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Archive for June, 2011

How to Fix Menus Hidden by iFrame Video

June 16, 2011 By: Category: How-to

Although it has nothing to do with fiction or publishing or any of the other things we like to talk about on this here site, I have made a pledge that when I have a niggling computer problem that takes me a long time to answer, I will do my part to spread the solution out into the world. I had just such a problem this morning, when I realized those menus at the top of the screen were being hidden by an embedded YouTube video. Here, then, is the solution!

1. If the video URL has no extra parameters attached (i.e. ‘iframe

Add the code “?wmode=transparent” at the end of the URL. As in:

<iframe width=”500″ height=”314″ src=”
embed/2UFc1pr2yUU?wmode=transparent” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

2. If the video URL has extra parameters attached (i.e. ‘iframe

Add the code “&wmode=transparent” at the end of the URL. As in:

<iframe width=”500″ height=”314″ src=”
embed/2UFc1pr2yUU&hd=1&wmode=transparent” frameborder=”0″

Done! Problem solved! And if this means nothing to you, please just ignore it!

(Thanks to Jen Kaufman Designs!)

In the Whole Foods Parking Lot

June 15, 2011 By: Category: Videos

The gap between awesome rap and fake rap continues to narrow every day.

(Thanks, Matt!)

My bin Laden Orgasm by Lou Perez

June 14, 2011 By: Category: stories

Not Lou Perez.

Lou Perez is a funny sumunnabitch. I first met him years and years ago when he responded to a random Craig’s List ad to be an “intern” for my old publishing company, Contemporary Press. It wasn’t just my publishing company … there were seven of us. Our status as a legitimate organization was highly questionable; we conducted all of our business at a bar on Wednesday nights.

It was pretty apparent upon meeting us that we were a very ramshackle company and that interning for us would probably not get one any closer to working in the actual publishing industry than interning at McDonalds. But Lou was kind enough to pretend we were worth his time, hanging out with us for a semester and continuing to show up to our events, long past the days when we were not paying him to do work for us. And then he went all fancy and started an amazing sketch group and began doing stand-up and now I can shed a tear of pride as I present to you his hilarious and somehow poignant piece of fiction, “My bin Laden Orgasm.” (Note: this piece first appeared on his website,

It has been over a month since it was announced that U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, but my Brooklyn neighborhood—like all other cities and towns in the United States—is still abuzz with bin Laden conversation.

Today at the supermarket I was waiting on the checkout line when an elderly woman, whom I recognized from the soup aisle, approached me. Although I was looking right at her, she reached out to touch my elbow. (more…)

Amazing Ball Sculpture

June 01, 2011 By: Category: Videos

I don’t know what you’re doing right now, but whatever it is, it is not as important as watching this:

F5 2011 RE:PLAY Film Festival. Inductance from Physalia Studio on Vimeo.