Genetics: How it all works (essentially)

February 26, 2010

Via Kottke.

How to sell a $35,000 watch

February 26, 2010

There are $35,000 watches?!
Wall Street Journal outlines some of the strategies salespeople use in order to sell these very practical timepieces.

Salespeople lay the client’s well-worn watch on a tray between two shiny new ones, creating a contrast that subtly suggests it’s time to upgrade.

More sales strategies include: flattery, talking not about “price” but rather about “value”, and placating annoyed wives by suggesting the husband also buy her a (less-expensive) watch.

Via MeFi.

Is this what the kids are doing these days?

February 25, 2010

I get a friend request on Facebook from “Peter Banks”, a guy I’ve never met. We do have one mutual friend, but to be honest I don’t know that guy very well either; he’s a friend’s brother and I’ve only met him once. A name like Peter Banks is so common it’s unGoogle-able, so no help there. Peter’s profile is pretty bare. There is one photo of a twenty-something male model- which could be an actual photo of Peter, I guess, since our one mutual friend does a little modelling too. And his profile says he’s “in a relationship”, so maybe he’s not just trying to flirt with random girls, which would have been my first guess.

ME: Hey Peter, thanks for the friend request. Have we met in real life?

PETER: Hey Nicole, never had the pleasure of meeting you in real life. I signed up for FB mainly for netwoking, but making a few friends along the way would be an added bonus. If you only accept people you know then no worries & sorry to trouble you.
Keep well.

I do not at all understand. How is it networking (excuse me, “netwoking”) to randomly friend people with no preamble? That’s not networking, that’s just… weird. It’s like coming to a party and just staring at someone for an hour instead of saying hi. What, am I going to friend a complete stranger and then somehow we’re in some sort of viable network together, sharing, what, tips? Is it like, if you stare at another person at a party long enough they might give you a job reference or something? I’m no expert but I do not think that’s how this works. Is it? Why am I asking this? *head explodes*

So I just hit “Accept friend request” and we’ll see what happens. Oh no wait, I did not do that.

Fold a T-shirt in two seconds

February 25, 2010

This is not new, but I’d forgotten all about it.

Vogue – House of Monroe

February 24, 2010

House of Monroe is a Toronto Vogue Fem dance crew. I saw them perform at Buddies last week and they are insane: it’s such a captivating form of dance, at once fluid, precise, languid, and gymnastic. Forget what Madonna used in the video, this is way better. Plus loud beats and live freestyle chanting on microphone. It’s so fun to watch.

There aren’t a lot of great videos of voguing on YouTube, but I did manage to find this House of Monroe dancer (I think his name is Snoopy Monroe) “goofing around” (read: “dancing amazingly”) after a rehearsal in someone’s kitchen.


February 24, 2010

Get Vajazzled!
First they wax it bare, then they bedazzle it with rhinestones!


(probably a bit NSFW, unless you work involves gynecology, Brazilian waxes, or Swarovski crystals)
Thanks to Kelly for the tip.

Call UrbanDictionary.

February 22, 2010

I think I just coined a new term. When you’re emailing someone back and forth, but then one of you just doesn’t get around to responding: you have E-VAPORATED.

Chromakey: used more than you thought

February 22, 2010

Here’s a studio reel showing how film & TV locations are often chromakeyed onto blue or green screens.

Via Kottke.

Animal Minds – RadioLab Podcast

February 19, 2010

Check out the first 15 minutes of this RadioLab podcast on Animal Minds– great story about a trapped whale. And then make sure to listen to the last segment, a 7-min story about National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen and the leopard seal you see below- it’s just fantastic. Skip to 52:00 to hear it.
Thanks to Kelly for the tip.

I love that last pic with the penguin foot so much. Click to see it bigger. So awesome.

After listening to the seal story, here’s a little more context, with a video showing some more photos. Listen to the podcast first, though, as the narrative is way better there.

Avatar cosplay: Hometree Wisconsin

February 18, 2010

So sensitive. It’s like Weird Al and Lister have finally come into their own. I feel like these people really get it.