March 2010

Nissin’s Cheese Pepper Japanese Noodles

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2010

This Japanese commercial for cup noodles is funny, but turn down your speakers before playing it – there’s a lot of screaming:

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Scenes from the Project I was Working on Yesterday

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2010

Every job has its tedious part, but my job has an unusually high number of moments of pure awesomeness, such as those pictured below. I’ll explain more about the project later, but for now, enjoy the photos!

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This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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The “500 Worst Passwords”

by Joey deVilla on March 29, 2010

Hand-drawn list of the "500 Worst Passwords"

You’ve heard the stories about people choosing terribly obvious passwords for their various computer accounts, such as “password” and “12345”, but what are the other ones? In his book, Perfect Passwords: Selection, Protection, Authentication, Mark Burnett compiled the most common easy-to-crack passwords, most of which are ordinary words or key sequences that are easy to type on a QWERTY keyboard. I’m amused by some of the pop culture-based passwords, such as “Rush2112”, “8675309” and the X-Files inspired “TrustNo1”.

Someone else — I don’t who who did it — decided to turn that list into the hand-lettered poster shown above. You can click it to see it at a larger size.

In addition to being a good list showing the sort of password you shouldn’t use, it’s also a great name generator. You could take two random items from the list to create new character names for a Metal Gear game (“Tomcat Eagle1” makes just about as much sense as “Solid Snake” or “Sniper Wolf”) or any three to come up with the name of your band or prison softball team (“Bigdick Magnum Juice”).

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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Hoodie as Laptop Bag

by Joey deVilla on March 29, 2010

Maybe it’s me, but I think that this setup is asking for Murphy’s Law to attack when you least expect it. However, if you’re short a laptop bag and have a hooded sweatshirt handy, this hack might work for you:

Photo instructions: "Just Do It: How to transform your hoodie into a computer sleeve"

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Deconstructed

by Joey deVilla on March 24, 2010

The comic below, created by John Campbell, is a snarky but amusing deconstruction of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

John Campbell's comic, skillfully decosntructing Star TrekI always found it funny that the “empathic” character Deanna Troi had the power to sense plainly obvious emotions and painful that they had to explain bits of human behaviour that one should’ve picked up by the end of adolescence. That being said, much of the show’s audience was teenage boys, and teens often figure out the world through stories, so why not explain that stuff? And as someone much wiser than me once said, science fiction is a sandwich: once you’ve gotten past the bread of aliens and future tech and the thin slices of plot meat, it’s all about the thick moral mayo.

The last panels in this comic had me laughing out loud, especially since I imagined the line as delivered by actor (and dater-of-inapproriately-young-women, the lucky bastard) Patrick Stewart himself, using that William. Shatner. Mode. Of. Delivery.

In case it’s not apparent who the comic figures are, here’s a quick guide…

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Comic and TV representations of Jean-Luc Picard

 

Commander William Riker

Comic and TV representations of Will Riker

 

Lt. Commander Data

Comic and TV representations of Data

 

Lt. Commander Deanna Troi

Comic and TV representations of Deanna Troi

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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Much Clearer Than “PC LOAD LETTER”

by Joey deVilla on March 24, 2010

Printer displaying the message "I CRAVE BLOOD" Photo courtesy of M Thru F.

I assume that someone did this using this trick.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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A Scene I Wish was in “Lost”

by Joey deVilla on March 23, 2010

lost and avatar

Alas, this isn’t my creation. I just made an easier-to-read version of this.

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