Friday, May 2nd, 2014
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Matt Berry Is 40

There are some performers whose mere presence inspires laughter, and for me that is a list on which Matt Berry appears fairly close to the top. What with him having a birthday today and all I need no better excuse than to share this terrific bit of Berrydom from the second season of "The IT Crowd." The man is just comedy in human form.

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Parquet Courts, "Black and White"

I don't miss the '90s one bit, but I guess if I did I'd be glad these guys are around to spread its styles to a generation that is too young to know better. [Via]

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Masturbating Journalist Assertion Clarified

"I ought to correct the record: I said 'masturbatory', not 'masturbating'. Glad that’s cleared up."

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Awesomeness Of Rock-Climbing Bear Difficult To Overstate

Wait, you've seen this already? Well WATCH IT AGAIN. [Via]

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Death Of Literacy Commemorated In Infographic

"If you were to binge-watch these popular shows start to finish, how much of your life would they consume?"

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Basement Jaxx, "Unicorn"

Remember Basement Jaxx? Remember the last time I asked whatever happened to Basement Jaxx? It seems like only weeks ago, but it turns out it was [...]

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Birds Keep Getting In The Way Of Bullets

"Wildlife control contractors have shot almost 26,000 birds at John F. Kennedy International Airport over the past five years to stop them interfering with passenger flights — including more than 1,600 protected birds the airport did not have express permission to kill, internal records show."

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All Those Guys Who Said "I Won't Get Married Until George Clooney Can Get Married" Are Totally Screwed Now

"Will George Clooney's engagement spur NYC singles into marriage?" [Via]

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Maybe The Internet Will Be Good Someday

"Despite how far the computer, Internet, and social media have come, they're still in the relatively early stages of development — maybe even the infantile, pre-adolescent stages…. As these new technologies mature, so will the ways we use them. [We] now find it boring to go to chat rooms just to mess with people. And just think — most current versions of social media are still only a few years old. Eventually, people will grow tired of using computer power for petty teasing, and will use it for more practical and useful applications." —Party enthusiast Andrew W.K. offers hope to those who worry about the negativity of the Internet. [...]

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Talking Mongoose Refused To Live As A Prisoner To Your Hidebound Taxonomy

"Gef—who spelled his name phonetically, 'because he didn't know how to spell,' Mr. Josiffe says—self-identified as a mongoose, but Mr. Josiffe has plenty of doubts. 'The whole thing about a talking mongoose is a red herring,' he says. Given the Irvings' descriptions, he says Gef was smaller than a mongoose, perhaps a weasel or a squirrel."

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As A Woman Grows Older

"I am of the cohort which lived inside a gilded bubble when young, and made a proper song and dance about it. Now that group is clearly beginning to think of itself as old, and you can be sure this won’t happen quietly." —Jenny Diski on aging is just as good as Jenny Diski on anything else, which is to say you should be reading it right now, what are you even waiting for, seriously go ahead and click already.

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Sharon Van Etten, "Every Time The Sun Comes Up"

Boy does this track ever match the mood of the moment. I mean, for me it matches the mood of pretty much every single second I suffer through this sorry excuse for an existence, but for those of you who are generally content with your lives I have to imagine this bleak afternoon could be pretty perfectly scored to this tune, particularly if you know that you won't feel this way forever. Lucky bastards. Anyway, "enjoy." [Via]

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"Potential Problem" Now "Major Threat"

"Widespread antibiotic resistance is no longer a potential problem but has become a major threat, according to the World Health Organization."

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David Byrne & Atomic Bomb Band, "Fantastic Man"

The one William Onyeabor I can never get enough of is here, but last year's release of the compilation Who Is William Onyeabor offered a whole collection of songs with which to be obsessed. Anyway, [...]

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Placenta Two Ways

"I ate my wife's placenta raw in a smoothie and cooked in a taco," is the story's headline, so do not be surprised if you find the pictures somewhat unpleasant. And don't try to play it off like you're totally cool with it, you're not fooling anyone.

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Are Your Friends Putting You At Risk Of Having Fun?

"It’s no secret that drinking is contagious: if your friends are binging or abstaining, there’s a good chance you’ll follow suit. But a fascinating study on early view at the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows just how far this influence goes – and also shows that the social effect on alcohol consumption happens largely outside of our awareness. If you struggle with alcohol addiction, the implication is obvious: be especially careful in groups that are drinking. In fact, many sponsors encourage recovering alcoholics to completely avoid locations and events where alcohol is central. But if your friend struggles with alcohol, the finding is equally important: your drinking [...]

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Angry Man Likes Sharing Music

"The single best thing that has happened in my lifetime in music, after punk rock, is being able to share music, globally for free. That’s such an incredible development."

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Bear Animated

"The creative team over at London-based DBLG recently released this in-house animation titled Bears on Stairs that involed old school stop motion techniques paired with modern 3D printing. The painstaking process involved printing a sequence of 50 tiny sculptures which had to be photographed one by one over a period of 4 weeks—all for a mere two seconds of animation." —[...]

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Bob Hoskins, 1942-2014

"Actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died of pneumonia

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Things Change

You may find this difficult to conceive, but not everything stays the same—particularly in a large metropolis over the course of 2,500 days.

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