Citizen WTF?

The Citizen app is available in NYC and the SF Bay Area. The app is designed to alert you when crime happens nearby with location-based push notifications. But, because the platform is crowdsourced, it exposes all the idiosyncratic definitions of “crime” that you would expect from its voyeuristic users.

Here are some of my favorites. If you have a good one, send it my way and I’ll add it.

We used to have Florida Man stories. Now we have Citizen.

Kasou Taishou

We spent this morning looking at YouTube videos of Kasou Taishou. These are short skits that re-create special effects using charmingly amateur stage effects. Think of it as a mashup between traditional Japanese kabuki stage-craft and a high school play.

Add a twist of self-depreciating humor and you’ve got a winner.

The best thing on the Internet today

I’ve already shared this multiple times today but am adding it here so I can refer back when needed.

Media coverage was thick and fast as it was a slow news day in Trumpland and everyone was looking for a bit of comic relief on a Friday after a busy week. Taiwan-based expat Ben Thompson has the best scene-by-scene breakdown.

It had me in tears.

UPDATE: Here’s an interview with the analyst Robert Kelly and his wife Kim Jung-A on the chaos that lead to the “comedy of errors”  and how their life changed when the video received 84 million views

A more innocent time

In the early 60’s two guys made a radio show out of wandering the streets and playing pranks of the unsuspecting locals.

In this episode Coyle and Sharpe wander into a drug store to ask for “operating equipment” so he can operate on his friend. “He’s got a pain in there and I’m just going to go in there and look around.”

Amateur Druggist

They have that guy going for a good eight minutes. I don’t think you could last more than 2 minutes today. If you listen to the end you’ll hear him bemoan his DeSoto. The last DeSoto rolled off the line in 1961.

If you like that one, here’s another.

I am a thought leader

Sometimes the message is just the medium.

This talk by Pat Kelly of This is That of CBC in Canada pokes fun at the TED talk conference series which takes place in Vancouver every year. Everything you need to know about how to look smart without really saying anything.

Aethaer : Bespoke Air from Great Britain

I believe the English phrase is, taking the piss.

Taking advantage of all the reports of poor air quality in China, British entrepreneur Leo De Watts is making “thousands of dollars” selling bottles of “naturally occuring, lovingly bottled” air to the Chinese.

Echoing the “bespoke” values of the old country, Aethaer uses traditional materials and packages their product in glass mason jars. This is opposed to their modern, upstart Canadian competition, Vitality Air, who are selling compressed oxygen in aluminum cans.

Be sure to take advantage of Aethaer’s Chinese New Year’s Special.

And this from Canada, Smoke & Flame, North America’s only premium, handcrafted, firewood manufacturer.