Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Puka Shell Tour Guide

In honor of Glen Campbell passing today. Rap Reiplinger, Hawai'i's Weird Al:

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Return of 52-Card Pick-Up

I'm reviving my old game, picking up where I left off in July 2010. What's a 7-year gap, anyways?

For those of you who don't remember, if I find a playing card, I'll capture it and add it to my virtual deck, one card at a time.

This was on my street, on August 6, 2017, near the intersection of 5th Avenue and 80th Street:

The following cards have been found previously:

The King of Clubs (July 25, 2010)

The Ace of Hearts (March 27, 2010)

The Five of Clubs (February 20, 2010)

The Two of Spades (August 17, 2009)

The Ten of Diamonds (July 2, 2009 - found June 1, 2009)

The Five of Spades (June 18, 2009)

The Eight of Spades (January 6, 2009)

The Eight of Diamonds (December 5, 2008)

The Two of Hearts and the Queen of Spades (November 1, 2008)

The King of Spades (October 26, 2008)

The Ace of Spades (September 22, 2008)

The Jack of Diamonds (September 18, 2008)

The Six of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, and Eight of Clubs (August 10, 2008)

The Six of Clubs (July 21, 2008)

The Seven of Hearts and The King of Diamonds (April 24, 2008)

The Three of Clubs (March 29, 2008)

The King of Hearts
and the Three of Spades
(February 28 and March 25, 2008)

The Ace of Diamonds (July 7, 2008)

The Jack of Hearts and Five of Hearts (July 19, 2008)

View the whole set here.

And here's the scorecard with the latest addition:

Found Hearts: 2,5,6,7,Jack, Queen, King, Ace
Needed Hearts: 3,4,8,9,10

Found Diamonds: 8,10, Jack, King, Ace
Needed Diamonds: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, Queen

Found Clubs: 3,5,6,8, Jack, King
Needed Clubs: 2,4,7,9,10,Queen, Ace

Found Spades: 2,3,5,8,Queen, King, Ace
Needed Spades: 4,6,7,9,10, Jack

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Funny Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Lie Detector Robot for Sale

Robot for sale.

A father buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie.
He decides to test it out at dinner one night.
The father asks his son what he did that afternoon.

The son says, "I did some schoolwork."

The robot slaps the son.

The son says, "Ok, Ok. I was at a friend's house watching movies."

Dad asks, "What movie did you watch?"

Son says, "Toy Story."

The robot slaps the son.

Son says, "Ok, Ok, we were watching porn."

Dad says, "What? At your age I didn’t even know what porn was."
The robot slaps the father.  Mom laughs and says, "Well, he certainly
is your son."

The robot slaps the mother.

Robot for sale.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Shangri-La TV Ad

Just watch:

And then the making of the ad:

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Ear Worm of the Day: Warren Zevon

This song has been running through my brain all morning. Not sure why. I insist on sharing it with you since there are not a ton of Warren Zevon fans out there, and this is not considered one of his "hits." Enjoy!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Low-Grade Video Archives: Iron Maiden

Here's a huge chunk of Iron Maiden performing "The Trooper" at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn last weekend:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

T-Shirts I Have Known: International School, Brussels

Here's another  long-gone shirt from the 1980's:

That's me, circa 1983 or 1984, straddling a guard rail on the island of Kauai. That's the Hanalei Valley behind me.

My cousins lived in Brussels in the early 80s and I got this on a visit there in '81 or '82.

I know you can't see the shirt very well, but I knew it.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Funny Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Tech Support

A young woman who submitted the tech support message below (about her relationship with her husband) presumably did it as a joke. Then she got a reply which was way too good to keep to herself.


Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as: NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?



THE RESPONSE (that came weeks later out of the blue):

Dear Desperate:

First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Please enter command: Ithoughtyouloved me.HTML and try to download Tears 6.2. Do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry2.0 and Flowers 3.5. However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta version. Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In- Law 1.0 as it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources. In addition, please, do not attempt to re-install the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0. In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend: Cooking 3.0.

Good Luck!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Corporate Logos


Check out the FedEx logo:

Do you see the arrow between the "E" and "x" (in white)? I had never noticed it before.

~ ~ ~

How about the Tostitos logo?

The 2nd and 3rd "T's" are two people sharing a tortilla chip and a bowl of salsa.

Look again at the logo for The Tour de France:

The world's most famous bike race. The "R" in "Tour" is a cyclist. The yellow circle is the front wheel of a bicycle, the "O" is the back wheel.

What about the Amazaon logo?

The arrow means Amazon has everything from A to Z!

Fans of chocolate will appreciate this fun fact:

There is a dancing bear above the "ble". Toblerone chocolate bars originated in Berne, Switzerland, whose symbol is the bear.

And did you notice something obvious in the Baskin Robbins logo?

How about the "31" embedded in the "BR"?

This is a cool one from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:

See the gorilla and lioness (in white) facing each other?

Lastly, look at this one from Goodwill:

The “g” is also a smiley half face!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

T-Shirts I Have Known: Detroit Tigers, ALCS Champions 2012

I am a Detroit Tigers fan and I still remember fondly the 1984 World Series, when Motown last won a baseball title.

This thrift shop find is in my current circulation, and marks the last time the Tigers went to the Fall Classic.

Alas, they were mercilessly swept by the Giants.

In the 2012 ALCS, however, Detroit swept the Yankees, which caused much chagrin in my home.

This baby is currently a bit snug, but it still brings back fond memories of winning!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Funny Shit My Aunt Sends Me: JUST FUNNY

Some of the best sleep I ever got was in a deer blind.

 Very rare picture of the planets aligned.

Truly an engineering joke