The Empire's week in review: licking cravats, The Sims, and can vendors join the Tribe?

Every once and a while, we let our copyeditor Caroline out of her cage and allow her to dabble in actually writing posts instead of just cleaning up the catastrophic typos we make in OUR posts, and she does stuff like this: I'm craving this skull cravat pin. While this post might not be heavy-hitting or especially profound, it does bring some of our old favorites out of the woodwork…

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Favorite comments: drooling, cosplay photographers, and toxic sheens

With the staff retreat last week, we didn't have a chance to run through our favorite comments. (Oh and by the way: did you notice the reduced load of blog posts this week? My editors were too busy drinking wine out of honey bear jars to produce more than the minimum number of posts for this week. I'm happy to report that blog post counts will be back up to normal next week, now that everyone's back at their laptops in their respective cities.)

Anyway! The moral of the story here is that we're all back in action this week, working on posts, chugging away on code, scheming schemes, and enjoying your blog comments. Here are a few of our favorites for the week…