Update: Looks like the ad is actually part of a viral campaign for Cinemax’s Hunted, whatever the hell that is. Also, it’s been there for a year? You’d think we’d have heard of it by now!
It’s times like this that we really miss Occupy New York. This advertisement for ByzantiumSecurity.com is featured prominently outside Cipriani’s Wall Street, which is about half a block away from the former Zuccotti Park HQ of the organization that brought the “1%-er” terminology to such a forefront in cultural conversations over two years ago.
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Are you one of those types that can’t help chatting to strangers on the subway? Really? Please never sit next to us. The last woman who tried to talk to use on the A train just mocked us for having the sniffles by asking “Do you need a tissue?” She didn’t actually have a tissue, but said “That’s NICE. That’s real nice.” Ugh, the worst, that one.
Still, we can definitely think of someone who’d be more appreciative of your efforts to harangue people you don’t know into taking down your information, and that’s the owner of TrainSpottings.com. She is currently looking for a new employee to spread misinformation as to what that name actually refers. Read More
The New York Post had this amazing article about the new Bushwick luxury lofts (“for artists”), CastleBraid, today. Apparently, some hipsters are mad about other hipsters moving onto their turf. (Since it’s The Post, anyone who is in their twenties and living in Bushwick is considered a hipster…which is exactly right. Way to get one correct, The Post!)
“I never understood that expression— ‘Have your cake and eat it too,’” director Neil LaBute said last week, munching on a jam-covered bagel at French Roast on the Upper West Side. “It doesn’t make any sense. Who wouldn’t want to eat the cake they ordered? Who wants to go through the trouble, or keeps going through the trouble, all the time? Orders a cake and then is like, ‘No, thanks, I can’t have any’?” Read More
Even those out there who are disinclined to read self-help literature might find something worthwhile in The Tim Ferriss Experiment, precisely because it’s not The 4-Hour Workweek or the sequels it spawned. The new half-hour show on upwave on HLN (Sundays at 8 pm EST) is as much about content as it is about methodology. So for every week Mr. Ferriss brings his credo to a new undertaking, the focus is as much on the subject as how fast the author can learn it.
The pilot episode of the series has Mr. Ferriss working out how to play the drums during a live rendition of Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” on-stage during a live stadium show with the band. Though he applies his “80-20 Rule” methodology–finding the 20 percent of work to focus on that will yield 80 percent of the results–to learning how to both play the drums and the song in under a week, he admitted during a live screening with The New York Observer that it’s not always a case of mind over matter.
Ksenia Mesheryakova, 39, is a lesbian Russian immigrant who lives with her wife Lisa, and their young daughter Sophie. “Russia is my motherland,” she said in a statement this weekend. “But right now my motherland is acting like an abusive bitch.”
This vocal smack-down was made in retaliation to IKEA’s decision to pull a story about a lesbian couple’s home furnishing system from a recent Russian catalog. Angry Russian gay couples staged a guerilla protest this weekend at the store’s Brooklyn location. Read More
Fans of Australian comic Chris Lilley’s mockumentary We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High are already familiar with Ja’mie, the snotty, exiled prep student whose dirty mouth is only equal to her self-delusion and Machiavellian popularity tactics. Played by Lilley (Angry Boys) in drag, Ja’mie is part Heathers, part Mean Girls and entirely the worst: She’s racist (“I’m gonna hashtag it ‘friedrice,’” she sneers at an Asian schoolmate), classist (her after-school outreach involves reading The Hunger Games to the less fortunate) and just plain cruel (“You know what would be really embarrassing?” she snapped at a classmate in Summer Heights. “Having your head.”) Read More