T-30 days until Christmas

Ahh, the holiday season is upon us once again. Now to see if I can make another season without seeing that stupid movie. (Yes, [A Christmas Story](http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/), I’m looking at you.)

Will it blend?

Apparently, the answer is: “Hell yes, it’ll blend!”

Found [this site](http://www.willitblend.com/) which is a marketing gimmick by a company named [Blendtec](http://www.blendtec.com/). They put, uhh, absurd stuff into their blenders to show how well they run. Define absurd stuff you say? How about:

* Golf balls
* Marbles
* A can of coke (can included)
* A half chicken (with bones)
* A McDonald’s combo meal

What’s impressive is that the dry goods (golf balls, marbles, credit cards) come out as dust.

Next time our blender at home kicks the bucket (which I’ve [blogged about before](http://www.marius.org/2004/08/10/rip_an_obituary.php)), I’m getting one of these.

Thing I hate #412: Annoying speakerphone etiquette

I love speakerphones. The ones we have where I work are surprisingly good. What I hate is when a co-worker down the hall is calling someone, leaves the phone on speaker while dialing, and lets it ring and ring and ring for 2 minutes.

Hey, genius, if they’re not gonna answer in the first minute, they’re not bloody likely to answer in the second minute either. And, if I can hear it all the way down the hall, you can turn it down some.

Rant completed. (On the bright side, my team is moving buildings soon, and I will no longer be down the hall from the same people as I currently am.)

Rant: Yo-Yo Ball

Reading another MSNBC article here talking about the Yo-Yo Ball and how the CPSC is now going to formally investigate them — because they've (*gasp*) injured several kids.

That's not my problem. My problem is that this is just like the “coffee is hot” thing from McDonald's several years back. Now, I know that to many of you, the fact that coffee is hot isn't surprising. (Yes, yes, the particular coffee being served was way hotter than it needed to be, etc., etc.)

This Yo-Yo Ball thing is absurd on a number of levels. Is the CPSC going to try to get all Yo-Yo's off the market? What about extension cords? Water hoses? All these things can get wrapped around a kid's neck (or anyone's neck, for that matter) if they're swung about in the air. (Yeah, like most of you, I would have doubted most people are swinging these things around their heads — but I saw the local news report on KING-TV here in Seattle with the Bellevue kid showing what he was doing… SWINGING THE DAMNED THING AROUND HIS HEAD.)

I feel sorry for the kids that got hurt by this, but any toy can be a hazard. Back in my day, we'd run around outside playing “guns”. Some of us would fall and scrape our knees, or hit our heads on tree branches in the woods — that didn't stop us from having fun. This is truly all pointless.

If I were to list off every toy that injured a kid that I know, the list would be long. And my childhood would've been a lot less fun.


Saw this over at Xboxyde (yes, they're more than just posting up the DOAX2 Famitsu scans). The graphics aren't that impressive on it, but it brought back old memories of A-Train on an Amiga 1000. I even remember the “HIRES” mode if you had 1 meg of RAM.

Wow. 🙂

No “Lost” till February

So, “Lost” is going to be offline until February 7. MSNBC has a good article up with viewer thoughts on why this is a good or bad thing. I love “Lost”, but I agree – 3 months is a long outage for a show this complex. And there's a bunch of things they didn't even mention in the first 6 episodes of this season from last season: what happened to the guys in the artic/Greenland/Siberia/whatever that detected the electromagnetic pulse?