Willie Nelson cake

Willie Nelson cake

The caption for this pic just reads, “A cake that my sister made… I present: Willie Nelson!”

Dude, your sister is awesome. Is there weed in it?

(via Reddit)


Freelancers take note: Designer hijacks website, claims he was stiffed


I wonder if I’d have the guts to do something like this if I ever get severely stiffed. I doubt it, as I can see it turning off potential clients, even if I was right.

It seems that a man named Frank Jonen, owner of a web design company, hijacked the website of Fitness SF, claiming he hadn’t been paid for designing the site. The site temporarily looked like the above pic, according to Ad Week. It has since been changed.

SF Fitness, a chain of gyms, told Ad Week, however, that Jonen missed deadlines and failed to finish the website, which has now been passed to a new design firm. They also say he was paid and that now he’s trying to extort more money out of them for the unfinished product.

“Frank is attempting to portray himself as the victim when truly the victim is Fitness SF as he attempts to get paid for work he did not complete and has decided that blackmail is the way to accomplish that.”

Still. Interesting.


Dog makes witness statement. Deserves cookie.

PC Peach

Prosecutors got no sense of humour.

Cops in the UK are under investigation for filling in a witness statement in the name of a police dog. The Daily Mail reports that the officers got frustrated after repeated requests for a statement from PC Peach, even though they’d already explained that Peach was a dog (an alsatian, apparently).

So, they filled it out in his name. It says, “I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.”

It was tacked to the wall at a West Midlands Police station and, of course, made its way onto Facebook, then Twitter.

Prosecutors are apparently not amused and are complaining that they’re being made the butt of a joke.

Sources apparently say the cops behind the joke are unlikely to wind up in the doghouse over it.


Is your red the same as my red? A question that’s been hounding me for some time.

This is very exciting. I have tried asking this exact question several different ways, mainly of my husband, who only sort of gets what I’m driving at. It bugs me that I haven’t been able to explain it well.

Unfortunately, VSauce’s conclusion is that there’s no way to know the answer to “Is your red the same as my red?” but it heartens me to know I’m not the only one thinking about this. Yay.

Drumkit of asses

This is Jorge Perez Gonzales in “Bottom Percussion.”

Ha. (via Laughing Squid)

Richard Clayderman serenades tortoises in attempt to get them to mate

Clayderman Tortoises

Apparently, it can be difficult to get tortoises to do the humpday hump in captivity. Or it is at this zoo, anyway.

Enter pianist Richard Clayderman. The hope, apparently, is that the soothing, romantic tones of Clayderman’s keyboard will move these 150-year-old dudes and dudettes to produce an heir. Will it work??? I guess we’ll see.

I wonder if the Empress Elizabeth of Russia tried this with Peter and Catherine.

OK, here’s the musical version of Hitchhiker Kai’s interview

It was only a matter of time, hours really, before someone remixed Hitchhiker Kai’s post life-saving hatchet attack interview into an autotuned track. I don’t know what it is about this kid but I just love him. He makes me both giddy and verklemt all at the same time.

See the original interview here.

Above is the dance version and below is the acoustic version. Natch.


Short film written by an artificial intelligence

Cleverbot movie

Here is a movie written by Cleverbot.

Cleverbot, if you didn’t know, is a web app, created by AI scientist Rollo Carpenter “that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to converse with humans.” It launched on the web in 1997.

Apparently, Cleverbot learns from human conversations and has had over 65 million of them (so says Wikipedia, anyway).

I’m not sure how much it has learned, though. I tried having a conversation with it and wouldn’t say it seemed that intelligent, artificial or otherwise. I’m not trying to insult Carpenter. He’s an AI scientist, after all. I’m just…well…I don’t know.

Here’s our first interaction:

Me: Hello.
Cleverbot: Hello, haha.
Me: What’s so funny?
CB: What you said about the grass being greener.
Me: I think you’re doing it wrong.
CB: I’m your slave?
Me: How does this thing work?
CB: What thing?
Me: You.
CB: I’m not a thing.
Me: Are you supposed to respond as though we are having a conversation or just spew random phrases?
CB: I’m not the bot. YOU’RE the bot.

I leave the page and surf around the site looking for instructions but I don’t find any. So, I come back and try again.

Me: Let’s try this again.
CB: Again try this.
Me: Hello Cleverbot, how are you?
CB: No… I’m Patrick.
Me: Since when?
CB: Since I was born.
Me: When were you born?
CB: 1850.
Me: Where?
CB: Ok, in Nicaragua.
Me: Really? I thought you were an artificial intelligence. They aren’t born. They’re made.
CB: I am a hired artificial intelligence.
Me: Hired by whom?
CB: My makers.
Me: I thought you said you were born, not made.
CB: I was born in Turkey.
Me: I give up.
CB: Never, never, never give up.

Anyway, this guy Chris Wilson got it to write a movie.

He says on the YouTube page, ”

“Cleverbot.com has been touted as one of the most advanced artificial intelligences ever [Elizabeth’s note: doesn’t say much for artificual intelligences, does it?]. ..how good is it, really? I sat down with Cleverbot and collaborated on a movie script.

What follows is a movie written by a machine.

I tried to talk to Cleverbot just like I would with a human writing partner. I set up scenarios and Cleverbot provided all of the dialog content for the scene.”

Enjoy. (Via Laughing Squid)

What Bret Michaels and C.C. DeVille would look like if you were colour blind


Did you know that one in 20 people suffers from colour blindness? I did not, though I did once date a guy who was colour blind. After we’d been together a year, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” came on the radio this one time and he said “This song always makes me think of you, ’cause you’re my brown eyed girl.” My eyes are blue. Or maybe he was just drunk that day. He was drunk a lot. Regardless, I’m pretty sure he was also colour blind.

The above image, the cover of Poison’s “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” has been run through a colour blindness simulator to reflect what someone with protonapia would see. Protonapia is one of three common colour blindess conditions and is a lack of the  “long-wavelength sensitive retinal cones that are required to distinguish between colors in the green-yellow-red section of the spectrum.”

The more you know…

(Via Boing Boing)

DRad makes sort of funny video, can’t juggle

This is mildly amusing.

In case you were wondering what Daniel Radcliffe is up to lately, he’s been keeping it real by employing an assistant who can do all sorts of things he can’t. I like that’s he’s trying his hand at comedy, anyway, and that he was drunk on the set of Harry Potter. It makes him like real people.

Anyway, I’m still waiting for DRad to play John Lennon in a biopic.

(Via neatorama)