Yes, I’m actually posting!

If you can read this – April Fools! Welcome to my little collection of April Fools 2008 links!

Google has partnered with Virgin to create Virgle – Earth – Plan B, colonization of the planet Mars! Make sure you fill out the application.

Google is also introducing Gmail custom time – date your e-mails whenever you want!

Wikipedia has an article on Ima Hogg and her family. Make sure to read the rest of the page as well!

WOOT is having a WOOTOFF – of the exact same item! Make sure to click on the item picture. Bagsofcrap have made an appearance, so be warned!

Kia introduces the KEE_Wii – a concept vehicle with no steering wheel, controlled by a Wii controller – from any seat!

Art Lebdev has created a new difficult to use door chain!

CNet’s Download.com has the six best new downloads for 2008!

Wired has an article about how activists want to rename April 1st – Fossil Fools Day!

Slate has an article on teaching kids kinder-gardening! Its not too early to start Caroline!
(Their weather report happens to be quite amusing as well)

Virgin Blue offers “No chair fares”!

Did you know that penguins can fly!?

The Reckless Chef has burned down her apartment! Make sure to stop by and send your condolences.

Of course, there is the omni-present RickRoll!

Going Vegetarian?

Returning home after a long trip with a totally different cuisine has been an interesting experience. I didn’t get sick once while traveling and I ate some bizzare stuff. No fried spiders though – thankyouverymuch. The first thing I did upon my return, before even getting to my parent’s house, was to get a double cheeseburger from Mustard’s Last Stand in Evanston. On the trip I only once ate at McDonalds and it was to make things less complicated rather than to splinter the group I was traveling with. Mike ordered a burger in Krabi – I’ve never seen a patty so small! So one of my cravings was a Mustard’s double-cheese. Not more than an hour after I ate it – it was WWIII in my stomach. Apparently the burger didn’t get along with the Korean food from the flights nor the ~4 weeks of Thai/Vietnamese/Cambodian I had been eating! In fact, my system hasn’t been digging the food I have been putting into it since I’ve gotten back. Then my Mom sends me this NYT article… its quite fascinating, actually. I had never thought about the full impact that our “meat factories” have on the environment…

Global demand for meat has multiplied in recent years, encouraged by growing affluence and nourished by the proliferation of huge, confined animal feeding operations. These assembly-line meat factories consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases and require ever-increasing amounts of corn, soy and other grains, a dependency that has led to the destruction of vast swaths of the world’s tropical rain forests.

To put the energy-using demand of meat production into easy-to-understand terms… if Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan to the ultra-efficient Prius. Similarly, a study last year… estimated that 2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the average European car every 155 miles, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days.

Though some 800 million people on the planet now suffer from hunger or malnutrition, the majority of corn and soy grown in the world feeds cattle, pigs and chickens. This despite the inherent inefficiencies: about two to five times more grain is required to produce the same amount of calories through livestock as through direct grain consumption
New York Times

Read the article, its something that we should all be aware of!

Sorry about the lack of updates. I’ve been about as lazy as one can be upon my return. I guess after 4 weeks of non-stop activity, slowing down and resting a bit isn’t such a bad thing. I’ve now got a Sunday deadline to sort through my pictures as my parents, Greg and Mila will be coming over for a slideshow. They should be uploaded soon after!

Google Zeitgeist 2007

Zeitgeist
Its that time of year again! Google releases its Zeitgeist.

Zeitgeist describes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era. In German, the word has more layers of meaning than the English translation, including the fact that Zeitgeist can only be observed for past events.

See how the iPhone fares vs. Don Imus, if more people ask “what is love” or “what is bluetooth”, and if more people want to know how to flirt than how to dance! Always a fascinating perspective on the past year’s events!

Paging Dr. Justin Spitzer

I was watching tonight’s episode of The Office and I could not stop laughing when I saw this:

I know that smile! Yes, that’s right, my old roommate Justin Spitzer!! I knew he had written for The Office last season (as well as Scrubs) but I was not expecting to see him on TV – and in High Def no less! Wow – I can’t get over it! I lived with Justin in Evanston my junior and senior year at Northwestern – we had a blast! I’m thrilled to know he is doing what he loves, and the humor in that role was totally his! After doing a quick Google search – I found out that he is actually the Execuive Story Editor on The Office! Fantastic!

I’m going to send him an e-mail to congratulate him – but I wanted to post this as well, see if internet paging works. Maybe he will swing by while egogoogling!