Doing Jigsaw Puzzles at Work

Smartkit Jigsaw Puzzles

If you’ve got some downtime at work, why don’t you try doing a jigsaw puzzle online?

Smartkit calls themselves a “puzzle playground” and rightly so.

You can choose from a variety of puzzles to put together and four different dimensions of each. The larger you go, the more pieces you’ll have to work with.

Once you start, you can change the color of the background and you can show the full size picture for a little help. There’s also a timer on the page so you know how much time you’ve wasted so far.

Have fun!

Interesting Covers of Dust in the Wind

One of my favorite songs ever is Dust in the Wind by Kansas.

I’ll always remember Halo 3 because of it, that’s for sure. That commercial made me want that game really bad!

So anyway, I heard the song come up on XM Radio the other day, and I was interested in seeing what kind of cover songs there are, and it turns out there are quite a few interesting ones.

There are also a ton of regular plain non-interesting ones too, but I tried to gather up the most original covers. Check ’em out below.

Interface – Dust in the Wind
Here’s your standard electronica version. If you like techo, you’ll probably like this song. I thought it was ok, but I’m not really into this kind of techno music.

Metalium – Dust in the Wind
When I first saw the name of this band, I was thinking they were heavy metal so I was excited to hear this cover, but it turns out that this is just a plain cover of the song. Nothing special here, as far as I can tell. I would love to hear a metal version if anyone knows of one though.

Daughter Darling – Dust in the Wind
Here’s a catchy, pop style version of the song sung by female vocalists. I thought it was an interesting take on the song. I enjoyed it and I like their version of the violin solo.

Gabriel & Dresden – Dust in the Wind
Here’s another electronica version. I actually like this techno sound much better than the first version I posted. I really like this one and it’s probably my favorite cover of them all.

Sasha and Shawna – Dust in the Wind
This version is another one sung by a female vocalist. I thought it felt extremely calming. I couldn’t find a video to this version though, so you can listen to it over at Songza.

Pensando en ti by Mago de Oz
This is a cover from the Spanish band, Mago de Oz. It’s a cover of the song, although they have changed the name to Pensando en ti, which means “thinking of you.” I thought it was great hearing Dust in the Wind in Spanish.

Instead of Mourning, Let’s Celebrate Michael Jackson’s Hits

What’s going on with all of these celebrities dying? Seems like the ol’ “three death” rule holds true. First Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett yesterday morning, and then Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest at age 50 yesterday afternoon.

It’s crazy! And very sad about all three of them.

Anyway, instead of feeling down today, let’s enjoy some of Michael’s music, shall we?

Here’s my personal top 10 list (in no specific order) of Michael Jackson’s greatest songs:

Dirty Diana

Earth Song

Baby Be Mine

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

Off The Wall

Billie Jean

Beat It

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Thriller

Black or White

The Longest Words in English

I guess the longest word in English is debatable, because the longest word known contains 189,819 letters and is the chemical name of the largest known protein, except this word is not included in the dictionary. The short name for it “connectin” or even shorter “titin.”

If you wanna see the full word, check it out here. Looks like spam to me. 😉

So what about the longest word that IS included in the dictionary? This one is bit more manageable to read and pronounce. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is 45 letters long and is the name of some kind of lung disease.

The challenge?

Use both of these words in a conversation today.

Watch a video of Joanne Colan, formerly 🙁 of Rocket Boom, describe the longest words in English and attempt to recite the 189,819 character word.