YouTube Link Preview – Greasemonkey Script

March 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Videos 1,393 views

YouTube Link Preview - ThumbnailIn the same vein as my Flickr Link Preview script, I’ve created preview Greasemonkey script for links to YouTube videos. Since YouTube provides three thumbnails for every video, it shows up as a little slideshow of the video’s three thumbnails. It’s pretty handy. Never be rickrolled again!

Watch the video screencast below to better understand exactly how it works. Here are a fewvideolinks for testing with once you get your plugin installed.
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What the close-up? #1

March 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Games, Photos 673 views

01 - What the close-up?Today I’m going to try a little blogging experiment. For a while, I’ve been considering some kind of quiz format where I take a picture of something, crop to just a texture or shape, and have you, my readers, guess what the object might be. Frankly, I’m not sure how fun it will be, but I figured we should give it a shot. If you are in favor of this idea, the best way to show your support is to participate by guessing. If popularity drops to only one or two guesses, then the idea might have to be discontinued. Let the games begin!

I will post the answer and the winner one week after the original WTCU post, with the chance of a possible clue mid-week if no one is close. Read the rest of this entry →

It's enough to make your lip bleed!

March 04, 2009 By: erik Category: Music, Partying 322 views

Mouth Harp JamThe mouth harp, also known as the Jew’s harp (despite having no connection to Jews) or jaw harp, is one of the weirdest musical instruments. How many instruments do you know of that depend on the vibrations of the musician’s skull to be heard? According to Wikipedia, the instrument dates back to at least the third century B.C., but the source they cite is just some guy’s blog, so who knows. My friend Dennis not only owns a mouth harp, but he knows how to play it! Here’s a video of a little jam session we had with my father, me, Dennis, and Merle on my trip to the States in February. I came up with a couple chords, strummed a rhythm, and Dennis – and his vibrating skull – matched the notes exactly. My celebration at the end is rather exuberant, but there was plenty of wine flowing and the performance really was quite awesome.
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Horizontal Stripes Make You Look…

March 03, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 245 views

36 WeeksActually, if you google the phrase that is this post’s title, you’ll get a bunch of news and fashion magazine articles from September 2008 reporting the findings of a perception psychologist at the University of York who ran a study that suggests that horizontal stripes actually make you look thinner.

Having a near full-term Homo sapiens parasite squirming around in your uterus, however, seems to counteract the thinness illusion.
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March 03, 2009 By: erik Category: England, Photos, Stuff I Found, Weird 142 views

EurocoinIn our preparenthood nesting activities lately, we found ourselves rummaging through a bag that hasn’t been opened in several years. Among the odds and ends was a strange coin. It’s exactly the same size and shape as a 1€ coin. It must be some kind of token for a specific use inside an establishment. I never went to a casino in England, and I don’t even recall going to a video arcade, but it must be from a video arcade or some place with lots of coin-operated machines. Marga suggested that we could use it for shopping carts. For those of you who have never been to the supermarket in Europe, typically to get a shopping cart, you have to insert a coin into the cart you want to take. The coin insertion releases a chain that was preventing you from taking the cart. To get your coin back, you have to chain it back up. It’s a pretty good system, and not losing a euro is just the right amount of motivation to make someone who would abandon their cart be a good citizen and return their cart to the proper location.
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I am not in Brazil. Am I?

March 02, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Weird 187 views

My iPhone thinks it's in Fortaleza, BrazilOn Friday, I went with Marga to her dentist appointment in Vitoria, Spain. While there, I was looking for a nearby business, so I asked my iPhone 3G to use its GPS technology to locate me, and then search for a business near me. Except when I asked my iPhone to calculate my location, it said I was in Fortaleza, Brazil. Whah?!?
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Logitech Goat

February 27, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Photoshop, Weird 227 views

Goat Climbing Mouse (crop)Sometimes I have some very strange ideas indeed. The other day, sitting at my desk, my mind started imagining my computer mouse as some kind of mountain. And what do you find on mountains? Goats, of course. It’s perfectly sane to imagine miniature goats climbing on your mouse, right? Riiight?? Read the rest of this entry →

Paid Product Reviews

February 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Internet, Musings 840 views

Will Review Products For MoneyA month ago, a scandal rocked the e-commerce world. A Development Rep from Belkin, a computer peripherals manufacturer, was caught hiring people to write fake reviews of Belkin products on The internet tubes rattled with outrage! Everyone in the e-commerce industry knows that the latest must-have feature for your website is customer product reviews. has been the leader in e-commerce since the beginning, and their review system is excellent. I openly admit to being influenced by product reviews in my recent prepurchase researching. They’re really quite helpful…or are they?
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IKEA Nesting Instinct

February 25, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, House, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 2,502 views

Office ShelvesThe first time I heard the phrase “IKEA nesting instinct” was in Edward Norton’s narration of Fight Club. I’d never heard of IKEA, despite living in Scandinavia at the time. When we bought our house in England, almost all the new furniture we bought was from IKEA. Our first load of new flat pack furniture required the use of a rental van. We went to IKEA once or twice when we first moved to Spain, and we haven’t gone back or made any domestic layout changes for years.

So this time I saw IKEA with somewhat fresh eyes. What amazed me the first time, and amazed me again this time, is the sheer efficiency of the whole store. The entire retail is as well designed and consumer-driven as their furniture. Presumably they’ve made some iterative modifications to The IKEA Process over the lifespan of the company, because they’ve really perfected the process of maximizing sales of cheap, not-at-all-ugly furniture in bulk. I’m very impressed. Read the rest of this entry →

Hello, my name is…

February 25, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Musings 146 views

Today is Jack Handey‘s 60th birthday. In his honor, I’m posting this deep thought I had the other day.

If I ever have a son, I think that I’ll name him Inigo Montoya. You know, just in case I’m ever murdered.

This topic brought into my consciousness lately by this t-shirt.