Friday, February 25, 2011

Good Beer

This is a great map. The top GOOD beer from each state in the union. Make sure you click on the image to view it in large size. Thanks to the blog GOOD FOOD.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Things that make you go "Hmmmm"

Have you seen the television commercial for the Gyro kid's bowl? It's actually pretty cool. In the commercial they turn the bowl all manner of directions and the dry cereal, or whatever is inside, doesn't fall out. They turn the handles upside down, but the Gyro bowl stays in place. Nothing falls out. At the end of the ad the announcer mentions that the Gyro Bowl comes with a cover. So my question is, if it's impossible to spill anything why do you need a cover?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Please prepay

Am I missing something here? Doesn't prepaying always have to be in advance?

Monday, February 07, 2011

More new stuff for this blog

I'm trying out another new feature. Blogger gives us the opportunity to add additional pages to our blog sites. So I have added a page to post some of the funny photos I have found and/or taken. These are located at the tab above called "Fun Photos". Try it out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Our own Super Bowl commercial

Pepsi had a contest to produce a commercial for the Super Bowl. You could either make a spot for Pepsi Max or Doritos. Judges picked the Top 10 and then the public voted on the top 6 that will be aired during the Super Bowl. We made a commercial for Pepsi Max that was a parody of the old Pepsi Challenge. Apparently the judges didn't get it, because we didn't make the Top 10. Watch the Pepsi Max that are in today's Super Bowl broadcast and see if you think this one is better.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Read the sign carefully

This is a sign from a display at a local grocery store. How exactly does a Duraflame log become Bilingual? I didn't even know they could speak English.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Hundreds gather in Northern Michigan to protest Global Warming

I wish I could give proper credit to the photographer. But this photo has been popping up on Facebook a lot the past couple of days and I don't know who took it originally, but it sure is funny.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Google Art Project

This is quite possibly one of the coolest things to hit the internet in a long time. Google has used their mapping technology to explore the world of museum art. If you've been on Google Maps you know that you can zoom from a satellite map of the entire country right down to your own backyard. A few years ago Google also came out with Street View where you can take a little "man" icon, place him on the map you're looking at and "viola" see photographs of the actual street from the map. Now imagine if you took that technology indoors. Instead of dealing with hundreds of miles and streets with moving vehicles you instead train the cameras and computers on paintings and sculptures in some of the most prestigious museums in the world. What you'd have is the Art Project, powered by Google. The site has access to 17 different museums including the Tate Modern in London and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. There are thousands of works of art rendered in ultra high resolution. For example, call up Rembrant's Night Watch. You will see the entire painting displayed. Now use the zoom controls to get a closer look. Zoom in until you can see the master's brushstrokes. Zoom in until you can see the cracks in the paint caused by the ravages of time. Zoom in until you are looking at a single eye of one of the painted figures. If you were standing in the museum you couldn't get close enough to see this kind of detail. This is an amazing project that will help bring fine art to the digital generation.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Snowtorious BIG

The snowstorm that rolled through the Midwest last night and early this morning dumped a LOT of snow over the region. Chicago got over 18" and Lakeshore Drive was closed because it was full of stranded cars. Around her we had 12" to 16" of the white fluffy stuff. Schools were closed, activities were cancelled and several businesses didn't open today.
One of the interesting occurrences was the use of Facebook as a news source for people to keep up on what was going on. With lots of folks off work they were able to spend the morning on line and specifically on Facebook. Everyone was posting how much snow they had and when they were shoveling. There were pictures of everything from the snarled traffic in Chicago to snowdrifts on my neighbor's back porch. While the mayor of Grand Rapids stopped short of declaring a "Snow Emergency" it was a day that, in a soft way, showed the power of the internet in keeping people informed, without relying on traditional news sources.
Of course the best part was all the names that this blizzard was called. My favorite ended up as the title of this post. But we also had Snowmaggedon, Snowpocolypse, Snonan the Brrbarian, Freeze Winterspoon, and Snowpra Winterfree.
And in the end it only took three of us 2 1/2 hours to clear out the driveway.