Monthly Archives: November 2009

Need a retro videogame fix? The Atari arcade is now online!


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Atari joystickGrowing up in the 80’s, having a Atari home video game console was as much of a status symbol as having a PS3 with the full Rock Band setup was a year ago (now, not as much since everyone seems to have it by now).

But as we’ve gotten older, we’ve lost the power cords and couldn’t find the replacement Atari 2600 joysticks that we had set aside in case of emergencies such as this.

This is why Web Watch is thrilled that Atari has taken it upon themselves to open their free online ATARI ARCADE website, featuring the best of their original games just for you.

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Elfster – Automating the Secret Santa Process


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Now that Thanksgiving is over and the shopping has begun, it’s time for us to concentrate on that next favorite holiday tradition:  the SECRET SANTA GIFT EXCHANGE.

And organizing it can always be such a hassle.   You have to get everyone in a room together to draw names out of a hat, and in today’s workplace environment with people working from home or in satellite offices across the country, doing the Secret Santa selections this way is just old-fashioned. 

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The 12 Most Ridiculous Bets of All Time


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The Man with the $100,000 BreastsYou have probably seen the movie 21, about the MIT whiz kid blackjack players who figured out how to scam casinos for millions of dollars simply by counting cards and playing as a team.

Regardless of how glitzy the movie made it look, counting cards to make a living is not as easy as it seems.

Sometimes, gamblers need to have fun too – which is where proposition bets come into play.  What’s a proposition bet?  It’s a side bet of any type, usually of an uncommon event.

For example, people bet on the Super Bowl all the time – whether it be a Super Bowl grid or betting the line in Vegas based on who they think will win, or whether the point spread will be met.  A Super Bowl proposition bet are the more obscure items:

  • The coin toss
  • Whether there will be a kickoff return for a touchdown
  • Whether anyone will be heard swearing on the television broadcast

These aren’t necessarily tied to whether a team will win or lose the game, but rather what happens in the events surrounding the Super Bowl.  But a proposition bet doesn’t have to revolve around the Super Bowl or sports at all.  Sometimes, these bets are a bit more obscure and interesting. Continue reading THE 12 MOST RIDICULOUS BETS OF ALL TIME

Want some twisted takes on Disney Princesses? Check out Jeffrey Thomas’ art gallery


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Sleeping Beauty series of books by Anne RiceThe other day, Web Watch wrote about Brianna Garcia’s artistic take on the Disney Princesses.

Compared to this artist, Brianna’s princesses are all sugar and spice and everything nice, because JEFFREY THOMAS’ PRINCESS ART has a decidedly different twist.

Continue reading WANT SOME TWISTED TAKES ON DISNEY PRINCESSES? CHECK OUT JEFFREY THOMAS’ ART GALLERY

Hear that? November 27th is the National Day of Listening.


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How to ListenNovember 27th is the NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING, brought to you by StoryCorps.

What is the National Day of Listening all about? It’s about, well, listening.

Listening to your loved ones, family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors… anyone, really, who has something to say.

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You’re kidding – How can the top gadget of this decade NOT be TiVo?


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Best Gadget HackingSo PASTE Magazine has come out with their list of the TOP 20 GADGETS OF THE PAST DECADE (2000-2009), and while Web Watch certainly agrees with the sentiment that such a list entails, we seriously question the validity of any such survey that places TiVo anywhere lower than #1.

Continue reading YOU’RE KIDDING — HOW CAN THE TOP GADGET OF THIS DECADE NOT BE TIVO?

Why the Disney Dining Plan is popular: because kids eat free. Why not try this at home, too?


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healthy disney eating diningIf you are a family with kids and you’re on a budget, eating out can definitely be a problem.  Kids just want to eat, and don’t necessarily have the concept down about eating within a budget.  They just point at the macaroni-and-cheese, chicken fingers, fries (and other brown and tan foods without a vegetable in sight) and say “I want that!”

This is why the Disney Dining Plan that offers a “pay-one-price” for all members of your family is so popular. Families on those massively-planned-out Disney trips can go to any restaurant on property and tell the kids to “eat whatever you want”, because the meal has already been paid for.

And yes, those kids are in for a shock when they return to the real world and discover that they can’t just eat anything on the menu again.  It’s just another way Disney makes a vacation seem more special.

So what can families do to continue that type of “eat anything you want” Disney magic when they’re dining out with the kids again once they’re back at home?

Continue reading WHY THE DISNEY DINING PLAN IS POPULAR: BECAUSE KIDS EAT FREE. WHY NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, TOO?

Your Gangsta Name is… “Flounder”


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gangsta chainOnce in a while, we get requests at Web Watch for the basic Internet toys and games that exist just to make you laugh and have fun.

We’re going to go old school with this one, by popular request:  THE ORIGINAL GANGSTA NAME GENERATOR

Continue reading YOUR GANGSTA NAME IS… “FLOUNDER”

How to Calculate Music Royalties with this Album Sales Calculator


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Beatles for SaleA few years ago, Web Watch posted a piece on using a MUSIC ROYALTY CALCULATOR TO DETERMINE ALBUM PROFITS, and we thought that it was a good time to revisit that topic.

Why?

Because many things have changed in the music industry since we we wrote that original piece.  That music royalty calculator link is still valid, but we found another one that you might want to look at as well.

Continue reading HOW TO CALCULATE MUSIC ROYALTIES WITH THIS ALBUM SALES CALCULATOR

Brianna Garcia’s Disney Princess art gallery inspires real-life Princess photo


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So the other day, Web Watch was browsing through TheChive’s Daily Randomness when we ran across this picture:

Disney Princesses making Funny Faces

Disney Princesses making Funny Faces

And we said to ourselves, “by golly, we’ve seen this before.”

And sure enough, we had.

Continue reading BRIANNA GARCIA’S DISNEY PRINCESS ART GALLERY INSPIRES REAL-LIFE PRINCESS PHOTO

A Russian woman gave birth to 69(!) children… and other surprising statistics


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Sex in AmericaA Russian woman set the record for having birthed the most children in her 27 pregnancies: 69.  The brood included sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

And that’s just the first of 10 SURPRISING SEXUAL STATISTICS that LiveScience has tracked down for those of us at Web Watch.  The other nine include these gems:

Continue reading A RUSSIAN WOMAN GAVE BIRTH TO 69(!) CHILDREN… AND OTHER SURPRISING STATISTICS

Coed dorms lead to sex and drinking? Thank you, Captain Obvious!


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coed dormAccording to a recent study conducted by Captain Obvious (really, BYU lead researcher Brian Willoughby) and printed in the Journal of American College Health, COED DORMS LEAD TO OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNTS OF SEX AND AN OVERABUNDANCE OF DRINKING.

The survey of 500 students took place at two midwestern public universities and a west coast university, and the east coast was represented by a liberal arts college and a religious university.

The study found that students in coed housing were… Continue reading COED DORMS LEAD TO SEX AND DRINKING? THANK YOU, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!

Google has some tough interview questions (“you have eight balls the same size…”)


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300 Interview AnswersWhen was the last time you went on a job interview?  Did you had some tough interview questions?

Web Watch is a fan of some of the infamous Microsoft interview questions, such as “how many payphones are there in Manhattan?”  (answer then: assume 4 payphones per street corner, then calculate how many street corners there are in Manhattan.  answer now: probably none)

Lewis Lin, an interview coach in Seattle, has compiled 140 GOOGLE JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS that have been asked over the years.

Continue reading GOOGLE HAS SOME TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (“YOU HAVE EIGHT BALLS THE SAME SIZE…”)

How fast is the Internet? It’s fast… but not “Cheetah-fast”


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Cheetah USB driveThe Internet today is certainly faster than the Internet of 20 years ago.

Web Watch remembers using a 2400 baud modem to connect to what was the ‘net back in the day – and that was considered lightning fast for the time.  (Sadly, Web Watch still has that modem in the back closet, just in case our broadband connection dies and we have to resort to connecting to the net the old-fashioned way.)

We eventually got 19,200 baud, and later 56k modems – everyone thought that was as fast as the Internet could possibly go at the time.  We were transferring files in hours instead of days, and that was good enough for us.

But with broadband and wireless everywhere, transferring large amounts of data has become an everyday activity – but some transfers can still take a while to process. 

With that in mind, some enterprising scientists decided to see exactly how long it would take to transfer a large file across the Internet, and compare that to the landspeed of some animals to see which was faster.

Continue reading HOW FAST IS THE INTERNET? IT’S FAST… BUT NOT “CHEETAH-FAST”