There is a reason that my new work bag says logophile on it. A few of my favorites from the list – hugger-mugger (2), gorgonize (10), and resistentialism (23) – though lets be honest and just admit that there are many more on the list I would like to try to work into future writing endeavors.
Available for Chrome & Firefox, this awesome little extension allows you to pull color values straight from the web, which is probably not something that most people are looking for, but can be invaluable to people like myself. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be able to analyze the colors of the webpage they’re on or create the occasional gradient?
While Colorzilla specifies on their site that they do not collect data or browsing activity, customer conversations of working in tech almost 4 years now are telling me that this is a great time to remind you to be careful of what extensions and add-ons you install on your browser. They can see a lot more information than you might realize. Now you know and, as G.I. Joes would tell you, knowing is half the battle.
While at one point in my life I did have all of the countries of Europe, their capitals, type or government, and major forms of industry memorized – that day has passed and I’m not sure I could do much better than these folks. Nevertheless, if you haven’t checked these out yet be prepared for some major moments of amusement.
Labeled as a military satire, I was introduced to The Pentagon Wars by this clip, which we used as an example of scope creep in a workshop a couple of years back. Last night I finally watched the whole movie. Based on real life events surrounding the development of the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (the director admits to taking creative license with the story), it lives up to its cast, which includes Kelsey Grammer, Cary Elwes and Viola Davis among other familiar faces.
Not even a year old and she has some way cooler costumes than I do. Not only are the pictures geektastic, but adorable and funny as well.
Moment of honesty here – I don’t eat at KFC often, which considering that I don’t eat fast food in general means that I really, really don’t eat there often. I think I’ve been three, maybe four times this year and that’s probably a record for me.
It’s not that I have anything against them, I just don’t think to go there except on days like this past Sunday where it was the only possibly convenient place to stop and I really needed to eat something. Low blood sugar headaches are a pain I really try to avoid.
That said, I’m a little in love with KFC’s new Go Cups.
When I first saw the ad in the drive thru, I thought that for a going rate of $2.49 I would be getting a dinky little cup with everything squished together and probably a total of five fries. For my purposes that day that was workable, if not the most enjoyable of consumption experiences.
Imagine my surprise then when this is what I got:
Yes, that cup is equivalent in size to somewhere around a 44oz beverage.
What brought it to the blog were other features:
- It is designed to fit perfectly into your cup holder.
- The cup is divided into two sections so that your fries and whatever chicken you ordered stay (mostly) in their own area.
- The lid stays on well enough, but is not so hard to remove as to be distracting.
What do these things tell me? The designers at KFC who came up with this really thought through their target customers. While it can be enjoyed by a passenger or outside the car, they put thought into the details of what their primary Go Cup customers would be looking for and I think they did a pretty good job at making that a reality.
P.S. Here’s another picture I took yesterday to try and show the divided sections, but the cup is black so it does show that feature well on smartphone images.
I must have been on a video roll of late because I have acquired a list of cool ones just recently and decided to share a group of them with you for this week’s 5 Things.
First, excellent cover of Lorde’s Royals by the AcaBelles of Florida State University. These ladies have mad acca-skills.
An interview with several from the Robertson clan aka Duck Dynasty from I Am Second.
Beware. This will tug on your heartstrings. A documentarist & photographer records the first year of his son’s life – who was born 3 months early.
Another accapella piece, which is cool not just because they chose a good song, but also because it’s a collaborative mash-up of a bunch of different acca-people.
In case you missed it. Superman and Batman (who is apparently in love with Amy) get a visit from The Doctor.