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I love it when people mash two of my favorite things together to come up with something awesome, and then actually manage to get it into production. Say, for example, Donkey Kong Jenga, now available for preorder for $24.99—a new instant must-have for nerds who like to have friends over. [ via Topless Robot ]

August 20, 2008 6:26 PM comments (0)

Archinect has the scoop on Architecture School, a six-part tv series premiering tonight on the Sundance Channel, that "follows twelve students enrolled in the Design/Build Program at Tulane University's School of Architecture as they build a sustainable, design-forward home for a family returning to New Orleans."

Show co-creators Michael Selditch and Stan Bertheaud are both architects as well as filmmakers; the story arc tracks the process of the design-build studio led by Bryon Mouton over the course of two semesters, from pin-up critiques to the actual building of the site, featuring student stories, studio politics, the individuals living in the neighborhood and the issues of the post-Katrina city. Set your TiVo or download the first episode free from iTunes!

[via The Morning News ]

August 20, 2008 5:53 PM comments (0)

Alex Balk's definitive answer to the age-old conundrum: "The number of sexual partners that makes you officially promiscuous is always one more than the current number of sexual partners you've had. Unless you're a woman, in which case any number greater than one means you are a total slut."

It's pretty amazing/appalling—but not surprising—that there are still guys so insecure that they only want to date virgins or women who've had three or less partners total. Me, I'd rather be with someone more experienced because, well, unless you're incredibly lucky and strike gold the first time around with someone compatible with you physically, kinks and skills-wise, how are you going to know what really works for you or for any potential partner, other than through actual trial and error?

August 20, 2008 4:47 PM comments (0)

Diesel Sweeties: "America invented Coca-Cola, yet it's the only place where Coke tastes like boiled ass." Okay, so it's total hyperbole—even made with corn syrup, a cold Coke over ice cubes on a hot day is one of the most satisfying things humanity's ever produced—but cane sugar is just so much better. Damn corn subsidies!

August 19, 2008 11:44 PM comments (0)

Dockdrop makes uploading photos to Flickr or files to a server through FTP, WebDAV or SCP as simple as, well, dropping files onto its dock icon. I love it when a product's screencast demo proves it's as easy to use as it says it is.

August 19, 2008 4:30 PM comments (0)

Design world superstar Stefan Sagmeister says the framework he works with is whether you can touch someone's heart with design: "Quite a while back, a friend of mine named Reini was coming to New York and was worried none of the sophisticated New York women were going to talk to him. So we ran a poster on the Lower East Side that had his photo on it and said, "Girls, please be nice to Reini." He got a girlfriend out of it."

August 12, 2008 2:11 AM comments (0)

This totally slays me: Alone In The City of Order & Desire. Oh Kfan, If I had Warren Buffett money, I'd give you a full-time position just being awesome all over the internet.

August 12, 2008 1:21 AM comments (0)

Restaurant critic Giles Coren's nasty emails, foul-mouthed and excoriating, are so over the top that they're hilarious, especially if you've ever worked as a writer and have ever been edited by someone who didn't know what they were doing. Coren basically takes the nastygram you'd write to be therapeutic but immediately delete, ups the asshole factor by a factor of ten, and then actually presses send:

The joke is gone. I only wrote that sodding paragraph to make that joke. And you've fucking stripped it out like a pissed Irish plasterer restoring a renaissance fresco and thinking jesus looks shit with a bear so plastering over it. You might as well have removed the whole paragraph. I mean, fucking christ, don't you read the copy?

August 7, 2008 1:39 AM comments (2)

Garrison Keillor on the craziness of the current political attack ads:

It's an amazing country where an Arizona multimillionaire can attack a Chicago South Sider as an elitist and hope to make it stick. The Chicagoan was brought up by a single mom who had big ambitions for him, and he got scholarshipped into Harvard Law and was made president of the law review, all of it on his own hook, whereas the Arizonan is the son of an admiral and was ushered into Annapolis though an indifferent student, much like the Current Occupant, both of them men who are very lucky that their fathers were born before they were. The Chicagoan, who grew up without a father, wrote a book on his own, using a computer. The Arizonan hired people to write his for him. But because the Chicagoan can say what he thinks and make sense and the Arizonan cannot do that for more than 30 seconds at a time, the old guy is hoping to portray the skinny guy as arrogant.

So true, and so ridiculous; hopefully people will see right through it. In the meantime, it's pretty funny that Paris Hilton's energy plan is better than McCain's—unfortunate in a practical sense, but still funny.

August 6, 2008 11:59 PM comments (2)