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If you’re happy and you know it…

The Chicago Tribune posted an article on their website about the ’10 happiest states’ based on a Gallup poll. The Tribune article lacks any nuance, and reflects the lazy journalist’s unquestioning faith in surveys and statistics. Maybe it should be excused because it’s in the travel section, but still… After reading the original Gallup article […]

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In which SoundCloud sends me a hilarious takedown notice

So today I got this interesting message from Soundcloud: Hi chaircrusher, Our automatic content protection system has detected that your sound “Rubber Duckie (Wub Machine Remix)” may contain the following copyright content: “Get Some Fruit (Wubstep Dubstep Remix)” by Anand Bhatt, owned by Favorecido Productions. As a result, its publication on your profile has been […]

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Art Silliness

Obtuse Strategies Deck

I’m sure most people know about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies — a deck of cards with gnomic suggestions to consult at random during creative work. I propose my own, new deck, informed by my jaundiced world view, and in no small part, my own failings as a human being. Cultivate the disreputable Lie gratuitously Argue […]

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U of Iowa Socialists and their First World Problems

This headline definitely rubbed me the wrong way. I’m all for small-‘s’ socialism where appropriate — health care, education, social security, appropriately modest defense — but I’m having a hard time imagining many people who would receive a University-wide e-mail who could credibly complain of being oppressed. Sure, there’s racism, sexism, and the erosions of […]

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Strange Sushi from Yen Ching

Something’s just not right about this photo. UPDATE: I think they used Google Image Search to find the pictures for their menu:

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meta Silliness

Slide Whistle Down…

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Music Music Software Silliness

Forensic Examination of the Slowed Down Justin Bieber “Love U”

This will be my last post on the subject. It’s been fun to get a lot more site visits, but just for perspective, my friend Jerry’s Retarded Ravers Of America site was getting ten times the traffic ten years ago that my blog does today. It also feels a little weird riding Justin Bieber’s coat […]

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Music Silliness

In Russia, the violinists jam in nightclubs?

I give you Stefaniya

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Art Family Silliness

My Children’s Treasury Of Helpful Misinformation — now downloadable/printable

I drew a book for my niece Lucy for Christmas 2007, based on an anecdote from her mother Tessa: Tessa was in a bookstore in Park Slope Brooklyn with my niece Lucy, who was two and a half years old. Lucy tells Tessa “Mommy, let me read to you!” So Tessa sits down with Lucy, […]

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Theme From Ozone Avenue, by Lucy Kent Blake-Williams

My niece Lucy began taking music lessons. This is her first attempt at manuscript. And since she put in more intentionality than, for example, goldfish swimming or birds on telephone wires, I thought it deserved to be arranged. [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/LucysTheme.mp3|titles=Theme From Ozone Avenue|artists=Lucy Kent Blake-Williams (arr. Chaircrusher)]

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The United Colors of Barack-etton

We all knew he was a person of color…

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Music Silliness

Roland must have hired Funny Or Die to do their promotional videos

There is so much that is unintentionally humorous about this video. Is Roland incapable of finding a proper tone in their promotional materials? This is the video equivalent of the hilarious manuals that came with Roland gear in the 80s. “We will also provide you with some other related information!”

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Those Keerazy Brits: Take A Break Photo Blog Rules OK

TWatkins mentioned this on twitter and it’s amazing: Take A Weird Break — a compendium of headlines from the Take A Break magazine published in the UK. Take A Break is a concept so brilliant that it must be replicated here in the US: It’s a tabloid whose stories come largely from reader submissions. So […]

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A Song In His Heart, A Plow In His Rear: The State Seal Of Iowa

A state representative wants to rewrite the legal description of Iowa’s state seal so that it no longer includes a reference of a citizen soldier “with a plow in his rear.”

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Typography joke T Shirt made me laugh

From Boing Boing We’re really talking Meta here: The audience who’d instantly get this joke would be anyone who works in the Web Ghetto, and old-school nerds like myself. But consider this: this joke wouldn’t exist 30 years ago. Comic Sans was invented in 1994 and I’m not sure when the Comic Sans backlash started. […]

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Kafka-esque E-Mail of the Day

Bless redacted’s bureaucratic little heart. I’m sure it’s all very important to the business of the hospital, but I can only hear this e-mail in John Cleese’ voice when I read it.

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Stay Classy, Lady Gaga

I like how Lady Gaga skipped a lot of steps in recapitulating Madonna’s Career, jumping straight to Madge’s ‘Sex’ and ‘Blond Ambition’ period.

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Clip Art WTF

This was at the top of an e-mail from a University of Iowa office. The mail had nothing to do with penguins, top hats and monocles, penguins wearing top hats and monocles, or Lyndon Baines Johnson. It is surreal and random in a way that can’t possibly be intentionally surreal and random. The people that […]

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Religion Fail

From Black Dog Flickr Feed

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Only In Iowa City: Man attacks Zombie

Man just wants delicious burrito, gets accused of being a zombie, has nose broken. Iowa City is home of the Zombified “Resist Evil” Zombie Movie trilogy, an annual Zombie Parade (which benefits charity), and now, a guy who apparently imagines himself a zombie fighter. Dude fucked up — Zombies eat brains, not burritos.