Archive for August, 2007

The Seven Levels of Product Packaging

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

“A couple of weeks back Apple came out with a new keyboard, and due to the local Mac retailers not receiving their shipments immediately, I decided to order direct from Apple. I picked up the box today, and expecting something vaguely keyboard-sized, I nearly choked when the receptionist pulled out a rather large box. Inside of which was another box. Inside of which was another box. Not to mention the plastic. Observe:”

Many layers of packaging before finally reaching the keyboard.

Figure: The seven levels of hell product packaging.

(Via mezzoblue.)

WTF Mac Store

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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WTF Mac Store, originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson.

This neon sign is actually saying “The Mac Store”…


Saturday, August 25th, 2007

From BBC News ‘Have Your Say’:

Jeremy Paxman has criticised the BBC and the TV industry as a whole at a lecture in Edinburgh. He said there was too much focus on audience reaction. Do you agree?

How ironic can you get?


Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I photographed this cat last week while on a walk in the Scottish countryside. It was staring intently into the long grass, presumably waiting for something warm, small and furry to show itself.
It’s not a great picture but I love it.

Whoops! She did it again

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Britney Spears’s perfume logo is a rip off?

Read this article for the full story. If it’s a coincidence it’s bizarre. And if it’s theft it’s brazen.

(Via Daring Fireball)

Instant eBay profit if you’re quick…

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Instant eBay fortune collector’s item! Quick, get out there and buy them…

The Sun has issued an article explaining the recall of the Doctor Who 2008 Annual. According to The Sun, the show’s title was printed on the cover as Doctor Hwo.
THOUSANDS of Doctor Who books have been pulped — because of a spelling mistake on the front cover.

“Publishers Penguin had sent the 2008 annual — featuring current Doctor David Tennant — to shops before the error was spotted.

But a red-faced insider, who refused to reveal the gaffe, said: ‘It’s embarrassing. The books are cherished so the publishers decided to recall them.’”

(Via Outpost Gallifrey.)

A foul slur!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

It’s not true!

The horror of blimps

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

“At this point it is important to know that my house has central heating. I have it configured to blow hot air out on the ground floor and take it in at the second floor to take advantage of the fact that heat rises.

The blimp which was up until this moment a fun toy here embarked on a career of evil. Using the artificial convection of my central heating, the blimp stealthily departed my office. It moved silently through the living and drifted to the staircase. Gliding wraithlike over the staircase it then entered the bedroom where my wife and I lay sleeping peacefully.”

Worth reading in full….

(Via AlwaysBETA)

Stupid Design

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

A funny counterargument to the concept of “Intelligent Design”.

Thinking about it, if the Universe is actually ‘designed’ then it would pretty much get an F. Nice in places, but really not very good in others…

Wil Wheaton: "yet another reason why going to the movies sucks"

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Wil Wheaton (yes, he of Star Trek: The Next Generation infamy, keeps it measured and reasonable when telling us why going to the movies sucks:

for me, going to the movies has been only slightly less annoying than going to the DMV, thanks to outrageous ticket prices, mega-multiplexes that leave stains on their screens and never enforce the ‘Hey, shut the hell up’ rule beyond an entirely ineffective announcement at the beginning of the film, parents who think it’s entirely appropriate to bring small children into R-rated movies, and the latest joy: teenagers who leave their goddamn cellphones on and when they’re not talking to each other light up the theater with hundreds of tiny screens while they send and read text messages.

Yeah, I’m really glad I have this home theater system, because … there’s a good chance I’m going to snap one day and force feed some fucking idiot his goddamn cell phone.

(Via WWdN: In Exile.)