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Gentrification – The Game

Posted in games etc, stunts, things to do with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by absurddelight

As part of the fantastical Come Out and Play festival in NYC this weekend, there are a ton of games-meet-performance art activities you can join, all for free. Without having played them, here’s one that seemed especially intriguing, and, frankly, mildly offensive.

Details here. In short, if you like Monopoly, role play and running around your neighborhood, this is perfect.  Bonus that it’s all about a culturally sensitive topic, which, after all, is the natural domain for art!

In this strategic game, small teams of players compete to collect properties and transform the neighbourhood. As developers, they’ll develop swanky lofts, erect coffee shops, and raise property values. As locals, they’ll form BIAs, build community centres, and try to thwart the developers. Along the way there will be art, vicious debates, and possibly an Apple Store.

You can find details about how to sign up here. Send pics if ya play.

Links: Come Out and Play festival

Idiotarod 2010 – Get racing!

Posted in funny, things to do, videos with tags , , , , on January 29, 2010 by absurddelight

If you don’t know what the yearly Idiotaraod is, then the name should give you a hint. And what that doesn’t explain this video will:

OK, that explains very little except that this race involves shopping carts, costumes and dodge ball.

Here are some of the rules (selected for their explanatory power or humor):

Each team consists of five racers and one shopping cart.

Any team wearing spandex is disqualified.

While the cart is moving during the race, four racers must be forward of the back wheels of the cart (the “sled dog”position) and one racer must be behind the cart (the “musher” position).

The Committee has sole discretion over all points awarded or deducted, prizes awarded, which prizes are being awarded, race rules, all laws of physics, what time it is, and what happened in the past, all of which are subject to change without notice.

Actual full rules here.

Mind you, those are from a website that pretends to tell you the route and suggests that:

You figure it out. Or maybe Google will help you. Click on “Get Directions” and select “By Shopping Cart”.

Links to photos down below.

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Team America: Swear Along Event Live in NYC

Posted in funny, things to do, videos with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by absurddelight

Sing Along, F— Yeah!!!

For anyone who likes puppets and cursing in public here’s an event for you. The confusingly located 92nd Street Y in Tribeca is hosting a participatory Team America screening.

Step 1: watch this video and memorize the explicitly complex lyrics.

Step 2: Invite your inebriated friends and relive your college days.

BUY TICKETS: Team America: World Police Sing and Swear Along.

And to get you in the mood, have a gander at this great photo gallery from the ridiculous movie here. You can see the puppetology, strings, and explosions in motion stopped glory.


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A Big Waste of Time? You Decide.

Posted in art and design, business, neato, things to do, videos with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by absurddelight

OK, this is nuts. We know. But it’s captivating so indulge in some details.

Here’s the worlds largest model train set … apparently one of the biggest tourist destinations in Germany, so forgive us if you’ve already fallen in love with Miniatur Wunderland.

Exactly why is this absurd you ask? Mainly because it exists, but also because of how impressively thorough all the ancillary multimedia, behind the scenes tours, promotional products and business add-ons are. There are hotel and travel packages! Waiting time forecast charts! Good lord this is so German!

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The projected cost of this alternate reality, when completed in 2014 is … take a guess? €15,000,000! That covers 850,000 work hours from 170 staffers, all carefully documented in weekly reports. More Wunderland in numbers below. But first, a few more pics! Continue reading

Dance Tribute to Michael Jackson

Posted in things to do with tags , , , , on June 26, 2009 by absurddelight

Michael Jackon is gone. We miss him. Fine. So what are you gonna do about it?

Dance of course.

 This is a group dedicated to staging a giant Thriller dance in NYC in remembrance of Michael Jackson.

Do you know the Thriller dance?

Can you teach it to others?

Do you know about organizing a large public gathering in New York City?

Do you want to?

Let’s make it happen.

Please share this or pass it along to anyone you think might want to be part of this event


Join this group … which is partially affiliated with this group, that dances Thriller every year in the NYC Halloween Parade. Good times! We promies.  

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Snuggie Pub Crawl

Posted in things to do, videos with tags , , on April 17, 2009 by absurddelight

Like bar crawls? Love Snuggies? Or at least to make fun of people in snuggies?

Well, take that irony to the next level and join the growing trend of Snuggie bar crawls. Yes, that link is to an entire website devoted to Snug-Crawls: how to organize your own, Snuggie social network, and a video of past events posted below.

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An Academic Panel on Hipsters … Really?!?!

Posted in things to do on April 4, 2009 by absurddelight

n+1 Presents in partnership with the New School

“What Was the Hipster?”

An Afternoon Panel, Symposium, and Historical Investigation

–Next Saturday, April 11, 2009–

Mark Greif (n+1)
Jace Clayton (dj/Rupture)
Christian Lorentzen (Harper’s)
+ Special Guests TBA

Free and Open to the Public

Who was the turn-of-the-century hipster? Who is free enough of the hipster taint to write the hipster’s history without contempt or nostalgia? Why do we declare the hipster moment over–that, in fact, it had ended by 2003–when the hipster’s “global brand” has just reached its apotheosis?

Short presentations will be followed by audience debate, comment, and recollection, to be transcribed and published in book form this year.

Saturday, April 11, 2009, 2 pm – 4 pm.
The New School University, Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.
NOTE: Really!?!?
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