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The Bot of Mormon
"I don't usually do in-depth analyses of my bots, especially one that's probably not gonna break ten followers, but my most recent bot is very personal to me, and the making of it turned out to be much stranger than I expected. It's The Bot of Mormon, "the most correct bot", a text-generating process with a very niche audience but the niche audience includes me, so I'm happy." Great, detailed post from Leonard on making programattic jokes: his explanation of the ongoing struggle to make the bot entertaining is good, and the solution he comes to smart.
leonardr  bot  bots  humour 
october 2014 by infovore
Twisted toymaker Paul Spooner on his 'wooden cartoons'
"I'm a mechanical jokemaker". Completely charming; I love the typewriter-robot. Also, excellent footage of a sketchbook.
making  machinery  humour  sketching  invention 
march 2013 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Only Thing That Can Stop This Asteroid is Your Liberal Arts Degree.
"I don’t need some pencilneck with four Ph.D’s, one-thousand hours of simulator time, and the ability to operate a robot crane in low-Earth orbit. I need someone with four years of broad-but-humanities-focused studies, three subsequent years in temp jobs, and the ability to reason across multiple areas of study. I need someone who can read The Bell Jar and make strong observations about its representations of mental health and the repression of women. Sure, you’ve never even flown a plane before, but with only ten days until the asteroid hits, there’s no one better to nuke an asteroid."
humanities  mcsweeneys  humour  writing 
april 2012 by infovore
“You’re a Great Boyfriend, Tommy, But I Think I’m Safer With Coach, Ellis and Nick,” A ‘Dear John’ By Rochelle | Hardcasual
"Tommy, I appreciate you. You do so much for me. You make an excellent vegetable chili. And that time I was on a trip for work and you caught that mouse all on your own, you were really brave. On the flip side, Nick, Coach and your brother Ellis, they offer the security of a well-oiled killing machine. We cover each other. We share health packs. And we don’t cook vegetable chili."
l4d2  hardcasual  games  humour 
november 2009 by infovore
Table of Condiments
...That Periodically Go Bad. Somewhat useful, surprisingly.
cooking  reference  periodictable  pastiche  humour  science 
july 2009 by infovore
Just for Laughs -Jean Paul Satre's Lost Cookbook
"I have realized that the traditional omelet form (eggs and cheese) is bourgeois. Today I tried making one out of cigarette, some coffee, and four tiny stones. I fed it to Malraux, who puked. I am encouraged, but my journey is still long." How have I only just encountered this?
humour  writing  cookery  sartre 
july 2009 by infovore - It’s 4 AM and — no joke — I literally got out of...
"Multiplayer online Benny Hill. Please, game modding community, hear my cry." +1 to this, methinks.
l4d  left4dead  games  humour  bennyhill  awesome 
june 2009 by infovore
“Project Natal Must Never Be Completed” by John Connor, Leader of the Human Resistance | Hardcasual
"This is John Connor, leader of the Human Resistance... Microsoft’s Project Natal must never be completed, no matter what the cost. This machine, with its RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone, and custom processor running proprietary software, as well as its ability to track up to four human users for motion analysis, is clearly the precursor the killing machines of the near-future that haunt my dreams every night."
humour  games  terminator  natal  microsoft  parody 
june 2009 by infovore
Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil Dash
"I hope you find this overview of the future timeline of Facebook Usernames useful to understand where this exciting feature is going in the future, how our industry will adapt and respond to this sort of innovation, and how our tech trade press will hold the powerful company's feet to the fire as this sort of capability becomes mainstream in the years to come." Meanwhile, Anil Dash drops the awesome.
facebook  identity  online  humour  anildash  funny  sotrue 
june 2009 by infovore
E3 EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft’s Natal To Deliver 1:1 Teabagging on Xbox Live | Hardcasual
"When we assembled a focus group of Xbox Live players, they immediately asked for one feature we hadn’t even considered - in-depth tracking of the groin area, for post-kill celebrations. We were proud to help them find a new revolutionary way to teabag - and believe me, these ain’t no waggle controls." Hardcasual goes for the soft targets, as usual. Ahehe.
teabagging  microsoft  humour  natal  games  hardcasual 
june 2009 by infovore
teh tumblr
"I imagine this is how everybody who responds to the idea of Twitter with “Who cares if you’re eating a sandwich?” envisions Twitter." Yes.
funny  twitter  socialsoftware  bias  humour 
may 2009 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"It will [violent metaphor] you." Mitch has seen one too many press releases, methinks.
games  press  pr  e3  mitchkrpata  writing  funny  humour 
may 2009 by infovore
Dante’s Inferno Delayed for Tedious, Rigid Adaptation « Hardcasual
"Best of all, for impatient gamers the developer plans to conceal load screens with a mini-game where players can connect a USB keyboard and write an undergraduate thesis on the illustrations of Gustave Dore." Seriously, this already sounds much better than the Redwood Shores version...
ea  games  dantesinferno  hardcasual  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
Study: 80% of Players Remember Selves “Way Better” at Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 « Hardcasual
"When their fond memories of these games are challenged, they become nearly catatonic. Really, most of these players were just mashing ‘fierce punch’ as hard as they could and occasionally pulling off a quarter-circle turn. Once they’re faced with online competition… Well, they may be in for a terrible shock.”
hardcasual  mvc2  beatemup  games  fighting  nostalgia  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
First-Person Shouter » Chartcore Gamer
It's the hip-hop-songs-as-charts meme, but about being a PC gamer. Moderate chuckles abound.
games  graphs  infographics  charts  pc  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
hiimdaisy's entries tagged as "metal gear"
Lots of comics neatly surmising the plots of various Metal Gears; "Let's Destroy The Shagohod" is pretty spot-on, start to finish, and full of Giant Spoilers, obviously.
comics  pastiche  games  metalgear  metalgearsolid  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
Robert Benchley - How To Get Things Done
"anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. " Yes.
robertbenchley  gtd  productivity  behaviour  writing  essay  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
The Aeneid on Facebook
"Virgil is singing arms and a man". I must admit, I prefer "the man", but this is lovely nontheless.
facebook  humour  classics  pastiche  aeneid  virgil 
march 2009 by infovore
Hadouken Hadouken Hadouken
More on the phenomenon that is Ken Fighter Ken.
games  humour  cartoon  cheese  streetfighter4  ken  scrub  kenfighterken  mashing 
february 2009 by infovore
EA's drawing board of ideas before creating Dante's Inferno: the videogame - The Eegra Forums
"This summer will you be, or not be? It's Resident Evil meets House of the Dead, IN DENMARK." Epic Eegra thread taking the Dante's Inferno-shaped ball and running a very, very long way with it.
games  humour  pastiche  dantesinferno  forum  literature  mashup  eegra 
february 2009 by infovore
Solid Snake Must Be Somewhere in This Warehouse « Hardcasual
"Solid Snake, the special operations agent who frequently amuses himself by hiding in cardboard boxes, has been taped up and shipped to a warehouse in Oslo, Norway. Details are scarce at this point, but it appears Mr. Snake, famous for single-handedly dismantling Outer Heaven and destroying countless Metal Gears, made an error while shipping classified documents overseas and was picked up by a Fedex truck. The rescue operation has proved fruitless as of the time of this writing."
humour  hardcasual  packaging  infrastructure  metalgearsolid 
february 2009 by infovore
Craigslist Connections: "Pipe Bomb Over Here!" - Offworld
"A few lonely zombies are looking for love on the Bay Area Craigslist." Lovely.
games  humour  left4dead  craigslist  jokes 
february 2009 by infovore
Oh Crap. My Parents Joined Facebook.
"So, you finally caved. You've accepted a friend request from your Mom, Dad, crazy Aunt Ida, and your college roommate’s newly divorced mother. Well here's your chance to get back at them for taking away your public privacy."
blog  facebook  humour  socialmedia  privacy  family  parents 
february 2009 by infovore
Cake Wrecks: when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong - Telegraph
"This story clearly illustrates the problem with ordering over the phone." Oh dear.
humour  fail  cake  literal 
february 2009 by infovore
Chrome Cow » US Democracy Server: Patch Day
"Reputation with various factions are being rebalanced. The gradated reputation scale was erroneously being overwritten by the binary For Us/ Against Us flag." Entertaining explanation of the changes in the White House in the style of World of Warcraft patch notes. No, really.
wow  humour  politics  america  patch  barackobama 
january 2009 by infovore
PEE - App Store Popularity EnhancEr
"Teams from around the globe have analyzed figures and come up with a secret formula for App Store success. I share these findings today, ABSOLUTELY FREE. Success is made up of: a FLASHLIGHT.... and DIRTY WET FART SOUNDS!!! Tweetie is the only app that bundles together these two incredible features FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME." Amazing. I must get this!
humour  iphone  twitter  appstore  popularity 
january 2009 by infovore
BREAKING: Eddie Murphy Killed in Filming of Left 4 Dead Film « Hardcasual
"Murphy was also rumored to have been attempting to supply his castmates with pain pills. When asked about the rumors, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, playing “The Tank” in the film, said, “Eddie was just achievement-boosting. Anything else is a rumor, plain and simple.”" Hardcasual, again, I love you.
games  humour  left4dead  hardcasual  eddiemurphy 
january 2009 by infovore
Periodic Table of Awesoments
"Modern day awesominers know there are actually 118 fundamental "awesoments" that compose all good things. The Periodic table of Awesoments can be a very useful tool. It's designed to show the relationships between awesoments, and often one can even predict how awesoments interact simply by their positions on the table."
humour  visualization  awesome  dorky  periodictable 
december 2008 by infovore
HARDCASUAL EXCLUSIVE: Activision CEO Writes Satan Over “Dante’s Inferno” « Hardcasual
"You want to hear some gluttons eternally force-fed cake and chocolate milk? I don’t know what else XBox Live microtransactions were made for, broseph. " Hardcasual, I love you.
games  humour  funny  ea  bobbykotick  harcasual  activison  dantesinferno 
december 2008 by infovore
Matthew's non theme based fancy dress party
"The problem I have with the note is not that he was having a party and didn't invite me, it was that he selected a vibrant background of balloons, effectively stating that his party was going to be vibrant and possibly have balloons and that I couldn't come." David Thorne knows how to wind people up.
humour  writing  story  anecdote  party  davidthorne 
december 2008 by infovore
Bug Finder (Programming, Testing / Quality Assurance)
"To state that another way, given a function f and input x, determine if f(x) will halt." AlanT puts out a tender on GetACoder for Turing's Halting Problem. The responses are entertaining.
programming  outsourcing  humour  turing  computerscience 
november 2008 by infovore
Finding the Time to Bleed - Team Fortress 2
"The suits took issue with every brave, authority-questioning page of our Meet the Sandvich script-specifically that there were supposed "similarities" between it and the 1987 action film Predator, and more specifically that it was word for word the 1987 action film Predator."
writing  valve  tf2  script  humour  funny  predator  roadhouse 
october 2008 by infovore
Sad Guys on Trading Floors
"Turning the economic crisis into one of those clever internet memes." Lols.
via:tomtaylor  tumblr  news  creditcrunch  trading  photography  meme  humour 
october 2008 by infovore
I Just Fount Out My Daughter's Horde | Play This Thing
"Maybe it's the tusks, and the horns. Running with a dangerous crowd. You have to admit, dark elf boys are kind of wuss. And let's not even talk about gnomes. Or maybe it's part of the separation process. Getting away from your parents. For sure I can't ever visit her in the Undercity."
wow  humour  factions  games 
september 2008 by infovore
Twenis: Twitter is Penis
"We hijack innocent tweets, subject them to our patent pending penisization process by replacing certain words with 'penis', and republish it for your entertainment. We find it funny."
twitter  silly  penis  humour 
september 2008 by infovore
The Insane True Story Behind the Birth of the Internet - Funny Videos |
"You forgot one thing, Dr. Roberts. You forgot that people are dicks." Aheheh.
video  technology  internet  meme  humour 
september 2008 by infovore
The Monk's Brew: Embracing My Inner Nerd
"I thought it was a parking ticket, and was annoyed. But up close, I saw it was just an empty envelope someone put there..." I'll let you click through for the punchline. Delightful, nontheless.
xyzzy  geek  humour  if  textadventure  infocom  licenceplate  joke 
august 2008 by infovore
Super Mario Brothers Is Frustrating pt1 Video
In which an entertaining man plays a hacked, super-hard Super Mario map, swears at his TV a lot, and still manages to be pretty good at it. It's a nice illustration of the problem-solving process, and it's rather funny. "This is worse than Panic At The Disco. This is worse than Ann Coulter."
nintendo  hacked  supermario  difficult  hard  games  walkthrough  video  swearing  funny  humour 
august 2008 by infovore
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Selections From H.P. Lovecraft's Brief Tenure as a Whitman's Sampler Copywriter.
"Dark! All-encompassing, eternal darkness! Human eyes cannot penetrate the stygian blackness of this unholy confection!" Lovely.
parody  lovecraft  hplovecraft  mcsweenys  humour  writing 
august 2008 by infovore
2008 Results
2008 Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest results. Excellent, as usual.
writing  fiction  literature  humour  pastiche  bulwerlytton 
august 2008 by infovore » Blog Archive » Am I a cart dreaming I am worth playing?
"[Titanic] was one of the worst experiences of my former life. Since I stepped into the shadows of the Hell House, things had been pretty easy. Then I found Chrono Trigger." Not the SNES RPG; no, a Chinese-knock-off NES version. Full of horrific brokenness, Derrick plays through it for us. It feels like pulling teeth.
games  nes  chinese  rpg  chronotrigger  awful  humour  review 
august 2008 by infovore » Blog Archive » Prepare yourself, for tonight we board IN HELL!
"Titanic 1912, the RPG, made me cry blood, pluck my arm hairs, contemplate suicide and mumble incoherently in my cubicle as I held the fast-forward key." Chinese NES RPG based on Titanic. Great writeup; awful game.
games  videogmaes  rpg  chinese  titanic  review  humour  awful 
august 2008 by infovore
Temp Fortress 2 - TF2 video
Lovely little machinima about what happens when RED and BLU go out of business, and their somewhat psychotic employees have to go and get real jobs. "I am serious actor!"
video  machinima  humour  tf2  teamfortress2 
august 2008 by infovore
The Trancecracker!
"Trance has brainwashed people into thinking it has the best DJs in the world". Entertaining Jack Chick parody. Stop DJ worship now!
techno  rave  parody  jackchick  humour  cartoon  klf  trance  soullesstrancebunnies 
august 2008 by infovore
YouTube - Quantum of Solace - Proposed Theme Song
"I would like to offer this song to the makers of the new James Bond movie 'The Quantum of Solace', entirely free, for use over the opening credits of their forthcoming movie. Yours sincerely, Joe Cornish." Not bad, really.
joecornish  music  bond  quantumofsolace  humour 
august 2008 by infovore
Armin Heinrich – today and tomorrow
"The red icon on your iPhone or iPod touch always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were able to afford this. It’s a work of art with no hidden function at all."
iphone  application  money  capitalism  rich  art  humour 
august 2008 by infovore
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Physical Theories as Women
"Cosmology is the girl that doesn't really date, but has lots of hot friends. Some people date cosmology just to hang out with her friends." Link of the day, no question. Funny, and just-right-enough to make it funnier.
physics  list  analogy  mcsweenys  humour 
july 2008 by infovore
Font Conference - CollegeHumor video
"You're insane! No-one uses Microsoft Works any more!" Jolly good. Better than good, in fact: mailbox. Open mailbox.
type  typography  fonts  video  short  humour  awesome  design 
july 2008 by infovore
Vous Etes Perdu ?
[rough translation] "Lost on the internet? Don't panic; we're going to help you." (You are here).
french  map  direction  humour  funny  ironic  text 
july 2008 by infovore
vim.gif (GIF Image, 649x499 pixels)
"Your bewilderment suggests you are not be familiar with the new vi assistant."
vim  vi  textediting  humour  wizard  interaction  animation 
july 2008 by infovore
Michael Bay's Rejected "The Dark Knight" Script - The Movie Community
"Back in black." Michael Bay's rejected Dark Knight script is perhaps the pinnacle of his career to date, neatly encompassing everything that has made him such a remarkable director.
michaelbay  batman  darkknight  script  movie  film  comicbook  satire  pastiche  humour 
july 2008 by infovore
The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
"the eminent linguist tried to spoof the idea of converting Chinese character text into a phonetic (e.g. Latin alphabetic) system... Since every word is pronounced alike (except the tone), the entire essay becomes utterly unreadable in Mandarin."
linguistics  humour  satire  chinese  mandarin  phonetics  poetry 
july 2008 by infovore Customer Reviews: Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable
"A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the "directional markings" on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews." And so forth. Very funny reviews for a somewhat overpriced product.
denon  cable  satire  amazon  ugc  reviews  crowdsourcing  funny  humour 
june 2008 by infovore
Halolz: Alignment
tf2  humour  alignment  funny  dand 
june 2008 by infovore
StumbleVideo - TF2 Karaoke: My Heart Will Go On on Vimeo
Awesome. Server set up to play karaoke; players mix appalling singing with a bit of the old ultraviolence. I miss PC gamers.
karaoke  music  play  games  tf2  celinedion  humour  groups  fun 
june 2008 by infovore
YouTube - FaceBook In Reality - and BBC'sThe Wall
"But it's a joke! A REALLY FUNNY joke." Entertaining because it's accurate and awkward, all at once.
bbc  socialnetworking  facebook  humour  video  funny  parody  interaction  design  copywriting 
june 2008 by infovore
YouTube - Uncanny Valley
30 Rock: Tracey wants to make a porn videogame. Frank tells him you can't, because of the Uncanny Valley. "Explain it to me with Star Wars". Priceless.
30rock  humour  uncannyvalley  representation  design  starwars 
may 2008 by infovore
Ah, yes. The age-old problem of rhythm-music games...
music  humour  games  play  rockband  funny 
may 2008 by infovore
Cheddar Gorge - Deep Thoughts and Silliness - Bob O'Hara's blog on Nature Network
People are playing Cheddar Gorge on Nature Network. Awesome. Let's hope this playdiates elsewhere on the network.
cheddargorge  naturenetwork  socialsoftware  play  humour 
may 2008 by infovore
Max, 19, hits the road | Travelog | Guardian Unlimited
If you've ever wanted to watch a trainwreck of a comments thread take shape, here's a good place to start.
blogs  guardian  travel  commentary  humour  privilege 
february 2008 by infovore
Flickr: Photos from the decapitator
the_decapitator: he finds ordinary bus-shelter adverts, and then graphically - and entertainigly - decapitates someone in them. entertaining! subversive! hurrah for culture hacking.
culture  hack  hacking  advertising  humour  subversive  silly 
january 2008 by infovore
"Mommy, why is there a Server in the House?" A lovely book to explain the "stay-at-home server" to kids, snapped by the gang at Gizmodo. Well, it made me laugh
humour  computing  server  illustration  children  bookmarking 
january 2008 by infovore
Weak signals: But tell me how you really feel « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"Chinaderas is the nomenclature assigned [in Mexican Spanish] to imported goods from China, usually those that are knock-offs or replicas of other branded commodities…" Delightful etymology behind it, too.
language  linguistics  etymology  neologism  mexican  spanish  humour 
november 2007 by infovore
Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook
A rather lovely article from Rands, on the way a certain part of society just "is". Accurate, not that judgmental, and quite sweet, really.
humour  society  geek  nerd  personality 
november 2007 by infovore
Again With the Comics: Batman by Dostoyevsky
"This marriage of Classic Russian Literature and the Caped Crusader of Gotham also serves as further proof, if any were needed, that everything is better with Batman."
comics  crossover  batman  dostoyevsky  literature  humour 
october 2007 by infovore
Sugarshock, by Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon
Free webcomic. Nice, but hope it'll develop. And happen. It's all about Robot Phil, incidentally.
web  comics  josswhedon  humour  music 
august 2007 by infovore
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