Wow, here we are already nearly three weeks into the new year and I haven’t graced you all with the inaugural 2010 Weekly Cool Links. I’d like to apologize to you, my fans and ask for your forgiveness! But really, I had more important things to do the last couple weeks. Like celebrate my birthday and take a vacation from work. Kelly and I also celebrated our 5 year anniversary of meeting, last night. We were going to go to dinner but due to the weather we stayed in and ordered delivery from the Chinese restaurant around the corner from our house. After the weather cleared up we headed to the Starbucks at the circle in Orange (Orange Plaza) and had some coffee, just like we did 5 years ago when it was Diedrich Coffee. Let me see if I can remember what else has happened the past month.
We celebrated Christmas at home, having two family Christmas parties, you might have seen the pictures from my previous post. For Christmas Kelly got me and awesome bag for me to use for work, along with some cooking books I really wanted, a circular saw, and some clothing. It was a really awesome Christmas. For my birthday I got a new bike.
Kelly and I used my new saw and build two raised beds for our vegetable garden this year. We’ve already planted some onions, and are waiting for March to add the tomatoes and peppers I get at the annual sale that Fullerton College has. That just about wraps up most of the things we have done the past month. So I guess it’s time for the Weekly Cool Links! Just an FYI, there is a lot of stuff to share this week, so I’m going to do something different and break this up into a couple posts the new couple days.
Lifehacker put together a kick ass table of when is the Best Time to Buy Anything, from Homes in the winter (hey that’s what we did!) to Jeans in October, it’s a great list for those that are looking for when the best deals normally are. You say you aren’t interested in buying anything, well how about these not so cool porn ideas (safe for work), don’t miss “The Making of You” staring Mommy and Daddy with special guest Uncle Bill… I was going to post a bunch of “best of 2009” links, but this guy did all the work for me, so I’ll just link to him. I was hoping I would be on the 30 best blogs of 2009, but I guess I’ll have to wait for the 2010 list. Continuing with the theme of lists, Gizmodo posted their list of the worst gadgets from the past decade, a lot fo great ideas but they just ended up sucking.
I have some American Apparel shirts (well they are shirts from places that print their shirts on AAs) and I’ve always been fascinated with their unique marketing strategy, from using porn stars to having androgynous looking models, they cover it all, which is why this collection of their hottest ads (possibly not safe for work, but nothing graphic) is included here.
One of the books Kelly got me (and my brother in law Dominic) was the 1st volume of the Good Eats books, by Alton Brown, I’ve loved reading the book and wanted to share this great Good Eats fan site (it’s poorly designed but still a great resource). Talking about food, Lifehacker shared this article of Six Kitchen Skills You Can Pick Up This Weekend.
Chuck and 24 started up last week, Burn Notice starts tonight, and someone is selling a barely used late night show… By the way even though I don’t watch much late night, I with Coco.
The Hall of Very Good has some great stuff about good baseball players, that aren’t quite Hall of Famers, or shouldn’t be Hall of Famers. I liked the guy, but Eric Karros should not have receive 2 votes for the Hall of Fame.
I know he’s gone, but his trip to Seattle was delayed because of an annoying USC fan. (I’ll miss you Pete!).
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this in the past but I’ve done some Geocaching the past and have been wanting to get back into doing them once a month, time permitting of course. Well today while on my break I was able to hit a cache across the street from my work. And then again after I got home I hit a cache that is placed right near our house. I even placed a Geocoin and I’m looking forward to seeing where it travels and documenting it’s journey here. Anyone else out there into Geocaching?
So for those that aren’t in the know, I bought some new golf clubs a couple weeks ago. I’ve been to the driving range 2-3 times a week since the clubs arrived and I’m just about feeling like I’m ready to do some golfing again. Now all I need is people to golf with!
If you don’t have me on your Facebook you missed me rating the most recent movies I’ve watched.
District 9 9 out of 10.
Adam 7 out of 10.
Confessions of a Shopaholic 6 out of 10.
The Goods 6 out of 10.
Fired Up 6 out of 10.
And now for my weekly cool links!
Did you know you can make butter in 5 minutes with chilled heavy cream and some salt? I thought that was pretty interesting, especially since I have some heavy cream in the fridge right now, waiting for me to make some sauce with, but I’m sure I will have some leftover.
I know it seems like I’m constantly posting ways to rate as well as find new movie recommendations well this week isn’t any different, Criticker will help you! Just rate some movies 0-100 and it will find more you might like!
Tech Typedia is a font lovers dream. It’s a wikipedia type resource of typefaces. Talking about fonts if you are trying to figure out the font from a graphic nothing beats What the Font. If you familiar with using the maps from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc but would like to use something less commercial that isn’t copyrighted, then you might want to take a chance with Open Street Map. If you love Radio Shack and like history then you could probably spend hours looking through the catalogs at the Radio Shack Catalog page.
Cool Stuff This site shows you how to figure out what hotel you are being offered to stay at when using Hotwire.com. Very useful since I’m always worried it might not be exactly the hotel or place I want to be staying at! Bargaineering shares a list of the FICO risk factor codes, which also helps us determine things we need to try and prevent on our credit reports! And for those of you smart people that use Mozilla Firefox instead of Microsoft Internet Explorer this add-on will make your online purchases that much better, InvisibleHand will automatically show you if you can find an item cheaper online somewhere else.
Funny Stuff I’ve probably posted this in the past but Hot Chicks with Douchebags is always a great site to check out and get some laughs. Also it can help you decide if you are with a douchebag or if you might be considered a douchebag. This poster (to the right) by the Michigan Humane Society is awesome. We have two pre-owned cats and a pre-owned dog, save a cat or dog from being euthanized and ADOPT from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder. And now the last of the funny stuff for the week, I bring you Translation Party, the site that you have to check out to completely understand. But let’s say you take a famous movie quote, such as one of my favorites from the Keanu Reeves classic, The Replacements (I know it’s also from a Black Flag song, but that’s besides the point).
Basically it finds an equilibrium with translations. Share some of your favorites you discover in the comments section!
Well that quote didn’t work out as great as I thought it would, but trust me it can really do a number on some sayings.
Sadly, although I have known of it since it launched I’ve never checked out the webshow The Guild, but this music video is hilarious for anyone that has spent a lonely (or not lonely) night creating characters (avatars) in games.
And lastly but not the least a video that is probably 100 times better then the actual GI Joe movie that recently came out. And yes that is Ben Stiller.
Oh well, I wasn’t able to keep my weekly cool links weekly. I just didn’t really have enough stuff to share last Friday.
First let’s start with personal stuff, I got a fraking ticket last Saturday! Sad part is I didn’t even do what the officer said I did, oh well. I’m contemplating fighting it in court, but I don’t even know if it’s worth it. Our bathroom is almost done. I know I keep promising pictures, and I keep meaning to post them, but I’m going to wait till it’s completed (which should after I get home from work on Friday). We have also been working on getting the cabinet doors painted and hung up in the kitchen, we are about 3/4 of the way done after we were able to hang up 5 of the doors last night. We are trying to get as much as possible done before our big 4th of July House Warming party that we are having next Saturday! Many pictures will be taken and I’ll make sure I get them on here ASAP. And lastly I’ve been doing my best to get my ass in shape the last three weeks by going for walks 3-4 times a week. Last night I broke my current record by taking a 4.11 mile walk averaging 3.5 miles per hour. I’ve been using a site called Trail Guru along with my iPhone to keep track of my adventures (Kelly has been going with me most the time as well).
Without further ado, I bring my weekly links.
First I’d like to pay tribute to one of my favorite quaterbacks of all time. We really are going to miss you Brent! (from As Seen in WI)
Moving on, have you ever wanting to make a decision but weren’t sure which way to go? Then give the site Hunch a try, it will ask some questions about you (the more questions the better it knows you) and then it will attempt to help you have a decision.
Windows was really in the news this week with the announcement of pricing for Windows 7 ($120-320 depending on what version), to be released on October 22, 2009. The Home Premium upgrade will be $120 but if you act now you can get it for $50 on preorder, or if you act from now till the 28th you can walk into Micro Center and get a coupon to purchase it for $39.99 once it’s released! Microsoft also released a beta version of the brand new Microsoft Security Essentials, which is basically a lite version of Anti-Malware / Anti-Virus software, good for those of us that don’t need the extras included in the pay versions of those types of software. I’m using it on a number of computers already and find that it has a very small footprint, so far I like it and will be recommending it to friends asking for help. Another thing I recommend to friends when they ask is Firefox. Firefox is just about to have their next big update with the 3.5 version coming out very soon. In the meantime I’m suggesting people check out the Lifehacker Firefox Add-on Packs, which will greatly improve your internet experiences. I haven’t checked this piece of software out personally yet but if you are in need of heat mapping out your wireless network you might want to get ekahau Heatmapper out, it’s supposed to be pretty sweet. And to wrap up the cool tech from the week, check out this USB Microwave that is in the works!
Those of you that know me, know I really enjoyed the Drew Carey show. I’ve now started keeping up with him on his new blog, Drew From TV. He has insights from The Price is Right, soccer, and from just life in general. I’ve always liked Drew and he would be one of those guys I feel like I could just site down with and talk to for hours. One of my favorite mini-series of all times was Band of Brothers, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg did an awesome job, and now I’m looking forward to their next World War II mini-series, The Pacific (click link for article and trailer). This one has a very fond place in my heart since this where my grandfather fought, I can’t wait!
Cool Music This guy took the time analyzing a bunch of data to figure out what bands have the most passionate fans. It’s a pretty cool read, especially if you like numbers, and I’m happy to report my favorite band Jimmy Eat World is on his list, along with a couple other bands I enjoy.
Cool Funny Links
Check out these amazing INTERNET SEX PHOTOS! – completely work safe!
Have you ever bought something via the internet (re:Craigslist) and were confused when the description was a little off? Well check out Item not as described, which does it’s best to archive those items that just don’t really fit their description!
Cool Sports – Video of the Week!
I know it’s more like audio of the week, and I know I’ve posted this in the past, but sometimes you just gotta stay with what entertains you.
So analog TV is dead, long live digital TV! Not much new this week for us. I’ve started going for walks at night, up to 6 miles so far this week, hoping for 10 by the end of the week. I haven’t started the 100 pushup challenge since no one told me to. But maybe I’ll start it this week. Our friends Sean and Amber came over with their baby Jade, we had a really great time watching the Laker game. I cooked chicken and steak kabobs with red onion, green bell peppers, and some of our tomatoes. The kabobs tasted great thanks to my olive oil and garlic mix that I baste them with while I’m cooking (along with some salt and pepper). The bathroom is coming along, the huge tub is in and all the walls are up, tile should be getting done next week. I’ll post some pictures this weekend of how things are coming along.
And now it’s time for my weekly cool links, 3 WEEKS IN A ROW! I’m on a roll!
If you cook like we do and you like a variety of sauces and condiments, you might want to check out the Table of Condiments, it shows you when it’s best to throw out things that have been sitting in your fridge. Talking about food check out these pictures of school lunches around the world. Talking about lunch I “brown bag” it 4 out of the 5 days of the week when I’m going ot work, so I’m going to take some of these tips at Lifehacker on ways to make it more appealing (I already have been doing some of them). I find that cooking more meals for dinner help make lunches for appealing since you get more variety instead of just a sandwich. In addition I want to get some nice lunchbox ware to take my lunches in so I’m going to look around the To-Go Ware website and find something that fits my needs, probably something like a tiffen.
Wow that’s it, that’s all I have this week that probably interests anyone, I have some other links I kept for myself but nothing really that I think is that interesting.
But before you go, FlickChart has opened up their beta to the public and I’ve been rating movies (over 700 so far). Here is my All-Time Top 20 according to the rankings (it’s pretty close but not perfect IMO).
Another week in the can, and I’m actually doing my weekly cool links two Fridays in a ROW!!!! Not much new on the personal front, was busy at work this week doing a new class, was enjoyable the first run but because of the content was a bit monotonous the second time through it, oh well that’s the nature of the beast when you are a trainer. The bathroom is coming along, most of the drywall is up and the plumbing is all in, next week should see some real visible work completed and I’ll post more pictures. The tomatoes are starting to ripen, so that’s progress! Now on to the links!
This week I’m starting with all the technical stuff. Windows 7 launch looks to be happening on Oct. 23rd. Really looking forward to 7 especially now that they appear to be doing an upgrade program, according to this article on Engadget you will be able to get upgrade copies of Windows 7 for $50-100 bucks! Now just to decide if I want to go to 64bit or stay with 32bit! How about a search engine just for software and games? That’s what Wakoopa is. They can even recommend the best apps by looking at your daily usage and you can share your application usage with friends! Do you use WordPress, just like me? Well CSSJockey has came out with some new free themes that look to be more then just another theme, imagination. Are you the type of person that wants to try to fix your tech gadgets or even take them apart and see what makes them tick? Then iFixit’s Gadget Teardowns just migth be what you are looking for to figure it all out.
Ok on to the less technical, if you’d like to install some of the best free software out there onto your computer, take a look at the Lifehacker Pack 2009, which is a pretty good guide of free Windows downloads for both you and family members. I have a close knit 7 or 8 websites I look at daily but sometimes I’m looking for more of what I already like, that’s when something like SimilarSites can prove to be very useful, unfortunately DanGarion.com and EatinOC.com aren’t popular enough to have sites they could recommend as similar, but Lifehacker does. Another specific search engine to check out is BMLet.com which is a bookmarklet directory, fills a need I suppose.
I got another link for us movie lovers, Flickchart lets you rank the best movies of all time, I’m waiting for my invite to check it out, but it looks promising, basically it make you have to choose between movies instead of just giving them ranks.
Don’t really have much in the “fun” department this week when it comes to links, but I’m sure the Tiny Toons episode below will entertain you. This episode actually was on TV at least once because I remember seeing it, but probably not the best way to teach kids not to drink, especially considering the broad audience of this show at the time.
Here is another awesome video that was shown at E3 of the soon to be released Rock Band: Beatles, looks like I’ll be playing and singing a bunch of Beatle’s once it’s released!
But in order to really look that good you got to be in good shape, and as of right now I’m in a shape, but it’s the shape of round, so I’m contemplating trying one of those goofy challenges that have been so popular on the Internet. The One Hundred Push Ups challenge… Then maybe I’ll do the 5k/3Mile challenge, I don’t know, whatever I’m going to do I need to track it somewhere and I need some encouragement to get my fat ass in shape. So post here and tell me to get my fat ass in shape!
And last, but definitely not least, I’d like to share with you my lovely readers Coed Magazines 52 Best Natural Breasts of All-Time, you heard that right one for every week of the year. Personally I feel that #4 got short changed and should be #1, and #40, but that’s just me. Tell me who you think got short changed!