Google Easter Egg or Just Common Sense?

You'd be surprised how many people I've had fall for the 'it takes a while to drive to Honolulu' schtick. After a moment they figure it out, but for just a few seconds they act like 'Of course you can'. Here are driving directions for those people. I especially like step 8.

A couple years ago Google had something similar if you tried to get directions from New York to London. Personally, I like this one better:


Catching Up on Old Articles

For the longest time I've been wanting to share web content on my blog rather than on Facebook. I'm finally set up so that I can do that well.

Now the hard part becomes actually going through everything and deciding what's worth sharing and what's too old to be valuable any more. I've got lots of items I want to distribute, and it's going to take a while to get through it all. And with two blogs to choose from, I have the additional challenge of choosing how and where to share each one.

Oh, the agony!


Having Fun with Secret Questions

Anyone who actually knows anything about secure methods of identification can tell you why secret questions are a bad way to recover a lost password (short answer: it's usually too easy for the bad-guy to find the right answer, thereby thwarting all the other strong security on the system).

However, one simple solution is to make up answers to the questions that are unpredictably misleading. For instance:

Q: What's your favorite color?

A: Toronto.


The Backstroke of the West

Translation can be a funny thing. So much of what we say does not translate directly into another language and still carry the same meaning. If you don't believe me, try the Google Translator Game.

Still, I find it especially amusing when a transcription is botched because it went through two translations: one to a second language, and another to get back to the original language.


Buckaroo? Buckaroo Banzai?

One of the cult films that I really got into years ago was The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. This is worth watching if for no other reason that to see John Lithgow play a deranged alien leader with a mind for science, a hatred of people, and an Italian accent with a hint of Russian.

But my favorite thing about the movie is just how quotable it is. See the first link for some of the hightlights... the movie is non-stop quotable moments.



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