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Apr 22, 2011

10 Food Television Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

The explosion of the "food porn" T.V. scene has finally calmed down. The Food Network has dissolved into two separate channels, with the Cooking Channel featuring actual cooking, and the original Food Network with "Cupcake Wars" and Guy Fieri driving around with sunglasses on the back of his head.

Which means two things: 1) the best cooking and food-related shows have weathered the storm, sticking around and 2) you can't just flip on a single channel when you're feeling hungry and want to know what to make. Turns out, the best food shows span across channels like PBS (duh), Bravo, ABC, and, one little guy left on the Food Network (Nice job,… read more


Apr 20, 2011

Take The Test: Can You Hear Me Now?

How about now? No? What's wrong with you?

created at: 04/20/2011

Is it possible that I only speak on a frequency you can't hear? No. But it's likely that when you take this fun hearing test, there will be frequencies inaudible to you. And if you're over 25, it's cause you're old. Or cause you listen to a lot of music. 

"Here is a list of tones that go from 8Hz all the way up to 22,000Hz. It’s fairly common for people who are over 25 years of age to not be able to hear above 15kHz, so this will help you find out where your high frequency hearing cuts off.

Musicians have a much higher risk of hearing loss that most people do, and manyread more


Apr 20, 2011

How Do You Know Dictators are Bad? They've Written Terrible Books!

I mean, I guess it makes sense: The kind of person who violently claws and maims one's way to evil autocracy is likely the kind of person who can get themselves published.

And by "published," I mean, write a really terrible book and get it printed. Name a despot, and dude's got a book. A bad one.

  • Muammar al-Gaddafi - Hallucinogenic stream of consciousness
  • Saddam Hussein - erotic allegorical fiction
  • Kim Jong Il - revolutionary film criticism
  • Joseph Stalin - Georgian pastoral odes
  • Ayatollah Khomeini - Persian mystical poetry

And the… read more


Apr 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 20 , 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Five generations of Batman, chillin'read more


Apr 19, 2011

Sad Stuff on the Street

Sad Stuff on the Street is a new photo blog featuring...sad stuff on the street. These are no plastic bag, elegantly floating against a stone wall, lilting in the wind. These are, presumably, actual dropped scoops of ice cream, lost toys, and misplaced personal items. 

Fascinating stuff.

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Apr 18, 2011

Back of a Webpage

Back of a Webpage imagines what's going on on the otherside of your favorite webpage.

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Apr 18, 2011

The Last Supper...but on Skateboards, and Featuring Mexican Wrestlers

created at: 12/01/2010

Tonight is Passover, which makes this Thursday "Maundy Thursday," the celebration of the "last supper." This event has been most famously recorded by Leonardo Da Vinci as a buncha dudes sitting on one side of a super long table. [Fun fact, it's likely that they were lying on their sides in a square, in order of status. Neat, huh?]

So, while Leonardo's version is most famous, it's also dead wrong. So, since it's so historically unlikely, and obviously an artistic interpretation, why not have a little fun with it.

You know, by depicting the disciples as Lucha Libre wrestlers and painting the whole thing on skateboards. Yeah, that… read more


Apr 18, 2011

Penis Museum Scores Cool New Penis

So, I guess the first item of buisness is: yes, there's a penis museum. Sigurdur Hjartarson runs the Phallological Museum in the tiny Icelandic fishing town of Husavik, known for its whale watching and, well, the fact that it has a penis museum.

Since its founding in 1974, it's reguarly brought thousands of visitors each year, with its  "170-centimeter (67-inch) sperm whale penis preserved in formaldehyde, lampshades made from bull testicles and what the museum described as an "unusually big" penis bone from a Canadian walrus." But, despite its success over the last thirty-five years, it's still lacked one essential specimen: a human… read more


Apr 15, 2011

Amazing Photos from Japan: One Month Later

created at: 04/15/2011

You need to see these.

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Apr 14, 2011

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off Board Game (+ a New Angsty Trailer)

I never skipped school. Not one time. Lame, I know.

I was either legitimately sick, or had a darn good excuse. Heck, I only missed, like, three classes in college, and they were all because I was out of town.

But I wanted to. I was too afraid, but, boy, did I wish I could give myself permisson to pull it off. Put the thermometer under the lamp. Sneak a hot water bottle under the covers. Perfect the raspy voice and fake cough. Like my man,… read more


Apr 13, 2011

Comedian Aziz Ansari on Food

Bon Appètit has begun a new Q&A column entitled "Back of the Napkin," in which they, apparently, talk to famous people about food. First up is comedian Aziz Ansari, the Parks and Recreation star who's standup and movie career is blowing up.

And, as it turns out, it's pretty interesting.… read more


Apr 13, 2011

How to Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon is a seriously creative guy, and offers his version of a "things I wish someone told me in college" talk, "How to Steal like an Artist." The Austin, TX-based writer and artist created an illustrated version of ten things essential to the creative lifestyle, and the process that goes into making something you… read more


Apr 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 13, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Girls with Steve Buscemi Eyes is fascinating, questioning what exactly goes into recognizing… read more


Apr 12, 2011

I Can't Explain This, But It's Awesome and You Want to Play with It

created at: 04/12/2011

I just discovered this little rebloggable gem: someone built in a visual/musical step sequencer into Tumblr's CSS, allowing readers to click the boxes and create some seriously cool and catchy beats and… read more


Apr 12, 2011

LEGO Artist Recreates Brooklyn Neighborhood in his 400-Square-Foot Living Room

Jonathan Lopes loves Brooklyn, NY. And LEGOs. And, for the past four years, the Boreum Hill-resident has been recreating his neighborhood, brick-by-brick, in his living room. "The buildings in his plastic city are real spots he frequents or walks past in the borough—the Fairway in Red Hook, the Williamsburg Savings Bank (12,000 LEGO bricks!), and even a gardening shop on Hoyt Street are all there."

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