Things you should be looking at.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Hilarity of Indian Media

Thanks to E. Parker for pointing out these gems of entertaining awfulness:



Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Death Star Cafeteria

Audio by Eddie Izzard, animation via Lego



I also enjoyed Cake or Death.

Thanks for sending this my way, James. :)

All About Hebonics

From my brother Andrew:

All About Hebonics (author unknown)

The New York City Public Schools System has officially declared Jewish English, now dubbed Hebonics, as a second language. Backers of the move say the city schools are the first in the nation to recognize Hebonics as a valid language and a significant attribute of American culture.

According to Howard Ashland, linguistics professor at Brooklyn College and renowned Hebonics scholar, the sentence structure of Hebonics derives from middle and eastern European language patterns, as well as Yiddish.

Professor Shulman explains, "In Hebonics, the response to any question is usually another qu estion with a complaint that is either implied or stated. Thus 'How are you?' may be answered, 'How should I be, with my bad feet?' '' Shulman says that Hebonics is a superb linguistic vehicle for expressing sarcasm or skepticism. An example is the repetition of a word with "sh" or "shm" at the beginning: "Mountains, shmountains. Stay away. You should want a nosebleed?"

Another Hebonics pattern is moving the subject of a sentence to the end, with its pronoun at the beginning: "It's beautiful, that dress." Shulman says one also sees the Hebonics verb moved to the end of the sentence. Thus the response to a remark such as "He's slow as a Turtle," could be: "Turtle, shmurtle! Like a fly in Vaseline he walks."

Shulman provided the following examples from his best-selling textbook, ''Switched-On Hebonics'':

Question: "What time is it?"
English answer: "Sorry, I don't know."
Hebonic response: "What am I, a cloc k?"

Remark: "I hope things turn out okay."
English answer: "Thanks."
Hebonic response: "I should be so lucky!"

Remark: "Hurry up. Dinner's ready."
English answer: "Be right there."
Hebonic response: "Alright already, I'm coming. What's with the 'hurry' business? Is there a fire?"

Remark: "I like the tie you gave me; I wear it all the time."
English answer: "Glad you like it."
Hebonic response: "So what's the matter; you don't like the other ties I gave you?"

Remark: "Sarah and I are engaged."
English answer: "Congratulations!"
Hebonic response: "She could stand to lose a few pounds."

Question: "Would you like to go riding with us?"
English answer: "Just say when."
Hebonic response: "Riding, shmiding! Do I look like a cowboy?"

To the guest of honor at a birthday party:
English answer: "Happy birthday."
Hebonic response: "A year smarter you should become."

Remark: "A beautiful day."
English answer: "Sure is."
Hebonic response: "So the sun is out; what else is new?"

Answering a phone call from a son:
English answer: "It's been a while since you called."
Hebonic response: "You didn't wonder if I'm dead already?"

Sunday, December 23, 2007

God Star Chili

Took this in Cincinnati this evening.



For those not from around these parts: This area has two major chains of Chili restaurants, Skyline and Gold Star.

We visit these parts every X-mas. I have Chili whenever we visit these parts. I may be the only person who associates X-mas with Chili and three-ways.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

End of the World as We Know It

...and Dubya feels fine.



Impressive bit of editing.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

If you like Philip K. Dick or R. Crumb...

...you'll want to go read this.



Thanks, Joel M.!

Bloomington, MN: WTF?

WTF?

A "meditation room" at Normandale Community College, a 9,200-student public institution in Bloomington apparently serves only one faith, and an ugly version of it.

Religion is whacky stuff that I'm generally opposed to (regardless of the particular flavor of lunacy), but I can't believe a public instituion allows this:


A row of chest-high barriers splits the room into sex-segregated sections.


In the smaller, enclosed area for women sits a pile of shawls and head-coverings. Literature titled "Hijaab [covering] and Modesty" was prominently placed there, instructing women on proper Islamic behavior.


They should cover their faces and stay at home, it said, and their speech should not "be such that it is heard."


"Enter into Islaam completely and accept all the rulings of Islaam," the tract read in part.


"It should not be that you accept what entertains your desires and leave what opposes your desires; this is from the manners of the Jews."

"[T]he Jews and the Christians" are described as "the enemies of Allaah's religion." The document adds: "Remember that you will never succeed while you follow these people."


At a public community college. WTF?

It seems the ACLU has problems with this too.

Thanks for the heads-up, Andrew.

Monday, December 17, 2007

R.A. Heinlein on "This I Believe"

The cynic in me wants to call Robert Heinlein a sucker for Our Noble, Essential Decency, an essay written and recorded for This I Believe in the 1950s...but I know that Heinlein was no sucker. I'd like to believe in the decency of the majority of humankind. I don't, but I'd like to. Go read the essay or click play on the player below to listen to Heinlein read it.










Thanks for the heads-up, Andrew.

X-Mas: Straight No Chaser

I'm a grinch and I love this.



Thank you, Abigail!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

World War Z

I've been trying to get back in the habit of reading fiction by reading a little bit before I go to sleep at night. My friend Philip brought me multiple books to read while I was in the hospital, but I was unable to read novels while on the pain meds- so I'm just catching up on those now.

One of the books Philip gave me was World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. I'm surprised to find that I really, really like it. It is structured like a well-oragnized series of interviews with survivors of the Zombie war. The level of detail author Max Brooks goes into in how the world reacts to a Zombie plague is fantastic and very, very smart.

I didn't always like Zombie fiction, but E. Parker got me to watch some classic Zombie flicks and I enjoyed 28 Days Later (as well as 28 Weeks Later, though not quite as much). What most fascinates about all of these isn't the horror of bloody, slouching, you-eating monsters that used to be people. What fascinates is the guessing at what shape reactions would take. What'd happen to law, government, the military, the economy? How reasonably could such a plague be contained?

The book is loads of fun. Thanks, Philip!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

I talk funny

Really, I've been told repeatedly that I talk funny. A few times in downtown Minneapolis, I was asked what *country* I was from. I guess I decided that this was a result of being raised by New Yorkers in southern Minnesota, then going to theatre school where the4y try to drive regionalisms out of one's speaking habits. I'm told here in upstate NY that I talk funny, too.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
 
The Northeast
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
North Central
 
The West
 
Boston
 
What American accent do you have?
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How about you? The quiz takes a maximum of 3 minutes to complete.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ron Paul vs. RuPaul

For Wendy: This is Ron Paul, libertarianish Republican Candidate for president of these here YEWnighted States.



This is RuPaul, a cross-dressing footnote in pop culture history
They are not, as far as is known, related.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

LOLcat Bible

Just too funny not to mention.

There's a Wiki-based project for translating the Bible into LOLcat pidgin.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Norway

It appears that this clip is from the DVD of Michael Moore's SICKO- it was made for the film but was not included in the final cut.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

They Might Be Giants: The Else

The first two times I listened to The Else, I found it disappointing- so I put the CD away for a few weeks.

When I pulled it out again, I found that a couple of the tracks had somehow gotten much better. The more I listened, the better I liked it and the more tracks I enjoyed.

Damn it, this happens with EVERY album they put out. Why do I still doubt it every time?

The Fratellis

I can't even remember who it was that first told me to check out The Fratellis- but I've now been listening to Costello Music for a couple of weeks and can't really get enough.

Not altogether crazy about their videos, but the music is a blast.





Friday, November 09, 2007

The dictator who smelt it, dealt it.

Hitler's health issues, including extraordinary flatulence, are discussed here.

His private physician, Dr. Theo Morell, recorded in his diary that after Hitler downed a typical vegetable platter, “constipation and colossal flatulence occurred on a scale I have seldom encountered before.”

I cannot determine why I find this so entertaining.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Writer's Strike Episode of House, MD

Laughed out loud at this.
CHASE: House, we need to cure this patient. He is very sick.
HOUSE: Did you try the medicine drug?
CHASE: I did try the medicine drug.
HOUSE: Only stupid people try the medicine drug. You are stupid.
PATIENT: I would rather not be sick.
HOUSE: You are stupid too. Did you take stupid drug?
FOREMAN: I gave patient stupid drug.
HOUSE: You are a black man.
FOREMAN: This vexes me.
PATIENT: I have blood from my nose that is dripping.
CAMERON: That's bad!
PATIENT: Also I was bitten by mice due to my poor hygiene.
CUTTY: You need hygiene drug. Also, I have not spoken in awhile.
HOUSE: No! Hygiene drug will kill Patient! He needs mouse bites to live!
CHASE: [Shocked]
CAMERON: [Shocked]
FOREMAN: [Vexed]
HOUSE: More mouse bites!
CUTTY: I forbid this.
HOUSE: Don't care.
CHASE: [Gets mice]
HOUSE: [Makes mouse bite serum]
PATIENT: I feel better. No more nose blood! Thank you doctor!
HOUSE: I am very smart.
WILSON: I, too, am in this episode.
FOREMAN: This vexes me.

~FIN~

Found here:

http://www.metafilter.com/66144/Hollywood-Kabuki#1897448

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Zombies in Plain English

Sacha ansd Lee Lefever make all kinds of useful videos, like RSS in Plain English and Wikis in Plain English, but theiur newest is really a halloween treat: Zombies in Plain English.


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Why Our Cats Aren't Allowed in the Bedroom

Oh yeah. They'd do this.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

More on recent televsion

I completely agree with Rolfe- the new Dr. Who is excellent and I've seen every episode that has been broadcast so far. I'm also very fond of the spin-off, Torchwood.

Pushing Daisies is outstanding. I fear, though, that television this good will never last.

I'm still planning on watching LOST when it comes back, but my enthusiasm for it waned during the last season.

We really enjoyed Burn Notice over the summer. It was funny and smart- and we liked the McGuyver-ish bits.

Also, we enjoy the heck out of Ugly Betty. Some of the dialog is absolutely priceless.

Randy Pausch: Last Lecture

Virtual reality expert Dr. Randy Pausch is going to die from cancer in the next few months. This the 10-minute version of his"last lecture:"


If you like that, see the full (original) version from Carnegie Mellon below:
(You can skip the first 8 minutes of introduction if you want to skip up to Randy)


Fine, I'm a cheese-butt...but I liked this. And him.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Notes on Recent Television


  • Sure, Grey's Anatomy is nowhere near as good as in its first season, but it still doesn't suck anywhere near as badly as Private Practice. I'll still watch Grey's Anatomy, but I'm done with Private Practice. How does a show with such a good cast suck this much?

  • Speaking of medical dramas, I'm completely amazed that ER still doesn't suck.

  • Life is so-so, but interesting enough to keep watching for now.

  • Journeyman started out poorly but is actually improving with each episode and stays in our PVR for now.

  • Bionic Woman needs a better show title, better sound design (they even recylced that sound effect!) and better scripts- but at least the star is somewhat appealing. Teeters between suckage and decency, but I'll keep watching and hoping it moves away from suckage.

  • Heroes is weaker this season and I'm pretty sure Kensai is the one killing the older generation, but it is still one of the most entertaining hours on television. It is incredible to me that a show can rip off Marvel comics this much and not be sued, but at least they do it better than Marvel does. I mean, did you see Ghost Rider or Daredevil? Also, I sort of enjoy the immersive online content for Heroes.

  • Back to You continues to amaze. How can such a good cast and proven formula fail so miserably?



How about you? What're you watching or hating?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Wallet Test

Really interesting.
100 wallets were dropped in front of hidden cameras to see who would return the wallets and who would steal them...
Results here

Friday, October 05, 2007

When Bingley met Philip


Our friend Mari wanted Bing to be the first dog her son Philip met, so she brought him over a couple of months ago. They hit it off very nicely. Bing is very gentle with small children and doesn't have a trace of aggression in him. If Philip's happy scream was a little too loud or if he handled Bing too roughly, Bing just backed away by a foot.


Each relied on his favorite sense to inspect his new friend. Bing thoroughly smelled Philip and Philip did his best to taste (the recently-groomed and very clean) Bing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

T-Shirts You Should Buy for Me

Sen. Larry Craig calling Clinton a "nasty, bad, naughty boy"

The best part of this video is the look on Chris Matthews' face after Craig finishes calling Clinton a "nasty, bad, naughty boy."

We are Simpsons




Make your own.

Why I Like Larry Miller

We watched a film last night in which Larry Miller played a small role, and it reminded me of something he wrote a few years ago that I really liked- so I looked it up and read it again. I still like it. You don't have to share my political views on Israel to appreciate his funny and sharp writing:

Whosoever Blesses Them
The intifada and its defenders.

by Larry Miller
04/22/2002

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lord Byron on Religion

"I do not believe in any religion. I will have nothing to do with immortality. We are miserable enough in this life without speculating upon another."

- Lord Byron

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bush Will Protect Us From Those Who Would Eat Our Brains

Philip sent this my way:

This is Internet Commenting

What if common "social web" behaviors were applied in life?

Very funny, NSFW (language).

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Flogging Molly kicks ass

Woo!

Yesterday, we drove to Buffalo to go to the Warped Tour. Yeah, that's a little out of character- but we had good reason and a great time.

My friend Meesh, who I've known since high school, married Bob Schmidt. Bob plays mandolin and banjo in kick-butt Irish-rock band Flogging Molly.

We actually just met Bob a few weeks ago at my high school reunion after hearing about him for years from Meesh and mutual friends Ellen and Eric. Turns out that they hadn't exaggerated. Bob really is ridiculously nice and a charming, funny, smart feller. After saying goodbye at the end of the reunion, Liz and I commented to each other that we absolutely had to see Flogging Molly play the next time they played within reasonable driving distance of Syracuse. Heck, if we didn't love the band, we'd still get to hang with Bob- and that would be worth a drive.

So Meesh called earlier this week to let us know that FM was playing about two hours from us and that Bob would put us on the guest list if we were interested. We jumped at the chance. I got the afternoon off from work and we drove a couple of hours west.

Bob met us at the gates and walked us through the grounds for the Warped Tour.



Liz mocked me for taking a picture of all the band tour busses, but I thought it was an interesting sight.



So we got to meet the band (who are remarkably pleasant and friendly considering that they deal with a lot of gawking doofuses like me every day) and we got to see Bob's preparation to play as he described some of the logistics of the event.



And this was cool: we got to stand on stage while they played. It was really cool to see waves of teenagers chanting every single lyric.







Flogging Molly was amazing. If you have the chance to see them perform in person, you really, really, really should. The CDs are great, but just can't compare. There's no more ass left to kick anywhere near Buffalo- they kicked it all. More ass will need to be shipped in from Rochester or Albany for future acts that come through town and want to do some kicking.

Bob also got us on stage for Bad Religion's set and made it possible for me to shake Greg Graffin's hand. I have been listening to Bad Religion or about 15 years, so that was a real treat.







Bob and his bandmates spent a couple of hours signing autographs and taking pictures with fans (all warmly and cheerfully, mind you), so we walked around and watched Warped as it started to wrap.







We went out for dinner at the only restaurant nearby we could find before Liz and I headed back to the 'Cuse. It was loads of fun and we're hoping to see both Meesh and Bob at a Flogging Molly show in September.

If you haven't heard Flogging Molly, you should. Listen below. Buy CDs. Go see 'em live.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Muffins

I hate myself for being amused by this.


Worse, there are tons of tribute videos.

Incarcerex: For Electile Disfunction



Thanks for pointing this out, James!

Friday, August 03, 2007

The future of computing: a big-ass table

When I first saw this video of Microsoft's "surface computing" a few months ago, I really was impressed.

But today I saw this parody:

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Futurama Returns in November!

Yay! Below: Trailer from Comic-Con



16 new episodes will be shown on Comedy Central AND sold on DVD.

Again: Yay!

Kevin Smith to direct Heros spin-off



This means that we can expect these first six episiodes to contain a lot of fart jokes?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Saudi 3-year-old

From the television of our "allies" in Saudi Arabia:

Oy.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Spoiler T-Shirt

This is hilarious...and very, very wrong. But hilarious!

Via BoingBoing

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Daft Hands - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I love this. Starts out slow, but keep watching. Best fan-made video ever.



Not familiar with Daft Punk or this song? Lyrics here.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Mobile Phone Salesman from Wales...

A mobile phone salesman from Wales appears on Britain's Got Talent:



Fine, I'm a cheeseball- but I thought this was really something else. Forget the judges. Watch the guy and watch the crowd. Lovely.

I'm not especially fond of opera, but I could've listened to more of this.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Worst Children's Book Ever

This awful thing was pointed out to me by my friend James, who has a remarkable ability to find and share entertainingly awful things. For your horror and amusement, we present LATAWNYA, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs.

(Some language in the comments is not entirely suitable for some workplaces.)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sometimes, I enjoy Christopher Hitchens



Brad points out another great quote from Hitchens on Falwell:
“If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”


Of course, I'd enjoy anyone who was so openly hostile to Sean Hannity, Ralph Reed, and Jerry Falwell. Hitchens looks terribly hung-over, doesn't he?

Salvador Dali on "What's My Line"

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Andy McKee - Tight Trite Night

Filmed May, 2007
Andy McKee playing Tight Trite Night a composition by Don Ross




http://www.andymckee.com/

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.



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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Jonathan Coulton Kicks Ass

I'm loving the work of Jonathan Coulton. All songs below released with Creative Commons license.

However, you should go buy a bunch of his stuff after listening to it.

Code Monkey
Yay, monkeys. This is not autobiographical, but I did indeed used to have a job writing software. VB! MS SQL! I affectionately referred to myself and my co-developers as code monkeys, especially when a client asked me a question that I didn’t want to answer (”What do I know? I’m just a code monkey.”).

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Re: Your Brains
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that being trapped in a mall surrounded by a million zombies would be really troublesome. But how much more annoying would it be if the head zombie used to be your co-worker, and he was kind of a prick even before he got infected? And now he’s right outside and he just keeps talking and talking - still the same jackass, only now he wants to eat your brains?

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ShopVac
A song about "Suburban Angst"
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Video of live performance (YouTube)



I Feel Fantastic
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Cover of Baby Got Back
In the proud tradition of many white Americans who came before me I hereby steal and white-ify this thick and juicy piece of black culture. Watch for my album “Jonathan Coulton Sings Songs by Black People.”

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Performed live with Paul and Storm singing backup:


My Monkey
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Tom Cruise Crazy
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Live with Kristen Shirts and backup singers Paul and Storm from Da Vinci's Notebook:



Interview with Coulton:

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Imogen Heap and a Repeater

Wow.



Imogen Heap singing acapella "Just For Now" (from her album "Speak For Yourself") at the Studio 11 for Indie 103.1FM on september 2006. Amazing performance.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Le Grand Content



"Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand 'association-chain-massacre'. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. Of course, it totally fails this assignment, but in its failure it still manages to produce some magical nuance and shades between the great topics death, cable tv, emotions and hamsters."


More here.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

M.I.T. Drawing Board

Wow, this is cool.

Family Guy Steals From Simpsons



Okay, so this looks bad- but haven't these same themes played out in a LOT of family sitcoms?

Interesting anyway.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Mr. Rogers Goes to Washington

In 1969, the US Senate had a hearing on funding the proposed Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but President Nixon wanted it cut in half for the Vietnam War.



Fred Rogers was amazing. How did our cynical world ever accommodate someone so nakedly sincere?

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Landlord

Ellen sent this link.

Will Farrell and his daughter star in "The Landlord."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ze Frank at TED 2004



Ze Frank rose to Internet fame with his viral video How to Dance Properly, and has been a purveyor of imaginative online comedy ever since.

...In this performance, drawn from the TED2004 archive, he offers the signature blend of comedy, technology and social theory that made him our favorite philosopher comic. (Recorded February 2004 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 19:42) - More TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com


Other TED talks:
Richard Dawkins at TED2006
Malcolm Gladwell at TED2004

Monday, April 09, 2007

Peeps for Passover

The marvelous Mari sent me the link- I laughed.

Plague 2, Frogs:


Plague 8, Locusts:


Plague 10, Death of the First Born:


Go check 'em all out.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Mencia still a thief

Remember this post?

Mencia is still a thieving hack. Here's proof of his stealing from Cosby.



In case you misssed he original post or the video was taken down, this is what I'm on about:

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Internet Video and McLuhan being full of it.

If you follow news of the Web for a while, you can't help but notice that when a site really takes off, others will borrow the model and repurpose it to their own agenda. There are now dozens of Digg clones and an open-source CMS (Pligg) that'll let anyone host his own Digg-like site. People are making Digg-like sites for all kinds of specialized interests. One of my favorites is BioWizard- a sort of Digg for biomedical literature.

Youtube is another site that others are borrowing the model of. The model-borrowing has been going on for a while now, but is really getting interesting lately. Two variations on YouTube have recently come to my attention, PornoTube and JesusClips. (I'm not posting a link to either one of them- you can find them via Google if you like.) Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum.

I think that one of these two sites is potentially damaging to the human mind. If you know me, you'll know which one. Below, screen captures of YouTube, JesusClips, and PornoTube:

YouTube


JesusClips


PornoTube (Image censored for those with delicate sensibilities)


Expect to see a lot more of these. There are already a couple of packages available that will let pretty much anyone with the bandwidth run a video-sharing site like YouTube. Expect an open-source version in the near future.

There are already at least three sites of this type for "adult" content. There will be dozens more soon.

Someone will try to make a site like this for kids, but will run into the problem of the need for strict editorial control in order to avoid showing kids content that parents would not approve of. That means that it'll have to be maintained by a corporate entity with the money to staff it properly. Betcha' it'll be Viacom.

All the "social networking" sites will soon all have native support for recording and posting video.

Comedy Central now posts clips from the Daily Show and Colbert Report in embeddable flash players. Expect most other networks to do the same.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Bill Maher on Religion



Fairy tales and neurological disorders. Heh.

Interesting to see how long it took Scarborough to illustrate Godwin's Law.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Spaghetti Town

This is completely insane, but it entertained me.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Royksopp - Remind Me



Wonderful animated video.

ArabTelevision

How do you get to know a culture? Watch its television.





Then there's Dr. Wafa Sultan, an Arab American MD and amazingly brave woman:

Iranian Scholar on Tom and Jerry as Jewish Propoganda

On February 19, 2006, Iran's Channel 4 covered a film seminar that included a lecture by Professor Hasan Bolkhari. In addition to being a member of the Film Council of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Bolkhari is a cultural advisor to the Iranian Education Ministry, and active on behalf of interfaith issues.




Among the problems with this lecture;

Walt Disney (who wasn't Jewish) didn't make Tom and Jerry. It was produced for MGM by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Does this seriously pass for scholarship? This man is regarded as a scholar?

Hasan Bolkhari (b. 1962) holds a Ph.D in Islamic Philosophy and, among other things, teaches philosophy of art at Tabatabaei and Al-Zahra Universities in Iran and is a prolific author of literary and scientific works.


I find it difficult to believe that Iranian citizens watching this on television could possibly be fooled by this utter nonsense.

More here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Non-destructive graffiti on massive scale

I want one.



http://graffitiresearchlab.com/

Ta-Shma: Chasidic Hip-Hop

You thought maybe that Matisyahu was an unusual sort of chabadnik to be making reggae music?

Meet Ta-Shma. Chuna Silverman and Menachem Shapiro make with the hip-hop beats and the Kosher rhymes, yo. (Oy.)



The weirdest thing about this is that is isn't all that bad. Not great, but not bad.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bollywood Weirdness

Fascinating in its weird awfulness.








Carlos Mencia is totally busted

I have always hated Mind of Mencia. The show isn't funny, and he comes off like a jerk.

Well, it seems Carlos is notorious among comedians for stealing material from other comics and claiming it as his own. Joe Rogan called him on it the other day...on stage in front of a live audience. This video shows the confrontation and provides footage to support Joe's assertion that Carlos is a joke-stealing schmuck.

Happy Valentine's Day

I hate this Hallmark holiday, I really do.

If you need a special day once a year to remind you to do something nice for someone you love, you have problems that no saccharine, mass-produced atrocity can help to address.

But this is too cute to not share.

Our tortie cat is beautiful...but sort of bitchy. She's never really warmed up to our awesome dog in the 18 months or so he's been with us. Today, I was lucky enough to catch this on grainy, low-res, cell phone video:

David Sedaris on Letterman

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

More Mac Ad Parodies

I'm not invested in the silly "Mac vs. PC" dichotomy, but these parodies of the Mac ads are fun.




Other Mac vs. PC ad parodies mentioned on P&G:


*VH-1
*CtrlAltDel

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Japanese Potty Training

I don't understand the Japanese, but I do love them.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Four Year Old Pundit



She's smarter, more articulate, and cuter than any pundit on television.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager: Part V



Previous Episodes

Minneapolis Vandalism

There's a huge advertisement in Minneapolis just off the U of MN campus for the "lovepower church," that I have always thought an eyesore- and it can be seen from 35W.

Just saw that the advertisement, which is supposed to say "LOVE POWER," has been vandalized in an amusing fashion with a single letter.


My favorite bit of vandalism, though, was in Syracuse.

The billboard originally said: "Grafitti is a Crime!" Some clever tagger spray-painted the word "FUN" between "a" and "crime," so it read for months as: "Grafitti is a FUN Crime!"