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)

Zombie comedy: Gary Saves the Graveyard

Here's a preview of Gary Saves The Graveyard, a hilarious-looking upcoming zom-com from UCB comedy; the full show features a cameo from my friends' daughter Mette, an adorable child who appears in zombie makeup, growling "It's the last night on Earth, time to live it up, motherfuckers!" (Parenting achievement unlocked!) (Thanks, Phoebe!)

Skinner-box rats trained to predict currency market movements


Viennese artist Michael Marcovici's Rat Traders uses reward, punishment and selective breeding to create a strain of lab-rat that can predict the movement of international currency markets.

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John Oliver vs Miss America

It's 15 minutes that combines real investigative journalism, scathing satire, important social commentary, and, most importantly, compassion.

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TBD: appreciating a catalog of the banal gadgets of tomorrow

David already posted about the amazing TBD Catalog, which is filled with "design fiction" about the devices of the future; but I just read it and I need to rave about it.

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Screenshots of despair: the slide-deck

From the magesterial Screenshots of Despair tumblr (featuring dialog boxes to make you quail with terror and despair of your sanity), comes a slide-deck of the best of the worst to include in your own presentations.

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Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: Bad romance, Russia and writer's angst

Anya Ulinich’s 2008 debut novel Petropolis, marked her out as a master of tragicomic romance; now she’s back with a huge, hilarious, bitter graphic novel about sex, immigration, the Russian soul, and heartbreak. Cory Doctorow reviews Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel.

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Donate a sock - free house elves!


The vintage-y war-propaganda poster imploring you to DONATE A SOCK - FREE HOUSE ELVES! comes in sizes from 8"x10" to 24"x36" ($15-$38) from Entropy Trading Company, who have an extensive line of similar lithos. (via Geeky Merch)

Video: High-fiving people hailing cabs

This fellow (mostly) delights New Yorkers by high-fiving them as they hail taxis.

NY politics: "progressive" Kathy Hochul loses debate to herself

Kathy Hochul is one of Tim Wu's opponents in the primary for the Democratic nomination for the NY lieutenant governorship (I endorse the Teachout/Wu ticket), but won't debate him.

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