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Nov 20 2008
Halo’s Assault Rifle is Real?
FN2000 Bullpup is crazy similar to the Halo Universe\’s Assault Rifle
This is the FN2000 Bullpup, and it’s Civilian-legal. So, Halo fanboys.. stop screaming “AR n00b!!!” into your headset, pick up some MJOLNIR armor, grab your FN2000, and kill some covenant.
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Oct 07 2008
OnWired has the MailChimp!
The MailChimp was abducted from the Loudermilk Center at the 2008 Webmaster Jam Session. Aside from a humorous flickr photostream and twitter feed, there is no evidence to show who stole the MailChimp. Or, is there?
Yesterday, I happened upon the twitter feed of one Tony Chester. Tony Chester works for OnWired, a web design agency based in Cary, NC.
Today, the abductor(s) tweeted from the “ihazurchimp” twitter account links to photos of the MailChimp in front of a rest area in South Carolina. To state the obvious, this is proof the abducter was driving north, either to or through South Carolina from Atlanta, GA. My interest was piqued. I personally know most (if not all) people from South Carolina who were at the conference, and was able to rule them out through elimination. With South Carolina being ruled out in my mind, I remembered Tony Chester from North Carolina. Recalling that he works for OnWired, and they are located in Cary, NC I quickly checked google maps to estimate the driving distance. Six hours and twenty one minutes. Definitely drivable.
Who is OnWired? As described on their website:
“By day, we’re a small, vibrant web design studio located near Raleigh, North Carolina. By night: a band of highly–trained, elite special operations web mercenaries on the lam from the law.”
Curious, no? I began dissecting the clues within the abductor’s flickr stream and twitter feed. Earlier in the day, ihazurchimp tweeted that he was going to Whole Foods to get some bananas for the MailChimp. After visiting OnWired’s contact info I made a google maps search for Whole Foods Markets near their office. Interestingly enough, Whole Foods is only 2.4 miles from OnWired’s office, down Kildaire Farm Rd.
Whole Foods’ proximity was interesting, but I had to find more. I read more about OnWired’s Team. Alongside Tony Chester, Jon Norris sits as Director of Design and Marketing. On OnWired’s home page I found a blog entry Jon Norris wrote about the Webmaster Jam Session. Within, he mentions that he attended the “Design for Email 101″ presentation which was led by Ben Chestnut of MailChimp. Jon also mentioned he used to work for one of MailChimp’s competitors.
“This session is being led by Ben Chestnut of MailChimp fame. I personally wanted to sit through this one because I used to work for one of his competitors.”
What an interesting revelation. To clear things up, I wanted to find out who Jon worked for. I went to linkedin for the answer. Two years ago he worked for Bronto, an email marketing software provider.
It’s not hard evidence, but the clues sure do point toward OnWired having the MailChimp. I’ll even venture to say they will be handing it off to Bronto software, who happens to be based in Greenville, NC only 22.8 miles from OnWired’s office.
What do you say, OnWired? Do you know anything about the MailChimp’s location? As we know, the MailChimp left Atlanta Saturday afternoon (the 4th). This would mean the abductor would not have been at the Saturday night Blue Flavor after party. OnWired went to the conference as a team, as evidenced by this flickr photo taken Thursday night (the 2nd). Until they can provide photo evidence of the entire team’s appearance at the Blue Flavor party, I think they’re prime suspects. Just sayin’.
In response to some of the comments, I’ll admit this is certainly all circumstance based. As such, I’ll point out another circumstance. The abductors posted a photo of the MailChimp having a snack of peanuts in front of a brown sofa. It’s a funny circumstance that a very similar sofa can be seen in OnWired’s flickr photostream, here and here. Should this not be enough circumstance for you, take a look at the shadows cast by the circus peanuts in the MailChimp photo. Now, take a look at the light source in the OnWired’s office. What a coincidence! The photographer obviously set the MailChimp up against the sofa where he’d have the sunlight over his right shoulder. The sofas are eerily similar, there are hardwood floors in both places, and the light source is in the same direction. Those poor OnWired fellas certainly have some coincidences stacking up against them. The photos are posted below for you to compare..
Photo posted by the abducters showing the MailChimp standing in front of a brown sofa which has a plate full of cirucs peanuts on top of it
Photo taken within the OnWired office, showing a brown sofa and sunlight coming through window.
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Jul 17 2008
“… that’s how I roll, motherfucker.”
Illustration depicting a legible take on graffiti
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Apr 18 2008
Park Bench Epic
Lately I’ve been riding my mountain bike to work. It’s really been great. I love it, other than the fact that I can never seem to get to work at a decent time (ok, maybe I love that too). The ride in is quite the workout as it’s pretty much all uphill. Which means, the ride home is… fun, really really fun.
Between my excitement to be off, and my excitement to be riding.. and my excitement to be riding downhill.. I get a little too excited sometimes. Yesterday was one of those days. MacbookPro on back, clipped into my pedals, I braved the hill. Screaming down Lady street was I.
“Oh, there’s a bump in the road?” I thought to myself.
“No problem, I’ll ease back over my rear wheel and let the bump bring up my front wheel. Then, I’ll ride it out.”
Usually, this goes without incident, mind you. Yesterday however, things were different. Perhaps I wasn’t used to the added weight of the Macbook on my back, causing my case to swing like a pendulum behind me.. pulling me farther and farther back, all while causing me to simultaneously lose balance. It was then that the park bench came into view. I was fighting to gain back control of the bike, but I couldn’t maneuver its front wheel back to the ground. Gravity had taken over. My bike slammed into the bench, throwing me sideways. Clipped in tight, my bike came up and over with me. The Macbook? It raced in an arc over my head, strap in hand, my eyes on the prize. In an effort to save the Macbook from certain death, I allowed my hip to slam into the top of the far side of the bench. Thousands of traffic laden eyes watched in entertainment as I picked myself off the ground and untangled my handle bars. Like a kid with a trophy, I smiled ear to ear. Epic, truly epic.
There’s a nice pic of my bruise below. Good stuff, indeed.
Park Bench Bruise
Filed under Biking& Daily Life at 05:45 pm
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Apr 14 2008
Final Boss Wins Inaugural Halo 3 MLG Championship
Did I watch the NCAA championship? Please, I’d rather fill my weekend with twitter spam. This past weekend was the Championship I had been looking forward to. The first Major League Gaming (MLG) tournament of the 2008 circuit. Location? The Meadowlands. Time? All weekend, baby. Aired on television? Nope. Live feed online? Indeed. How’d it go? Read:
Team Final Boss, the Halo 2 Champions won the first event of the 2008 MLG Halo 3 circuit in the Meadowlands. Final Boss fought back from the losers bracket after being defeated by Team Instinct, who eventually placed third overall. The Championship game came down to Final Boss vs. team Classic who had gone undefeated throughout the tournament, including a decisive victory against pro team Carbon. Since the tournament was double elimnation, Final Boss had to defeat Classic in two best out of five series’. This proved to be easy work for Final Boss, who paved over Classic on the main stage at MLG Meadowlands.
Final Boss wins Meadowlands \’08!
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