All posts for “humor”


The Button Every Keyboard Needs

Posted by: leelefever on March 20, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: fun, gadgetry, humor, seattle


Found at Garage Billiards and Bowl in Seattle. 

Internet Power - A 1995 Video Explaining the Internet

Posted by: leelefever on March 17, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: Explanation, history, humor, video


Via Laughing Squid and Andy Baio at, who is creating digitized version of old VHS tapes.   This makes me wonder if people, 12 years from now, will look back at our videos and laugh, saying "Hah! Can you imagine?  That's what they thought blogs and RSS were all about! Sheesh!" 

Japan Tobacco's Clever and Strange Smoking Manners Signs

Posted by: leelefever on February 23, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: communication, humor, japan, travel, visualthinking


Japan is surely one of the politest places you're likely to visit.  If you ask someone for directions, there is a good chance they will walk you there themselves. Behaving honorably is an important part of the culture and there is never a lack of signs, often cleverly illustrated, reminding the public of what is expected. One of the most interesting and clever examples I found is produced by Japan Tobacco. In smoking areas, on trains and near ashtrays, there are often signs related to smoking... Continue Reading

Having an Old Dog

Posted by: leelefever on January 24, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: home, humor, offtopic, personal, seattle


He's 13, his breath smells really bad, he's deaf, he walks like a retired football player, begs with renewed vigor and is increasingly obstinate.  Indeed, the old dog experience is so different than the young dog experience. He's still the same sweet dog, but with new quirks that keep things new, even in old age. He is not the Frisbee catching dog of yesteryear. He is more like Jabba the Hut. A deaf Jabba the Hut with with a better disposition. His deafness is sad and amusing at the same time... Continue Reading

A Wonderfully Entertaining Sushi Video

Posted by: leelefever on January 10, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: Explanation, food, humor, travel, video


This video is a masterpiece in my opinion - especially if you're into  Japanese culture (Sachi is half-Japanese).  It's just so culturally real, so bitingly satirical, so truly funny.  It won awards at the now defunct Resfest in 2003, and now it's on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Give it a little while to get rolling - it starts slow and literal.

Sooo Typical

Posted by: leelefever on January 10, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: art, humor, ourwork, paperworks, personal


Sachi came into the room where I draw and saw this piece of paper and nearly died from laughter.  It's true - I'm sorry to say, I had a problem coloring a checkered flag.  Such things are all too common in my world.

Meatwad and Wikia Search: Separated at Birth?

Posted by: leelefever on January 6, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: humor, search


Is it me, or does the new Wikia Search logo look a lot like Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force?      From what I've seen so far, they may return similar search results too.   Update: Aside from the logo fun, Wikia is in alpha and Business Week has an article about Wikia including a quote from Jimmy Wales: Wales cautions against expecting too much from Wikia Search too soon. As for any search engine, especially one with a strong human component, it will take time for Wikia Search to... Continue Reading

On The Set: Wetpaint's Parody Commercials

Posted by: leelefever on October 28, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: commercial, humor, video, wetpaint


Kevin Flaherty, the guy who runs marketing at the wiki company Wetpaint (and does killer zombie voices) invited me to the filming of Wetpaint's latest experiment: parody commercials. I had no idea what to expect, but it was awesome.  It was the first time I'd been on a real set during filming. It was just like our studio at home, except this set had giant lights, real actors, a director, lots of expensive production gear and fewer whiteboards and markers. Just like it, I swear! The idea... Continue Reading

Give it a Name (Friday Fun)

Posted by: leelefever on October 4, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: humor, language, ourwork, thissite


When asked what sort of videos we make it's a bit hard to explain in normal terms.  They're not really instructional or how-to, they have elements of marketing and promotion and some say they are entertaining.  Here's a few options - maybe you have more? Infodocutainmercials? Explanatainment? Docuinfotainment? Explanapromomercials?  Explanadocuinfotainmercials? or maybe just... explainment? By the way, don't expect to see any of this on the Common Craft business cards - just for fun.  Any... Continue Reading

Did You Miss Common Craft Week?

Posted by: leelefever on August 4, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, humor, newfriends, thissite, video


I'm not sure you realized, but it was Common Craft week last week. I know, it snuck up on you again. Me too! Really though, we were surpised and honored to see that the folks at New Media in the Land of Manana decided that such a week existed last week. Well, it started in Tuesday, but we'll call it even.Tuesday: The Common Craft Common Craft Wednesday: What is a Wiki? Common Craft Thursday: What is Social Networking? Common Craft Friday: 4600 in 2.2 minutes From what I can tell, the site... Continue Reading