Category Archives: Humour

The Website Obesity Crisis

Incred­ibly humor­ous, well-writ­ten and researched art­icle by Maciej CegÅ‚owski 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

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

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

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