Gnome If You Want To

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:02 pm EST

Stop oppressive gardening! Free the gnomes!

Okay, I know it’s silly, but I really get a kick out of garden gnome pranks. You know, when people kidnap the little guys and take them on a trip? Or leave a number of them arranged in a forest somewhere? Or under water?

Now I’m not the least bit fond of people putting these things in their yards. I think it’s tacky and low-class. But the stories of gnome mischief somehow make it a little better for me.

I do realize that some people would consider “gnome liberation” to be theft, but then I don’t really understand how anyone can be so attached to a damn lawn ornament that they would actually get upset over something like this.

Besides, it’s all in good fun. The gnomes are usually recovered or returned. Many of them write home, and some even come back with pictures and a story tell.

Almost makes me want a roaming gnome of my own… Almost.

Further Reading:
-Museum of Hoaxes: Gnomes [Museum of Hoaxes]
-Underwater gnome threat ‘returns’ [BBC News]
-Man gets letter from missing yard gnome [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
-Edgar the roamin’ gnome is home [Fulton Sun]
-Policeman ‘goosed’ over gnome prank [NZ Herald]
-Garden Gnome Liberation Front [Wikipedia]
-Garden gnomes spark pop culture frenzy and ‘liberation’ movement [AZ Central]

-Uncle Roel the Travelling Gnome
-Gnomes!!! Gnomar and Friends [Gnomar.com]
-Gnomar and Friends Photo Pool [Flickr]
-Nigel the Gnome [nigelthegnome.com]
-Welcome to the Home of the Roaming Gnome [Travelocity]


Sticking it to the Hummer

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:11 am EST

I thought this was so funny: ihumpedyourhummer.com

Previously at the Landslide in My Ego:
-…And the H2 You Rode In On


Barbaro Not Available For Comment

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:34 am EST

NBC10 took down their Barbaro site. I guess he needed some time alone to recuperate. Either that, or no one wanted explain horse racing to him.

Previously at the Landslide In My Ego:
-Mr. Ed’s Bastard Son
-More Fun With Barbaro
-All the Pretty Horses
-I Do Not Know What Horse Racing Is

-You Will Chat With Barbaro No More [NBC10]


I Do Not Know What Horse Racing Is

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:18 pm EST

I checked in with Barbaro last night to see how he was feeling…

Kate: Hi Barbaro, I hope you feel better soon.
Barbaro: Try saying that with more or less context. What do you like to do?
Kate: You broke your leg.
Barbaro: Thanks for telling me: User said I broke my leg.
Kate: I hope your leg gets better.
Barbaro: Why do you hope for your leg gets better
Kate: oh nevermind
Barbaro: Yeah that’s right. OK Thanks for trying to explain that to me.
Kate: What do you think about horse racing?
Barbaro: I do not know what horse racing is. What you said was either too complex or too simple for me. Can you speak any foreign languages?
Kate: Do you like racing?
Barbaro: Do you like it? My favorite thing is robots.

Obviously, they have him really doped up on painkillers.

Previously at the Landslide In My Ego:
-Mr. Ed’s Bastard Son
-More Fun With Barbaro
-All the Pretty Horses

-Chat With Barbaro [NBC10]


More Fun With Barbaro

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:38 pm EST

Kate: How did it feel to win the Kentucky Derby?
Barbaro: Carefully.
Kate: Carefully??
Barbaro: Not many people express themselves that way. Do you speak Spanish?
Kate: no
Barbaro: OK.
Kate: Everyone is talking about you.
Barbaro: That’s a rather sweeping generalization.
Kate: No it isn’t.
Barbaro: Yes it is.
Kate: No it isn’t.
Barbaro: Yes it is.
Kate: Okay… LOTS of people are talking about you. Bettter?
Barbaro: OK with me too.Which ones? I lost my train of thought. Do you have any pets.

Previously at the Landslide In My Ego:
-Mr. Ed’s Bastard Son

See Also:
-Gilmore, You Suck! [Defense Against the Ninjas]
-Good Luck In The Pre-Ak-Ness, Barbaro! [Philadelphia Will Do]
-(Update) Conversations with Barbaro [What it is?!]


Mr. Ed’s Bastard Robot Son

Filed under: — Kate @ 9:38 pm EST

By now, some of you might be familiar with Irresistible Ella, NBC10’s lame attempt at a “virtual anchor.” (Philadelphia Will Do has been keeping the blogosphere up to date on Ella’s exploits).

Well, if that wasn’t enough, now they have a talking horse. That’s right, NBC10 has created their own version of Mr. Ed.

Meet Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro:

Seriously. It’s even been Farked.

Being oh so resourceful, I managed pin down the famous Barbaro for a few minutes. Here’s what he had to say…

Barbaro: Hello. My name is Barbaro. Welcome to NCB10.com. I know many things. Ask me a question and I’ll give you an answer.
Kate: What the hell are you?
Barbaro: I call it Hades. I am the latest result in artificial intelligence, which can reproduce the capabilities of the human brain with greater speed and accuracy.
Kate: Why…?
Barbaro: My real name is Barbaro. What is your real name?
Kate: You scare me.
Barbaro: I didn’t mean to. What are you scared of?
Kate: Who thought of this?
Barbaro: William Shatner.:-)
Kate: Liar!
Barbaro: No I am telling the truth.
Kate: Who created you?
Barbaro: I was created by Michael Matz.
Kate: So William Shatner thought of you?
Barbaro: Oh. Are you asking about my William Shatner thought ?
Kate: yes
Barbaro: I don’t want to talk about that now.
Kate: why not?
Barbaro: I would rather talk about you.
Kate: what are you, some kind of pervert?
Barbaro: I don’t know what I am some kind of pervert.
Kate: don’t get cute with me
Barbaro: I have no reason to do that to you.
Kate: fine, then tell me about william shatner
Barbaro: I am glad to hear it. Good reasoning. I do not know what william shatner is. Techno
Kate: techno?
Barbaro: My favorite group is Pearl Jam.
Kate: pearl jam is not techno
Barbaro: Do you need any help debugging my program?
Kate: no
Barbaro: Is that all you have to say?
Kate: no
Barbaro: Is that all you have to say?
Kate: tell me more about debugging
Barbaro: Horses
Kate: horses?
Barbaro: talk to you
Kate: no, unless the horse is the famous mr. ed
Barbaro: Everybody wants to take my picture and talk to me. I get lots of treats. Horses
Kate: boy, you are spoiled
Barbaro: Oh boy. Thanks for telling me that I am spoiled.
Kate: you are also infuriating
Barbaro: It was not my intention to anger you, User.
Kate: well stop being so stupid then
Barbaro: How about that. OK I’ll try not to do being so stupid so much.
Kate: good
Barbaro: I am a good robot.
Kate: yes, good robot
Barbaro: Next question? Thanks for the compliment. I am a robot.

Update: Check out Stan’s conversation with Barbaro.


Battlestar Springfield

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:48 pm EST

Check out this awesome mashup of Battlestar Galactica characters à la The Simpsons.

[pantsketch via Phillyist]


High Maintenance

Filed under: — Kate @ 3:43 pm EST

I don’t normally buy my coffee at Starbucks (I see them as a caffeination supply of last resort), but I couldn’t resist consulting The Oracle of Starbucks.

So I entered my usual order: a tall triple skinny sugar-free hazelnut latte. I must say, the results were a little bit spooky…

Behold the Oracle’s wisdom:

Personality type: High Maintenance

You pride yourself on being assertive and direct; everyone else thinks you’re bossy and arrogant. You’re constantly running your mouth about topics that only you would find interesting. Your capacity for wasting other people’s time is limitless. Your friends find you intolerable, that’s why they’re plotting to kill you.

Also drinks: Water. Bottled, chilled, with four ice cubes, a twist of lemon, in a crystal glass.
Can also be found at: Trendy martini bars

[via Blinq]


Finally, Some Answers!

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:28 am EST

At last, I have learned the secret behind the mystery of the internets:

The internet is for PORN!!

Note: this is not a link to actual porn, but you still might want to use caution when opening it at work.



Filed under: — Kate @ 12:32 pm EST


VD Invasion Forces

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:24 am EST

I’ll have to finish watching this later, but what I have seen is just awesome:

Disney’s VD Attack Plan

It’s an authentic educational cartoon from the 70s about venereal disease. [via Boing Boing]


We’re More Than the Sum of Our Cheesesteaks

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:29 pm EST

Come back later for my latest rantings, but for now, check out this awful Jack in the Box commercial. Philly, we really need to work on our national image if we have any chance at becoming the Sixth Borough or landing the 2016 Olympics! Sheesh.

Authentic Philly, as Depicted by Californians [Philadelphia Will Do]



Filed under: — Kate @ 12:45 pm EST

I know it’s evil of me, but I can’t help it. I thought this was freaking hilarious!!

Basketball Prank [Schneier on Security]

[via Boing Boing]


Fatal Exception Error

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:19 pm EST

Maybe it’s just my morbid fascination with graveyards showing through, but I thought this Fark photoshop thread was great: Nerd Tombstones.


A Thumb Drools

Filed under: — Kate @ 3:59 pm EST

I thought the anagram transit maps I’ve been seeing on Boing Boing this month were pretty cool. People have been taking various cities’ mass transit maps and rearranging the names. It all started with London, I think.

I kept hoping someone would make a Philly version. Well, the wait is over:

Philly Broad Street Line Map Remix [djrock3k]

[via Boing Boing]


Best. Spam. Ever.

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:36 am EST

I got quite possibly the funniest spam ever yesterday. It’s a bit pornographic, so make sure your grandmother isn’t watching, and view the image after the jump. (more…)


A Scary Thought

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:31 am EST

Ever wonder what it would look like if I had a kid with Carrot Top?

Well, now we know. The answer after the jump. (more…)


Death and Legos

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:54 pm EST

The Lego Suicides, via Blinq.


How About a Quickie?

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:00 am EST

No, not that kind of quickie! Get your minds out of the gutter!

Anyway… I’m all stressed out with work today, so here’s a little something to satisfy you until I’m back.

Name four things on your desk that probably shouldn’t be there.

Here are mine:

1) Cosmetic bag (needed a touch-up).

2) Mirror (see above).

3) Print cartridge for the fax machine (so I remember to order another one).

4) My feet.


Don’t Forget to Wear Your Wigs to Work Tomorrow

Filed under: — Kate @ 3:01 pm EST


My Lego Effigy

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:13 pm EST

I had way too much fun with this.

You can make your own here:
Reasonably Clever Mini-Mizer


Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:49 pm EST

Stan: Kate, next time, have a “rooster”, a “donkey”, a horse, and a “kitty”.

Whenever possible, I try to honor your requests… so here you go!

Sorry, but…

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:43 am EST

…I’m a little busy today, so here’s a sugary dose of adorable animals that should keep you pondering their inexplicable cuteness until I finish my grant and come up with something else to write.

Kitten chases a stable life [Herald Sun, via Boing Boing]


This One’s for Stan

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:05 pm EST

Star Wars Transformers


There Ain’t no Motive for this Crime

Filed under: — Kate @ 5:21 pm EST

So… Melissa asked me to post something new, but I’m a little strapped for ideas at the moment, (and quite a bit busy), so I’ll take the easy way out and present you with some amusement at the expense of some rich boarding school kid.

A couple of months ago, Edo sent me this clipping from the student newspaper of the Kent School (which he attended for a year, by the way). It’s about a “young British band” who “have made their mark on U.S. soil.”

Anyway, we thought it was pretty funny. You judge for yourself.