Briteskies Friday Roundup: June 12, 2015

Michelle Kowalski

When you spend as much time on the internet for work as we do, you come across some crazy stuff. We're sharing our favorite videos, stories, pictures, and more from the past week every Friday. Consider it our gift to you for making it through the week. Feel free to share your own favorite internet find in the comments.

Disclaimer: all opinions reflect the individual who submits them and not Briteskies as a whole or the author of this post.




Office Favorite:


John Kormanec, Solutions Architect:

Creepy Mall Guy

In last week’s post, I introduced you to the Brunswick 80’s Guy. Not to be outdone by us simple folks in “Brunstucky”, our more stylish and sophisticated neighbors to the North have their own local celebrity whose been lurking in the shadows at gracing the concourses of SouthPark Mall for well over a decade – Creepy Mall Guy! Now don’t be alarmed by his questionable attire, inappropriate messages scrolling across his large LED belt buckle, or his long glances at passers-by through dark sunglasses. Truth be told, “Dave” is just a regular guy who enjoys spending time at the mall to exercise, read a good book, and just take in the sights & sounds of suburbia. So the next time you and your BFF’s are up for whatever, why not visit SouthPark Mall to check him out for yourself?  

Navarr Barnier, Magento Developer:


A writer/programmer noticed that Google Docs saves and maintains a complete history of keystrokes with millisecond precision as part of its Revision history – and thus created a tool that allows you to play back the creation of a document, from inception to its final copy. A very interesting tool for seeing how you write, or how anyone with a Google Document you can view writes.

Greg Crane, Magento Developer:

The Punisher Will Debut on Season 2 of Daredevil 

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first season of Daredevil, I highly recommend it! The show really resurrects Daredevil after the awful 2003 movie adaptation. One of my favorite superheroes, the Punisher, will appear in season 2 and will be played by Jon Berntha (AKA Shane from The Walking Dead) which is pretty awesome.

christopher-leeAdam Boe, Magento Intern: 

The Obituary of Sir Christopher Lee

I first saw Sir Christopher Lee in his masterful role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy films, however his greatest work took place before I was born. From what I’ve read, he led an amazing life and will be missed by many.

(Click the image to learn more about Lee's accomplishments)


Michelle Kowalski, UI/UX Designer:

Teeny-Tiny Sass-Master Channels Aretha 

"She really didn't know who Aretha Franklin was, and when I told her about her and played it, she said, "Ooh, she's got a lot of sass, mommy," Elissa said."

Gian Genovesi, Magento Delivery Lead:

Oculus teams up with Xbox for game streaming, controller

This partnership is HUGE to both companies, as well as game players and consumers. For Oculus Rift, it marries their device with one of the largest gaming and development platforms (ahem, minecraft, Halo, Titanfall, Windows 10, I can go on). For Microsoft, it offers game and Windows 10 developers a new and cool interface to interact with users.

Dave Balser, JD Edwards Delivery Director:

Subaru to Help National Parks Reduce Waste

For years, Subaru has been known for its environmental stewardship. As an example, their manufacturing plant in Indiana has been zero waste since 2004. Now Subaru is taking this expertise and partnering with the National Park Service to move towards making our National Parks zero waste too. 

Bill Onion, Managing Director: 

How to Watch All the TV You Want Without Paying a Cable Bill

I’m trying to find ways to cut my cable bill. This article is a good starting point – except I’m a Browns and Cavs fan, so local sports (in high definition) are very important to me. What to do, what to do…

Mike Iaconis, Senior JD Edwards Consultant:

Boeing 787 Dreamliner shows off vertical takeoff

Have you ever seen a passenger airliner do a vertical takeoff?

Hannah Gierosky, Marketing Specialist: 

Teenage LeBron talks NBA dreams  



Stefanie Rhine, Business Continuity Manager:

Improv Everywhere

This was included in the bottom of an IBM update email I get and it made me laugh:

One of our favorite Improv Everywhere stunts was when this unique performance art troupe recruited dozens of people to walk into a Best Buy store wearing blue polo shirts and khaki pants. If you remember, that was the uniform that Best Buy employees wore. The faux salespeople simply entered the store, stood around and looked available. Employee reactions ranged from confusion to uncontrollable laughter. Eventually the police were called in, but since no one had broken the law, there were no charges to file.

That was just one of the many crazy stunts this New York-based "prank collective" has pulled off since its founding in 2001. Its "agents," who are really just ordinary citizens, go to a website to get marching orders for the next outrageous prank the group has cooked up, which usually involves large numbers of people doing something very silly, like: 

  • dressing like pirates and staging a mock "invasion" of a lake in Central Park;
  • gathering as a crowd to simultaneously listen to the same MP3 file on their mobile devices and carry out the weird instructions described there;
  • spending a day at the beach wearing formalwear; and
  • delivering pizzas to commuters in a New York subway car in recognition of their being the best-behaved riders in the system that day.

Probably Its most successful stunt is the "No Pants Subway Ride," which is just what it sounds like and which took place in 53 cities around the world this year.

All of Improv Everywhere's stunts are completely legal and safe. The results are videotaped by the troupe and its many fans and posted on the Improv Everywhere website as well as very entertaining YouTube channel.

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