Monday, July 20, 2009

I Blog Bearing Gifts

My dad works for a General Motors supplier and since they're not really building cars for a while, he's had some slow days at work. So in the interest of helping the days go by faster for him, and for your viewing and reading pleasure, I give you the following. is a blog written by Sam Greenspan. He's a "writer, producer, and performer living in Los Angeles" who "actually does make his living doing those things. It's not one of those L.A. things where he's a writer by night and, like, a Benihana chef during the day." 11 points is a blog of lists. To give you a flavor, I've linked to a few of my favorite lists below. You can check out the entire archive here. Enjoy. I spent a good four hours reading this blog a few nights ago.

11 Old School Nintendo Tricks Permanently Burned Into Our Brains
11 Ridiculous Signs That Always Make Me Laugh
11 Predictions That Back to the Future II Got Wrong
11 Photos Where Black People Were Awkwardly Photoshopped In Or Out

Got a half-hour to kill? Then how about watching the video below. In it, Dan Gilbert talks about a formula that can be used to always make the right decision. He then explains why people regularly make stupid ones. It's interesting stuff. It's from the website TED: Ideas Worth Spreading and if you've never checked it out, there is a ton of good stuff on there.

The Video: Dan Gilbert on Our Mistaken Expectations

A while back I included a bar graph about Michael Jackson's sudden "popularity." While I'd like to take credit for said graph, the truth is it came from this site:

Here are a couple of other graphs that I like: (Click to enlarge.)

And finally, in keeping with the graphing thing, here's a site that I found via that has nothing but graphical representations of rap lyrics:

My favorite: (Click to enlarge.)

Pass along any of your favorite sites. Dad works long days.


Betty (Beth) said...

Thanks for the time-wasters! :-) I have to say I knew a lot of those Nintendo tricks, and I'm pretty sure my husband knew them all.

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

OMG - I just clicked over to graphjam and was laughing out loud. I love the graph, "Things You'll Find in a Closet." I can't wait to check out the other sites as well. If it weren't for my darn ms edits, I'd have so much more time to wander around the internet and entertain myself. Thank your dad for having time to kill so that we get to learn about these great websites. I hope GM pulls their head out of their big, boxy ass soon.

Monica said...

your dad might like this one, and find some of his own pics he'd like to share.

Lily Cate said... has a graphs section, also a section of horrible english translations.
And if you're brave, check out
But I warn you, they are awful, and some of them a little shocking.

Anita said...

I did not look at any of these...cannot afford another distraction. Was terribly tempted by Lily's tattoo site, though. Her words "a little shocking" almost pulled me in.

I think your dad should write a book.

Monica said...

Anita I did spend time on that tattoo site. I'd love to see a study on the correlation between Nascar tattoos and IQ.

Another study would be psychopathy/criminal behaviour/IQ and facial tattoos.

And why do white supremacists seem to like unicorns? (i think that the white supremacist correlation with low IQ is fairly obvious)

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