Whyday is Friday →

Even if you do nothing else to celebrate _why's anniversary, just read some of the stuff he wrote. I swear, the guy is what I imagine would have happened if David Foster Wallace had gotten really, really hooked on programming Ruby.

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* Black >
  • BMW
  • NO Plates
  • Parked IN a crosswalk
  • Parked ON the curb

Black BMWs®: Hard-shell Cases for Professional Assholes™.

Che Guevara of Power Eating

In person, Kobayashi is sweet, like a curious kid — unfailingly polite, charming and humble, with no brashness or other signs of rampaging ego. But he is hard on himself. He locks himself away performing dangerous feats because it is all he knows to do. He was the milk-drinking champ in school, the stew-eating champ in college, the winner of the biggest eating contest in Japan, then the Nathan's champ. Until he wasn't.

"Are you the Che Guevara of gurgitation or the Kenny Powers of power eating?" I asked him.

He paused, then laughed: "I am both!"

The Lonesome Independence Day Of Kobayashi, Eater In Exile

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I have no idea who is responsible for this. but good for them > >


**#reader submission

Zooborns →

Daily dose of cuteness - keeping track of all the new arrivals at zoos around the world.

Gibsonton, Florida →

Gibsonton is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 8,752 at the 2000 census.

Gibsonton was famous as a sideshow wintering town, where various carnival "freaks" would spend the off season. It was home to Percilla the Monkey girl, the Anatomical Wonder, and the Lobster Boy. Siamese twin sisters ran a fruit stand here. At one time, it was the only post office with a counter for dwarves. Aside from the agreeable winter climate, Gibsonton offered unique circus zoning laws that allowed residents to keep elephants and circus trailers on their front lawns.


Using Youtube as a video time machine - pick a year, back to 1860, and check out all the cultural artifacts.

Also: holy shit, The Dig came out in 1995?! Man, that makes me feel old.

The Hobo Lobo of Hamelin →

Hobo Lobo of Hamelin is a thing by a dude, who’s all like, “I’M GONNA MAKE A THING.” And then he did. Or is doing. Or, you know, whatever. This dude can be found on the internet. He websites to put food on his family.

This is the future of internet storytelling.

Dear Nike

Dear Nike,

Is that how these things are supposed to start? "Dear Company"? This is my first time writing to a large, faceless corporation, so I'm not really sure of what the protocol is.

Anyway, the reason I'm writing is that I love Nike+. Like, a lot. Since I got my iPhone late October last year, I've run almost 450km, which is great when you consider what a lazy cunt I am. Truth is, I never could have done it without Nike+.

Seriously, there's something about watching that number go up and up that really works. Even though I run the same route every day and my GPS signal is so shitty that Nike+ often tells me I'm finished when I know there's still a whole kilometre to go, it still works. It's part of its charm. Oh, Nike+, have you got a little lost? That's so you.

The other things that work are the occasional voice congratulations. Lance Armstrong telling I've just run a new personal best for the mile. Paula Radcliffe telling me I've just run the furthest I've ever run. The minute I hear these things, no matter how tired I am, I just want to get right back out there and see if I can beat my time again.

Even Tracy Morgan works pretty well. It took some getting used to, but it's just nice to hear him act like he gives a shit that I just run three days in a row, or more times this week than I did last. "I'm proud of you", he says. I don't believe him, but it's still something nice to hear.

Tonight, I got this: "Hi, I'm Dirk Nowitski… and… I just found out that you just got a run in? Awesome job!"

Did you just put a mic in front of this kid and ask him to freestyle the first things that came into his head? It sounds like totally he's winging this shit. Honestly, his "I just found out that you got a run in" is a question, like he's not sure if he heard the studio engineer right and so he's guessing what he's supposed to be saying.

On the other hand though, if you've given Dirk Nowitski a pager or something that sends him a message every time anyone anywhere goes for a run with their Nike+, then.., holy shit, that's amazing. You can just disregard the entire previous paragraph.

Anyway, keep up the good work.

I love you.

  • John

Mull of Kintyre Test →

via bestofwikipedia:

The Mull of Kintyre test was an unofficial guideline said to have been used by the British Board of Film Classification in the United Kingdom to decide whether an image of a man’s penis could be shown. The BBFC would not permit the general release of a film or video if it depicted a phallus erect to the point that the angle it made from the vertical (the “angle of the dangle”, as it was often known) was larger than that of the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, on maps of Scotland. (via rajandelman)

I love any Wikipedia entry that includes the term "angle of the dangle".

Blood Bros - First Blood →

Do you like synth-heavy power-rock songs all about fighting for love/survival/glory? Then you'll love Blood Bros' 45-minute mix of all the best songs from 80s action movies. I went running with this just now and loved it. But at the same time, the training montage music from Rocky 4 has been on my workout playlist for years now. That's just the kind of guy I am.

Blood Bros: First Blood by maddecent

If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough: An Ode to Jackass | Splitsider →

While it's certainly not what scholars might consider classic cinema, I'd be willing to bet that Jackass will be shown as classic comedy for years to come. I think it showed a group of guys having the time of their lives and offering much needed release during a time in American history when it needed it the most.

Agreed, 100%.

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First Look At Fat Mac For It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

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My Movie Watching, January - June 2011

Since the beginning of the year, I've been keeping a mostly complete, mostly chronologically correct spreadsheet of all the films I've watched along with a score between 1 (awful) and 5 (great). We're almost halfway through the year, so here's how I'm doing so far:

Total films watched: 68

Number of 5s: 4

Number of 4s: 15

Number of 3s: 25

Number of 2s: 19

Number of 1s: 4

Average score: 2.94029850746269

For giggles, here's the full list:

  • Buried - 2

  • Easy A - 2

  • Never Let me Go - 3

  • Black Swan - 2

  • Tron Legacy - 1

  • Mama Mia - 3

  • The King's Speech - 4

  • Red - 4

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy - 4

  • How to Train Your Dragon - 3

  • Death Proof - 3

  • White Lightning - 2

  • Last of the Mohicans - 3

  • National Treasure 2 - 2

  • Where Eagles Dare - 3

  • The Kids are Alright - 3

  • The Freebie - 3

  • Peeping Tom - 3

  • Blue Valentine - 4

  • Warhammer 40k - 1

  • The Losers - 3

  • Hellboy 2 - 3

  • Winter's Bone - 4

  • Happy-go-lucky - 4

  • Maguyver: Treasure of Atlantis - 2

  • Richard Pryor live - 3

  • Idiocracy - 3

  • Shogun Assassin - 4

  • Wendy and Lucy - 4

  • Silent Running - 3

  • Super Troopers - 2

  • The Arbor - 5

  • Il Rito (The Rite, in Italian) - 2

  • V for Vendetta - 3

  • Battle: Los Angeles - 2

  • Sherlock Holmes - 3

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1 - 3

  • Dungeon Masters - 2

  • Source Code - 4

  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (TV) - 2

  • Red Dawn - 2

  • Tron Legacy - 2

  • MacGruber - 2

  • Dog Day Afternoon - 4

  • The Princess Diaries - 3

  • Serpico - 5

  • Star Trek: First Contact - 3

  • LA Confidential - 5

  • Miller's Crossing - 3

  • Arthur - 2

  • The Tree of Life - 4

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 4

  • The Tunnel - 4

  • The Black Dahlia - 1

  • Black Death - 2

  • The Siege - 3

  • True Grit - 4

  • Cruise of the Gods (TV) - 2

  • Minority Report - 3

  • Teen Wolf - 3

  • Valley Girl - 2

  • The Bourne Supremecy - 4

  • My Neighbour Totoro - 5

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall - 3

  • Cyrus - 3

  • Wet Hot American Summer - 2

  • The Fast and the Furious - 1

Note: The first time I saw Tron: Legacy was in a cinema where the house lights stayed on for the first fifteen minutes and I had to go out and ask someone to shut them off. So it gets a 1. The second time was on a blu-ray in my house. It was only slightly better, so it got a 2.

Actors with Action Figures →

Narcissistic? Maybe. Self-indulgent? Perhaps a little. But I mean, come on - having your own action figure would be undeniably awesome.