Saturday, April 30, 2011

Links Posted by Ravelers

On the last day of this somewhat disastrous contest, I feel the need to post again.

BTW, I've raised $3 in comments. Sigh. I'm giving $15 (that's enough to provide a bag of food to an ASPCA sponsored shelter).

So, without further ado, some funny links Ravelers have sent me.

hyperboleandahalf. Yup, before Ravelry I'd never heard of this site, and it's funny. Impossibly funny. In fact, I recommend reading God of Cake if you have any questions regarding the funny.

Then next link is... a list of comments from Holy crap. I can't finish them. My eyes are tearing up from laughter. Amazingly silly on so many levels. Who knew foil had so many uses/devoted followers?

A paper on Knitting Dependence. Yup, you heard me. Someone wrote this paper on the fictional mental health disorder, Knitting Dependence. It was apparently for an assignment on determining and researching a mental disorder for submission to the mental health association. Either way, I meet all the criterion. I think the cure might be more yarn.

Here's a hint for the next two links:
How many hipsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb? It's a really obscure number; you probably haven't heard of it.

Yup, the next two involve everyone's favorite dirty words I can't say for fear of my mother's bar of soap: Hipsters. Oddly enough, hipsters and their amazingly condescending attitudes towards the world are amazingly mockable by those of us who have been afflicted with them (I'm remembering a certain one-time visit to a certain local chiropractor). Unhappy Hipsters (kind of a "what else is new" sort of irony) and Dads are the Original Hipsters. The second one is the really hilarious one.

Ah, Great and Mighty Ravelers. You guys crack me up.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pictures of You

Sometimes I'm afraid to show people what I look like. Especially on a day where I woke up at 5AM and couldn't get back to sleep. So now I look a little strange, because it feels like it should be late afternoon, but really it's only about noon-ish and I'm ready for a nap.

Anyway, this is what I look like:

Beware of Stash. It attacks.

Remember: there's still a contest.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Websites of Awesome

I'm thinking I should showcase some very fun, informative, and generally awesome websites on my blog today. No, there will not be a theme. There will only be awesomeness as I see fit to post awesomeness.

Website 1 is Goggles. Goggles allows you to paint on any web page you want. Click on the link and follow the instructions. Once it's in your bookmarks bar, you can doodle on any page you want.

Seriously, try it here. Makes the stuff I post far more interesting.

Website 2 is My Gluten Facts. This is the most comprehensive website I've ever come across for finding gluten free information out there. They've compiled a gazillion restaurant menus, products, and various other things to show you what's gluten free and what isn't. That and their labeling system is easy to understand.

If you need to eat GF, this is the site for you. I've already been made extremely happy today.

Website 3 is Konami Code sites. Using your arrow and letter keys, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A to get in (sorry, it doesn't work on my blog. I wish it did). That's a Konami Code.

The Konami Code was originally in a game called Contra and it featured some spectacularly bad Japanese-English translation. For example: "All your base are belong to us." Not entirely sure what they meant, but it's sure as heck funny.

Well, now you can enter a Konami Code on various sites and cool stuff will happen. Sadly, not all of the sites on this page work (sometimes web page updates take out the code), but many of them do.

Website 4 (the final site today) is The Random Kitten Generator. It's just that: Random pictures of kittens. Do I need to explain it further?

April is still Go Orange month! All comments will add to the pot for a donation!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Three States of Being

I always say that I have three states in what I say to people going on in my head: What I Want To Say, What I Should Say, and What I Do Say. These are usually relatively entertaining, quite nice, and just too random to be said aloud, lest someone think I'm crazier than I already am.

This is especially apparent when it comes to Professor Fisher. He's a self described "cold hearted bastard" with a penchant for throwing hard candies at us and being generally rather annoying. Lately, the Three States of Telling People Things have been more active - and far less nice - than usual. For example:

Fisher: "Are you sure you want to use that font?"
What I Want to Say: "At least it's not Papyrus."
What I Should Say: "Go Away."
What I Did Say: "Pretty Sure."

Fisher: "Those are like Designer Masturbation: They serve no purpose other than to make you feel good."
What I Want to Say: "I'd like to fly out the door and across campus on a hoverboard while I listen to the soundtrack to the Transformers movie."
What I Should Say: "Go Away."
What I Did Say: "I can make them more functional."

Fisher: "Those text boxes are five pixels too close to the edge of that box. Change it."
What I Want to Say: "If two-and-a-half pixels on either side is that big a deal, than you have way too much time on your hands."
What I Should Say: "Go Away."
What I Did Say: "I'll see what I can do."

Yes, I am a complete wuss.

BTW, I was rather serious about that last post. Yes, I posted it on the first, but it wasn't an April Fool's joke. The more comments, the more I donate to the ASPCA. So comment away!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Go Orange for April Fools and the ASPCA!

Dear amazing and wonderful blog lurkers and the new lurkers who are just beginning to comment,

Today is the first day of April. To the ASPCA, this marks the start of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. As some people know, I'm a supporter of everything the ASPCA does.

So I'd like to leave you a challenge: For every unique comment on every blog post this month, I will donate a dollar to the ASPCA. What this means is that if you comment once on a blog post, I will donate a dollar. If you comment eight times, I'll still only donate a dollar. If I get eight posts from eight different people, I'll donate eight dollars. If you post a comment on every single post, I'll donate a dollar for every comment you made. I'll add it all up at the end of the month, and we'll see just how much I donated. If you want to add your own donation to the pot, I'll factor it in as well.

And for some added incentive, if you donate to the ASPCA this month yourself and comment on my blog with your donation amount, I'll put you in a drawing to win something awesome. It might be yarn. It might be a cool book about animals. It might be an awesome water bottle. It might be a year's supply of Turtle Wax (just kidding. What the heck is Turtle Wax anyway?). But you'll win something cool.

And now for a shameless plug for the ASPCA, since they do many awesome things.

Since orange is the ASPCA's official color, if you'd like to go orange yourself, consider getting something from their store. All net proceeds (that means all of the profit made after they take out the cost of making the item) goes towards ending animal cruelty. This applies to literally everything in the online store. I won't factor purchases into the drawing. Sorry. You've already gotten your prize.

And now, a gratuitous video of some shelter kitties:

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