It's a small world after all

In the latter months of my time living in Chicago with Jord and Jon Wilcox, Jord began making videos with this group of local comedians, and I didn't think much of it. Then I retreated back to Silicon Valley, and…

Jon Wilcox: It's wild that T.J. Miller, Kumail, and Thomas Middleditch used to hang out in my living room.

I befriended Jord and Jon Wilcox via their E/N website, and I befriended Ben via his music blog.

While Ben drove me to Jon Wilcox's flat in Washington, D.C….

Jon: Ishmail? From [the websites] Punogre/Armegro? How do you know him?
Ben: He caught me DJ-ing, tweeted at me, and we subsequently became friends. I stayed with him in Los Angeles once.
Jon: Huh.

I type this from Philadelphia in the spare bedroom of Drew's house. I befriended Drew via his blog.

Treasure the Chesapeake

A Copy of My Mind
Joko Anwar, Indonesia/South Korea

She gives facials in a cheap beauty salon. He makes subtitles for pirated DVDs. They find a soulmate in each other. But their love is threatened to a tragic end when she stumbles upon evidence of a corruption case linked to a presidential candidate's closest aides.


Airlines should display a real-time seating chart at boarding gates that allows you to see which seats are still available and the ages of the people who will be sitting around you.

On my flight to Washington, D.C. was a stroller-pushing father wearing an Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group shirt.

Alvin and the Chipmunks, American Football

Idea: A parody of "All Day" by Kanye West about Old Bay Seasoning.

Idea: A parody of "All Day" by Kanye West about breakfast being served all day.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

33. Being a Little Person (Review, S02E03)

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

  • "Thinking about your boy? Now you can send him to Yale." (True Detective, S02E08)
  • "" (True Detective, S02E08)
  • True Detective Season Grade: D-
  • "Denial is a special privilege of the rich." (The Strain, S02E05)
  • "You got caught pounding ass in a public restroom. That's some A-Rod shit." (Ballers, S01E08)

"Now make them all make fun of the blonde one."

Community (Rick and Morty, S02E03)

  • Sad ending (Rick and Morty, S02E03)
  • "You're like some kind of cross-dressing Jedi manure spreader." (WWE Raw, 08-10-15)
  • Rusev-ied Bulgarian flag (WWE Raw, 08-10-15)

Hello Nasty (Mr. Robot, S01E08)

  • "Thanks to our modern collective disinterest in privacy, I was able to find basic information about my sex target rapidly." (Review, S02E03)
  • "Much like sex, we have had it!" (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S04E26)

(Friends of the People, S02E05)

  • Rectify Season Grade: C-
  • "Jack Crawford, fisher of men, watching my cork move against the current." (Hannibal, S03E11)
  • "The essence of the worst in the human spirit is not found in the crazy sons of bitches. Ugliness is found in the faces of the crowd." (Hannibal, S03E11)
  • The red team's pathetic performance (Race to Escape, S01E04)


The Chipotles of my life

1629 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Where I lost my Chipotle virginity. Summer 2002. While visiting J.A. in Washington, D.C., he pointed out a restaurant named Chipotle and praised its chips and guacamole. We later met up with Seth Freedland and Josh Karlin-Resnick from high school here. Adam Riff™, this website's namesake, was supposed to join us, but, to my disappointment, he had returned home already.

244 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
There is a Chipotle in Westwood now, but when I was in college, we had to drive to Beverly Hills to eat at Chipotle, and only after Chipotle finally expanded into Los Angeles.

1733 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Needless to say, when I moved to Chicago, I was elated to discover a Chipotle near our duplex. Here I honed my go-to order at Chipotle – burrito, white rice, no beans, fajita veggies, chicken, all four salsas, sour cream, cheese, no guacamole, no lettuce.

2400 Charleston Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043
At my last job, I began staying after work on Fridays to create the following week's Cribsheet for this website, alone and undisturbed in the office, and then eating a late dinner at this Chipotle. Same routine almost every Friday for about a year – perhaps not the wisest use of my 20s.

504 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011
When I lived in Manhattan, our flat was just around the corner from a Chipotle – the closest I have ever lived to a Chipotle. I ate dinner at this Chipotle every Sunday, periodically ordering a cup for soda¹, which I would take home, wash, and dry on the dish rack. Then, when I craved pop, instead of buying some, I would grab a cup or two from my stack of used Chipotle soda cups at home, walk to this Chipotle, and fill up discreetly. And when dining here, I snuck in used cups via a backpack.

¹ I ordered a cup for soda periodically to replace deteriorating used cups.

Adam Robot: I learned that a Chipotle was opening in Billings from you.

—Oh no… He pronounces it "Chi-POL-te." Should I say something?

New respect test: Say "chipotle mascarpone."

Sleeping with the Enema

summer of unk'd

How did "Animals," your track on Compton, come together?

DJ Premier: I went to Moscow earlier this year to work with, like, the top producer in Moscow. The pitch was for me to get with a Russian producer, to use Russian samples and music, and then to have MF Doom rap on it.

When we were about to head out to Moscow, MF Doom fell ill and wasn't able to come out. I'm like, "Well, who are you going to get to replace him?" He said, "We're going to get a singer instead of a rapper, Anderson .Paak." [source]

Straight outta Moscow.

When not performing, [David Copperfield] manages his chain of eleven islands in the Bahamas, called "Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay," which completed a $35 million renovation under Copperfield's supervision. [source]

Why is "David Copperfield managing a chain of islands in the Bahamas" not a television programme?

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

32. The Correspondents Say Goodbye (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 08-06-15)

Stray Observations

Frank's list repeats stuff (True Detective, S02E07)

  • "Now you just shit my carpet." (True Detective, S02E07)
  • "Guy's been around less the last three months than my wife's period." (True Detective, S02E07)
  • Halt and Catch Fire Season Grade: C
  • Fatlip (Ballers, S01E07)
  • Birdman (Ballers, S01E07)
  • "I communicate through what you call 'Jessica's feet.' No, 'telepathy.'" (Rick and Morty, S02E02)
  • "I'm gonna miss you, umm, Fart. I'm really sorry your name became 'Fart.'" (Rick and Morty, S02E02)
  • "Guys are annoying. All they want to do is eat Chipotle." (Total Divas, S04E05)
  • Deutschland 83 Season Grade: C
  • "I don't like Squidbillies, daddy." (Rectify, S03E05)
  • Zero reaction for Craig Kilborn (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 08-06-15)
  • "You're the bride of Frankenstein."
    "We've…both been his bride." (Hannibal, S03E10)
  • "My relationship with Hannibal is not as passionate as yours. You are here visiting an old flame." (Hannibal, S03E10)
  • "You are capable of righteous violence because you are compassionate."
    "How are you capable?"
    "Extreme acts of cruelty require a high level of empathy. The next time you have an instinct to help someone, you might consider crushing them instead." (Hannibal, S03E10)