Posts Tagged as: blog

March 29, 2024

Down the Rabbithole: An intro to making photorealistic AI photos in 2024

Hey there. If you’re curious about how to generate high resolution photorealistic AI images, then this post is for you. […]

January 5, 2024

Prompts should be called Intern Assignments

I absolutely love the metaphor for AI that Benedict Evans uses; that AI gives you the power of infinite interns. […]

November 12, 2023

Back to the basics: Prompt engineering strategies to get the most out of GPTs

As the AI hype train continues barreling down the track, sometimes it’s important to zoom out and highlight some GPT […]

October 26, 2023

Faster prototyping with javascript’s “Destructuring Assignment” syntax

While chatting with my trusty programming partner GPT4, I learned about a newer, faster way to pass data between functions […]

October 20, 2023

Using ChatGPT for Smart Truncation in Responsive Web Design

Since the dawn of the mobile web, digital designers have been asking copywriters to shorten their text. “It’s too much […]

July 3, 2023

The Emergence of Chatbot Designers: A Confluence of Web Development, Conversational Design, and Prompt Engineering

The Dawn of the Chatbot Era Chatbots, those friendly (and often-annoying) digital assistants that pop up on websites and apps, […]

Not Your Father’s Chatbots

In the rapidly evolving world of technology, chatbots have come a long way from their humble beginnings. They are no […]

February 12, 2023

How to be the Hero in Your Company’s Digital Transformation

TLDR: Find two more heroes and have them find two more heroes. Then have those people find two more heroes. […]

February 4, 2023

Sheep vs Foxes: A Mindset Shift for Publishers

A buddy of mine just gave up on his years-long quest to catch a fox at his house upstate. Last […]

February 2, 2023

GPT3 is Just Spicy Autocomplete

Many people are saying Large Language Models like OpenAI’s GPT3 are the gateway to more advanced artificial general intelligence. And […]

October 28, 2020

Experimental Storytelling

Here’s a mini-roundup of some fun stuff I’ve been working on lately. Cosmopolitan’s article about how The G-Spot Doesn’t Exist […]

June 24, 2020

Web Monetization

So apparently there’s a new standard for “Web Monetization” so I’m trying it out on this site. There seem to […]

February 26, 2020

How to identify fake photos of fake people

UPDATE: Thanks Petapixel for turning my thread into an article: How to Spot Fake Photos of Fake People Online I […]

January 19, 2020

The Great Asshole Purge of 2020 and Beyond

What the world needs now is another cis white dude explaining mansplaining. But I made this thread with the goal […]

January 1, 2020

How to fix a Boss RC-1 Loop Station when it’s not working

I recently bought one of these guitar pedals and I’ve been really pleased. But a few days ago it started […]

December 28, 2019

Storing Time-Series Twitter Engagement Data in a Graph Database

I wanted to better understand how Tweets get traction, and how that contributes to people’s follower counts. So I wrote […]

December 20, 2019

Getting fancy with CSS’s Position Sticky

(PSSST, if you’re coming here from CSS Tricks, you might enjoy following me on Twitter for other fun and interesting […]

April 30, 2019

The Death of Dashboards

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at Slack’s yearly conference about some of the fun stuff I’ve been […]

February 20, 2019

Judging People Who Don’t Exist

TLDR: I made a thing and it got some press. Judging people by their appearance feels icky. Why? Because there’s […]

November 11, 2014

First Steps in One World Trade Center

I’ve been literally watching One World Trade Center take shape since construction started. So today when I got the chance […]

September 8, 2014

Poorly Drawn Comic

This scene popped into my head and I felt compelled to make a poorly drawn comic about it. Enjoy!

July 29, 2014

Messing With a Bitcoin Scammer

It’s been a while since I last messed with an online scammer, but today when I received a known phishing […]

May 5, 2014


As far as I can tell, there’s no word for that thing when a website links a few consecutive words […]

July 8, 2013

Zomies and Fluid Dynamics

I haven’t seen “World War Z” but some of these effects look amazing.

June 3, 2013

Iris Smyles and Dave Hill at The Strand

If you’re in New York this Thursday, check out this event at The Strand with authors Iris Smyles and Dave […]

June 2, 2013

A Million Dollars Isn’t Cool…

I just found out about this 2009 art piece called “One Billion Dollar” by conceptual artist Michael Marcovici. It’s described […]

Things To Do In Portland

If you’re planning to travel to Portland (the Oregon one, not that lame-ass place in Maine), keep this blog post […]

May 14, 2013

Iris Has Free Time

Hot off the presses is the first book by Iris Smyles, Iris Has Free Time. Of writers, people often says […]

May 13, 2013

Kanye West Hitting His Head Ringtone

Apparently Kanye West hit his head while trying to avoid photographers today. So I thought it would be pretty cool […]

April 6, 2013

The Funniest People on Vine

To me, Vine is a proving ground for some seriously funny people. Some of these folks you might know, others […]

April 5, 2013

Listening to a Record from a Photograph

This blew my mind. Apparently it’s possible to use a photograph of a record and get an audible recording from […]

March 25, 2013

Understanding MD5 Hashes and Security

Geek confession here. Before today I had a sorry understanding of what MD5 hashes were, and how they related to […]

March 18, 2013

Amazingly Prescient Seinfeld Kramer Heckling Remark

While watching a re-run of Seinfeld tonight, I noticed Jerry saying something that now takes on a whole new meaning […]

March 14, 2013

Barry Lyndon’s Opening Scene and the Golden Ratio

I re-watched “Barry Lyndon” last weekend and was reminded of how perfectly Stanley Kubrick framed his shots. The opening scene, […]

March 12, 2013

Condé Nast Entertainment’s Video Play

Some pretty exciting news from Condé Nast today. The new Entertainment group launched a platform for video delivery which they […]

February 20, 2013

Jose Canseco Tweets Sound Like Will Ferrell as Harry Caray

I’m surprised nobody’s thought of this before, but Jose Canseco’s tweets sound like things Will Ferrell would say while doing […]

January 29, 2013

Photoshop Warning Dialogue With An Exclamation Point

I hadn’t seen this warning in years, but came across it today while choosing “Create Layer” on a layer’s blending […]

January 13, 2013

The Scariest Musical Instrument Ever

I’m all for encouraging proficiency in a musical instrument, but if my son grows up and wants to play the […]

January 11, 2013

Sammy Sosa Flickr Tags

Recently on the web these’s been a flurry of news about Sammy Sosa’s Pinterest page. Most of the attention has […]

January 9, 2013

Badass intelligence and counter-terrorism terms

After seeing “Zero Dark Thirty” I found myself looking up some terms and found some pretty cool stuff on Wikipedia. […]

January 8, 2013

Hidden Flasks

If you ever find yourself doubting the determination and ingenuity of the human spirit, just do a Google image search […]

January 4, 2013

A Brief History of This Website

I thought it would be fun to take a look at this site as it’s developed over the years. Thanks […]

December 30, 2012

My Steve Jobs Email Story

As an Apple fan, one of the greatest thrills I’ve ever had was when I emailed Steve Jobs and he […]

December 6, 2012

Dave Hill’s Erotic Short Stories

Comedian / musician / author Dave Hill has been tweeting some erotic short stories. They’re pretty gross, which means they’re […]

November 6, 2012

The difference between “Its and It’s”

Seeing this typo is without a doubt my single biggest pet peeve. I literally see it everywhere. Hopefully this post […]

July 4, 2011

Adam Richman Looks Like Riki Rachtman

Just wanted to go on record saying Adam Richman from The Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” looks like MTV/VH1’s Riki […]

August 18, 2010

Zack Miller’s World of Jenks

The only thing that makes this closeup of Zack Miller‘s new forearm tattoo by East Side Ink more badass is […]

February 4, 2010


This is my cross-to-bear:

November 1, 2009


This month I’m donating a banner ad (see above) to Movember – described as “an annual, month-long celebration of the […]

May 11, 2009

Argh, Google

So now Google thinks I’m a malicious website and is blocking some visitors. I may be guilty of posting unfunny […]

May 1, 2009


Proof positive why I should start carrying my Flip video camera around more often. I have no idea who this […]

December 15, 2008

Decisive Action Fail

November 22, 2008

Geeking out on Wine

Among the bevy of things I’ve learned while working Snooth, one that caught me off guard (even though it’s pretty […]

November 20, 2008


Geeky but fun question – how long has it been since you’ve restarted your computer? (If you’re a Mac user, […]

November 14, 2008

Marker Comp Blog

Ever wonder how creative professionals at a big ad agency goof off during brainstorming sessions? Check out to see […]

November 5, 2008

Obama Logo

Some very encouraging news coming from America these days. There’s not much particularly insightful information I can shed on the […]

October 30, 2008

Palin Failin

Palin Failin:

October 16, 2008

John McCain’s Debate Notepad

Exclusive photo of John McCain’s notepad from last night’s debate:

A Good ‘ol Triple Fisting

It’s no surprise to me that the very same scheming Wall Street financial engineers who masterminded such risky practices as […]

October 14, 2008

Out with the old, in with the Snooth

Hold on to your shoes people. Or at least tie your shoelaces very tight. Because what I’m about to tell […]

ID Real Estate Partners, LLC Website Launch

I just finished creating the website for ID Real Estate Partners, LLC – a New York based real estate company […]

October 3, 2008

Banksy in SoHo

Today I spotted what looks to be another Banksy painting in SoHo, on Broadway and Howard (it’s facing the green […]

September 26, 2008

Widgets don’t lie

Widgets. Telling it like it is.

September 17, 2008


I’m curious to hear about the different types of calendars everyone uses. How are people keeping appointments these days? To […]

August 19, 2008

Funny Google Searches

A highly-entertaining activity is feeding random and/or strange snippets of conversation into Google and seeing what you get. Below are […]

August 15, 2008

Ear Plugd

Wanna see something gross? You never realize just how dirty your earplugs are until you place them next to a […]

August 11, 2008

Death Trap

I spotted this on Broome Street today. For whatever reason, these pieces of wood were covering an open doorway in […]

August 8, 2008

A thought on conspiracy theories and the November 2008 elections

Volatile Subject Alert: I’m not taking a side here, just voicing a thought I had today. I think that regardless […]

August 6, 2008

What’s in your clipboard?

What’s in your clipboard right now? Go into the comments and paste away!

August 1, 2008

Heads will roll

Regarding that bizarre beheading incident on the bus in Canada (link here), it’s come to light that the passengers were […]

July 29, 2008

This post socks

Ok, it’s time for another survey. Like all the surveys on this site, this one will be lots of fun. […]

Check Yourself

I guess this is why you’re supposed to draw a long horizontal line after the dollar amount, right?

July 24, 2008

“Breaking News” Style Spam

I’ve always gotten a lot of spam, but recently the “subject” fields have taken on a “breaking news” headline style. […]

July 18, 2008

Beverage Poll

Another quick random poll – if you’re reading this you’re obliged to answer. You can be anonymous if you’d like. […]

July 9, 2008

Dave Hill – A Renaissance Man for the 21st Century

It pleases me to say that in the coming weeks I’ll be helping the one and only Dave Hill make […]

June 30, 2008

Everybody clasp your hands!

Hi everyone – quick survey. Clasp your hands together like this right now. What’s more comfortable – having your left […]

June 27, 2008

No Country for Raising Arizona

Very interesting how similar “No Country for Old Men” is to “Raising Arizona.” See for yourself… UPDATE – I just […]

June 13, 2008

Pocket Pool

People get the wrong idea when they see an old pair of pants with holes cut into the pockets. It […]

May 4, 2008

Elvis Impersonator in Queens

I don’t care how you spent your Saturday night, because my Saturday night was clearly much more entertaining. I saw […]

April 8, 2008

Why does the site look ugly(er than usual)?

I’ve stripped away all my site’s CSS styles in honor of CSS Naked Day. It’s a silly attempt to make […]

March 27, 2008

Uncle Rick Died

I just had a great idea for a way to teach young children about the dangers of drinking, as well […]

March 19, 2008

The Buck Shops Here

I found this weird shopping list on a dollar in my pocket today. Any insights you can offer, my clever […]

February 25, 2008

Burglars Beware

I spent yesterday in Buck’s Country PA and was very impressed the town’s old fashioned flair. It was perfectly summed […]

February 5, 2008

Keys Survey

Quick informal survey: How many keys are on your keychain? And of those, how many have you used in the […]

January 27, 2008

Stronger, Faster

Hopefully you’ll notice that the site is much faster now. It seems the problem was the Kimili Flash Embed WordPress […]

January 4, 2008

1080p Looks Weird

Some geek talk ahead. Non-technophiles beware… Has anyone seen a high-end TV displaying 1080p? Last weekend I saw a couple […]

December 27, 2007

I’m Back

Hey Everyone – thanks for taking such good care of the site while I was away. As promised, here’s the […]

December 15, 2007


Hey Everyone – I’m headed out for a week-long vacation. Upon my return, the highest-rated comment for this post will […]

December 10, 2007

Washington Heights Free Radio

If you’ve ever wanted to hear me co-host a radio show, then this Wednesday is your chance. I’ll be co-hosting […]

November 7, 2007

Life Goal #23

Well, it looks like I can scratch another item off my lifetime to-do list: • Start a Russian Flame War

November 5, 2007

Can’t we all just get along?

Well, I think enough time has passed and it seems the Russians have forgiven me. I can’t thank everyone enough […]

November 1, 2007

I’m sorry, Russia.

Dear Russians, I’m sorry for making up a fake quiz that was only supposed to make you feel stupid, and […]

October 31, 2007

So close…

Since the Russians aren’t making much progress on the riddle below, here’s a hint.

October 30, 2007

Russian Matrix Quiz Puzzle

Alright Russians. If you’re so clever, solve this: (Click to view full)

October 25, 2007

Rate Comments!

Hi everyone – as you can see, I’ve just enabled the ability to rate people’s comments all throughout the site. […]

This war is so cold…

Every once in a while I get curious as to who’s visiting The Cleverest. So I fired up the geographic […]

October 2, 2007

Vintage 2001 Scam Baiting

Back by popular demand, here’s my vintage 2001 email correspondence with one of the first actual Nigerian email scammers. It’s […]

November 30, 2006

This Day in Irony

November 13, 2006

Smyles & Fish Launch Announcement

Tonight’s the night! This evening brings the official launch of Smyles & Fish, the highly anticipated literary magazine I’ve been […]

September 21, 2006

I Was Digged

Looks like I’ve been Digged again!

July 17, 2006

Tsunami Alert

**BREAKING NEWS** JAKARTA, Indonesia — A major earthquake off the coast of Java and a tsunami that followed has killed […]

May 12, 2006

Nigerian Explosion Alert

Breaking News: Oil pipeline explosion on Snake Island, Nigeria Hordes of punners and satirists convene in The Cleverest Dot Com’s […]

May 9, 2006

Hyperlink Placement for Humor

My brother once pointed out that a well-placed hyperlink in a sentence is hilarious. So here are some examples. (The […]

May 1, 2006

An Evening with Smyles & Fish

Friday’s “An Evening with Smyles & Fish” was a hoot! We were able to raise tens of tens of dollars, […]

April 27, 2006

Smyles & Fish Website Launch

Stop what you’re doing right now and check out the new & improved Smyles & Fish website. Guaranteed to be […]

April 26, 2006

Smyles & Fish Live Announcement

This Friday you’re invited to what will go down in history as the most thrilling literary reading of all time. […]

April 10, 2006

Sex Act Names

For the next installment of Smyles&Fish, we’re developing a list of unspeakable acts of depravity such as The Rusty Trombone, […]

March 16, 2006

Pre-Programmed Generic Text Message Responses

Anyone who sends text messages on their phone knows the value of pre-programed generic responses. The default set includes “Thanks”, […]

March 13, 2006

I’m Playing Drums

This Friday, in addition to being St. Paddy’s Day, will mark the most rockingist day in all of history, as […]

February 24, 2006

Yahoo Email Addresses Using “Allah”

I just read that Yahoo has done a 180º and is now allowing people to use “Allah” in a Yahoo […]

February 14, 2006

Dick Cheney Hunting Accident Jokes

The Official Dick Cheney Hunting Accident Joke/Pun Roundup To the comments!

January 28, 2006

“Crazy Doctor Movie” Taglines

While Jordan and I were discussing the brilliance of Predator 2’s tagline, “He’s in town with a few days to […]

September 26, 2005

Gabe Silva’s Podcast

Stop the presses! Stop em, goddammit! Gabe has published his first podcast so go to his site right now and […]

September 21, 2005

This Day in Irony

August 4, 2005

This Day in Irony

May 25, 2005

“A Series of Errors”

This headline is hilarious.Yes, the story is tragic (full story) but I’m sorry, that headline is just hilarious.

May 24, 2005

They Use Dead Babies in Advertising

Did you know they use dead babies in advertising because they’re cheaper and easier to work with than alive babies? […]

April 19, 2005

New Pope

I love that new Pope smell!

March 8, 2005

Is it Normal?

Is it normal? You tell me. An old friend of mine just launched this great site, It’s highly entertaining […]

February 22, 2005

Demonstrating Benford’s Law with Google

This is my contribution to the field of armchair mathematics: Demonstrating Benford’s Law with Google

January 11, 2005

Spam Question

How do all these spammers know I have a tiny penis?!?!

January 10, 2005

Tsumani Playlist

Over the weekend, Gabe and I (HI GABE!!!!!!!!) received one of the coolest presents ever. Our friend Amanda produced a […]

January 4, 2005

Hygiene Question

Quick anonymous survey: Have you ever peed and brushed your teeth at the same time?

January 2, 2005

BREAKING – David Cross Repeats His Smile in Fan Photos

First, I let Todd Barry have it. Now Crossy: it’s YOUR turn!!!!! Compare these two “fan photos” of David Cross. […]

November 22, 2004


I noticed something very strange on my morning commute the other day. On page 15 of AMNewYork (a second-tier morning […]

November 21, 2004

WordPress Update

There’s gone be some changes round these parts. I know I used to harp on blogs but the time came […]

November 13, 2003

Funny Product Recalls

Product Recalls! !! You asked for it, you got it.