An Apparent Misconception

Check this out.

People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren’t necessarily wasting time. They may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science — putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively.

That’s a great discovery except for one small factor…

…the “getting fired for screwing around at work” thing.

Other than that…solid.

This Week’s BS Award Goes To…

This Lifehacker Article that claims that idling your car is bad.

For those readers in chillier climates it’s a common to see people trudging out to their cars to warm them up early in the morning. It turns out all that idling isn’t just ineffective but a waste of money too.

The common belief is that you have to start a car ahead of time in cold weather or else the engine won’t be warm enough and you could damage it. It turns out that engines only require around a half minute of idle time to warm up; excessive idling decreases the life of your engine and unnecessarily kludges things up.

If you really want a good laugh at the expense of the author read the comments below the article. For example…

It’s not just your engine that needs a warm up. You want the fluids circulating freely through the automatic transmission and through the power steering system before driving off. They don’t need to be at operating temperature, but a couple of minutes to let the fluids flow and move about can save wear and tear.

The article is easily defeated by simple common sense.

Yes. The article was written with an obvious “green” bias.

A Podcast for Andrew


As many of you know, my friend and a host on my network Andrew Lawton has taken ill.

For the latest updates, go to

We’re doing a Brass Balls Radio show for him on Friday at 7:00 pm EST.

So far…

Mike Williams
Wendy Sullivan
Kathy Shaidle
Kimberly Haney

have confirmed and will be attending.

We have also opened up the phone lines for anyone who may not be able to participate but would like to pass along their well wishes.


Again, for further details, go to and Jimmie also is mirroring the updates and providing information over at his blog.

And please, pray for Andrew!

Update (12/18/10) – We recorded the show last evening. Actual attendees were myself, Wendy Sullivan, Jimmie Bise, Joe Guzman, and Kathy Shaidle. I would like extend a hearty “thank you” to Roch Bordanave (our announcer) for recording special VO material for this show on his day off. The show is currently in post production and show be released sometime tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who helped us with our Get Well Andrew Show!

Update (12/23/10)Show link is here.

Is Condescension Ever Funny?

Check out this excerpt from Paul Carr at TechCrunch

Rule One: The next time one of you asks the rhetorical question “why is this news?” I swear to God I will come round to your basement, gather up all of your Wil Wheaton action figures and melt them down into a giant plastic phallus. If you’ve ever seen the Miriam Karlin scene in A Clockwork Orange, you know what happens next. Save us both a trip and next time you find yourself asking “why is this news?”, instead ask yourself “why do I still live with my parents?”. It’s news because people better than you said so.

Fortunately for me, I am smart enough to decide what’s news and what’s not.

Some dipshit at TechCrunch sure as hell isn’t.