Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool 

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

In 1995, technologist Clifford Stoll wrote an article for Newsweek entitled “Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana”. 20 years later, in 2015, that article is more than a little hilarious.

Too Big to Emoji

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Anyone who reads this site knows I love emoji. A mountain of evidence makes it clear that I’m a big fan. Still, when I get an email like this:

  • ❄ ☃ Excited about the Holidays? ☃ ❄

I tend to think, maybe the financial institution which holds my mortgage should be just a bit more professional.

New Mascots on the Horizon 

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Adidas is now offering schools assistance in ridding themselves of regrettable sports team names, by providing design resources and financial assistance to ensure the change isn’t cost prohibitive. Good on them.

Previously in racist-ass team names: I Really Like Calling Them “The Football Team From Washington”

Opt Outside 

Friday, November 6th, 2015

In three weeks, outdoor recreation store REI will be closing all 143 of their locations for the day and paying employees to take the day off. Anything that fights back a bit against the insanity that is modern Black Friday sounds good to me.

Modern Art Is Trash 

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The question I have for the cleaning people who accidentally threw away an art installation is “What exactly did you think happened in this museum?”.

Why Old Sports Photos Often Have a Blue Haze 

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Old photographs in large public venues often have a gorgeous blue haze, but the reason behind it is rather ugly.

Quick, Somebody Call… 

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

A woman taking a driving lesson near Seattle mixed up the gas and the brake, and destructive hilarity ensued.

A car has been driven through the front wall of the 9-1-1 Driving School.

Also, doesn’t that seem like a terrible name for a driving school?

Sorry, Morning People 

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Yesterday, most of America set their clocks back an hour. While an extra hour to sleep (or party) is nice, it makes for a lousy trade. A brief video discussing daylight saving time included two interesting facts:

  • The biggest proponent of daylight saving time is the US Chamber of Commerce, because daylight after work leads to more shopping.

  • Every 20 years or so, Congress extends daylight saving time another month.

We’re trending toward permanent daylight saving time, and that sounds good to me.

Kept In the Dark 

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Just hours after his father had passed away, Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez started Game 1 of the World Series. However, while the news had spread around the Internet, Volquez himself was kept in the dark in accordance with his family’s wishes. That’s a hell of a thing.

After the game, Sam Miller wrote a beautiful piece on baseball and loss.

Baseball is awful because we would even expect Edinson Volquez to pitch on a day like that day, and it’s salvation because what would any of us want to do more for our fathers than pitch Game One of the World Series?

I don’t know if Volquez should have been told the news prior to his start, or if his family was right to withhold the information. Surely they know the man better than anyone else. One thing I’m pretty damn sure about is that Daniel Volquez would have been incredibly, immeasurably proud of his son’s effort on Tuesday night.

How Would the Quentessa Design a Bathroom? 

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Everything you need to know about Qdoba’s ridiculous new branding campaign, and its fictional muse “The Quentessa”, can be summarized in one line:

“[G]uys want her number, and girls kind of want it, too.”