January, 2010


31
Jan 10

It’s Been A Great Month

It’s January 31st, the last day of the first month of this blog. It’s been a wild ride and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

In just the first month there’s been massive growth! I now have an average of 17 readers a day, and spammers have attempted to post spam over a thousand times! The critics are loving this blog as well.

“I feel that Mr Nethead’s WebChunks is one of the best blogs on the Internet. He’s witty, charming, fun and informative. His cutting-edge range of topics is humorous and educational at the same time. I bet he is constantly shooing the ladies away.” – Mr Nethead of Mr Nethead’s WebChunks

In the first month we’ve covered such exciting topics as rare citrus fruits, throat drops that taste like candy, flying cars, two different types of cereal, Arby’s, the amazing Gorillapod, and the departure of our beloved Conan O’Brien from NBC.

So let’s look forward to a February full of web chunky goodness. Thanks for reading.

Your pal,

Mr Nethead


30
Jan 10

Tales of Sleep and Slumber

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I love sleep. It’s peaceful, relaxing, a break from the perils and stress of everyday life, and a chance to recharge. I like sleeping so much that I do it every night. Sometimes I even do it during the day. I have spent approximately one third of my life asleep.

Of course, sleep doesn’t always go perfectly. There’s the occasional bad dream, noise interruptions, insomnia, scheduling conflicts and so on.

During my teenage years I had a paper route. While it was normally an afternoon route, the Saturday paper had to be delivered in the morning. I was expected to have my route completed by 8am every Saturday morning.

Well, after being late a couple times do to alarm clock issues, I started staying up all night on Fridays. Normally I would sleep on Saturday mornings to make up for it, but one Saturday we had a family outing and I didn’t get a chance to sleep.

It just so happened that my family always went to prayer meetings on on Saturday nights. By that time, I had been awake for quite a long time and was quite exhausted. I kneeled down to pray, and it pretty much went down like this; “Dear Lord… zzzzzzzzzzz.” Yes, I had fallen asleep while praying! When I awoke, everyone else had already finished their prayers. I don’t know if they all knew I was sleeping or if they just thought I was extra holy that night and praying for a long time.

I also recall one evening when I was soundly slumbering in my bed. I was awakened by mom pounding on the door and yelling “Go to sleep!” Of course, I couldn’t get to sleep after that.

I’ve had some pretty interesting dreams too. I once dreamt that I and my family was sent back in time to the 1950s by the New York Yankees. I was desperately trying to get back to my own time, but my parents wanted to stay because they loved the 50s. And for some unknown reason, I was being chased by the Monopoly man in a wooden truck. It was one of the best dreams I’ve ever had.


29
Jan 10

Pop Pop Pop… popchips

Last summer I found something amazing at Target. It was a brand of chips I had never seen before. These chips weren’t fried, they weren’t even baked, but they were popped! What were they called you ask? Why, popchips of course!

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I loved them immediately. One serving of these delicious chips only have 120 calories and 4 grams of fat. Basically, an entire bag has approximately the same calorie and fat content as one candy bar.

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Shortly thereafter, I began ordering popchips by the case from Amazon.com. I loved this snack so much that I would go around and tell my friends and family members that they needed to try popchips too. One handful and they were hooked.

These days, three of my sisters, my brother-in-law and my dad are all ordering popchips by the case from Amazon.com.  Here are some pictures I took from around the office today.

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There are seven different flavors: original, barbecue, cheddar, sour cream and onion, sea salt and vinegar, salt and pepper, and parmesan garlic. (Barbecue is my favorite.) To find a retailer near you that carries popchips visit http://popchips.com. You can also order them directly from their online store or at Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=popchips&x=0&y=0

This blog entry is making me hungry. I think it’s time for some popchips!


28
Jan 10

January S’mores

In a recent survey, 7 out of 12 respondents reported that they have roasted marshmallows over a candle. I too had previously done so, as it’s a great way to roast delicious marshmallows any time of the year! (And you don’t even need a grill.)

I decided today would be a good day to fire up the ol’ candle and make some s’mores.

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I know it’s traditional to use Hershey’s chocolate for s’mores, but I was feeling extravagant and decided to give Ghiradelli a try.

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Of course, roasting marshmallows over a candle is always fun.

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The end result is a delicious treat.

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Mmmmm.


27
Jan 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 4

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday! That means it’s time for another exciting installment of Midweek Thoughts.

Facebook ads crack me up sometimes. I suppose if they didn’t, the blatant invasion of privacy would be a little creepy. So who can spot what’s wrong with this ad?

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Wow, it’s a beautiful woman… named Troy. *raises eyebrow* I’m sorry, but Troy is a horrible name for a woman. And isn’t this supposed to be an ad for 26 year-old males seeking cheap car insurance? Why is there a woman in the picture at all? I guess it’s better than the other ads aimed at 26 year-old males seeking cheap hoes.

For those of you who may have read yesterday’s blog and are wondering, Conan O’Brien wrote the following episodes of The Simpsons:

  1. New Kid On The Block
  2. Marge vs The Monorail
  3. Homer Goes to College
  4. Treehouse of Horror IV

Aaron Rodgers’ middle name is Charles.

The scientific name for an almond is prunus dulcis. (Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?) Personally, I prefer my almonds to be roasted in honey.

And speaking of honey, I’ve heard people refer to honey as “bee poop” a few times. That is totally and completely incorrect. Honey is made through a regurgitation process, therefore it would be much more accurate to call it “bee puke.” Mmmm… puke.


26
Jan 10

Dear Internet

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Dear Internet,

I’m writing to complain about all the time I am wasting on you. When I wake in the morning, my first urge is not to eat breakfast, but rather check my Facebook. I am disgusted by the addictive nature of this social networking site and demand an apology… right after I check the latest status updates.

Furthermore, I am outraged by Amazon.com’s low low prices. This causes me to spend more money than I probably should, because shopping there is so easy, convenient and affordable.

Thanks to sites like Newegg, Tom’s Hardware, CNET, Engadget and Gizmodo, I find myself wasting hours staring, drooling, and lusting after the latest tech gear. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves – blatantly parading the latest and greatest tech toys, and filling my mind with fantasies of a mansion full of all that wonderful stuff.

And because of despicable sites like Google and Wikipedia, I now have constant access to information. I endlessly find myself having questions that need to be answered, such as “Which episodes of The Simpsons did Conan O’Brien write?”, “What is Aaron Rodgers middle name?”, “What is the scientific name of the almond?” It’s a miracle that I get any sleep at all!

So Internet, in closing I just want to say, you suck!

Sincerely,

Mr Nethead – Your Biggest Fan


25
Jan 10

Water Can Be Dangerous

These days, the public seems to have great interest in such topics as the year 2012, Pants on the Ground, and Domino’s new pizza recipe. But I’m not going to write about any of those things today. I want to discuss a much more exciting topic. Water.

It’s no secret that drinking an adequate amount of water is essential to good health. You could be dead in two or three days without water. So obviously, drinking plenty of water is a good idea. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

One day during my less than brilliant teenage years, I decided to try drinking an entire gallon of water. My sole reason for doing so was just to see if I could do it. I succeeded, but that was one of the most miserable days of my life.

It felt as though there was water all the way up to my chest. I could barely move and my stomach was in extreme pain. After about 12 minutes or so, I needed to use the bathroom. 12 minutes later, I needed to use the bathroom. 12 minutes later, yes you guessed it, I needed to use the bathroom. This pretty much continued all night long.

I’m writing this blog because I bet at this very moment there is a teenage boy out there somewhere staring at a gallon of water and wondering if he can drink the whole thing. I just wanna say, DON’T DO IT.

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24
Jan 10

I Should Clean… But I Don’t Wanna

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I need to clean my apartment, but I don’t particularly like cleaning so I’ve been putting it off. Sure, cleaning the kitchen or even the living room isn’t so bad, but I hate cleaning the bathrooms.

I’m also not fond of vacuuming, even though I have a super cool vacuum cleaner. (Have you ever noticed that vacuum is one of the strangest looking words in the English language?) I guess that’s the downside to having an apartment with mostly carpet. I gotta push the dang thing back and forth, back and forth… blah. I’d rather do something more exciting like watch a slow drip or count my socks.

Most of the time when I do clean, I don’t end up cleaning my apartment 100%. Oftentimes it’s more like 65-80% clean and then I get sidetracked by Facebook for a few hours. “I’ll just take a quick break”, I tell myself. And the next thing I know, it’s time for bed.

By the way, since I’m on the topic of cleaning, one of my biggest fears in life is that my glasses will slip off and land in the toilet while I’m cleaning it. Some people fear heights, some people fear water, and some people even fear clowns. I fear glasses in the toilet.


23
Jan 10

By Age 30

Sometimes when I stop and realize that I’m 26 years old, it’s almost a little mind boggling. How can I possibly be only four short years away from 30? Here are some of my goals to achieve by that time.

By age 30, I would like to look at least 25 years-old. If I still look 18 it’s just going to be weird and awkward.

By age 30, I’d like to stop getting acne breakouts when I’m stressed.

By age 30, I want to learn to properly cook a steak. I set off the smoke alarm the first time I tried. The second and third times I just managed to make some barely edible meat.

By age 30, I would like to learn how to use an entire loaf of bread before it spoils.

By age 30, I want to eat pizza in 10 different states.

By age 30, I want to reach level 70 in Farmville.

By age 30, I want to write 1000 blog entries.

And finally, by age 30, I would like to be living in my own home. Sure, I’d prefer it to be a nice castle with a drawbridge and a moat, but that might be asking for too much.


22
Jan 10

Mmmm… Oral Demulcent

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So I was pondering my blog all day and wondering what I should write about. Then it hit me. I should write about throat drops! After all, who doesn’t want to read about throat drops?

Ever since I was a wee lad, I enjoyed the fantastic taste of Luden’s throat drops. To be honest, they don’t do much to make a sore throat feel better, but they taste oh so very good. In fact, they’re like candy. Sometimes I buy them just because I’m in the mood for a tasty treat.

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If you examine the packaging of the cherry or mixed berry flavours, you’ll discover that the technical term for the product is an “oral demulcent.” What’s a demulcent you ask? The dictionary defines demulcent as “A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.” Doesn’t that just sound delicious?

I think the next time I have guests over, I’ll break out the  throat drops. Oh what a party it will be!

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Mmmmm…..