1. Gloom and doom with a sense of … hey, wait a minute

    Some Grumpy Grumpersteins out there think environmentalism is never funny. TBS aims to prove ’em wrong with Earth to America! — an exclamation-pointed, star-studded night of comedy about the planet’s plight. That bit on new-source review is gonna kill.

  2. Turning Japanese, we really think so

    The upcoming Tokyo Motor Show is going to be wicked awesome, and not just for lovers of auto-gadget porn. No fewer than three hydrogen fuel-cell concept cars — from Toyota, Honda, and Mercedes — will debut to the oohs and ahs of bright green hot-rodders who covet clean fuel economy and sexy futurism in equal measure.

    Photo: Honda.

  3. We await the BeerBringer

    The DishMaker does just what it sounds like: makes dishes. From food-grade, nontoxic acrylic wafers. As many dishes as you need. On demand. And recycles them when you’re done. Between that and Real Dolls, we sense a cultural shift setting in.

  4. Fo’ shizzle, my Nizlek

    This month’s Solar Decathlon in D.C. found students from all over the world building fully solar-powered houses. It rained. Isn’t it ironic? Ross Nizlek was better off building his solar-power system in his dorm room.

    Photo: Virginia Tech.

  5. Sacré bleu!

    Those madcap French antics! Uh, Freedom antics. One merry band of Frogs moves furtively through the streets of Paris, letting the air out of SUV tires. Another bombards a Vogue editor — a fur-loving “pelt pusher” — with tofu cream pies. We’re Franco-feeling it.