March 30, 2009

Jabber Walking

About a week ago Jon Gordon of Future Tense asked people to call his Google Voice account and leave a message, any message, for the Google Voice transcriber to work on. I called in and read Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky and here's how it transcribed it (breaks added):

jabberwock.gifjabber walking

hey floors brilly can the slightly toasted
ironing gamble in the way
down on the with the borrow grose
animal morass upgrade

be where the jetta lock my son
the job byte the closet catch
you where the jeff jeff bird and shawn
the from this bender snatch

if you get this mobile blade in hand
long time the names of info you soft
so message to you by the comes in three
wants to the while involved

and i was in the office talk to you stuart
it's trevor walk with elisa playing
came with we went through the told you would
and behold as it came

one two one two and coming through
the republicans krisak
he left a dead and with its head
he can't about something back

and has douse lane the driver walk
coming to my office my name is boy
ohh i'm just taking a break
he totaled in is joy

probably like and the slightly toasted
guy ring and along the way
but on and see where the bro goes
animal mass upgrade

Here's the original for comparison.

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July 29, 2008

Dr. Horrible!

I don't know how long it will be available for free on Hulu, but here it is, in its entirety! You do have to endure the two or three commercials however. Enjoy!

July 15, 2008

Loving Doctor Horrible

Dr. Horrible is Joss Whedon's latest effort, a direct to internet show starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. It's a musical about a want to be supervillain and his nemesis, Captain Hammer.

Will Doctor Horrible prove himself worthy of admittance to the Evil League of Evil? Will he be able to finish his Freeze Ray and stop time? Will he win the heart of Penny?

You can only find out, true believers, by tuning into Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog this week only!

July 14, 2008



Not as easy as you might think.

1. Where is your cell phone?

2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend?

3. Your hair?

4. Your mother?

5. Your father?

6. Your favorite item?

7. Your dream last night?

8. Your favorite drink?

9. Your dream car?

10. The room you are in?

11. Your ex?

12. Your fear?

13. What do you want to be in 10 years?

14. Who did you hang out with last night?

15. What you’re not?

19. The last thing you did?

20. What are you wearing?

22. Your favourite book?

23. The last thing you ate?

24. Your life?

25. Your mood?

26. Your friends?

27. What are you thinking about right now?

28. Your car?

29. What are you doing at the moment?

30. Your summer?

31. Your relationship status?

32. What is on your tv?

33. When is the last time you laughed?

34. Last time you cried?

35. School?


(Thanks Fuzzy.)

July 8, 2008

The InBox Has Been Neutralized

Over at F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology) they are encouraging people to get their inbox down to 0 messages and then take a photo of themselves with their newly conquered inbox. I decided I was up to that challenge. Actually, it wasn't much of a challenge. I set my email program up to sort mail as it comes in so very little real mail gets to the inbox anymore. What does quickly gets categorized and sorted into boxes. Yeah, I got mad mail skillz.

But, as you see, I gotta do something about my desktop.

April 22, 2008

Blogger X - A Drama

Blogger X - I like X! X makes me happy!

Commenter 1 - I give tacit support for your love of X, but somewhat less enthusiastic support than yours.

Commenter 2 - I point out certain deficits in X, but affirm Blogger X as having the right to hold that opinion.

Commenter 3 - I don't like X because of some childhood trauma.

Commenter 4 - I don't like X because of its negative impact on the environment, cultural morals, or because X is a cheap imitation of Z.

Commenter 5 - I affirm Z as being better. X sucks.

Commenter 6 - X sucks.

Commenter 7 - X sucks more than Z but Z sucks too.

Commenter 8 - X sucks and Blogger X sucks.

Commenter 9 - I defend Blogger X and cast aspersions upon Commenter 8.

Commenter 8 - Commenter 9 sucks.

Commenter 1 - I try to calm everyone down.

Commenter 8 - Commenter 1 is a self righteous prig.

Commenter 5 - I roll my eyes.

Admin - Stop it.

Commenter 8 - Admin sucks.

Commenter 7 - Yeah, what Commenter 8 said.

Admin - Ban.

Commenter 8 as Commenter 10 - You all suck. I launch into a diatribe against everybody.

Admin - Come on guys.

Commenter 1 - This used to be such a good blog.

Commenter 3 - This is all Blogger X's fault, really.

Blogger X - Meh?

March 20, 2008

No One Expects...

So I'm quickly clicking through my RSS news feeds, having a backlog of over a hundred stories, and this headline quickly flashes before my eyes...


What's the first thing you would think of?

Yeah, not me. The first thing I thought of was the Inquisition and who the hell did the Catholic church lock up for 5 years and what for?

Yes, I'm that big of a dork that that's the way my mind works.

Besides... what would a sports story be doing in my RSS feeds?

February 26, 2008

Your Own Personal Google ABC Meme

22425493.jpgYou know how Google suggests searches when you start to type in something in that little window based on your previous searches? Here's my challenge... Post your own Google ABCs based on the first thing that comes up with each letter. And I'll start. Let the humiliation begin!

A is for Apple Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz MacBook - I got the 2.2GHz version.
B is for Bif Naked - A singer on an episode of Buffy.
C is for C-Beams - From a line in Bladerunner.
D is for Danny Strong - An actor who frequently appears on Buffy.
E is for Ecclesiastes - One of my favorite books in the Bible.
F is for Fashion Forward - A term I read that I'm still not sure I understand.
G is for Gabriel - One of the few named angels in the Bible.
H is for Hamlet Cartoon - And that's how I found Savage Chickens.
I is for I Miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Which is how I found this song.
J is for Jabba on the Dais - Sing it with me!
K is for Karl Spring - A local weather guy who said some silly things.
L is for Luke 16:1-13 - The parable of the dishonest steward. Because I was working on a sermon and this is a toughy.
M is for Mezzanine Word Origin - For this play.
N is for Nagini - Voldemort's snake.
O is for O Antiphons - Which are read in Advent. Also the basis for the hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
P is for Philippians 2:1-11 - One of my favorites. I just preached on this last Sunday.
Q is for Qoheleth - The preacher from Ecclesiastes.
R is for Representative Huntley - A Minnesota legislator and I have no idea why I was looking him up now.
S is for Salisbury Hill - Which, I found out, is actually Solsbury Hill in the song by Peter Gabriel.
T is for Tannhauser Gate - Also from that same quote from Bladerunner.
U is for UNICEF - For which my church has an annual fundraiser.
V is for Von Steuben Day Parade - A parade celebrating German heritage immortalized in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
W is for Wapakoneta, Ohio - My hometown.
X is for XMP - Some computer extension I was looking up.
Y is for Yvonne Prettner Solon - Another Minnesota legislator.
Z is for Zeppo - One of the Marx Brothers.

Well, that wasn't nearly as embarrassing as I had hoped... I mean feared.

You are officially tagged to do this meme on your own blog or, if you don't have one, in the comments space here. You don't have to do explanatory notes if you don't want to. I just felt the need.

January 11, 2008

Have you heard this CD?

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December 12, 2007

The Human Calendar

From the people who brought you the Human Clock, it's the Human Calendar!

It amuses me.

July 31, 2007

Best of Ironic1


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July 25, 2007

The Gypsy Kiss

Peacock51-255x419.jpgWandering around the blogoverse you encounter the most interesting vagabonds. Meet Amy, for example - bellydancer, ren fair enthusiast, and entrepreneur.

She just opened The Gypsy Kiss about a week ago dealing in "oddities, imports, finery, and fripery." Looking through her site is like visiting a virtual bazaar. On her cart you'll find jewelry, some of which she made herself, skirts, tops, and whatnot.

All this for the laudable purpose of quitting her dayjob and charting her own course.

And why, you may well ask, this shameless plug?

Gypsy magic, I say.

July 24, 2007

Dance, Pipecleaner Man, Dance!

I found this on Use the big buttons to select a tune to dance to and then mouseover the little buttons to strike different poses. You can also use your keyboard to make him dance.

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My favorite dance moves? Soundtrack F with dance moves FGH in random order throwing in some JK. Try it.

July 1, 2007


I just found WikiWorld, a creative commons licensed comic by Greg Williams based on Wikipedia entries. He seems to share many of my interests based on what he's chosen to draw about so far. Click on the pictures to see the larger versions or see them all here.

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June 29, 2007

Mommy! Billy says he is beyond good and evil!

nfc.jpgQ: What do you get when you randomly pair Family Circus cartoons with captions from the pen of Friedrich Nietzsche?

A: Hilarity.

The site would be much better if it were cleaner without all of the ads cluttering it up, but it's a brilliant idea even if the execution is, in my opinion, flawed in its presentation.

Thanks to the Professor from Gonzo Science for pointing this out to me.

June 22, 2007

Five Questions

alb_lars.jpgFuzzy tagged me for this post. I quote:

The purpose of this meme is to get people talking about their passion in life. It’s called the 5/5 meme. Five questions, then pass it to five people. "Expertise" could be your profession, hobby, or area of intense interest.
Name your area of expertise/interest: Well, I considered lots of things that I do and enjoy - roleplaying, improv, writing, on-line gaming - but I decided to tackle the one that defines me to most people most of the time - preaching.

How did you become interested in it?
I think I've always been fascinated by preachers and preaching. There's showmanship and scholarship, ritual and tomfoolery. As a preacher you can be both the sage and the village idiot at the same time. Shaman, priests, monks, and holy people of all stripes have always been of interest to me.

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December 21, 2006

Clever Threads

My friend Maria now has a splashy storefront for her on-line shop of artsy crafty things like fairy wings and button head dolls. She's swell and you really should go buy things from her and support independent craft folk.

December 18, 2006

My son, the vlogger...

As an early Christmas present I got my kids their own web domains and are helping them set up their own blogs. Simon started his with a short video entry. I'm his technical assistant and we had a lot of fun learning how to do some basic video editing. If the quality of the video looks lousy, it's because we're using an el cheapo three year old web cam.

October 25, 2006

5000 Years of Middle East History in 90 Seconds

Full Screen Mode

October 17, 2006

Fuzzy on Ze Frank


Fuzzy is on The Show with Ze Frank for about one tenth of a second. See if you can spot him! Or you can watch the complete uncut extended intro version.

October 15, 2006

This American Podcast

ira_glass.jpgThis American Life, the best radio show ever, is finally available as a free podcast! Huzzah! Yes, now Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, David Sedaris, and many others can live on my iPod. For a long time you could listen to a complete archive for free, but finally it is now in podcast form.

If you have never heard This American Life, you can now listen to these finely crafted stories which are alternately funny, shocking, poignant, maddening, and joyful. It has been appointment radio for me since I lived in Chicago ten years ago when the show started as a local program on WBEZ. And now, it is legend.

September 20, 2006

Amanda is back and she's going on a road trip!

amandaroadtrip.jpgAmanda Congdon is vlogging across the country from her bedroom in Connecticut all the way to Los Angeles and she's taking us along in her hybrid car. Her 5 week journey is sponsored by Envirnomental Countdown.

Check out her new video blog.

September 7, 2006


Some thoughts on September 11, 2001 five years later from a Brooklyner...

That pretty much sums it up for me. Thanks, Ze, for saying it so I don't have to.

July 18, 2006

Space Invaders

spinrug.jpgRemember Space Invaders? Yeah, it's a little like asking, "Remember the Model A?" or "Remember 8 Tracks?" Well, apparently a lot of people are hankering for the good ol' days. Here is a smattering of artists and enthusiasts who are memorializing the classic arcade game.

spinicon.jpgCheck out this rug. Polish artist Janek Simon used projection television, an actual rug, and old world, low-res design to create this playable Space Invaders rug.

spinla.jpgspinicon.jpgInvader is a Paris-based artist who puts little (and sometimes big) pixelated mosaics of space invaders all over the world. You can track the invasion on his site.

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July 15, 2006

Why New Media is the Domain of Progressives

The Right is right to fear the Internet, because it is a medium whose ethic is essentially antithetical to the Right.

amandamsnbc.jpgI've been thinking a lot about this since Amanda Congdon left Rocketboom, not because Amanda is so openly a lefty, but because of how she talked about her relationship with her audience. It is about interactivity and listening and having the audience be coproducers of media as she said in a recent interview. When she was asked what new media gets that old media doesn't get she answered, "How to make friends with my audience." Old media doesn't want to make friends. They want to make consumers.

loiclm.jpgAnd then I saw Loic Le Meur, a french entrepreneur, on Mobuzz talk about the nature of innovation in business to take advantage of the new media. He talked about how the old model was for some idea guys to cook up an idea for a product, focus group it, design it, produce it, and then make a market it. If necessary, create the need for the product. The new model is almost completely backwards. You first announce the product and then cocreate it with the consumer from the ground up.

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July 5, 2006

Things I Learned from Amanda

unboomed.jpgIt's the end of an era. Amanda Congdon is no longer hosting Rocketboom. Whether she was pushed or she jumped I'll leave to historians and lawyers, but the fact remains - Rocketboom as we knew it is no more.

In appreciation of Amanda, I just want to share a few things that I learned from watching her nigh every day over the last many months...

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June 21, 2006

DIY Comix!


Thanks to BadCat! and Xenolith over on perfectduluthday I've been having fun with these do it yourself comic generators: Strip Generator and Build Your Own Meat. So what are you waiting for?! Make your own! Ya know ya wanna. Post it here so I can bask in your creative glory.

June 7, 2006

It ain't Pop Rocks and Life Cereal but...

It's still pretty explosive and amazing. Hats off! Check out other Diet Coke and Mentos experiments at

May 19, 2006

Ironic1 on Rocketboom


Using Grapheine's wonderful Bombay TV movie editor I created my own dramatic recreation of the Epic Meeting of Amanda and Drew with which they saw fit to open today's episode of Rocketboom.

Thanks Drew and Amanda! Love your show. I'm guessing that is pretty much exactly like it happened, right?