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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

2007 - Year in Review

Flight tracking

Brian's in the air as I type returning home from a business trip to Boston. So, I thought I'd track his flight to see when I can expect him home. The site I frequent most often for this purpose is FlightAware.com.

It just so happens that Google launched a new flight tracking service today. According to Google:
For the latest information on a flight's status, simply search for an airline and flight number, and the first result will tell you whether your flight is on time or delayed as well as the estimated departure and arrival times. Here's a quick example for a specific American Airlines flight:

That's even easier!!

H.A.S. - Hillary Ambivalence Syndrome

Patrick sent this one to us...

The gift that keeps on giving...

...back to you!!

This "service" for sale on eBay right now is hysterical! It's a little pricey, with the current bid at $190.50, but this prank would be legen... (wait for it) ..dary!

According to the description:
You are bidding on a rare chance to traumatize a treasured friend or relative with baffling, mind-numbing, mystery correspondence from abroad.

Here is the arrangement:

I will be spending the Christmas holiday in Poland in a tiny village that has one church with no bell because angry Germans stole it. Aside from vodka, there is not a lot for me to do.

During the course of my holiday I will send three postcards to one person of your choosing.

These postcards will be rant-ravingly insane, yet they will be peppered with
unmistakable personal details about the addressee. Details you will provide me.

The postcards will not be coherently signed, leaving your mark confused, guessing wildly, crying out in anguish.

"How do I know this person? And how does he know I had a ferret named Goliath?"

Your beloved friend or relative will try in vain to figure out who it is. Best of all, it can't possibly be you because you'll have the perfect alibi: you're not in Poland. You're home, wherever that is, doing whatever it is you do when not driving your friends loopy with international prankery.

Your target will rack their brains in the shower. At dinner. During long drives. At work. On the golf course.

"Who did I tell about the time I got fired by a note on my chair?" they'll ponder, "And where the hell is Szczeczinek?"

But wait, there's more.

To add to the sheer confusion and genuine discomfort, one missive will be on an original promotional postcard announcing the 1995 television premiere of
Central Park West on CBS.

Another will be a postcard celebrating Atlanta's disastrous hosting of the 1996 summer Olympic games.

Your mark will be at a complete loss, desperate for answers, debating contacting people he or she hasn't talked to in years.

"I know this will sound weird," they'll say, "but by any chance were you in Eastern Europe ranting about cantaloupe... twelve years ago... right before some show with Mariel Hemingway debuted?"

When you decide to end the torment is completely up to you. If you can, I recommend owning up on 1 April 2008 - giving you nearly half a year of joy and a George Clooney-esque level of prankage. If you can't hold it in that long, I totally understand.
Too bad I'm all done with my Christmas shopping!! :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

The logic of UPS

I recently returned 2 pairs of shoes to an online merchant. The box traveled via UPS, and could have had a trip that looked like this (from Point A to Point B - 378 miles):

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Instead, it traveled over 2,045 miles from Points A to H:

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Oh well, at least it got there!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

"You sound like you're having fun already..."

I hope Brian realizes that we'll be seeing this one on opening weekend!

I can't wait!! :)

...and the international trailer (you'll see more of the storyline on this one)


It was very well done and entertaining, but don't let the previews fool you... this is a ZOMBIE flick!

There's an interesting article on Wikipedia about the making of this film - you can read it here.

About the movie... don't say I didn't warn you!!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The future as imagined in 1967!

Watch this video from the Philco-Ford company called Year 1999 A.D. Amazingly, they got a lot of concepts right!!

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