Monday, September 24, 2012

Shame On You, Rover!

I love dogs. I think they're great. They're like really energetic and furry toddlers. Plus, unlike toddlers, dogs won't learn to talk back, and then one day threaten to put you in a home. However, much like toddlers, dogs can get into trouble or get on your nerves once in a while. But no matter how many stern talks you give to your dog, they're not going to understand what you say. They may understand that your tone is angry, but they won't get the gist of your words.

So, what can you do for those disobedient dogs that just won't learn? Why you can publicly shame them, of course! A website called gives you a chance to humiliate your dog by posting a picture of them with a sign or caption letting the world know what they've done.

Here are some examples:

You can head on over to the website if you want to see more shamed and shameful canines.

And you're a good boy for reading this blog, faithful readers, yes you are! Yes you are!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Once You K-Pop. . .

Ok, this one was my bad.

A couple months ago, alert reader, Mitch sent in a music video that struck me as quite unusual and very entertaining. So I put it in my file of potential posts.

I waited too long.

Since that time, this song and music video have exploded on the interwebs and has already spawned dozens of parodies, reaction videos and homages. When I saw it was going to be referenced on Saturday Night Live this weekend, I knew I had taken too long - and for this, I apologize.

HOWEVER, if you haven't seen it yet, here is Gangnam Style:

I know.

Honestly, I can't decide which part is my favorite. It could be that little kid busting a move. It might be the pelvic thrusting elevator guy. Or it may just be that horsey dance thing in general.

This song, created by a Korean pop star named Psy, is like a virus. It embeds itself in your brain and it won't go away until you start dancing (true story). The title of the song references living the high life in the Gangnam district of Seoul, Korea -- which would be like Beverly Hills here in America. For this music video, Psy made up some cheesy dance moves, threw in some Korean celebrity cameos and created something oddly magical, while introducing K-Pop to the majority of Americans.

So I apologize to you, faithful readers, and to you, Mitch, for sitting on this one too long.

And, to make it up to you, here is some extra stuff to help you appreciate Gangnam Style even more.

Here is the making of video:

Here are the lyrics, translated into English:

Oppa’s Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and graceful during the day
A classy girl who knows how to enjoy a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who downs his coffee before it cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Here's Psy on Ellen:

And here's the Saturday Night Live skit:

Anyone else think this is the beginning of a K-Pop invasion?

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's. . .a Thing?

Every now and then science will create something that will make you stand up and say "why. . .?"

This is one of those times.

Seriously, what is the point of that? Yes, it will probably inspire screensavers across the globe, and I could also see it used in a zen garden for relaxation, but what else?

It's capable of flight, but a light breeze could knock it off its course. That rules out passenger travel. Although I guess flipping and spinning around continuously as you're hurdled forward might also be a deterrent for those that have tender tummies.

It's also too expensive to be a plaything. I'm guessing it costs more than a kite and I definitely wouldn't trust my son to run around in a park with this thing in tow.

So I ask you, faithful readers, what is the the point for the SmartInversion flying object? Is there a practical use? Or is it just a fun new toy for rich people who have big, indoor spaces free of pesky breezes?

Mitch, you sent this in to Slice of Fried Gold. What do you think is the scientific significance of this invention, if any?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Shut Up And Take My Money!

If you're a faithful reader of this blog, and I know you are, then you obviously remember a post I did two years, two months and twenty days ago. Remember? The one about the Spyder III Pro Arctic Series laser. Of course you do. Anyway, apparently the team over at Wicked Lasers are also faithful readers, because they took my idea and ran with it. They've made an accessory that attaches to the Spyder laser and makes it look just like a lightsaber. If you already own a Spyder laser, this accessory will only cost you $100. If not, you're going to have to shell out another $250 to $1000, depending on which laser you choose.

They call it the "LaserSaber" because it's similar to a lightsaber, but without all of the copyright issues. Granted, you still can't slice through blast doors on a trade federation ship with them, but I'll take what I can get.

Check it out:

Well, that was kind of a tease. They show you all of these cool, Jedi-like moves that you can do with the LaserSaber and they say things like "only operate while wearing laser shades" and "do not participate in any form of fencing or swordplay" and "may cause dysentery." They've sucked all of the fun out of it. That's like making a hoverboard and then telling the customers "in no way should you ever try to stand or ride on this product." And, as we all know, the only warning label that should be placed on hoverboards is that the regular models don't work on water unless you have a rocket-powered model.

So, Wicked Lasers, since I now know that you are such big fans of Slice of Fried Gold, could you talk to your friends over at NASA and see if we can get working on hoverboard technology? We've only got three years, one month and nineteen days 'till these things gotta be mainstream.

My thanks to, alert reader, Lecia for submitting this article.