Last year, Chubbs the pug charmed the world of "Star Wars" fandom with a ridiculously adorable Wampug costume. In a bold effort to top that triumph, Chubbs got a new look for Halloween this year: the Banthapug.
Banthas are known for their shaggy fur, long tails, and arching horns. On Tatooine, they grow to be the size of elephants. The Banthapug cross-breed, however, only grows to be the size of a small dog. … Read more
As the tech world's volunteer psychiatrist, I sometimes struggle with people's motivations.
In the case of Adam Smith, I find myself having to write this lying down.
Should you have taken the long way around back from Kim Jong Un's wedding, you might not be aware that Smith is the man who rolled up to a Chick-fil-A drive-thru, ordered a free water, and then began to berate an utterly blameless Chick-fil-A employee.
Let he who has never berated the blameless cast the first stone-cold chicken sandwich. However, Smith saw himself as a crusader against the anti-gay views of the chain's President Dan Cathy … Read more
Amazon is the latest tech company to come out in support of same-sex marriage. And judging from the size of founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' whopping $2.5 million donation to defend same-sex marriage in Washington State, there's no mistaking how the e-commerce magnate feels about the cause. This is the largest-ever publicly reported donation to a marriage campaign, according to the Associated Press.
Bezos announced Friday that he was making the donation with his wife MacKenzie to Washington United for Marriage, a group working to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law. Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener told the … Read more
Never having sampled the product, I am not sure which of one's A's Chick-fil-A is supposed to fill.
However, the company is currently being accused of Class A filling of a slightly misleading sort by those who believe the fast-food chain is pretending to be a teenage girl on Facebook.
The general kerfuffle began when Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, declared that he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit."
Our guest on today's podcast episode is Dick Talens from Fitocracy.com, a social network that whips nerds into shape using role-playing mechanics and social-gaming achievements.
A self-described "ex-fat kid," Dick tells us about his high-school RPG career that developed an unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits, and the light bulb moment when he realized he could combine his love for video games with the success of online social networks to get into shape.
Instead of typical workout routines you get from personal trainers and fitness magazines, Fitocracy takes cues from games like World of Warcraft and Chrono Trigger to present "quests" that must be completed to earn achievement points and "boosts."
After each workout, Fitocracy makes it easy to check in online, update your progress, and even send "props" to your fellow Fitocrats--the whole process is really motivating and takes the chest puffing out of your daily gym experience.
Check out today's episode to see Dick's incredible before and after photos, which should be enough to get you out of your computer chair for at least a few sit-ups. Also, the site is in private beta right now, but Dick is extending a generous invite to 404 listeners--just head to Fitocracy.com and enter in "The404" as a promo code and you'll be able to sign up ahead of everyone else.
Enjoy the service, and let us know what you think, and don't forget to send us your before and after photos!The 404 Digest for Episode 908 Head over to Fitocracy and enter "The 404" into the promo code section to try it out! Fitocracy brings games and social to your workouts. Follow Fitocracy on Twitter. My workout partner is a role-playing game. Xkcd comic about Fitocracy. Most popular fitness tracking Web site: Fitocracy. Twitter break video of the day: HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA (AND HE PRAYS) Episode 908 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Today's show features a new recurring guest segment featuring our two favorite ladies, codenamed Heavy and Flo! They'll join us once a month to bring a very refreshing female presence to this bromance. We're testing their ability to keep up with the dudes, and they pass with flying colors, discussing stories like Bill Murray's spot-on Bruce Wayne impression, Indiana's strict driver's license rules, Heavy's visit to the Playboy mansion, and Rock Band's foray into the Country music scene.
Last week, the dudes and I realized one glaring downfall to our show: all … Read more
Note: I corrected this entry to make clear that Imeem licenses its event listing information from Jambase.A quick follow-up to my earlier post on Imeem. A representative of the company contacted me to let me know about some of the other services offered on the site, including one that lets you find local events. Testing this feature in "search by venue" mode, I discovered that Return to Forever, whose 1973 album Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy is one of my favorite jazz records (fusion for you purists), is coming to my favorite Seattle venue in a couple … Read more
OK, OK, I was totally wrong about the Beatles, as a mere minute of research would have shown me. I think my confusion stemmed from the fact that they never won record of the year, which is considered the top award. But still, look at the records, albums, and songs that have won over the last fifty years. Do you see a lot of innovation? A lot of music that's stood the test of time? I don't.
I know it's piling on, shooting fish in a barrel, whatever metaphor you choose, but I have never cared about … Read more