Doing Jigsaw Puzzles at Work

Smartkit Jigsaw Puzzles

If you’ve got some downtime at work, why don’t you try doing a jigsaw puzzle online?

Smartkit calls themselves a “puzzle playground” and rightly so.

You can choose from a variety of puzzles to put together and four different dimensions of each. The larger you go, the more pieces you’ll have to work with.

Once you start, you can change the color of the background and you can show the full size picture for a little help. There’s also a timer on the page so you know how much time you’ve wasted so far.

Have fun!

Interesting Covers of Dust in the Wind

One of my favorite songs ever is Dust in the Wind by Kansas.

I’ll always remember Halo 3 because of it, that’s for sure. That commercial made me want that game really bad!

So anyway, I heard the song come up on XM Radio the other day, and I was interested in seeing what kind of cover songs there are, and it turns out there are quite a few interesting ones.

There are also a ton of regular plain non-interesting ones too, but I tried to gather up the most original covers. Check ’em out below.

Interface – Dust in the Wind
Here’s your standard electronica version. If you like techo, you’ll probably like this song. I thought it was ok, but I’m not really into this kind of techno music.

Metalium – Dust in the Wind
When I first saw the name of this band, I was thinking they were heavy metal so I was excited to hear this cover, but it turns out that this is just a plain cover of the song. Nothing special here, as far as I can tell. I would love to hear a metal version if anyone knows of one though.

Daughter Darling – Dust in the Wind
Here’s a catchy, pop style version of the song sung by female vocalists. I thought it was an interesting take on the song. I enjoyed it and I like their version of the violin solo.

Gabriel & Dresden – Dust in the Wind
Here’s another electronica version. I actually like this techno sound much better than the first version I posted. I really like this one and it’s probably my favorite cover of them all.

Sasha and Shawna – Dust in the Wind
This version is another one sung by a female vocalist. I thought it felt extremely calming. I couldn’t find a video to this version though, so you can listen to it over at Songza.

Pensando en ti by Mago de Oz
This is a cover from the Spanish band, Mago de Oz. It’s a cover of the song, although they have changed the name to Pensando en ti, which means “thinking of you.” I thought it was great hearing Dust in the Wind in Spanish.

Instead of Mourning, Let’s Celebrate Michael Jackson’s Hits

What’s going on with all of these celebrities dying? Seems like the ol’ “three death” rule holds true. First Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett yesterday morning, and then Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest at age 50 yesterday afternoon.

It’s crazy! And very sad about all three of them.

Anyway, instead of feeling down today, let’s enjoy some of Michael’s music, shall we?

Here’s my personal top 10 list (in no specific order) of Michael Jackson’s greatest songs:

Dirty Diana

Earth Song

Baby Be Mine

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

Off The Wall

Billie Jean

Beat It

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Thriller

Black or White

The Longest Words in English

I guess the longest word in English is debatable, because the longest word known contains 189,819 letters and is the chemical name of the largest known protein, except this word is not included in the dictionary. The short name for it “connectin” or even shorter “titin.”

If you wanna see the full word, check it out here. Looks like spam to me. 😉

So what about the longest word that IS included in the dictionary? This one is bit more manageable to read and pronounce. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is 45 letters long and is the name of some kind of lung disease.

The challenge?

Use both of these words in a conversation today.

Watch a video of Joanne Colan, formerly 🙁 of Rocket Boom, describe the longest words in English and attempt to recite the 189,819 character word.

Show Me Your Genitals

Here’s a funny song from Jon Lajoie, described as a “song for the ladies.”

So he’s not the best rap artist around, or even a slightly talented rapper, but he’s funny. I like the way he dances during his chorus line too.

Be warned though, that his lyrics aren’t family friendly so listen quietly. Your probably could’ve guessed that from the name of the song, but I thought I better warn you anyway.

What Browser Do You Use? I Use Google

What does the average person think a browser is?

To me, this seems crazy that so many people don’t really get it, but I DO know that’s it’s real because I still can’t get my family to use Firefox, because they just don’t understand.

I just installed Firefox on their computers so that I can use it when I’m helping them fix something and then they can stick with Internet Explorer while I’m gone.

It depresses me a little, but I can deal with it.

So check out what 50 passerby in Times Square of New York have to answer about the question “What is a Browser?” Most people seem to think a browser is Google or AOL.

The Kerning Has To Be Perfect

Max Kerning

Are you kerning perfectionist? Do you know what kerning is? Basically, kerning is the spacing that occurs between letters. If you’re a designer and I’m not being precise enough about the definition, I’m sorry. You can help define it in the comments if you’d like.

So now that you know what kerning is, check out MaxKerning.com. This guy is a kerning perfectionist. More like an all around perfectionist actually. He reminds me of Monk. This guys is very entertaining.

My First Experience With the New Hunch Search Engine

Hunch Decision Engine Logo

Hunch is a new search engine that was designed to help you make decisions and also gets smarter the more you answer the questions it asks.

Cofounder of Flickr, Caterina Fake, is also the cofounder of Hunch so it doesn’t sound like some fly-by-night operation and I’m sure lots of time and thought has gone into it.

Singing in Shower Hunch

When you start there, you’re asked a series of questions. I don’t know how many questions there are, but I answered somewhere around 30 before the site’s server shut down. Maybe more people are coming to the site than they expected?

When it came back online I answered another 10-15 more questions. I actually got a few repeats in there too. I guess it didn’t believe that I’m not a “Playa.”

Ok, so I’m thinking this is enough for the search engine to start giving me some good results. What should I search for now. I type in “Mexican Restaurants in Denver” and… nothing. I can’t get this damn site to work.

I decide to register and try again. This time I answered about 20 questions and then began my search again; “Mexican restaurants in denver.”

It worked!

Then I had to answer a few more questions related to my search. I answered about 6 more questions and then it gave me it’s answer.

Japanese Food Hunch

Japanese Food? Hmmmm…. Ok, so maybe I don’t want Mexican food after all 🙂

I think I just need to spend some more time learning how to use it, but so far I can see the potential. Looks like a fun new tool and I’ll be spending more time with it for sure.

Street Fighter II Bonus Round in Real Life

I was never a huge fan of the Street Fighter series, or really of any fighting games. I did like Dead or Alive and the early Mortal Kombat games though.

Anyway, enough of my video game nerdiness.

Do you remember the bonus round in Street Fighter II where you’re character has to beat the hell out of a car? Well, here’s a guy who does it in real life.

At first I thought it was a joke. It didn’t look like he was getting anywhere. Then the last thing I knew the car was completely totaled. Check it out!