Weekend at Kansas City 

Friday, August 14th, 2020

As readers are already aware, Major League Baseball stadiums across America are full of fake fans. People have been having a lot of fun with these, but perhaps the single best cutout thus far is this one from Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals.


[Photo credit: @AsteriskTour]

Trash Panda Art 

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

In German, raccoons are known as “waschbärs”, literally translated as “washing bears”, for their habit of “washing” their food. Apparently, at least some of them might better be known as artbärs, because they’re making ridiculous paintings on tiny easels.


[Photo credit: @TitoTheRaccoon]

That art bear is literally presenting its work to you. See much more, including multiple pictures where these raccoons seem to be thrilled with their pieces.

Surely Someone Will Sell This Flag 

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

As you might be aware, Mississippi is finally removing the ridiculous Confederate emblem from their state flag. Better 150 years late than never, right? As part of the replacement process, the state has taken public submissions, receiving over 3000 designs. A commission then narrowed this list down to 147. Well, 146 now, after this beauty was removed following its apparently mistaken inclusion:

A fairly ridiculous flag featuring a giant mosquito and other more typical flag elements

“The mosquito flag advanced to Round Two due to a typo in a list of flag numbers submitted by one commissioner,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday. “That commissioner has requested that the flag be removed from the Round Two gallery, and the [Mississippi Department of Archives & History] staff has complied.”

If you look closely, you might spot two amusing things. First, the required phrase “In God We Trust” is included at the very bottom, in truly tiny text. And second, there’s a subtle grey box around the mosquito, likely an artifact of the designer simply pasting together a few different images to create this mockup. I’m delighted that this slapdash submission has received national attention.

Rather Amusing Mockery From an “Organist” 

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Major League Baseball is limiting the number of people at ballparks in 2020. Fans aren’t allowed to attend, and even MLB announcers are generally not watching the game in-person either. As such, it’s not clear to me why Atlanta’s organist Matthew Kaminski was present at their game against the Blue Jays last week., playing for a non-existent crowd.1 Nevertheless, I’m glad he was.

When Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire stepped up to the plate, the organist could be heard playing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” For those who don’t follow which MLB players have been caught publicly masturbating, the reference likely went over your head.

Now that’s some good, not-really-that-clean fun.


Footnotes:

  1. I suppose the answer is that he was also playing for the TV audience, which would likely be a nice addition to 2020’s strange broadcasts. ↩︎

The UX of Lego Interface Panels 

Monday, August 10th, 2020

I enjoy learning about, and practicing, interface design. This study of the UX of Lego interface panels is a treat.

Daniel Bard Beats the Yips 

Friday, August 7th, 2020

Many years ago, Daniel Bard was a promising young pitcher for my hometown Boston Red Sox. Then, his career was derailed by an affliction commonly known as “the yips”. Simply put, Bard’s abilities abandoned him, and he could no longer perform the fundamental task of throwing strikes.

After several comeback attempts, Bard finally threw in the towel and retired from playing. He became a coach and mentor to younger players, helping them with their own journeys in professional baseball.

Then one day, almost as if by magic, his skills returned. The yips, poof, disappeared. The joy of the game flowed through him. Now, Daniel Bard is once again pitching in the big leagues, and that’s incredible.

Logo Mashups 

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Over on his site, Olivier Bruel has done some terribly clever logo mashups. If you like clever logos, or amusing portmanteaux, this post is for you.

Robert Berger Is a Bad Forger 

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

In an effort to avoid jail time, a New York criminal faked his death. Unfortunately for Robert Berger, he instead compounded his folly.

Can you spot the typo? Here’s a zoomed-in hint.

The best part is that a variation of the misspelled word is repeated directly below.

Clearly, We Need an App for This 

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Attempted murderers are often very dumb. In the past 15 years, over 100 dopes have attempted to pay for a murder on the website “rentahitman.com”. Most recently, a Michigan woman found herself arrested after trying to have her ex-husband bumped off.

Since the rentahitman.com website was created in 2005, the owner “has been contacted numerous times by people requesting murders, school shootings and even a baby abduction,” police said. It’s helped prevent 130 murders because the owner always alerts authorities when someone requests a hitman, according to police.

A smartphone app for this is the obvious next step. Apple would never approve it for the App Store, which makes this yet another reason they ought to allow side-loading.

Impressively Accurate 

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Qantas Airways recently retired the last Boeing 747 from their fleet. On its last official flight, Capt. Sharelle Quinn flew a flight path that traced the Qantas logo.

I’d say she did a damned good job.