evidence of a recession

you know that the recession is in full swing when female college students have to install a dancing pole in their room to help pay for some of their tuition:

considering the income levels, i would think college guys would be a bad target audience but i’m not in marketing so i can’t say for sure.

nipply monday linkage

im sure northeasterners mock us for feeling cold with 45 degree temperatures, but it was a little chilly this morning only because it had been in the mid-60’s last week. here’s a couple links to help warm your computer up this morning to reach the manufacturer SOT* (suggested operating temperature):

-> vallejo native cc sabathia signed a $23,000,000/yr contract to pitch for the ny yankees this off-season. the median us salary in 2008 was $61,500/yr. at that income, you have to work 373 years to earn what cc makes in one year. here’s the espn calculator to help make sense of it all [espn.com]

-> amidst all the inauguration hubbub last week, george bush issued a farewell letter to the american public [the onion]

-> i’m going to make this ‘bacon loaf’ at the next potluck-style gathering that i go to [holy taco]

-> a whistleblower said that the nsa pretty much spies on everyone, especially reporters. the eff has started a ssd (surveillance self-defense project) to help educate the public on how to prevent being a victim of the nsa’s tactics [eff]

*SOT is a made-up term. lame…i know.

album covers done up in legos

once marcos can be trusted to not eat the legos or hide them in weird places around the house, then i will be busting out the lego sets I used to have and instruct him in proper building techniques. hopefully this catapult him to the highest reaches of intellectual stardom, much like myself.

a group has recreated some album covers with lego figures here [flickr]

here’s a good one:

here’s the real one:

…and the obligatory 90’s music video with sarah cracknell at the helm:

president obama says ‘six’ in chinese

i’d much rather trust someone as chill as him than someone who gives the shocker on camera. Although, after further research, it turns out that the ‘shaka’ has different interpretations than just ‘hang loose’:

  • in britain and northern europe, the symbol is used as a signal for owners of older model volkswagen vans when passing on roads
  • in new zealand, it signifies smoking meth in a glass pipe
  • in india and venezuela, it symbolizes sexual intercourse

be careful who you give hang loose hand sign to because you might unwittingly be inviting six vw-owning chinese people to hit the meth pipe with you. i mean, just theoretically.

taken from [wikipedia]

welcome president obama!

you’re job is going to be pretty easy because the only way is up. it can only get better from what it has been the last 8 years. don’t let the door hit you on the way out georgie.

here’s obama talking to his buddy about what he would do to bill o’reilly if he saw him in a dark alley:

[look how long that index finger is. after his terms as president are over, he’ll be able to easily find work in the san fernando valley.]

filipinobama

i would have never guessed that a filipino man could resemble obama as much as this:

if his cohorts dressed up in black suits and earpieces, he could probably play that off at the local bar to get some free drinks and brown tail for him and his buddies.

confirmation that your farts stink

i guess if you were ever wondering if your farts stink or not, you can always look for the massive collection of flies that are gathering around your hole. you might need to carry a mirror with you unless you feel like asking someone else to check.

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cranky back to work links

im still having trouble with the right shoulder. i can do just about everything but swing that golf club well. at least that’s my excuse. for those of you who chose to honor dr martin luther king today by not working, enjoy these ed-filtered web snippets:

-> here’s some pictures of unsold car inventories from around the world. now is probably the time to buy a car if you’ve been waiting for one. that is, if you have cash to do so and not rely on getting a car loan [guardian]

-> my work needs to hire durex’s ad agency to come up with some better graphics and campaigns [gunaxin]

-> some researchers got a monkey to actually communicate with them using real english words and conjugating verbs [hubpages]

-> a real, step-by-step guide on how to launder money…and not like the dollar bills you find in the dryer after doing a load [straight dope]

and…

the 80’s flashback video of the day, alphaville’s forever young

imagine how much tail that guy would have gotten back in the day with that poofy hair.