR in my home any longer. Please, take this thing away?