Monthly Archives: May 2012

Patrick Murphy loves dogs… but hates dog poop


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Boulder, Colorado’s Patrick Murphy is a plant ecologist.

And like many of Boulder’s proud residents, Patrick is extremely environmentally conscious.  Being a plant ecologist and wanting to be environmentally-friendly sort of go hand-in-hand – but throw in the Boulder mystique, and Patrick’s really got something.

A disclaimer:  Web Watch loves Boulder.  We have a number of friends who live there, and we enjoy every opportunity we get to spend some time out there.

But like Austin, Texas’ reputation, Boulder is a bit quirky.

And that’s okay.   We like those folks anyway.  And Patrick does bring up a vitally important point that pet lovers around the world should take notice of:

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Can you summarize your favorite movie in 140 characters?


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Can you SUMMARIZE YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE in 140 characters or less?

That’s the challenge that the NEW YORKER presented to their readers the other day.  More specifically, especially as STAR WARS celebrates its 35th birthday, readers needed to summarize the plot to STAR WARS.

All submitted to Twitter (which is really the only way to run a meme like this), here’s a sampling of what readers came up with:

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Here’s one way to tell if you’re being a douchebag online


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Face it – everyone can be a little bit of a douchebag once in a while.

It may not always be seen in public, but it can happen.

And it doesn’t really matter if you say “douche”, “douchebag”, “bouchedag” or some other variation.  A douche is a douche, no matter what you call it.

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Can YOU name the Top 100 Global Brands for 2012?


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Even if you’re one of those Occupy Wall Streeters, complaining about everything that Big Business is doing to Keep You Down, chances are you’re also a little bit brand conscious.

Aside from the fact that the OWS movement went to all the trouble of ensuring that they have a trademark on “OCCUPY WALL STREET”, those 99% really aren’t any different from the rest of us.

They’re wearing name-brand clothing, purchased at a name-brand retailer.

They’re marketing their protest with Apple and Google phones, using Facebook and Twitter over cellular networks or purloined free WiFi connections that are setup/maintained/paid for by other corporations.

A protest is fine, and bringing attention to companies’ misdeeds is powerful — but don’t complain about how all businesses are bad if you have to rely on them in order to handle your protest in the first place.

See, it really IS all about branding and marketing, isn’t it?

 

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Video Fun: A Live Lip-Dub Marriage Proposal


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Everybody knows how to make a standard marriage proposal.

It takes a special someone to make one that is awesome.   We dare you to not want to try doing something like this yourself at your next opportunity.

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4 things every car owner should do to make their car last forever


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When was the last time you got your car’s oil changed?

Do you rely on that little sticker on the windshield to remind you of when you need to bring your car into the shop next?  Do you do it every 3,000 or 5,000 miles, whether you think you need an oil change or not?  Does your car have a little computer system to remind you once you’ve reached a certain mileage threshold of these basic maintenance tasks?

Face it – not everyone is as diligent with their car maintenance as they should be, and that could be why most cars you see on the road today are woefully in need of some TLC.

So why should you care?  Money experts say that the longer you can keep your car running and operational, the more money you’ll save over time for retirement.  The tipping point seems to hover around 10 years — if you can keep every car that you’ll ever own for at least 10 years before getting a new one, think of all the extra money you’ll save over continually being behind in car payments.

And for all those years that you’re not making car payments, you should be setting aside a little bit of money each month as if you DID have a car payment…. so that when it comes time to buying a new car again, you’ll have a significant amount of cash available to put down as a down payment — and you may even have enough to buy the car with cash outright and have no monthly car payment at all!

So now that you have a car (and you’ve had it for a number of years, longer than your neighbors have had theirs), what should you do to keep that car in tip-top long-lasting shape?

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How to cheat at Scrabble (and get away with it)


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Have you ever wanted to CHEAT AT SCRABBLE and get away with it?

No, we’re not talking about ways to cheat at WORDS WITH FRIENDS — Web Watch has already covered that.

We’re talking about how to cheat at the Scrabble board game, the one with the actual tiles and fabric pouch that you play at the kitchen table on Saturday nights with some friends and a nice bottle of wine or two?

Well – Web Watch has a way for you to CHEAT at Scrabble, and make it a legitimate part of your gameplay.

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Advice for women who hate sports, but love their sports-loving men


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Web Watch is lucky that we love sports, and we surround ourselves with others who do as well.  (Although, to be honest, if we hated sports we likely would surround ourselves with other like-minded sports haters.  Funny how the world works, isn’t it?)

But we often hear about relationships that fail because HE likes to do things that are surrounding the College Football Game Of The Week, and SHE would rather not.   On the other hand, we have plenty of friends whose relationships thrive as the couples share the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat.

So what’s a woman to do when she absolutely, positively loves her man, but has 100% no interest whatsoever in the sports that he’s chosen to watch?

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Why are you removing your tattoo?


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Show of hands:

How many Web Watch readers out there have tattoos?

Alright — now how many of you have a tattoo that you regret having?

And finally – how many of you are going through the tattoo removal process?   Yeah… this last group is the one we want to talk with.

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How fast can you read?


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Web Watch wouldn’t be able to cover as many websites as we do without being able to read quickly and comprehend what we’re poking our heads into.

Reading fast is one thing; knowing what we just read about is something else entirely.

But the question can come up as you outpace your friends and family in reading the BIG BANG THEORY VANITY CARDS before they’re off the screen as to exactly HOW FAST CAN YOU READ?

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Video fun: NSFW audiobooks


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Just file this under the category of “Why didn’t we think of this?”. There has to be a target market for this type of thing…

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Old people shouldn’t drive with cruise control turned on


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The other day, Web Watch was talking with some older relatives about a recent checkup that they had with their doctor.

Health-wise, everything’s fine… but when the doctor asked if they had made any lifestyle changes in the past year, they said that they had made one change: they’ve stopped using their car’s cruise control feature.

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Why women should stop riding bicycles


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As if women needed to have another reason to worry about exercise and their bodies’ health, along comes another study that makes another medical connection that shows that the wrong type of exercise is actually bad for you.

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Eat like a man – don’t be a vegetarian


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If you’re like the majority of people today, you’re a meat-eater.

A carnivore.  You’ll eat chicken, steak, pork.

You know, all that good, tasty stuff.

A few of you may go fish-only, deciding that being a pescatarian is more your style.

Even fewer may decide that, for various reasons, being a vegetarian is the right lifestyle choice for you.  And then there are the vegans, who eschew all animal products (including dairy, eggs, and honey).

We’ll let the vegans be, as they’re not hurting anyone.

But the vegetarians?  Those people we’ll chat about today.  Read on…

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Have you ever snuck into a concert?


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Web Watch has been lucky enough to have seen pretty much every major artist we’ve ever wanted to see play in concert.

Kenny Rogers?  Check.

U2? Check.

Neil Diamond? Check.

Village People?  You betcha.

And for the most part, we had tickets or passes for every show.  Now, we’ll admit that there may have been one or two where we did end up having to finagle our way into a venue or two, but we swear that we had a legitimate right to be there to justify our sneakiness.

Just because we didn’t have a ticket at the time doesn’t mean that we didn’t know where we could get one.

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