All posts for “fun”


Brain Calisthenics (Guest Post by Sally James)

Posted by: leelefever on August 14, 2013- 9:07am

Topic: Guest Post

Categories: communication, Explanation, fun, science, simplicity, Up Goer


Once there was a cartoon experiment. This experiment used the most common 1,000 words in English to describe a Saturn V rocket.  Have you wondered about getting started on describing something huge or complex in friendly language? For me, this cartoonist-inspired gizmo Up Goer Text Editor is a way to flex some muscles and warm up by challenging myself to describe using only common words. As you use the device, it strips away jargon and demands extremely lean but frequently comical descriptions... Continue Reading

It's That Time of Year: Zombies in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on October 14, 2010- 5:00pm

Topic: Holiday

Categories: fun, humor, plain english, video


Once again this year, Sachi and I are concerned about your brains.  To avoid any problems, please watch this video: This video is now our 4th most viewed with 1.25 million views and 4,600 comments. If you're looking looking for answers on zombies, Darren did a bit of research recently.  Also, bonus zombie video for the song "Re: Your Brains" from one of our favorites, Jonathan Coulton. But seriously, watch out for your brains this Halloween!

Video: Woot's Awesome Rapping Monkey Announcement

Posted by: leelefever on June 30, 2010- 5:00pm

Topic: video

Categories: announcement, fun, humor, marketing, viral


The Woot! service (known for their one-day, one-deal offers) has always been know for their light-hearted and fun communication style. It's a quality I love to see in companies.  Any company that's prepared to be a little silly and not take itself too seriously has an opportunity to find loads of adoring customers and fans on the web. In the context of boring corporate announcements, these companies seem like the life of the party. Thanks to their business model and adoring fans, Woot! was... Continue Reading

Zombies in Plain English - Protect Your Brain this Halloween

Posted by: leelefever on October 14, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: fun, holiday, humor, zombies


It's that time again folks.  If you're worried about your brain this Halloween, Zombies in Plain English can help!

Funny: Rockwells Retro Encabulator

Posted by: leelefever on March 25, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: Explanation, fun, humor


The yin to Common Craft's yang: I wish I knew more about this, the YouTube pages offer little info. Thanks to Paul Ingram and Ryan Turner for the pointers. Updated:  Here it says "This is a hoax video produced by Rockwell for a sales meeting. See also: Turboencabulator" Thanks Bill! 

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. 

Someone Keeps Stealing My Letters

Posted by: leelefever on January 9, 2005- 4:00pm


Categories: fun, off-topic


I just saw this site called "Just Letters" linked from a post on 43 Things. It's a simple page with nothing but letters of the alphabet, as if they were displayed on a fridge. Up to 50 people at once move the letters around independently, creating this anonymous, chaotic environment where it's impossible to have any real control. Pointless and juvenile, yes, but worth short look and a laugh. In unrelated news, check out the Ambient Orb- it's a glass orb that changes colors based on data from... Continue Reading