Welcome to another edition of Watch, Read, Make. This week we’ve got a freaking amazing puppet, news commentary from Russell Brand, and a way to give yourself book writing skillz in the span of a long weekend. School’s nearly here, so it’s time to make the most of the free time you’ve got!

Watch: That video above, from this YouTube user (and originally found via BoingBoing) is pretty much the best Portal 2 craft that I’ve seen. If you check out the BoingBoing link, you can see the creator’s design drawings. Given that this is a cosplay hobby project, it’s pretty amazing the amount of work she put into it–particularly the time she took to learn how to do the very mechanical movements she’s using to puppet the thing. Plus, you know, snarky robot puppets: always delightful.

Read: Russell Brand is sometimes–despite some questionable career choices–really well-spoken (or written) about things. Such is the case in this analysis of the London riots, which neither condones the rioters’ actions nor discounts systematic disenfranchisement of people in that part of London. Given that Brand has lived in and around the parts of London that were the sites of the original riots, his insight into them has more weight than, say, Angelina Jolie’s. It’s also nice for his insight as a former reality TV show host, as it reveals (as one might suspect) that even the hosts sometimes think reality TV is stupid.

Make: Shep’s vote for this week’s Make item was a frozen jack and coke: make ice cubes out of the coke before you make the drink, and then toss them into the blender with your liquor. (This seems like a lot of work that could be replicated with a coke slushie from Quik Trip and a lack of shame, but that’s just me.) Instead, this week’s last item is a guide to how to write a book in three days. The linked page is a summary of advice from Michael Moorcock, a man who spent many years working as a pulp writer, churning out sword-and-sorcery fantasy books every three days. His secret to speed (putting in prep work beforehand so he could just churn through the actual writing) is actually good advice for any kind of large written project–including papers. I don’t know if it’s quite as easy to write a book in three days as Moorcock makes it sound, but I hope at least one of our readers will try it. Let us know how it goes!

Do you have anything that you’ll be watching, reading, or making this weekend? Let us know in the comments!