I Want an iPhone

It seems that no blog would be complete this week without an iPhone reference.   Like me, David Pogue has drank the Apple Kool-Aid.

David is the New York Times Circuits columnist who’s created an original music video called “iPhone: The Musical” about his longing for an iPhone.

P.S.   David, if you’re reading this, throw me a bone here & send me one of your spares!   There’s no editor to pay for my new toys, so I don’t have an iPhone yet…   <sigh>

Whistlin’ Dixie

Rory Sullivan over at the excellent hamelife blog, recently penned a witty article designating whistling to be activity #2 in the distinguished list of "10 Pastimes Strictly the Domain of Men:"

I don’t mean the kind of piercing utilitarian wolf-whistle [used] to call the dogs.   I’m talking about whistling a merrie tune.   A root-te-toot-toot paradiddle on the personal puckered piccolo-lips.   Girly-girl Lauren Bacall must have been entirely unconvincing when she "whistled" because her pitiful instructions on how to whistle might at best cool your soup down, and at worst produce a pretty pathetic raspberry.   Whistling a merrie tune while driving?   A man.   Whistling a merrie tune while taking a jaunty walk down the road?   A man.   Whistling a merrie tune while doing painting and decorating?   A man.   Putting up signs saying, "Absolutely under no circumstances is there to be any whistling, under pain of very painful death!"   A girl.

Whistling BoyWell, this really started me thinking…   I whistle.   A lot.   Yet more often than not, I’m oblivious to the fact that I&#8217m even doing it.   Unfortunately, my coworkers & wife aren’t so lucky…

But unless you can’t do it (sorry, Martin!) I doubt that many people hardly ever think about whistling, yet there’s a lot more to it than you might think.   For example, the seemingly simple type that most of us do is called "pucker whistling," which turns out to be a rather technical feat:

Pucker whistling is the most common form of whistling used in most Western music.   Typically, the tongue tip is lowered, often placed behind the lower teeth, and pitch altered by varying the position of the tongue body.   In particular, the point at which the dorsum of the tongue approximates the palate varies from near the uvula (for low notes) to near the alveolar ridges (for high notes).   Although varying the degree of pucker will change the pitch of a pucker whistle, expert pucker whistlers will generally only make small variations to the degree of pucker, due to its tendency to affect purity of tone.
— Reference: wikipedia.org

What’s more, there’s even a global online whistling community called Orawhistle that boasts nearly 700 members from over 31 nations and features just about everything (and maybe even more) that you’d ever care to know about whistling.

If all of this whistle talk has you in the mood for music, you’re really going to enjoy DJ Riko’s "Whistler’s Delight" which is a clever mash-up that expertly mixes together 22 well-known whistling songs.

So, now it᾿s your turn…   Do you whistle while you work?

Attitude in the Womb

Brad ("Trey") & Amy got some great news during her first ultrasound this week – it’s a boy!   Unfortunately, he’s already expressing his attitude after only the first trimester!

  Given the pose he chose to strike, it seems likely that "Junior" is going to be just as salty as his old man.

Trey Jr's first ultrasound photo

Me, Metrosexual?

At the end of May each year, Pat Fierro’s students in the Odessa College Massage Therapy program have an internship period during which they amass 50 hours of (wait for it…) hands-on experience in preparation for becoming registered massage therapists.   Karen W. tipped me off about this a couple of years ago.   So each Summer, I look forward to taking advantage of the opportunity for a great massage (or two!) in their amazing recliners at an incredibly reasonable price.   And over the past weekend I did just that.   It was well worth the wait!
metrosexual cartoon
Likewise, over the past few years, I’ve also become accustomed to getting a pedicure every 4-6 months to alleviate ingrown toenail problems.   So, a few weeks ago, Dede & I visited MCM Eleganté Getaway Spa & Salon for some pedis.   As is customary, Christy did a fantastic (and pain-free) job at whipping my gnarly dogs into tip-top shape for Summer.

And of course, I suppose that I’ve gotta come clean about getting my hair cut at a "salon."   Our pal Jen over at The Palms Salon has been doing my "do" for several years now and I couldn’t possibly keep up my stylish coiffure without her skillfull scissor support.

Not to mention that I moisturize after showering each morning.   Oh, then there’s also the fancy Crest Spinbrush for cleaning & brightening my choppers.   And don’t forget the goo-spitting electric razor & nifty little Wahl beard trimmer…

Sheesh, I’d never really considered all of this cumulatively, but it sure all adds up to a lot of, um, fussy primping & preening for just an average guy.   Sure enough, I’ve unconsciously been a lot more mindful of my general appearance & health since my gastric bypass surgery almost 3 years ago.   Now I’m pretty secure in my manhood, but I started thinking…   This could have me bordering pretty close to metrosexual

metrosexual   (met-roh-SEK-shoo-ul)   n   [coined by Mark Simpson, 1994.]
A usually urban heterosexual male who has a strong aesthetic sense and/or an inordinate interest in appearance and style, similar to that of heterosexual females or homosexual males.

Ack!!   Could it be true?   Am I becoming metro?   Well, hopefully not, but at least I can take solace in knowing that I’m not nearly so extreme or clichéd as the metrosexual hipster doofus pictured above.

Update:   I had a tough time chasing back down the source for the cool cartoon, but Dede finally nudged me in the right direction.   (She is the Google guru, y’know.)   "Nutless Tendroid" and many, many other hilarious "Bane of My Existence" cartoons by Rod Filbrandt can be found at Chowderhead Bazoo.

April Blogtipping

Hey, we’ve arrived at the first Monday of the month so it’s time for the next round of Blogtipping. You may recall from my March Blogtipping post that this was coined by Easton Ellsworth and is an opportunity to give three compliments & one useful tip to three fellow bloggers.   Now, I didn’t set out with "guy-stuff" in mind as the theme for April’s spotlight blogs but as I was assembling my props for the month, it just sort of evolved… Blogtipping icon

Dumb Little Man is Jay White’s collection of tips to make the everyday person more productive in life. What’s to like about his site?

  1. Jay & Mark post tips that are practical & relevant.
  2. New articles are posted often and categories make the content easy to navigate.
  3. You can subscribe to receive updates via email.
  • Tip: There doesn’t seem to be a way to email suggestions or contact the author directly.

Dethroner is Joel Johnson & Alex Colby’s head-on, two-fisted, & unflinching daily digest dedicated to men’s grooming, fashion, home life, & other toils of the modern man. What’s not to like?

  1. Useful or just plain entertaining content covering the gamut of guy stuff from TV shows to DIY projects to half-naked coffee baristas.
  2. They’ve even got manly discussion forums!
  3. Did I mention beer?
  • Tip: Some posts might make even The Duke choke up a little!   Rhino Egg Harvesting?

Toolmonger features tool reviews, commentary, news, & projects. You’ll find yourself returning to this blog because:

  1. Articles on a wide variety of stuff – not just the kinds of tools you’d find in your garage.
  2. New tool content & reviews are added continuously! (Thank goodness for RSS feeds!)
  3. I sent these guys email & they answered very quickly!
  • Tip: Needs more of those cool "’One Beer Projects" how-to articles!

As a bonus capper for this testosterone-fest, be sure to jet over to the Miller Lite "Man Laws" site to catch up on all of the latest unwritten guy rules decreed by Burt, Jimmy, & the other distinguished "Men of the Square Table."

Nat’l Delurking Week

National Delurking Week

In Web lingo, a lurker is someone who reads message boards, newsgroups, or blogs, but rarely participates. Lurking is a serious problem throughout the Internets. Thanks to Lea over at Quick Serve Kids, however, I discovered that there may yet be hope.

To address this crisis, Sheryl over at Paper Napkin boldly declared the 2nd week of January to be “National Delurking Week.” Okay, sure, this is the last day so I'm a little late to the party, but it seemed like a good bandwagon to jump on. After all, I'm not above a little shameless self-promotion.

According to the colorful little pie charts & graphs, our webstats say that people actully do occasionally visit 2Dolphins but don't often post any comments. C'mon now, you know who you are. As Sheryl says, “If you don't leave a comment, you're letting the terrorists win.”

The Office: 2006 Fall Season Previews

We’re big fans of NBC’s The Office sitcom series. It’s kinda scary just how much most of the characters are just like some of the people we work with…

A few weeks ago, our TiVo recorded a Season Preview Promo that featured 3 otherwise unavailable mini-episodes of The Office. In the hilarious episode 3, Dwight Schrute’s bobblehead doll gets kidnapped & held for ransom. I discovered yesterday that a video with all 3 of the promotional commercials is available, so click the above link to watch & enjoy!

Dwight Schrute Bobblehead

Office Space: Recut

Oh man, I can’t get enough of movie trailer mashups where fake movie trailers are created with feature scenes from a film that have been re-cut and cleverly edited to give them a whole new spin.   Recently, Dede blogged about a trio of classic movies reimagined with a Brokeback Mountain theme.   These side-splittingly clever remixes cast questionable new light on scenes from some of these movies.

Well, now the geniuses over at What the Maynard? have recut scenes from Office Space into a horror flick trailer that recasts Milton as a creepy, mumbling, red Swingline stapler-wielding psychopathic killer:

And of course, you also owe it to yourself to go watch Shawn Nee’s This Place Sucks, which is a mashup of Office Space and the Superfriends cartoon that’s almost guaranteed to cause convulsive laughter.   (Warning: Includes some NSFW language.)

Update:   Be sure to take the Office Space Movie Quiz!

While we’re on the topic of mashups, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t immediately go watch the Maynard crew’s insanely clever Brokeback Mountain spin on “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.”   This thing had me in tears from laughing so hard!