Category Archives: theWeb

interesting stuff found on the Internet

Fonts Alive!

Castaway / Fedex spoof

Dangers of Nylon

I don’t know if this was a real test or not, but it makes sense to me.

What would happen if you built up a lot of static electricity before or while pumping gas? …

GE’s Cool “Crane” Commercial

I love the “Crane” commercial that GE is running during the Olympics.

Watch it here.

The turtles at the end are a great touch…

NBC Olympics Online Coverage

I learned about NBC’s plans to offer extensive online video coverage of the Olympics at the Microsoft Server 2008 launch event earlier this year.? It’s definitely impressive.? I’ve used IE and Firefox and had no problem (I already had Silverlight installed).? I’m especially impressed with the “Live Video Control Room” that lets you follow 4 events at one time, swapping them between the big windows and the small windows.

If you’re watching video and trying to find the Control Room, click on “Enlarge video” and then the Control Room icon:


Here’s a tribute to a game that I’d never seen until moving to Indiana.? Of course, my new Indiana friends bear no resemblance to these boys…

Trailer to be Made Into Full-length Movie

The Onion does it again…

Wildly Popular ‘Iron Man’ Trailer To Be Adapted Into Full-Length Film

U.S. Electoral System Explained

from newstopia (I don’t know anything about them, but found this unfortunately interesting)…

Hard Rock, the Olympics, and Silverlight

I just watched the keynote address from Microsoft’s MIX08 web conference.

The whole thing (2 hours, 28 minutes) was interesting, but I was really fascinated by the Hard Rock demo (the cafe, casino, hotel people).? They’ve built an application using Microsoft’s Silverlight that lets you browse the memorabilia that’s at their locations all over the world.

Hard Rock 1You can browse by artist, memorabilia type, decade, genre, or location.? You can zoom in to where you see the scratch marks on a guitar (using the mouse scroll wheel or click / control-click).? You can read information about each piece (or hide the info panel).? You can also drag the pictures around to see different detail or move to other items.

You can watch just the Hard Rock demo part of the keynote here.

Check out the collection by browsing to and clicking on “Memorabilia”.

Silverlight is currently available for various browsers on Windows and Intel Macs.? It will eventually be available for Linux also.

I also really liked the demo that NBC did regarding how they’re going to use Silverlight to make the summer Olympics available online this summer.? Watch it here.

Amazing Simple Home Remedies

Making the rounds on the Internet…


  1. Avoid cutting yourself slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop.
  2. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the shower.
  3. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.? Remember to use a timer.
  4. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
  5. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.
  6. You only need two tools in life – WD-40 and Duct Tape.? If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40.? If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.