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The Fridge Campaign

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Capitalizing on the bad vibes circulating on release of Facebook-bashing The Social Network social networking competitor The Fridge has come up with a poster campaign based on those of the Hollywood pic. While The Fridge's claim of a totally private network is limited, of course, by the discretion of any particular group's membership, they certainly know how to enjoy a media moment.

Self-actualization LARPing in San Jose this weekend

Regular Boing Boing readers may know that I am fascinated by self-actualization cults, and phenomena such as EST, Landmark, Scientology, heck, Tarvuism—and the like. BB regulars may also recall a Boing Boing Video episode of an art-LARP performance at Machine Project by Brody Condon, in which people dressed up as medieval knights and died in slow motion.

So, interesting news today: "Brody is doing a live action role playing game based on self-actualizing seminars," says Mark Allen of Machine Project. "They just did a round in LA and are going to do another one soon in Santa Jose."

The project is called LEVEL FIVE. Video from of the Los Angeles event, which took place at the Hammer Museum, is above. The website has many more videos, and interesting background on the project.


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Photoshopped Polish film posters

Some of the entries in this "Make Polish Movie Posters!" Something Awful photoshop contest really do feel like the genuine article. I don't read Polish, but I'm going to guess that a)some of the copy is funny because it's horribly mangled by online translation services, or b) other posters may contain very clever jokes or puns that I won't get. Still, great stuff.

(thanks, Mike Wrightly!)

Sad Don Draper What does this mean? Don Draper all the way across the sky. Oh my god. It's so intense.

(Meme provenance: A defining scene in this Mad Men episode + Sad Keanu)

"Hardcore vaping" electronic cigarette video review is full of both nicotine and LOL

Please don't tell anyone that this is, in fact, a completely fake "e-liquid" review for the electronic cigarette/vaping community created by prolific video-lulz creator Liam Lynch. It would be better for the internet if everyone believes it's real.

RavenVapes5v510 does yet another e-liquid review for a rare Mega-level nicotine RY4 by Vapor Station. RavenVapes5v510 is a hardcore, experienced vaper that resides in Los Angeles, California. He has been vaping for 7 years and reviews a wide range of vaping liquids, devices and accessories. RavenVapes5v510 in no way cares about your comments or discussing/debating his opinions.
Video Link. Between you and I only, RavenVapes5v510 is Liam Lynch.

Website automatically crafts convincing social media strategies on the fly

"Making up social media strategies so you don't have to." [via Justin Newton]

Hitchcock vs. The Birds (spoiler: the birds win)

Video Link. Brosmind posted this homage to the 1963 Hitchcock classic.

(Thanks, Jeff O!)

Sock Monkey Human Centipede

Submitterated by Boing Boing reader gretagretchen.

Origami frog from FBI's "unpublishable" seal

Via the BB Submitterator, Boing Boing reader Philip Chapman-Bell shares this wonderful photo of an origami frog crafted from the FBI seal—which, as regular readers may recall, the FBI recently decreed that no one may publish (and certainly not Wikipedia). Philip explains:

Last week's story about the FBI sending a threatening letter to Wikipedia (perhaps because of that wiki-thing in their name?) reminded me of Æsop's fable about the frog who wanted to be as big as an ox -- the frog kept swallowing air until it swelled up to an unnatural size and exploded.

Blackberry ban in Gulf States averted with agreement to distribute "Blackberry burqas"

"The Blackberry burqa means that people can still use their phones,' said a Saudi government official, 'but the tiny niqab that covers the screen will stop them from reading emails or accessing the Internet."

(thanks, Joe Sabia)

The Right to Bear Arms

More "Chamomile Tea Party" posters.

Disney, Pixar, and BP present "Finding Nemo 2: Escape from Oilglobs"


There's a whole series of 'em at EL BLOG DE CHIBIBOTO. I'll (crudely) translate the first paragraph of the accompanying blog post, which is in Spanish:

As we watch the World Cup, our planet continues dying thanks to one of the largest ecological catastrophes in the world, because a terrible oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. And now that the new movie Toy Story 3 is coming, it occurred to me to put forth some ideas for a sequel to Finding Nemo. I hope that these ideas inspire the writers at Pixar.
(This is a parody, this is not real / via Sean Meredith)

BP Goatse


(thanks, Eric Spiegelman)

Proposed Apple response to Adobe's "We [heart] Apple" ad


Adobe has launched a "We ♥ Choice," "We ♥ Apple" messaging campaign directed at Apple's lockout of Flash on the iPad. Here's a proposed response from Apple. (Image by @isaaco, and *this is a joke* not a real Apple statement)

Joke Band Respect: Surf Punks, Upper Crust

Many people, including close friends and family of mine, hate joke bands. I understand the sentiment. Music has an almost sacred ability to break through left-brained chatter, reconnect you to the present and to emotional truth, and lift your spirits-- so it seems almost profane to turn the whole thing into a joke-- to drag it back into the domain of distancing, cleverness, and the inauthentic. But some joke bands have meant a lot to me, and I sincerely love them-- with The Surf Punks and The Upper Crust at the top of the list.

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US Chamber of Commerce suing the Yes Men

Mother Jones senior editor Michael Mechanic writes in with this update on the "Yes Men pwn the US Chamber of Commerce" story I blogged about last week, which Cory further updated here. Michael says,
yes-men3000.300wide.200high.jpg Kate Sheppard [of Mother Jones] was at the fake US Chamber of Commerce press conference in DC where a Yes Man, posing as a Chamber rep, claimed the Chamber was reversing its draconian position on climate change, which has caused lots of big Chamber members -- Apple, Nike, Exelon, and others -- to quit the national business group. But then a REAL Chamber PR man arrived at the meeting to declare it a fraud. (And Sheppard ended up on Maddow that night).

Today, Sheppard reports that the Chamber is suing its impersonators: "The defendants are not merry pranksters tweaking the establishment," the Chamber said in a press release issued with the suit. "Instead, they deliberately broke the law in order to further commercial interest in their books, movies, and other merchandise."

Mother Jones stories on the US Chamber (here's an index):
* Chamber Sues Yes Men
* Chamber Uses Yes Men 'Attack' to Fundraise

Here's a related item in the New Yorker.

Image: by Wikimedia Commons user Tavis used under a CC License

HOWTO host your very own Windows 7 torrenting party

"Celebrate the launch of Windows 7 by illegally downloading your very own copy!" Video link. (Funny or Die, thanks, @serafinowicz)

Ralph Lauren, at it again


Flickr Link. I gotta say, the breasts are a little large, I don't think they quite got the parody down yet. (thanks, Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds)

Related: Do read Cory's Guardian UK column this week: "Corporate Bullying Must Be Resisted."

Hitler Finds Out Balloon Boy Was A Hoax

Link (thanks, Souris)

Rare alternative version of Beatles track from White Album discovered

Above: A recently-discovered alternative version of the song "I Will" from The Beatles' White Album (1968), originally deemed too controversial to be included on the release. This rare track was remastered by audio engineer Peter Serafinowicz.

Paul McCartney 'I'll Kill'

HOWTO make a Glenn Beck Diaper Halloween Mask


Just how would one construct a Glenn Beck Halloween Mask using little more than an adult diaper and a printout from these very internets? Ethan Persoff of "Comics With Problems" fame would be happy to show you how. WARNING: site contains disturbing images of Glenn Beck's face, and a photo of a fellow (not Glenn Beck) lying on a couch wearing nothing but a Glenn Beck Diaper Mask over his visage and yet another Glenn Beck Diaper over his manparts. WHICH OF THESE IMAGES IS MORE UNSETTLING? Why don't you tell me in the comments. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Presenting the Glenn Beck Diaper Mask, Halloween 2009 (

Roman Polanski on To Catch a Predator

Noted teledouchebag Chris Hanson interrogates unrepentant pedocreep Roman Polanski in this long-lost episode of To Catch a Predator. (Remixed by, via instapundit)

Mad Men on Sesame Street

Aman Ali, a BoingBoing guest blogger, is the co-author of 30 Mosques, a Ramadan adventure taking him to a different mosque in New York City every day for a month.

I'll spare you guys the annoyance of raving about how good the TV show Mad Men is. But now apparently Sesame Street has gotten Mad Men fever. My friend's 3-year-old son saw the clip and said he wants to grow up and be like Don Draper. I said "You and me both kid, you and me both."

Dramatic Tweets

Bassam Tariq is a Boing Boing guestblogger who is the co-author of 30 Mosques. A blog that celebrated the NYC mosques during the Islamic month of Ramadan. He currently resides in Harlem, New York.


A dramatic reading of tweets. The guy reading Lohan is the best. Who do you think should be read next?  (thanks James, No You First)

Literal Music Videos: Total Eclipse of the Heart

I'm late blogging these, I know everyone else discovered "literal music videos" a month ago. A quick YT search for "literal" turns up nearly 10,000 results, Rocketboom has already done a "Know Your Meme" on 'em, and here's a dedicated blog. But I'm fairly certain this is one of the more awesome specimens: TOTAL ECLIPSE SPOOF.

Because I love Radiohead, I love this one, too. Please post links to your favorites in the comments. (via Danny Sullivan and Laughing Squid)

Wails and Mumbles: Tort Deform

(Bill Gurstelle is guest blogging here on Boing Boing. He is the author of several books including the potato cannon-relevant Backyard Ballistics, and the recently-published Absinthe and Flamethrowers)

Everybody's talking about the honorable Marilyn Milian, the hottest judge on television!
--Opening tagline for the television show "The People's Court"
I've been watching a lot of TV judge shows lately, mainly because I don't have cable, they're on when I'm working on Make Magazine projects in my workshop, they're good background noise, and hey, they're marginally better than Maury Povich or Deal or No Deal.

I'm no connoisseur of small claims court television, but I do have opinions. I kind of like Judge Joe Brown, because he frequently does weird things with his voice. He'll be lecturing someone for trashing their roommates CD collection when mid-sentence, he switches to a deep, over-the-top, musical baritone for no reason at all. Sort of like Steve Bochco's Cop Rock show.

Judge "Christina's Court" Perez's tag line is that she "takes law into her own heart." I have absolutely no earthly idea what that means.

Anyway, if what daytime TV viewers are seeking is hot, sexy justice, then it's time for a new concept altogether. Maybe a show where the judge wears a tight fitting black leather robe and carries a riding crop? At the end, the loser has to strip down to their underwear and the winner gets to yell stuff at them. Now that's hot. Copyright 2009. Feel free to call my hot, sexy agent with offers.

Wails and Mumbles

(Bill Gurstelle is guest blogging here on Boing Boing. He is the author of books including Backyard Ballistics, and the recently-published Absinthe and Flamethrowers)

Hydroxatone is so effective, it was given away in gift bags at international film festivals!
- advertisement for Hydroxatone, a very expensive wrinkle cream flogged constantly on late night cable television and talk radio stations.

Allo! I am Marcel, zee scienteest in charge of gift bag quality control at ze large internationale film festivals. Every day, I am faced with ze daunting task of carefully evaluating the products of the thousands of companies eager to put free samples in the gift bags of Hollywood stars.

But only the best products, like Magic Jack or Almighty Cleanse make it through our rigorous, film-festival gift-bag quality control.

As hard as I try to safeguard ze integrity of our gift bags, sometimes the unfortunate occurs. One time, during a screening of Rochelle, Rochelle at Cannes, and against my better judgment, I allowed Kevin Trudeau to place inferior quality promotional ball point pens in ze gift bag. One of them leaked ink on Halle Barry's cashmere sweater. If Angelina Jolle had not taken the Shamwow from her gift bag and blotted up ink, mon Dieu, I would left be sweeping streets in Marseilles.

Pig Flu: Et Tu, Pooh?

Click for larger size. (Thanks, Sebastian, Mark K., and Stefanie.)

Car Culture and the Fate of the "Urban Manatee"

Maggie Koerth-Baker is a guest blogger on Boing Boing. A freelance science and health journalist, Maggie lives in Minneapolis, brain dumps on Twitter, and writes quite often for mental_floss magazine.

As we all learned in preschool, Muppets are native to New York City, and once freely roamed (in a floppy, yet oddly stiff-limbed sort of way) the whole of the five boroughs. Sadly, those days have passed. But now, kindly urban planning wonks are hoping that new, livable-streets initiatives can help the good old days return.

In the early part of the 1900s, Zozos - large, furry, innocent, purple creatures - once freely roamed New York City's streets, and were seen frequently mingling among its denizens and enjoying the public realm. But with the advent of the automobile their numbers slowly dwindled, until the 1930s when sightings became rare and they were thought to go extinct. But now thanks to a burgeoning livable streets movement and a marked improvement in public spaces in NYC, Zozo sightings have been reported. World-renowned crypto-zoologist Donald Druthers has convinced us to document the facts - and yes, it looks like Zozos could be making a comeback! See the evidence for yourself."

London Police poster mashup

Rex sez, "In light of the recent footage of police behaviour at the G20, I felt it was time to remix the current UK police poster campaign again. Original photo by David Byrne, as posted on BB by Xeni."

Lash Out and Cover Up (Thanks, Rex!)