2015 #AprilFoolsDay – Best of the Web

Did you know???

  • The earliest recorded mention of April Fools’ Day, way back in 1392, is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?
  • In 1957, the BBC aired a television show about farmers harvesting freshly grown spaghetti. The network was then bombarded with letters from viewers asking how they could purchase their very own spaghetti plant!
  • BBC struck again in 2008 when they aired an elaborate video documenting the discovery of flying penguins.

These days April Fools pranks are even more elaborate and widespread thanks to our BFF – The Internet. Over the past decade, Google has continued to raise the bar on jokes & pranks (some of their “pranks” have become actual products – ah hem, Gmail’s 1GB+ of storage space!). Each year more companies, such as ThinkGeek, Virgin America, and Netflix, join the fun.

So let’s nix the dilly-dallying, tip over this barrel of monkeys, and see what’s funny enough to send snizzlebiscuits & sweet tea flying out your nose…

Pac Man Fever

Fire up Google Maps either in your browser or Android or iOS and search for Arc de Triomphe… Zoom in a bit. Tap the Pac Man button. Run from Ghosts. Rinse and repeat.  Check out Google’s hints for more locales to munch ghosts, strawberries, and ubiquitous dots.

Play PacMan in Google Maps - April Fools Day 2015

Best. Phone. Ever.

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge!
It’ll slice. It’ll dice. And it’ll come in super handy in a Zombie Apocalypse!
New Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge mobile phone

Smartbox by Gmail’s Inbox

All the portability and anti-spam benefits of email with the tactile feedback of paper mail. This will finally put the USPS out of business! A gal can dream, right?

#ChromeSelfie

Reaction videos are SO frakking yesterday. Today, if you’re one of the super-cool, uniquely trending individual snowflakes out there, you’ll jump on board the Chrome Selfie bandwagon. Just visit a website via Chrome on your mobile, touch menu, then Share A Reaction. Smile real purdy like and show off that hipster hair!

Take a #ChromeSelfie for April Fools Day 2015

Google Panda

Search becomes CUTE, round, fuzzy, and minimalistic black & white. Gotta give a virtual fist bump to Mr. Ozan Mindek – he’s got incredible language skills!

rorriM, rorriM

Go forth and click https://com.google.
I’ll wait.
Might as well tell it to do a Barrel Roll while you’re over there.

Google Fiber Dialup

Bee-naw. Bee-naww. Bee-nawwwww. (That’s my impression of the old n’ lovely dialup modem sounds. Sheesh. You try spelling it.)
Google Fiber is swell and speedy. But take a minute to slow down, dial up, and get your hugs on.

A Selfie Is Only Good As Its Stick…

Handcrafted in real wood by the artisan craftsmen at Motorola.

Reddit Wife Swap

The Android subreddit looks like Apple; and the Apple subreddit looks like Android.
Fangirls/fanboys across the universe have vapor locked.

Apple's subreddit goes Android for April Fools 2015 Android's subreddit goes Apple for April Fools 2015

The Keyless Keyboard

Bonus points since this gadget runs on tree-hugger-approved wind energy!

Spider Squisher Pro Extreme!!!

The new must have Android app. Check out XDA Developers video review:

My high score is 447. I challenge every single person out there to beat THAT. Booyah!

Wishing you many loud laughs, righteous snorts, and goofy giggles,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. Jump in your Delorean and check out the best April Fool’s Day pranks of 2013 and 2014!

These Last Minute Quirky #Valentine Cards Save the Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!
Happy Valentine's Day from Bionic Style! Download your free e-cards!
Still looking for a card to give to your best friend, crush, co-worker, more-than-just-pals pal, lover? Or how about an quirky e-card as a little something extra? I stayed up all night working on this collection of Valentine’s Day cards… I’d be thrilled if y’all put them to good use!

Print, email, text or social share: Love card with large typography and a colorful sunset.

Print, email, text or social share: Show your love with a Star Wars inspired Nerfherder ecard.

Print, email, text or social share: The perfect Valentine's card for gamers & geeks.

Print, email, text or social share: A Valentine's Day message from Spock

Print, email, text or social share this humorous Love ecard featuring Google's Material Design for Android

Print, email, text or social share this Valentine's Day digital card featuring the South's favorite word.

// Dimension & Definition
Each card is sized at 1500×2100 pixels at 300ppi (that’s 5×7 inches). Every card is pixel perfect, high-resolution (HD), xxxhdpi and retina ready. They’ll look snazzy whether you print them (print borderless for best results!) or electronically deliver via text/MMS, email, chat, tweet, facebook, yada yada & so on.

// To Download
Simply click on the digital cards(s) that you like.  Right click and choose “Save As”, then save the .png image to your device.  Download as many as you’d like.  Easy as blueberry pie!

// Join the #ValentinesThatDontSuck Initiative!

“Just say NO to tulle, crappy design, doilies, and suddenly becoming angry if there’s not enough roses in your bouquet or karats in your ring. Simply say YES: smile, mail a note, bake brownies, celebrate “Likes” & “Loves”, and… enjoy Valentine’s Day!”

Those of similar mindset: Welcome to the club!

See what I’m talking about by visiting my Valentines That Don’t Suck board on Pinterest. My goal is to have a curated collection of 50 Valentines for perusal in 2016. When you spot something in your web travels this year, or make something yourself, send me link or a photo please!

My favorites are the geektastic creations, like “I Want To Get In Your Pantones” by Lindsey Reveche at DesignValentine. DV’s tagline is “Talk nerdy to your design crush!”. Awesome, right?
I Want To Get In Your Pantones ecard by Lindsey Reveche

Warm hugs and brownies,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Legalese: These cards are copyright Bionic Style/Studio Bionic. They’re free for personal use. I’d love for you to share them, print them, or post them wherever you like. A link back to bionic-style.com would be much appreciated. Don’t sell or use them in a commercial work without getting my permission first. Thanks!

Fave Song of the Week: I’m the One That’s Cool

I adore Felicia Day. I truly enjoy The Guild. And I’ve been a Whedon brothers fan-girl since before they were “cool“.

So when they teamed up to release this gem of a song “I’m the One That’s Cool”, I played it over and over, again for hours.
Fast forward two years later.
Present Day.
I still LOVE this song!

Like the characters featured in this music video, I was a complete dork in high school. And I actually still am. I’m completely comfortable with that fact. While I (thankfully) never got a toilet bowl swirly – I did get pushed in a pool, teased about my glasses, and dealt with bizarro rumors. But dag nab it, those things made me stronger… and geekier! *grin*

So this article is dedicated to my fellow geeks.
As for all you prom queen bitches… you can bite me,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

2014 #AprilFoolsDay – Best of the Web

It’s April 1st. My second favorite day of the year. I get crazy giddy over April Fool’s Day… no lie. I’ve done the normal pranks, but also some a bit more over-the-top. Anyhow, since I’ve been running a trout line through the internet’s pranks for 2014 since midnight, I thought I’d share a few of my faves.

Google ALWAYS brings it for April 1st. This year is no exception.

#Hoffsome Photobombs! By the totally rad David Hasselhoff. See, he photobombed ME!

If you’d like a Hoffsome photobomb, just check your Google+ photos, under Auto-Awesome and see if he’s jumped in your shots! I downloaded all mine, since yes… I love the Hoff. Really. I squeal like a little girl over KnightRider (the original – not those damn remakes).

Become a Pokemon Master. Find the Pokemon’s hidden throughout mobile Google Maps app (Android, and yeah… iOS as well) to nab a job at Google!

Custom Shelfie Themes for Gmail! Upload your own or pick from celebs and top trending SHared sELFIES. The best news is that since selfies have risen to such popularity, the world has seen a drastic reduction in pirates. Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a shelfie life for me… (okay, that sucked, I know.)

Emojify the Internet with Google Translate for Emojis! Personally, I can’t wait to code in Emoji!

New Google AdBirds for AdWords! Choose a Sparrow, Owl, Duck, Eagle, Pigeon, or a Penguin to carry your advertisement on their wings, literally.
New Google AdBirds for AdWords

ThinkGeek’s new NERF Nuke! Holy cannoli, I want one of these!!
ThinkGeek has also released a Flux Capacitor for your car with USB charging interface, a Star Trek Enterprise flying disk, Laser-guided tactical necktie, Unicorn drinking horn, Das Can-in-Stein, Darkmage spellcasting staff, Mr. Beard Beard Machine, and a Rosetta Stone course for Klingon!!
April Fools items by ThinkGeek

Virgin + Nest team up for “total temperature control” – choose your own environment on your next flight…

PuppyConnect – Video chat with the cutest pups around!

And finally, I’d be a slacker if I didn’t include the latest beauty innovation… Pax Color-Changeable Permanent Makeup Implants. Manufactured by Blue Sun. I can’t WAIT to get mine!! Get all the details on Bionic Beauty
Pax Color Changing Cosmetic Implants
Any Firefly/Serenity fans out there? *wink*

Have your fallen for any April Fool’s pranks today? What are your favorites?

Laughs and giggles,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

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Fave Song of the Week: Young & Beautiful

I am SO frakking enamored with this song lately…  It’s Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray.  Made famous in the movie The Great Gatsby.

Thoughts? Commentary?

Quarter notes and treble staffs,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

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