Saturday, December 19, 2009

let it snow

Snow day! Ok, maybe it's not a real snow day since I'm no longer in school and it's a Saturday, which means most people didn't have work anyway (though our mail carrier did, and he is a champ for going out in this weather); but still, it's blizzarding here in Charm City - we had close to 20 inches around 2pm and our winter storm warning (read: huge effing blizzard) will be in effect until at least 6pm. So, in the spirit of the weather I've decided to give you the gift of the Calvin & Hobbes Snow Art Gallery:

So go on and settle down by the fire with some hot chocolate, your laptop, and your favorite pet tiger, cause even if it's not snowing where you are everyone could use a little time off from the holiday rush.

Friday, December 11, 2009

choices are tough

Hellllllllo friends, we’re back. It’s been a long five months, and we’re sure you missed us, but Tex and Coda have returned to help get you through these trying times. Also known as the holidays.

And possibly 2010, but no promises.

Since the holidays are, in fact, here (the first night of Hanukkah is tomorrow, people – I’m celebrating by getting my tree), you’re gonna have to start making a lot of decisions. Need some help with that? Let Simon Decide has you covered.

Just create a profile, answer some questions that illustrate your personality (the better to help you decide, my dear), and start making smart decisions. Once you’re registered click the large red button and let Simon help you make some good calls. Just ask a prepared question or a unique original and Simon will help you break the problem down, step-by-step. Then all you have to do is wait for Simon to analyze the info and give you his objective opinion.

Now Simon is great, but he’s not for the indecisive, so to help you sharpen your minor-decision-making skills I’ve found some cheerier practice material:

Pick One is a great warm-up, the site generates two random choices and you just have to pick the one you like best. Some of them are easy: BeyoncĂ© vs AIDS, and some are a little trickier: love vs chocolate milk. And the site averages out the top and bottom 10 choices so you can judge everyone else’s opinions.

Ready for something more advanced? Give Flickchart a whirl.

Create an account and then let Flickchart keep track as you choose between the two offered movies; as you go on Flickchart will track your favorites and keep a running list of which movies are your best-loved, statically speaking, of course.

And now that you’re a decision-making whiz you can get back to all that holiday shopping you’ve been putting off until the last minute; at least now you’ve got Simon to help you out.

By the way…this weekend is Army/Navy, so do Coda a favor and send a little love to the Mids this Saturday.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

the wanderlust

So it's now officially the middle of summer and rather than being diligently committed to work you're spending all your free time on orbitz looking for airplane tickets that'll get you out of Dodge and on vacation. Well, Tex and I've got you covered.

If you're in need of inspiration because your vacation scheming never got more specific than 'I need to get out of here,' take a look at Atlas Obscura.

Atlas Obscura is an online catalogue of the strangest sites the world has to offer. They're even working on organizing tours some time in the near future for the people on their mailing list. You can search for curious sites by category, continent, and country (as well as by state in the US); but if you've got some free time on your hands (and if you're here you clearly do) then try just clicking around on their map. The sites cataloged range from a Plague museum in the Netherlands to the world's largest drain with just about everything in between. The Atlas staff also gives readers the chance to suggest new sites to be added to their ever-growing archives.

Once you've decided where you want to go the next questions are how to get there and where to stay. This is where Travel Zoo comes in.
Travel Zoo isn't too flashy, but they've got some of the best travel deals out there. Plus you can sign up for their weekly email of the Top 20 best deals they have going right then. You can even search for places to visit based on the kind of trip you want to take. For example if you're looking for ideas for a ski weekend or a romantic getaway (or a romantic ski weekend, perhaps?) they've got you covered. Travel Zoo makes the entire reservation process mercifully simple and painless which I think everyone can live with.

If you find yourself heading to Europe to go backpacking all over the continent and need some short, cheap flights while you're there, check out attitude Travel. It's a complete index of all of Europe's low fare airlines categorized by price as well as by the regions and countries in which they're active. It even extends out of Europe and into North Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East. The site is amazingly helpful but take some advice from Coda: don't make any reservations that depend on making tight connections, on trains or planes. If there's anything I've learned about Europe it's that time is a very fluid concept and getting hung up on details like 'on time arrivals' and 'making your next flight' will only bring frustration.

Now all that's left is packing...but we can't help you there.
Bon voyage!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Laughter is nature's f***ing candy.

Anyone who knows Coda & I knows that there are two things we love: Paternity Tests and laughter.

Which led us to compile the following list of sites: they're either funny or hilarious.
Get with the program.


In the Butt is a photography collection, a dynamic art piece, a representative performance of the collective - fuck it, it's vandalism. But hilarious vandalism. So it's OK. Here's the long and short of it: take a sticker that says IN THE BUTT and stick it in a hilarious place (stop signs are played out, kids), or use it to interrupt some heavy-handed corporate advertisement. What ensues? Hilarity. SFW hilarity.


Superdickery is a hilarious site collecting vintage and super-sketch strips, scenes, and covers from the Superman/Batman comic book franchise. Hilarious, and SFW if your boss has a sense of humor.


Debate raged about whether to include this site in this post, or to make it a Blog of the Month*. Fuck You, Penguin is an epic masterpiece of hilarity. It is a man amongst boys, a grand mirror that shows a normal comedy site that it is nothing more than a 14 year old's livejournal. It is NSFW. It is worth it to wait til you get home.

If you hate cute animals, but weren't ever sure quite how to tell them, then this is the site for you.

*By "debate raged", I mean "I couldn't decide."


Another masterpiece of hilarious internet randomness, Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling is classic. The game? Get one of the millions of epic pictures of Ryan Gosling emoting. Add hilarious hipsterized hack dialogue caption. Enjoy.

In the same genre, this site also links to Fuck Yeah! Anne Hathaway and Gyllenhaal Nation. However, I feel that neither of those has the same ping as the epic Ryan Gosling.

Well, that's all for today, folks. Texas is going to go work on her latest truck stop bartender drink mix, so appropriately working-titled The Ramshackle Caddy.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

the way young lovers do

It’s February 12th and while it’s doubtful that you’ve forgotten Valentine’s Day is looming a mere 27 hours from now, it’s entirely possible that you still have nothing to give to your significant other. Not to worry, TCKiT and overnight delivery are here to help you throw some shit together reeeal fast.

The best ingredients to help set the mood for a romantic night in are the two that probably shouldn’t be mixed to begin with: booze and fire. Well, the nice people at Let’s Get Lit Candles are way ahead of you.

They use alcohol bottles and turn them into holders for scented (or unscented) gel candles, and for those of you in warmer climes, they even offer citronella. There are 12 scents (as well as an unscented option) to choose from and dozens of bottle varieties. Let’s Get Lit also has an option for special requests that can be ordered over the phone or by email. Now all you have to do is buy some actual booze…

If you happen to be one of those foolish people who agreed to give a ‘homemade’ Valentine’s gift and still have nothing, don’t panic yet (and those of you who're with someone who appreciates craft-y things should probably pay attention, too).

Etsy is sort of like an online craft fair. People sell handmade jewelry, cufflinks, toys, bags, art, plates, and...well you get the idea. The variety available is staggering and sheer volume of things available on the site can be pretty overwhelming so it’s best if you go in with an idea of what you’re looking for before you get lost sorting through the hundreds of pages of handsewn quilts. And if you’re ever questioned about the sudden and dramatic improvement in your artistic abilities: lie.

Last but not least, it’s important to remember that Valentine’s Day is a gift-giving holiday, which means that it can’t be celebrated unless there’s been some pretty massive pressure and possibly even some guilt involved in the gift-giving process (hey, this is America), so if you happen to show your loved one what life in The Doghouse is like…well who’s that gonna hurt?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Texas Picks Pippi!

Although it's been mentioned before, and you suckers know I hate repeats, this one's worth it. Texas' Awesome Blog (tm) of the Week is once more

Pippi is awesome and hilarious, and I 100% recommend you read her site every time you get online. Now you go do it. And don't you lie to me. Tex can tell.