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February 05, 2007

Email scam?

Amazon email scam

I wonder how it could tell?

February 04, 2007

Babyshambles on Popworld

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“Can I just explain, this is quite a fast-paced pop show.”

December 11, 2006

My Charlie Brown Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, as performed by the cast of Scrubs.

December 08, 2006

MS Zune: Behind the scenes

Normally I’d just link to this kind of thing in my sidebar, but this is too good not to applaud: Behind the Scenes at the Microsoft Zune Design Laboratory.

December 06, 2006

How to dress up as your favorite programming language for halloween

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Bit late, but I love this list. There are a few old chestnuts along these lines – shooting yourself in the foot in various programming languages, if your OS was an airline, and so on. But this is all new, and if you’re a programmer it’s laugh-out-loud stuff:-

Javascript: Everybody will hate you when you put this costume on, but they’ll give you candy because they think you’re their only option. However — you will be incapable of accepting this candy using the normal means (open bag, wait, close bag) because of some early design mistakes, but there will be literally thousands of ways to hack around this. For example, you could set fire to a house, and then lay a tripwire so that when its residents coming screaming out they’ll fall and the candy in their arms will go sailing through the air into a field of mousetraps you set a little bit down the road, which will go off and in the process hurl the candy into another high rainbow arc which will fall into a giant funnel that leads into a complicated series of roller coaster tunnels that propel that candy through the neighborhood and empty out into your bedroom window. This mechanism will seem very natural to you. But it will only work with one house. You’ll need to find a different way to do it for each of the others.

November 14, 2006

A nice day for a white… Christmas?

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Billy Idol’s dreaming of a white christmas. Is it just me, or is there something terribly, terribly wrong about this?

Funky drummer

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October 24, 2006

Jack Black says stop piracy

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”...they steal all our internets…”

September 29, 2006

When animations fight back

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Do you use Illustrator or Quark or InDesign? Then this is for you.

July 26, 2006

Famous logos, web 2.0 style

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Web 2.0. It's all about participation, about the web as a platform, about harnessing collective intelligence, right? Wrong. It's about looking as though you're web 2.0. And that means pastel colours, gradient fills, curves, reflections and shiny corners. So what better way to pay tribute to this magnificent trend than to redo the logos of famous companies in finest web 2.0 style. Here's one to give you the idea; there are dozens more if you choose to click.

Click for so very many more

July 14, 2006

1500 eighties videos

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Oh dear. 1500 videos, and not a single one of them has aged well. (Disclaimer: this hypothesis based on only a small random sample. Counter–examples welcome.)

It's just a front–end on to YouTube, but it's a very convenient way to review the entire, um, corpus of the decade.

June 19, 2006

How to cheat good

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Amusing blog entry from a professor in the US tired of seeing incompetent plagiarism from his students:–

When you copy things from the web into Word, ignoring #3 above, don’t just “Edit > Paste” it into your document. When I am reading a document in black, Times New Roman, 12pt, and it suddenly changes to blue, Helvetica, 10pt (yes, really), I’m going to guess that something odd may be going on.

Sound advice.

June 14, 2006

New Yorker

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I was lucky enough to get a subscription to the New Yorker last Christmas. I'm enjoying it more than just about any UK magazine or newspaper with the possible exception of Word Magazine. This morning I nearly choked on my Raisin Wheats when I read this opening to the magazine's review of The Da Vinci Code:–

The story of "The Da Vinci Code" goes like this: A dead Frenchman is found laid out on the floor of the Louvre. His final act was to carve a number of bloody markings into his own flesh, indicating, to the expert eye, that he was preparing to roll himself in fresh herbs and sear himself in olive oil for three minutes on each side.

May 12, 2006

Star Trek Cribs

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It's just like I always imagined it would be.

May 05, 2006

The wrath of the veggies

From this week's Times Higher comes the salutory tale of the man who wrote an essay called Why vegetarians should be force-fed lard. So far, so drolly humorous, you might (or might not) think, but what makes it more interesting is that this essay was housed on the web server of the University of Newcastle. One can only begin to imagine the joy felt by their IT department, therefore, when angry vegetarians from around the country began contacting them demanding the removal of this piece. The THES says:–

Their arguments were initially rejected by Quentin Campbell, acting for the University's Information Systems and Services. His phone number was then published on the vegetarians' website with a suggestion that he should be pestered.

The same person who suggested Operation Pester–cide also invited fellow veggies to call the Sun newspaper to generate bad publicity for the university.

Faced with the wrath of the veggies, Newcastle University apparently conceded defeat and removed the offending pages. The stick, it seems, is mightier (and tastier?) than the carrot.

April 04, 2006

Flashy SUVs

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It seems that Chevrolet are looking for new ways to promote the Tahoe, their big SUV. One idea they've hit upon is inviting viewers of their web site to create their own advert. This is technically quite brilliant; it's a little timeline editor which lets you choose snippets of footage, add your own captions and choose a soundtrack, all in a Flash applet inside your browser.

But the best bit about it is this: it's abundantly clear that they're not moderating the adverts which their users are creating. Take a look, for example, at this. (If anyone can work out how I can save a local copy of that advert, please tell me how; I'm sure it won't be there forever. ;-)

Update: Thanks to Tom for pointing out this montage hosted by which I guess has more chance of sticking around for a while. Still can't save it, though; curse these parameterised playback widgets!

March 20, 2006

Web 2.0 or Star Wars character?

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Do you know whether brakiss, trumba and eskobo are Star Wars characters or Web 2.0 apps? How about nilo, qoop or oola? Take the quiz and discover the awful, yet hilarious, truth for yourself.

March 14, 2006

Google in twenty years

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March 05, 2006

Live action Simpsons credits

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Love this – the Simpsons credits redone as live action.

The actors don't look exactly like their cartoon counterparts (too many fingers, not yellow enough) but otherwise the accuracy of the copy is uncanny – the bit that cracks me up is the skateboard on the roof of the car.

February 19, 2006

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Click to visit Despair.comYou know those supposedly motivational posters that say things like "You will never know what you can achieve unless you try" and "If you are not living on the edge, you are taking too much room"? At best they're irritating, at worst a waste of space.

Fortunately there is an antidote: makes posters and other stuff with what we might fairly call demotivational messages which are much more appealing. As well as the example shown here, some other quotes I enjoyed included:-

  • Incompetence: When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do.

  • Meetings: None of us is as dumb as all of us.

And in a nice pop at the market that they're satirising:-

  • Motivation: If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.

Amusingly, I notice that this brand of anti-motivational material is now so popular that if you do a Google search for motivational posters then rather than any of the designers that they're lampooning is the first result.

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