Archive for the ‘humor’ tag

#  Client Feedback on the Creation of Earth →

June 10th, 2014 at 10:25 // In Worth Distraction 

It is exactly what you expect. It is just as good as you expect.

Thanks so much for the latest round of work. Really coming together. Few points of feedback:

1 – Really liking the whole light thing but not totally sure about the naming system. “Day” and “night” are OK but we feel like there’s more we can do here. Thoughts? Definitely need to nail this down ASAP.

#  Walked into a Bar Jokes →

May 9th, 2014 at 18:06 // In Worth Distraction 

Nothing’s really special about this collection of jokes, other than I happened across it. But I was literally laughing out load sporadically for a good ten minutes as I scrolled through it, so I had to share. For example (a bit violent, if that’s a sensitivity you have):

So, a man walks into a bar and… wait, did I just say “bar?” Weird. I don’t even have a southern accent. It’s pronounced “bear.”

Blood everywhere.

#  You’re The Expert →

April 3rd, 2014 at 15:17 // In Worth Distraction 

Every person employed for their expertise can almost certainly identify with the story in this video:

#  How It’s Unmade: Oreo Cookies →

March 17th, 2014 at 16:31 // In Worth Distraction 

Ever wondered where we get all those magical things like flour and water? Well as this video explains, much of the vital flour used in the US is harvested from disused old cookies, carefully deconstructed. Fascinating:

#  Girlfriend-zoned →

September 16th, 2013 at 17:29 // In Worth Considering 

I was digging through my backlog of stuff to read when I found this nice little essay about how annoying it is to always have guys want to date you instead of be their friend. A well-executed inversion of a common topic to keep at hand.

You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he wants to be your friend.

#  I Want to Make Love to You Like In the Movies →

September 5th, 2013 at 18:57 // In Worth Distraction 

Cute enough to share:

I want to tear that up after a long and dramatic courtship where I slowly gain your trust, but lose it at the worst possible moment by revealing our relationship was part of a bet or that I have destroyed your small independent business. Then I’ll earn your confidence back with a grand, breathtaking gesture that was foreshadowed months earlier.

(via kottke)

#  The Truth about Laughter →

July 2nd, 2013 at 18:04 // In Worth Considering 

I feel I’ve read a number things about laughter, but this piece offers quite a few stats about the role of laughter I’d never encountered — especially novel was the point about the gendered-nature of laughter. The general truth:

Mutual playfulness, in-group feeling and positive emotional tone – not comedy – mark the social settings of most naturally occurring laughter. Laughter is more about relationships than humour.

#  Why We Laugh →

November 26th, 2011 at 9:08 // In Worth Considering 

An interesting theory about the evolutionary value of humor:

The initial emotional response to any discovery of error in your understanding of the world has got to be “uh oh.” But in humor, the brain doesn’t just discover a false inference, it almost simultaneously recovers and corrects itself. It gets the joke. The pleasure of the punch line is enhanced by that split second of negativity just before the resolution.

I’m not sure I completely buy this theory, but I did think about it a lot while watching a two-and-half year old cousin laugh on Thanksgiving. Though in that context the theory that came to my mind is its value as a primitive form of communication and in-group bonding.

(via The Browser)

#  Liveblogging the VPs →

October 2nd, 2008 at 21:28 // In Worth Distraction 

I think Jason Kottke just won the award for my favorite liveblog of well… anything. In its entirety:

I’ll be liveblogging the substantive parts of the Vice Presidential candidate debate. Updates below.

Update @ 10:44pm: Ok, the debate is over.

#  Fifty States of Wine →

August 30th, 2008 at 10:31 // In Worth Distraction 

I thought this line, noted by Noreen Malone, was good enough to share. After tasting the spit bucket after a sampling of wines from a smattering of American states, Joel Stein writes:

As I took a swig and swirled it around to gross out my friends, I thought it tasted like America. It was sweet, funky, simple, aggressive and not as bad as you’d been led to believe.