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Racism In Advertising

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on December 19, 2007 by themaroon

Is it me, or are these pictures a little too similar:

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I’m going to take a firm stance against lynching, even if it’s done with a $200 cashmere scarf. It’s bold, I know, but that’s how I roll.

I’m also going to boycott Banana Republic until they stop promoting hatred. You know, after the 30% off sale is over.

And the award for the worst IPO of all time goes to…

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on November 27, 2007 by themaroon

Classmates.com. Let’s see. The site is merely a tiny subset of MySpace’s or Facebook’s functionality, but unlike them you have to pay for it. And it has something like 1/100th of the customers of either. And they’re unprofitable, with a shrinking customer base. Oh, and don’t forget the FTC investigation into their billing procedures.

I don’t know about you, but I’m calling my broker today.

Microsoft vs. Apple

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on November 2, 2007 by themaroon

Best article I’ve read about the tech industry in a very long time. It’s worth some thought. How do I position my business as an Apple rather than a Microsoft?

Civil Service

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on October 20, 2007 by themaroon

Here’s another nugget from Hacker News about a man with an egg-sized brain. Due to some medical conditions I’m unable to understand his brain was shrunk, but somehow his IQ remains at 75, leaving him able to function almost normally.

Least surprising part of the article: the guy with a tiny brain and IQ almost 2 standard deviations below the norm works as a civil servant. It doesn’t specify, but I’m guessing he works at the BMV.

Pollution Isn't All Bad

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on October 20, 2007 by themaroon

Interesting article (found through Hacker News) suggesting that pollution may cause a disproportionately large number of children to be born female. Who knew that’s all it took to improve the ratio? Living in Silicon Valley, which may be the world’s largest sausage party, this actually inspires hope.

Pardon me while I Google for a lake to pour this motor oil into.

I Knew It

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on October 15, 2007 by themaroon

Excuse me while I email this study to my younger brother.

MySpace Angles

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on October 8, 2007 by themaroon

Hilarious but wrong. But hilarious. Via Reddit.

Are Conservatives Just Plain Stupid?

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on September 9, 2007 by themaroon

Maybe not, but this study would definitely suggest something near it.

Trapped

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on August 23, 2007 by themaroon

It’s seems that every time I’ve watched CNN for the last year (which is pretty much every time I’ve had a few minutes to kill at an airport bar) there’s been a story about miners trapped in a shaft. Why? When did this become news?

Miners have been getting killed weekly since the early Victorian era, and for the first century and a half nobody really cared. Now it’s a national headline? I guess it’s a welcome respite from war coverage (I know, another roadside bomb in Fallujah, I get it already) but other than that it’s pretty boring.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for miners who get trapped and/or killed. Hell, I feel bad for miners who don’t get trapped and/or killed. Being a miner is reason enough for pity. But trapped or otherwise, it’s not news. It’s the sort of thing that should be covered in one of those local papers in West Virginia. You know, the ones every suburbanite gets, that you don’t subscribe to and yet they seem to keep showing up in your paper box anyway, and that often have a name like The South Side Leader and are comprised of three sloppily-written articles and 24 pages of classified ads. That’s the correct venue for a story about anyone trapped in anything, not Headline News.

Unless it’s about a dwarf with his penis trapped in a vacuum cleaner. Now that’s front page.

Towel Alarm Clock

Posted in Stupid Shit I Found On The Web on August 20, 2007 by themaroon

Hilarious article here from The Onion that’s extra funny if you happened to look at a Sky Mall lately. They have a watch that is also a fish finder (because you just never know when you might need to spot a school of smallmouths) so this would seem to be the next logical step.

I wonder if, like the Fuck Everything, We’re Doing Five Blades article, this too shall come to pass.

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