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…The Muppets are terrible drivers?

Muppet Speed Camera

In Germany, speed cameras are set up to capture both the license plate of the car in question as well as the drivers face, while blurring the identity of the passengers for privacy purposes, because “The number plate is not enough. We need clear evidence of who is driving the vehicle too.”

Apparently one British driver (whose driver’s seat is conveniently on the opposite side of his German counterparts) has discovered this system, and is taking full advantage of it by placing a stuffed Muppet in the driver’s/passenger’s seat as he flies by the cameras.

So far he’s got the authorities fooled, but as soon as they can figure out which Muppet is going along for the ride, they intend to fully interrogate him until he reveals the identity of the clever co-driver.

[Via: Nothing To Do With Arbroath]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Blank Is Like Blank?

Blank Is Like Blank

Blank is Like Blank is a simple site that provides the occasional analogy to live by.

With quips like:

    “Facebook is like a gossipy friend with no interesting information”,
    “Using Helvetica is like owning a Mac: It looks so cool that you never bother to stop and think if you really need to”, and
    “Starbucks is like that crazy ex-girlfriend you still get together with: You hate yourself for going back, but the familiarity makes it convenient, and until you find something better, it’s all you’ve got”,

Justin Feinstein is firmly establishing himself as the king of the one liner.

[Blank is Like Blank]

…You can make your own Keyport?

Leatherman KEYman Keyport Hack

Sure, you could spend $300 on a Keyport to keep your keys in one convenient location, but with a little bit of clever modification to a Leatherman Micra, you can make your own flip out key storage gizmo that takes up less space, and impresses more with its DIY attitude.

Follow the link below for a step-by-step guide to making your own.

[Leatherman KEYman]

[Via: Toolmonger]

…It’s Movie Monday: I Am Legend?

I Am Legend PosterI Am Legend felt like a good idea that no one knew what to do with.

There were a few shining stars:

Will Smith’s acting was superb, in a Tom Hanks on an island sort of way, and you really feel for him as he navigates the empty streets of New York with Sam, his devoted dog, and his slowly fading sanity as he tries his best to cure the zombied world around him.

The CGI work was also superb, and you will easily believe that New York was stripped bare and left to sit for a few years to give it that true, hasn’t seen humans in a while look and feel.

However, there were also a few disappointments:

The story was…less than superb. It starts out slow, which is fine, since Will is, after all, alone, except for his dog, so he doesn’t exactly have a lot to do. He spends his time driving around the emptied streets in abandoned sports cars, hunting for deer that now roam those streets, teeing off on the back of an aircraft carrier, and, when he has a few spare moments, trying to cure the zombie disease that has killed off the rest of the world. And hiding from darkness. This takes up most of his time, and most of the first half of the movie is spent setting this groundwork for the story that you think will come.

Unfortunately, the second half of the film doesn’t do much better. There are a few moments when the pace picks up, and you begin to feel as if something is actually going to happen, but they’re few and far between, and you’re soon lulled into a sedated state as you begin to simply watch Will live. Then, the end of the film arrives, and it comes so abruptly that you hardly have time to comprehend what’s going on. Just as quickly as it began, the lights flick back and on you’re left sitting in your chair with a strong feeling of “Meh.”

The story also suffers from the problem of “Well, isn’t that convenient.” Every time something needs to happen, it does, and every time you see a movie cliché building, it doesn’t fail to disappoint. I can only think of one twist that I didn’t see coming, but even that twist seemed forced and didn’t make much sense when you consider what was discussed during the preceding parts of the movie. The ending basically rounded out the whole film, as it managed to be both conveniently timed and cliché filled.

I Am Legend just feels like a film that relied on a lot of CGI and Will Smith to cover up a thin plot and poor, cliché details. It lacked the scare that it needed to be a good horror film, the emotion that it needed to be a good ‘man on an island’ film, and the twists and turns it needed to be a good action/adventure film. Instead, it forces its way through a butchering of Richard Matheson’s story, and avoids anything that could have made this a great film.

[I Am Legend]

[Rotten Tomatoes – I Am Legend]

[IMDb – I Am Legend]

[Wikipedia – I Am Legend]

…It’s Things Thursday: Puppoose?

Puppoose

The Puppoose is “the most ergonomically designed, natural way to carry your pet. The luxuriously lightweight, soft fabric makes using this carrier a breeze! The Puppoose fits any small dog and any person! Its crocheted design has 4 holes at the base for the pet’s limbs, 4 adjustable straps to adjust the length, a neck cushion for your comfort, and a safety strap to ensure your pet’s security. Its hands-free convenience allows more quality time together!”

If you just read that and thought, “Wow, I’ve been trying to find more ways to spend quality time with my dog!” then maybe the Puppoose is for you, but then again, maybe you should check your sanity fluid at the next stop. I understand wanting to be close to your dog and all, but do these dogs look happy?

Despite my warnings, if this looks like the perfect gift for your furry friend, they’re $80 from Feel The Flo.

[Feel The Flo – Puppoose]

[Via: Design Milk]