Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 4-3-2008


Obama gets heckled by some dork who “just wants a picture with the Senator.”

Firefox 3 Beta 5 Now Available For Download

Cook Better with Your Microwave than Your Stove

Sweet. I rock the microwave. I reheat DiGiorno and get frozen burritos ready to jam.

Blu-ray Awareness Hits 60%…Hooray?

That’s way better than the percentage of people who know the casualty number in Iraq. See:

Public Is Less Aware of Iraq Casualties, Study Finds

Twenty-eight percent of the public is aware that nearly 4,000 U.S. personnel have died in Iraq over the past five years, while nearly half thinks the death tally is 3,000 or fewer and 23 percent think it is higher, according to an opinion survey released yesterday.”

Burger King Releases Steakhouse Burger

Oh shit. That looks crazy. Looks like a review might be in the works.
Game review: Obscure: the aftermath

Looks like a ton of digital cleavage. Imagine that.

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-28-2008

Two-headed lizard hatches
The Top Ten Best Selling Sodas of 2007

Monitor Amazon Products for Price Drops and Availability in Real-Time

Five Best Digital Photo Organizers

How to French Kiss

Yep. Some people need that.

How to refill a “disposable” Brita brand water …

Super Mario Bros. LED Mushr…

1UP Cakes

This is my favorite link of the day. Hands down.

-MC Spanky McGee

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-26-2008

Eco fishing in Indonesia

Ok, I’m posting this because it’s amazing how we humans are often so convinced that there’s only way to do something, and then it turns out that another way is so much better. Make sure to catch the bit about their new profit margin.
XCOR Lynx Bringing Sports Car-esque Travel to Space

Motorola Chops Off Handset Division
How to Put on a Condom

Yep. It’s true. We need directions for this.

Masturbation Positions: A Handy Guide

burrito review

Chipotle – Dining
Reminder: H3 Heroic Map Pack now free

Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster

Caught Downloading Copyrighted Material—Now What?

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-24-2008
Top 10 Software Easter Eggs
Burger King “Morning Tongue”
Motivational Monday: Goodbye Easter

How The US Views Iraq
Every South Park Ever Online for Free (Legally!)

iPod + Nike’s Fat, Moldy Grandpa: Apple II Pumas
More Flippant, Drunken, and Random 2008 Metal Reviews
15-Minute Halter Top

19th century papier mache model brain

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-21-2008

Jailbreak Any iPhone or iPod Touch in 45 Seconds

This is a tutorial on how to free your iPhone so that you can add to it the programs/apps that you want.

Bill Richardson to endorse Obama

Scientists Discover that Moose Antlers Act as Amplifiers

Cheeseburger Dress


Little-Known Google Features

‘Chocolate Rain’ guy among YouTube winners

In case you haven’t seen “Chocolate Rain,” here ya go:

[youtube width="425" height="355"][/youtube]

Classic. Tedious, all in all, but classic.

-MC Spanky McGee

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-19-2008

Dead Dog Sweaters May Not Be the Best Way to Remember Your Pets

Best Buy Pledges $10 Million to Past HD DVD Buyers; Trade-Ins, Too

Mom Says “Fun Straw” Looks Like Genitalia
The Speech
Facebook ‘cheater’ won’t be expelled

To tell you the truth, I don’t see how the Facebook group is different in principle from a study group.

A tool like Facebook does make it easier to to cheat, and the temptation probably goes up, too.

But, the students could get together secretly in person, and the only way to catch them would be to screen the results of their work (the old fashioned way, in other words).

I think the profs should devise assignments to make it hard for them to cheat, but easy to study together.

Maybe after we bomb or melt our way back to the stone ages, our memory skills can improve. Sweet.

See comments below for what other Soupy Trumpet writers think.

-MC Spanky McGee

While you’re here, check out Spanky’s take on Obama’s speech:
Obama’s speech on race, Jeremiah Wright, and the crux of the issue. A challenge to the critics.and Erich’s

McCain’s Middle East policy: “Keep fighting the bad guys. Someday we’ll figure out why.”

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-11-08

The Haunted Ms. Pac Man

Save Time and Avoid Stress at Airport Security

Ice Cream Lovers Rise Up and Say “Yes, Pecan!”

Stupor Tuesday: The World, America’s Flea Market


Mod Your 5G Video iPod With Internal Bluetooth

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-5-08

High on Mount Sinai?

The biblical Israelites may have been high on a hallucinogenic plant when Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai, according to a new study by an Israeli psychology professor.

Duh–this is a possibility. I’m not sure how we could show that they actually were, unless we can find some bones and scan em’ and shit.

Yahoo scrambles to block Microsoft deal

Thirty-Foot Trebuchet Fires Chicken Poop at Potential Thieves

Stuff White People Like: Expensive Sandwiches

Spanky’s fav Autohotkey codes, part 2

On my aging Dell laptop, they provided a special “internet key”–it launched a browser when I first got the system. It’s akin to these guys in the silver oval:


But, as the user reinstalls Windows (over and over and over), this internet key becomes worthless. I don’t know why this happens exactly, but it’s obvious that the new installation doesn’t assign the same function to the key.

Using the kickass program, Autohotkey, we can restore its browser-launching capabilities.

1. Install Autohotkey. If you haven’t already, you’re an idiot. Just kidding. go and get it done.

2. Create and save a new script. (If you’re a noob, start here)

3. Follow these directions from their help file, with the subheading “List of Keys, Mouse Buttons, and Joystick Controls”:

If your keyboard or mouse has a key not listed above, you might still be able to make it a hotkey by using the following steps (requires Windows XP/2000/NT or later):

Ensure that at least one script is running that is using the keyboard hook. You can tell if a script has the keyboard hook by opening its main window and selecting “View->Key history” from the menu bar.
Double-click that script’s tray icon to open its main window.
Press one of the “mystery keys” on your keyboard.
Select the menu item “View->Key history”
Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Somewhere near the bottom are the key-down and key-up events for your key. NOTE: Some keys do not generate events and thus will not be visible here. If this is the case, you cannot directly make that particular key a hotkey because your keyboard driver or hardware handles it at a level too low for AutoHotkey to access. For possible solutions, see further below.
If your key is detectible, make a note of the 3-digit hexadecimal value in the second column of the list (e.g. 159).
To define this key as a hotkey, follow this example:
SC159:: ; Replace 159 with your key’s value.
MsgBox, %A_ThisHotKey% was pressed.

Ok, once you’ve done all that,you can now write a script to launch a browser. You can use mine:

Run C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
WinWait, My Yahoo!,
IfWinNotActive, My Yahoo!, , WinActivate, My Yahoo!
WinWaitActive, My Yahoo!,
WinMaximize, My Yahoo!

SC101 is the name of my Dell Inspiron 5150′s internet key–the name of your key might be different. The above script starts Firefox and activates it for me. One button press, baby, one press.

Of course, you should have all sorts of combos going in Autohotkey, but this is a good start. If you put in some time on the front end with Autohotkey’s learning curve, it will pay big dividends in the end.

Peace out, Napoleon.

-MC Spanky McGee

Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 3-3-08

Trent Reznor Releases Nine out of Thirty-Six Tracks on Free Download

Trent is no idiot, and he knows what the future of the music biz looks like. You’ll see more and more of this kind of promotion from high-profile artists, but I wonder how smaller acts will move along.

Audiophile Deathmatch: Monster Cables vs. a Coat Hanger

Maybe we’re all deaf, hmmm, Kip Casper?
Close Down All Non- Essential Windows Apps with EndItAll

This is the kind of hack I like. Kill off some apps on your computer.

North Church goes high-tech with LEDs

Who said the church couldn’t get their tech-dork suit on?
Major League Eating: The Game on Wii

Obstinate Couple Hates Chicken Sandwiches

My comment:

We all know that Ned Flanders uses “Darn it” as a substitute for “Damn it”–and he’s not cussing–but don’t ya think he might as well do it? (I’m arguing for full-throttle cussing). He *means* basically the same thing (especially given that he knows what he’s doing with the substitution).

Then again, cussing is fun and cathartic because it is so-often forbidden, and our euphemistic “cuss”-words highlight that fact.

Spanky’s verdict: in favor of Sheetz. The couple is going on their subjective interpretation. Not enough to warrant penalty.