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April 19, 2008

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #94 YouTube Whispers

Similar to Wikipedia Whispers, but using YouTube's Related Videos. To play, one chooses a video on YouTube (any video will do - even a random one), then you just choose Related Videos and see how quickly you can reach a video the seems totally unrelated to the original article. For example:

  1. Discovery Channel The world is just awesome commercial - An advert for Discovery Channel. (It has Stephen Hawking and the Mythbusters!)
  2. A car that runs 200 miles on compressed air - Piece about a French guy that developed a car that runs on compressed air.
  3. Compressed Air Powered Go Cart 2 - Exactly what it sounds like. The second of three videos, apparently.
  4. Crazy go-kart jump - A go-kart jump whose success depends on your point of view...
  5. brother flipping go-kart - Drink driving in a go-kart.
  6. street racing - Another "Ronseal" video*....
  7. Police VS Street Racer [Greatest Police Chase] - Police chase from a helicopter.
  8. Ghost Car Vanishes During Police Chase !!! wow ! - Ghost Car... yeah, right...
  9. Ghost Car - The video of the car on the winding road with the zombie jumping out at the end.
  10. scary - Another stupid "jump out and say 'boo!'" video.
  11. The Matrix Movie Mistakes - Matrix bloopers.

So there we are, "The Earth is wonderful" to "the Earth is fake" in 11 videos...

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* It does exactly what it says on the tin.


April 13, 2008

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #1 StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles.

It's brilliant; if I have time to kill, I can literally spend hours Stumbling through different pages.


December 22, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #10 Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade is a webcomic written and illustrated by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. It focuses mainly on video games, the video game industry, and gamer sub-culture. It is fantastic and hilarious, and is well worth a look.

Here's a handy link to the first comic. There are currently a little over 1,360 of them... (If you use Firefox, Pennypacker may come in handy for tracking your progress)


December 14, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #76 iPhone Insurance

Watchdog recently ran a report on Carphone Warehouse sales staff incorrectly informing customers that if they didn't buy Carphone Warehouse's own insurance for their new iPhone that they would need to take out a second contract if it was stolen, meaning they were paying for two contracts but had only one phone.

On the off chance that there are still some ill-informed staff out there, make a note of Watchdog's number (020 8535 1000) and head to your nearest Carphone Warehouse. Enquire about an iPhone and if they give you the line about the insurance, say to them, "Hang on a sec," then get out your phone and ring Watchdog then say something along the lines of:

"Watchdog? Yeah, hi. I'm in Carphone Warehouse right now, and you'll never guess what? They've just given me the line about insurance! I know, and after you've mentioned it twice! Sure, it's [Insert City Here]. No problem. Bye. [To Salesperson] Sorry, where were we?"


July 24, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #93 Wikipedia Whispers

Similar to Chinese Whispers, but using Wikipedia. To play, one chooses a page on Wikipedia (any page will do - even a random one - but choosing a "larger" topic will likely increase the number of links), then you just follow links and see how quickly you can reach a page the seems totally unrelated to the original article. For example:

  1. I started with San Fransisco.
  2. I noticed that it was named for St. Francis of Assisi.
  3. He was a friar.
  4. A friar is a member of one of the mendicant orders.
  5. These religious orders depended on begging for their livelihood.
  6. In India it is considered dharma to give to beggers.
  7. Dharma is quite similar to Taoism.

So there we are, San Fransisco to Taoism in 6 clicks.

I must admit, however, that xkcd thought of it first...


July 07, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #65 Scaring Old Folks

Dress up as Death - with full cowl and scythe garb - and creep around outside a retirement home, occasionally turning to look through a window to give the residents a knowing nod.

It would probably work best if the staff are in on the joke; that way they can ignore you...


July 04, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #37 Toilet Seats

Sneak into a public female toilet, when you know no one is inside, and put all the seats up.


January 02, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #42 Don't Search for Porn

It’s always amused me that if you search for something on Google (kittens, for example) and then do the search again but exclude all pages containing the word “porn” (kittens -porn in this case) the given number of results will always go down; I’ve yet to find a word or phrase that’s so innocent it hasn’t had a single encounter with a reference to porn.

However, what’s confused me about the example I’m using is that kittens returns 12,800,000 pages*, kittens -porn returns 2,680,000 pages* (~10,000,000 fewer!), but kittens porn only returns 844,000 pages*. So either Google searches don’t quite work how I think they do, or 9 million pages keep appearing and disappearing in the time it takes me to search…

(* Correct at time of writing)


May 07, 2005

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #83 Furniture Store Puns

Go into a furniture store and ask to see a stool sample…


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