Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Parents name child 'Hashtag'

At 10 pm last Saturday, the world welcomed a new baby girl. There is nothing more precious or beautiful than creating a child. And then, just to spite the splendor of this miraculous moment, you go and give the poor girl possibly one of the worst names ever created.
A large and small hastag (#)

Friday, November 23, 2012

400 posts and counting

This is post number 400. Yippee!

A fence post with 400 painted next to it
Literal interpretation - one dimension of what we do

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday

Today, Thanksgiving Day, is fast becoming known as Grey Thursday, the precursor to Black Friday. Competing big box retailers are opening their stores earlier and earlier in order to woo customers to shop their store. A few years ago, 4 a.m. was an early start for all but the most eager Black Friday shoppers. 

A penguin with a black eye
Black Friday or Black Eye Day?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I am honored to be writing this year's Thanksgiving post, or at least I thought I was until I reviewed the previous year's posts. It seems that Ian C doesn't take our beloved holiday as seriously as those who were actually born in this country.

A turkey holding a Happy Anniversary? sign
Happy Thanksgiving? - A matter of perspective

Friday, November 16, 2012

U2's Bono has town named after him

Legendary rock star and lead singer of U2, Bono, is about to have a town named after him. Killiniskyduff in Ireland is barely 50 miles south of Dublin, where Bono was born a little over half a century ago and will be renamed Bonoville in a New Year's Day ceremony on January 1st 2013.
Ireland map showing Dublin and Bonoville
Ireland looks like a koala bear

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Guest Post - Beaujolais Nouveau

Here is another guest post from the chardonnay stained keyboard of self proclaimed wine expert Morgan David.
Morgan David talks Beaujolais Nouveau
Morgan David - Self proclaimed wine expert

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Slap the Penguin Virtual Office

It's been kind of quiet here at Slap the Penguin, and the reason behind it is we are having our Virtual Office redecorated. Brad was pissed because we painted over all of his Wham! and The Human League posters. All the glass and chrome has been taken out and replaced with cleaner, greener furniture.

Slap the Penguin Virtual Office
Welcome to the STP Virtual Office

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What got slapped 12 months ago - 11/13/11

There are days when I really hate Minnesota. Yesterday it was 70 degrees with a little sun breaking through and I was making plans to write this reslap sitting outside, drinking piña coladas in the warm sun. Well now the time has come to write and it's 27 freaking degrees and raining with a slight mix of snow. I am still drinking piña coladas but I am in my comfy chair, snuggled in my blanky.

You guys know the drill by now, a reslap is a walk down memory lane. We look back at what we were writing TTLY (This Time Last Year). I give you a link to the archive, or give you the option to just keep reading.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election 2012 - The Aftermath

The votes are in and counted (except for Florida, as usual) and President Barack Obama has been re-elected for another four years. So now we have to deal with the 'Why did Obama win?', 'Why did Romney lose?' discussions. To make it more palatable we are going to add our own election theories and solutions into the mix.
Electoral Map
Who won what? Obama = Blue, Romney = Red

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Special

Which way will it go today? Both the Obamocrats™ and Rompublicans™ are out voting and one side will leave the election disappointed.
Obama and Romney shaking hands in an election pose
There can be only one...

I voted, did you?

I voted today. I'm not telling you who I voted for because it's none of your business, just as I don't care who you voted for. That is between you and your beliefs, just so long as you voted for someone today.

A penguin with an 'I voted' badge
I voted, did you?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What got slapped 12 months ago - 11/06/11

It looks like we had a quiet week last week. I thought at one point that I would be publishing back to back reslap posts until Ian and Alexa got in there earlier today. If you are wondering what a reslap is, it is a retrospective of what we were publishing 12 months ago. Also known as a TTLY (this time last year), we offer a guided tour of how this site was much better in 2011 than it is now. If you want to take things at your own pace then you can use the self-guided option otherwise just keep reading and everything will become clear.

Lucas sells Star Wars to Disney

The headline says it all, but here is a brief explanation as we see it. The latest reports suggest that George Lucas was fed up with tweaking and tinkering with his 6 Star Wars movies so he sold LucasFilm Ltd. to Disney Enterprises for the pitiful sum of $4.05 billion. That's billion with a 'b'.

Lucasfilm logo over some disney ears
DisLucasneyfilm Ltd?

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