Apparently Bicycles/Bikes With Fat Tires Are A Thing Since ~2006

Bikes with fat tires seems to have been a trend popping up as far back as 2006, where Surly Bikes may have been the first mass-production company for bikes with such large tires.

The primary innovation and reason for having such bulky tires is for their far superior performance on loose terrain like dirt, sand, and snow — preventing making such deep ruts or sinking down into the surface quite so much. According to a Gearjunkie article, the size also permits riding on a much lower tire pressure, offering a slightly better cushion for landings on the tougher frames required for such wide tires.

The wikipedia entry for the term Fatbike offers an image reportedly dated from 1932 of the concept, but it appears the application never really caught on for another 80 years later.

Does CamStudio Install A Virus? Malware? Maybe. Here’s My Story.

So, I was browsing a site and being the advertising nerd that I am, discovered that a particular ad that I really liked wasn’t a standard animated GIF but was an embedded flash file that I still couldn’t save even by looking through the source or using SWF/FLV rippers, so I decided to use an old method of a program I thought was reliable — a screen recorder called CamStudio. I had used it for years on previous machines without an issue, but no longer after this.

The first red flag should have been that such a corny little program that, as I recall, had a generic windows installer before, now had what appeared to be a sleeker graphic/skinned installer with nontraditional windows buttons and options. I was sure to deselect all of the add-on options I could determine, even nearly hitting an accept button that was grey whereas the decline button was green as if it were a trick to get you to accept by accident.

The second red flag I encountered was that after installing CamStudio, supposedly from the official site, was that it closed all of the browsers I had open — and thereby losing the page where I had seen the ad I wanted to record. I was able to find it again in history and had to refresh several times to make the desired ad appear, and was able to record it. However, several sites that I knew didn’t have a particular kind of ad (such as Koreaboo) suddenly had a new kind of ad showing up as sidebars and a bottom-of-screen [x]-able javascript-looking banner that overlaid site text. I typically use Chrome so I checked extensions with no luck.

I decided to dust off the old Malwarebytes, and give that a run and it almost immediately detected something called NetCrawler. I paused the scan, shut down Malwarebtyes without quarantining and uninstalled Netcrawler independently, and tried the same sites again and the advertising had disappeared. So far so good..

Master List of Quicker Than/ Faster Than -Jokes

Here is a list of several of the best “Quicker than a..” or “Faster than a..” one-liners that I made up or found online. I was trying to come up with something funny for a Facebook comment about how quickly I would have kicked a romantic potential to the curb based on an action he had taken against a lady friend (installing password trackers on her computer), and had trouble finding very many good ones, so I decided to make my own list!

..quicker than your mother can unbutton her overalls.
..quicker than OP is a f[****)t.
..quicker than [fat celebrity] would sign up for a butter convention (groundhog-at-a-cabbage-convention, etc)
..faster than a cheetah could pounce on a limping [political figure].
..faster than a speeding ticket.
..left faster than a [race] man after hearing the pregnancy test results.
..disappeared faster than a [snack food] at a [diet program] meeting.
..faster than the wife can figure out a way to spend it.
..lost faster than an intern’s dignity at a cigar club meeting
..gone faster than a [container of indigestion remedy/domesticated animal] in a [restaurant].
..faster than a new version of anything by Microsoft needing to be patched.
..gone faster than a toupee in a hurricane.
..disappeared faster than a watermelon in the hands of Gallagher.
..gone quicker than a cheesy poof in the hands of Cartman.
..vanished quicker than [one hit wonder]‘s music career.
..sold out quicker than a rainbow-print [clothing item] at an LBGT festival.
..faster than the babysitter’s boyfriend when the car pulls up.
..gone faster than a [expensive automotive item] at a [racial celebrity] concert.
..out quicker than [sports team] at the play-offs.

If you have any others, please feel to add in comments!

“Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” Introduction Transcripts

Sorry I Haven’t A Clue is a pun- and wordplay-filled radio program on BBC Radio 4. Each show is hosted in a particular town around the UK and includes an introduction with trivia-based-jokes about the host town. The following are transcripts of those introductions..

Series 57, Episode 1
You join us this week on a visit to the history city of Warwick. When the Romans arrived in this area in AD 52, they discovered a stone-age tribe of cannibals. Following a short battle, a truce was called and the Legionnaire Tiberius was invited by the cannibals to discuss peace terms over a feast. However, he got cold feet so he sent them back.

The standardization of time measurement was defined by the horological synod of Warwick in 1206. The council of elders decided a year would be comprised of 365 units of 24 hours each, but couldn’t arrive at a name for this unit. After three weeks of lengthy debate, the synod members got fed up and decided to call it a day.

The electronics engineer Alexander Preston lived at Church Lane with his devoted wife and seven children. Preston achieved celebrity in 1972 when he developed the first energy-saving light bulb. Sadly, from then on he didn’t see much of his family.

The UK headquarters of the Feng Shui Society were established in Market Street, then Priory Road, then the other side of Priory Road, and then on Market Street again.

The University of Warwick mathematics professor Nigel Baxter wrote the definitive work on modern geometry. However, scandal arose on the campus when it was revealed that Baxter was conducting simultaneous affairs with a dozen women and was in a love dodecahedron.

Warwick and its historic buildings often feature in costume dramas such as Pride and Prejudice, Tom Jones, and Moll Flanders, which is why in Warwick today it is not unusual to see vaguely remembered characters from a bygone age. Let’s meet four of them — on my left, Barry Crier and Tony Hawks. And, on my right, Tim Brook-Taylor and Jeremy Hardy!

Series 57 Episode 2
You join us this week on a second visit to Warwick, where we’re guests of the Warwick Art center at the University of Warwick, conveniently located here in Coventry.

After her capture, Mary Queen of Scots was held at Coventry Castle. as a royal, Mary felt entitled to appropriate accommodation. Held in rooms which Mary first complained were too dark, Queen Elizabeth ordered bigger windows to be put in. Mary then complained that the rooms were damp, so Elizabeth ordered that larger fireplaces be built. Mary then complained that her bed was lumpy, so Elizabeth ordered that she be given a feather mattress. Mary then complained that her ceilings were too low.

Mary’s principle supporters were the McDonald clan, which, after her death, was torn apart by the Scottish reformation with father and son on opposing sides. Young McDonald was a staunch protestant and supporter of King James. But, as his father refused to renounce Catholicism, Old McDonald was burned as a heretic, thereatic, everywhere a tic tic.

In August 1642, the first skirmish between the Roundheads and Cavilers of the civil war took place at nearby Curdworth. There’s a display in the village hall of various relics including the first musket ball fired, which actually hit the church bell, started the English civil war, and won a goldfish at roundhead that died on the way home.

Warwick was the birthplace of the musical performer Billy Oliver. Generally regarded as the father of stand-up comedy, Billy’s laugh was said to be infectious. In 1918, he contracted Spanish Flu, told a joke over breakfast, and killed his entire family. Let’s meet the teams!

… More to be added as time permits. I have the audio for most shows between from present back to Series 56 and just need transcription =)

Yes, the Friends Reunion Show 2014 Is a Hoax.

The poster/image about a Friends 2014 Reunion TV show being confirmed is indeed a hoax.

A British site, Metro.co.uk (article here) and others breaks us the bad news, that, there is no such Friends reunion TV in the works at all. The image is as old as at least January 2014, and Friends show creator Marta Kauffman, “has stressed there will be no reboot of the show or a reunion.” The creator of the original hoax image states that it bore his Twitter username when he first posted it, but someone else apart from his knowledge cropped the image and removed his name and from there perhaps it gained steam.

One version, appearing on Facebook recently, has a link underneath as if to give it credibility, but the link (here, but caution) merely goes to an Amazon.com page for the entry of a paperback book that celebrates the 10 seasons of the show and may likely be a kind of ad click that gives whoever created the link a kickback for purchases made after visiting that link.

When Does SNSD’s Mr Mr Music Video Come Out?

According to the wikipedia page for the Mr.Mr. EP, there was a data loss of some kind during the editing process where a large chunk of footage was lost or deleted, preventing the MV from being released when previously expected, and forcing a re-shoot of the lost footage. Insiders and SMent reps claim the company is working on data recovery also.

The original intended release date for the MV (music video) was Feb 19, a day before their intended M! Countdown comeback on Thursday Feb 20 — but the comeback has been pushed to Thursday March 6th, so hopefully March 5 might be the music video release date.

Do you have any more info? Please post in the comments!

Correction! It’s out now on Feb 28 :-3