Articles by Brad Mielke
Brad Mielke is a writer, editor, and aspiring bandit. His work has appeared in the New York Daily News, amNewYork, and ABC News. When not busy teaching himself to glide effortlessly past security guards at New York venues, he enjoys discovering new comedy acts and soccer bars.
You don't get more Williamsburg than this.
Major League Dreidel, the sanctioned body of everyone's favorite Hannukah game, is hosting 124 of the nation's best spinners at its official annual tournament tomorrow at the Knitting Factory, before moving the party to Full Circle Bar next week for more dreidel drama.
Finally, there's a name for this. You know that thing your cousin does when you see him at Thanksgiving?
"Yeah man, it's been a good year. But it's stressful, you know? Buying your second house is just a nervewracking experience."
That's a humblebrag -- a thinly-veiled attempt to get people to notice how sweet your life is, while making it clear how tough you have it, too. (And no, we don't know what that stress is like. We're trying to make sure that rats don't try to sublet our apartments over the holidays.) And while plenty of self-aware people have been using the hashtag #humblebrag lately, Twitter user @humblebrag has virtuously flown the banner of the twittiots by retweeting the people that say this stuff in earnest. Our ten favorites:
My poor girlfriend. She’s an only child. Her Thanksgiving dinners consisted of 3 people at a table. She’s not ready for this.
Oh, well. The walk in the park had to end sometime.
In T-minus two weeks, my sweet, loving girlfriend will innocently wander into the lion’s den: the writhing, carnivorous mass of 45 people called the Mielke family. Parents, siblings, 13 aunts and uncles, 15 cousins. If you count all the second cousins, there will be 5 sets of twins at our Christmas party.
Everyone's on the go this time of year. Whether you're rushing for gifts, flying home for the holidays, or distracting yourself from the annoying kids in the line at Macy's, your smartphone can be your saving grace. (Just to be clear -- I'm not the only one that stands in line to visit Santa by myself...right? Right?)
With the right app, you can make your shopping season simpler, catch that plane, or even make the family party fun this year. All it takes is a sharp eye, a few bucks, and a few free gigs on your phone. On Apple, on Samsung, on Google and Verizon! Joonbug's got your apps for the holiday season! (And yes, we know that the rhyme only works if you pronounce it "Vereezon." Get into the spirit and stop complaining.)
Wasting time at work is an art form. Take it from someone who reads articles in "print" form so they look less like websites and more like long, important memoranda. Like an exercise regimen, it's not an interest -- it's a lifestyle. If you want to get as little work done as possible, as you've got to prepare.
Time to assemble your cubicle survival kit.
Stapler? Check. Extra pens? Check. Earphones to block out the annoying co-worker who keeps laughing at her friend's hilarious tweet? Check. Now for the real gear: a big important spreadsheet to click over to when your boss walks by...and some awesomely hilarious websites to help you get through lunch. And if laughter is the best medicine, look for the 10 sites with that pack the biggest punch. Here they are.
SantaCon is back.
The nation's largest "non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason" is set to take place this weekend, when thousands of Santa-clad men and women will take to the streets, looking to distribute holiday cheer.
The public party (also commonly referred to as a "pub crawl," "bizarre spectacle," and "excuse for public drunkeness") will take place on Saturday. The location, which always remains secret until the night before, will be announced on the group's website on Friday evening. You can also subscribe to Santa's Twitter feed (@SantaCon) for updates.
Here's how it works: with the click of a button, you can receive instant updates from friends, celebrities, and public figures who want to share their thoughts with the the world.
The "subscribe" button, Facebook's most recent invention (besides its expected $10 billion IPO), is as close to a Twitter feed as you can get. But like Microsoft in the 90's, Facebook is capable of taking someone else's idea, relabeling it, and making it accessible to everyone.
You've always been subscribed to your friends: whenever one of them changes their status or posts a photo, it automatically pops up on your news feed. But with Facebook limiting personal accounts to five thousand friends (Angelina Jolie still hasn't accepted my friend request or my numerous phone calls), it can be difficult to keep track of your favorite athletes, movie stars, journalists, and web personalities. By clicking "subscribe," your news feed keeps you updated with any news they feel compelled to share.
While the computing power of Facebook allows its users to share more photos, links, and info than its compeTwitters (not to mention its newly-upped character limit of 63,206), the subscription service is new, and only a handful of celebrities are taking advantage. With its unequaled Facebook stalking skills, the Joonbug staff has compiled the Best Facebook Subscriptions thus far.
As New York's bigwig art dealers flock to Miami for Art Basel, it's the perfect week to avoid the snobs and discover some new culture clubs. And while the South Beach crowd might be raving about Andy Warhol's 50 year-old paintings of cats (no seriously, this one will fetch upwards of $30,000), we like to think of our tastes as more three dimensional. Especially this month: whether styrofoam, craft paper, or performance art in boiler rooms, the city's experimental set is offering more than mere sketches. Here's your monthly planner.
You've been here before. Your office's Secret Santa exchange is underway, and once again you're stuck with the creepy guy in Accounting. Or you've checked off all of your family members' names from your list...except your wild and crazy cousin. Or maybe you're just looking for the perfect gift for your significant other.
Joonbug's got you covered. Whether it's for the bro pack or the travelbug, we've come up with our best bets for a great gift-giving season. Just find out what your unsuspecting recipient is into, and we'll take it from there.
Some of New York's best architecture firms descended upon the World Financial Center last week for a one night build-off, all in the name of charity. Now, the fruits and vegetables of their labor are on display to the public.
The sculptures are entries in the 19th annual "Canstruction" competition, a touring roadshow that challenges local architects, engineers, and students to create bold, stimulating, and huge structures made entirely of canned food. The competitors, which included heavyweight firms like Skanska USA and fresh upstarts from Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the Upper West Side, donated all of their cans to City Harvest, which says it will be able to feed over 60,000 New Yorkers with the construction materials.