As you might have heard, comedian Patrice O'Neal died a couple of days ago. If you know him, it's probably because of his time on Tough Crowd or, more recently, the Charlie Sheen Roast. His hour stand up special is on Netflix Watch Instantly. It's worth your time. His tempo and delivery is unique to him and it might take some time for your brain to sync to his rhythm, but it's worth the wait.
When I first watched the special I wondered why he didn't ever attempt a more traditional delivery. His jokes and ideas were unique and strong enough that putting them into a more mainstream delivery might be enough to make him huge. Then I listen to his interviews with Marc Maron and Jay Mohr and realized it was impossible for him to change his style in hopes of greater success. Both interviews are worth your time, but if you're going to listen to one, make it Maron's. Maron listens and pushes back and draws out some interesting things. And, of course, watch Patrice's stand up special.
During the long Commerce Weekend the President of the United States tweeted out Black Friday deals for his election merchandise (10% with coupon!) while Patagonia took a human angle to marketing their products while also making a strong political statement when they said, "Don't Buy This Jacket".
Corporate personhood is crazy, but I did find it interesting that the entity with the more unique and human voice was the corporation.
Thanksgiving is the most wonderful time of the year. All of the gluttony with none of the worries of having to purchase presents. To help you prepare for a long weekend of meals here are some recipes from OrangeCoat's archives. Enjoy.
There were leaks last year of a Microsoft skunk works project called Courier. The Courier was a dual-screened tablet computer inspired by the Moleskine journal and focused on creation and not consumption. It was super exciting and different. It wasn't an iPad killer. It was something different all together and it was dropped by Microsoft quickly after the rumors got hot and heavy.
Apple patents the slide to unlock. I need someone to explain this patent to me. I don't understand the logic at all. The important line the article, "the actual thing that has been patented is both trivial and obvious: and patents are not supposed to be granted for things that are either trivial or obvious."