Most paint-spatters are valid perl programs

If you run most paint-spatters through OCR software, it will generate valid perl programs. Read the rest

Here's Andy Kaufman on the Dating Game in 1978

Before Andy Kaufman played Latka Gravis on Taxi, he appeared in character on The Dating Game. Do you think he won the date?

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Kickstarting "Florida Man," a card game from LA's wonderful Secret Headquarters

Florida Man is the inaugural kickstarter from Los Angeles's incomparable comics store Secret Headquarters (previously): it challenges players to fill in the blanks from hundreds of cards capturing actual headlines about actual Floridians, creating hilarious, Cards Against Humanity-style madlibs. $20 gets you a game (early bird, rising to $25), $50 gets you a game and expansion pack, and there are tiers with tons of swag and of course a retailer bulk-discount pack. Read the rest

Watch The Cure's Robert Smith brilliant start to a red carpet interview

The inimitable Robert Smith on the red carpet following The Cure's induction last week into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here's their performance:

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Here are some of the funniest applications for vanity license plates

Every year, 250,000 requests for vanity license plates are made in California every year. The DMV has to scrutinize every application to make sure the numbers and letters don't have an offensive or objectionable meaning. LA Mag has a collection of their favorites.

Above:

Applicant Explanation: On my way to bang your bitch

DMV Comments: What he said

Verdict: No

Applicant Explanation: Celebration of my son moving out of the house

DMV Comments: Dick

Verdict: No

 

Applicant Explanation: Sad time in my life and my car is blue

DMV Comments: Blew Me

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Tidying up your computer in the '90s: Marie Kondo style

The latest retro-fantasy from Squirrel Monkey - how to declutter your 1990s computer files, Marie Kondo style. Read the rest

Watch this Hollywood extra's excellent compilation of his on-screen background moments

Actor EJ Zapata provides "solid evidence every TV show, Movie, and Commercial are all in the same Cinematic Universe." This is "How It All Connects," a compilation of Zapata's on-camera moments in the background.

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Michelin three-star restaurant French Laundry serves mushroom soup from a bong

In a New York Times review of celebrity chef Thomas Keller's Manhattan eatery Per Se, critic Pete Wells described the mushroom soup "as murky and appealing as bong water." So now for special guests, Keller's legendary French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley serves their porcini mushroom broth out of a blue and green swirl glass bong. From a column by San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho:

After dinner, I emailed the French Laundry’s public relations people about the bong. In an email, they responded that it’s something Thomas Keller pulls out for restaurant industry folks because he knows we’d get a kick out of it. (This is true. And Keller knows me from a previous encounter during my past life as a New Orleanian line cook.)

“It is clearly a tongue-in-cheek reference to past writing and is not on the menu,” they wrote, “but regularly prepared for guests as a fun item.” When I pressed them on where the bong was actually from — obviously not Riedel or Zalto — all they would say was that it was “hand blown by an artisan.”

"The French Laundry’s bong course is a brilliant act of artistry" (SF Chronicle) Read the rest

Bad things happen when local TV news tries to appeal to teens

Toledo's WTOL 11 crew thought they were on fleek. Da fuq?

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#Brexit: Actual footage of UK trying to leave EU

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Procedurally generated infinite CVS receipt

Sure, CVS receipts are farcically long, but they're not infinitely long: they could be, though, as Garrett Armstrong's CVS Receipt generator demonstrates, using nothing more than HTML, CSS and Javascript (Armstrong: "I even made a crappy web-scraper to get real product names from their site"). (via Kottke) Read the rest

Cat does a danger dance

There is a monster in the bed. Read the rest

Spanish pop-goth performance featuring Freddy Krueger in high-waisted jeans

The singer is María Olvido Gara Jova, aka Alaska, performing with her band Dinarama. Along with singing in another electro-pop-goth band Fangoria, Alaska has hosted a children's TV series, appeared on a comedy sketch show, and starred in an MTV Spain reality show. This number is titled "Mi novio es un zombi" ("My Boyfriend Is a Zombie").

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Stranger Things 3 trailer improved with cheery old-timey music

The Stranger Things 3 trailer with a delightful original score by Michael Hearst of "Songs for Ice Cream Trucks" fame.

"Survive, pack up your synths! Hearst, crank up the calliope!"

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Adorkable dogs bungle a graceful jump

Such graceful dogs.

“Frank face planted and Skippy tried to imitate a cat but to no avail.” Read the rest

Dog walks perkily through rain in spiffy raincoat and booties

“Hey. Are you coming, or what?” Read the rest

Bulldogs cleverly try to 'play dead' to avoid being scolded

Who among us has not tried to come up with a novel technique for escaping the consequences of our own foolishness? Read the rest

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