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Jan
02

The Best Stuff I Found on the Internet 2006

Posted by on Tuesday, 2 January, 2007

It’s time to present a list of the greatest things I found on the Internet in 2006. Is it a reocurring column if it is only the second time I do it? Well, I plan to continue doing it, so I guess you can call it that.

  • The Best Blonde Joke Ever
  • Well there is not much more to say about this than click the link and enjoy. A modern classic!

  • Toy Story Meets Requiem For A Dream
  • There were many mashups and re-edited movie trailers surfacing in 2006 after the amazing success of The Shining Redux, but none blew my mind like this one.

  • Line Rider
  • Simple but ingenious game which, if you are not careful, will occupy all your sparetime for the next few days. After playing a while, you might think you are getting good at it, but, think again!

  • SNL Dick in a Box
  • Justin TImberlake guest stars in a recent SNL episode and among other fairly good sketches, he stars in one of the most fabulous SNL productions in a long time (not up to Narnia standard, but close!)

  • The Evolution of Dance
  • Old but gold! You simply cannot watch this enough times… It never gets boring!

  • Pandora
  • Yeah, so this did not launch in 2006, I know, but I didn’t realize it’s amazingness until a bit into the year. It is an Internet-jukebox so to speak, which lets you create custom radio channels based on your favorite songs or artists. Via a wide range of algorithms, it finds similar music that you might enjoy (in most cases it’s pretty good!

  • Newsvine
  • A great mix of mainstream media news and user-submitted news & commentary. The user-submitted stories are fairly USA-centered, but overall makes for a really good news site.

  • Netvibes
  • Netvibes is an AJAX online desktop or startpage, sort of similar to Google’s personal startpage etc. but it offers so much more than the Google/Yahoo variety. I find it handles various types of RSS feeds better than Google, and there are more customization options. What it is lacking is perhaps some of the “gadgets” that are available to Google users.

By the way, here is a link to last year’s list: Best stuff I found on the Internet 2005.

Dec
13

It’s not your fault, Kimi

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 December, 2006

Softbank are running yet another brilliant ad right now. This time, it’s an ad for the new gold plan which entitles free calls between Softbank users weekdays beteen 1 and 9 PM.

Summarized translatiion:

Girl 1: Ok, call me later, before nine.
Girl 2: Yeah, I’ll call your cellphone, until nine, right.
Girl 3: We’ll call you too, Kimi.
Kimi : No, no, you don’t have to bother calling me, it costs money!
Girl 2: Oh right, you don’t use Softbank.
Kimi: Sorry!
Girl 2: No, no, it’s not like it’s your fault or anything.
Girl 3: Yeah, don’t worry about it, really!

This is my new favorite. It almost beats my old favorite one, the commercial which started the Yosogai hype

Dec
13

What disillusions Japanese women?

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 December, 2006

Oshibori
Japanese fashion website Kirei-Navi asked their readers (mainly female, for obvious reasons) what disillusions them about Japanese men, and the results were obvious to amusing:

1. Having an arrogant attitude towards the staff of a restaurant
2. Wants to split the bill exactly down to 10-yen level
3. Panics when seeing a spider or cockroach
4. Cleaning your teeth openly with a toothpick after eating
5. Having an office desk littered with toy figurines
6. Wearing a T-shirt with print on it which can be seen through the dress shirt
7. Being lousy at parking a car
8. Dresses well in a suit at the office, but regular clothing is terrible
9. Frantically plays cell phone games on the train
10.Wiping your face with the oshibori (wet towel) given at a restaurant
11.Cannot connect Audio/Video equipment; bad at using a computer
12.Having a wallet filled to the breadth with old receipts and useless cards
13.Fixing your hair using the subway train’s window as a mirror
14.Wearing white socks with a nice business suit
15.Using lots of pictures and icons in phone mails
16.Awful handwriting – makes for unreadble notes and whiteboard writing
17.Typing abnormally fast and loud on the keyboard
18.Collecting large amounts of discount coupons and point cards
19.Preference for “womenly” sweet drinks like Kahlua Milk

I actually agree with most of these, even I find some of them upsetting. There is an incredible amount of men in this country that wears white sports socks with a suit. What is up with that? Can’t you see it looks terrible? On the other hand, what is wrong with fixing your hair in the subway window? I mean, it must be better than bringing a hand mirror along with you in your briefcase and using THAT! Oh, and if any of you have problem no 6, the solution is to wear it inside out – then usually the print will not show through! 😉

(Original ranking in Japanese; Thanks to Mari for the link: Watashi to Tokyo – hope you don’t mind I re-translated the original text.)

Dec
07

There are people on the other side!

Posted by on Thursday, 7 December, 2006

People on the other side
The sign above has intrigued me ever since I started working at my current job. It is posted on the door to the stairwell, and since I do quite a lot of running up and down between our floors I see it at least 2-3 times a day.

Here’s the thing… I’ve NEVER seen these people that supposedly are on the other side! I always open the door veeeery carefully to not bump into the “people that are on the other side” but I always fail to see anyone. They must hide as soon as they hear me approaching! Maybe they have supernatural hearing abilities… Next time I’ll walk like a ninja to the door and roundkick it open – if that doesn’t surprise these mystery people, then I give up! I’ll start using the elevator, cause it is just too creepy….

Dec
04

Expand your reading

Posted by on Monday, 4 December, 2006

Recently I have found myself bored with my regular blog reading – I don’t know why, but I’ve found myself getting bored by blogs I used to read fervently before.

So, while casually browsing the latest stuff to come through the RSS feeds on my Netvibes page, I found a link to the following:

Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading (via: Waxy.org)

That is an extremly high recommended list of interesting blogs you may or (probably) may not be reading right now. I for one was not reading any of them regularly, and had only heard about a handful.

And yes, this is yet another fairly unrelated post on this blog which has fallen victim of my recent increased workload and lack of inspiration…. Sorry, I hope that maybe by reading some of these blogs I, too, might rediscover my inspiration to rekindle the activity of my blog again…