Is That You God? Nope, Just a Dude.

Ya know the telephone game that is on playgrounds these days? Spit a goofy voice in one end and the the kiddos will hear you on the other end.

I know the parental units out there know what I’m talking about.

How about that game magnified from the top of the tallest mountain overlooking a valley town, forcing anyone with in earshot to listen? And all you need to do is call a phone number to boom your god-like voice over the valley.


The Dude is 50% Norwegian. Or so they tell me. So this brilliance makes me proud of my homeland. 🙂 Nice work Norway.

I’m not sure what I’d want to say, but as Little Dude has already discovered, hearing your echo is awesome….regardless of what your saying. Usually the dumber the better.

I can only imagine the dumb shit that is echoing across Norway. Love the light-hearted ingenuity.

Via Unsworn Industries:

Telemegaphone Dale stands seven metres tall on top of the Jøtulshaugen mountain overlooking the idyllic Dalsfjord in Western Norway. When you dial the Telemegaphone’s phone number the sound of your voice is projected out across the fjord, the valley and the village of Dale below.

God? Nope, Just a Dude.

God? Nope, Just a Dude.



Dude, Suess-isms for Life. Love it.



The internet is amazing. Such a constant flow of great information.

You just have to know which rocks to look under. And the Brain Pickings rock offers some gems. I’ve added quite a few books to my “wish list” after a Brain Pickings post, but this could be my favorite.

The Dude is a giant fan of Dr. Suess. The poetry is infectious, and the philosophy is perennial. The Good Dr. has just as much to teach adults as kids.

Not sure how I’ve missed this all these years, but I am jazzed to find Seuss-isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living from the Good Doctor. 

Words to live by.

Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up
if only you try!
(Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!)

Thank you Brain Pickings. The Dudes are going to enjoy philosophizing with the Good Dr.

By the way, you should peruse the B.P. for other super cool book recommendations as well.

Welcome to the Dude’s Breakfast Table

Dude's Breakfast Table

Dude's Breakfast Table

“There’s something sacred about reading a blog post on someone else’s site. It’s like visiting a friend’s house for a quick meal ’round the breakfast table. It’s personal — you’re in their space, and the environment is uniquely suited for idea exchange and uninterrupted conversation. In many ways, we should be treating our blogs like our breakfast tables. Be welcoming & gracious when you host, and kind & respectful when visiting.” – Trent Walton (Gracias SwissMiss)

A breakfast table. A fantastic way to describe a blog. Relaxed. But open. A great environment for sharing ideas. But also an opportunity to practice our manners.

Welcome to the Dude’s breakfast table. Happy to have you.

I had no idea who this Trent Walton dude was before reading this quote; so as we all do these days, I hit Google. Turns out he is pretty rad. I don’t know much beyond he’s a web designer who lives in Texas and digs farming, but he has a blog, and the most recent post that I read sold me immediately.

Into the Woods” is a great short story with a strong lesson at the end. Explore new paths. be daring. Embrace the play of childhood. Very Dude-like.

Looking forward to visiting your breakfast table Trent.


Check this dude out…The Mimic Octopus!

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus

A while back I posted a link to this article about the high intelligence of the octopus. I mentioned…

“Octopus are amazing. I never realized how amazing. They always seemed pretty cool in a deep down beneath the sea kind of the way, but WOW super cool.”

That article dives deep (like that pun?) into the high intelligence of the octopi. It is well worth the read. I predict amazement.

Inside that squishy body is an intelligence that we barely know. And here’s a video – from The Kid – that backs up the high intelligence theory.

The Mimic Octopus. This dude copies other sea creatures!

Changes shapes and acts like other creatures. An octopus acting like a snake! At one point in the video it is running – yes running – on the sea floor.

Octopi, super rad. My new favorite cephalopod mollusc Enjoy…


Life Lessons from Jack Kerouac. An Original Dude.

On the Road - Jack Kerouac

On the Road - Jack Kerouac

Did I just coin an awesome phrase? Original Dude – O.D. Like O.G. – Original Gangsta? No, reminds you of overdose?

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and The Dharma Bums are two of the Dude’s favorite reads. Jack was on original dude. I’m sure the Big Labowski had Kerouac on his shelf.

So I was psyched when I saw this list of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life by Mr. Kerouac on Brain Pickings. And the list does not disappoint. Great life lessons and classic Jack.

A few of my fav’s:

  • Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  • Submissive to everything, open, listening
  • Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  • Be in love with yr life
  • Something that you feel will find its own form
  • Accept loss forever
  • Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  • Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  • No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  • Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  • Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  • You’re a Genius all the time

Automatic Drawing Machines. Who Knew They Were So Cool?

Two of my favorite blogs ( & put out a post with the below video of an automatic drawing machine yesterday. About an hour apart.

Think they read each other? They must right? Are they going to start reading the Dude? What’s up Kottke and The Kid? The Dudes are big fans. 🙂

But back to the automatic drawing machine. I would have cruised right by their posts if it didn’t show up on both blogs at relatively the same time. An automatic drawing machine just would not have grabbed my attention. Seems basic. Boring.

I was way off. The machines are basic, yes. But the results are far from boring. The automatic drawings are amazingly mesmerizing. As Kottke mentioned, the video seems too short. I could get sucked in for much longer than 1:45.

Automatic drawing machines. Who knew they were so cool?

Enjoy. It’s worth 1:45 of your life.


As a bonus, here’s another automatic drawing machine from The Kid.