Monday Aug 18, 2008

Was Not Wuz

What the hell NBC?  Hasn't our language been butchered enough?  It's not even like you were saving characters.  Are 3rd graders editing NBC web pages?  Thx 4 da LOL tho!

An hour and a quarter later, they fix it

More Concall Fun

via Kevin Chu

Boring conference call?  Make "YearBook" photos of yourself from the 1950's to 2000 on Yearbook Yourself.  Just remember to hit mute as you'll be laughing.

Tuesday Jul 15, 2008

The Secret Language of Towels

Chances are if you stayed in a hotel in the last few years you've seen the water conservation efforts of reducing towel and linen washings.  Typically there is a placard on in the bathroom that says something like "A towel on the floor means please replace, a towel on the rack means I'll use it again".

On a recent trip to NYC, Brad and I were laughing about other meanings towels could have...such as:

  • Food stained towel on my room service tray means "More napkins next time"
  • Towels missing from room means "Your towels are nicer than mine at home"
  • Towels are all used & wet means "Your towels are too small"
  • Crunchy towel between the bed & nightstand means "Movie titles do not appear on hotel bill"

Tuesday Mar 25, 2008

The worrisome sound of silence

Bad things are often afoot when normally noisy kids go quiet.

What are these?

Lincoln Logs?

Like a good dad, I sprung to action (i.e. grabbed the nearest camera) after hearing her starting to hum the Barney Cleanup song.

And when you take away the "toys", you can get the tantrum to stop by letting them play with computer games on the computer...desk.

Her new perch

Friday Mar 07, 2008

Screen Savers

Why You Buy Protective Screens

If any salesperson ever tries to upsell you on protective coverings for sensitives screens, do it.  Especially if you have kids and or crayons lying around.

Thursday Mar 06, 2008

Chin Up Old Chap!

Now that there is some authority!

Do you Twitter/Jaiku/Pownce/Flickr?

Does your avatar live in an authority vacuum?

Do you wish people took you more seriously?

Then join us, the Chinerati.  It's a Friday thing. 

Monday Mar 03, 2008

Real World iPhone Commercial

iPhone:  Because bringing your laptop in the bathroom to check on twitter is just. plain. weird.


Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

Lessons in Love

This lesson is for Pam (really for her "SO"), who asked if I held classes for husbands.  Forget the flowers, champagne, and jewelry.  If you want to keep the flame burning, you fold laundry (without being asked to) while she's out with the kids. :)

Better than flowers

Future Debate Team Members

Overheard this evening while my daughters were discussing all things Disney

9 Year Old:  There's only a few characters that I think are real.  Basically I only think the princesses are real.

7 Year Old: What!?? You don't think Mickey Mouse is real?

9 Year Old: He's a guy in a costume.  He was invented by Walt Disney.

7 Year Old: If he's not real, how does he shoot fireworks out of his fingers?

4 Year Old:  Yeah!

Tuesday Feb 26, 2008

Immersion Week Humor

This week Sun is having it's annual US Sales SE brain dump, it's called Immersion Week.  The event used to be held in places Downtown San Francisco in a major hotel, now it's held at the Accenture training grounds aka "The Q Center" in St. Charles, Illinois. 

I think the story behind the Q Center is that it used to be an all girl school.  Mostly small single bed dorm rooms where you can touch all the walls if you stand in the center of the room, and taller folks need to duck down in the shower.

Usually instructors get the "executive" rooms, king size beds, nice amenities, basically like a Westin.  While I've always been an instructor, I haven't always got an executive room.    If you've ever stayed in a "non-executive" room at the Q Center, you know what I'm talking about and you might find the following twitter exchanges funny.  This is the first year I have not attended, but my friends are including me in the fun.


And Later....


Thursday Feb 21, 2008


Playing with Food

Monday Feb 18, 2008

Typical Tween

All Gone?

Apparently the above is enough ice cream to save in a twelve year old girls mind.  Same goes for a box a cereal with one of two pieces left in it or an empty 12 pack of soda.  I'm still debating if she's just too lazy to take it to the trash or it's a mental thing about not being the one who "finished" it.  Seems the latter as 1/2 the time she goes through the effort to put the empties back.

Update:  My wife says this time it's probably the work of a 9 year old and her BFF.


Monday Feb 11, 2008



Friday Feb 08, 2008

The ladies love a good butt song

The male half of a local morning radio team had a theory that all women love songs that have to do with the bootie.  I totally agreed with him, even though his female counterpart initially disagreed.  Phone call after phone call poured in and I'd say it was close to unanimous that the ladies like a good butt song.  I could have told them this by looking at my wife's iPod or the fact that four out of my five girls know almost all the lyrics to Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back even though they have no idea (I hope) what he's saying.

Most people called in with their favorites bootie song, I was really surprised that no one mentioned one of the all time great butt songs, even though it's a parody.  Eddie Murphy's Boogie in Your Butt.

Here's my Top 5 Butt Songs:

  1. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
  2. Rump Shaker - Wrex-N-Effect
  3. Dazzey Duks - Duice
  4. Da Butt - E.U.  My Humps - Black Eyed Peas
  5. Tootsie Roll - 69 Boyz Bootylicious - Destiny's Child

Update: My wife keeps reminding me of all the good songs I forgot about, further confirming the theory.  How could I forget My Humps?  That might be number one...

Wednesday Feb 06, 2008

Worlds Largest Sun Ray

The Sun Ray 2 XL

More pic's from the MPK Mardi Gras Parade courtesy of Ron Shipper from Sun Ray Engineering.

Tuesday Jan 29, 2008

The Aftermath

Of hurricane Bellamy.

The Aftermath

Sunday Jan 27, 2008

eBay...That's just gross!

I was doing a Google search on industrial toilet paper to find a image of those huge, sand paper like rolls to accompany a tweet

I guess it's true, you can find anything on eBay....


Friday Jan 18, 2008

Leaky Bottle

And you thought you were having a bad hair day.

Friday Jan 04, 2008

Gym Etiquette

This one goes out to all the gym newbies that made a new years resolution to get healthy.  First off, congratulations!  You've made an incredibly wise choice.  However, like anything else, there are both written and unwritten rules.  Golds Gym does a good job with signage telling folks to put away their weights, wipe down machines, etc.  There are a lot of rules that have no signs, but if you learn them it will make for a much nicer experience for both you and your fellow gym rats.

The best list of these rules I've found is here.  Study them.  Take them to heart.

To this list I'd like to add a few of my own. 

  1. Closely related to the lists #'s 5 and 6.  If you are a smoker (and I hope you are also trying to quit), puh-lease use Febreze or something on your workout clothes.  The only thing worse than someone that smells like an ashtray getting on cardio equipment next to you are those who..(See #2)
  2. Blow heat.  No, it's not OK to just let one slide out.  Unless you just can't control it and one sneaks out on your last leg press, it's unacceptable, especially in the cardio area.  I don't care if the new whey protein shakes you are eating are making your stomach go nuts.  Go use the restroom or better yet go outside for a minute.  Thanks.  And really, what the hell did you eat.  That was nasty!
  3. Have a workout plan.  For beginners, do something like push/pull, i.e. Chest and triceps one day, back/biceps the next.   Take a tour of the gym to familiarize yourself with the equipment and  location.   Too many people waste time and wander around aimlessly with that n00b look in their eye.  They have no rhythm or rhyme to their workout, just plop down on any open machine.  That's not going accomplish much.  Plan it out, even carry a small notebook around with you for the first couple of months.  If you are unsure about the proper form, jot down some notes after you've researched the lift. (See, I can give serious tips too)
  4. When taking the above mentioned tour, pay close attention to what is in fashion.  Sure, it may seem shallow and it actually provides me with quite a few chuckles but those stupid "weightlifter pants" were never cool.  Same goes for those cut off the shoulder flash dance sweatshirts.  Sorry. 
  5. Don't even get me started on do-rags, skull caps and worst of all bluetooth headsets while working out.  Chances are you are not a pirate or an on-call neurologist, so let's just leave those at home.  No need to complete the Rex Kwon Do look.  Arrrr Matey?
  6. Closely related to my number 4 is for the fellas.  Dudes, if you're not rocking sub 10% body fat, then please please please stay away from the Body Armor.  Sure it looks great on the mannequin, but I've seen you and let's not kid ourselves.
  7. No lip syncing and by all means no air drumming.  On second thought, it's pretty funny to watch.  Keep it up.
  8. Guys, if you choose to shower at the gym, please wrap a towel around you for the journey \*to\* and \*from\* the shower.  I have no desire to see your goods.  Ladies, feel free to ignore this advice.



My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.


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