15 tricks to appear smart in emails

At Medium, hilarious and true "15 Tricks to Appear Smart in Emails" by Sarah Cooper, of the equally brilliant "10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings."

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Noisy cover of Sgt Pepper's from Flaming Lips and friends


The Flaming Lips's With A Little Help From My Fwends drops next week, but NPR has a first listen to the noisy, funny, irreverent full-album cover produced as a charity benefit for a group that provides veterinary care for needy pet owners.

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Snappy coroner's answers to stupid cross-examiner's questions


"How can you be sure [the patient wasn't alive] Doctor?" "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar."

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CAPSLOCK DAY

FINALLY, A HOLIDAY THAT MAKES YOU SHOUT FOR JOY! (VIA METAFILTER)

(IMAGE: INSETO (3), JEAN MARCONI, CC-BY)

Carl Hiaasen's "Skink No Surrender"

Carl Hiaasen’s novels are treasures of hilarity, violence, comeuppance and ardent love for Florida wilderness. The very best of them feature “Skink,” a wild man of the woods with a fantastic history and a twisted sense of justice. With Skink No Surrender, Hiaasen brings his greatest character to a new generation by transforming the violent, profane anti-hero into the star of a young adult novel.

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WATCH: Cruising Electric (1980), year's best action figure parody

Cruising Electric (1980) is both 2014's best gay-themed comedy, and a pitch-perfect homage to 1980s movie toy merchandising. I was honored to have this hilarious short by Brumby Boylston play before my new film in New York last summer.

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VIDEO: You can't hammer a nail over the internet (yet)

Economist Alan Blinder famously quipped, "You can't hammer a nail over the internet." YouTuber TheGoodRobot created this tongue-in-cheek attempt to prove Blinder right.

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WATCH: Torturing virtual people with crowd simulation software

Dave Fothergill had some good fun with the Maya crowd simulation stuff in this cheerfully apocalyptic video -- it's even better with Waxy's soundtrack.

Eliza vs Gamergate


When some genius set up a 1960s non-directive chatbot psychotherapist to reply to #notyourshield tweets, hilarity ensued!

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Jean Baudrillard predicted the Pumpkin Spice Latte

When a "seasonal" drink has no "seasonal" ingredients, including pumpkin, what can it be, but simulacrum?

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WATCH: Comedian Dies: horror-slapstick

George Pfau writes, "Comedian Dies is a video collaboration between comedian Caitlin Gill and me. Inspired by zombies, slapstick, stock jokes, and the vulnerability that a stand-up comic experiences, we made this with the help of comic/sound artist Drennon Davis." (Thanks, George!)

Booze flasks that look like NES cartridges


I bought one of these at New York Comic-Con this weekend -- it's a surprisingly good facsimile of an old NES cart; and the rubber stopper (rated to 10psi) performs better than it looks like it would. My only complaint is that it's a bit awkward to nip from directly, though it'd be fine with a straw.

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Buzz Lightyear cited in legal brief


From a motion related to the Speedy Trial Act: "The government cannot simply fail or refuse to respond to a motion and toll the Act 'to infinity and beyond.'"

Where wolves fuck


My friend Patrick Ball turned me on to a wonderful piece of Serbian idiom: "Vukojebina," which literally means "where wolves fuck," but is used to denote any out-of-the-way place.

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Judge: no pajamas, no money from underwear in court

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Signage at York County, Pennsylvania District Judge Ronald J. Haskell's court. (York Daily Record, via Weird Universe)