Grumpy President Reads a Christmas Story about a Lost Election

The video comes courtesy of Sassy Justice, the new deepfake satire show from the makers of South Park. Enjoy.

Powell’s Books Unveils a New Perfume That Smells Like Old Books

Missing the scent of used book stores during quarantine? Powell’s Books has you covered with their new unisex fragrance: “Like the crimson rhododendrons in Rebecca, the heady fragrance of old paper creates an atmosphere ripe with mood and possibility. Invoking a labyrinth of books; secret libraries; ancient scrolls; and cognac swilled by philosopher-kings, Powell’s by Powell’s delivers the wearer to a place of wonder, discovery, and magic heretofore only known in literature.” You can pre-order it here

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10 Hours of Nick Offerman Quietly Drinking Single Malt Scotch by the Fire

Just a handy way to keep your mind off of the sturm and drang of the US election today.

If this doesn’t quite do the trick, find some alternatives in the Relateds below.

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Phone Relief: The Ultimate Hands-Free Headset (1993)

We have featured some great acts of imagination when it comes to telephone technology–from the worlds’ first mobile phone shown in this 1922 British Pathé newsreel, to when Fritz Lang “invented” the video phone in Metropolis in 1927. “Phone Relief,” the ultimate hands-free headset marketed in 1993, will never qualify as a great act of imagination. But it does make for a great kitschy ad.

via @moodvintage

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We’re All Doomed!: Weird Al Yankovic Tries to Make Sense of the Disastrous Trump vs. Biden “Debate”

Can you make sense of the nonsensical? Weird Al gives it a go.

You can watch a behind the scenes making-of video here.

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David Lynch Tries to Make a List of the Good Things Happening in the World … and Comes Up Blank

David Lynch’s weather report for Sunday September 13th: “Here in LA, grey. Again, smoke-filled sky. Very still right now. 61 degrees fahrenheit. Today I’m making a list of all the good things that are happening in the world. [Pause.] I’m still thinking… No blue skies, no golden sunshine today.”

Maybe David Byrne, creator of the “Reasons to Be Cheerful” web site, would have a better shot at filling out the page. Have your own list of good things happening in the world? Add them to the comments below…

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Drone Footage of San Francisco Set to the Music of Bladerunner 2049

When real life and dystopian cinema become one and the same. You can compare side-by-side images of Bladerunner 2049 concept art and the San Francisco skyline here.

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Scorsese’s Taxi Driver Reimagined as the 1970s Sitcom, Taxi

And next up, to keep the nostalgia going, watch Samuel Beckett star in the opening credits of an imaginary 70s cop show. Enjoy….

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