Archive for the ‘funny’ Category

fact

Friday, August 13th, 2010

It’s really fun now that Dara is old enough to have real conversations with Toby. Yesterday in the car they were, for some reason, talking about penguins. I can’t remember why and it seemed a bit inappropriate considering that it was 7:30am and already about 85F.

Anyway, at one point Toby said “FACT: penguins can run faster than humans”. Dara expressed skepticism, to which Toby said “I know it’s true, because I read it in a book of fiction. Um, why’s mom making that funny snorting noise?”

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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

OK I haven’t posted in so very long. I could hardly remember my login. I watched Julie and Julia at the weekend, which was a rather syrupy movie but also fun, and watching one of the title characters (hint: not Julia Child) blog made me realize that I’ve missed blogging lately. Facebook updates have been happening, but it’s been ages since I’ve written anything lengthy. So I’m going to start by quoting someone else’s blog.

There’s been a lot of nonsense lately (non-sense) about a group planning to open an Islamic center near the former site of the World Trade Centers in New York City, and the center has ridiculously been dubbed the Ground Zero Mosque. Lots of people, from conservative politicians (who you’d think would want to uphold the Constitution, specifically about allowing freedom of religion, but we know perfectly well that all pols, and especially the right-wingers, only love the Constitution when it suits them. Like the Bible really) to even the Anti Defamation League renouncing the decision to have an Islamic center so close to the site of a terrorist act by some unhinged Muslims.

So to counter this, there has been a comedic movement to imagine what else offensive we could put next to the Islamic center. I saw a link to Chris Mohney’s blog, where he suggests the following:

Continuing the chain of imaginary offensiveness to stereotypes, I plan to open a Babies R Us next to the gay bar next to the mosque next to Ground Zero. Next to the Babies R Us I will open a pornographic bookstore, and next to that I will open a police station. Next to the police station I will open a hip-hop recording studio, and next to that I will open an Applebees. Next to the Applebees I will open a TGI Fridays (those guys HATE each other) and next to the TGI Fridays I will open a methadone clinic. Next to the methadone clinic I will open a crack house, and finally, next to that, I will open a Catholic church adjoining a daycare center for attractive boys, adjacent to which I will just blow up whatever’s there so I can erect a memorial, and next to that memorial I will open a community center dedicated to a locally inconvenient ethnicity that I hired to blow up the original structure on the memorial site. Next to that I’m just going to put up some condos.

old spice

Friday, February 19th, 2010

There have been some excellent commercials for Old Spice lately – I love them (although I haven’t quite gotten into the product itself). Here they are, for your enjoyment.

My favorite is this one:

Also:

And finally:

And if you have plenty time to spare, here’s an interview with the creators of that last one, where they explain how low-tech it was to make:

There are a few more at the Old Spice YouTube Channel. Hope you like them too.

neuroscience

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

My first degree was a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience. It was fascinating and on the whole I loved it. Some mornings, however, the lectures sounded a lot like this:

Actually a lot like that, but much, much slower.

fillums

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Apparently there was a twitter thing going around yesterday to make film names Scottish.

Some of my faves: My Big Fat Greenock Wedding, Men Who stare at Oats, Perth Girls Are Easy, A poke o chips Now.

My brother David’s suggestion was The Neverending Stovie, which for some reason wasn’t included. But I’ve included it.

oi, muppets

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

OK I haven’t posted in ages and ages. And here’s not much of a post, but at least it features totally classic music. I’m not sure if I love it or hate it, but it’s worth watching – these muppets rock:

what stormtroopers do on their day off

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

This list of photos is sheer genius.

homeopathy

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I’m not going to just post Mitchell and Webb videos, but I liked this one about homeopathy:

My only objections – they missed talking about Raiki, and I think the beer at the end was about 100,000 times too strong for it to have been homeopathic. Surely the water only needed to have the “memory” of beer in it?

gmail autopilot

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

It’s an incredible 5 years since Gmail was announced by Google. A lot of people thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but it has since turned out to be an amazing resource for millions of people – I know that I would hate not to have it.

Today, however, they do have a pretty decent joke, in part because it sounds almost plausible: Gmail Autopilot.

sexy people

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

I’m not sure I’m 100% comfortable with the ethics of the sexy people blog – it’s a list of portraits which probably seemed like a good idea at the time. I think that a lot of them were sent in by the subjects of the photos, but some of them are just plain strange. Scrolling through the archives, I think that this page gave me the most laughs.