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W. David Marx
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

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Hi everyone, here are some ultra-simple life hacks that I've found useful. These will be great to start employing in your new year.

Remember that little satirical piece I wrote on Medium about French bakers and Kanye West? It's gone viral -- based on the not particularly true but 100% fact checked detail that actual French bakers wrote it.

Here is some sample coverage:

Hollywood Reporter: "Yes. This is for real."

The Consumerist: "the so-called Association of French Bakers (which may or may not be a real thing, and I am inclined to say no because the Internet doesn’t support it, please correct me if I am wrong. UPDATE: Consumerist reader TJ says yes, here it is, but did the members really write the letter?)"

The Inquisitr: "So far no response has come from Kanye West’s camp about the open letter."

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Before the summer ends, here's my chronologically specific nostalgic mix tape for exactly 20 years ago. These were the songs for the hot Southern days of 1993, split between Florida, two camps in North Carolina (one outdoors, one nerd), and even a few days in Little Rock.

Track list:
1. Blind Melon - No Rain
2. Frank Black - I Heard Ramona Sing
3. Cracker - This is Cracker Soul
4. The The - Dogs of Lust
5. Soup Dragons - Divine Thing
6. 10,000 Maniacs - Candy Everybody Wants
7. Porno for Pyros - Pets
8. The Judybats - Being Simple
9. Belly - Slow Dog
10. Luna - Slash Your Tires
11. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Someday I Suppose
12. Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
13. 311 - Do You Right
14. Pure - Blast
15. Suede - Metal Mickey
16. Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin'
17. Dramarama - Work for Food
18. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Intact

This mix is dedicated to the ladies of Camp Merrie-Woode and Camp Rockbrook.

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Why Ishigaki is the best


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The mascot for Japan's crocodile and banana themed park.

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Marxy's Macrobrews: Asahi The Extra

This is not very good. I guess it has more taste than Asahi Super Dry but still manages to be bland and lack adequate effervescence. Actually now that I think of it — what's the last beer Asahi has made that is any good? I was hoping this would be a nice antidote to Super Dry, but alas, same weak game, just different flavor target. Maybe I would hate this less if they hadn't hyped it so much with the gold, wordy packaging. 

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Marxy's Macrobrews: Joël Robuchon Yebisu

In Japan, Joël Robuchon is so famous he makes double-label beers that show up in your neighborhood 7/11. Despite the branding, this brew has little in common with the normal hearty Yebisu, and despite the red can, has absolutely nothing to do with the similar-looking amber kohaku Yebisu. Judging from the light citrus-y flavor, this one's for the ladies. The end result, however, is quite good, especially with this early Spring weather.
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