Don’t Fix what Ain’t Broke: the Scrabble Application on Facebook

I’ve discussed my Scrabble addiction before, but I’ll say it again… I believe that scrabble is the most perfect game ever created.  In fact, the creator of Scrabble, Alfred Mosher Butts,  studied the front page of The New York Times for an entire year to calculate how frequently each letter of the alphabet was used.  Words with Friends cannot even compare…

So, today when I went to play my daily game of Scrabble through the facebook application, I was surprised to find this:

What is that madness?  It looks like they hired the web designers of Myspace circa 2003 and Zynga’s Farmville to make this terrible eyesore. Continue reading

Time Travel Lite: Send Emails to Future You!

If I could send an email to past me (perhaps at the tender age of 18), there would be a few things I would say:  beer pong is NOT called vodka pong for a reason, facebook will waste all your time, and DO NOT eat those brownies at the Yellowstone camping trip.

Well, since time traveling mail is not an option I have at my discretion, I have found the next best thing: FutureMe , a website service that sends you an email to your inbox in the future. You provide the email address and the date you want it delivered.

The internet’s equivalent of this… kind of, sort of, maybe, not really…

Granted, it needs you to have the same email address (my 13 year old self would have had to send an email to schtinkyweazel@aol.com and I definitely would not have received it, since i deleted that account at 13 and a half), but most of us have settled into our boiler plate email addresses.

FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than e-mails.  The site adds:

Send your future self some words of inspiration. Or maybe give ’em swift kick in the pants. Or just share some thoughts on where you’ll or what you’ll be up to in a year, three years…more? And then we’ll do some time travel magic and deliver the letter to you.

You can also send future emails to others, but it is much more restrictive: As the site states, ‘You can send letters to others, but only if you are a registered user. When they get the e-mail, it will specify that it was sent from your e-mail address. This policy is a bit strict perhaps, but unfortunately there are Internet hooligans out there that would abuse FutureMe otherwise.”

Here’s the link!  What are you going to tell your future self?  I just hope it isn’t like that one time I filled out a “predict your future” book as child, which surprisingly did not predict that at 25, I would be living at home, with a part-time job and weirdly small hands.  Go figure!

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Man Arrested for Drunk Driving with ZEBRA and MACAW in his car

I’m just gonna let this story speak for itself… -HAHA

Police in  Ankeny, just outside Des Moines, received a call from a confused and concerned citizen that they had spotted a zebra and a macaw in a parked car outside of a bar.  When the officers arrived on the scene, the car was being driven away by its owner,  55-year-old Jerald Reiter.

A Zebra and Macaw walk into a bar

When pulled over, Reiter described that the zebra and macaw were his pets, and that they frequently enjoyed outings.  Reiter didn’t plan on leaving his pets inside the truck, but that previously, the owners allowed him to bring the zebra and the bird into the bar.  Plans changed, however when the owner would not let the animals in because they were serving food that evening.

He was arrested for drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.148, almost twice the legal limit.

Jerald Reiter – owner of zebra and macaw….

And to think, I can’t even get a pet monkey…

Awkward Adventures in Internet Dating: Plenty of Mitch

According to a recent study, internet dating is the second-most common way for couples to meet (I think, blacked out nights at the local watering hole is number one, but I may need to cross reference that).  An amazing 22 PERCENT of the couples surveyed met through dating websites.  In contrast, Prior to 1978, only .02 percent of couples met online (which personally I find kinda high, considering the fact that the internet sort of, kind of, didn’t exist back then).   Point is, the dating landscape has changed and you might need to get over your fear of internet stalkers, awkward conversations and the potential of a chubbo, to find the one you’ve been waiting for.

After my $5,000 victory (THANK YOU, BY THE WAY) on a one minute short, I’ve decided to become more aggressive in getting involved in film/writing projects.  One of these projects is PLENTY OF MITCH, a webispode series that follows the  internet dating adventures of Mitch, a down on his luck illustrator, and his friends, Jamie and Marco (pictured)…

It hasn’t been released yet (it will be released in the coming weeks), but it is absolutely hilarious, has a great cast and high production value.  If you’ve been on a date with someone you met online and it was TERRIBLE you will definitely relate to the misadventures the guys will go through.  Even if you haven’t, you can live vicariously through them and laugh along the way.

Here’s a link to the facebook page for you to get updates on when it will be released, behind the scenes info and more!  Don’t forget to also like the HAHABUDA facebook page, while you are at it.  Thanks!

Cool Video of the Day: I Fell in Love on the Bike Path!

At my alma mater, U.C. Santa Barbara, bicycles RULED the road.

If you are a pedestrian there, you better know your place, because if you were dumb enough to step into the bike path without looking, you deserved to get run over by the two-wheelers (the unsuspecting tour groups made this fun to watch).  If you were a car driving down Del Playa (the main party street) on a Friday or Saturday night, expect a crowd to surround your car, shouting things to you like “GET OFF THE ROAD” and “WHAT ARE YOU DOING DRIVING HERE?” and “I’M DRUNK!”  It’s like Mad Max in that town – I’m serious.

Well anyway, from my alma mater comes the above hilarious video, in the vein of I’m on a Boat, about finding love on the bike path.  SO GOOD.

2030 – BPL [Bike Path Love]

 

Mr T. SINGS – Treat Your Mother Right

Okay! So i totally should have included this in the post I made dedicated to my mother… But I messed up. NO BIGGIE.  Here’s Mr. T Singing “Treat your mother right”.

FAVORITE PART: YO MAMA JOKES.

God, I wish I was famous, just so I could do and create whatever I wanted and it would still be sort of legit.  LOVE you Mr. T! LOVE YOU MAMA!

Slingr – Now the internet can buy you drinks….

Ever been to a bar and you’re pretty sure that your only chance at a free drink is that overweight guy with the cold sore and that weird hairy mole, and you realize that you’d rather shell out the cash for a peaceful night than risk him tell that story bout his hernias four times in a row as he spits  cold sore drool on your face?

Sorry… got carried away.  ANYWAY.. If you’ve ever wished for your friends to be able to share an experience of food and drinks with you even when they are halfway across the world, if you’ve ever wanted to send a special shot to a friend celebrating a birthday while you are stuck inside with the flu, if you’ve ever wanted to cash in all those internet stalkers you’ve been hoarding, well then… I’ve got an app for you… SLINGR.

Slingr – The self proclaimed social networking tool for drinkers, allows your facebook and twitter friends to remotely send you drinks when you are at bars and clubs hooked up with the service.

According to the service:

When you check in to a Slingr spot, a link is shared to your social feed (e.g. Facebook wall) which takes your friends to a menu system tied directly to your table. From there they can send you drinks, food, and other stuff which is delivered to you by the serving staff.

Currently three bars in the Los Angeles Area have it: Michael’s Bar and Grill in Burbank, the Hollywood Way and The Red Lion in Silver Lake.

Would you guys buy me drinks???   I need to have this blog profit me in some way…. JUST KIDDING. I love you all, even if you don’t buy me drinks.  But, I’ll try it out, see if actually works and report back soon.

Here’s the Facebook page and Website for those of you who would like to look into it more as it grows in popularity.

Via LA TIMES blog

Carmageddon causes traffic nightmare and … more babies ?!?!

Predicted as one of the biggest traffic nightmares that Americans ever had to face, Carmageddon was the shutting down of the 405 freeway in a key area of Los Angeles, between the Valley and the West Side.  It was suppose to cause ten hour commutes, insane amounts of road rage and, of course, anarchy.

WELL, I SURVIVED IT… and to be honest it was a little bit anti-climatic.  Most people chose not to travel that day and to instead just stay home.  I used my “off-time” to watch an entire season of Breaking Bad. It was glorious.

Well, two of my favorite news sources, the local news and The Daily Mail, are now reporting that Carmageddon had some unintended consequences… More Babies!  9 months later there has been a mini-baby boom in Los Angeles. This has been reported solely through anecdotal evidence.

A couple, Natasha and Brian Mills have even come forward saying that there baby was conceived during this time.  Brian Mills said: ‘We just holed up in the house, kind of sat by the fire and hung out with each other. ‘Natasha Mills added: ‘And the rest, I don’t have to say.’

Whether true or not, there’s nothing more romantic than conceiving your baby during a state of extreme traffic backup where one becomes so frustrated they feel the world is collapsing around them.