Archive for the ‘Misc.’ Category

In Misc. on October 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Tumblr idea: crowdsourced blog of the most ridiculous Hitler analogies made by politicians, writers, and other public figures.


In Misc. on September 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

New trend in green living: piranhacycling. Like composting or vermiculture, but for meat, with piranhas.

In Misc. on July 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Character: Drill sergeant cruise leader.

“Are you ready to party?”

(Mild cheers)

“That was pathetic! This has got to be the biggest bunch of tightasses I have ever seen! I said are you losers ready to party??”

(Later, dancing)

“We are not doing the cha-cha! We are not doing the do-si-do! We are dancing to house music!”

(Begins gyrating furiously, pumping arms above his head)

“In ’99, when I was stationed in a little place called Ibiza, we did this eight hours a night, seven nights a week! Now get out there and shake it!”

In Misc. on June 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Science fiction idea: a race of intelligent beings in which each generation is slightly smaller than the last. By the time their civilization is advanced, they are microscopic; and their long-term planning must account for occupying tinier and tinier  spaces.

In Misc. on February 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

New fitness trend: Sealcercize. Based on the premise that, despite their rather plump appearance, seals are actually in the best shape of any animal in nature (with the exception of insects.) Participants balance beach balls on their nose, walk on their hands, etc. There are a few short breaks in the workout: “OK everyone, basking time! Let’s take a two-minute bask!”

In Misc. on January 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

A store that sells the most interesting and attractive packaged foods from all over the world. Half-grocery story, half-library.

In Misc. on October 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

A different style of marathon. Instead of shouting encouragement, the crowds along the route jeer at the runners, curse them, and hold up signs that say “Give Up!” When a group of fans’ particular “favorite” runs past, they scream especially loud and hold up the signs they’ve prepared. “Go home, Ron!” “You’re finished, 1249!” And instead of handing out cups of water, fans throw water at the runners, along with pennies, balled-up candy wrappers, and other trash. The runners get a special high from all this and surge toward the finish line on a wave of hate.

In Misc. on June 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Gag: Netflix gets snide.  All of a sudden, you find that your taste preferences include Twee, Sentimental Indie Films; Overrated, Predictable Oscar Bait; Brain-Dead Trash With Big Explosions; and Classic Foreign Films You Won’t Finish Watching.

In Misc. on January 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

Character: Hipster Rainman.  “Yeah.  Their early work was definitely better.  Yeah.  Yeah — definitely check out their early stuff…”  etc.

In Misc. on December 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Computers that dream.  All computer use during the day — email, word-processing, internet, etc. — is recorded.  Then, during the “night” — or whenever you want the computer to dream — this data is played back on your computer, chopped up into random chunks, just the way thoughts and recent memories are thrown together in dreams.  Not entirely random, of course: the way the data are played back could approximate, in a crude way, what we know about how dreams work.  More recent activity on the computer could start out more prominent in the dreaming sequence, for example.  Typical dream effects — distortions in size, inversions of meaning — could be reproduced.  Certain algorithms could even give “emotional” weight to different activity on the computer over days, weeks, or years, and give it the appropriate place in the computer’s dreaming life.