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VIDEO: Dumpster Apartment in New York

Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 9 August 2013 8:16 AM

VIDEO: Dumpster Apartment in New York

No, his name isn’t Oscar. It’s Gregory Kloen and he’s fashioned a New York home out of a dumpster. Though based in California, the designer stays in the dumpster anytime he’s in New York on business. Inside is a fully functional house, with running water, a working toilet and even a mini bar. There’s even outdoor space, courtesy of an umbrella attached to the roof, and a grill for al fresco dining. VIDEO

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Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego: Ann(e)

Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 6 August 2013 8:16 AM

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego: Ann(e)

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego comes from Ann, who told us she was impressed by how conscientious her baristas were to get the spelling of her name right.

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Carlos Danger Name Generator

Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 24 July 2013 8:01 AM

Carlos Danger Name Generator

After yesterday’s news cycle we all know not to open any emails with attachments from Carlos Danger. While Anthony Weiner has come up with one of the coolest fake names out there, it’s certainly not the only one. Slate took Weiner’s latest scandal as an opportunity to create a Carlos Danger Name Generator, so you too can come up with a fantastic online pseudonym. So if you hear me sign off as Manolo Badass, you’ll know where I got it.

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PBS Introduces ‘The Tanners’

Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 17 July 2013 8:18 AM

PBS Introduces ‘The Tanners’

New York’s PBS station is fighting fire with fire. They’ve produced a spoof of ridiculous reality TV—the tannest family in America, the Tanners—as a way to get people to donate to their quality programming. It’s pretty effective…and hilarious.

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Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman War Over Best Canada Tribute VIDEO

Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 8:30 AM

Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman War Over Best Canada Tribute VIDEO

In rival Tweets, (Canadian) Seth Rogen and (American) Sarah Silverman claimed to have found the best (worst?) Canada tribute video ever. Check them out.

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Pat Gives New York Post a House Tour

Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 20 June 2013 6:49 AM

Pat Gives New York Post a House Tour

My thanks to the New York Post’s Micki Siegel for spending some time with me and my family in Williamsburg.  Six years ago she did one of her At Home stories on our apartment on the Upper West Side and we just re-united for the Brooklyn sequel.

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Starbucks Alter Ego: Awn

Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 6:37 AM

Starbucks Alter Ego: Awn

We haven’t had a good Starbucks Alter Ego for awhile, but then a woman named (not-my-wife) Dawn dropped us a line.

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Nominate Your Favorite Educator for a Hero Award

Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 11 June 2013 8:11 AM

Nominate Your Favorite Educator for a Hero Award

I’m hosting the Daily News Hometown Heroes Awards for Education. To kick off the nomination period the New York Daily News had me write a little article about what I’ll be looking for as we go through teacher nominations.

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Farewell to Edmonton Colleague John Berry

Written by Pats Papers | Monday, 10 June 2013 9:21 AM

Farewell to Edmonton Colleague John Berry

A friend and colleague from my first days in television died this morning after a long battle with cancer. From my CFRN video archive, here’s a classic clip of John.

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Crowd Rules Still Searching for Crowd of Viewers

Written by Pats Papers | Thursday, 30 May 2013 8:10 AM

Crowd Rules Still Searching for Crowd of Viewers

I guess it’s my obligation to report the bad news along with the good news.  My primetime show on CNBC has been pulled from the schedule after two weeks of dismal ratings.  The network says it will try to find a better way to promote Crowd Rules before putting any more episodes on TV.

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