Thursday, February 25, 2010

SFW Single-Function Website Fucking Windows Enables Window-Fucking

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Windows Fucking
The very "meta" single-purpose website Windows Fucking (pictured) is much like regular fucking: once you understand how it works, you can't stop yourself from doing it. Go on, try it.

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Today in Vampire Weekend Mash-Ups

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 2:36 PM

The Hood Internet mashed Vampire Weekend's "Giving Up the Gun" with M.I.A.'s "Sunshowers" resulting in, obviously, "Giving Up the Sunshowers," and it's pretty great: The Vampire Weekend track seems a little rougher with the treatment, and the M.I.A track more energetic. Less great is "Giving Up the Alp," Immuzikation's mash of "Gun" and Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp." It exists, though, so you may as well listen, after the jump.

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Canada Destroys Russia in Olympic Hockey and I Feel Fine

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Team Canada is good
  • I love you guys.
Ok, sorry about my little freakout yesterday, about hockey. In light of Canada's old fashioned whupping of Russia last night at the Olympics (7-3!), perhaps my anxiety was unwarranted. Now we face... Slovakia? Seriously? Ok.

Now I am going to tempt fate by suggesting an inevitable gold medal rematch with the Americans on Sunday (who face the Finns in the other semifinal). Hey Fate! I have tempted you! The Canadians looked amazing last night, and no matter what happens now, I'm just glad we rose to the occasion against the Russians. Perhaps the most fitting line about last night's game was from Russian back-up goaltener Ilya Bryzgalov, who said the Canadians "came at us like gorillas from a cage."

Sigh. All is well with the world.

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Thom Yorke. Is Playing. In New York. (And So is Flea)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Weird, totally thought he could walk on it.
  • Weird, totally thought he could walk on it.
After a few shows out in L.A. last year, Thom Yorke is getting the old band back together again. No, no, not that band... the other one. You know, the one with Flea and Nigel Godrich in it? Yeah, well, they're apparently called Atoms for Peace now, and they've just announced a mini-tour that will take them through our fair city. They've got two shows scheduled at Roseland (fun!) on April 5th and 6th, so get your wallets ready: tickets go on sale March 2nd for Radiohead’s W.A.S.T.E. club members and March 5th for regular adults. The rest of the shows, should you be planing on "touring" with them:

Apr. 8 —Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre
Apr. 10 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Apr. 11 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Apr. 14 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Apr. 15 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Apr. 17 — Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
Apr. 18 — Indio, CA @ Coachella

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Mother of Mercey, Is This the End of Hummer? (Yes!)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM

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Earlier this week, we (I) reported on the obstacles to GM's planned sale of Hummer to a Chinese machine firm.

Late yesterday, GM confirmed that the deal was off, and it will begin to "wind down" the Hummer brand.

This is a terrible, terrible day for vendors of custom hubcaps.

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Jeff Koons Goes Grocery Shopping, Explains How Chocolate Chip Cookies Make Him Think of Poop

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Here's a video of postmodern Pop art super-wealthy superstar Jeff Koons perusing the goods at a deli. Aside from his bad posture and the video's strange ending, it may remind you of those rapturous passages in White Noise spent describing product packaging on supermarket shelves. Incidentally, the Koons-curated show of Dakis Joannou's collection opens at the New Museum next week. (ArtsJournal)

(Also worth watching: Koons talking to David Byrne in 1975.)

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NYTBR Editor: The Amy Bishop Shootings Prove That Feminists Should Shut Up About Women Being Victims

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Oh ho ho hee hee ha ha.
  • Oh ho ho hee hee ha ha.
Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the Times Book Review, has an essay upcoming in the Sunday Arts and Leisure section, about the brilliant and unstable Dr. Amy Bishop, the Tenure Assassin.

Tanenhaus begins with the generally accepted notion that art both reflects cultural currents and shapes our perception of them—except when, occasionally "events occur [but] art offers no guidance."

Like an aggrieved female on a shooting rampage, such as Dr. Bishop:

When she reportedly discharged her 9-millimeter handgun, she also punctured longstanding assumptions, or illusions, about women and violence...

What is your favorite thing about this sentence? My favorite thing about this sentence is how she "reportedly" fired her 9-mil, but definitely punctured assumptions, with her alleged bullets. But anyway.

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Your Beleagured Health Care Summit Live Blog: Morning Edition

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Oh god, I can't believe I'm doing this (maybe I'll force Mark to do it in the afternoon).

You can watch it here. Your government at work, after the jump. Refresh for updates. For the afternoon blog, head here.

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Watch This Really Creepy New Sunset Rubdown Video

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Spencer Krug and Sunset Rubdown have just released a video for the epic "Dragon's Lair" from their stupidly underrated Dragonslayer album, and I haven't paid super close attention to it just yet, because it's ten minutes long and I've been checking emails and waiting for Conan to update his Twitter and whatnot, but there's a kid in a cape, a majestic back-lit horse, a super-scary bug-eyed woman, a dagger, women playing air guitar on some sort of farm tool, face-painting, and possibly a resurrection. I don't know. {via Pitchfork]

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Conan Joins Twitter, Already Has So Many More Followers Than You

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM

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Just over a month since his run as host of The Tonight Show ended, Conan O'Brien did exactly what the rest of us do when we have absolutely nothing better to do: he joined Twitter. Unsurprisingly, his first tweet was perfect:

Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.

As of right now, his first tweet is also his only tweet, which hasn't kept him from amassing over a quarter-million followers. This could get really good, obviously.

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Tumblr Blog Please Fire Me Is a Really Funny, Bitchy Co-Worker

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:12 AM

So many great workplace grievances being articulated on the user-generated Tumblr blog Please Fire Me. Some examples:

Please Fire Me
Please Fire Me
Oh, Bruce... And it's not always about clients, bosses and co-workers; sometimes the user is the butt of the joke, for instance:
Please Fire Me
Read more and submit your own. (TheDailyWhat)

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Shepard Fairey Auctioning Off His Portraiture Services

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the Obey brand, and currently in court over his "Hope" and "Progress" posters for the Obama campaign, probably has some staggering legal costs to pay these days, but he's auctioning off a portrait sitting right now for charity. (He'll presumably make enough to cover his lawyer fees from his upcoming Deitch swan song show.)

Though estimated at a value of $30,000, the current bid, with seven days to go, is $4,250. Of course, you could also just use Paste's Obamicon web app to Shepardize yourself for free, but then you wouldn't be giving any money to a charity that helps "critically ill" kids, making you basically a monster. So get to bidding on that Fairey portrait sitting (provided you'll have time to actually sit for the fellow this summer), or maybe just watch the bids roll in over the next week. (Artinfo)

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All the Cool Types Are Rocking Typography Mowhawks

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Typography mohawk
Typography designer Oded Ezer rocked the above headgear, which, in case you were wondering, says "TYPOSEXUAL," to a recent lecture in London. Click here for another shot of the font-tastic accessory (sorry). We can't Helvetica to get one of our own—sans-serif though, puh-lease. (BoingBoing)
(photo: Casper Chan)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cocktail Compass: Almost Like Getting Paid to Drink

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Drunk LOL Cat
  • And nine hours prior, drunk dial kitteh was using his phone to find happy hour deals on Cocktail Compass.
As promised, every time I post another silly image of a drunk cat I'll also be telling you about The L's drunkenly confident first step into the world of iPhone applications: Cocktail Compass. The free (that's $0.00) app lets users access up-to-the-minute information on the whereabouts of the closest bars offering happy hour deals on any given day, in any given neighborhood, so that you can get drunker, quicker, for cheaper. In summary, Cocktail Compass is free and it helps you save money, which is basically like making money, right? Yeah.

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Critic Says Critics Still Important, Other Critics Pleased

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Dear Mark, Mike, Ben, Henry and Paddy: Your jobs as critics are still important! At least according to your fellow critic, the Guardian's Jonathan Jones.

"In this garbled sensorium we call a culture, criticism is more necessary than ever."

Senso-what now?

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George Lopez's Speedy Gonzales Movie to Please Viewers Who Love Second-Tier Looney Tunes Characters and Wish There Was Any Way to Watch Their Humorous Adventures Nowadays

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

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Speedy Gonzales, the somewhat discomfitingly racially stereotyped version of the Roadrunner, will soon get his own movie, starring the vocal talents and sitcom-safe "Latino people be like this..." humor of George Lopez.

No word yet on who will voice Sylvester the cat, but it will probably be me (I have a moderate lisp).

On a related note, dozens of original Looney Tunes cartoons can be streamed for free on the WB Kids website and elsewhere.

¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!

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Pizza, Long Restrained By Its Two-Dimensional Triangle Form, Now Comes in Cones

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

pizza cones
  • "We used to be real pizza slices."
Pizza in cone form has arrived, a breakthrough which will allow us to finally eat pizza with our hands. K! pizzacone opened Monday on Fifth Avenue, and as one wag was heard to say, "Cones haven’t been this controversial since Madonna filled them with her breasts."

All pizzacones are made from golden pizza crust and are filled with your choice of tomato or pesto sauce. After selecting a sauce, patrons are invited to build their ‘za 'one from a variety of traditional ingredients, including spinach, green peppers and artichokes. K! pizzacone is the first of its kind in America, and the Fifth Avenue establishment is expertly decorated with minimalist Japanese furniture and pastel geometric shapes on the walls. The name “Pizzaberry,” apparently, was taken.

Will New Yorkers, who've long made a tradition of folding their thin-crust slices into easily edible triangles, take to the new form? The answer, I would submit, is no.

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Check Out This Cubist Portrait I Made of You Using Mr. Picassohead

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Mr. Picassohead
The wed app Mr. Picassohead lets you assemble your very own Cubist portraits using the lines and forms employed by modern master and expert womanizer Pablo Picasso. Everything from face shapes to eyebrows, noses and lips can be customized and tweaked, although the absence of classic Picasso props like bottles, newspapers, guitars, African masks and naked ladies is somewhat limiting. While we wait for an expanded version 2.0, check out the awesome portrait at right that I made of you! And head over to Mr. Picassohead to make your own. (WhalesInSpace)

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BREAKING: Tofu Won't Turn You Gay and Make Your Dick Small

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:16 PM

tofu makes you gay
  • "One bite of me and your sense of style will improve, along with your earning power!"
Tofu has been said to do a lot of bad things to the male body: everything from enhancing manboobs, to decreasing libido and increasing the chances of shooting blanks.

Jim Rutz, spokesman for the House Church Community and self-described health-food guy, claims that because of high amounts of phytoestrogen, soy “use” leads to “a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion, and homosexuality." That’s right, Jim Rutz says tofu turns you gay.

What Jim and people who make similar claims are ignoring is that the same phytoestrogens found in soybeans are also found in a ton of other plants, like onions, beans, grains and hops.

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Zach Galifianakis to Host SNL, Vampire Weekend Return as Musical Guest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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Mark your calendars, set your DVRs, whatever. Actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis is set to host an episode of Saturday Night Live on March 6th, the same night Vampire Weekend will make their second appearance as the show's musical guests. And who said indie isn't a demographic?

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