Archive for the ‘Funnies’ Category

You Caught Me On A Down Cycle

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Last night we had a release night at work. Matt was working the “A-Shift” as we call it. I had gone to the Sonics and Rockets game, but afterwards I decided to drop by and see how things were going with the release. One hour turned into two and, before I knew it I spent the whole night there with everyone else that was working.

It is easy to get bored sitting around a conference room all night waiting just in case something goes wrong. So of course, Matt and I were exercising our “J Finger” in Google Reader. Matt pulled up a post on Lifehacker about some kind of vertical wall-mounted planter for plants. The following inadvertently funny sequence followed:

Matt: This is cool. I’d love to get one of these. If only I lived in a place that got enough sunlight to keep a plant alive.
Armen: What are you saying man? I have a plant at my place and it’s fine.
Matt: Dude, I’ve seen your plant and it’s not fine.
Armen: Whatever man, you caught it on a down cycle.

Well, he did. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Anyway, I suppose it’s only fair to show a picture of how my plant’s doing right now…

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Oh and I’d say it’s about mid cycle right now. :)

P.S. Thanks to my Mom who gave the plant to me as a birthday gift a couple years back.

You Are Buying Windows Vista, Cancel or Allow?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

On last night’s Daily Show I caught a glimpse of a new “Get A Mac” ad from Apple. You know, those fun little 30-second spots featuring John Hodgman as a PC and Justin Long as a Mac.

In this one, PC’s new Windows Vista operating system is serious about security. So serious the it comes with an “agent”. See what I mean…

I thought this was funny since I have heard about the semi-intrusive feature in Vista that repeatedly asks for permission to do simple things. Despite that, and some other egregious user interface and general user-hating flaws in the system, I will probably be the owner of a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate by the end of this day. That’s only because I will be getting it at the extreme discount that Microsoft employees get it for. It can’t hurt to have a copy of Redmond’s latest and greatest around, can it?

…”You are attempting to install Vista on your awesome MacBook Pro, cancel or allow?”

Verizon Can’t Make Cents of Math

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

If you have seen stronger and funnier evidence than this phone call that a high school degree from a public school in this country proves little to nothing about a person’s intelligence, I would love to see it.

This poor sap spends an hour on the phone (20 minutes recorded below) with no less than 5 Verizon Wireless reps trying to explain to them that $0.002, which is what they read from their screens and papers, is not the same as saying something costs “0.002 cents“. Not a single one of them is able to see the difference. I know, you don’t believe me. Just listen to the thing right below.

Hello people!? Just because it came after a dollar sign and a decimal point doesn’t mean you can read it “cents” willy nilly. I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh as I listened to this recording. Of course I erred on the side of fun and I laughed uncontrollably throughout the call. Here’s hoping that you do too.

Epilogue: According to the blog this guy set up, VerizonMath, after several days, hundreds of thousands of people learning of the incident, and no doubt hundreds of them writing or calling to Verizon, VZW has finally admitted their mistake, refunded the guy’s money, and promised to edit their reference materials to make things clearer for their 2nd-grade-educated reps.

Let’s be clear. I have no beef with you if you answer support calls for a living. I do think you’re incompetent if you don’t know how much money $0.002 is.

The Bellagio Fountains a la Diet Coke and Mentos

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

I don’t know who the folks over at EepyBird.com are, but they sure do have a lot of time on their hands. They have gone and recreated the water show that happens in front of The Bellagio with some 200 liters of Diet Coke and a bunch of Mentos.

Seeing this gets me thinking about possibly putting in a fountain that runs Diet Coke instead of water sometime in the future when I design my own house. Normally it would just be a mild mannered fountain like lots of other people have in their backyards. But, when you felt the need to spice things up a little bit, you feed it some Mentos and BAM, instant Diet Coke geyser. I think I could have a lot of fun with that. Plus since it would be using Diet Coke instead of regular Coca Cola, we wouldn’t have to deal with the issue of sugary syrupy stuff clogging the pipes. Or so I think.

Anyway, go check out the well choreographed video of the Diet Coke and Mentos Bellagio fountains.

If “The Simpsons” Were Real People

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, has approved the creation of a version of The Simpsons’ opening credits with real people rather than animation. It is definitely interesting and probably funny to watch; probably funnier than most of The Simsons episodes these last few seasons.

Watch The Simpsons live action remake. [Google Video]

Read the article about the remake at The Sun Online.

Update – The link to the video broke after I posted this so I’ve found another copy and changed the link. It should work again. Enjoy.

Unpimp De Auto

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Volkswagen has a new ad agency and they’ve come up with some clever ads for the US release of the new 5th generation GTI.

Warning, these ads contain blatant parody of the TV show Pimp My Ride as well as the import car tuner scene in general. Anyone who knows what those two are will find these very funny. You have been warned.

VW GTI – The Trebuchet
VW GTI – The Crate
VW GTI – The Wrecking Ball

Unpimp the auto

You get an F!

Terry Tate and More Google Video Fun

Monday, February 20th, 2006

I’ve gotta say, Reebok’s series of Terry Tate ads, if they can be called that, has got to be one of the funniest, most original ad ideas I’ve ever seen. Let’s relive some of that office linebacker goodness:

Terry Tate – Office Linebacker
Terry Tate – Draft Day
Terry Tate – Going on Vacation
Terry Tate – Sensitivity Training
Terry Tate – OSPN Office Athlete of the Century

I just do not get tired of seeing a giant guy send skinny little office people flying into cubicles like that. I wish we had a Terry Tate at our office.

Favorite lines include: “You kill the joe, you make some mo’!”, “stick-to-itiveness”, and “Don’t bring that weak stuff up in this humpty-bumpty.”

Here’s a banned Xbox 360 ad that’s fun.

Still bored? Some other funny videos I found on Google Video:
The Chronicles of Narnia Rap from SNL
People falling into a trick mattress

Microsoft Spends Money to Look Smaller

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

This is one of the funniest, most ironic, and stupidest ideas I have heard recently. Microsoft, the company who’s name is splashed all over the computer screens of 98% of the world’s computing population (Mac users use Office remember?), is spending $120 million annually to fight its image as “a huge American company”. Riiiiiight.

Insert obligatory jokes about the company’s name versus size here.

Wired News: 2005 Foot-in-Mouth Awards

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Wired News has posted up a funny article, title as seen above. Some choice quotes include:

“I know what I don’t know, and to this day I don’t know technology and I don’t know accounting and finance.”

— Bernie Ebbers, ex-CEO of WorldCom

“Screw the nano.”

— Motorola CEO Ed Zander

Some of them you won’t find funny if you don’t follow tech news too much but President Bush is on the list too.

Wired News: 2005 Foot-in-Mouth Awards

Python Tries to Eat a Gator

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Eat much? Apparently pythons are even worse offenders than cats in the “eat till you die” club. A 13 foot-long Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades tried to eat an alligator, swallowed it whole, then sometime later exploded or ripped open, not able to contain the alligator inside itself.

Burmese Python and Alligator

I find this incident to be amazing and somehow ironic. The evolution of the snake as such a killer is fascinating to me. The python has an almost insatiable appetite so I guess this is a case of gluttony catching up with you. You can read a news report on this at CNN.