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The Missing Links: The Man Who Creates Stephen Colbert’s Weird World

Gotta Give Props to This Guy
OK, this is another one of my horrific headline puns. because this article is about Brendan Hurley, the Prop Master for The Colbert Report. Hurley’s job includes things like:

- Creating political strategist Ham Rove (AKA a giant ham with eyeglasses)
- Constructing an enormous Trojan horse-esque carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
- Building a man-sized slushy beverage known as Gulpzilla

In short, he has the coolest job ever.


You Don’t Know THIS Ted
Sure, you know TED the conference that churns out all of the great videos packed with “Ideas Worth Spreading”. And if you watch TV you’re probably aware of Ted, the new movie from the creator of Family Guy about a talking teddy bear.

But do you know Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction (TED)? If not, you should first know that it involves 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls affixed to a wall. That should be enough to sell you. But, if you need even more than that:

TED is a large, wall-based installation consisting of an array of 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls that speak emotional content gathered from the web via synthetic speech with animated mouths.


Nerdify Everything: Fish Tanks
They’re just a glass bowl, some colored rocks and some fish. How do you nerd that out? DVICE would be more than happy to show you. (Although making fish swim around in a repurposed deep fryer seems less nerdy and more sort of sadistic.)


Louie: A Primer
Season 3 of Louie starts tonight. So set your DVR. And if you haven’t ever seen the show, well, first of all, shame on you. Hang your head. OK, that’s enough head hanging. I’m sorry. I went too far there, you didn’t deserve that. OK, I’ll admit something. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. Or The Godfather. The freaking Godfather. What’s wrong with me?

Anyway, I say all of that to say this: if you haven’t seen the show – or just need a refresher – here’s a good rundown of Louis CK’s 10 best episodes so far.


Men Don’t Pinterest?
Pinterest is actually really cool. And there’s stuff on there for pretty much everyone of any interest at all. There’s even a mental_floss page!

But apparently there are guys out there that think Pinterest is nothing but recipes and sewing projects and instructions for making pretty bows for poodles. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a man liking any of those things at all.)

To serve more of a manly pinning need, a crop of manly new Pinterest knockoffs are starting to sprout up, with names like DudePins and Manterest. I personally would have called my male-focused ripoff site Masculinterest. But that’s just me.

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June 28th, 2012

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