“Wait for it…wait for it…”

by Joey deVilla on February 9, 2016

older floridian lying in wait

Here we see a wily Floridian senior blending into her surroundings and lying very still, waiting for some unsuspecting prey to come closer.

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I’m no naval expert, but…

by Joey deVilla on February 9, 2016

china may be using sea to hide submarines

…I’m pretty sure that’s one of the key concepts behind submarines.

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happy chinese new year 2016

Click to see the image at full size.

Hope you’re starting your new year like a boss!

For more New Year’s graphic merriment, see this accidentally dirty poster.

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It’s Tampa Bay Startup Week 2016!

by Joey deVilla on February 8, 2016

tampa bay startup week

It’s that time of year again: Tampa Bay Startup Week! The tech/entrepreneurial event, which this year runs from today, Monday February 8th, through Friday, February 12th, is focused on bringing techies, creatives, and entrepreneurs together to bring them together, provide ideas and inspiration, and help grow the city’s self-starter business scene.

You may not think of Tampa as an entrepreneurial hotspot, but according to the 2015 report of the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity for Metropolitan Areas, the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area’s in top 25 (ranked #20), and ranked ahead of places you’re more likely to associate with entrepreneurship, including:

  • the Chicago area (#21)
  • the Boston/Cambridge area (#22)
  • “Portlandia” (#26)
  • and even our neighbor, Orlando (#33), which people say has a more active startup scene

Chase doesn’t sponsor just any city’s Startup Week. To qualify, it’s got to meet the criteria of density, government regulations, culture, talent, and access to said talent. In Money’s 2015 roundup of the 5 best big cities, they named Tampa the best city in the southeast. It’s got great weather, an airport that punches above its weight class, low cost of living (moving here was like getting a big raise, there’s no state income tax, the median house price is $122K), and as I’ve posited before, the “Florida Man” factor is actually a blessing in disguise:

There will be all sorts of activities this week worth checking out, from presentations on technologies such as the Internet of Things, cryptocurrency, and mobile design, to business mentoring, networking, and even an opportunity to get a new headshot for your LinkedIn profile, to fun “intro to programming” events for kids, to mingling, networking, and enjoying the city’s excellent craft beer. Be sure to check out the Tampa Bay Startup Week page, follow the Tampa Bay Startup Week and organizer @thatgirlallie’s Twitter feeds, and come on down and take part!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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lehu zhang - year of the monkey

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Chinese New Year begins tomorrow, Monday February 8th, and it’s already poised to start with bang, if the posted above is any indication.

All artist Lehu Zhang meant to do was take a minimalist approach when he created his 2016: Year of the Monkey poster. Using basic shapes and negative space, he created the image above, which does evoke the image of a monkey…and something else as well.

Here’s the (ahem) money shot from a Buzzfeed interview with Zhang:

Zhang acknowledged that he can now see “some sexual things” in the work, but swears he didn’t intend that. “I’m not angry,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I’m just a little bit surprised, a little bit worried.”

I suppose that like the Twitter developer who’s too busy making the Twitter app to actually use it, Zhang’s a little too close to his art to see the image that other people see.

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That time when Uber predicted the Second Coming

by Joey deVilla on February 6, 2016

jesus is arriving

Found on Edwin de Jongh’s Twitter feed. Click to see the source.

Between the carpentry work and the disciples, I think Jesus would be more of the Honda CR-V, Element, or Odyssey guy, what with the extra passenger and cargo room.

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Kylo Ren’s tribute to Grandma

by Joey deVilla on February 5, 2016

grandpas color scheme and grandmas scarf

He’s still a few CrossFit sessions away from fitting into Grandma’s dress from Episode II:

padme leather dress

“Yes, Anakin, I always wear this dress and tiara when I’m at the cottage. Why do you ask?”

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