Links of Interest: July 2014

  • A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

    Cute story I guess… I really feel for the poor guy that works for Google getting $150,000+ a year with probably excellent benefits and, no-doubt, PLENTY of payed time off to utilize.

    Want to know what I think? Daddy never comes home because he is cheating on Mommy because he certainly isn’t working too hard to see his son.

    Also notice how pristine the letter is. Looks like the child took very good care of this piece of paper while scribbling a note with a crayon. How did she get it to the guy’s boss? Mail it? Not without any folds. Smells like a hoax.

  • Little Girl Getting Kicked Out of KFC Was Reportedly a Huge Hoax

    I want to be really mad, but it almost seems like a victimless crime. Yes KFC has been victimized but who cares? What is $30,000 out of their lawsuit war chest? Probably a nice juicy tax write-off is what it is.

    Because of this fabricated exposure they raised another $150,000 from donations. The poor girl with the ruined face now gets to live a normal life.

    But still, this is shady as hell. I would say KFC is well in their right to sue the family, but how could they! These people are brilliant.

  • Coke to drop flame retardant from drinks

    Reading crap like this really grinds my gears. People are so fucking stupid… You know what is worse for your body that this alleged “BVO?” EVERYTHING ELSE IN COCA COLA you fucking dolt. You know what else can kill you in “large doses?” Salt, butter, oil, shampoo, toothpaste and even water. If I read one more petition about making X stop putting Y in their Z I am going to blow.

  • Amazon refuses to settle with FTC over in-app purchases

    Amazon is Sparta. They never surrender, and they never retreat. It almost seems like they are advising the FTC not to continue stepping:

    “But Amazon is hoping the commission will reconsider; it claims going the litigation route “makes no sense” and would be an “unfortunate misallocation” of FTC resources.”

    Remember that time Minnesota decided to get clever and make Amazon pay sales tax and Amazon just gave the state the finger and left people like me holding the bag? I do.

  • Potato Salad Kickstarter at $50,000

    I can’t explain it to you, but I really, really hate this. Am I jealous? OBVIOUSLY I AM. Who isn’t? All this guy did is get stoned out of his mind and decide he is going to make a kickstarted for potato salad. He isn’t the first person to start a totally stupid and pointless kickstarter. He is just the first person to win the Reddit lottery and “go viral.” Now he has $50,000 and rising.

    Meanwhile, there are projects with actual good ideas getting no exposure or donations. It isn’t even like 50,000 people are donating $1 for a laugh. It only has 6,000 backers. That means the average donation is almost $10! That is a lot for a stupid joke! Come on people.

    I guess it’s better than spending $10 on a ticket to go see Transformers 4…

Sleep Deprivation Takes Years Off Your Life … A Fair Trade?

I recently saw this infographic and it stopped me in my tracks. You see, I generally only get about five (or less) hours of sleep a night. I just tend to stay up late and do all of my stuff like blogging, video game playing, and web surfing. I always knew I didn’t sleep enough and that it was “bad” for me but I never knew how bad… I always figured I would catch up on the weekend.


Sorry night owls, looks like it sucks to be us. All of this sleep deprivation is pretty much giving us brain damage. After reading this, I started figuring out how I could change my life for the better. How I could go to bed sooner and when I would get my “Alex Time.”

Wait a minute! If I slept an extra two hours per night, even if we only count weeknights, that would be ten hours a week I am not doing what I want to do. It is an exchange, I am giving up my free time now, for an increased lifespan. The more I think about it the less clear cut this trade-off gets.

There are a ton of things that can kill you before you ever get the chance to enjoy your extended life cushion like car accidents, illnesses, bullets and many more. What if I start wasting my life sleeping buying into the “health benefits” only to be killed by a drunk driver?

Wouldn’t you rather have more hours in a day now when you are young and strong to get as much efficient work done as possible? I’ll make this trade all day every day.

Why I Do My Editing in Comic Sans

comic-sans-shirtComic Sans gets a bad rap. People are always making fun of it, insulting people who use it, pointing it out when they spot it out in the wild… I know that because I am one of those people. I remember when I was in middle school I used Comic Sans as my AIM font … then I grew up.

I found a wonderful new use for it however: editing! You read that correctly. Now, when I am proofreading or editing work, my first action is to make sure it’s Comic Sans.

If you’ve ever read up on editing tips you may remember things like, read the work backwards, read every word out loud slowly, take a break and proof read again with fresh eyes etc…

There is a new tip to add to that list: Comic Sans. As we are all very well aware, doing anything in this font makes you look like a fool. Writing needs to be of exceptional quality to shine through this font. Comic Sans amplifies typos, bad grammar, and poor sentence like nothing I have ever encountered. It practically makes poor writing glow in the dark.

After the editing is over, switch the font to something presentable and behold! Behold the amazing quality of your work.

Our Wedding Invitations

We have received so much great feedback about our wedding invitations I figured I’d share them. Basically, it’s a message in a bottle. The note contains the instructions to access the wedding website where all of the venue directions and information is clearly listed and the RSVP interface is.

We simply dropped the bottle into an envelop and mailed it! We used two stamps just in case, but I think one would have been fine. MOST of them made it fine. One was returned due to insufficient postage, and one envelope broke and the bottle was lost 🙁 But the VAST majority arrived without a hitch!

The little bottles were purchased on ebay, or was it etsy? I can’t remember but it only cost $10 for 100 of them. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, except make sure to keep the scroll tight! Of it expands inside the bottle it’s pretty tough to remove.




Fresh Organic Links For Consumption

The ultimate guide to logo design

A great read on logo design even if you don’t care about it. Lot’s of great visuals that is sure to make you think at least a little about each logo you seen for several days.

The Science of Facial Hair: What Signals Do Beards, Stubble, and Mustaches Send to Others?

This in-depth articles about beards is packed with examples and studies. It kinda makes me want to grow a beard, but at the same time it makes me just want to stay clean shaven. You decide!

Two computer screens aren’t better than one

An idiotic article saying one computer screen is better than two. The reason? Focus. The argument is made that the only reason to have two screens is to work on one and put Facebook on the other. It’s like saying having a smaller office, or smaller desk will leave less room for distractions and, therefore, more productive.

77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True

Although arguments can be made that BuzzFeed is destroying the internet by putting out complete diarrhea lists … this one is an exception. It’s one of the few interesting lists I have read in a very long time. Although I can only hope it’s true since there are no sources for most of these facts.

A Treasury of Rare and Weird Star Wars Posters From Around the World

An impressive collection of strange Star Wars posters from all around the world. Some of them are interesting, others downright bizarre. A must see for Star Wars fans.

BioWare’s Heir On Sexism, Racism, Homophobia In Games

An interview with Mass Effect 4 designer Manveer Heir on the topic is sexism and homophobia in video games. It actually has pretty much nothing to do with Mass Effect or video games specifically. It is an interesting perspective from an even more interesting point of view. I would consider this an important read.

Automatically Replicate Your Own Tweets

I wanted to automate the process of posting the same tweet multiple times over the course of one or more days. Took some effort, but I figured out a seemingly perfect solution. I’ll save the explanation of why for the end because if you found this post, you probably already have a good idea of why you want to duplicate your own tweets. Let’s get to it. To start, make sure you have accounts on Twitter, Buffer and IFTTT.

IFTTT -> Buffer


“If new tweet by @lexkrasny with hashtag #retweet, then add to Twitter Buffer lexKrasny”

Pretty self-explanatory but there are a few quirks. If you are particularly astute you might be saying:

“Wait a second… wouldn’t this create and infinite loop where the system keeps retweeting the tweet with #retweet in it over and over?”

You are correct, the loop must be broken. When you build the “then” element you have a choice to remove the hashtag.


Now anytime you add #retweet to a tweet, IFTTT will add that same tweet into your buffer and remove #retweet. You are now officially doubling all of your tagged tweets and utilizing your buffer schedule to scatter them.

Using #retweet in your tweets has been shown to actually help with retweets so it isn’t as stupid as it looks. However you don’t have to use that hashtag (although it is a good one) feel free to choose whatever feels best, or even a bunch of them! Personally I use three different hashtags: #retweet, #goodread and #awesome.


There is another quirk you need to be aware of before we are all done. Buffer uses it’s own link shortener to shorten links. This only becomes a problem when you post a picture. If you post a picture tweet Buffer does not shorten and lets Twitter handle the picture. This is great because if twitter sees an image link it knows it can display it in the stream like this:


This tweet actually has 2 links, a link and a link. You will also notice this tweet has my #retweet trigger. When this tweet launched and got re-buffered something annoying happened. Buffer used to shorten both links, which means twitter didn’t know the second link was a pic and my tweet just had two links.

To solve this issue just turn off Buffer’s link shortener on tweets. Twitter will still shorten all your links, so you don’t need to worry about length. This way, when a photo gets re-buffered it will still be a photo.


Why Tweet Twice?

Tweets are very timely. If a follower follows 100+ people (which is many of them) it is likely that if they don’t see your tweet right away, they never will; it will simply be buried by other tweets. That is why it’s a good idea to tweet multiple times, even if it is the same tweet. It is likely different followers will see your tweet at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.

It has been frequently documented that the more you tweet the better, even if all of the tweets aren’t fresh. I realize my method only duplicates your tweets one extra time. I feel this is the best method to balance convenience and control. If you want to do more you can by doing the following:


When setting the Buffer parameter you can enter another unique hashtag, in this case #ploxxor, and then simply make another recipe that triggers on that hashtag. You can repeat that as many times as you want. As long as you eventually terminate the process by having no trigger hashtags go out.

Wont I Annoy People?

The short answer is: probably not.

Let’s say you tweet 10 times, and have all of those tweets repeated at a tweet-rate of 5 per day using buffer. That means users who saw your first tweet at 2pm on Monday won’t see that same tweets until 2pm on Wednesday.

Will that be annoying for them? Doubtful, they probably won’t even realize it’s the same tweet! Additionally, if they saw the tweet on Monday but didn’t have time to click the link or fully act on it, maybe they do have that time on Wednesday. Or maybe, they simply didn’t see the one on Monday at all and now they have a second chance.

The risk is with users who follow very few people like five or ten. In that case, it’s possible your tweets will overwhelm their feed. However, if you are trying to promote a website, blog, or personal brand, the more exposure you get the better. You will certainly gain more than you lose by tweeting more.

It has been reported many times that you really can’t tweet too much. Anyone who followed you cares about your content and you want to make it as easy as possible for those followers to catch it. This is best accomplished by tweeted often.

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Alex and Adam Podcast

In this podcast we cover a variety of topics including:

  • Vitamins
  • Food
  • Government
  • Security
  • Social Media
  • Abortion
  • Vegetarianism

Adam Malone (@freddyz) has been one of my very best friends since fourth grade. He is a super funny guy and has done some pretty hilarious stuff. Most recently he created this engagement photo bit which initially took off on reddit and then ended up being picked up by ABC News and the Huffington Post.


Here is a great stand up video:

ME2: Warden Kuril’s Folly


I was playing Mass Effect 2 for like the 20th time when it finally dawned on me how silly the Purgatory (recruit Jack) mission is. Here is a summery in case you don’t remember:

You go to the Blue Sun owned prison ship, Purgatory, to acquire Jack. Cerberus paid for Jack’s release and you arrive to pick her up and on the way to the processing station the prison locks down. Turns out Warden Kuril is pulling the old “double-cross.” He decided Shepard is worth more as a prisoner. Then you proceed to fight your way out freeing Jack and getting off the prison. Not only thwarting Warden Kuril’s plan, but killing him during the escape.

Let’s break this down from Kuril’s point of view:

Kuril took a large payment from the Illusive Man to hand Jack over to Shepard. He decided it would be more profitable to kidnap commander Shepard … and then what? How exactly do you profit from having Shepard? I SUPPOSE he wants to sell him to the highest bidder? Who is that, the Collectors? Ok I guess that kinda makes sense although since the Collectors have a history of attacking human colonies and just making them outright disappear, it seems like a pretty risky deal.

Here are three more problems.

1. Kuril’s foolish confidence that his inept guards can handle a fully armed Shepard and his crew (Grunt and Garrus in most cases). Maybe Kuril hasn’t read the news for a while: Shepard is a bit of a badass… Shepard defeated Matriarch Benezia and a squad of Asari commandos. He defeated the Turian Specter Saren. Shepard eats battalions of Geth for breakfast. I guess Kuril didn’t really buy all of that…

2. The Normandy is currently right outside, in full radio contact with Shepard, and fully aware of what he is doing. Even if the prison has some kind of radio jammer, what do you suppose the crew of the Normandy will do when Shepard doesn’t come back after 2 hours? Just leave? The Normandy is fully armed and full of the most badass mercs in the galaxy that are all waiting for Shepard to come back. EDI is probably already hacked into the prison comm system and knows everything that is going on. Best case scenario, Thane, Jacob, Miranda, and Zaeed launch a little rescue party and murder everyone. Worst case scenario Joker blasts a hole in the station. Either way Kuril isn’t going anywhere with Shepard.

3. Betraying the Illusive man sounds really smart. Cerberus doesn’t have an longstanding reputation of murder, torture and medical experimentation or anything.

The Purgatory is a slow, clunky, lightly armed prison ship. Even if this kidnap attempt it successful and he somehow gets Shepard into a cell. How is he going to deal with the Normandy, the Alliance and Cerberus which will all show up within 24 hours? Warden Kuril has no outs! This plan is VERY POORLY THOUGHT OUT.

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Origami Flowers

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Buying gifts for your significant other is hard enough. Coming up with something thoughtful and romantic gets harder every year. I know the feeling guys. I went through an origami phase in high school, and from that phase I came up with this delightful little craft project. It is perfect for: anniversaries, birthdays, valentines day, mothers day, any other day!

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R.I.P. Bruno Nov 19th 2013

On the morning of Nov 19th we lost a valuable member of our family. Our 13 year old bulldog Bruno had to be put to sleep. He started having an extended seizure and there wasn’t much to do at the pet clinic except keep him sedated. It was time to say our goodbyes.

Even though he had arthritis, could hardly hear or see toward the end, he was still humping his stuffed gorilla the night before like an adolescent alpha male. He lived a long life full of love, delicious home-cooked meals, and giant stuffed animals. He was loved by everyone, and will never be forgotten.

Here is a video of Bruno doing what he does best. Eating, you wouldn’t even know that he is a million years old…