Archive for the ‘Funny’ Category

AP Article Cleverly Disguised as OnStar ad

Monday, September 1st, 2008

I generally browse through Google News at least a few times each week, and I came across this article about how people are using OnStar to avoid Hurricane Gustav. After about the first few paragraphs, it quickly turned into an advertisement for OnStar. Great impartial news coverage… but I’ll let you decide:

Drivers rely on OnStar to evade Hurricane Gustav

What can you do with 100 bezels?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I’m always on the lookout for creative opportunities, and my latest endeavor has led me to obtain around 100 of these really neat looking plastic bezels from a local business:

Poweredge R200 Bezel (front)Poweredge R200 bezel (back)

Now, it struck me that there’s a really cool use waiting for these things, however I can’t think of anything compelling at the moment. Some ideas that I have:

  • Creating some table or shelf with them
  • Monitor stands
  • Geeky decorations

However, I’m quite sure that theres much more that can be done with these. So the burning question I ask you is… what should I do with them?

Edit: Some other suggestions I’ve received

  • Coffee table
  • Create some kind of katamari out of the dell logos
  • Duct tape based door of some kind

Visual Studio Debug Paradox

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

So I’m busy working on some new configuration dialogs for the open source GPS program, Roadnav, and Visual Studio decided to access a null pointer or something while using autocomplete, and crashed. Then windows of course displayed the following dialog…

Yeah… like I want to use Visual Studio to debug ITSELF when it JUST CRASHED!!! Geez… like I’m going to trust the program that crashed to figure out why it crashed. Psh.

FYI: Yes, this is sarcasm, I understand the “why” thats going on here.

Hillary Clinton slighted by

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Below is a rather amusing screenshot of an ad I saw on….

Who will join this years TIME 100? The ad shows John McCain, Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, and three other people I can’t identify offhand. I guess they’ve already written Hillary off and shes no longer important… so much for journalistic neutrality.

FYI: I don’t really care for Hillary as a candidate myself… however, I still found this amusing.

True Best Buy Experience

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

So… everyone hates blonde jokes and such, but this actually happened to someone I know, and its quite amusing:

friend: so i went to best buy to grab smash bros brawl
friend: and by the mac section some blonde was talking to the sales guy
friend: he was telling her about it and how the browser it uses is called Safari
friend: she asks, “is it the same internet?”

Sometimes, reality is far more amusing than fiction. Priceless. πŸ˜€

Inspired by XKCD: MBR Love Note

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I am a huge fan of the webcomic, XKCD, which is a very geeky and amusing comic for those of you who haven’t read it. On Friday, the following comic was posted:

And this of course reminded me of when I first started programming — I started with assembly language in 2000 with an 80286 I got out of the trash. I quickly became interested in low-level system programming, and created a number of MBR-based programs and other random programs in assembly. I haven’t programmed in assembly in a couple years, but this was pretty simple once I started going. πŸ™‚

In any case, the comic has inspired me to write a Windows-based program that can write a “love note” to the MBR and display it when the computer starts. And of course, just for fun it shows the “Missing operating system” message as well. Shown is a screenshot:

Roses are red… missing operating system.


More semi-amusing referrer spam

Friday, November 9th, 2007

As you may know, I have my awesome computer engineering javascript and CSS resume posted on this site. And actually, I’ve gotten quite a few responses from random companies and people all across the US… which has been really encouraging for me, especially since I haven’t applied anywhere! But onto the amusing referrer spam.

Using OWS, I’ve noticed a lot of random referrer spam to my resume. And, its pretty consistent: each instance points to a (valid) resume for some totally random person. This is one instance:

hostname Date Time Referrer URL User-Agent
65.91.101.XXX 2007-11-02 10:37:26 ~vanhoose/resume/resume.html Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; SCF – Mean & Nasty; T312461)
65.91.101.XXX 2007-11-02 10:37:25 ~vanhoose/resume/resume.html Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; SCF – Mean & Nasty; T312461)
65.91.101.XXX 2007-11-02 10:37:22 Htm%20pages/resume.htm Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT; DigExt)

Theres been around 10 or 20 of these types of referrer spam URL’s I’ve seen over the last few months. The weird part is that all of the different URL’s are always people of varying experience, and totally different career fields (teachers, businessmen, researchers), and even international students and such. And, theres been a few different IP addresses its originating from.. but who knows with how much adware/botware is out there.

What I can’t imagine is the purpose.. I mean, is someone paying for someone to spam their resume around? Totally untargeted referrer spam like that can’t possibly be effective — I mean look, they caught my attention, but is an HR person really going to look at website logs? Doubtful. And if they did, I’m pretty sure they would NOT hire that person for being so spammy. Maybe the spammers are just picking resumes at random…. but that doesn’t even make sense either! Heh..

Anyways, I really need to refocus my resume in the very near future (like.. this weekend) to a more engineering type of job, since right now it makes it looks like I want a web developer/related job. Which don’t get me wrong, I think I might enjoy a job doing web related stuff, but I think I’m really looking for somewhere I can innovate and contribute as a computer engineer, or something close. I’ll have to write about this soon.. since, the one thing keeping me looking for a job right now is that I’m waiting to see whether I’m accepted into the graduate school I wanted to get into or not. Wish me luck.

No, *I* am the supreme computer god!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Jon thought HE was the geekist person to ever take this quiz. I took it after him, and apparently I’m geekier than he is. Or, it just doesn’t keep statistics correctly:

0% scored higher (more computer geeky),
0% scored the same, and
100% scored lower (less geeky).


MS Word docx amusing error

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Wow… I was looking over a paper for my girlfriend, and word popped up the following warning to me. It was great. πŸ™‚


In case you don’t get it, its a docx file, which IS the latest format. LoL. Stupid errors…

Web Interface to the fortune program

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

I got bored last night, so I created a wrapper around the fortune program on my Gentoo box… then made it better with jQuery AJAX goodness. And then I combined it with my rndsay wrapper to make the fortunes be echoed by cows. πŸ™‚ Of course, getting it to work on my host here has been annoying, but I finally got it working! Enjoy!

Random Fortune Generator

Source Code