Unintentionally Funny Video of the Day: Underwater Nightclub NYC

For some reason when I watched the following video I started uncontrollably laughing (the muahaha kind).  I was just imagining the ways in which this is terrible idea.

First off, WHO brings their freakin’ iPhone to an underwater club? Second, the Dart Gun (that really seems like a spear fishing gun) seems a tad dangerous to give to drunk people in futuristic scuba suits.  THIRD, there’s a button just to release bubbles.

FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH:  Vomit, Urine and Farts (oooooh maybe that’s what the bubble button is for – hiding flatulence).

Seventh – it just seems altogether awkward…

ANYWAY, I clap my hands to you TechnoMarine (a watch company) – genius advertisement.  Even though my brain automatically thought about all the ways in which an underwater nightclub would be terrible, I still want to go there…

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!

Don’t forget to like the HAHABUDA facebook page!

The Wonderful World of Sweepstakes Winning!

I’ve been semi-employed the last few months.  And even semi-employed is an overstatement.  Really I mean I’ve dedicated my time to re-watching cancelled sitcoms (woot Party Down woot), playing scrabble, and on a good day, going to the gym. WAIT. I didn’t even mention my job: I sometimes work in a law office where my boss sends me illegible post-its about the German Embassy which has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING.

Though German barmaids would be an interesting addition to the office 

So, as an added source of income (and yes, that is how I rationalize it), I’ve decided to enter as many sweepstakes/contests as I can.  And in reality, it’s kind of like a job,but instead of getting paid in cash, I get paid in chocolate, eye cream and the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook.

I did a less intense version of this before a couple of years ago, focusing on contests held in my city of residence, and I did pretty well:  a few show tickets, a pair of tickets to Beefest, and a pair of tickets to a Twilight event (the experience of trying to scalp these $4 dollar tickets to preteen girls marks one of the low points of my life).

Few things are scarier than this

BUT NOW, I am full-fledged sweepstakes fanatic!  In fact, I’ve actually won some stuff!  (NB: You can follow my my contest twitter account @lizzycontests to see everything I enter)

To show that people actually win stuff and to give props to the websites that provided me with happiness, here are some items I’ve won in the last month:

I wasn’t joking when I said I won the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook because I did.  I originally thought it was a joke, but it’s actually a real thing that is unintentionally a joke.  I have yet to receive it, so in the meantime, I just post Gwyneth Paltrow quotes on Tumblr (yes, hahabuda has a tumblr)

 I basically love everything about hot dogs, except the hot dog bun – hahabuda

I also won a guacamole prize pack from Wholly Guacamole and Surviving a Teacher’s Salary.  Since coupons for guacamole and sandwich Continue reading

Thomas Edison was an Asshole

I assume that everyone has heard that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday (Rest in Peace).  I value his work and insight, but some of things being said about him I find just a wee bit frustrating.  From a facebook friend (sorry friend!):

Our parents had JFK, we had Steve Jobs. Edison gave us electricity, Jobs gave us the Jetsons in real life. We lost an icon today. You will be missed.

UGH – Is it necessary to mention JFK, Edison and the Jetsons in one facebook status?  I hate this for so many reasons, but I will focus on one thing:  Is Steve Jobs the Thomas Edison of our Generation?

So I was excited to see that the Los Angeles Times today had an article called “Comparing Jobs to Edison doesn’t quite capture it” (couldn’t find it online).  I was hoping it would shed light on the type of businessman and so called inventor that Edison was, but it didn’t.  In fact the article mentions Edison once and just uses all the stupid assumptions we learned about him in elementary school.

So, I’ll go out and just say it… Thomas Edison was an ASSHOLE.  Below you will find some of the reasons why:

Don't trust the charm or that hair...

1.  The Patent Wars

Edison holds over 1,000 patents, and is considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time.  Many of these patents dealt with movie cameras and similar equipment.  The Edison Film Manufacturing Company owned the majority of patents of the film equipment used in the early 20th century.  It wasn’t enough that Edison would receive money for all the equipment he sold, he demanded licensing fees from all film producers, distributors and exhibitors.  He formed a legal monopoly and began blacklisting or suing independent companies who didn’t follow his rules.

So-called outlaws (including the names you may recognize of Laemmle and Fox) moved out to California to avoid the legal retribution of Edison’s Trust.  On a happy note, these outlaws were involved in a lot of the innovation of the time and helped form Hollywood.  Edison though…He was the MPAA of the early 20th century.  Anti-innovation all in the name of $$$$$.

ASSHOLE POINTS: 3.5/5 – An Anti-trust lawsuit was eventually filed against him, so he didn’t end up getting away with it. (MPAA on the other hand 4.5/5)

2.  He destroyed Tesla’s Life Work and his Reputation Continue reading

Off to Mexico so I leave you with a fun task

So I’m heading to Mexico in a few hours, so I will not be updating for the next week and a half or so.  So I have decided to leave you with a special project (besides finishing your Billy Murray poems, people!)

This weekend is the last 4 days (yes I celebrate 4 day weekends) of The Lifecatching project – a crowdsourced time caspule.  They say it is the first one , but I’m pretty sure Yahoo did on a few years ago.  ANYWAY, you take a picture that represents a moment of your life.

The picture must be taken in between 9/16-9/26.   Take 3 photos of the people, places, or things that you’d want to hand yourself 5 years from now to bring you instantly back to this time in your life.  Photos must be hi-res, in .jpg format and submitted in 3 separate emails to show91results@photos.flickr.com.

For every photo submitted $1 will be donated to New York’s ConArtistGallery in support of their effort to expand their collective and workspace. Continue reading

Cool/Weird Video of the Day: Real-time Face Swapping Technology

Is this the future of espionage, warfare, crime and Halloween costumes?

Again, the Uncanny Valley is coming into play here, which essentially means that the closer something resembles something alive, without actually being alive, the more it makes us feel uncomfortable.  That’s why Pixar movies use outlandishly cartoonish characters and why movies like Polar Express fail.  The uncanny valley is the reason for all the comments labeling the video as “creepy”, “freaky” and “like a horror movie.”  I’ll write a more thorough article about the Uncanny Valley soon because it is one of my favorite topics to discuss.

I really wish that I understood this technology better, but there are some explanations HERE and in the comments on vimeo.