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Monday, January 22, 2007

Japanese Pranks

Hilarious Japanese style Candid Camera action, that they could never get away with doing in America. Keep watching, as they change the prank a bit towards the end of the video, making it even better.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Starving people with cases of clam chowder

I now have a case of this stuff that I am not going to eatMy husband told me a story tonight of this poor starving guy that can't afford to buy himself food.

My husband has been taking food to this guy about every other day, for awhile...pizza, sandwiches, dinners, etc...from the restaurant he works in.

Tonight my husband brings him a pizza and the guy hands him a case of New England style clam chowder (the white kind)...tells my husband to take it home. Then he says he has tons more cases upstairs.

Some woman gave them to him...cases and cases of the stuff, all the same flavor, and he is getting sick of the stuff. So now he's trading the clam chowder for other food, and rewarding those that have been kind to him, like my husband, with a case each.

So now I have this case of clam chowder sitting in my kitchen. There is only one problem with it...

I gave up eating that kind of stuff because of the fat content in it is too high, and I am the only one in the family that likes the stuff. My daughter prefers the Manhattan style (the red kind).

Oh well...guess I know what my next donation to the community food pantry will be now.

This is the exact radio he brought homeMy husband also brought me home a pen with a radio in it. He let someone pay for 2 slices of pizza by swapping the pizza for the pen. It's brand new, still in its package, with earphones, batteries, and all. It doesn't just look like a pen with a radio in it, it really writes.

It's kind of cool, but not something I would use. I'll toss that in the gift drawer for when one of us needs to give someone a gift and can't afford one. I don't know who would want it though, since most people we know can afford and already own ipods.

Humorous Note: Windows Live Writer's spell check dictionary does not contain "ipod".

Monday, January 15, 2007

Tons of Free Legal Music MP3's

www.mikseri.netIn an effort to broaden my musical horizons, and discover stuff I may never have heard or heard of before, I have been wandering around on Last.fm.

I discovered a few .mp3 downloads on my suggestions page and decided to look up the artists on Last.fm. One of them had a link to their page on another site.

A marvelous discovery!

Some of these artists have their stuff covered under a Creative Commons license that allows you to share them freely. So download what you like and fire up your favorite P2P application and share them with your friends, if you want.

Try this:

  1. Where it says "Bändin nimi:" type in something you already like.
  2. You will get a short list of results of artists that list them as an influence.
  3. Go click where they put your artist's name as a link.
  4. You will get a whole page of results.
  5. Click a link from the left column.
  6. On the artist page, click where it says 'download' at the top.
  7. You will get a .zip file full of mp3's.



CodeIDE: the online IDE that works in your browser

www.codeide.comCodeIDE is an online IDE that works with BASIC, Pascal, C++, Perl, JavaScript, HTML, and LISP.

Registered users can chat online and save programs on the service.

There is also a wiki to help you learn programming, and a forum for discussions.


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Hello World

Written in C: Goodbye, cruel world! Farewell, you ugly toad!

Have you ever wondered what 'Hello World' would look like in various programming languages?

Delphi Example:

// Hello World in Delphi
Program Hello_World;
WriteLn('Hello World');

Plenty more examples here:

The Hello World Collection

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Stick Magnetic Ribbons On Your SUV

This one is for you, Cailin!
I thought of you and your night time magnet stealing adventures when I saw this one.

And I am still trying to think of who the guy singing it reminds me of. It has to be someone that we all know because Steph says he reminds her of someone too...and she can't figure it out either!

Spiders on Drugs

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Is StumbleUpon the Search Engine of the Future?

Let's face it...Google has serious flaws as a search engine. It is over-run with bogus pages of keyword lists, links to counterfeit sites, links to other inferior search pages, splogs, sites that try to hijack your browser and load your PC with spyware, and generally crappy unrelated results.

What you are looking for is burried in garbage. In order to find anything decent, related to what you are seeking, you have to set Google to show you 100 results per page instead of the default 10, and spend much more time scanning those results for what you are seeking.

  • What if there was a button on every page that let you vote whether the page was of quality or was crap?

  • And what if the quality pages moved up in rank as a result of your vote?

  • And what if the pages you labeled as crap fell in rank as a result of your vote?

  • And what if you could only vote for a page once, and only once? (you can always change your vote at some point in the future if the site became crap or became good)

  • And what if you came across a quality page that wasn't in your search engine's database and could add it yourself with just a click of a button?

  • And what if you could decide what keywords should be attached to pages?

What if StumbleUpon became a search engine?

It's not as far fetched as it might seem. At some point in the future, there will be enough SU members rating pages they come across and adding sites that they like to the database, that SU could actually make the jump from a simple amusement of random pages based on your interests, to a real search engine dishing out quality results based on rankings given by their userbase.

They could succeed where other search engines have failed.

I, for one, would love to see what would happen if SU did make the jump. It might be just the thing to replace Google as the top dog of search engines.