Mar 30, 2012

Bohemian Rhapsodizing Under Arrest



As far as I'm concerned, this was the best thing on the internet yesterday: "Arrested Drunk Man Sings "Bohemian Rhapsody" In Its Entirety In Back Of Police Car". More info has become available about the dude in question, but I don't really care. I just love his impromptu performance in the back of the cop car...though it grates that some random drunk dude can remember lyrics and carry a tune better than I can.

Mar 29, 2012

These Skulls Are Nuts



I've always found walnuts delicious but vaguely creepy in their resemblance to tiny brains. Apparently I'm not alone in this thought—but Etsyers Ruth and Sira García Trigueros have put that uncanny resemblance to good use in the form of little chocolate skulls with walnut brains. How perfect would these treats be for an adult-type Halloween party? (Yes, I'm already getting ideas for this year's Halloween party. It's been a while—I'm allowed to get prematurely excited.)

Via Cakehead Loves Evil.

Mar 28, 2012

A Barrel o' Bags



No, I don't have a dog, but if I did I would buy this cute-and-functional doggie barrel bag holder. I am a firm believer in scooping one's poop (or, more accurately, one's pet's poop), probably because I'm not the sort of jackass who thinks it's okay to leave dog crap on the sidewalk. However, that's another rant for another day.

Via NOTCOT.

Mar 27, 2012

Devilishly Delicious



You know you have a bit of a reputation as a Creme Egg addict when multiple people send you a recipe for deviled Cadbury Creme Eggs. And you know what? I'm okay with that. Because they look amazing. I mean, seriously—what could make Creme Eggs better than adding buttercream frosting and sprinkles to them?

Mar 26, 2012

Fry on Foreign Words



Aw, Fry. I hear ya, dude. Oh, I hear ya.

Mar 23, 2012

Scathing Beauties



So I read a fabulous review the other day—which is not to suggest it was in any way complimentary. Its genius lies in what appears to be a well-deserved evisceration of the product in question, which sounds like a vile whiskey-flavored vodka marketed exclusively to hipsters via nauseating ads. Ads that are guaranteed to turn off the very crowd they're striving to reach, given that most hipsters are a) already into whiskey and b) hate being marketed to. I think they're actually trying to reach bridge-and-tunnel clubgoers but perhaps aren't clear on the distinction. (FYI, the manufacturer apparently gets quite huffy if you call it a whiskey-flavored vodka, so it should be noted that it's technically a "spirit whiskey.")

Anyway, that's not the point. The point is that I heartily enjoyed reading the amusingly bitchy review...which reminded me of my all-time favorite print-based demolition, a review of "Dying in Stereo" by the blessedly defunct band Northern State. It comes via Pitchfork, whose reviewers have never found an album they couldn't deride, so I'd normally advise you to take it with a shaker of salt—except in this case every bit of venom and disdain is justified. I endured the experience of watching Northern State perform live when they opened for the excellent Tegan and Sara in '05 or '06 (why, Tegan and Sara, why?), and it was painful. Painful to the point of hilarious and then back around to painful. Reading the review will be a lot more fun than seeing the live show, I guarantee you.

As a final inclusion on my list of gleefully condemnatory reviews, let's return to Sex and the City 2. I know I already linked to an assortment of appalled reactions a while back (full disclosure: I've never seen it, have no desire to see it, found every one of the, say, four episodes I've ever watched to be utterly painful), but I neglected to link to the Wittertainment podcast review, which features one of Mark Kermode's legendary rants. (According to a reader who once wrote into the Wittertainment crew, Kermode's review of Angels and Demons was so vociferous that it roused someone from a coma. Not entirely sure I believe it, but it was entertainingly derisive anyway.)

It's absolutely worth watching the whole diatribe (which he prefaces by saying he's not going to rant—hah!), but it ramps up into a triumph of righteous anger and disgust from about 9:00 through the end. Here you go:



Happy reading, watching, listening, drinking, etc.

Mar 22, 2012

Oughta Have a Highball Around It*



Dayum. Simultaneously gorgeous and grotesque, this 150-carat diamond ring, dubbed pretentiously but accurately The World's First Diamond Ring, is carved out of a giant diamond. Yes, that's right—the whole damn ring is a diamond. And correspondingly costs $70 million.

While it's a) spectacular and b) a cool concept, I think I'd recommend Swarovski's Nirvana ring, which is similarly lovely (I've kinda wanted one for years), less morally ambiguous, and more affordable by $69,99,810. See?



Thanks for the heads-up, Hanna!

*If you don't recognize the quote, go watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes immediately.

Mar 21, 2012

Mugging



Tell me these aren't some of the cutest freaking mugs ever. Just try. The Morning Mug is ideal for folks who are not morning people, while the Monday Mug seems perfect for, well, anyone who needs coffee for their daily survival. So, basically, both are well-suited to me.

Mar 20, 2012

Actors are Animals (No, Not Like That)



Yesterday I discovered why the internet exists. For Benedict Cumberbatch and otters and David Mitchell and koalas. I was greeted by the otters-n-Cumberbatch link in a message from Afshin first thing in the morning:

Afshin: it's like the best thing the internet has ever done
Kaitlen: oh my god
Kaitlen: i literally gasped
Kaitlen: it *is* the best thing the internet has ever done

Mar 19, 2012

Fuck Me (Er, Her), Ray Bradbury



I have no idea how it's possible I missed this back in 2010, but I did. In honor of Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday, comedian Rachel Bloom created this ebulliently vulgar music video: Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury. Since being introduced to this work of brilliance on Saturday night, I've probably watched it, oh, eight times. It's not only a funny concept, it's also incredibly catchy.

Mar 16, 2012

Fan-tastic



Is it possible to be physically aroused by fans? Because I think I am. Evidently Duvelleroy is fanmaker to assorted queens, and for good reason: their fans are freaking gorgeous.

Their shop is ici, and you might be surprised to see that some of the fans are actually affordable. Sure, it's $43 for what is essentially a novelty fan, but it's kinda awesome anyway. And I don't know how to make a fan, so I can appreciate spending money on one. But screw it—I'm holding out for one of the gorgeous fluffy feather ones.

Via If It's Hip, It's Here.

Mar 15, 2012

Heart-Shaped Glasses



Love this Thomas Paul Lola sunglasses case. As both a fan of Lolita and someone who needs a new glasses case, I'm tempted.... Okay, so I'm probably not going to pay $22.00 for a glasses case, but I do like it.

Mar 14, 2012

Upper Metal Class Jewelry



These Control Earrings are simple but clever, and very cute for mixing and matching. Would probably also look great in multiply-pierced ears.

I also must say that I love the shop name: Upper Metal Class. I almost want to buy something for the name alone. Oh, and if the aforementioned earring set isn't your thing, the designer is also selling Triforce earrings. Sure, they're called Kylee Earrings, but they're obviously Triforces.

Mar 13, 2012

B&H: The Amusement Park for Cameras



If you've never been to B&H in New York, you really should drop by sometime. It was the most efficient technology-shopping experience I've ever had—but the really entertaining part was the series of conveyor belts that transported products around the store. The overall effect was that of an Orthodox Jewish Santa's workshop. And now we've got a product's-eye-view of the roller coaster ride...which just confirms my suspicion that it would be fun to ride the conveyor belts.

Via NOTCOT.

Mar 12, 2012

House of the Rising Printers?



I know it's a bit old, but it's still great (and I feel like it didn't get much coverage the first time around): check out "House of the Rising Sun" as covered by legacy computer equipment and diagnostic machines. Surprisingly awesome.

Mar 8, 2012

The Return of Domino



Woohoo! Domino is coming back! Okay, so it's only scheduled for one special "Quick Fixes" edition in April and an as-yet-unspecified edition in the fall, but it's a start. I loved Domino—when I lived in a studio that was far too small for two of us, when I lived with a roommate and many cockroaches, even when I lived in the dorms in college, I subscribed to Domino. So many good ideas and sources of inspiration. And it didn't seem all poncey and pretentious the way so many design mags do, you know? So yeah, I'm excited. Details to come here.

Mar 7, 2012

Such Happy Little Animals



I know, I know—it's one of those stupid "top x things on the internet" lists, but this one's just so cute. They're such happy little animals. And you all know (or should know by now) how I feel about cute, happy animals. Especially when you call them "little animals" with a terrible faux-Cockney accent, which comes out like "littow animows" and never fails to amuse me.

Mar 6, 2012

A More Elegant Street Light



So yeah. Street Chandeliers are apparently a thing, courtesy of Austrian artist Werner Reiterer. I would love to see one of these on every corner, wouldn't you?

Thanks for sending the link to this fabulosity, Christine!

Mar 5, 2012

Singin' on the Moon



I love the sheer joy conveyed by the Apollo 17 astronauts' impromptu burst of song. If you make it to the moon, you should enjoy the hell out of the experience.

Via Boing Boing.

Mar 2, 2012

Luminescent Locks



Okay, I confess (something you all probably knew anyway): I'm a total sucker for anything that lights up. Especially if it involves fiber optics. I was the only girl at the prom who had to change the batteries in her bustle. Anyway, I saw these fiber optic hair clips (stupidly named Glowbys) and I found them both ridiculous and covetable. I think it largely depends on how they're worn. Not crazy about the fiber optic pigtail look (it kinda screams "I'm body glitter-wearing jailbait! Vodka cranberry is the greatest!"), but I think the updo walks the line between funky and elegant rather well.

Mar 1, 2012

A Very Refined Serenade



I'm doing a little better than I was, say, a week ago when I was singing this nonstop. But not a whole lot better. Still, it might be less irksome to be around me now.

Anyway, I don't know anything about Armstrong & Miller beyond the fact that they're an English comedy duo with a show (who apparently do characters such as "Vague Businessman" and "Reasonable Boss"), but this sketch alone may prompt me to check them out.