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As part of the reconfiguration of Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley residents will end up with a new, two-block street. Officials solicited possible names for the street via a chalkboard at 2025 Shattuck Avenue.

Cackling at the list of proposed names. Weeb Street!

Meanwhile, seemingly conceived via a public chalkboard:

Beanboozled sparkling water, though…

Two cans of barf-flavoured sparkling water in a case of eight peach-flavoured ones.


Naturally sourced energy?

Makoto Naegi

Set in the not-too-distant future, amidst the charred ruins of Earth, Utopia Falls follows a group of teens chosen to compete in the prestigious Exemplar performing arts competition in the seemingly idyllic colony of New Babyl.

When they stumble upon a hidden archive of cultural relics, they are forced to question everything they have been taught, ultimately using the power of music to ignite change and expose the truth.

Showcasing a variety of musical genres and dance styles (Hip Hop, Pop, Latin, House, Classical, Indigenous, among others), and featuring themes of afrofuturism, youth activism, and eco-awareness, Utopia Falls is the first ever performance based sci-fi series for culturally diverse and socially and politically minded young audiences.

• Snoop Dogg as Archive (Voice)

We aim to remember what we choose to forget

Previously on Adam Riff™ (Feb 2015):


[searches Amazon for "official fortnite joke book"]

Hrm. Nada.

[looks inside]

Epic didn't want anything to do with these jokes.

Amanda Brack is also the illustrator of the Jokes for Minecrafters series from Sky Pony Press.

The Jokes for Minecrafters SERIES?

Uproarious riddles and gut-busting puns? Title of Panic! and the Disco's next single.

Imagine having to come up with 2400+ Minecraft-themed jokes, riddles, and puns.

Drake on a skateboard

The original ending — which, like the ending in the version that hit theaters, featured a dragon, but which did not involve Downey Jr. giving the dragon an enema — was said to lack humor and focus on a familial thread pegged to the death of Dolittle's wife.

Several sources say it was Downey who came up with the idea of the dragon colonoscopy/enema moment at the last minute.

Even when it was decided that the dragon was constipated, there was debate over logistics. One cut, according to sources, featured Dolittle removing a boulder-sized stool out of the dragon. In the end, the film showed bagpipes as the constipating culprit, with the good doctor enduring a windfall of gas.

Hollywood magic.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

5. And the crowd goes wild (The Bachelor, S24E04)

Stray Observations

  • "Oh, shitting aunts!" (Avenue 5, S01E02)
  • "You remind me of my favourite actor, John Malkovich."
    "He doesn't do much for me." (The New Pope, S01E03)
  • "What do you do?"
    "Mine is an ancient, useless profession. I repair watches."
    "Why useless?"
    "Because no one repairs anything any more. They just replace everything." (The New Pope, S01E03)
  • "Don't talk to us Chinese about books, bitch. We invented paper."
    "Don't talk to Koreans about charging, bitch. We invented Samsung." (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, S01E02)
  • "You're my best friend."
    "And you're my Gardner Minshew." (The Good Place, S04E13)
  • Nick Offerman (The Good Place, S04E13)
  • The Good Place Season Grade: D

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  • "Do you wanna fuck a ghost?" (Sex Education, S02E03)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Watchmen
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Rick and Morty

Big Gay Ice Cream is the best

Previously on Adam Riff™ (Jun 2017):

Rory: What do Sean Connery, Ben Kingsley, and Patrick Stewart have in common?
Jon: They've all been knighted.
Rory: Yes, and…
Jon: And…? Are we improvising? I…
Rory: They've all voiced Draco in an Dragonheart film!

Rory: The Dragonheart franchise has spanned three decades.

Four decades now.

Helena Bonham Carter hasn't been knighted, but she has a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire title and is two classes away from knighthood.

Only the best for direct-to-video voice work.


Dragonhearts 3 through 5 were written by the stepson of the producer of the Dragonheart series. Weird nepotism, but okay.

According to the Dragonheart Wiki, a sixth Dragonheart film is already in pre-production.

Idris Elba?

We're gonna spiral out alone while we wait for the sound

In Japan, Tetsunori Tanimoto, an official at the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association in Kobe, Japan, expressed his deep condolences for Bryant's death.

"He helped make Kobe Beef known throughout the world," he said.

Kobe got his name, the legend goes, after his father ate Kobe beef during a visit to Japan and loved the taste.

Tanimoto, who watches NBA games on TV but never met Bryant, said people know the story of how Bryant got his name.

"We have always felt a closeness to him." [source]

Day 66 on Duolingo, learning Chinese for the third time – simplified Chinese this time, though. I didn't recognize my own name at first.

Most of Duolingo's users seem to be learning either English or a banal European language.

You earn 15 points for completing a lesson. Users with 10,000+ points top my weekly leaderboard. Do you have no lives? I wonder.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

4. Hat Thing You Do (Curb Your Enthusiasm, S10E01)

Stray Observations

  • "Hey, what are you so happy about?"
    "I'm a nihilist."
    "No, you're not!"
    "Whatever!" (Avenue 5, S01E01)
  • Harvey Weinstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm, S10E01)
  • Phil Rosenthal (Curb Your Enthusiasm, S10E01)
  • "Put something simple on the TV. I wonder what Bob and Abishola are up to." (Black-ish, S06E13)
  • "Yeah, I only go to San Francisco to get my Tesla serviced." (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, S01E01)
  • "Maybe she work for Apple Store."
    "Yeah, more like the Microsoft store." (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, S01E01)
  • "You know, actually, Edmund, I just got offered a really cool job in tech. Really cool, solid pay, good benefits, yeah."
    "I get Delta Dental." (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, S01E01)
  • "This has to be my party, because that's the bedpan that Stone Cold Steve Austin used to beat up Vince McMahon in 1998. It was a classic moment. Don't judge me." (The Good Place, S04E12)
  • "We just redesigned this system, and soon millions of people are going to start pouring in, thinking they're in paradise, only to become a joyless husk. It's Coachella! We've invented Cosmic Coachella!" (The Good Place, S04E12)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Watchmen
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Rick and Morty