HE SAID: Case of the Mondays?

July 26, 2010

I should be spending my time typing up 40 or so references for a paper I’m working on, but I think in properly researching Monday links I’m showing that my priorities lie in the right place…we will start off with Seth Meyer’s opening ESPYs monologue.

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Steve Jobs press conference…collegehumor dot com style.

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The best, best of craigslist, post I’ve ever seen.

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Why oh why do I find watching a robot learning to flip pancakes entertaining?

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HE SAID: Case of the Mondays?

May 10, 2010

This is old, but I need to give it some props on here.  Game 6 from 1986 redone with Nintendo Baseball spliced with the actual Mets radio play by play. Painfu to watch, yet I can’t look away.

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Inglorious Basterds redone with a grammatical twist by the collegehumor boys.

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Far and away, the best “best of craigslist” post I have read in awhile.

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Googlefight is a revelation and a terrific time waster.  Here is my first created fight.


HE SAID: Case of the Mondays?

February 22, 2010

I was a lazy POS this weekend, and as a result am actually preparing this on Sunday afternoon, from my couch, where I have spent the bulk of my weekend.  This is in no small part due to the fact that a mountain company that will remain nameless, in Stowe Vermont, couldn’t figure out a way to open up most of their lifts this weekend.  Bitterness aside, I’ll try to throw down some entertaining links for you poor suckers that have to work.

Savage Garden classic, as done by drunk Brits.

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I’m tired of the Tiger thing, but here is Sports Guy article on”the speech.” Why didn’t Tiger end his speech with “huge, quickly, bye.”

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Anyone interested in this craigslist item? Nothing like Grandma’s sextoy.

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I watched this about 16 times last weekend, and laughed harder each time.  Not safe for work.


HE SAID: Case of the Mondays?

February 1, 2010

If anyone can think of a better name for our new Monday tradition, feel free to submit ideas…

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One of my favorite “Best of Craigslist” Posts

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Best Jersey Shore site I’ve come across.

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Just a dude and his chicken on the subway. Dare I be cliche, and say “only in New York!”

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Eddie covers Bruce, Eddie almost makes Bruce cry, powerful stuff.


HE SAID: Craigslist

October 6, 2009

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As regular readers know, I am currently in grad school 9 hours per week, and 159 hours a week is a mixture of some excercise, homework, eating, socializing, pooping, and sleeping.  I’m looking to fill a few of those 159 (15-20 of them) with some employment.  As a result, I have been searching high and low for something that fits my needs.  For those wondering, I’m really looking to find something that coincides withthe Master’s I’m pursuing…so long as it’s high paying and doesn’t require TOO much effort.  I need to concentrate on my studies, you know?

One place I’ve been searching is Craigslist.  This is really the first time I have actively used this site.  Actually, not entirely true.  Nifer and I once posted a fake Casual Encounter W4M ad…we received about 90 emails back in a few hours, about half of which had a penis picture included, not cool.  I’m glad I brought this up though, although we aided to the problem I’m about to describe, craigslist is incredibly effed up.

I peruse the Vermont craigslist about once a day…at first it was just for jobs, but then when I realized how many gems are included I find myself spending up to 45 minutes at a time looking at absurd ads.  For example, one job posted was looking for someone to package DVD’s for 10 cents a pop.  Shit, wait a minute, that isn’t that absurd…I can make money wrapping some DVD’s while watching TV from the comforts of my own home.  Sounds pretty ideal to me.

The real gems come in the Casual Encounters section.  I mean, check this one out.  I mean, really, who posts that? Or this, for that matter?  There is even a subcategories like T4M and MW4T.  Am I so sexually repressed that I didn’t realize that a couple would be interested in having a casual encounter with a trannie (is ‘trannie’ a slur along the lines of the N or K word? I don’t even know, I hope I’m not offending anyone).

Then there is the For Sale Section…I mean, as someone with no income I totally understand trying to make some extra cash on the side.  But seriously, a Baby Gate for $5?  And actually, it’s not even being sold for $5, the person selling is asking for $5, leaving the price open to negotiation.  And while we are here, who the hell wants to buy 4 BETA tapes?

I really wonder how many people have been scammed on craigslist.  Caveat Emptor…if it’s too good to be true, it probably is…People really need to adhere to these warnings when perusing a free for all site like craigslist.  42 inch flatscreen TV for $75? The original owner’s kid probably took a leak onto the circuits.  A 5’5, 110 pound blond with 36 D’s?  She probably comes complete with a side of chlamydia (or you’d end up responding to two Ritards who have too much time on their hands…like myself and Nifer).

Finally, I strongly urge everyone to check this out.  It is, for the most part, incredibly entertaining.  Probably one of the more time wasting sites on the net, short of our little blog.


SHE SAID: Craigslist

October 6, 2009

The casual encounters ad Jeremy and I posted on Craigslist was a research project that we felt the need to fully flush out.  The question being, who could garner more responses to a no strings attached night of fun.  We created fake email addresses and laughed harder than I had in a long time both while creating the ads and reading some of the replies.  In terms of responses, it was a landslide victory for me, but it was more than a little disturbing to see some of the things guys wrote.  Suffice to say it didn’t build up my confidence in finding a monogamous, honest man out there.

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Other than that and the occasional link passed on from Jeremy, I’m not a huge Craigslist visitor.  The value is huge given the breadth of listings and the ease of use, and I like the fact that they don’t use advertising and that the site has maintained the same look for so long.  I believe I read once that it is one of the largest job posting sites in the US, and I know that there are many useful reasons to visit, however, it seems like a less reliable or reputable version of eBay complete with creeps who seem to thrive like toenail fungus on the site.  The creep factor is obviously higher since Craigslist has the whole personal section.  But it’s almost as if the designers/founders welcome that aspect given that there is a “causal encounters” section.

I like the rants and raves section.  Pissed about the handle getting stuck on your rental house’s bathroom door?  Why not write out that frustration.  Most likely someone will write back in defense of your landlord, whom they most likely don’t know, defense of the door handle, or write about what an incompetent loser you are for not knowing how to fix the sticking handle.  And this is all in response to something relatively mundane.  When someone writes about more inflammatory subject matter the tempers flare and mob mentality ensues and the reading gets better and better.

I have had friends who have found roommates through Craigslist.  Sold furniture without having to deal with the international shipping questions that inevitably arise on eBay despite you having checked off the will not ship internationally radio button.  Sold an old sweater without having to measure out the length of the arm from both armpit to cuff and shoulder to cuff as some eBay buyers will require.  Not that I’m speaking from experience.  I have found tickets to sold out events and looked for some freelance jobs using Craigslist.  It is easier and more relaxed than other sites, and while that can be a huge selling point for the site, it’s also what makes the abusers and the murderers and scam artists flock to it.  Which, in case you’re wondering, are not good.

Just recently some kids were arrested for listing items for sale and when the potential buyer showed up, they held a gun to his head and took the cash and his cell phone.  After three or four times, they got apprehended.  Also in the news are the men who were placing personal ads and then either raping or murdering women who agreed to meet with them.

While the potential for dangerous encounters is high with Craigslist, not putting yourself in a dangerous position is a really reliable way to go about not getting abducted, robbed, etc.  Unfortunately, we have gotten to the place where women need to assume that an unknown man might be thinking about harming her.  Anyone has to conclude that someone who wants them to meet in a less than busy location might be harboring less than honorable intentions.  A deal that seems too good to be true, usually is.  The internet has provided anyone with a connection, an opportunity to be anonymous.  And anonymity, while ideally creating a chance to show the good that can be done without needing recognition, often times brings out the worst when we see the chance to get away with something we normally could not.

I wish that were not the case.