Don’t overpay for wooden spoons

While idly browsing through Buy.com’s web site today, I came across a “hot deal” for a wooden spoon.

Buy.com's $22 wooden spoon (shipping included)

$16.40 for a wooden spoon? You’ve got to be kidding! Tack on shipping and it’s nearly $23. Do people really pay that much for a wooden spoon? Sure, it’s a Paderno wooden spoon (I guess that means something), but really now… Just do a Froogle search and find a perfectly good 18” wooden spoon made of beechwood for $2.59. Even better, buy a dozen of those beechwood spoons for $1.99 each (plus shipping, of course).

Consider your options:

  1. Spend $23 and have one wooden spoon for yourself.
  2. Spend $33 and have one wooden spoon for yourself and one wooden spoon for 11 friends.

Don’t insult grandma and buy an overpriced wooden spoon. She wouldn’t be happy.

Sometimes, search results bring unexpected surprises

While working on a project today, I needed to incorporate an animated AJAX spinner image. I knew there was a web site that had lots of them, but I couldn’t remember the domain name, so I did what most people do: I turned to Google.

Here’s a screenshot of Google’s search results for the terms ajax load image.

Granted, the first item in the search resultswas the site I was looking for, www.ajaxload.info. What I didn’t expect to see is a woman in a bikini coming up in the image search results. The image comes from a blog post tutorial, How to Make a Brazilian Bikini Photo Gallery With Drupal and AJAX.

OK, maybe Google’s results weren’t too far off, but they certainly were surprising!

Miles per gallon – a (humorous) perspective

Guinness draught, a fine malty beverage! Just got this one via e-mail…

A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles per year.
Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.
That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.
Kind of makes you proud to be an American.

Methinks I’ll be having a Guinness tonight. :)

Naming CSS properties, HTML properties… and fighting five-year olds

It started innocently enough when I stumbled across a blog post over at PoshCSS, How many CSS Properties can you name in 7 minutes? Curious, I took the test.

That took me to another test: How many HTML elements you can name in five minutes? I took that test, too.

This in turn took me to the most important test: How many five year olds could you take in a fight?

Granted, that’s about 20 minutes wasted, but it sure is fun to know that a 37-year old with some martial arts experience can take on 23 five-year-olds. It was also depressing to put myself in the “36-55″ age bracket.