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…State Farm is There

Posted by evankessler on April 14, 2011

This photo essay is the follow up to a previous post entitled, “Like A Good Neighbor…” It has been made possible by Mile End Delicatessen in Boerum Hill;  Mile End Delicatessen, they’ve got the whole mishpucha.


Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there…with some poutine.



Welcome to Mile End Delicatessen in the Heart of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

The Poutine sounds good, I'll have that!

Where is this Poutine I've heard so much about? Not having it makes me sad.

What has two thumbs and a dish of Poutine? This guy!

Seriously, how delicious does that Poutine look?

Let Me At It!

So...full...of...poutine...good neighbor...

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Hacked Email Random Name Generator

Posted by evankessler on February 16, 2010

I had my yahoo email account hacked this morning.  I’m not that upset about it.  I’ve noticed it’s been happening to other people’s email account for years now.  I’d be crazy to think my elderly, spam-laden email account was immune to the crafty web-pricks who have nothing better to do but spend their days coming up with insidious programs that covertly jimmy seemingly protected Internet boundaries so they can send mass emails about nothing so other people’s accounts will then repeat the trend.   My favorite part about all of this business is that each of the dispersed virus-laden emails enter the inbox of my friends and acquaintances with names in the subject line; names that seem almost too good to be actual names.

In all probability these names have been collected from accounts of the thousands of other victims of these viral hackers and are of people who do actually exist; people who have lives and friends and familes, perhaps even children, dogs and rap sheets. In spite of knowing that these could be actual people, I’ve taken it upon myself to dream up new lives for my new friends in the hacked and virulent emailisphere. So without further ado, these are those names and the lives I’ve subsequently dreamed up for them:

Holger Janssen- Holger Janssen is an alternate luger on the Austrian Olympic team with big dreams to medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi provided he can convince three-time Austrian Olympic medalist Markus Prock to be his coach.

Aisha Munro- Aisha Munro is a forward-thinking entry-level marketing worker in the Chicago, Illinois area. A recent graduate from the University of Illinois, she is trying to master all of the new social media applications so she can better position herself within her company as its social media guru and prove just how indispensable she is when it comes time for the inevitable layoffs.

Monika Kaucher- Is an award-winning producer of educational videos.  She has two wonderful kids and understands the big picture when it comes to combining entertainment with meaningful content.  Monika interned for two wonderful summers at Sesame Street during college and it was the chance of a lifetime.  It really made her realize what she wanted to do with her life.

Viva Quebec!

Thierry Chouvel- Formerly a leading voice in the establishment of Quebec as a sovereign nation between 1980 and 1995, the esteemed Monsieur Thierry Chouvel now spends his days writing scathing articles critical of Steven Harper’s conservative administration in Ottawa for the Le Québecois newspaper in Quebec City.

Manfred Rupkalwis- A German Physicist who in 1992 tried to prove that the speed of sound was indeed faster than the speed of light in certain hidden pockets of Industrial German cities.  Rupkalwis’s theory was easily disproved.  He has since been searching for a meaningful physics theory to call his own.

Pascal Blum- Pascal Blum became infatuated with computer coding at an early age, once he learned that there was a computer language that bore his name he threw himself headfirst into the study of it.  In his high school years he was briefly distracted by the bass guitar and his love of Metallica.  He now lives in Seattle where he works for Microsoft on windows applications.  He still plays bass on the side for local bar metal band Rotgut.

Sabrina Robin- Sabrina Robin is a junior at Penn State University studying Public Relations.  She’s the Vice President of her sorority and has been to 26 John Mayer concerts.

Christine Chewter- Competitive eating seemed to be in the cards for “Chewy” Chewter at an early age.  As quite the popular little girl, she went to many birthday parties and never met a cake she didn’t like…or a hot dog for that matter.  She’s been named to IFOCE’s  list of top 10  to watch eat in 2010.  She’s sure to provide quite the challenge in the Asparagus and ribs categories.

Don't Worry, Maurizio Will Show You Around

Maurizio Risaceo- A student of Art History and native of Rome; Maurizio is a tour guide at Vatican City where he gets to spend the entirety of his days basking in the glow of works of great artists of the renaissance period.  He harbors a secret longing to use the Pope’s toilet.

Dennis Schoenefeld- A big fan of money math, Dennis decided long ago that chartered accountancy was for him.  He refers to tax time as “March Madness” and goes down to celebrate “Spring Break” every April 16th by driving down to Daytona Beach and drinking a pitcher of beer at Señor Frogs and watching pornography in his hotel room each day for one whole week.  Then it’s right back to work for the D-Man.

Dirk Upheber- A former highly-touted prospect in the Mariners farm system, Dirk Upheber bounced around the minor leagues since he was 19.  Last year, at the age of 25 he finally got the big call from the Brewers to spit sunflower seeds in the dugout.  As a pinch hitter and defensive replacement he went 13-41  in 49 at bats drawing a stout 8 walks.  He’s been invited to training camp once again and hopes to crack the lineup or to get the chance to fill in in a utility role.

Annie Escande- A feisty brunette of Argentine-Cherokee heritage living in San Diego.  This All-American  girl bartends at The Socket, an area watering hole dedicated to all-things Chargers.  When she’s not slinging drinks she’s drives over to Encinitas where she catches some waves and waits for the green flash at sundown.

Sophie Baudet- Sophie Baudet is a French socialite, the girlfriend and apparent  muse for up-and-coming performance artist Claude Baptiste-Renard. Her father, once a leader in the nation’s dairy industry now serves as the Secretary of Agriculture under Nicolas Sarkozy.

Lilya Pebedev- A former Ukrainian beauty queen living in Kiev, life has not been easy for the now 34-year old Lilya.  She struggles to get by working at the local supermarket and has her profile up on several mail order bride sites in the hopes she will be whisked away by a rich American businessman who she can boss around sexually.

Sabine Schmidt- German chemist extraordinaire.  Sabine Schmidt has performed groundbreaking work exploring the effects of cocaine on mice.  Preferring to work alone this keen intellect is socially awkward but get a few drinks in her and she’ll talk your ear off about mice and cocaine.

Detlef Seelig- Named after former NBA superstar Detlef Schrempf, this Bavarian violin prodigy disappointed his father by never being too adept in the athletic arena.  He is however quite the musical genius committing more than 250 classical works to memory.  He’s a bit of a cocky bastard but chicks his age dig that.

Caroline Siegenthaler- Eight-graders aren’t going to teach themselves math.  That’s where Ms. Siegenthaler comes in.  She shows those kids all about the Pythagorean theorem and Venn Diagrams.  She also tutors students who need a little extra push.  East Canton, Ohio’s three-time teacher of the year also is the organizer of many local Math League competitions and is the faculty chair of the Math Honors Society.  She DVRs Jeopardy every night.

Winning Dish on Last Season's Drob Chef

Milena Raykina- A well-known restaurant owner living in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Milena is the host of a popular Bulgarian reality cooking show called “Drob Chef” in which various contestants compete to make the best dish that incorporates liver.

Hafiza Staat- Is a young girl in Switzerland with a Swiss father and a Pakistani mother who has chosen to identify with her mother’s Muslim faith.  She has taken to wearing a burka in public but her father and the Swiss government has strictly forbade her to build minarets in her room.

Brigitte Lebugle- Pronounced “Bridge-eat Lay-booj-lay,” this Parisian stage ingenue has received many accolades for her one woman show “Lebugle Au Revoir” in which she spends an entire hour and a half performing fellatio on a life-sized real-doll adorned with a cardboard mask of  Francois Mitterand. She doesn’t think much of this Nicolas Sarkozy character, but his wife…ooh la la.

Liz Baxter- A graphic designer living in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  She’s a cross between Tina Fey and Kristen Bell and the female ideal of most men living in her immediate area.  She exists only has a mythical person in the subject headline of an email virus.

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FTC Plumbs the Depths of Internet Hell to Pull Plug

Posted by evankessler on June 5, 2009

Spam 2

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They say the hotter it gets, the closer you are to hell.  So it would make sense that an rogue Internet provider serving as a home base responsible for purely evil content such as kiddie porn, spam, and viruses be operating close to the equator in a place like Belize over say Thunder Bay, Ontario.Obviously aware of the “if you can’t stand the evil, get away from the equator” theory, the FTC braved the beaches and tropical rainforests of the Central American nation (hopefully snagging an icy Strawberry Daquiri on the way)  to track and shut down Pricewert LLC, a company repudiated as being run by a bunch ‘overseas criminals’ through an Oregon-centered front.

Pricewert was known for stirring up a cauldron of offending content via it’s “triple fiber network” through Silicon valley servers and advertising it’s services “In the darkest corners of the Internet” where only the most devious minds would think to seek them out.  With this insipid ISP out of the picture, web fiends are expected to give up all hope of exposing their questionable content to the masses until–hey, what’s this in our inbox? I wonder if we should click on it.

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Statistics I Would Like To See

Posted by evankessler on May 21, 2009

People randomly murdered before the existence of the Internet


People randomly murdered since the advent of the Internet


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War of Wordz

Posted by evankessler on March 7, 2009

I was feeling good about myself 16 days ago.  I had just begun an online game of Scrabble® with my good friend Jess in Florida over the interweb and was fairly confident I would win.  It’s not that I think Jess is not smart.  Quite the opposite.  I find her to be funny, conversationally stimulating, and an all around great person.  I was just feeling cocky and thought my intellectual gifts would win out in online board game format.  In the early going it was rather even, I threw out a R-U-N-T, she tossed in a N-O-D-E,   I got decent value by spelling “quiet”and she topped me with a “shew”.  Then I whipped out my “Fez” and all she could do was pluralize her previous output.  I started giving her that “uneasy” feeling, eventually going glandular on her by whipping out “pineal.”

War of Wordz I: Lost This Battle, But The War Rages On!

War of Wordz I: Lost This Battle, But The War Rages On!

My verbosity was proving too much for my Miami-based competition who even had to skip a turn due to a lack of linguistic options. I was ready for the story of my victory to go down in scrabble “lore” when my opponent began to show some “valor” and eventually “wised” up for a stout 50 point gain, which overtook my lead in one fell swoop.  In an effort to regain the lead “again” I continued to strategically place words.  Towards the end my use of “lox” helped me recapture the driver’s seat for one shining moment, but it was too little too late. Jess had to do precious little to “nab” the lead and I became nostalgiac for the days in which I “led” this battle of wordz and willz.  I still had a chance at finishing with more points, but “lo” and behold not even one last slight “tic” from my tile dispensing hand could stop me from finally emerging defeated today by a score of 315 to 310.  My hat goes off to my opponent…but this war of wordz is not over…not by a long shot.

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Funnier Died

Posted by evankessler on February 17, 2009

thumbs-down-colOn the heels of my Thursday evening post, I regret to inform my friends, family, and loyal readers that my in-flight pickup lines par excellence failed to conquer the comic behemoths at FunnyorDie.com and the sky savvy souls at Southwest Airlines.  It seems that my wonderfully witty and somewhat sleazy pickup lines were not deemed as good as two others.  The winning lines read as follows:

1: “roses are red, violets are blue, I’m in Group A, can I sit next to you?”


2: “Girl, why you be waiting in boarding group B like that? I thought angels knew how to fly.”

While I like #2, my ego will not allow me to concede that either of these are better than my best effort…which was arguably the “Snakes on A Plane” one.

I made my disapproval known by posting a Twitter comment aimed at both Funny or Die and Southwest Airlines.  My displeasure did prompt a response from the Southwest Airlines representative who assured me that he/she “really did like the ‘snakes on the plane’ reference!” and then offered to send me up some runner up swag if I were to send them a video of me actually using that line on a member of the opposite sex.   However, due to the fact that I am nobody’s monkey, and I was only in this thing to be the best, not for some measly swag in the form of a t-shirt, I declined the offer.

Plus, it wouldn’t make much sense to use an in-flight pickup line with a specific plane reference in a bar…unless of course it was Flight 151 in Chelsea or Idlewild on the Lower East Side.

Que Sera Sera.

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The Non-Sequitir News for 10/24/08

Posted by evankessler on October 24, 2008

I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that the poll numbers in my particular district of Brooklyn are being unfairly skewed in favor of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama.  As I walked in front of the school on 7th Avenue and 1st street in the neighborhood yesterday, one fifth grader asked me who I planned on voting for.  I told him, Barack Obama.  One block later another child asked me the same question.  I notified said child that I had just told the other child a block before, to which he replied, “It doesn’t matter.”  I confusedly replied Obama and walked on feeling that in the end the numbers were going to be off a little bit due to my double poll response. I think the lesson here is if 5th graders are in charge of polling across this nation, look for things to be a lot closer than you think on election day.

Yesterday I received an N.R.A. belt buckle in the mail that I bought off of ebay.  For some reason I was not surprised that when I opened the package it smelled of cigarette smoke.

I bought two yards of fake fur at a fabric store in the garment district.  I then hunted down a bear and skinned him just to compare the two samples.

This has been the non-sequitir news for 10/24/08.

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Face The Nation: A Facebook User’s Manifesto

Posted by evankessler on July 2, 2008

Dear readers of EvanKessler.com and Facebook users in general,

We live in a grand era of online social networking, where people can connect with their friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and long lost loves at the click of a button. We can even spy on the girl that lived down the block from us when we were twelve years old whom we had our first sexual fantasy about. Yes, social networking makes it that easy to keep tabs on  or stay connected to just about everyone with whom we’ve ever shared a passing glance.

Well I say, “get over it.” There is no point in trying to maintain friendships with everyone you’ve ever known or seen. Who do you think you are online Jesus Christ? You can’t love everyone. The way I see it, each new social networking site that tends to capture the attention of this bored out of their mind at work, internet-addicted generation,falls victim to the same pitfall…one that I like to call “overfriendization.” You may recall a similar post in which I railed against people coming out of “the woodworks” to befriend not only myself, but tons of other people they’ve proven to have no interest in talking to. Well, just the other day, one of these “woodwork” friends connected with me for not the first, not the second, but the third time, despite my deletion of her from the ranks of people I refer to as my friends on two previous occasions.

She was not deleted with malicious intent. I was more or less just trimming the ranks of people who hadn’t spoken to me and whom I hadn’t spoken with in quite some time. By quite some time, I mean a matter of years. I saw no use in having people as ornamental friends and so I “cut the fat”. Unfortunately, Facebook has a feature that alerts its users of other “people you may know.” I surmised that each time I cut said “friend” from the ranks, my photo continued to appear on the “People You May Know” list and seeing as said person is so mindlessly addicted to adding “People You May Know” she continues to add me to her ranks in her subliminal or not so subliminal quest to earn the most friends, completely unaware of the fact that we had been “friends” on two prior occasions.

This pointless cycle created by the ease of adding “friends” all willy-nilly at the click of a button has inspired me to create a manifesto of sorts relating to the usage of Facebook, in an attempt to put an end to the madness of “overfriendization” and other problems facing social networking. It’s not really a manifesto so much as it is a simple list of demands and/or rules for Facebook users to abide by in order to make it’s existence more palatable and therefore allow it to sustain a more lengthy period of success than that of it’s predecessors, whose sites have so mercilessly been turned “totally gay”.

So without further ado…

The Rules of Facebook:

1. If you do not plan on sending someone a message or inviting them to an event, do not become friends with them That goes both ways.

2. If you choose to make someone your Facebook friend, you are obligated to make contact with them first in the form of a regular wall post, instant message, or message…unless you’ve seen each other in the past week and have regular communications

3. Friends of Friends are not your friends. It is not okay to friend them unless you’ve met before and shared enjoyable conversations. This can be remedied by starting a conversation or message sent make your intentions to get to know someone better immediately after your friend request is accepted, but is generally frowned upon. Don’t let them sit there as an ornament…that is grounds for deletion.

4. If you think someone deleted you as a friend, don’t friend them again. It’s a really awkward position to be in to have to de-friend someone more than once.

5. Don’t friend someone just so you can see their photos.

6. A Funwall message of a silly video of a cat doing something crazy does not constitute a message nor does any funwall message for that matter. Let’s face it, the funwall should be renamed StupidMessageWall.

7. Poking is not a valid form of communication.

8. Do not friend people for the sole purpose of having ten people to forward applications to so that you may see your results on an IQ test or other pointless exam you took without pissing off your actual friends.

9. You don’t have to be friends with everyone in the “people you may know” section. Just because you may know them doesn’t mean they actually know you or even have the slightest need to do so.

10. You don’t have to be friends with everyone you went to high school with or who graduated the same year as you from college.

11. There is no need to send an application to ALL of your friends.

12. Not everyone wants to play Scramble with you. It’s not nearly as fun as Scrabulous.

13. Do not use any form of SuperPoke and expect to get Superpoked back.

14. Giving someone a Facebook drink does not make up for that beer that you owe them from the last time you went out.

15. The “War on Child Sexploitation” will not be won by joining a group against it on Facebook.

16. Do not update your status every time you do something new such as sit down, stand up or eat lunch. It’s not terribly interesting. Everything is better in moderation.

17. Status braggarts will not be tolerated.

18. Do not use Facebook to first announce any major personal lifestyle changes. If we have to learn that you’ve come out of the closet and you’re engaged to your lover from the “Interested In” and
“Relationship Status” tabs instead of from you personally, we’re de-friending you in real life and on Facebook.

That does it for the preliminary version of this Facebook Users Manifesto. If you have anything to add, feel free to do so and perhaps I will add it in as an amendment in an updated version. Thank you for reading and please take all of these rules into consideration so that we the people who use Facebook can one day be a more prosperous bunch.

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