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  1. OH NO!

    Originally uploaded by J-Easy

    Since Easter’s coming, don’t forget to check out Peeps Research.

    Update: But wait! There’s more — “Ultimate Peep Show”:

    Ultimate Peep Show



  2. Originally uploaded by randomdeanna.

    Next time I try to explain to someone that I have a complicated, yet randomly silly sense of humor, I will show them this. And tell them I think it’s hilarious.

  3. I’m in the middle of preparing a 15-minute presentation that I’m giving at the end of the month on the evolution of the Interweb, and I’ve just learned some startling news. Web 2.0 sites are the leading cause of clogged pores and pimples on over 75% of the Internet’s skin:

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  4. IMG_3348.JPGRemember the funniest press release of all time? The final performance was Thursday night, and I’ve got a bunch of pictures and videos from it… watch as John and Dogbowl discuss Nancy Pelosi, perform some hits, talk about the other musician John Hall (who just got elected to Congress), as well as read from his forthcoming book, “Daily Negations.”

     

     

     

    John S. Hall — Sensitive Artist & Nancy Pelosi:

     

    John S. Hall — Jesus Was Way Cool:

     

    John S. Hall — About the guy from Orleans + Daily Negations:

  5. My brother responded to my post about Bureaucracy

    Oh, I hate those things [voice-prompted call systems]. You know, it really *is* kind of like playing those old text adventures like Bureaucracy, except the points that are measured are actually your blood pressure going up.

    And he sent the following dramatic reenactment:

    ————————————————> VERBOSE
    Maximum verbosity.

    > LOOK
    You are in your computer room. Things are in slight disarray; some of last week’s laundry is laying on the boxes behind you, empty beer cans lie strewn about, and the ashtray on your desk hasn’t been emptied in days. On your desk is a computer monitor, your cell phone, a piece of paper, and various computer parts. Next to your desk are your two computers and a printer stand, which holds your modem and router. You are sitting in your chair. There is an exit east.

    > USE COMPUTER
    Which computer do you mean, the Gell Pessimitude fileserver, or the new state-of-the-art Boysenberry XR-71 Mach Snail?

    > BOYSENBERRY
    As you open up the Mothra browser (no doubt named for all the inherent bugs in it), an error page comes up telling you it can’t find a connection.

    Your blood pressure has increased 2 points.

    > EXAMINE ROUTER
    This is a Lynkpiss router. It’s a bit older, but you like it because it’s OS is easily replaced by better third-party software. Four cables are plugged in to it: one to each computer, one to the modem, and a power cable. It seems to be functioning properly.

    > EXAMINE MODEM
    There’s no indication of the manufacturer of this modem, but it’s narrow, black, and has a bunch of triangular lights on it. The only markings on the modem are stickers on the bottom showing FCC numbers and a MAC ID. It has three cables running to it: one to the router, one going in to the wall, and a power cable. A triangular blinking “RECV” light tells you it’s not getting a signal.

    > GET CELL PHONE AND CALL TECH SUPPORT
    Taken.

    A cheery voice greets you, “Thank you for calling Barter Communications. To continue in English, please press one. Para ayuda en Espanol, oprima el numero dos.”

    > READ PAPER
    (Taken)
    Barter Voicemenu Cheat Sheet
    Tech Support – 1322148621181
    Billing – 124639326115272893142(acct#)31223
    Sales – 11

    (Next to the Sales entry is a hastily scrawled note in your handwriting that reads, “Bastards!”)

    > DIAL 1322148621181
    The cheery voice says, “One moment please!” and some cabana music starts playing. “Good thing I read the cheat sheet,” you think, but then ponder all the previous calls and wasted life it took to create it.

    Your blood pressure has decreased by 1 point.

    > Z
    Time passes…

    The music is interrupted, and another not-so-cheery (kind of whiny, actually) voice says, “We’re sorry, all of our technical support representatives are currently assisting other customers. Please wait and your call will be answered in the order it was received.” It sort of sounds like a third grader with an adult voice reading lines from Shakespeare.

    Your blood pressure has increased by 1 point.

    > Z
    Time passes…

    A new cheery yet sultry voice comes on the phone and tells you, “Hello! I’m the Barter computer system! While you’re waiting to speak to one of our representatives, I’d like to ask you some preliminary questions. I’ll pass this information along to our representatives so they can help you further if necessary. If you’d like to continue, please say, ‘Ok!'”

    > DIAL 0
    The cheery sultry voice almost laughingly says, “I *know* you really want to speak to a person right now, but I’d like to ask you some questions first. If you’d like me to help you, please say, ‘Ok!'”

    Your blood pressure has increased by 1 point.

    > SAY “NO THANKS”
    “Great! Is your computer on right now?”

    Your blood pressure has increased by 1 point.

    > SAY “YES”
    “Good. Is your modem on, too?”

    Your blood pressure has increased by 1 point.

    > SAY “YES”
    “Excellent! Now, can you tell me what kind of modem you have? You can tell by looking underneath the modem for a manufacturer sticker. Our most common models are 3-Bomb and Engineola! If you don’t know your modem’s manufacturer, please say, “I don’t know!'”.

    > EXAMINE MODEM
    There’s no indication of the manufacturer of this modem, but it’s narrow, black, and has a bunch of triangular lights on it. The only markings on the modem are stickers on the bottom showing FCC numbers and a MAC ID. It has three cables running to it: one to the router, one going in to the wall, and a power cable. A triangular blinking “RECV” light tells you it’s not getting a signal.

    The cheery sultry voice asks, “Are you still there?”

    > SAY “YES”
    “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand that modem type. Could you say it again?”

    Your phone sounds a quick double-beep at you.

    Your blood pressure has increased 2 points.

    > EXAMINE PHONE
    Your phone is a CS-9120, last year’s state-of-the-art phone from Happitec. It has a host of features you rarely use, including a built-in camera. The battery indicator is flashing.

    The cheery sultry voice asks, “Are you still there?”

    Your blood pressure has increased 5 points.

    > SAY “LET ME SPEAK TO A HUMAN NOW”
    “Hmm. Let’s move on. Is your cable TV working properly? To tell for sure, please tune to channel 9.”

    Your phone sounds a quick double-beep at you.

    Your blood pressure has increased 5 points.

    > SAY “I NEED TO SPEAK TO A HUMAN #$%ING BEING RIGHT NOW, YOU PIECE OF #!@$ COMPUTER, BEFORE I REACH THROUGH THIS PHONE AND TEAR YOUR %^&$ING TRANSISTORS OUT, PUT SOME SOY SAUCE ON THEM, EAT THEM FOR LUNCH, AND FLUSH THEM DOWN THE GOD&*^$ TOILET IN AN HOUR! IS THAT COMING THROUGH LOUD AND *&^)ING CLEAR?”
    Having far exceeded the three curseword limit the system was designed for, the voice ever-so-happily tells you, “Hold on while I transfer your call!”

    Your phone sounds a quick double-beep at you.

    Your blood pressure has increased 10 points.

    > Z
    Time passes…

    A new voice comes on the phone. “Thank you for calling Barter Communications, this is Brad, how can I be of serv–” and your cellphone dies.

    Your blood pressure has increased 20 points.

    You feel a slight pressure in your head, shortly before passing out. Apparently the blood vessels in your brain can only take so much, and a few popped on you causing a massive aneurism.

    **** YOU HAVE DIED ****

    Please type RESTORE or QUIT:

    ————————————————

    Last thoughts from my dear brother?

    So, that’s how I see it.

  6. This almost beats the End of the World.

  7. Frigging hilarious site with a whole gallery of images depicting various moments in history as seen by Fox News…

    Civil rights ala Fox

    Thanks to Robert Greenwald for the link.

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