Friday, July 27, 2007

Poetic direct action

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Radical Pie is getting impatient with the public's lack of interest in poetry. To combat this trend, the blog is taking suggestions and compiling a list of possible local actions to raise poetry awareness. Here are a few examples:

1. Street readings in groups: spontaneously read in bars, coffeeshops, galleries, libraries, restaurants, corporate offices, ATM & bank teller lines, book stores, churches, schools, parks, driving down the street.

10. Poetry goes well with sax or guitar; it could even go with juggling. Experiment.

21. Read a poem on the morning bus or subway, on your way to work.

31. Carry a sign that says "Free Poems," "Poetry Counselor," "Need a lift? Try poetry," "Got poetry?" or "Find What You Love and Do It." Read a poem to anyone who asks.

41. Little milk cartons with a label that says "got poetry?" Print poems on the outside. Inside put cutout words from magazines and newspapers. Put instructions on the carton to make poems out of them. Give the cartons away for free to passersby, on the bus, to homeless people, to drivers in rush hour.

Here's one PoF can offer: wear trucker hats printed with poetry.

2007 Pieces of Flair T-Shirt Art Contest

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Looking for fun, fashion and fame? Well, you've come to the right place. PoF currently sports a collection of high-class fashion wear with a message. The only thing it lacks is some high-class artwork.

Therefore, PoF is hosting its first ever . Readers can view and vote to determine the winner. Whoever makes the cut will be profiled on the site, will walk away with a free version of their completed shirt, and - most importantly - will bear the title of Winner of the Pieces of Flair 2007 T-Shirt Art Contest. Three shirt designs mean three chances to win:

SHIRT 1: Heaven

SHIRT 2: Hell

SHIRT 3: Eternity

RULES: The artist can decide whether or not to include the text of the shirts or submit a stand-alone image to accompany the text. Interested contestants may send their original submissions to Matthew or Meredith via the email addresses located in the PoF Bloggers link. Entries should be in JPEG or PNG format. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, August 24, 2007 EST. Let's get artsy!


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New t-shirt design

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Dedicated to all those who fail to read the fine print, PoF is proud to unveil the Sea Org shirt:

"The Sea Organization or Sea Org is an association of Scientologists established in 1968 by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of . Its members are found in the central management organizations of the Church of Scientology as well as in individual churches.

"Members of the sign an employment contract with the organization for one billion years. Sea Org members, in accordance with Scientology beliefs, are expected to return to the Sea Org when they are reborn. The motto of the Sea Org is, 'Revenimus' or 'We Come Back' in Latin."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Price is... Awesome!

Drew Carey, comedian, libertarian and stripper-afficianado, is set to replace Bob Barker on the Price is Right! This is infinitely better than the Rosie O'Donnell threat that was floated around a few weeks ago, and far exceeded my highest hopes for the Price is Right legacy. Please spay and neuter your pets.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Eternal Question
is a team consisting of around 200 scientists working around the clock to discover the true height of Arnold Schwarzenegger. We are primarily funded by several governments and commercial businesses from around the world. We have NO affiliation with Arnold Schwarzenegger or anyone working for him.

We are now the only website dedicated to this exciting field of research after our takeover and liquidation of websites such as and which are now no more.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Toepedo

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Sure, it's a bit late to be celebrating Lawrence Lessig's birthday, but why not extend the festivities and license something through Creative Commons in his honor? Therefore, I am allowing free use of my new toy concept - the Toepedo.

This toy involves placing a skin-like plastic sleeve over one's real toes with a set of launch-able fake toes attached at the end. Some sort of pressurized air or gunpowder may be necessary to achieve the desired effect. I'm not so into the details, though, and that's why I'm giving this gift to the world to develop and most of all - to get creative!

Creative Commons License

Toepedo by
Matt Hisrich is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Ultimate Resource

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Julian Simon's argument that it's getting better all the time seems easy enough to dispute on the surface. Think about this before you launch into a tirade, though: have you tried tagless t-shirts or underwear yet? If not, you should. It might be enough to change your outlook on life and get you to celebrate National Underwear Day on August 7.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Sava-O Screaming Baby Skull Whistle

Get your stocking stuffers early:

The Sava-O is an innocent whistle trapped in the plastic prison of a scary, devil-spawn baby. When brave users blow into the device, the baby's head pops up and its mouth opens, shrieking/cursing your enemies through the power of your lungs/the genetic modification of Satan's DNA.

Also check out the matching Pill-Vomiting Baby Head Dispenser Key Chain.

via Gizmodo (credit to John).

It's a wig, no a pillow, no.... a Pillowig!

"Pillowig" is handmade wearable pillow.

via Neatorama.

Better than the Quikie Mart Schtick....

PAGANS have pledged to perform “rain magic” to wash away cartoon character Homer Simpson who was painted next to their famous fertility symbol - the Cerne Abbas giant.

The 17th century chalk outline of the naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant is believed by many to be a symbol of ancient spirituality.

Many couples also believe the 180ft giant, which is carved in the hillside above Cerne Abbas, Dorset, is an aid to fertility.

A giant 180ft Homer Simpson brandishing a doughnut was painted next to the well-endowed figure today in a publicity stunt to promote The Simpsons Movie released later this month.

It has been painted with water-based biodegradable paint which will wash away as soon as it rains.

Ann Bryn-Evans, joint Wessex district manager for The Pagan Federation, said: “It’s very disrespectful and not at all aesthetically pleasing.

“We were hoping for some dry weather but I think I have changed my mind. We’ll be doing some rain magic to bring the rain and wash it away.”

She added: “I’m amazed they got permission to do something so ridiculous. It’s an area of scientific interest.”

She also expressed fears that the painting of Homer, from the animated television series The Simpsons, would cause a mess as it washed away.

During the Second World War, he was disguised to prevent the Germans from using him as an aerial landmark.

Since then he has always been visible, receiving regular grass trimming and a full re-chalking every 25 years.

OK Computer tribute

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"To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer we've asked some of our favorite musicians to participate in a song-by-song covers compilation. Indicative of the album's continued importance, each invitee jumped at the chance; the results are personal, intense, tellingly various. Slow down, dig in, enjoy. But note: we did this all legal and everything, so we can't keep these up forever...get 'em before someone else does."

Thanks for the link, Klevay!

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Welcome to the wonderful world of myostatin deficiencies.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Beauty is in the...

The developer said his design for a 40-story resident tower proposed as a gateway to downtown San Diego looks like a flower. A city consultant said it looks like a giant phallus.

"With its rounded forms and swelling of the uppermost floors...this building structure is very phallic," wrote Gwynne Pugh, a Santa Monica architect hired by the downtown redevelopment agency to review building designs.

San Diego-based Sandor Shapery's proposal for a 160-unit hotel and condominium tower was expected to go before the redevelopment agency for initial feedback this month. Instead Shapery has asked for more time to "revisit" and perhaps "tone down" the design because he does not want to offend anyone.

"If it looks like a phallic symbol, someone has a strange perception," said Shapery, who was trying to create an "organic form." "You can find sex anywhere if you want to...There's just some sick people out there."

The building's architect C.W. Kim of La Jolla said the goal was to create a unique building.

"You know, it's the mediocre buildings that anyone can do," he said. "Anyone can do a square building."

Thursday, July 05, 2007

O'Reilly uncovers lesbian gang conspiracy

Via Jeff Hoard.

Herzog looking for movie roles

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Via The WSJ: "Mr. Herzog isn't just depicting such characters on film; he also portrays them himself as an actor. Lately he's been working in front of the camera for young American filmmakers such as Harmony Korine and Zak Penn. In 'The Grand,' a coming mockumentary from Mr. Penn about a high-stakes poker competition, Mr. Herzog stars as a growling player known only as 'The German.'

"'Whenever it comes to someone vile, debased, hostile and dysfunctional -- I'm good at that.'"

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Almost Everyone Poops

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Taro Gomi's book, Everyone Poops, is a big hit with the kids. Too bad it fills their heads with half-truths. Perhaps someday Gomi or some other enlightened soul will release an important sequel, Almost Everyone Poops. That way there can be an honest and playfully illustrated discussion of that grumpy old guy down the street and his prunes, or Colostomy Bag Sally and her adventures.

We're Number 1! We're Number 1!

We can all take pride in knowing that on this 4th of July, the U.S. took back the title at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, where Joey Chestnut post a new world record of 66 dogs. Read Gothamist's nauseating play-by-play here.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Grandma - pit tester

Via Tokyo Times: "[W]ith a plethora of products on the market, manufacturers have to pull out all the stops to capture the public’s attention, which is exactly what Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido has arguably done with its latest commercial for the aromatic Ag+."

Monday, July 02, 2007

Colombian donkey love

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Via Cruel: "In a small northern Colombian town named San Antero, the ‘Festival del Burro’ (Donkey Festival) is held to celebrate the donkey. Some of the highlights include a donkey stampede and a costume contest, but most of all, the carnival celebrates having sex with donkeys."