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I, For One, Welcome Our New Theremin and Drum-Playing Robotic Overlords

Via MAKE Magazine, I found this gem.  Kevin's gonna love this.

Yeah, yeah, so it's not quite as good* as that other theremin version….but that just means they need more practice.  Or programming.  Or something.

*"Good" here is a relative term describing the accuracy and skill of the instrumentalists.  I'm sure Mr. Wolf will tell you there is no "good" version of this song.

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Yod’s Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt, Take #1

Well, I have to admit this was a lot of fun.  What was even more fun was sneaking out to take photos under my wife's nose, since she doesn't understand how I can get wrapped up in all that "blog stuff".

Anyway, I'm hoping there are many more of these contests in the weeks to come…it's definitely better than spending the time wishing the thermometer would drop below 104 degrees!

1. Take a self portrait using a mirror and a very bad camera angle. Think about your average teenager's MySpace profile picture and you're on the right track.

Let's see.
Mirror?  Check.
Bad camera angle? Check.
Camera in photo so you are positive it's a self-portrait? Check.
Slightly out of focus? Check.
Weird awkward smile that would look right at home on a MySpace page?  Double-check.

2. Show us the "Welcome To" sign for where you live.


I drive past this one almost every day.  It's always struck me as a bit of overkill in the signage department.  But I guess someone in the city council has a nephew or brother that prints street signs, or something like that.

3. Show a cellphone being used by someone/something that shouldn't be using it.


I swear I wasn't copying TheOcho's post with this one!  My daughter LOVES to pretend to talk on the phone.  She will use anything as the pretend phone, including but not limited to: a shoe, a playing card, a matchbox car, a plastic teacup, and a computer mouse.  However, she ADORES my cell phone (must be all the pretty colors and buttons).  She isn't allowed to play with it (other than for this picture) anymore since the time I caught her one button-press away from erasing all my contacts.

Strangely, she refuses to talk to anyone on a real phone.  I think the voices scare her.

4. Take a picture of a sure sign that the world is ending (don't post a pic of a sober Lindsay Lohan, I know that it's either a picture you didn't take this weekend [since Lindsay was last sober 10 years ago] or completely fake).


I was all set to take a shot of an article about the French kid who got arrested for translating Harry Potter into French – after all, what is a better indication that the world is ending than a kids' books publisher pressing charges against a kid?  Then I caught sight of these guys this morning on my neighbor's lawn.

The guy bent over?  He's been trying to start that weed-whacker for about 6 minutes.  Before that, he tried to start a different one (same model) for about 5 minutes.  Shortly after this picture, he realizes that he has to HOLD DOWN THE TRIGGER on the weed-whacker while pulling the cord to get the motor to start.  His partner in crime on the riding mower was completely oblivious to the whole incident.  Now, normally, I wouldn't think anything of this (especially if it was someone in my family trying to figure out how to run one of these things).  But remember – this guy is part of a PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE team.  His JOB is to use the weed-whacker, probably dozens of times DAILY.  You know the world is coming to an end when the average Joe can get a job doing something he has no competence for, and nobody (or almost nobody) seems to notice.

Yod, I know you said no photoshop, but I didn't want to get sued for libel, so I put black bars over the name and number of the lawn service in this publicly-posted picture.  I still have the untouched original, though, if you need to ensure I wasn't doctoring anything.


5. Show us something over 100 years old.

The guy who used to own the land all the houses in my neighborhood sit on still owns a parcel behind my house.  I was talking to him one day a few months back and commented how much my family loves the giant sycamore tree (pictured here) in our back yard, and how we're glad the developer didn't get rid of it when building the house.  He told me that his family had owned the land since 1750, when this area was settled, and that his great-grandfather had planted a bunch of sycamores around the 1850s because he liked the look of them.  As best he can figure, this one is around 150 years old, and still going strong.

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Drive Through ATMs – An Open Letter

To the Woman Who Decided She'd Walk Up to the Drive-Through ATM,

Hello.  You don't know me and I don't know you.  But today, you decided that you would walk up to the drive-through ATM at the bank, and use it on foot.  Now, I understand that the bank location we were at does not have an ATM for pedestrians, and that you may not have wanted to go inside and talk to a teller.  However, I saw you walk back to your car, get in, and drive away.

What made you decide to use the ATM on foot instead of driving your car around and going through the drive-through lane?  Do you have trouble getting close enough to the machine when you pull through, and figured it would be easier just to park and walk?  Were you afraid you'd be wasting gas driving around the extra 50 feet from the parking lot to the entrance to the drive-through?  Or were you trying to justify your walk from car to machine and back again as your "exercise" for the day?

Any way you swing it, it's just plain odd to use the drive-through ATM on foot.  And from the way that pickup truck driver was frowning at you as he nearly ran you over, it may be a safety hazard, too.

Please use your car next time…if for no other reason than you'll find it less likely for your picture to end up on the internet when you are acting like a normal human being.

Sincerely,

A "concerned" bank customer

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So I’m Crazy? Crazy like a….theremin?!?

Today seems to be my day to post crap I've discovered – let's just say it's been a long day and I'm in no shape to write anything coherent.

Found this via Boing Boing.  I've never heard a theremin sound like this…pretty sweet though.  The other band members do a decent job, too, especially that kickass drummer.

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