The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century Joey deVilla's Personal Blog Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:38:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shit dog owners at Whole Foods say Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:38:37 +0000

A friend of mine sent these graphics to me, which purport to contain actual things said by dog owners at Whole Foods:

oh at whole foods - vegan dog oh at whole foods - gluten-free
oh at whole foods - dog cheese

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Irony, captured perfectly in a single photo Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:26:06 +0000

corrosion-resistant materials

In case you need to use “irony” in a sentence: If the truck weren’t so iron-y, it wouldn’t have rusted.

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Sometimes, self-help books work Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:51:10 +0000

it works

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Hilarious headline juxtaposition of the day Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:43:00 +0000

Seen on Huffington Post today:

better informed - jingle boobs

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The truth about Santa Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:35:55 +0000

you go broke

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Selfie of the day Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:19:28 +0000

flying with hurley

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this flight…”

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Everybody knows. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:44:44 +0000

mike brown

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

bob mcculloch

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

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Everybody knows that the war is over

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Everybody knows the good guys lost

ferguson police

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

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That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Here’s Concrete Blonde’s cover of the Leonard Cohen song:

Thanks to Slacktivist for the inspiration.

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Dress for the job you WANT, not the job you have Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:47:23 +0000

dressed like the atm

Photo via Catsmob. Click to see the source.

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A simple tool to teach kids (and adults) how to ask smarter questions Mon, 01 Dec 2014 20:31:59 +0000

smart questions die

Click the image to see the source.

If you print and cut out the illustration above and then glue the tabs, you’ll have more than just a cube — you’ll also have a tool that’ll help you teach kids (and hey, adults too) how to ask smarter questions.

If you roll it like a die, you’ll get one of three possible questions, each of which is a first step:

  • Why is it actually…? “Why” questions are the first step in getting to the heart of a problem.
  • What would happen if…? “What if?” questions are the first step toward creative solutions.
  • How could I do that…? These are the first step toward developing practical solutions.

Michael van Riper, from whom I found about this die, writes:

Think about it: A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?

This tool is meant to help children (and once again, adults) become better at asking questions, and smarter ones too.

Here’s how you use it, according to van Riper:

Pick up your favorite illustrated fairy tale book – the kind of book you’d read a two-year-old for bedtime stories. On each page, roll the cube and answer the question together. I’ll bet you’d be surprised by what turns Little Red Riding Hood can take… and more importantly, I’ll bet that after a while, you and your child will both start asking these questions more often than not!

Never mind bedtime stories — I can think of more than a few corporate settings where this die would be very useful.

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Weird ad of the day: “3-second cooking detonation velocity tempura shrimp” Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:03:39 +0000

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This ad for the Japanese telecom company NTT DoCoMo starts off like a cooking show, but it soon becomes clear that something’s a little odd. This is Japan, after all:

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We’ve got shrimp in tubes, flour in some kind of dispenser:

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Now we’re loading a tank with egg yolks:

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And the ever-so-necessary Big Red Button to start things with a bang:

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When I said “start things with a bang,” I was being literal:

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Here’s what happened from another angle:

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And here’s a step-by-step close-up. First, the shrimp are launched from the tubes with a big blast of compressed air…

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…and into the path of the flour, which is launched at precisely the right moment…

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…then the egg yolks…

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…can’t forget the panko

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…some heat to cook it…

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…and after all that, they rebound off the target and onto the plate:

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Apparently, all this was done to demonstrate the speed of their cellular LTE network. Now that you’ve seen the stills, go watch the video below!

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Black Friday post #4: Priorities Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:23:35 +0000

pta - election - iphone - black friday

As George Takei quips: “Perhaps we should hold elections on the last Friday of November, with polling stations at Wal-Mart, Target and Apple.”

Found via George Takei.

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And now, the LEGO “Star Wars” trailer! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:16:25 +0000

You’ve seen the Star Wars teaser trailer, but have you seen the LEGO Star Wars teaser trailer?

It’s got LEGO John Boyega:

lego star wars vii 01

…and LEGO new-droid-on-a-ball…

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…LEGO Daisy Ridley

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…LEGO mysterious-new-Sith-lord…

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…and the LEGO Millennium Falcon!

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Enough teasing — here’s the LEGO trailer!

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A little flowchart from Bruce Lee about how to become good at something Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:47:06 +0000

Practice, practice, and more practice:

bruce lee on practice

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Black Friday post #3: The roundup, including the greatest accidental Black Friday haiku ever Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:10:44 +0000

This year’s Black Friday Death Count

Black friday Death Count leaderboard: 8 deaths, 96 injuries.

Black Friday Death Count’s leaderboard says that Black Friday 2014 resulted in 8 deaths and 96 injuries.

I wouldn’t have counted the murder attempt/suicide at the Nordstrom in Chicago. That’s not violence or injury as a result of marketing-generated shopping madness, but a domestic assault carried out on someone who was working at a retail store on the day.

More and more of the Black Friday incidents on their list are taking place in the U.K., where they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but have borrowed the post-Thanksgiving shopping gimmick from their cousins across the pond.

The violent history of Black Friday

Here’s Machinima’s entertaining history of Black Friday, which wasn’t always a term used the way we use it today:

The science behind why people kill each other over TVs on the Friday after Thanksgiving

Two shoppers fighting over a TV set in Wembley, UK.

The photo above shows two sets of shoppers in Wembley, an area of northwest London (and remember, I mentioned earlier that Thanksgiving isn’t a tradition in the UK), fighting over a TV. It appears along with an article in the British paper The Independent, where they say that we’re hardwired in such a way that under the right set of circumstances, we will commit acts of violence, and Black Friday lines up those circumstances all too well.

Last year’s Black Friday Haiku, just because

I’ll close with Kenzie Lind’s three greatest sequential tweets from last year, which became an accidental haiku (right down to the 5 – 7 – 5 syllable scheme) that captures Black Friday so well:

3 sequential tweets from Kenzie Lind:

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JJ Abrams’ accidental homage to “Spaceballs” in the new “Star Wars” film Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:41:56 +0000

star wars - spaceball homage

Until this scene in the just-released teaser trailer…

im sensing shit

…it’s been decades since we last saw a black actor playing a stormtrooper on the desert world of Tatooine, and the last time, it was in Spaceballs:

we aint found shit

In case you don’t remember, it happens in the classic “Comb the desert!” scene:

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Black Friday post #2: The REAL Star Wars teaser trailer Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:59:25 +0000

aww yiss - star wars teaser trailer

…and yes, there’s a Millennium Falcon combat scene!

new x-wings

And new X-wing fighters flying just above the water, raising waves, either to avoid enemy scanners or just because it looks cool!

new speeder bike

And big-ass speeder bikes!

soccer ball droid

And a soccer ball droid!

Here’s the trailer:

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Black Friday post #1: 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead” vs. Black Friday 2013 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:50:04 +0000

It’s pretty hard to tell the difference:

zombie terror then and now

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Shopify’s CEO Tobi Lütke named Canadian CEO of the Year Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:07:03 +0000

shopify cover

The Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail have named their CEO of the year, and it’s Tobi Lütke, CEO of my former workplace, Shopify! My congrats to Tobi and the team for a job well done and a company well built.

This article also appears in my tech blog, Global Nerdy.

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I love the New Yorker’s Thanksgiving cover! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:28:02 +0000

new yorker thanksgiving 2014 cover

Click the cover to see it at full size.

Here’s what the artist, Bruce McCall, had to say about the cover:

This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff. It should have been quashed a long time ago. We did everything to the Indians that we could, and it’s still going on. It seems crude and callous. Names like the Atlanta Braves come from another time. So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.”

“This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff. It should have been quashed a long time ago” could just as easily be the slogan for Ferguson.

Some bonus viewing: In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s one of The Daily Show’s best segments, where they look at the Washington NFL team’s die-hard don’t-change-the-names fans and even arrange for them to meet with native Americans:

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Meanwhile, at Costco… Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:01:34 +0000


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