Yearly Archives: 2009

How to Tell if a Digital Photo has been Photoshopped (and Other Photoshop Disasters)


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How to PhotoshopFrequent Web Watch readers will remember that we have featured PHOTOSHOP DISASTERS a number of times here, and today will continue that laugh-riot known as really, really bad Photoshopped art.

But one question that is often asked of Web Watch is not so much whether it was easy or hard to point out a Photoshop Disaster.  So here are some tips that show HOW TO TELL IF A DIGITAL PHOTO HAS BEEN PHOTOSHOPPED.

Of course, sometimes it just takes an eyeball.  Take for example, the box cover for the Garmin nüvi 765/765T GPS Unit.  The box is a simple white background with a photo of the GPS unit on it (with its reflection underneath), just like every other Garmin boxed item on store shelves.  The difference on this one versus other Garmin products is that the reflection is not an actual reflection, but just a copy of the existing image that has been rotated 180° from the original.  All other Garmin products took that image and mirrored/flipped it.  

In other words, it don’t look right.

Trust us – if Web Watch can see that the image on the Garmin box isn’t quite right, you should be able to notice it as well.  (The product itself?  No problems at all.  Highly recommended.) Continue reading HOW TO TELL IF A DIGITAL PHOTO HAS BEEN PHOTOSHOPPED (AND OTHER PHOTOSHOP DISASTERS)

News flash: Science proves that women are worse at parking cars than men are


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Where to park your car in New YorkApparently, science has proven what many have believed to be true:  that WOMEN ARE WORSE AT PARKING CARS THAN MEN ARE.

And we all know that if scientists are able to prove it, it must be true. Continue reading NEWS FLASH: SCIENCE PROVES THAT WOMEN ARE WORSE AT PARKING CARS THAN MEN ARE

How to tell if the woman across the room is single or not


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Mystery MethodYou’re at a crowded bar or party where you don’t know anybody.  You’re interested in using this as an opportunity to find someone new to date, but don’t want to blow your confidence by asking every lady in the room if they’re single or not.

So HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THE WOMAN ACROSS THE ROOM IS SINGLE OR NOT?  Here are some signs to look for: Continue reading HOW TO TELL IF THE WOMAN ACROSS THE ROOM IS SINGLE OR NOT

Guess what? Your fancy Chinese character tattoo doesn’t say what you think it says.


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Essential KanjiSome would say that if you’re one of those people who feel the need to have a tattoo on your arm, neck, lower back, calf, or other seen (or unseen) body part that is not in your native language, then you deserve what you get.

You might have asked for your initials to be displayed in Kanji, but you may end up with something entirely different and not necessarily something that you would like to have.

Continue reading GUESS WHAT? YOUR FANCY CHINESE CHARACTER TATTOO DOESN’T SAY WHAT YOU THINK IT SAYS.

Online Greeting Cards: when you don’t really care about what the recipients think


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Hallmark Card StudioFor those of you who like sending electronic greeting cards instead of either (a) driving to the local card shop and buying a card off the rack, addressing the envelope, and mailing it; or (b) calling the person you would send a card to and have an actual conversation with them — then Web Watch has just the site for you. Continue reading ONLINE GREETING CARDS: WHEN YOU DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT THE RECIPIENTS THINK

Slogan Mashup of the Day: Excessive Gas? Captain Says “Make it Happen”


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Phrases that SellHAVE A SLOGAN is one of those funny widget-driven sites that follow in the footsteps of many a  “why didn’t we think of this sooner” item.

You know that game you play in the bar where you take any common marketing phrase or famous quote and see how much funnier it can be if you were substitute one key word with “fart” or “underpants”?  Let’s try it, shall we?

  • Give me liberty or give me underpants!
  • I regret that I have but one fart to give to this country.
  • One if by land, two if by underpants!
  • A fart in the hand is worth two in the underpants.

(Why underpants?  Because a clown once told me – seriously – that there is nothing funnier to a 5-year-old child than the word “underpants”.  There’s a reason why Captain Underpants is so popular with the kiddies. But we digress…) Continue reading SLOGAN MASHUP OF THE DAY: EXCESSIVE GAS? CAPTAIN SAYS “MAKE IT HAPPEN”

Lip Dubs on YouTube are the new MTV (until the lawsuits come)


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iPod Karaoke MachineKids today love music, and they love their YouTube.

So why not put the two together into a LIP DUB?  It’s a better group activity than Rock Band or Guitar Hero, and can even result in some kids getting grades if they do this as a special project in the classroom (as seen in the amazing backwards video below).

What is a Lip Dub?  It’s a homemade music video done as a single tracking shot through a school, office, mall, or other environment.  All the participants are dancing around the camera into and out of the shot, and the main person on screen is lip-syncing the song.  There are no rules – more than one person can sing any part of the song, and random costumes are encouraged.  The term “Lip Dub” itself is traced to Jakob Lodwick, founder of the Vimeo video service.

If you get your office together to create a lip dub, you can even submit your production to OFFICE LIP DUB.

We won’t get into the details surrounding the hows and whys behind some of these lip dub videos, but you can click through to the stories behind the stories for full details.  Let’s just say that some of these folks may have too much time on their hands, but they’re making stuff that’s wildly creative and entertaining.

The bigger question for these students is going to be whether making lip dubs and posting them to YouTube and other video sharing services is legal or not.

Jakob Lodwick’s Vimeo openly solicits for lip dubs to follow their original creation of Flagpole Sitta.  Now, Vimeo is being sued by the record labels for encouraging these flagrantly illegal lip dub videos to be made in the first place.  One side says that the homemade videos’ use of songs qualify under fair use; the labels say that doesn’t count since the entire songs are usually used.

Watch these videos, and decide for yourself if the music labels have a point:

HEY YA! by Outkast

Continue reading LIP DUBS ON YOUTUBE ARE THE NEW MTV (UNTIL THE LAWSUITS COME)

Looking for something to TiVo on New Year’s Eve? Try RED BULL NO LIMITS


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Red Bull ShirtWatching late night television on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition.  No matter where you are, who you’re partying with – as soon as midnight draws near, everybody gathers to the closest TV screen to watch Dick Clark and his big ball drop on Times Square.

Sure, Ryan Seacrest may be inheriting the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve throne soon, but it will always be Dick Clark’s show.

But other networks have tried to muscle in on the stranglehold that Dick has had on New Year’s Eve festivities (portions pre-recorded).  FOX tried to create an event by having motorcyle legend Robbie Knievel jump “over” the Mirage casino volcano last year.  The broadcast was poorly done, there was no crowd to speak of, and even the television audience could tell that Robbie didn’t really jump over the volcano.  See for yourself:

So the question is – where was everybody that cold Las Vegas evening? Continue reading LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO TIVO ON NEW YEAR’S EVE? TRY RED BULL NO LIMITS

Wedinator: What you DON’T want to see in your wedding album


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Wedding Photography PosesWeb Watch has seen our share of wacky wedding photos:

  • There’s the “let’s take the disposable wedding cameras from the tables and take inappropriate naked photos” gag
  • The ever-popular “photos of the entire wedding party (as a group, and individually) licking the ice sculpture centerpiece” routine
  • And the “groomsmen wear gorilla suits to the reception” act.

Yup, Web Watch has been there for all of these.

But we can be glad that – when compared to the images seen on WEDINATOR – that the happy couple were usually part of the gag and were willing participants in the photos at some level.  Just like CAKE WRECKS and other photoblogs, Wedinator takes those unintentionally funny wedding photos and shares them with the world. Continue reading WEDINATOR: WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE IN YOUR WEDDING ALBUM

Just found the secret to obtaining the ultimate slice of pizza


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Pizza: Any Way You Slice ItRick Mabry and Paul Deiermann are mathematicians.

Rick and Paul also love pizza.

While this does not prove that all those who love pizza are mathematicians, it does prove that all mathematicians love pizza.  

And why not?  Pizza offers the ultimate eating question:  HOW CAN YOU SLICE A PIZZA TO ENSURE THAT ALL PRESENT WILL RECEIVE THE EXACT SAME AMOUNT OF PIZZA?

This was the problem that Rick and Paul set out to find:  to determine how to create a PERFECT SLICE OF PIZZA. Continue reading JUST FOUND THE SECRET TO OBTAINING THE ULTIMATE SLICE OF PIZZA

Love Jingles – for all your custom jingle needs


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How to get into JinglesRemember Jason Sadler?  He’s the guy who would WEAR YOUR SHIRT for one day and market whatever message is on the shirt that you provide.  He’s been able to make a decent living at this, charging anywhere from $1 to $365 per day, depending on the day of the year that you have requested his services.

Jason has inspired Love Harnell with his tale of how to be a successful Internet entrepreneur, so Love sat down to figure out what HE could charge up to $365 per day to do.

And since Love Harnell has an unusual hobby, he decided to make that his Internet business. Continue reading LOVE JINGLES — FOR ALL YOUR CUSTOM JINGLE NEEDS

Looking for a last-minute gift suggestion? Try the Bacon Gift Pack!


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Baconnaise Ultimate Bacon Lover's Gift Pack

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea for the bacon lover in your life (and let’s face it – who doesn’t love bacon?), then Web Watch wants to be sure that you haven’t missed out on this little gem:

J&D’s Baconnaise Ultimate Bacon Lover’s Gift Pack

Continue reading LOOKING FOR A LAST-MINUTE GIFT SUGGESTION? TRY THE BACON GIFT PACK!

Pop Quiz: Can you name the #1 selling paper clip brand?


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paper clip cufflinksCan you name the #1 selling brand of paper clips?

It’s a simple question.  It should be obvious.

For every product in the world, there is a single top selling brand.  Some items are easy to name as the top selling brand in their categories:  Budweiser (or Bud Light if you need to be a stickler).  Coca-Cola (ditto for Diet Coke, again depending on your point of view).  Bic pens are ubiqitious, but at least you know who Bic is and that they are a pen manufacturer.

But the paper clip is even more common. 

And chances are you still haven’t thought of even one manufacturer of paper clips, let alone a brand name, by the time you’ve read this far. Continue reading POP QUIZ: CAN YOU NAME THE #1 SELLING PAPER CLIP BRAND?

How many of these most awesome video clips have YOU seen this year?


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Funny VideosWe spend a lot of time looking at, and then passing around, the Funniest Video You’ve Ever Seen, don’t we?  Whether it be at the office or at home (or now on the cell phone), these top viral videos are this year’s best-of-the-best. Continue reading HOW MANY OF THESE MOST AWESOME VIDEO CLIPS HAVE YOU SEEN THIS YEAR?

December 18th is “WHO WANTS TO BE A….” Day!


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FLUXXHave you ever played the card game FLUXX?

It’s very simple to play, as there aren’t any rules until you begin the game.  Just do whatever is listed on the cards, and you’ll figure out the rest.   Every game is unique as the played cards interact in different ways.

So why not take the same philosphy and apply it to a game show? Continue reading DECEMBER 18TH IS “WHO WANTS TO BE A….” DAY!