On Taco Bell:
“With a enough Medium™ sauce, pretty much everything remains vaguely interesting, even if the aftermath - especially in a closed car - can be somewhat Vesuvial.”
On Wendy’s (read the post for the footnote):
“[t]he quality control of this place has plummeted since owner Dave Thomas wriggled free of his mortal coil. Serves him right for shooting those kids at Kent State, huh?*”
“[i]t has always amazed me that Subway manages to make roast beef and lettuce taste exactly the same.”
On Burger King:
“[y]ou could stop at Burger King, but it better be an emergency.”
“I have been starving, and not stopped at Hardee’s.”
It takes a special talent to make a Taco Bell / diarrhea joke actually funny. Extra points for using the term “Vesuvial”, which is even funnier when you read the definition.
If you’re a web developer, take a few minutes to complete the Mozilla Developer Network survey.
An exciting (to me) video walkthrough of the font control options coming Firefox 3.6 and/or 3.7:
The Extreme Ice Survey has been capturing time-lapse photos of the flow and retreat of glaciers over weeks, months, and years. I recommend taking fifteen minutes to watch the survey lead, James Balog present some of the remarkable image sequences at the TED conference.
If you only have two minutes to spare, skip into the 16:10 point of TED talk video. Here, Balog narrates video that shows 1 mile of ice, 3 miles wide, and 3/5-mile deep break up into the ocean in only 75 minutes.
The Extreme Ice Survey website has dozens of videos of the time-lapse photography. Highlights include a enormous collapse caught on video and the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland (video embedded below) as it flows like water. The scale is awesome.
Want to build a social network for the Middle East or North Africa? The US State Department may have $500,000 to $2,500,000 for you.
Criticizing Twitter and its users is one of the lowest forms of shallow condescension - right up there pointing out that the things in the Alanis Morissette song aren’t technically “ironic”. The “why do I care what you had for breakfast” routine is one best relegated to bad stand-up comedians and 24-hour-cable-news hosts.
That said, I don’t think I’m cool enough to use Twitter (translation: I think I’m too cool to use Twitter). If I did, though, this is what it would be like:
- Getting a new toilet seat is like getting a whole new toilet
- Movies that I won’t see because they have numbers in the title: 3:10 to Yuma, The Taking of Whatever 123
- Movies are too long.
- Whenever I come from getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist, I feel like I need to gargle with CocaCola to get my mouth back to normal.
- When do single-parents shower?
- Shameful confession: I enjoy getting promotional emails from Dell.
- Get off my lawn!
Before my friends helpfully point it out, I actually do “use” Twitter in several ways. I have an account to follow the posts of friends, and I have helped create Twitter to the Editor and Hungarian and Back. Twitter is actually a very cool service, but I’d prefer a more open system.