Total Traffic Awareness

March 13, 2009 by

tta If you haven’t used CoolIris before, I suggest you check it out. It’s a really, REALLY cool way of visualizing images in Firefox.

Now here in the Twin Cities, we have a network of traffic cams that MNDot maintains to watch our roads. Which is also cool. Although it’s a bit Orweillian, the cams are too small to really see much of anything, other than oh-look-that-car-is-on-fire.

I found that I could combine the two into TOTAL TRAFFIC AWARENESS. Wow. I am Big Brother.

MSP Traffic Cameras – Filtered
MSP Traffic Cameras – Unfiltered


WoW + J-Pop = Machinima

March 4, 2009 by


As you might have guessed, I’m a WoW player, and for better or for worse, I find it kind of awesome that someone was able to use Blizzard’s meshes and skins to do fully original animation. Check it out, and watch in High Def.

The catchy J-pop song is “Hide & Seek” by Namie Amuro. Enjoy!

Dadpost #4 – Poetry

March 4, 2009 by

Turnest the World

“Where turnest the world?” asked Man.
Wind answered back, “Not around thee.”
“From whence doth the cold wind blow?” said Man.
“From the north and into me.” said Sea.
“To whence doth the green sea flow?”, said Man.
Moon answered,”Not to you, but to me.”
“And wherefore does Moon shine on me”, said Man.
“Moon shines on me, not thee”, said She…


Turnest the Screw

“Wither, whence and nod,” cried She
adrift again in the sea’s green flow.
The moon it seems was a nightly glow
and not the sum of her vanity.


Dadpost #3 – Confused by Modern Technology, B’rer Lappin?

March 4, 2009 by

Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn’t Fucking Work

Oh My. Dad has discovered ONN. Considering his community cable company mandated the use of some of the worst cable tuners I have ever seen, this resonates.

P.S. This post’s title is a reference to The Maxx, the best title Image Comics ever produced.

Dadpost #2

March 4, 2009 by

Here’s a joke that was passed around the Dadopshere:

A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic.

He went to the local technical college, signed up for classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could. When the time for the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks and completed the exam with tremendous skill.

When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the instructor, saying, “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there is an error in the grade.”

The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. “You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark. This equaled an A.” After a pause, the instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through the muffler, which I’ve never seen done in my entire career.

Stay Classy!

Quest for the Holy WTF?

March 4, 2009 by

Gatorade. Wow.

As crassly commercial as this is, I was charmed by how well they followed, and even expanded upon the Monty Python formulae of Wacky Madcap Humor.  I liked how they were not in lockstep with the original Grail plot, it allowed some surprises to come through. The locations, cinematography, music and use of even some modernized Gilliamanimations are spot on. This only really falls down in the dialogue. Everyone is speaking as if they have gravel in their collective mouth. Python’s spoken humor has always been greatly dependant upon clever wordplay, and that gets lost to certain extent. saying that, I accept that Kevin Garnett (who I now see in a new light), is not an actor, not a linereader. Although kudos on the “dumping the ego” scene. It was kind of touching.

Dadpost #1

March 4, 2009 by

It fascinates me to observe the different ways people use the internet. I tend to shy away form social networking sites, yet some of my friends are twitterholics. Some people use a blog as a diary for their very most intimate thoughts, I use a blog for AWESOME.

In keeping with that, I thought I would pull some content from the emails that go back and forth between my father and his cousins, whose proclivities for sharing things they feel are awesome are, actually oddly parallel with mine. Only difference is that they send huge email attachments of whatever the awesome is. So I proudly present the Dadpost™, a new feature highlighting the DADAWESOMEST internet finds.

Fist up, a little musical selection.

Love ya, Dad!

Gentlemen, Start Your Defribulators!

February 10, 2009 by

The Double Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt Three bacon-stuffed grilled cheese sandwichs for buns, cheese, bacon and two four-ounce beefs patties. (via seriouseats)

I know I shouldn’t. Some of this food is worse than the Minnesota State Fair “anything-on-a-stick” offerings. But oh, ho, MAN. Some of these things look good. I may have to post the Triple-Fried Egg Butty with Chili Sauce and Chutney. Go check out!

Oh that sandwich (not the above) — the Triple-Fried Egg Butty with Chili Sauce and Chutney? That comes from the Red Dwarf episode “Thanks For The Memory”. View the YouTube clip. The sandwich features at just about the center of the clip.