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Archive for the ‘Asides’ Category

Disneyland’s Dumbo used to flap his ears

Did you know that Disneyland’s Dumbo ride used to have flapping ears? … No? Well now you do.

Burning Crusade… sitting on a shelf.

This Penny Arcade strip really couldn’t be any closer to the truth. I’ve left my World of Warcraft Paladin, Hellioni, in cryo-stasis for the past few months and, like Tycho, have a copy of Burning Crusade sitting on a shelf. I’ll play it one day, I know.

Talking of World of Warcraft, Wonderland’s Alice pointed out this great audio/photo essay introduction to the game on Time magazine’s (of all places) website.

Diary of a goof-off

A word from the wise: If you’re going to slack off at work, don’t document everything you’re doing (or, not doing) in a journal and save it on your office computer like Sheraton hotel employee Emmalee Bauer did. (via Gawker)

Orville Deadenbacher

Remember Orville Redenbacher? Yes, the popcorn guy… the one that died about ten years ago? He’s back! Well, at least a scary rubber-skinned zombie version of him is. For comparison, here’s the real one — can you tell the difference? I’m not sure what’s scarier: the ad itself or that it’s directed by David Fincher.

37 Fads That Swept The Nation

37 Fads That Swept The Nation: Hypercolor, Pac Man, Fallout Shelters, X-Ray Specs, Hula Hoops, Ouija Boards, Wacky Wallwalkers, Rubiks Cubes… (via Kottke)

The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés

The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés: Including such gems as “All bookshelves contain exactly one book, which only has enough text on it to fill up half a page.” and “The strongest weapons/items/spells in the entire game can only be found by doing things like racing birds.”

Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Colour

Why classic computers and video game consoles turn that yucky yellow-brown colour with age, and what you can do about it. Short answer: not much.

Happy 300th Birthday Great Britain

Today marks the 300th anniversary of the 1707 Acts of Union, where Scotland joined England to form The Kingdom of Great Britain. In a true British style we’re celebrating by mostly ignoring it… and releasing a special two pound coin. Happy Birthday Britain!

Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III

Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III: An interesting read for Star Wars fans. “If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels…” (via Kottke)

The Microsoft Zune 2006-2006

The Microsoft Zune 2006-2006: Penny Arcade on the Zune and the announcement of the iPhone: “I can hardly look at it now, it’s like holding a dead squirrel. On its 4:3 screen – the exact ratio of obsolescence – I can see destroyed futures.”