6 posts from January 2012
I am using the SOPA blackout as a reason to start plowing through some of the longreads I saved for later but have yet to get back to. Join me if you like. Here are a couple of bookmarks I'm trying to get through today:
Say Hello to My Little Friend
A guy calls, says he found some mysterious papers left behind by a dead relative who apparently shrunk human heads and bodies. Do we wanna come see?
One of Pancake's approximately 6,000 nicknames is Mr. Blankets. Can't remember how I came up with that one.
I like browsing the Hammacher Schlemmer site on occasion, mostly because it makes me feel like a crazy eccentric evil millionaire villain picking up a few new things for the ol' lair. If you don't know what I mean, check out their Unexpected section post-haste. You will find, among other things:
A $25,000 "Power Nap Capsule" with a larger-than-king-size mattress made of "supple calfskin leather and 6"-thick cold foam." I assume it also has a panel that allows you to pre-set the content of your dreams by adjusting levers labeled World Domination, Jetski Escapes, I Can Fly, and Hairless Cats Love Me.
A $65,000 "Emotive Robotic Avatar" that expresses five emotions. I did the math. That is $13,000 per emotion.
A $17,000 60 MPH Hovercraft, which seats two and might just be the best deal on the site. I mean, it barely costs more than one of your pet robot's smiles, and it is a HOVERCRAFT that HOVERS and that is AWESOME.
Anyway. The real point of this post is to point out some curious economics at play elsewhere on the site. Let's take a look at two big ticket items that are also available:
1. A Flying Car
This is clearly the most awesome thing ever. Please read the entire description and watch the video so you can see/hear the "lifelike reactions and fortissimo bellowing" for yourself.
I don't know if you watch Toddlers & Tiaras or if you have some other way of being Horrible that's more personal and special to you (pshh, bet your vice doesn't let you make up cool words like Toddenfreude), but Alana from last week's episode is a must-see. She is an outlier even in a population where being average means having been born during the Obama presidency but already wearing makeup, fake eyelashes, and prosthetic beauty teeth on a regular basis.
She is my new queen.
This video, provided by Best Week Ever in an early contender for Public Service Journalism Act of the Year, will change your life forever:
I watched this vid about 20 (coughmillioncough) times late last week and discussed it at length with several friends, including my bud/GIFsmith Matt. Matt proceeded to make a gorgeous batch of Alana GIFs, which I am sharing with you the best way I know how: in an ALANA GIF WALLLLLL!
You can also click on any gif to open the (slightly enlarged) source version to download, link, or print out and burn.
(Warning: this may take a fewwww seconds to load.)
Annnnd we'll close on an appropriate note:
Tip of the hat, bitches. I'm OUT.
'90s FLASHBACK 1: Thurston Moore interviewing Beck circa 1994: this is amazing.
'90s FLASHBACK 2: Best Teen Power Couples
This was downright gripping: Two champion cyclists try to be the fastest at this thousand-meter race by moving the slowest. In fact, the two competitors go so slowly that at the 3:38 mark, both come to a complete halt. Why?
Sorry, but tooth-shaped cupcakes really freak me out.
I read "PayPal" as "RuPaul" in this headline and was like, WTF, RuPaul??
"Writers and thinkers around the world" opine: what was the most important event of 2011?
This is a grammar rap, so I am contractually obligated to post it.
What's THE BEST MAP EVER???? This, apparently.