This week, Perks is introducing you and three friends to none other than Joel McHale on the set of The Soup. Assuming all that comic genius can fit in one studio.
Things to do for June 24, 2010
Taxidermy, Old-Timey YouTube and the Perfect Glass of Wine
The weekend is not afraid of Ghana.
The Cultural Pick
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The Good, The Bad and The Crooner
Back when Clint was a young buck, playing gunslinger Rowdy Yates in the '60s television series equivalent of Walker, Texas Ranger, his voice had yet to mature into the gravelly timbre that ne'er-do-wells have now come to fear. In fact, he even cut an album of "cowboy favorites" in '63 that are getting a much-deserved re-release. Not to be confused with his later film, Space Cowboys.
Your New Online Vintage Shop
It's three in the morning. You're feeling frantic. You have an insatiable need... for taxidermy. Here's where you go: Topsy Design, a new online vintage shop based in LA. They carry deer heads and a ton of other cool gear too—vintage denim jackets, old motorcycle boots, the occasional cape. If Warren Beatty put his closet up for sale, this is what you might find.
101 Places Not to See Before You Die
Every once in a while, you come across a crazy-sounding place—the Seattle Gum Wall, say—and think, "Hey, I might go check it out." This book's advice: don't. Catherine Price has visited, yes, 101 of these tourist traps so you don't have to. The upshot: you can cross Euro Disney off your list.
YouTube, 19th Century-Style
Should you be looking for the 1893 equivalent of "Lazy Sunday," head here: at this site, you can see more than 57,000 videos from the past 120 years or so. Turns out, "cat playing piano" videos were just as funny in 1922.
Chilling Your Wine with Science
Ah, the perfectly chilled bottle of wine—a thing of great beauty. And this thing turns a great work of art into more of a science—it chills your wine to the proper temperature based on 15 preset wine varieties, and uses vacuum technology to preserve your bottle for up to 10 days. (Should you be feeling particularly lazy, there's also a button that pours wine for you.) When it starts drinking your wine, that's when the robots have won.
Little Horn Speakers
A pretty good rule of thumb when it comes to home audio: if it's good enough for Carnegie Hall and Radio City, it's good enough for you. Enter these speakers—they're handmade in Chicago, using a bunch of techie-sounding stuff (high-density fiberglass, Baltic birch) that apparently produces a rich, clear sound. Which will almost make your MP3s sound good.