Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stuff White People Like

This blog is very long. And very funny. I won't even bother explaining what it is, just look at the title: Stuff White People Like

And yes, I pretty much consider myself a white guy.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Jimmy Kimmel's Response to Sarah Silverman

In case you haven't seen the Sarah Silverman video on Jimmy Kimmel's show, you can find it here.

That video was hilarious, and after the Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel showed his "response" on his show, and the awesomeness is here!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Aptera Promotional Video

Just found this promo video on the Aptera. Can't wait to see it hit production.

American Idol "Brother's Forever"

This guy is easily my favorite audition from this year's crop of American Idol tryouts. Is he kidding himself? No, he accepts that he's not going to make it through. He's entertaining, and genuinely happy for an opportunity. The song starts about 2:40 into the video if you want to skip straight to it.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Protecting Your Identity

I'm nowhere near an expert on any sort of identity theft stuff, but I'm going to give you my tips. These tips are pretty simple and don't really take any extra time, and I think they're pretty effective.

First, go buy a paper shredder. You can get one at any Target type store, and they aren't ridiculously expensive. You can get a small one; you just have to empty it out a little more often.

Sort out your junk mail as it comes in. Ok, this part isn't as necessary for protecting yourself, but it is environmentally friendly. Open up that junk mail, toss the envelope and any filler stuff into your regular recycle bin. Usually only the first page or 2 has any of your information on it. That pre-approved credit card offer, bank statement, bill, etc. is what you want to shred.

Now here's what I do. When I shred all that stuff with my information on it, I dump the container into a trash bag and save it. I take a little bit of the mixed up shredded paper out and put it into my regular trash. This way, if someone is serious about getting your information, and they are willing to take the time to put shredded bits back together, they have a lower chance of getting enough bits to actually form anything of use.

As a bonus, when I'm putting that shredded paper in the trash, I like to make sure I put stuff in the can that can rot. Like if you are making chicken and you cut off the fat, put it right on top of that shredded paper. Or if you're cleaning out the fridge, make sure to put some paper on the trash too. Why? I figure that if someone does get into my trash and try to take that paper, they should be punished! It's extremely useful in the summer months when the heat makes stuff smell extra rank!

Finally, to avoid having potential identity theft, and to help save paper, just stop having stuff delivered to you. Switch to online-only statements for your bills. For credit card offers, if you're tired of receiving them, there is a number on the back you can call to tell the credit bureaus to stop giving out your information. When you do want a credit card, just go to a site like to look for the card you want.

These are a few of the things I do. They're simple, and I feel fairly effective.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Super Mario Bros in Lego

So I think I've pretty much established that I love Mario and the Mario games (I still have my Nintendo with the original Super Mario Bros and my Super Nintendo with Super Mario World plus now I have a Wii), and I've even taken it to the point that the Super Mario Bros theme is my ringtone.

I always enjoyed playing with legos. I never really built stuff (except maybe a house, I could handle squares), but I liked playing with them. The one thing I did build was the Red Baron's World War I plane, which I bought at the end of a summer working at LegoLand in Carlsbad, CA.

How are these two things related? I found a video that someone made of Super Mario Bros in Lego format. Enjoy!

Shakespeare is an Idiot

My friend Josh is doing a play called "Shakespeare is an Idiot." Check out their page if you are interested.

Sarah Silverman on Jimmy Kimmel

I'm always slow to find out entertainment news. When I visit CNN or MSN I usually head to the main news, business/money news or sports news. I only stumbled upon this clip because they were playing it on Adam Carolla. It's a funny song that Sarah Silverman did on Jimmy Kimmel's show, with a special appearance by Matt Damon! Although it was on network TV, and therefore bleeped out, this is probably not the best clip to watch at work or with the kids sitting on your lap.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Why scratching feels good

Scientists have done a study and found why scratching feels good.

Apparently when you scratch, the part of the brain that controls pain temporarily shuts down. So you end up feeling relief. I am one of those people who gets great relief out of strange things (one of them is sneezing), and scratching is up at the top. When I come home from work, I pull out the back scratcher, and usually have a good 5-minute session. But really, do I care why it feels good? Not really, it's just one of those things that work out.