Synonym for hijinks.
When we read something on the internet, we tend to apply the General Interent Filter. Here’s how it works.
First polarize the sentiment expressed in the writing to its most extreme.
Then assume it was written specifically about you.
Often new technologies seem like a better idea than they really are, because they are fun and exciting when sampled in small doses, but become less pleasant with prolonged exposure.
It’s like the first time you tried cream soda, and you though, “This is amazing! Why don’t we drink this all the time?” And then you realized you couldn’t finish the bottle.
3D cinema is susceptible to the Cream Soda Effect. People often watch short demonstrations and enjoy the novelty, and then spuriously extrapolate that they’d like to see a whole movie in 3D.
In a group ordering situation, there is never enough pepperoni pizza.
This is because we order with our heads, but we choose slices with our hearts.
In a voting situation, the guy who votes for pepperoni will consume almost exclusively pepperoni slices. But the guy who votes for Vegan Veggie Lover’s Self-Flagellating Delight will probably also grab a slice of pepperoni.
Stu’s Pizza Constant = 1.75. Estimate how much pepperoni pizza you require, then multiply by this number.
See also: Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. This excellent book contains revealing studies about how we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy.
It’s easier to write a long email than to read one.
No one reads your emails.
A chronic condition of feeling the need to emphasize one’s point so far beyond necessity that not only is the point lost, but the listener/reader is actually more likely to reject it.
Dyslexic Australian. A dyslexic Aussie is a Dyslaussie.
Procrasductivity is when you put off, or procrastinate, the real work you need to do by doing something productive. For example, I stopped in the middle of writing a blog post to create this Maschwikipedia entry.
The entire Magic Bullet product line began as procrasductivity — me tinkering with stuff when I should have been working on movies.
Patina is the male word for “I don’t want to clean that.”
A masturbatory amount of Boke.
Porange is what color people are. Not quite pink, not quite orange. Porange only defines a hue—people come in all kinds of saturations and lightnesses, but for the most part they are very similar in hue.
Defaultica is the default font. When you whip up a quick title card in your NLE without changing the font or even thinking about it, that’s defaultica.