Wacky Web Week

A new approach for handling telemarketers

Telemarketers. They have an uncanny knack of calling right when you don’t want them to. Whether you’re just sitting down to dinner, forced to interupt a relaxing shower, or deep in R.E.M., they generally find you at the most inconvenient moment — all so they can try to subscribe you to a magazine you’ve never heard of.

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Video shows top 10 ways to break your server

The staff of Scalent Systems labor ceaselessly to quell your common computing woes — again and again.

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Is that a good spot over there?

It’s a vehicular jungle out there, with packed traffic, surly drivers, and a paucity of parking places, all begging the question, “Where the Sam Hill is everyone going to park?”

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Would you like mental floss with that?

It’s Thursday. You’ve made it through the week so far without spilling coffee on yourself, calling a co-worker by the wrong name, or sending a scorching e-mail to the whole office by mistake. You’re on top of your mental game.

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Hey, buddy, can you cc me on that?

Ctrl+C won’t copy. Your Tab button won’t tab. Ctrl+A selects absolutely nothing.

We’ve all been there, when the simplest of functions just won’t function. But what’s really going on when we repeatedly punch that Copy button?

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The art of water-balloon tossing

What was it about throwing water balloons as a kid that was so appealing? Throwing them at each other, your pets, moving
cars. It was thrilling! Would it explode? How would your target react? Not to mention the ever-pressing question of how full could you actually get your balloon.

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I want to ride my bicycle

In an age when being “green” is everything, here’s an emerging art form that (in this video, at least) is purely white.

In an interesting use of 4×6 white card stock, this short clip showcases an experimental technique called “stratastencil.”

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Roll over, Beethoven

Chopin. Strauss. And now Robbi-985. In this two-minute clip by the afore-mentioned composer, a musical masterpiece is created using nothing but sounds from Windows XP and 98.

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Suffering the slings of Cupid’s arrow

Cupid. That sweet, cherubic boy of Valentine lore who, with a single pluck of his bow, can bring together star-crossed lovers, awaken a cold heart from its frosty slumber, and famously inspire love down through the ages.

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Nuts — a little dab’ll do ya

Maybe there’s something in the air. Maybe it’s just the raw, animal attraction that comes with a unibrow. Whatever it
is, the star of this 30-second Planters Peanuts commercial has it and is turning heads.

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