Jul 262010
 
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The Internet’s a big place. There are at least 100 different sites out there! How will you ever find the time to sift through the dregs for the funniest macros, the awesomest pictures, the interestingest lists? You can’t. It’s impossible. Don’t try.

Instead, let Jet Wolf do it for you. Here’s today’s dose of random shit that I took the trouble to bookmark, just for you.


Way distracted these past few weeks. Bonus though: several nummy links to brighten your day.

f.lux is a program that, based on your location, will adjust the intensity of your computer monitor throughout the day and night to optimal viewing conditions. During the day it’s like sunlight, and at night it warms up the display. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s amazing how blind I was to the eye strain I was experiencing. If you’re like me and like to use the computer late at night and in the dark (yeah yeah, it’s bad, but trust me my eyes can’t get much worse) you might want to give this a try. It takes some adjustment, but once I was used to it I was totally shocked by how bright the monitor was without it; I couldn’t download it again fast enough after my recent format/reinstall. Note that this tool by nature changes the colours of your monitor so if you’re doing work integral to it, it might not be as useful – but it does come with the option of disabling it for an hour at a time (and turning it back on again within that hour).

Carell on Colbert. Hard as it is to believe but once upon a time The Daily Show wasn’t the touchstone it is today. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell … nobody knew who any of these people were. This segment is a love letter to those of us who were watching even back then. When I heard Carell would be on Colbert this is exactly what I wanted to see. Those guys love me. I love them, too.

A Polaroid every day (until he died). If it wasn’t clear from my own iPhontography, I’m enamored with the idea of taking a picture every day. Photography in general was a huge love of mine when I was younger (working to rediscover that) and so projects like this fascinate me. But what’s even better about this link is the summary and thoughts of the person who found the site. I think it speaks well to the power of the photograph.

The elephant excuse. Is this fake? It’s probably fake. Still make me laugh though.

Mila’s Daydreams. The site sums it up far better than I can: “This is my maternity leave hobby. While my baby is taking her nap, I try to imagine her dream and capture it.” The things done to illustrate the “dreams” are nothing short of inspired.

Patrick Stewart helps the Count. I don’t watch Sesame Street anymore. Sometimes I sorta wish I did.

 

Undercover karaoke with Jewel. I’m not a big Jewel fan, but I love the elaborate setup and flawless execution here. Jewel is disguised as a quiet and unassuming businesswoman who, throughout the course of the night, gets cajoled on stage by (eventually) the entire bar, only to utterly wreck them all when she belts out a Jewel song. I love the entire crowd here, from their good-natured encouragement to jaw-dropping amazement when “Karen” finally performs.

 

Star Wars on a subway car. The group Improv Everywhere do lots of awesome stuff. This is one of their most recent, and certainly a treat for anybody in New York riding the subway that day. The cheers and applause as Vader shows up is the best.