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April 21, 2008

Blog: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (The Movie)

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tucker I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

You have probably heard of Tucker Max in some capacity. He is an internet legend and a New York Times Best Selling author.

You’ve probably read some of his stories about getting wasted, having sex, and everything else having to do with drunken-shenanigans. These stories used to get passed around the internet like wildfire.

I had never heard of him through the internet. One day, about two years ago, I was walking around a Barnes and Noble and I saw his book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, sitting on the Best Sellers table. The cover caught my eye and I started reading. Not five minutes later, I was keeled over laughing with tears in my eyes in the middle of the bookstore. No joke. People were staring at me. Of course, I immediately bought the book and became a fan.

He has more stories on his website, and he has a second book coming out in the fall. Most people know all of this already so that’s not really what the post is about (but if you haven’t read anything by him, you NEED to).

Recently, he has undertaken the project of making a movie based on some of the stories in his book. He wrote the script with a friend, and is overseeing all major decisions in the movie making process rather than shipping it off to a big studio to deal with. The blog I’ve linked to above is his play-by-play account of making an independent film, from day one all the way to opening night. If you have ever been curious about how casting works, how the writers and producers and directors come together, and all the other nuances of film-making that no one ever talks about, this is the blog for you. Very interesting stuff, and it can be funny at times because, well, it’s Tucker Max. Check it out!

April 18, 2008

Blog: Stuff White People Like

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whiteStuff White People Like

This is a pretty popular one already, and you may have heard of it. If you haven’t, this is the “hot” blog right now. Everyone is talking about it, and for good reason. It’s hilarious.

The blog is “devoted to stuff that white people like.” Topics include The Idea of Soccer, Music Piracy, Knowing What’s Best for Poor People, and Asian Fusion Restaurants. Also, there are lots of pictures like this one of white people out doing recycling drives and other white people activities.

If you enjoy some good, clean racial humor, you will laugh your ass off here. Check out the full list of stuff white people like.

*** There are some good knock offs of this site due to its enormous popularity. One of the better ones: Stuff Educated Black People Like. ***

April 17, 2008

Ryan Holiday and the Perfect Paper

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spartanOn the Spartans and the Perfect Paper

Here is an article written by a guy named Ryan Holiday on how to write the perfect paper, regardless of what subject or course you’re taking. He uses the ancient Spartan battle strategies as an analogy for how your paper should be laid out, which helps you visualize the bigger picture before you start writing.

He then goes on to give a very specific outline of how a good paper should come together, and I’ve got to say, it’s damn good. If this doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will:

Essentially, the format requires just six original sentences and the rest is nothing more but reiteration and support.

Ryan Holiday is another one of the Rudius Media writers (in fact, he works for the company). He’s a college aged kid who’s extremely well read and wise beyond his years; you might find some of his other blog entries interesting or motivational. If you like what he wrote about the perfect paper, check out the rest of his blog.

April 16, 2008

Blog: Garfield Minus Garfield

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Garfield Minus Garfield

Who knew that you could have so much fun with comic strips?

After yesterday’s Marmaduke Explained, I thought Garfield Minus Garfield would be a good follow up. Very simple premise here; remove Garfield the cat from the Garfield cartoons and watch all hell break loose. Usually John ends up looking like he belongs in psychiatric care. The one I posted above made me laugh out loud when I read it… while I was sitting in my house alone. That’s quality humor.

April 15, 2008

Blog: Marmaduke Explained

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marmaduke Marmaduke Explained

Marmaduke Explained is an odd little blog that takes the daily Marmaduke comic and attempts to explain, “in less than 500 words,” what is taking place.

It’s not usually laugh out loud funny, but the dryness of the explanations can contain some great subtle humor. It’s sort of addicting, once you start reading it, and you’ll probably fly through a couple of pages worth of these in no time.

It’s written by a guy named Joe Mathlete, and on Marmaduke Explained you’ll find links to some of his other sites. He is best known for his Marmaduke, but some of his other blogs include: Joe Mathlete Will Draw Anything You Ask Him to on an Index Card, and Joe Mathlete Draws a Nipple on Ziggy’s Nose. The index cards one is especially funny in that “grown ups doing little kid drawings,” sort of way. Definitely worth missing a lecture or two for.

April 14, 2008

News: 35 Cent Gas

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gas Drivers Flood Station for 35 Cent Gas

A North Carolina Shell station accidentally set their pump price for .35 instead of 3.35 on Thursday. Managers were mad because no one told them about the error and people took advantage of it for hours. They eventually figured something was wrong when they were getting way more traffic then usual.

This story was kind of funny, but sort of depressing at the same time. I wondered why shit like this never happens where I live. Can you imagine filling up your tank for, like, five bucks? It makes me feel old, in a way, because I remember when five bucks could actually get you a decent amount of gas (bizarre pump errors aside). If you were broke and needed to get somewhere, five bucks might have gotten you two gallons or more.  I remember those days and I’m only 21. I can only imagine how my parents feel, or their parents even.

You can’t help but feel a little giddy from this story, though. Fuck the oil companies; I’m glad Shell lost a shit ton of money that day. I don’t claim to know much about the oil industry and the politics of crude oil prices, but I do know that it’s insanely expensive and that is naturally going to build animosity. I would feel the same way if this happened to a movie theater and their popcorn prices. It’s popped corn kernels, for Christ’s sake.

I can’t believe the guy really expected the customers to say something, though. What delusional little world is he living in? If someone did decide to bring the price to the attention of the employees, they would have risked being crucified by an angry mob of SUV drivers. Anyways, click the link to read the whole article and be mad that you weren’t there to take advantage.

April 12, 2008

Internet Legend: John Fitzgerald Page

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johnpage Some of you may already know about this guy; others might have missed it. Either way, it’s worth revisiting what was one of the greatest internet scandals of all time. I’m not even sure if scandal is the right word to describe it, but in the absence of something better it will have to do.

The short version is such: John Fitzgerald Page, Ivy League grad, actor/model, and all around douchenozzle creates a page on Match.com. A girl “winks” at him (like poking on Facebook), and he sends her an email in which he comes across like a pompous, arrogant dufus:

I live in a 31 story high rise condominium, right in the middle of the Buckhead nightlife district. Do you ever come to this area of town to shop/go out/visit/explore?

I went to an Ivy League school – the University of Pennsylvania – for my undergraduate degree in economics and my graduate degree in management (Wharton School of Business). Where did you go to school?

What activities do you currently participate in to stay in shape? I work out 4 times a week at LA Fitness. Do you exercise regularly? I am 6 feet tall, 185 pounds – what about yourself? I am truly sorry if that sounds rude, impolite or even downright crass, but I have been deceived before by inaccurate representations so I prefer someone be upfront and honest on initial contact…

I do mergers & acquisitions (corporate finance) for Limited Brands (Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, etc). Enjoy any of our stores/divisions?

Do you have any other recent pictures you care to share? I have many others if you care to see them.

Regards,

John

She turns him down and he blows up… sends her a nasty follow up email, reaffirming the fact that he is, no doubt, a douche:

I think you forgot how this works. You hit on me, and therefore have to impress ME and pass MY criteria and standards – not vice versa. 6 pictures of just your head and your inability to answer a simple question lets me know one thing. You are not in shape. I am a trainer on the side, in fact, I am heading to the gym in 26 minutes!

So next time you meet a guy of my caliber, instead of trying to turn it around, just get to the gym! I will even give you one free training session, so you don’t blow it with the next 8.9 on Hot or Not, Ivy League grad, Mensa member, can bench/squat/leg press over 1200 lbs., has had lunch with the secretary of defense, has an MBA from the top school in the country, lives in a Buckhead high rise, drives a Beemer convertible, has been in 14 major motion pictures, was in Jezebel’s Best dressed, etc. Oh, that is right, there aren’t any more of those!
Regards,

John

The bloggers got a hold of the story and tore this guy to shreds. It was huge. This kind of thing happens all the time, I’m sure, but for some reason everyone really latched onto JFP and the whole thing took off. He became some sort of quasi-celebrity, and the bloggers had material to work with for weeks. It’s amazing how it escalated.

The main instigators were the writers over at Gawker. The original incident and the subsequent responses from Page lead them to write a slew of articles mocking him. The original article about him is at the bottom of the page, and as you scroll up you can see how hilarious this gets. They loved JFP’s inability to let this go… Enjoy.

***By the way Gawker is another great website to explore. Once you’re done with the JFP debacle, there are some really funny articles on there about everything pop-culture, including why Superman is a crappy superhero.***

April 11, 2008

Blog: Drinking for Two

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drinkingfortwoDrinking for Two

Here is an author, known only as J, that brings something completely different to the table. You might compare the things he writes to the old Jack Handy skit on SNL; random, bizarre, completely inappropriate inner monologue.

I check this blog every couple of days, and every time I read it I always wonder why I don’t check it more often. J writes about a post a day, sometimes more. They are quick, easily digestible blurbs that will make you piss your pants. One of my favorites:

i’m all into vegetarian ice-fishing. it’s called ‘getting drunk in a shed.’

That’s a pretty typical entry. They can be hit or miss sometimes, but when they hit, it’s pure gold.

Another great thing about this site is that not a lot of people really know about it. Drinking for Two is a part of Tucker Max’s blog network Rudius Media (and for some reason, it’s one of the less popular sites). Rudius has several other really interesting blogs; you could probably spend an entire week’s worth of classes browsing the archives over there (they even have a few celebrity bloggers like Jamie Kennedy and Robert Greene, author of 48 Laws of Power).

April 10, 2008

Blog: The Superficial

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hollywood A blog you might want to check out: The Superficial.

It’s celebrity gossip at it’s best, thoroughly soaked in sarcasm and disgust. Think Perez Hilton high on marijuana, minus the fat, the flamboyant hair, and everything else that makes him Perez Hilton. Then add funny and you’ve got The Superficial.

I check this site pretty much every day and I always find it hysterical. The guy who writes it has a pretty unique sense of humor, but if you dig it, you’ll be hooked. One warning about this site, though. A lot of the time he posts pictures of celebrities in bikinis and/or nip slips and other scandalous photos. If you’re jonesing for more Hollywood booty, this is the place for you, but a lot of it is NSFW (not safe for work). Make sure you’re sitting in the back when you pull this site up.

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