Archive for the ‘This made me laugh’ Category

Weekend funny – 6 second tutorial on how to use a selfie stick

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

There are many uses for selfie sticks and this video is certainly one.

selfie break

https://vine.co/v/eEVj3lKmD9r

It’s interesting how polarizing these (it has to be said, quite useful) items have become.

I’m trying to think of other recent items that have been used (usually unfairly) as indicators of a persons personality and values.

So here’s my list so far 🙂

  1. Hummers
  2. Over priced Polo shirts (LaCoste, Hilfigger insert your brand bias here)
  3. Blue Ribbon beer (and fixed wheel bikes – seriously guys, get some gears).
  4. Ponytails (on men), Mullets (either sex)
  5. Hats of any description (except on the beach)
  6. Persistent Bloggers (how 2006!)
  7. Emoji over users

Tech enhanced narcissism is now more dangerous than sharks

Monday, October 5th, 2015

www.nypost.com
www.nypost.com

The death toll of officially recorded selfie-related deaths currently stands at 12, shark deaths are currently at 8.

http://mashable.com/2015/09/21/selfie-deaths/#xbqR1cMJskqm

Previous incidents this year include a man who was gored to death taking a picture during a bull run in a Spanish town, and two men who accidentally blew themselves up in the Russian Ural mountains when posing with a live grenade. The picture was discovered saved to the camera roll on one of the men’s phones.”

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/22/live-grenades-bull-chases-clifftops-selfies-death-toll

It may be that the Darwin Awards will need a whole separate category for Selfie related deaths.  For those who aren’t aware of the Darwin Awards

“the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives.   Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.”

Something to think about before you buy a selfie stick.

Weekend Funny – MTV awards feud explained in emojis

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

First – I could care less about pop stars feuding.

emoji feud

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/nicki-minaj-miley-cyrus-beef-explained-emojis/

Second – While this is a gag, it is a reflection on how our language is evolving.   As the current young generation of tech users disperse into the workforce (if they ever leave home and learn how to wash their own clothes) it’s not hard to see  communication via emojis, animated gifs and txt abbreviations become established as the unofficial  universal language.  Unlike top down universal languages like Esparanto, this is an evolutionary  grassroots change.

It is conceivable that the “Queens English” becomes the isolated language of the bureaucracy, much like Latin in the  medieval Catholic Church.

Or, it could be that emojis are rejected by the next generation as symbols of oppression by the smart phone obsessed old fogey millennials who are keeping them out of jobs and don’t how to use washing machines.

Weekend funny – Media and toy makers are getting dinosaurs wrong

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Don’t mess with the dinosaur geeks.

(First National Pictures)
The Lost World (1925), First National Pictures

While the rest of us are going “oooh that’s so cool,” they are sitting in a barely controlled rage.

What’s Wrong With the Flying Pterosaurs in Jurassic World

“In conclusion, I think that the flying animals in Jurassic World are not real and instead the producers used some type of computer generated graphics to depict the motion of the pterosaurs.”
http://www.wired.com/2015/06/whats-wrong-flying-pterosaurs-jurassic-world/

A Dinosaur Expert Critiques Dinosaur Toys

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/06/12/A-Dinosaur-Expert-Critiques-Dinosaur-Toys/

Weekend Funny – 9 science-backed tricks for appearing smarter than you are

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

You don’t have to actually be intelligent to appear intelligent.

And it’s not just wearing thick glasses, although that is on the list (Hollywood was right!).

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By Jim Simonson
CC BY Some rights reserved

Here are the other tips:

  • Don’t hold a beer.
  • Walk at the same speed as everybody else.
  • Use a middle initial.
  • Write simply.
  • Use graphs.
  • Speak expressively.
  • Look people in the eye.
  • Dress smartly.

Unfortunately it wont actually help you pass exams.

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-to-look-smart-2015-2?_ga=1.15496116.367519262.1434088592#dont-hold-a-beer-1

Weekend Funny – Planted signs in a pet store

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Jeff Wysaski makes funny signs and places them in his local shops.  He then posts the pictures on his tumblr site  “”Obvious Plant

His efforts at his local pet shop are very funny.

obvious plant frog

obvious plant lizard

See the others here http://obviousplant.tumblr.com/post/119948201102/i-added-some-new-pet-options-to-my-local-pet-store

Weekend funny – funny fliers

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

pigeon

http://twentytwowords.com/hilarious-flyers-people-actually-took-the-time-to-create-and-post/

Weekend – OK, yes we (I) want this. Puppy room for stressed students

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

“Exam and deadline season may be looming large, but the lucky students at the University of Central Lancashire will have the perfect way of de-stressing – their very own puppy room.”

Disappointingly,  it’s not quite as radical as it first appears.   It is a one-off event.  It’s organized through the Guide Dogs Charity.

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/puppy-room-set-up-for-stressed-university-of-central-lancashire-students-10218844.html

Stripping visual data from your videos

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

This very clever, but is it something we can leverage or is it a bit evil.

“What’s the point? Smith suggested this could be used by “anyone in the video value chain,” such as creators, publishers or marketers. The data could used for things like search engine optimization, personalization, ad targeting, and determining the “brand value” of a video, namely how long and how prominently a product or logo appeared.”

OK, yeah, evil.

Yay, just what we need ads based on YouTube Videos.   So what might those ads be for?

I reckon 90% will be dating sites, narcissist self help groups, health insurance and ADD therapies.

video data (2)

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/04/video-to-data/?ncid=rss

Weekend Funny – Google map hijinks

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

android apple

So it seems someone decided the top end of Pakistan needed new geographic feature and added this to Google Maps.

This it the location, but it’s gone now

http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/24/google-maps-android-apple-piss/

In 2014 Australian comedy duo Hamish and Andy, got a 100 year lease on a small rock called  Iron islet in Northern Queensland. With in days this happened.

peopes island

Unfortunately, now all sadly removed.

If you have a few hours to kill then have a look at the Google Hoaxes and Easter eggs page on Wikipedia.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_hoaxes_and_easter_eggs#Google_Maps_and_Google_Earth

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Here is one of favorite bizarre real places to visit on Google Maps , the Rocket Park in Woomera in the middle of the South Australian desert.

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https://www.google.com/maps/@-31.198544,136.824417,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1szAEvZVnTOp-V5oJKu07s0A!2e0?hl=en