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Cool Stuff for March 7th through March 18th

These are the cool things I found around the web for March 7th through March 18th:

Gotta see this movie!!!

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Weekly Cool Links 23 Back in Action!

It’s back!  Weekly Cool Links!  And it only took 2 months for it to return.  Sorry about that, I’m sure no one missed it, since no one comments on here anyway.

During the last couple weeks we’ve been doing a bunch of yard work, getting the yards in as good a shape as we can this year.  Other than that, we haven’t really done much.  So I guess I will just post the links…

Cool Music
I can’t remember if I shared this band yet on here, but Rock Sugar is an awesome band.  The lead singer was the guy that did the voice of Wacko on Animaniacs.

Food Stuff
Four articles from Serious Eats that I thought were great to share.  How to Salt Food, 6 Things Every Griller Needs, Top 10 Tips For Making Better Burgers, and  Mastering the Art of Burger Blending.  I’m very interested in getting a grinder for our KitchenAid Mixer and blending my own meat!  If you are interested in finding a local fruit and veggie or even meat CSA you will want to check out both Local Harvest and Eat Wild.  Too bad there aren’t really any close by meat CSAs in SoCal.  I did recently discover that we have a local grass fed beef rancher 5 Bar Beef, we are going to try some of their ground beef tonight for burgers.  If you want to know more about beef cuts, this poster is great.

Beer Stuff
Make had this cool weekend project for a portable homebrew cooler dispenser, that I might give a try when we have a party.  Talking about beer, Floating Sheep has some maps about bars and areas where there are more bars than grocery stores.

Funny Stuff
When you are buying a home, the most overlooked requirement is Zombie Protection!  Well OC Reader has you covered if you are looking for a home in Orange County.

Cool Sports
If you are looking to buy some tickets for a game or even a concert, Seat Geek has you covered in helping you find things for the best price available.  They forecast if it’s a smart time to buy of if the price will be going down and suggest you to wait if you are buying the tickets on sites like StubHub, Tickets Now, or Ticket Network.  Plus they will graph out the ticket locations for you.

Cool Sites
CNN Money’s 20 best Money Sites.  Mensa’s 50 top websites.  Groundspeak, the team behind Geocaching.org are slowly making their way into the geolocation game with Whibbit, looking forward to see how it compares to Foursquare and GoWalla.

More Cool Stuff
Probably should have been in the food section but I love that this site will locate Where is My Milk From.  Science has discovered that as the use of porn goes up the amount of sex crimes goes down!  Take that feminists!  After you are done watching some porn, check out these awesome airports, I’m not sure if I want to land at any of those…

And last but not least, videos.
I think I will show this one during my Defensive Driving training classes I do.

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Photoshop CS5 Content Aware Fill, it’s amazing what photoshop can do nowadays.

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Sir Mix a Lot like But-terfingers

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Awesome TV Theme duet

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Top 25 Albums of All Time

So my friend Ned over at A Futile Mistake challenged those that read his blog to come up with their top 25 albums of all time list.  I made a couple rules for my list so I didn’t pull out too much hair.

I didn’t include the greats (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, etc, because although I love many of their albums, they don’t hit me at the same emotional level as these I’ve done.  I could easily included them and made things even more difficult, but I decided to stick with those albums that really made an emotional connection with me, which is why most the albums are from the mid ’90s to the present.  I also tried not to include duplicate artists but for one particular band that was impossible.  So without further ado here it is.
(The list order would probably be different if you asked me to do it again, but most of the albums would remain the same)
1 Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
2 Counting Crows – August and Everything After
3 Toad the Wet Sprocket – P.S.: a Toad Retrospective (gotta cheat with a best of, but if you make me choose an album it’s going to be Pale)
4 Jimmy Eat World – Chase Thise Light
5 The Format – Inventions and Lullabies
6 The Postal Service – Give Up
7 Jimmy Eat World – Clarity
8 Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience (although my favorite songs are on Congratulations I’m Sorry, this album really helped me through a serious time in my life)
9 Dashboard Confessional – A Mark – a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
10 All American Rejects – Move Along
11 Weezer – Blue Album
12 Plain White T’s – Stop (before they became trendy)
13 Offspring – Smash (introduced me to so many more bands that aren’t even on this list)
14 The Get Up Kids – Guilt Show (or New Amsterdams – Worse For the Wear)
15 Death Cab For Cutie – Plans (for I Will Follow You Into The Dark.)
16 Mae – Destination Beautiful
17 All – Pummel
18 Juliana Theory – Understand This is a Dream (although if you ask me tomorrow it will probably be Emotion is Dead)
19 Something Corporate – Leaving Through the Window
20 Snow Patrol – Run
21 Depeche Mode – Singles 86-98
22 Athenaeum – Radiance
23 Matchbox Twenty – Yourself or Someone Like You
24 Mxpx – Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
25 Jellyfish – Spilt Milk (although Bellybutton kicks ass as well, Spilt Milk was the first JF album I had, these guys were amazing)
Just missed the cut.  They could sneak up on the list if I did it again.  And some lesser know albums that I really liked.
Dishwalla – Opaline
Copeland – Beneath Medicine Tree
Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up the Girl
Fountains of Wayne – Fountains of Wayne
Relient K  – Mmhmm
Jet – Get Born
Hootie and the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View
It was hard keeping bands like the Lemonheads, Smashing Pumpkins, Bad Religion, and Matthew Sweet on this list, but none of their full albums every really hit me as great albums, just great songs.

Weekly Cool Links #22 : The $499 Millennium Falcon!

Hey it’s that time again!  The links of the world, link or rama, link a dink a ding dong.  Yeah that wasn’t really funny.  So the last couple weeks were pretty busy.  On February 14th, my parents celebrates their 40th wedding anniversary, and impressive accomplishment in todays world.  Both Kelly’s parents and mine, are great role models to have.  Talking about Kelly and I, we celebrated Valentine’s day with dinner at Mr. Stox in Anaheim and then a night time trip to Disneyland.  Dinner was really good, I had their blue crab cakes and Kelly had the filet of steak.  This weekend we are going to our friend Sean and Amber’s for their daughters 1st birthday party, we haven’t seen them for awhile so that should be fun.  So that’s the update, now on to the links!  Oh wait one last thing, CONGRATS TO DREW BREES!

Food Stuff
For Super Bowl we had a small party with our parents coming over to watch the game with us, I wanted to try and cook buffalo wings, but wasn’t at all in the mood for frying them up, I found this awesome recipe two days before the game for cooking up crunchy buffalo like wings in the oven from Serious Eats, you owe it to yourself to cook them this way!  I also found this cool site that reviews all the interesting snack foods out there called Taquitos.net, they have everything from national brands to regional favorites.  Lastly if you are the type of person that is interested in trying your hand at brewing your own beer check out this quick blurb on Lifehacker about two free open source programs that will help you with your goal.

Music Stuff
I haven’t had much music stuff lately, but I had to share this awesome project that Michael Deal is working on that is a graphical exploration into the Beatles and the creation of their music.  This is a project and any true Beatles fan will want to check out.

Sad Stuff
For those that don’t know the Mars rover Spirit is stuck and can no longer move, so they have pretty much pulled the plug on the project, xkcd has a sad comic to show us that rovers have feelings too.

Funny Stuff
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook you might have already seen this, but if not, check out this graphic on How to Suck at Facebook.   I’m proud to say I don’t do any of those things listed, so I must not suck.  If you saw the Google commercial during the Super Bowl (which was my favorite ad) you saw a clever use of their auto complete feature, the site Autocomplete Me turns the auto complete feature into a interesting look at what people search for on Google.

The Lego Millennium Falcon!
The Lego Millennium Falcon!

Cool Stuff
I just found this today but I wanted to pass it on, someone has taken the initiative to educate today’s men on what they need in their wardrobe, with Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown Men.  It really is a good group of tips and suggestions on how to look your best.  Wardrobe Oxygen takes it a step further, but I have to disagree with some their what to remove from your wardrobe section.  I’ve been wanting to get some Lego sets recently to put together for fun and I was checking out the online Lego store, they have a $499 Star Wars Millennium Falcon, a little more than I want to spend (it is 5000+ pieces though)…  I’ve seen a couple places recently selling recycled bottles that have had their tops cut off so you can use them as glasses, here is someone that decided they could just make them instead.  Check out this great article on the 19 Most Complex and Dangerous road in the world, I’ve seen some of these on Top Gear, the Road of Death in Bolivia looks like a bitch.  If you know me you know that Kelly and I met online, so I find the research that OkCupid is doing on their dating site is extraordinary, they recently wrote an article about profile pictures, and I highly suggest anyone that is doing any sort of online dating read their articles, they will help you make a better personal ad.  Example, Men: don’t make eye contact and don’t smile, Women: make eye contact and a flirty face.  And the last of the cool stuff, this blog post regarding the changes to the Crayola color spectrum throughout the years.

Not Cool Sports Stuff
The Chicago Cubs have thought up an complete asshole plan, they are going to charge a 20% premium on those that purchase tickets the 1st week they are on sale, and then after that they will be the normal face value.  Talk about scalping your customers.  I hope we don’t see this become a trend.  (edit, this is nothing new they have been doing it for 8 years.)

Cool Videos
Some geeks have figured out an awesome use for Microsoft’s surface, Dungeons and Dragons!

D&D on the Microsoft Surface from CrunchGear on Vimeo.

Hot Tub Time Machine will be the movie event of the year!

Someone has edited all the violence from the 2010 Super Bowl commercials into one epic Youtube video.

And last but not least does this sound familiar?

Weekly Cool Links #19 Happy Thanksgiving

So it’s the big week.  USC vs. UCLA rivalry week!

UCLA Sucks!
UCLA Sucks!

What better way to celebrate what we are thankful for than to watch the USC Trojans beat the UCLA Bruins?

Proud USC Fan.
Proud USC Fan.

We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at my in-laws, and then on Saturday we are going to cook our own turkey at the house.  Not much else going on.  We did get baseboard put in living room, dining room, and hallway a couple weeks ago, things are really coming together with the house.  We will be having 2 Christmas parties at our house in December, one for my dad’s side of the family and one for my mom’s side of the family (which will include Kelly’s family at both/either of them).  It’s going to be a very busy December!  Work will be busy the first two weeks as well since I have to train new hires on high-speed online, but it shouldn’t be too difficult.  That’s about it from here so let’s see what I have to share this week.

Cool Food

Cheeseburger in a Can!
Cheeseburger in a Can!

Have you ever been out camping in the wilderness and wished, “Boy I wish I could have a cheeseburger right now!”.  Well the wait is over, with the cheeseburger in a can!

Cool Stuff
When I was a kid I loved reading the various Choose Your Own Adventure books, I found this site that someone has analyzed all the books and has a bunch of data about them, with cool graphics and color.  It’s a pretty neat read if you loved those books as a kid.  Some more cool stuff, but in a much different way are these Civil War pictures (warning some of them are not for the faint at heart), I’d never seen this collection so it was an interesting look into battlefield.

Buying Stuff
If you are looking for the best cheap stuff to get for Christmas, check out this site called Cheapism that has reviews on cheap things.

Funny Stuff
Another weekly cool links and another great site to see pictures of people and go, what the fuck??  This weeks pick is Why the Fuck Do You Have a Kid?  You will be saying the same thing when you see this collection of pictures.  I’m sure a number of UCLA alumni are pictured on that site.

TV Stuff
Anyone that is both a sports fan and a fan of The Office will love this take on The Office done by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Videos

Everyone loves a douchebag.

Watch out for the Shiny Suds in your shower! (Loofah!  Loofah! Loofah!)

The best song of 2009 Show Me Your Genitals (NOT SAFE FOR WORK and people without a sense of humor)

Don’t miss his other great hits also on Youtube!  And you can purchase his songs on iTunes!

Bohemian Rhapsody, The Muppets Style!

Weekly Cool Links #17 – Windows 7 Edition

Two Weeks in a Row!  Two Weeks in a Row!  Ok, now that I’m done with that.  USC beat Notre Dame last week, it was nail biter of a game al the way through, but the better team ended up with the victory.  On Sunday, Kelly and I went up to Oak Glen (near Yucaipa) to do our annual apple picking.  Unfortunately all the u-pick farms were closed due to a hail storm that knocked off the blossoms.  So we ended up getting some pumpkins and also some apple cider and headed to Victoria Gardens instead.  Tomorrow we are having a Windows 7 Launch Party!  Should be fun reason to get together for no real reason, other that to watch the USC game.  I’m going to cook bangers on the grill and we even have some door prizes for those that bring the digital cameras with them.  Lastly I put a job bid in for a System Engineer position here at work.  We will see what happens, I’m not looking to leave my department, but I’d like to get back to a more technical role if the price is right.  Lastly, I really want to go make some beer at Brew Bakers, maybe someone could get me a gift certificate to do that…

Now, on to the links!

TV Stuff
If you have ever wanted to know more about the themes that make TV writing then I highly suggest to take a couple hours to browse and read around TV Tropes.  It’s especially a great read for anyone that’s ever wanted to learn the tricks of the trade for writing anything from Comics to TV.

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, what’s the difference?

Music Stuff
Looking for music like the music you like?  Check out Musicovery, a music discovery service.  Doing a search for Jimmy Eat World on there actually links me to a number of other bands I’ve also enjoyed throughout the years.  Pretty impressive.

Here is a funny music video

Chicks Man
If you are interested in attractive philologists, check out Hot for Words.  She’s not really my type, but hey I know there are a lot of you out there that like big boobed blondes.

Check out these chicks melting ice.

Food Stuff
Lifehacker had an article this week on 10 Simple Freeze Tricks to Save You Time and Money.  Info and links about what can be frozen (Broccoli yes, Onions No) to how to make your freeze more efficient.  It’s a good starting place for many people.

Windows 7 Stuff (Tech Stuff)
So yesterday Windows 7 was released.  I’ve already been using it for 3 weeks and think it’s pretty great, especially the 64bit version because nothing beats using 8 gigs of RAM on a computer (except 16 gigs).  A number of websites had guides for Windows 7, but Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Windows 7 is the most comprehensive, plus it links to lots of other great starting points to learn more.  If you are looking for a more historical look at Windows, you have to check out Maximum PC’s 50 Best (and Worst) Moment’s in Windows History.

Funny Stuff
Check out Life’s pictorial on 30 Dumb Inventions, how about those screaming tomatoes, and to think people follow that crackpots “religion”.  I only read Maxim magazine for the articles, that’s why I’m sharing the 10 People in Every Office article they recently posted.  Lastly check out Stuff White People Life and Photobomb for some more funnies.

Oh no the Pixar lamp killed the letter I!

Weekly Cool Links #13 – Fore!

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!

Food
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.

Movies
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!

Sports
Anheuser-Busch announced that they are coming out with “team color” Bud Light cans this college football season.  I wonder if they have USC color cans?  Talking about USC, SoCal Sports Hub posted an article about 100 Types of UCLA Fans.

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
Pets Creature Shelter CatsI’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).

Shane Falco: Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory … lasts forever.

into Japanese

痛みを癒してくれます。ひよこを掘るの傷。栄光…永遠に続きます。

back into English

Makes healing the pain. Chicks dig scars. Glory … lasts forever.

back into Japanese

痛みを癒しにします。ひよこを掘るの傷。栄光…永遠に続きます。

back into English

Heal the pain. Chicks dig scars. Glory … lasts forever.

back into Japanese

痛みのヒール。ひよこを掘るの傷。栄光…永遠に続きます。

back into English

Heel pain. Chicks dig scars. Glory … lasts forever.

back into Japanese

かかとの痛み。ひよこを掘るの傷。栄光…永遠に続きます。

back into English
Heel pain. Chicks dig scars. Glory … lasts forever.
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.

Videos
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.