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How to stay warm this winter with a cheap vacation

vacationBY ALEX RUSSELL 

A significant part of America has been experiencing single digit temperatures (or worse) every day for a few months now. Everyone’s made all the “snowpocolypse” and “Chiberia” jokes you can stand and it’s time to get away from those people.

The only way to escape and experience some form of respite is to go on vacation. There are plenty of helpful guides about how to actually book your trip (suggested Google search: “how+to+book+cheap+vacation+without+dying+house+of+cards”) but it can be tough to know which island is for you.

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The Last Second Guide to Writing a Tired Post About Valentine’s Day

broken heartsBY ALEX RUSSELL

Love stinks, right?

That’s one way to go with your Valentine’s Day post, for sure. No matter if you write for a personal blog or a national column, this week if you’re in the business of talking you have to talk about Valentine’s Day. What else are you going to talk about, the Olympics? Name six people in the Olympics. Do it. Name any that aren’t Shaun White.

Trick question! No one’s at the Olympics. Those are just an obvious ploy to give lonely hearts something to talk about this week rather than think about the greatest, loveliest day of the year!

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How to eat for free forever at your office

coffee mateBY ALEX RUSSELL

One of the big issues with working in an office is that a lot of people are in close proximity while they’re working. Even if everyone gets along, this creates natural problems. There’s a scarcity of bathrooms. There’s no way to regulate the temperature. There’s constant distractions.

Above all else, though, is the kitchen situation. There are a million people in the world complaining about the guy that microwaved fish because he’s never had to deal with the feelings of another person, somehow. This is about something more important.

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How to survive your 10-year high school reunion

imageBY ALEX RUSSELL

I just got invited to my ten year high school reunion. I’ve thought about preparing for this for almost two full days, so I’m clearly ready to tell you everything you need to know to prepare for your next one. Let’s go back to school.

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Because It’s There: Watching 10-Hour Videos on YouTube

Photo Credit: Lollapalooza/Daft Punk

Photo Credit: Lollapalooza/Daft Punk

BY ALEX RUSSELL

George Mallory supposedly said the most famous quote about Mount Everest of all time. When the famed mountaineer was asked why he wanted to climb the highest peak in existence he supposedly just said “because it’s there.”

We do what we do because it is there to be done. It does not matter why. Why doesn’t enter into it. Someone made a nearly 4,000 pound pumpkin pie because no one had ever made that big of a damn pie before, people. Why isn’t that enough for you?

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Amazon’s comedy pilots reviewed: Are they any good?

alphahouseBY ALEX RUSSELL

Amazon recently announced a run of eight possible comedy pilots that they would stream to see if anyone liked them. They said they’d buy the ones people like. I previewed them here and basically hated them. I think anything’s worth 22 minutes, though, so I decided to watch them.

I reviewed the first four pilots here.

Are the other four any good? Let’s get into it.

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In Case You Missed It: Jon Daly

jondalyBY ALEX RUSSELL

Anyone can read a Wikipedia page. Every Wednesday in “In Case You Missed It” I hope to put in context something in the world of comedy for non comedy-nerds. This week we look at Jon Daly, one of the minds behind Kroll Show and a brilliant comic in his own right. He loves that you think he’s John Daly. Really.

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New delivery options: Pizza Hut and Burger King think you could stand to be fatter

pizzahutBY ALEX RUSSELL

I have never done anything that made me think “It’s really hard to get a pizza right now.”

If you have (you haven’t) then Microsoft has a solution for you. Now you can order pizza on Xbox 360. Or I should say “pizza” because it’s Pizza Hut, but still. Finally, the arduous task of clicking six times becomes as easy as hitting six buttons.

They announced this service last week. You can get 15% off your first purchase if you order this week. It isn’t the stupidest thing they’ve ever done as a company, but it’s up there. My favorite part of their announcement is that you can connect your Xbox Live account with your “PizzaHut.com” account.

I hope you do not have a PizzaHut.com account. No one anywhere should have a PizzaHut.com account.

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In Case You Missed It: Kyle Kinane

kylekinaneBY ALEX RUSSELL

Anyone can read a Wikipedia page. Every Wednesday in “In Case You Missed It” I hope to put in context something in the world of comedy for non comedy-nerds. This week we look at Kyle Kinane, the voice of Comedy Central and an entire generation of people who ate too many meals at 7-11 in their teenage years.

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Inside Amy Schumer: Gross name, great show

amyschumerBY ALEX RUSSELL

The very first scene in Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central show begins with Amy trying out for a role in a “project” which turns out to be a remake of the famously graphic 2 Girls 1 Cup. Where can it possibly go from there?

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