This Weekend: Pool Parties At McCarren Park Pool

Man Man
This Sunday from 2pm-8pm:
Man Man
Dengue Fever
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Going to the pool party next Sunday? Well RSVP here and enter for a chance to win two passes for the VIP section. Hob nob with the bands (maybe*) while you drink free booze and lounge out on couches in the shade. Oh yeah, there’s free ice cream too – which comes in handy when it’s 95 degrees.

The Lost Nintendo Sex Ed. Tape

Condom boots? [Thanks Kyle]

Create Your Own Simpsons Character

Warning…. you may end up wasting hours on this.

Mika Brzezinski of MNSBC rips Paris report

Brzezinski’s obviously staged outrage is even more embarassing than the network’s decision to lead with the Paris story. And does ANYONE ON THE PLANET really like frat boy king Sean Hannity Joe Scarborough.?

Guitar Shop Sign

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Concert News: Modest Mouse & MIA Coming to Brooklyn

Modest Mouse will be playing McCarren Park Pool on August 9 [via BrooklynVegan]

I have bad news for those hoping to see Modest Mouse & Clipse on August 8th. Better yet – I have bad news for those who didn’t get tickets to see Beastie Boys at Summerstage because they thought they were seeing Modest Mouse with Band of Horses in Keyspan Park. The August 8th show has been postponed exactly one month, and moved: Modest Mouse is now playing McCarren Pool on September 8th. Love as Laughter are still opening, but Band of Horses and Clipse are up in the air.

And we’re really excited to hear that M.I.A. will be coming to the Polish dance hall, Studio B, in Greenpoint on August 3rd.

The Dick Blog

The Washington Post devotes an entire blog to Darth Cheney’s, uh, Dickiness. Here’s our favorite highlight [via Wonkette]:

[Dan Quayle visiting Dick in 2001] ‚”I said, ‘Dick, you know, you’re going to be doing a lot of this international traveling, you’re going to be doing all this political fundraising … you’ll be going to the funerals,’ ” Quayle said in an interview earlier this year. ‚”I mean, this is what vice presidents do. I said, ‘We’ve all done it.’ ‚” Cheney ‚”got that little smile,” Quayle said, and replied, ‚”I have a different understanding with the president.”

You can check out the blog here. Related, The Colbert Report — Cheney is the Fourth Branch.

Hot Dog Eating Champion: "My jaw refused to fight any more."

A tragedy indeed: [from the AP]

A Japanese man who set a world record by wolfing down dozens of hot dogs within minutes has suffered a severe jaw injury due to his rigorous training, making his next title uncertain.
Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi said he can only open his mouth to make a gap the size of a fingertip after being diagnosed with jaw arthritis.
In an entry on his blog entitled “Occupational hazard,” Kobayashi said: “My jaw refused to fight any more.”
The injury occurred only a week after the slender 29-year-old started training to win his seventh straight title at the annual July 4 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating event on New York’s Coney Island.
“I feel ashamed that I couldn’t notice the alarm bells set off by my own body,” he said. “But with the goal to win another title with a new record, I couldn’t stop my training so close to the competition.
“I was continuing my training and bearing with the pain but finally I destroyed my jaw.”
Kobayashi, who has become a niche celebrity in Japan and the United States, had already halted his competitive eating activities for several months due to mourning after his mother’s death earlier this year.
But he said he still wanted to go to the competition in New York.
“I want to be the pride of my mother,” he said in the blog entry posted Sunday.
Last year, Kobayashi put down a world-record 53 and three-quarters hot dogs in just 12 minutes.
In addition to the Nathan’s Famous titles, he holds world records for scoffing cows’ brains and rice balls.
In 2004, he founded the United Food Fighters Organisation in hopes of making people take competitive eating seriously as a sport. Despite Japanese people’s reputation as moderate eaters, Kobayashi helped to turn competitive eating into a television sensation with “food fighters” downing everything from sushi to cakes. But Japanese television began to shy away from such contests after a 14-year-old junior high school student choked to death in 2002 trying to imitate competitive eating during school lunch.