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Musical Chairs by Alex Cornell

It can be tricky picking the right seat at a dinner party. So much depends on how many people there are and what shape the table is. Luckily, Alex Cornell provides a guide on where to sit and when to arrive to get the best seat of the night. The 4-person circle is your best bet.

This is the ideal setup. You are safe sitting in any seat. Regardless how interesting everyone is, you pretty much can’t go wrong. Note: as the diameter of the table increases, so too does the importance that you sit adjacent to someone you like.

Sorry for always sitting at the lonely end seat in the 7-person rectangle. [via kottke]

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Click here to read <em>Star Wars</em> Looks Rad as a 1980s Teen Movie

Yeah, the first Star Wars was released in 1977, but for most, the franchise is a staple of the decade that came after. Something artist Denis Medri plays on with these awesome images, reimagining the heroes and villains of George Lucas' universe as the cast of a 1980s teen movie. More »

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Louis CK Pain Chart

Vulture illustrated the subtle changes in Louis C.K.'s face to express varying levels of discomfort. I only recently discovered him, but man, I'm glad I did. FYI: With the start of season three, the second season became available on Netflix, in case you want to catch up.

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[...*sigh* this is only the teaser now... the day after embedding the original video (that was on the net from already 2 months), they changed it as "private" and I had to switch to a "teaser". So... i changed to "private" the link to Planktoon].
The Paris-based Planktoon studio and Yoshimichi Tamura (animation director in Zarafa, and animator in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Shark Tale) have collaborated (in a script by Josey Essoh) to create a tale of human vanity and inside war.

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Photographer Lilly McElroy literally throws herself at men, using her body as projectile.

In her attempts to freeze moments of “perpetual social awkwardness” in her photos by launching herself into consenting men she met at bars, McElroy has amused and annoyed fellow revelers, suffered whiplash and has been invited to join a Thanksgiving night three-way.

For I Throw Myself At Men (2008) McElroy initially tried meeting men through a Craigslist ad, but she didn’t get enough responses.

“Directly approaching the men was more appropriate and effective,” says McElroy. “The whole process filled me with anxiety and the moments when people agreed to participate were just as important as the moments when people said no.”

The photos themselves were taken by a variety of friends, some professional photographers and some amateurs. Capturing that frozen mid-air moment was not always easy and there were lots of images that fell to the cutting room floor. For McElroy, the image and its raison d’être are more important than who’s releasing the shutter.

“I worked with a lot of different people on this project,” says McElroy. “I really liked working with people who were not trained photographers. It made it easier to maintain that casual party pic aesthetic.”

In the past, McElroy has challenged behavioral norms by lying down in public spaces. In 2009, she asked people to submit images that represented their roughest times of the year, then published the photos. Her performances sometimes implicate people whether they like it or not, but always McElroy uses photography to question the human condition.

I Throw Myself At Men was about the desire to form connections with other people,” says McElroy.

In a culture of Facebook-stalking, Chatroulette and online dating sites that allow users to rifle through prospective hook-ups, McElroy’s images attempt to comment on ‘social connection, sex, gender and the desire to form relationships quickly.’ For us, the photos merely ratchet up the awkward in their own awesome way.

And what about her targets, er, subjects? What did they get out of the deal?

“I bought drinks for the men,” says McElroy. “It seemed more appropriate.”

There were no second dates, but this is due to the fact that, in many shots, the man behind the camera was McElroy’s boyfriend. They’re now wife and husband.

All images courtesy of the artist and the Thomas Robertello Gallery.

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Click here to read Keith Apicary Asks a Local News Reporter if She's Ever Played <em>Blazing Star</em>

The famous PAX East ejectee Keith Apicary (a character portrayed by comedian Nathan Barnatt) gatecrashed a backup dancer audition for pop star (and "amazing roller skater") Kimberly Cole earlier this month. ("He was wearing mom jeans, a NASA sweatshirt and he had a sack lunch," she says, "so I knew that there was something special about him.") More »

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After almost 12 years, first as a summer intern, then in the Death Star and now in London, I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its massive, genocidal space machines. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

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