Category Archives: Humour

The Website Obesity Crisis

Incred­i­bly humor­ous, well-writ­ten and researched arti­cle by Maciej Cegłows­ki about bloat­ed web­site size – branch­ing into Russ­ian lit­er­a­ture, Google’s Accel­er­at­ed Mobile Pages and Facebook’s Instant Arti­cles. It’s the text ver­sion of the talk he gave on Octo­ber 29, 2015, at the Web Direc­tions con­fer­ence in Syd­ney.

Top­ics cov­ered include:

  1. The Cri­sis
  2. Fake Fix­es
  3. Fat Ads
  4. Fat Assets
  5. Chick­en­shit Min­i­mal­ism
  6. Inter­face Sprawl
  7. Heavy Clouds
  8. Stir­ring Con­clu­sion

via idlewords.com

The Blockchain Institute: Beyoncé vs Bitcoin

I won­der how long it will be before this form of e-par­o­dy explodes.

If you look on Twit­ter, you will find that some­one set up the Blockchain Insti­tute. Per­haps this offi­cial-sound­ing organ­i­sa­tion will come up with some good ideas as to the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of blockchain?

A quick look through the institute’s Twit­ter men­tions shows peo­ple thank­ing it for shar­ing con­fer­ences and blogs, crit­i­cis­ing it for not cred­it­ing imagesinclud­ing it in con­ver­sa­tionscon­nect­ing it with friends, and ask­ing it ques­tions. But the Blockchain Insti­tute is a com­put­er pro­gram. Not only that, it’s a pro­gram that tweets non­sense.

It replaces the word blockchain with Bey­on­cé and bit­coin with fem­i­nism. If it sees a tweet that says “blockchain is a star because of bit­coin” it changes it to “Bey­on­cé is a star because of fem­i­nism”. There is no new con­tent. The com­put­er pro­gram does word sub­sti­tu­tion. Noth­ing more com­plex. Yet peo­ple are strug­gling to spot that it’s sim­ply copy­ing oth­er people’s thoughts, words and ideas and — for some rea­son known only to its cre­ator — adding in a bit of extra Bey­on­cé and fem­i­nism.

Peo­ple are trust­ing opin­ions with­out recog­nis­ing they are com­ing from a machine, or that they don’t actu­al­ly make any sense.

via marketingmagazine.co.uk and twitter.com

Ze Frank: My web playroom

On the web, a new “Friend” may be just a click away, but true con­nec­tion is hard­er to find and express. Ze Frank presents a med­ley of zany Inter­net toys that require deep par­tic­i­pa­tion — and reward it with some­thing more nour­ish­ing.

via zefrank.com

“Exactshit” video mashups (by Hexstatic)

‘Exact­shit’ and ‘Now Thats What I Call Exact­shit DVD 2’ are boot­leg mashup DVDs released by Hexsta­t­ic (Exact­shit is an ana­gram of Hexsta­t­ic).

Fea­tur­ing sam­ples of pop­u­lar hit songs, only 200 copies of Exact­shit were made avail­able at the Big Chill Music Fes­ti­val 2003 and from the Nin­ja Tune online store. It has since been more broad­ly dis­trib­uted through online file shar­ing. In late 2006, a sec­ond DVD, Now That’s What I Call Exact­shit DVD 2 was released. The album was wide­ly praised by music crit­ics.

via Hexstatic’s vimeo chan­nel

Lyrebird imitating construction work

We think we can hear the fol­low­ing sounds:

  1. Ham­mer
  2. Chain­saw
  3. Jack ham­mer
  4. Lawn mow­er hit­ting sticks
  5. Leaf blow­er start­ing
  6. Pow­er drill
  7. Wood saw
  8. Human voic­es
  9. Two-way radio
  10. Work­er whistling

He makes lots of dif­fer­ent bird calls as well. What can you hear?

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation

Nobody should be sur­prised that Pow­er­Point does not mea­sure up to the great speech­es of his­to­ry, such as Lincoln’s Get­tys­burg address. And it is cer­tain­ly a shame when a poten­tial­ly inter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion is dumb­ed down by anoth­er for­mu­la­ic over-appli­ca­tion of Pow­er­Point. But when Pow­er­Point leads not just to bore­dom but to bad deci­sions, it is a tragedy, not just a shame.

via norvig.com

Elmo meets Robert de Niro

“Look at me, I’m a cab­bage — a great source of riboflavin!” Sur­re­al.

The Urinal Game

The first piece of Flash ani­ma­tion I ever saw. The object of this game is to text your knowl­edge of Men’s Room eti­quette. You will be pre­sent­ed with sev­er­al sce­nar­ios. In each one, you must select the prop­er uri­nal to use.

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via albinoblacksheep.com and gamescene.com

Photoshop Disasters

Have you seen a tru­ly awful piece of Pho­to­shop work? Clum­sy manip­u­la­tion, sense­less comp­ing, lazy cloning and thought­less retouch­ing are our bread and but­ter. And yes, deep down, we love Pho­to­shop.

via photoshopdisasters.com

What would Tyler Turden Do?

Source for the lat­est celebri­ty news, gos­sip, rumors, hot pho­tos and videos of your favorite stars. Tongue firm­ly in cheek — but still NSFW.

via wwtdd.com