The Rundown: Long Island’s Weekly Random To-Do List August 9 – 16


31RunDown Colbchella1. TiVo STEPHEST COLBCHELLA ‘012 ROCKTAUGUSTFEST: Stephen Colbert, everyone’s favorite news source (besides us, of course), will be holding his second annual music festival on his show, The Colbert Report, during the week of August 13. Featured acts include The Flaming Lips, Fun., Grandmaster Flash, Grizzly Bear and Santigold. The concert held on New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum where, according to Colbert, “We are gonna rock the boat, which won’t be easy, because the Intrepid displaces 41,434 tons. Does Bonnaroo have cruise missiles? I think not.” Get ready, Colbert Nation —it’s time to rock.

31RunDown CmonSon2. VISIT CMONSONONLINE.COM: James Roberts, better known as Ed Lover, has been starring in his own series of YouTube videos for more than two years now, and they’re still as great as they were when he first started. In his videos, Roberts gives his take on current events, often offering a derisive “C’mon, Son!” to celebrities and musicians for their embarrassing blunders. It is absolutely hilarious, but we do have one warning: both the site and videos are most definitely NSFW.

31RunDown ColdSpringHarbor3. TOUR COLD SPRING HARBOR LAB: Not only is this place chock full of genius with a history of ground-breaking discoveries, it is simply gorgeous. Stop by for a 1.5-hour guided walking tour  on August 11 at 10 a.m. exploring the beautiful grounds, intricate architecture and the lab’s Nobel history. Fun fact: CSH has a it’s own bar and private beach on campus. And you never know who you may bump into. Last time we stopped by, Mr. James Watson, was strolling around campus. Yep, that would be the Father of DNA, himself. The guy you read about in your high school textbooks—no big deal or anything.

31RunDown Hackers4. GOOGLE “MLB HACK DEADSPIN”: Assuming you’ve spelled everything correctly, this should take you to deadspin.com‘s article about the brazen young individual who is hacking into the Facebook pages of various MLB franchises. Teams that have been hacked so far are the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago White Sox, the Miami Marlins, the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Whew. Perhaps you’d like a sample? Here you are, from the Washington Nationals’ Facebook page: “We’re going back to Montreal. SEE YA SUCKERS!!!!!!!”

31RunDown Disco5. CELEBRATE DISCO: Get out your platform shoes and head to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow for a night of disco madness under the stars. There will be dancing in the park and maybe even the streets, a light show and all sorts of groovy-ness going down on August 11 when the sun sets.  Be there.

31RunDown Ketchup Cups6. FAN YOUR KETCHUP CUPS: Discover the truth behind ketchup cups at foodbeast.com: You’ve seen them, those white paper containers that you get at diners and other restaurants. It’s also likely that at some point, you’ve been frustrated with how small they are, especially if you like to dip burgers and chicken nuggets in ketchup. Thanks to publisher Elie Ayrouth, your prayers have been answered. Ayrouth explains on the site how his friend pointed out to him that in actuality, the small paper cups are designed to expand and fan out, increasing the surface area for dipping considerably. So next time you’re at a diner, you can show off to all your friends, who will definitely be impressed.

31RunDown MikeIke7. FOLLOW MIKE AND IKE’S MESSY BREAK-UP ON FACEBOOK: Mike and Ike have been going through some tough times, but like all good splits, this one’s public. If you head over to facebook.com/mikeandike, you can finally get your hands on all the juicy info you’ve been yearning for. This tragedy apparently occurred because the two just can’t seem to agree on ideas for their candy! One of them is going into the music biz, and the other wants to be an artist! Who’s the aspiring artist, you ask? You’ll have to go online to find out! Spoiler alert: it’s totally Ike.

31RunDown GoogleHQ8. GOOGLE “GOOGLE’S NEW LONDON HQ”: Head over to Google and take a look at their third London office. It’s pretty weird, and we mean that in the best possible way. Some walls are cushioned, some are leather, and there are a variety of other amenities, such as a gym, dance studio, and even a bike dryer. As if that wasn’t enough already, there’s also an allotment garden, where each Google employee will be able to grow their own crops. Now all you need to do is get a job there.

31RunDown DeathWishCoffee9. BUY DEATH WISH COFFEE: Dark, rich, flavorful and highly caffeinated coffee beans roasted in upstate New York, this is the strongest coffee in the world, guaranteed.  It’s an eco-friendly brew and has 200 percent more caffeine than a regular ol’ dark roast. You can try a 2-ounce sample for $2.99 at www.deathwishcoffee.com  Although, we wouldn’t advise you trying much more than that unless, of course, you actually do have a death wish.

31RunDown GetJob10. GET A JOB! If you don’t have that job at Google lined up, come winter those nice days off you’ve been enjoying will no longer be spent sleeping on the beach, but shoveling snow. Don’t get stuck shoveling snow. Attend the Long Island Job fair at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on August 13.