Friday, December 23, 2011

Twas 2 nights before Christmas

and I have some weird links to share: I always find Amy Alkon's Advice Goddess blog interesting and annoying. I got there via Popehat and there report of Amy's assault by the TSA. Who will watch the watchers indeed.

You can get Louis CK's performance for $5. Apparently, this has been wildly successful. More travel info from MSNBC. Apparently you can now call the TSA while you are being abused. And I bet this family doesn't think that Southwest Airlines is the greatest thing in the sky. This report of a football player's heroism off the gridiron may belong on Scoreless Tie, but I'm here, so here it is.

Beware Krampus, the German Christmas demon. Some misc. links:
What to do with Christmas crap.
Baking 911
And today is Festivus!

Friday, December 16, 2011

I'm not sure why I'm posting this

Here is some random stuff from today. Ten most outrageous credit card charges; no reason, I just liked the title of the article. Autism hidden in plain sight - this is a great series. Click the link and read the whole thing. Jenny McCarthy is a whack job. (Who said we're Wack?) In the UK, sensitivity to autism is absent in department store Santa Claus. Although it seems to bother the mother more than the autistic chile.

What is college for? - another catchy title, so-so article. But if you're selling textbooks, Lifehacker can give you advice on getting the best deal. Twitter stalkers be free! This may be getting out of hand. Cosmic mystery - solved or not? You be the judge. Ars has pretty good writing. There are some really screwed up people in this world. Too often it leads to tragedy.

A lot of what I'm blogging come from Just wanted to point that out. It may remain unsaid in the future. This one didn't - my search result for Tofu Strudel. (I don't think I will be making it any time soon). Jutoh - for creating ebooks. Ultra PC Care 3.0 for Windows - keep your PC running right.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weird stories for Halloween

Thanks to Slate's longform, here are some creepy stories for the season.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

If Europe ran the afterlife

This all starts on Jahsonic blog in an entry on National stereotypes from 2006. Well, I guess it goes back to the 1970's, but we will get to that in a minute. This led to a follow-up post in November 2006, quoting:

Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian and it's all organised by the Swiss.
Hell is where the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lover's Swiss, the police German and it's all organised by the Italians.

I believe I originally saw this in the 1980's. The interesting thing about this post is that the quote is attributed to Ahmet Ertegun. Ertegun was a pivotal figure in the early days of rock music, signing Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records and convincing CS&N to add the Y. He was a founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was inducted in 1987. Upon his death, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin performed their last concert together.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Best American Rock Band

Gibson ran a series on their site about the 50 Greatest American Rock Bands. Frankly, their selection is somewhat ridiculous. They name Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as number 1, granting the E Street Band prominence it hasn't seen since 1975. I decided to use another criteria. If a band's wikipedia description included the words "American" "rock" and "band" the group was eligible. The next criteria was album sales. I used Wikipedia for this, but I checked references and the numbers are good.

At the top of the list are the bands with the highest certified sales from the List of Best Selling Artists:

Topping the list - The Eagles (Even though Hotel California has been called the worst rock song ever written)
2 - Aerosmith
3 - Bon Jovi
4 - Chicago

Next, I went with best selling alboms worldwide. You could argue that having one of the best selling albums ever in the world doesn't make you a great band, but if you can move that many people to buy your music, you must be doing something right. I didn't repeat anyone from the top 4 above.

The next on the list, in my order of preference:

5 - Linkin Park
6 - Santana
7 - Nirvana
8 - Guns N' Roses
9 - Iron Butterfly

Yeah, that Iron Butterfly thing is a surprise to me, too. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is apparently the 35th highest selling album in the world. It was the first Platinum album awarded when the RIAA began certifying them in 1976. Overall, it has sold as many copies (25 million) as "The Joshua Tree." Go figure.

Finally, to round out the list, I went to the Best Selling Albums in the US. The biggest selling album by a group not listed above, at 17x Platinum, is:

10 - Boston

So there is the top 10. I'm not going any further because "Cracked Rear View" went 16x Platinum and I'm not putting that band on any "best list" that I write.

And if you still want to argue about album sales making a rock band "best" I refer you to the movie Bad Teacher and Jason Segel's commentary on Jordan vs. James. That's the only argument I need, Shawn.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push

EXCLUSIVE: Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push. Hmmm... What does this mean? Changes are a comin'

PC World - Learn Camera Settings

Play With an Online Simulator to Learn Camera Settings - at first glance, this looks kind of cool, but it may be all sizzle and no steak. I will let you know if I find this to be useful (as if).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free stuff for PC's

I see a lot more links/articles for free stuff than I could ever download and test, but this looks pretty interesting - Best Free Stuff for Your PC (and Mobile Devices). Of course, I've been using some of the tools - like Irfanview - for as long as I can remember.

i also found an article for free games on 1UP: 101 Free Games 2011