Dec 17 2015

Understanding Snapchat

Do you have trouble understanding Snapchat? Yeah. Us too.

I’m trying to understand Snapchat. All the kids are into it, but it confuses me.

Snapchat singing thing

The latest version of Snapchat allows you to make goofy animations of your face. Here’s a video from Buzzfeed of people using… well, they’re called New Selfie Filters.

The new filters were introduced in September but I didn’t notice because I don’t use Snapchat. Mostly this is because it baffles me. That said, these animations are very easy to use and pretty funny. Think Emojis, but animated, and with your face on them. We’re all doomed, but at least we can make short video clips of ourselves puking up rainbows before the inevitable apocalypse.

Want to puke rainbows or put horns on your head? This is how to use the new Snapchat Selfie Filters.

What We’ve Figured Out So Far

First: get the latest version of the Snapchat app on your mobile device (iOS or Android).

Second: switch the camera to Selfie Mode. Usually this is a little symbol with arrows on it in the upper right corner of the screen.

Third: hold your finger over your face. Not your ACTUAL face. The image of your face on your phone or tablet. When you do this, a bunch of little images should appear at the bottom of your screen. Scroll through them until you find one that you like.

Fourth: hold down the red Record button and make your video.

Fifth: send it to someone.

Having trouble? Leave a comment and we’ll try to help. Don’t be embarrassed; it took us way longer to figure out than it should have. But that’s OK. We’re good enough, we’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like us.

Apr 28 2015

Tumblr And Disney

Tumblr and Disney are, I suppose, a natural pairing. Hardcore Disney fans are obsessive, and even non-hardcore fans are at least aware of Disney tropes. So the two coming together to create Interweb flotsam are as inevitable as chocolate and peanut butter.

Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform (I use it, it’s fun) that works particularly well with images. This post, from The Lion King, is about parenting and amused me.

Click below for a much larger collection of Disney/Tumblr musings, many of which use oddly profane language.

H/T to George Takei, the man from whom half of all Web content spreads these days.

31 Times Tumblr Had Serious Questions About Disney (via Buzzfeed)

Sep 06 2014

This Is Just Wrong (Links)

A 15-Year-Old Girl Was Forced To Wear A “Shame Suit” After Her School Decided Her Dress Was Too Short. (Buzzfeed)

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Apr 15 2013

Baby And French Bulldog Puppies Pics (Links)

Buzzfeed was kind enough to post these pics of a baby hanging out with a bunch of French Bulldog puppies. We’ll just give you the link.

Whatever badness is currently happening in your life or the world, these 11 pics are a welcome respite from that.

11 Incredibly Important Photos Of A Baby Covered In French Bulldog Puppies (Buzzfeed)

Oct 13 2010

Lego Pokemon

Lego Pikachu and friends

Don’t you have anything better to do than look at pictures of Lego Pokemon? Yes. But c’mon. Lego Pikachu is cute. Lego Gastly kind of scares me, though.

36 Cute Lego Pokemon!: Pics, Videos, Links, News (Buzzfeed)

Previously on

Pokémon Mini-Comic Letters to an Absent Father

Potty Time With Pikachu

Jul 28 2009

Five Year Old Sings Folsom Prison Blues


I discovered Johnny Cash somewhat late in my life. Not that my life is over, mind you. But I only started sampling the Man in Black around the time that he came out with his brilliant cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.”

This kid, however, appears to have been exposed to Cash much earlier. Like five years old. Not only is he familiar with the music, he can sing Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Do we really believe the little guy when he sings, “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die”? No. But that’s OK. As Hannah points out over at Strollerderby, “After you check out little Wesley singing the Folsom Prison Blues at a coffee shop in Seattle, I think you’ll agree that this is far too awesome to be inappropriate.”

Here’s Cash doing the song himself. Watch both videos, then give me 500 words comparing and contrasting the two styles.

Strollerderby via Buzzfeed

Jul 24 2009

DaddyTips Show and Tell for July 24, 2009

Is Archie Andrew hung like a horse?

  • Is Archie Andrews hung like a horse? Like, Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe size? You have to wonder what the artist was thinking when they drew this page. (Buzzfeed)
  • More nerdy stuff from Buzzfeed: the cast of Star Wars, in a photo from a long time ago, in this galaxy. It’s Vader and Chewie without their costumes. In a suit and tie. Weird. (Buzzfeed)
  • I can accept that I don’t understand fashion. (Shocking, I know.) But $895 for a baby carrier? What’s wrong with one of the bags you get from the supermarket? (Pursuitist)