Local Exchange Trading Systems

14 11 2008

Dollar Toilet Paper

With the global economy going to crap, we’ve been wondering: What is money, anyways? Turns out, it is just a piece of paper that two or more people have agreed has a value. That’s it. Totally arbitrary.

Problem is, when people start to lose faith in its value… economies tumble. So what do we do? Start our own currency! No, seriously, start our own currency.

Japan has an electronic currency called LOVE which you receive every time you volunteer in the community. You can spend LOVE credits at local stores, kind of like to food stamps. In Brazil, you can earn bus tokens by separating trash from recycling. In the UK, you can pay your rent by looking after someone’s kids (its called the LET’S program).

So what’s stopping us? Think of it: Blowjobs-for-Bagels! Mixtapes-for-Metrocards! Because, frankly, the Dow Jones is SO 2007.

As written by MeanRed Productions

Those Japanese man… how do they get cooler everyday?!



Dear David Sedaris,

27 10 2008

I’m sure you get this all the time, but I’m in love with you.

I realize that you don’t swing the way of my kind, being that I’m female, but I feel that I’ve gotten to know you over the past couple of years… well, by way of devouring every one of your books whole. A man with a good sense of humor and wit, coupled with pulling off a good suit, is really all I want in a man, discluding my obvious sexual needs in your case. The fact that Amy Sedaris is your sister, and a personal hero of mine, also reinforces my love for you.

I understand that you are currently in a relationship with a strappingly handsome man, but I will settle for being best friends that talk on the phone a lot, which says a lot about my feelings for you, since everyone that knows me, knows how much I hate the telephone.

I hope this finds you well and that you keep enticing me with your delicious words.

Love, Kiki

A reading of an essay that is actually featured in When You Are Engulfed In Flames, his latest book:

video via Dooce