Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Foggy Monocle: A Gentleman's Blog

For some, a gentleman is one who does everything from dressing to eating with style and refinement. To the writers of The Foggy Monocle, a gentlemen is someone who gets drunk at work and IMs his friend to let him know about it.

The Foggy Monocle posts IM, text, and email conversations of hilarious debauchery. Most involve copious drinking. All involve funny.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Obama Race For the White House Game

This game is a little outdated since it's Obama vs. Clinton rather than McCain (although it would be really easy for the game-makers to repurpose it if they wanted to). Still, it's incredibly fun.

Obama Race For the White House is sort of Obama snood (Snoodbama?); Shoot little balls from your cannon and knock them down by joining 3 of a kind. The different balls represent different, unspecified political promise: education, defense, religion, finance, and then, media, culture, and tech. Achieve goals in these areas in different parts of the nation and see how the election comes out.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

A Quick One

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Photoshop Screw Ups

Everybody loves Photoshop: it makes our models thinner, our new cars shinier and, on occasion, make the legs of a small child disappear. 


Photoshop Disasters is a blog chronicling ridonculous retouching blunders. Some of them are a bit subtle for me, not having the trained eye of a Photoshopper, and there's a lot of debate in the comments about whether or not some are actually Photoshopped. But when they hit the mark it is totally hilarious. 


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Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Drive In: Bomb the Bass - Butterfingers

This definitely makes me wish the song was as good as the video, but damn this is cute. An animated mixing board? Yes please!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Weird News: Parents Let 16 Year Old Drop Out of High School to Play Guitar Hero

The winners of the "Worst Parents Ever" award would definitely have to go to 16 year old Blake Peebles' mom and dad who gave him the go ahead to drop out of high school and play Guitar Hero full time. As mom, Hunter Peebles, said: "We couldn't take the complaining anymore...He always told me that he thought school was a waste of time."

Well sure, that's totally understandable. That's why so many parents have let their kids drop out to focus all their time on Bong Studies. 

Here's an American Public Media interview with the Peebles (god help them).

And check out the hilarious comic about Peebles on HijiNKS ENSUE

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fantastic Contraption Update!

I was thinking about how I like the music to Magic Pen so much better than the Fantastic Contraption music and I wish I could just listen to that while I play. So I found the MP3 so I could do just that. Then I thought, maybe the people who read Webby D want to listen to it too! So you can download the mp3 here.

You can also check out more music by the same artist, Pit Bull Jones, on his (her? their?) myspace page.

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New Building Game: Fantastic Contraption

If you liked Magic Pen (admit it, you did!) this game will similarly rock your adorable little socks (admit it, they are!) right off.

Like Magic Pen, Fantastic Contraption is a flash game where you create things in an attempt to get a ball into its goal. Instead of drawing though, you build machines with wheels and rods.

Report back and let me know what level you've reached!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

John McCain and Barack Obama joined by Paris Hilton in Presidential Race

the original:

the response:

Sorry Web Diversions has been a little lackluster this week. I'm sick as a dog.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday Drive In: News Bloopers

These. Are. So. Funny. Really, that sums it up.

I have to give credit where credit is due, so thanks to Mr. Diggles for posting this on his blog so I could steal it.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Read at Work Without Your Boss Finding Out

Reading? Why no sir, I'm hard at work on this Power Point, as you can see.

Read at Work let's you do just that, while appearing to be actually doing your job.                                                  

Update: Seems there's a little confusion on how this works. You just have to let it load (takes a couple minutes. It'll look like there's just a broken image link but give it a second) and then click on NZ Book Council Guest user icon. Then double click any of the folders on the left to find reading material. There are some fun goodies hiding in other places as well...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

The Lost Art of the Mixtape: Maybe not so Lost After All?

Something sacred was lost when the art of the mix traveled from tape to cd. Maybe it was the knowledge that someone spent 90 minutes or so sitting on the floor in front of their stereo, thinking of you instead of dragging and dropping some files in iTunes in 15 minutes. Maybe it's just the warm glow of analog. Either way, it just ain't the same. I still proffer (and prefer!) to make people mixtapes but now most people shrug and say they don't have a cassette player. So back to the laptop I go.

But maybe there's hope for the mixtape yet, if not as a popular music medium, than at least as a cult icon of bygone days. Besides the recent books Love is a Mixtape and Thurston Moore's Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture some mixtape loving websites are starting to crop up.

First up is Cassette From My Ex, created by Found Magazine's Jason Bitner. It is filled with stories about (and track listings of) mixtapes people received from someone who loved them but doesn't now. The contributors are exciting (Claudia Gonson anyone?) and best of all you can listen to the mixtapes on the site.

Muxtape tries to bring the fun of the cassette to digital mixes. I don't know how successful it is on that front but it is a great site. Anyone can create a free account and then upload 12 songs to make your mix with. You can drag and drop the names of songs on your list around to change the order and then anyone, anywhere can listen to the mix on the Muxtape site.

Mixwit offers much the same service as Muxtape but with a different interface and a couple more goodies. Mixwit let's you add skins to your mixtape including using an image of your own. But where as Muxtape let's you upload songs from your own library, Mixwit requires you to select songs from a url, so yo uhave to host your songs online somewhere or use SeeqPod or SkreemR . Mixwit let's you share your mix on sites like Blogger and Facebook but doesn't give you a simple url to link to like Muxtape does.

So there you have it. The mixtape lives on, if only in our hearts. So go forth and mixaply!

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