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L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department : The New Yorker
"“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t."

This is great.
satire  libertarianism  newyorker  policing  economics 
april 2014 by infovore
John Hodgman: Ask Ayn Rand : The New Yorker
"After a couple of appearances on the interview program “Donahue,” in 1979 and 1980, the author and philosopher Ayn Rand enjoyed something of a renaissance in popular culture, including a week as a panelist on “Match Game” and a guest appearance on “Fantasy Island” as the Spirit of Capitalism. In 1980, two years before her death, she was offered a short column in “Parade.” Here are some excerpts." Snorting with laughter a bit.
johnhodgman  aynrand  satire  newyorker  objectivism  caddyshack 
august 2013 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: America: A Review.
"It has some unique perspective every once in awhile, but honestly, America can be super derivative. Most of the stories have already been on The Simpsons."
satire  reviews  mcsweenys  america  tv 
july 2013 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: We’re the Uber of Organ Transplants.
"Thanks to deep integration with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, our users can frictionlessly share their new organs with the world." In case you had forgotten, Mike Lacher is Very Good At The Internet.
startups  satire  mikelacher  mcsweenys 
may 2013 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Start-Up Ride Stops Here.
"All Macs will be replaced with PCs, because this is a business, not a summer camp. If Russell Crowe can play Javert, you can use MS Expression to mock up your wireframes."
startups  mcsweenys  writing  tumblr  tech  satire 
may 2013 by infovore
Will Cameron's call for popular films mean more silent comedies? | Stewart Lee | Comment is free | The Observer
"...maybe David is party to a formula for popularity, despite the fact that no art of any real value, including all Hollywood films of the past 30 years, has ever been made by pursuing one. Good artists do what they believe in and don't merely court public approval. In these respects they are the opposite of politicians. Zing!"
stewartlee  film  policy  satire 
january 2012 by infovore
Unto the Ends of the Earth // Satirical maps of the Great War, 1914-1915
Remarkable satirical maps from the First World War; the Raemaekers is especially brilliant.
maps  satire  firstworldwar  wwi  cartoons  illustration  history 
december 2011 by infovore
The Twilight Zone: Breaking Dawn « Proceedings of the UK Pier Review Society
“What Bella doesn’t know is that this is no ordinary home, and the Cullens are no ordinary family. By rescuing an innocent girl from where she fell, they have set her upon a path that could change all their lives for ever. And when Bella emerges from the other end of that path, she may find that things are not what she expected in… the Twilight Zone.” This is priceless.
twilight  twilightzone  pastiche  satire  grammar 
december 2011 by infovore
Why We Don’t Have Female Characters - Front Page - Magical Wasteland
"Well, it’s hard to make female characters. First of all, in order to accommodate female characters in our pipeline, you’d basically need to re-code the entire engine from the ground up. Because the technology we have today just wasn’t built to be able to handle stuff like that." Matthew Burns answers the hard questions.
games  gender  satire  laziness 
march 2011 by infovore
So you Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities
"A bright motivated undergrad decides to ask her professor for a recommendation to graduate school." XtraNormal makes everything somewhat more psychotic than even the original scripts suggest. Fun.
satire  academia  video  phd  humanities  xtranormal 
october 2010 by infovore
Ian Bogost - Cow Clicker
"In cinema and theater, we often hear about method acting, a technique by which actors try to create the situations, emotions, and thoughts of their characters in themselves in order to better portray them. In creating Cow Clicker, I rather felt that I was partaking of method design, embracing the spirit and values and ideals of the social game developer as I toed the lines between theory, satire, and earnestness." Bogost calls it Method Design; I've been describing it as "systemic satire" - the making of satirical mechanics.
games  criticism  mechanics  satire  socialgames  facebook  ianbogost  cowclicker 
july 2010 by infovore
Cheapass Games - Nothing Beats Rock
"The secret to winning this game is rolling "Rock." If you can continue to roll "Rock", you're going to win eventually, because Nothing Beats Rock."
satire  games  nothingbeatsrock 
july 2010 by infovore
'This American Life' Completes Documentation Of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"In what cultural anthropologists are calling a "colossal achievement" in the study of white-collar professionals, the popular radio show has successfully isolated all 7,442 known characteristics of college graduates who earn between $62,500 and $125,000 per year and feel strongly that something should be done about global warming." Ahehehehehe.
thisamericanlife  theonion  npr  radio  satire  middleclass 
june 2010 by infovore
Starship Troopers | Film | The New Cult Canon | The A.V. Club
"Even if you don’t find Starship Troopers as prescient as I do, the years have been kind to it, if only because it’s now removed from the context of whatever expectations people might have had for it at the time. It seems absurd now to write it off as some silly piece of escapism, as its detractors complained, and the amount of detail Verhoeven and Neumeier... I suspect its future is bright: The line between the world of Starship Troopers and Sarah Palin’s Twitter feed gets thinner every day."
film  cult  satire  criticism  avclub  starshiptroopers 
june 2010 by infovore
Obsessed with the production design of "The President's Analyst" - a set on Flickr
Jones has now seen "The President's Analyst" which is, by anyone's standards, a remarkable movie. Especially the bit in the cornfield. And the ending. Anyhow, he's screengrabbed loads of it on Flickr because it's just beautiful.
satire  movies  sixties  stills  jamescoburn  thepresidentsanalyst  productiondesign 
march 2009 by infovore
Play This Thing! | MSG
"In short, [MSG] defies many of the characteristics we normally ascribe to a tabletop RPG -- in the context of a very cynical, and very cool, cyberpunky future where even the minimal constraints on corporate action that currently apply are removed, and any residual ethical norms for businessmen are considered the domain of chumps. Excellent, in a word." Ordered, based upon Greg's writeup and also the fantastic downloadable version of the ruleset. Now, to find some players.
corporate  rpg  games  play  roleplaying  business  satire 
december 2008 by infovore
i made this. you play this. we are enemies.
Um. An "artwork/game/digital poem/world of scribbles" from Jason Nelson. Stop trying to "get it".
satire  google  yahoo  web  flash  games  art  poem  experimental 
december 2008 by infovore
“Man is only 90% water, but On The Hour is 100% news” | On The Hour
"After a sixteen year wait, one of the most highly acclaimed radio programmes of the nineties, featuring a uniquely talented combination of acclaimed comedy writers and actors, will finally be released in 2008." Oh, yes please.
radio  chrismorris  armandoianucci  onthehour  comedy  satire  warp  via:brandonnn 
november 2008 by infovore
Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"Al Gore—or, as he is known in his own language, Gore-Al—placed his son, Kal-Al, gently in the one-passenger rocket ship." Awesome.
theonion  superman  algore  satire  politics  environment 
july 2008 by infovore
Michael Bay's Rejected "The Dark Knight" Script - The Spill.com Movie Community
"Back in black." Michael Bay's rejected Dark Knight script is perhaps the pinnacle of his career to date, neatly encompassing everything that has made him such a remarkable director.
michaelbay  batman  darkknight  script  movie  film  comicbook  satire  pastiche  humour 
july 2008 by infovore
The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
"the eminent linguist tried to spoof the idea of converting Chinese character text into a phonetic (e.g. Latin alphabetic) system... Since every word is pronounced alike (except the tone), the entire essay becomes utterly unreadable in Mandarin."
linguistics  humour  satire  chinese  mandarin  phonetics  poetry 
july 2008 by infovore
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable
"A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the "directional markings" on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews." And so forth. Very funny reviews for a somewhat overpriced product.
denon  cable  satire  amazon  ugc  reviews  crowdsourcing  funny  humour 
june 2008 by infovore

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