Geek on a Plane

malkoffMark Malkoff is at it again.

What’s THAT? You’ve never heard of him, you say?

Well, you would have, HAD you read my post last January, when he decided to live in IKEA for a week

In any case, a year and a half later, the comedian writer/filmmaker is back for more.

He’s changed things up – and likely testing his marriage yet again – by living in an airplane for an entire month.

I only came across his latest “venture” today, but he’s been flying all over the continental United States since June 1st, and will continue doing so until his last flight on the 30th.

Oh, and did I mention that he’s afraid of flying?

I seriously wish I was making this up. But that requires time I don’t have.  

You can read and watch all his crazy aviation exploits on his Web site.

(And to think: I ALMOST posted a Hump Day video today.)

(You’re welcome.)


*Picture taken from Flightstory Aviation Blog.

Loquacious High Five, Mark Malkoff!

I’m not going to lie, but sometimes I’ve wondered what it would be like to have a bedroom or living room furnished right out of the pages of the IKEA catalogue (page 171 or page 103, respectively).

 Well, this morning I read about this one guy from New York who is living the dream – for ikea-set.jpgfree!

His name’s Mark Malkoff, and he’s a comedian and filmmaker who unfortunately is having his tiny apartment fumigated for cockroaches.

He ruled out staying with friends – who have equally tiny apartments – or staying in a hotel (which would cost an arm and a leg).

So he thought up a creative third option: three weeks ago, he called up the IKEA in suburban New Jersey and asked if he could crash at their store for the week (since, well, most of the stuff in his apartment is IKEA, anyway).

And they – being fans of some previous work he did – said yes.

All reservations about free corporate advertising aside: How awesome IS that?

So yesterday morning, he moved into IKEA with two suitcases of personal belongings into one of the bedroom sets, where he’ll stay until Saturday at midnight.

And he’s got lots of activities planned, which is being documented by a film crew and uploaded onto his Web site in episodes.

So, despite what his wife – embarrassed and staying with relatives in upstate New York -thinks about all this, I’m giving Mark Malkoff my first Loquacious High Five of the week, nay, of the year

‘Cause anyone who not only can move into a furniture store for a week, but can score a gift basket when he shows up, is my hero.


And if you want to see how Mark lives the good life at Ikea this week, you can check it here.

Loquacious High Five, Emma Clarke!

So given the semi-seriousness of the last couple posts, I’m going to try something new, which I’m calling the Loquacious High Five.

(‘Cause people don’t high five each other enough in this world, in my honest opinion.)

And I’ve already got one! Check it:

She’s a writer and voice-over artist in her native London.

But to most commuters riding the Tube, Emma Clarke is responsible three little pre-recorded words they hear each morning:

“Mind the gap.”

Unfortunately “the voice of the Tube” got the boot.

Clarke recently decided to have a little fun with her job by creating, then posting, a series of spoof announcements on her Web site. 

My favourites are this one , this one … and, oh yeah, this one. (TTC passengers, take note. This could very well be us, too.)

I had a few good chuckles at these.

Unfortunately, the folks running the London Underground weren’t on the same wavelength. In fact, they said she was criticizing the Underground System.

So they went and fired her.

This is only my personal opinion, but that’s dumb. (I also think the administrators in charge of the London Underground need a little more fibre in their diet.)

Not that Emma’s doing too shabbily. She does have other work to keep her busy. And when the story appeared on the Internet Monday, her Web site was flooded with people trying to access her spoofs. (Hence why it took so long for me to post this.)

For this, Emma Clarke gets my first-ever Loquacious High Five. Because if you can’t have fun and be a little cheeky with your work, then what’s the point?


You can visit Emma’s web site – and blog, where she’s chronicled the events of the past few days – through this link. Enjoy.