Sunday, February 27, 2011

Big Brother isn't just watching... he is actively stalking you.

We have all heard that companies and colleges will occasionally check an applicants facebook before hiring/enrolling them. Well, now there is proof that it has, in fact, become commonplace. A recent Kaplan study found that admissions departments at 80% of top colleges “visited potential students’ online profiles during their recruiting process. One blogger wrote:

"I doubt that hordes of students frequently lose scholarships or have an admission reneg’d for something that they innocently put up on Facebook. BUT what actually happens is much worse. Indiscreet social media postings can make your interviewer (or the admissions officer) prejudiced against you without realizing it. And that’s scary and worrisome because a large chunk of admissions decisions are really close calls. They are based on “fit” and “feel” – it’s not just what you’ve shown you can do, but the potential people think you have.".

So, if you are planning on applying for school, or for a job... make sure you lock up your privacy settings on all social media sites. It's hard enough to get ahead in the world without the disadvantage of your interviewer having seen photos of you doing keg stands in the nude at last weekends party.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Office Space with a teddy bear

After spending a few years in corporate America, I pretty much wanted to put my head in an oven. This video, besides being utterly hilarious, will probably look sadly familiar to any of you out their who have the misfortune to work in an office.

You like me! You really like me!

Thanks to Ciarra, at, I am now the proud recipient of the "Versatile Blogger Award! She's a pretty awesome girl, so go check out her blog, if you haven't already! In order to accept this award the rules are:

Thank the person who gave you the award
Share 7 things about yourself
Pass the award on to up to 10 other versatile bloggers
Let the other bloggers know you gave them the award

So, here goes:
I do puzzles like an old lady, I think 'In n Out' should be available in every state, I love plants... but usually kill them,  and I see no reason to wear shoes when I could just wear flip-flops. I think that is enough about me for now.

The people that I am giving the award to are:
Christy, from
Krissy, from
Billy, aka "Organic Meatbag", from
"Poke the Rock", from
Zev, from
Apfel, from

Your childhood dreams are dead :)

Iconic toy, the "Easy-Bake Oven" is about to become part of history. At least in it's traditional form. A federal ban on the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs, the Easy-Bake Oven's longtime source of heat, kicks in next year. According to Hasbro, they plan to switch to a different heating element. More than 20 billion Easy-Bake Ovens, featuring an incandescent bulb, have been sold since 1963. The toy was even been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2007. I am sure that we all hope that they can come up with another way to do it, because if you are anything like me, you probably had a lot of fun with this toy when you were younger. Come to think of it, that was probably the last time I baked anything without burning it or lighting the kitchen on fire.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Entire room made of chocolate

I don't know about you, but I love chocolate. That said, I have a hard enough time keeping a normal house clean. Trying to clean a kitchen made of chocolate would be a nightmare... especially in the warmer months :( Anyhow, here are the pictures of the room:

The room was built in Lithuania, by seven artists, and using 300kg (661 pounds) of chocolate. There’s a combination of white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. It could quite possibly be the tastiest room on the planet! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Geek Valentines

I am not a huge fan of Valentines Day, but since the rest of the country insists on indulging in this ridiculous holiday, I thought I would post some geeky valentines, for your enjoyment. :) This way, if you are going to send something to the geek in your life, you have some good selection to choose from. So here you go!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Too much free time?

If you like puzzles, or even if you just have a few months to kill, and need something to do, here is an option for you. It is the world's largest jigsaw puzzle. It was made by a toy company called Ravensburger, which set the record with 32,256 individual pieces and a 17′ x 6′ size when those pieces are fit together. The puzzle, called Keith Haring: Retrospect, uses 32 artistic works by the pop artist Keith Haring. I love puzzles, but as much fun as this probably would be, I am pretty sure that I don't have the time (or table space) to do it. Here is a picture of the ridiculously huge box that it comes in:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nothing frakkin' matters... to me!

This is a video about the story of Battlestar Galactica, set to a re-write of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and it's hilarious. Oh God, I am listening to it again while I post this, and I am still laughing. With lines thrown in like: "Dr. Baltar, you have to write on the chalkboard 'I will not give the cylons access to the colony's defense mainframe 50,000 times'!", it pretty much makes up for the less than stellar vocals. If you are a BSG fan, you will love it :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Best Superbowl commercial ever!

Everyone knows, the best part of the Superbowl is the commercials. Generally, we get some kind of amusing spot about singing frogs, cute kids doing ridiculous things, or dumb guys drinking beer; but, I have to say... this one is the best yet. This Volkswagen commercial was leaked online, but will be officially aired during the Superbowl, this weekend. I think the highlight of the commercial is when the tiny Darth Vader attempts to force-choke a baby doll.

Mario and Luigi facebook fight

Fighting with people on facebook is awesome. Apparently that even extends to video game characters. :)

Robot goes to school

A high-school boy, named Lyndon Baty has polycystic kidney disease, leaving him with "virtually no immune system". Because of his condition, he has been unable to have contact with his friends, or attend his classes for over a year. Well, that has all changed for him now... kind of. Now Lyndon can virtually attend classes and walk the halls with his classmates, through the screen of his robotic avatar on wheels. The robot attends his classes, and Lyndon gets to feel like he is there too. According to the NBC report:

"The technology, which works like video conferencing, allows him to attend class, visit the school canteen, and even hang around the yard.
It is the first time the machine has been used in a school - and it has given Lyndon, from Knox City, a new lease of life. His mother Sheri told local NBC news station KFDX: 'He has a reason to get up. He takes his medicine, eats, and he's sitting and waiting for that (school) bell to ring.''It's absolutely amazing,' Lyndon added. 'I would have never thought when I was sick that I would ever have any interaction, much less this kind. It is just like I am there in the classroom.'"

Pretty awesome, if you ask me. Be honest, if given the chance, wouldn't you just like to sit at home once in a while, and send your robot-avatar to work. It would certainly be easier than pretending to pay attention during boring staff meetings!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Star Trek Girl

This just amused me. First of all, she is pretty cute, if not a bit spastic. Besides that, who doesn't love a good geek-centric dance song? Well, even if you don't like the song, you can take comfort in the fact that she is probably dead by now. Damn red shirts! Enjoy! :)

Education FAIL

Now, as you all know, I am a fan of the Twilight series. That said, even I have a problem with this 'Twilight' is now being used as required reading in an Honors Literature class at the university level. That's right, apparently there were no better options than a book about sparkly vampires and a whiny high-school girl. The books are fun, but let's be honest, it is hardly the pinnacle of literary genius. Here is a section of the syllabus:

"While we read and discuss some important, influential narratives about the supernatural – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works – we will also explore how these texts, like much other fiction, try to create particular reading experiences, as they push us to consider the nature and importance of literary imagination and the way fiction’s seductiveness is tied to other potentially dangerous attractions."

Good job Ohio State University, for setting the bar so low.