How d’you like them pineapples?

by Joey deVilla on August 28, 2014

pineapple slicing

Watch this guy at a fruit stall in Davao City in the Philippines peel, core, slice and bag a pineapple in under a minute with a very sharp knife and skilled hands:

Found via Laughing Squid.


stephen harper ice bucket challenge

FRANK magazine did the original; I added the caption in the last panel.
Click the photo to see it at full size.

For my American readers who aren’t familiar with Canada’s glorious leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has two settings: control-freak asshole and emotionless robot.


How I’d like to make my entrance at my wedding

by Joey deVilla on August 25, 2014

We’ve signed the contract for our wedding ceremony and reception venue! Here’s a photo that I took of the location a couple of Saturdays ago…

beach wedding setting

Actual photo of the site. Click to see at full size.

Since it’s going to be a beach wedding, why should we be content to take the land route and merely walk down the aisle when we could come in by sea on these?

My thanks to Best Man Eldon for the suggestion!


Office setup of the day

by Joey deVilla on August 25, 2014

office setup of the day

It’s an Archer reference:


R2-D2 takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

by Joey deVilla on August 22, 2014

r2d2 takes the ice bucket challenge

We’ve seen all sorts of people, famous and not, take up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Why not a droid, especially one who’s just fine with working on extremely cold planets?

c-3p0 and r2-d2 on hoth

Here’s RD-D2′s answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Be careful, R2 — the sandpeople are easily amused, but they will be back…with bigger ice buckets:


dont tuck in your aloha shirt

Florida needs a public service announcement like this one very, very badly. For more on the topic, see these articles by The Art of Manliness and Wave Shoppe.

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Where was YouTab back when I was busking and needed to not just look up song chords and lyrics, but also practice regularly?

Point your browser at and enter the name of a song. In this case, I picked a relatively popular, relatively simple little ditty: I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones…

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A quick search later, I got this screen. YouTab had the song, so I clicked on it…

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YouTab then displays a player for the song that shows the chords as the song plays. If it has the lyrics in its database, it also displays them:

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Click the screenshot to see it at full size.

There’s also a facility for users to enter and correct chords and lyrics for songs.

This is still a pretty new site, so it’s not going to have every song you might want to look up. The more popular a song is, the more likely it’ll appear in YouTab’s database, and the more likely that data will be correct and complete.

Give it a try, and if you can, help complete its database, which has many gaps. For starters, as of this writing, the karaoke ’80s favorite Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield is missing lyrics!

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Help fix this. Do it for Rick Springfield. Do it for the common good. Do it for “Dang” (Ken Leung) from the movie Keeping the Faith: