Why did you send this to me? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN OMAHA?!
You know how pet stores always go on a campaign every year around December warning people not to adopt pets over the holidays because it sets up too chaotic of an environment for the new family member?
This is how I feel about New Year’s Resolutions. Your desire to drink less is that new tiny puppy, terrified amongst loud noises and tons of wrapping paper.
Making big changes or lofty emotional statements about how things are going to be different starting tomorrow, just because a day dictates that you do so, is a recipe for complete and abject failure. It feels more like a publicity stunt than a healthy change in behavior. Case in point, if you can’t think of any cliched things to change, the New Years Resolution Generator can help, giving you such gems as “Go to yoga”, “Use my phone to call rather than text”, “start a business”, “laugh a lot”, etc. Are we really all that predictable in the things we want to change?
So my idea for the new hotness on New Years Eve? Pick one thing you refuse to change and respect it.
You’re like “Oh that’s cute”, but wait until you see it on…
The geniuses at The Oatmeal have come up with an adorable collection of graphics to show us…
Jump to see my favorite ones!
Tay Zonday of Chocolate Rain fame makes all your dreams come true by singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. You know you have to click, and stay tuned for Tay’s thoughts on the relevance of the song around 3:15. (thanks urlesque!)
Hello there all! I have some fun new stuff up at Lemondrop today, so go take a look! Also, as a result of a lack of romantic NYE stories as well as vehement negative response to the idea that they would exist, my New Years Eve story at Lemondrop will now entail stories of New Years gone horrible wrong. So if you have any juicy and horrific New Years Eve stories, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll throw them in!
Also, this is an awesome article describing 10 colors you’ve probably never heard of. My favorite is gamboge, which is the color of darkened spicy mustard, and is named after the gamboge tree. It looks like this:
So don’t say you didn’t learn anything today.
I love video games, and I love violent shoot em up video games more, but I just get a little squirmy about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I’ve played it twice now, at two different people’s houses, and it’s crazy detailed and intense and awesome, but I still can’t reconcile the fact that a) it’s mimicking a war real people are still involved in, and b) it takes place in a part of the world where my husband is from. I don’t think I’d be super comfy playing a Redneck Wargame that took place in the hills of NC, either. But now here’s yet another reason to not get this game: Kotaku is reporting that the Karachi, Pakistan map has signs written in Arabic, which is not spoken in Karachi. Here, let them explain:
This awesome blog called Regret the Error collects factual error corrections from newspapers around the world and puts them in one spot, which is brilliant, so of course the guy who runs it, Craig Silverman, put out a book of the best ones.
In the “Best of 2009″ post, he awards this year’s best correction to the Washington Post. Read Silverman’s set up and then the correction itself:
This year’s winner is without question amusing — not to mention embarrassing for the news organization that published it — in that it demonstrates a certain amount of cultural/musical ignorance. But it earns Correction of the Year honors because of what happened after it was published. This Washington Post correction inspired an amusing Twitter hashtag, which saw people come together to come up with imagined corrections. It’s Correction of the Year because it communicates that people notice and care about corrections, and because it demonstrates the participatory potential being unleashed by the Internet. The correction:
“A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number.”
Somewhere, Chuck D is shaking his head in bemused shame.
Click to read some other fun ones!