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I like good art and good dads

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the measure of a father is his ability to make lunches for his kids in the morning. My dad did it for me; his dad did it for him; I will do it for my kids someday. This is the way of fatherhood.

Another well-established fact is this: in elementary school the only thing that matters is having an awesome lunch box. When I was growing up I had a great GI Joe lunch box. Unfortunately it was offset by the fact that I had a white-boy spiky flat-top with a huge cowlick that turned it into some hollow Vanilla Ice-looking hairdo. There’s no recovering from that. Anyway, what if you could have an awesome lunch box custom made for you every single day?

Enter Lunch Bag Art. This is the photo blog of a dad who draws awesome things on his kids’ lunch bags every day. That’s it. Just pictures of cool lunch bags. It’s enough to get me wasting about twenty minutes, which is all I can ask for.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

HT: The Ridiculant

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I like finding new movies

Lifehacker, one of the most useful sites on the internet, has a story today about a new service called Jinni. It’s a movie recommendation service that works kind of like the Netflix recommendations. I’ve got Netflix and their recommendations are usually pretty good, but I decided to check out Jinni just for the heck of it.

I’ve only been using Jinni for the last hour or two, but it looks like it’s going to work pretty well. You can take a bunch of quizzes to help them refine your recommendations, and the search feature on the site is out of this world helpful. The service is in a closed beta right now, but if you go to Lifehacker’s post about it you can get a free invite. At least go and watch the intro video about the service. I think you’ll find it useful.

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I like just wasting time

This is going to be a really short post. Sorry everyone. My dorkiness got the best of me tonight, and after I finished talking to my mom on the phone I just had to watch a couple more episodes of season one of Battlestar Galactica. It’s taken over my life to the point that all I have for you today is this tiny website where you can waste at least 20 minutes watching people microwave random things. I strongly suggest the Christmas lights and the soap.

So enjoy Easy Mac Micro Maniac. Yes, like many interesting things on the internet, this website is just a thinly veiled advertisement; but I don’t really care who’s sponsoring it as long as something gets mutated in the microwave.

Sorry about the non-post today. I’ll do better next time.

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I like the way I look…I like the way I look…I like the way I look

ninetI like the internet. Nine times out of ten it tells me what I want to hear: “Oh Chris, your IQ is 160!” “Wow Chris, you beat this level so quickly!” “Don’t worry Chris, it’s just the common cold.” “Chris, you’re so strong and intelligent that I knew right away you were the person that could help get me and the rest of the royal family out of Nigeria safely!”

It’s a wonderful setup, really.

A few days ago, however, the internet told me something that I did not want to hear: “Chris, you’re so handsome…you look just like a female Israeli pop singer.” What…the…eff.

Now, if I’m being honest (and I always am), people have been telling me I look like an Asian person since at least my freshman year in college when the guy across the hall informed me that everyone in my super-weird, artsy, commune dorm at USC had started calling me “Anime Boy” because they didn’t know my real name and I looked like a character in whatever wacked out anime they were using to escape reality that week.

But until I used My Heritage’s celebrity collage tool, I had never been told that scientifically, I bear a 74% resemblance to Ninet Tayeb, the lovely Israeli pop singer whose picture appears up top. The celebrity collage tool also informed me that I bear a striking resemblance to the guy who was cast to play Goku in the upcoming live-action Dragonball Z movie, two Korean male models, a former member of N’Sync, a really lame singer-songwriter, a cracked-out child star, and Ferris Bueller.

Who will it say that you look like?

Give it a shot and let me know who you get. Don’t be dissuaded when it asks you to register; just put in a fake email address and skip the ads.

celeb-look-alikePS – If you want to save the image, you’ll have to do a screen capture. Here’s a Wikipedia article explaining how to do it on a Mac or PC, just in case you don’t know how.

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I like knowing where I fit in

wolverine14There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must ask himself a crucial question. A question which will shape his destiny from that day forward. That question is: when historians inevitably write about my life and legacy, when they pour over the intracies of my life and personality, when they ponder the depths of my genius, how badass will they say that I am?

Now, I’ve been around a lot of awesome badassery in my day, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I am at most a badass padawan with a mediocre midichlorian count. At most. But for those of you cool enough to bench press more than 100 pounds, dribble a basketball without looking at it the whole time, or fingerpick a guitar or other stringed instrument, it’s very important to be able to stack yourself up against the other badasses that have come along throughout history. Unfortunately, it is patently un-badass to be seen in a library. So where can you get your information?

Enter Badass of the Week, a website devoted to profiling the most awesomely un-pansified people ever to exist. The author profiles a new badass each week and gives a brief and quasi-true biography of the person/animal/machine/place/thing. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of this week’s badass, John L. Sullivan:

…John L. Sullivan is probably the manliest man in American history, and the most hardcore bastard to ever sucker-punch a Gorilla in the chops for no good reason and then go off to a bar and celebrate by pounding a fifth of Jameson’s, breaking the bottle over someone’s head, and nailing some skanky, corseted 1880s street prostitute.  Sullivan was the last of the great bareknuckle boxers, the first gloved boxing world champion, and a man so badass he could have detonated those giant blocks at Stonehenge into rock dust with a right hook and still have enough energy left over to resurrect the Druids, punch their heads off, and then go back to pounding whiskey until he passed out from being too awesome.

So yeah…it’s a great website. I’m sure that many of you have seen this website before and have spent many hours fruitfully perusing its offerings, so instead of just linking to the main site, here’s a list of some of my favorite members of the Hall of Badassitude (be forewarned, there is some extreme language in some of these so if that offends you, stay away):

So go and enjoy Badass of the Week. And if you find any that you think are incredibly awesome, post them in the comments section.

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I like opposable thumbs

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**Update: In the comments section for this post, Liz mentioned some mosaic tile graffiti-type stuff that she’s seen in a couple different places. I looked around for a little while and found the artist’s website. Check it out: Space Invaders!**

The ability to think on one’s feet when in a bathroom stall with a permanent marker is the only thing that separates us from the animals. And with the dark forces of PETA gathering in Mordor and growing stronger by the day, it is a privilege and a distinction that we must assert early and often. No matter how close monkeys (why is that not “monkies”?) might be to us, they will never, EVER, have the intellectual capacity and good sense to draw alien eyes on a Donald Trump poster and write “I’ve got your soul” next to his face. Not ever.

The problem is, I live in the suburbs where people don’t vandalize things too often (only peasants do that). And I go to a seminary, so the only things written on the bathroom walls there are the occasional rebellious NT Wright quotes followed by “Wright is wrong!” and closely after that, “God answers kneemail, FTW!”  So where can I go to catch the best in cutting edge property debasement?

Fortunately for me, someone has gathered together a gallery of walls with writing on them and made it available for public perusal. With a name as witty as some of the pictures contained therein, Pictures of Walls is the best place on the internet to find some interesting, funny, witty, and completely pointless graffiti. A lot of the stuff in here has vulgarity in it, so if that offends you, stay away. There’s also a lot of stupid stuff in the galleries, but when you find one of the good ones it more than makes up for it. So go check it out and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s mischievous bravery.

If you’re looking for something a little more artistic, you’ve got to check out a guy named Banksy, one of the most famous graffiti artists in the world. He’s done stuff all over the world and his graffiti is some of the most politically charged and clever stuff I’ve ever seen. Here’s his website: Banksy.

Enjoy!

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I like Questionable Content

James DeanHave you ever had one of those moments where you take a step back, assess the situation, and realize that you are cool as hell? I’m talking about the kind of moment when you think, “Man, if the cool kids from high school could see me right now, they would totally accept me.” The type of moment when you see your life for what it really is, and you come to the logical conclusion, based on the preponderance of the evidence, that your life–and yourself–is cooler than almost anyone you’ve ever met, even counting MySpace.

Well *confident chuckle*, I have. In fact, I feel that way almost constantly; not in a condescending way, just in a reality way.

The most recent example of this, however, came just a few days ago, when I found myself sitting naked in my bed (I sleep naked and you should too) at four o’clock in the afternoon, having skipped breakfast and lunch for the second day in a row so that I could keep feeding my insatiable digi-crack addiction to the online comic, Questionable Content. It was when I reached strip #350 after reading the comic for those two days straight (and completely disregarding my Greek studies) that I realized that I had just self-actualized and have now reached the pinnacle of my coolness.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Oh my God, Chris, I may not ever speak to you again because you’re coolness could make my head explode.” And if you’re not thinking that, then I still know what you’re thinking, and let me just say: it’s not a porno.

Questionable Content is a web comic about some indie-kid 20-somethings hanging out and doing normal things. Sound exciting? It is! If I try to explain anything more about it, it will just melt your brain, so do yourself a favor and go to the website so you can start catching up. There are 1319 strips to read, so get started. You’ve got all weekend long so you’re good to go.

Here’s a link to Questionable Content Number One: Employment Sucks. If the illustration doesn’t wow you at first, just keep going, it gets much better as the comic progresses.

HT: Mark Traphagen who sent me this strip in which one of the main characters defends the honor of General Robert E Lee.

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