Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Cup Soccer

After having watched a few games from this year's World Cup, and having read write-ups on several more, the one thing that stands out to me is how totally unaccountable the referees are. They've made several terrible, game/tournament-changing calls, and don't really have to answer to anybody - even FIFA, apparently. The referees can call a penalty without being required to declare (a) what the penalty was, or (b) who committed the penalty. That's totally absurd.

I think this has cemented my opinion of soccer as an only-if-I-really-have-nothing-better-to-do sport to watch. I'll probably only be watching World Cups from here on out, and not particularly closely.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kindle vs. Nook

There's a pretty good head-to-head comparison here, if you're interested. Honestly, if I were buying one today I don't know which I'd go with. The Kindle wins on organization since they've now implemented a "collections" system to help organize the books, which is necessary fe to keep my library easily accessible on the device. But... The Nook wins on price (for the WiFi-only version, anyway) and because it uses the industry-standard ePub file format (which helps avoid platform lock-in).

If you're thinking of picking up an e-reader (the cheap Nook is only $150 now) then you really ought to read the comparison.

Friday, June 25, 2010

As if I didn't already dislike the EPA...

The sheer stupidity of this is mind boggling:

New Environmental Protection Agency regulations treat spilled milk like oil, requiring farmers to build extra storage tanks and form emergency spill plans.

Local farming advocates says it’s ridiculous to regulate a liquid with a small percentage of butter fat the same way as the now-infamous BP oil spill....

The EPA regulations state that “milk typically contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil. Thus, containers storing milk are subject to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Program rule when they meet the applicability criteria ...”

As they note at Marginal Revolution: "the issue is not even regulation of milk spills; it's regulation of milk under the oil spill prevention law."

(via SB7)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Your Daily WTF for 6/24/10

A trifecta from FailBlog:

1) My brother would have loved these as a kid:

2) I want one of these RIGHT NOW. Sacrelicious!

3) This is so inappropriate that words fail me:

Awesome Title

Best title for a post about "Toy Story 3" ever: Toys are Born Free, And Everywhere They are In Boxes.


(For those of you that don't get the joke... see here.)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

You have no idea how happy this video made me


Funny because it's (terrifyingly) true...


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kindle Price Drop

Amazon just dropped the price of the Kindle by another $80 to $189.

For those of you keeping track at home, this makes it $170 cheaper than when I bought it a little over a year ago.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Your Daily WTF for 6/20/10

This picture made my day:

It's all about the spelling. And the cunning hats.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Overthinking Little Kid Stuff

This is hilarious:

Couch Cushion Architecture: A Critical Analysis

Friday, June 11, 2010

Funny car photos

1) The existence of this boggles the mind:

2) I don't know how this happened, but I'm somewhat alarmed that it did: