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Video Games, Lube, and Bikini Models: Pajiba Love Knows What You Need

By Daniel Carlson | Pajiba Love | March 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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The titular character from the 1990s PBS show "Ghostwriter" was a runaway slave who was murdered by "slave catchers" for teaching other slaves to read. You read this, I'm gonna go sit and think about how nothing from my childhood was true. (Warming Glow)

Speaking of the '90s: my generation's fetishistic love for all things nostalgic continues unabated, this time with a remixed version of the "Breaking Bad" credits that feels like something Miller-Boyett would've done:

Iranian officials are apparently thinking about suing those liberal Hollywood bastards over the way Argo misrepresented their country, since the film's admittedly fictionalized narrative and general commentary on the mythmaking power of movies have flown just right over their angry heads. Good luck, guys. (Celebitchy)

On one hand, yes, you do not have a talking robot. On the other, you really can automate a lot of your life in ways remarkably similar to those dreamed up in this 1988 L.A. Times piece about life in 2013. (io9)

It's probably good I didn't find this interactive map of "Friday Night Lights" shooting locations until after I'd departed Austin at the end of SXSW. I'd have gotten nothing done. (Vulture)

If you can't stand watching movies that get math wrong, then you are Neil DeGrasse Tyson and probably not a lot of fun at the theater. You would probably also be interested in this look at the math in Good Will Hunting. (

Personal favor, if you'll indulge me. My wife, a photographer, will be traveling throughout West Texas and New Mexico next month to get some new work done. If you've got any suggestions on places to visit, feel free to leave them in the comments. (Indiegogo)

If you think $2,500 is too much for a 55-gallon drum of lube, you're in luck: now it's half off. All you need to make your next party amazing is $1,263 and a dream. (Amazon)

The latest edition of SimCity has been plagued with tech issues that have turned off fans and critics. Now it seems that publisher EA is actually attempting to hide customer service phone numbers as a way to stem the tide of complaint. That should work perfectly, right? (CinemaBlend)

The season finale of "Girls" aired last night. The Onion accurately predicted everything that would happen, too. (Onion)

John Green would like to clear up your misconceptions. All 50 of them. (Mental Floss)

"The Professor, the Bikini Model, and the Suitcase Full of Trouble." If that headline doesn't make you want to read the story, then I don't know what to do with you. (NY Times)

Jim Henson's early work is just as cool as you'd think. (Splitsider)

I'll leave you with this video of a guy flying between skyscrapers in Brazil. Yes, you read that right. If this doesn't wake you up, nothing will:

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • trixie

    The Kilted Yaksman, YES! I have family in Las Cruces and Old Mesilla is always on the list! I would murder for breakfast at the Shed! Oh, and White Sands is also amazing.

  • trixie

    If your wife gets far enough south in New Mexico, she should go to Sitting Bull Falls. It's an amazingly beautiful place.

  • Salieri2

    It's probably too touristy, but the O'Keeffe landscape tour at Ghost Ranch was pretty awesome back when I took it once, in the 20th century.

  • e jerry powell

    When I was still living in Pflugerville rather than Austin proper, they used to shut down all the streets in my subdivision every once in a while to shoot stuff for FNL (both the show and the film, it turns out). Once I moved into town, they only shut down my street once, for an Alan Parker film that no one went to see.

    It could be worse, I guess.

    Oh, and, hey, for one day, the globe on The Daily Show was rotating the correct direction...

  • Frankie Say Relax

    If she's looking for off-the-beaten path, visually arresting, man-made flotsam to photograph, then she HAS to go to Encino, New Mexico, which is on the road to/from Roswell if you're heading to/from I-40. It's not quite a ghost town, and it's got this haunting quality to it. If you want actual ghost towns, the Southwestern part of the state, including Catron County and around Silver City, are probably where you're going to get the best pictures. Artesia, NM, which is south of Roswell between Roswell and Carlsbad, is an oil refinery town that has a main drag that looks like a post-apocalyptic Man World. If you have the time to go up to the northern part of the state, the northwestern quadrant of NM is basically Pueblo/Navajo land and has some mining towns that might be neat to photograph. Personally, I've always wanted to visit one of those middle-of-nowhere ranches in southern NM, but I'm not sure how you'd get an invite. Please note - none of these suggestions are for normal tourists, looking for pretty parts of the state. Also, please post a link to the final product!

  • Don Juan de Markup

    Re: New Mexico travel, the Trinity test site is only open 2 days a year, the first Saturday in April and October. It's definitely worth a visit just to see the large scale glassification of the desert floor called Trinitite caused by a nuclear weapon detonation. It's otherworldly to say the least and the rest of the nuclear test sites in the Nevada test range are still closed to civilians.

    The other site worth visiting is D.H. Lawrence's grave site about 20 miles NW of Taos and six miles off the road on a marked turn off. His ashes are mixed into the concrete of the memorial building.

  • Lauren McCawley

    Grew up in Alamogordo, NM, writing from Budapest now. Obviously visit the White Sands National Park. (If Anette is working the bookstore, tell her hi from Lauren!) The little town of Las Lunas near Alamogordo is beautiful. Ruidoso/Cloudcroft have some great trails (old rails to trails stuff) and scenery as well. And if she's planning to head north, check out the red rocks near Gallup, the cave paintings, and Santa Fe and its mountains. New Mexico is beautiful! Enjoy it. Eat lots of green chile and flatbread tacos for me!!!

  • Drake

    I find John Green strangely very, very sexy.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It's a nice little bit on the Paley Center for the Muppets. The Museum of the Moving Image did a Henson retrospective about 2 years ago, and they have been showing a different Muppet show episode every week since then.

    The early Muppet commercials are weirdly funny & violent (like, "You don't like this coffee? I explode you")

  • MissAmynae

    All of the fixtures in the Clovis, NM, Hampton Inn were apparently and obviously inspired by an uncircumcised penis.

    Also, the Billy the Kid Museum is interesting.

  • "Customers that viewed this item also viewed 'Ninja Grappling Hook'." What are you doing with your life that you need 55 gallons of lube and a ninja grappling hook?

  • e jerry powell

    Working the door at my party, fo reals.

  • Sirilicious

    I often go spelunking in tight spaces.

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, I read about that somewhere.

  • SnowMan

    The real question is "Why are 55 gallon drums of lube and ninja grappling hooks not a bigger part of my daily routine?".
    I seriously need to rethink how I'm living my life.

  • L.O.V.E.

    None of your business.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Nobody just stumbles across a 55 gallon drum of lube Daniel. What the hell are you up to?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Looks like Daniel is going back to school.

  • googergieger

    Well you know what they say about EA.

  • anikitty

    I liked the "people who looked at" for the drum of lube. The "banana bunker" was not what I thought it was.

  • Cazadora

    Re: The Professor, the Bikini Model, and the Suitcase Full of Trouble

    The future of Sheldon Cooper?

  • Jakesalterego she classy enough for that photo or not? Can we get a ruling on that?

  • If she's giving you a come-hither look, it's because she wants you to come hither and bring her a sweater because she's stuck in Antarctica with a parka that won't zip up all the way.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    I grew up in Las Cruces. There are a lot of historical places in the Mesilla Valley that would be great for photoshoots. The square in Old Mesilla is a good place to start. While there, eat at El Sombrero, My Brother's Place, Nellies, Nopalitos, and Mesilla Valley Kitchen or The Shed for breakfast.

  • havalina

    You beat me to it. Another vote for Las Cruces. A gorgeous, dusty (to my recollection) little town.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    They've only got ten drums of lube left! Why don't they ever have enough to fill my entire order? Thanks for fucking up my weekend, Amazon.

  • alwaysanswerb

    I don't know what to think now that, 8 hours after you posted this comment, there are only two drums of lube left.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I scaled back my weekend.

  • Drake

    The user reviews are great reading.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Whoa, thank you for pointing them out. They are indeed amazing & quite erudite. Someone posted as Karel Capek (I thought it was going to be for his immortal Makropoulos, but it was about his robots instead).

  • Natallica

    How do you DARE? Neil DeGrasse Tyson would be a lot of fun at the theater and pretty much everywhere. I would even love to be insulted by him. WITH SWAG

  • John W

    Simcity is plagued with tech issues in the same way the HIndenberg was plagued with tech issues.

    If it were a car or drug it would have faced the biggest recall in American history.

    Luckily for EA gamers have grown accustomed to the gaming industry's pattern of release now, fix later modus operandi. Hence the near universal shrug of the shoulders from gamers and reviewers alike.

  • As a card carrying member of the Accuracy Police, because I have been deputized, that list of 50 misconceptions was a thing of beauty and a joy forever. I am going to forward that link like it's a Craig/Weisz sex tape.

  • DeltaJuliet

    Don't even kid about that

  • Mrs. Julien

    Seriously, this is EXACTLY what Kickstarter is for.

  • Ignatz

    I'm in!

  • PaddyDog

    You threw that in deliberately, you tease.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It seemed appropriately emphatic.

  • Ignatz

    a Craig/Weisz sex tape?!?!????!!? Where do I download THAT?!??

  • Mrs. Julien

    Slow your roll. It was a hypothetical example. Also, sorry.

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