Archive | October, 2013

Stuff That Happened This Month (Aug/Sept)

6 Oct
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Yeesh. You know what is terrible for writing? Not writing.

(In this case, the “not writing” is a result from having a job that feeds on your life energy until you are convinced your office is swarming with dementors.)

Needless to say, I have been WAY out of the loop. From what I can gather, the government has shut down, Malcom’s Dad now deals meth, and judging from the sheer amount of links, I can only assume Miley Cyrus has killed someone.

Anyway- what’s been helping me chug-a-lug through it has been friends (who still talk to me even when I’m tired and cranky), pizza, and awesome stuff on the internet.

DI Cool Stuff BarJIM HENSON IS PART OF MY RELIGION ~ Jim Henson’s birthday was September 24th and he would have been 77 this year. Despite having died, every year more and more of his creations appear: sketches, old un-aired footage, journal entires. The man was always making thing and always trying to make things better. He is my Hero.

  • Henson’s life wasn’t just a linear path to success. Before The Muppets, Jim Henson tried his hand at a great deal of different creative pursuits. The only persistent theme in his life was to experiment and create. Luke Epplin takes a look at Henson’s earlier careers before Sesame Street.

With varying degrees of success, he tried his hand at documentaries, experimental films, animation, acting, music, corporate promotional videos, and even nightclub ownership. Jones portrays Henson during this period as a restlessly inventive artist whose career path, far from leading unswervingly to television superstardom with the Muppets, could have forked in many different directions. Even though they’re frequently overshadowed by his masterworks from subsequent decades, the wide-ranging projects that Henson developed in the ’60s highlight the nature of the particular, imaginative genius that all of his works—popular or not—shared. (Luke Epplin // The Atlantic)

  • More Never Before Seen Sketches From Jim Henson [PSFK]
  • Jim Henson, the Puppeteer (Photo):  [The Internet]
  • Juliet Prowse dances with green gazelles to Scott Joplin’s “Solace” in the first ever episode of The Muppet Show [YouTube]
  • The Red Book is Jim Henson’s journal and includes sketches, illustrations, drafts for skits, and Henson’s thoughts on his experiences and on-going projects [Jim Henson’s Red Book]
  • What Jim Henson Teaches us About Bridging Creative Integrity and Commercial Success [Brain Pickings]
  • Kermit the Frog Remembering Jim Henson [Flavorpill]
  • The story behind the picture above [MuleyComix]
  • Finale of the Muppet Movie [YouTube]

DI other stuff bar35 Photos From the National Geographic Photo Contest [Seriously For Real]

Pirate Slang [Latham’s Quarterly]

Lullabies for Misandrists  ~ [The Toast]

Frog Photobombs NASA Launch Photo [Peta Pixel]

Batman is pregnant. [Comically Vintage]

DI articles barWadjda Director Haiffa Al-Mansour On Saudi Women, What Sexism Denies Men, and Digital Film Making (Alyssa Rosenberg // ThinkProgress)

A Meeting Between Elizabeth Wurtzel and Jonathan Franzen (Mallory Ortberg // The Toast) *

*this piece is in response to two articles that Franzen and Wurtzel both recently published: Wurtzel’s the “Lamest Generation” and Franzen’s “What Is Wrong With The Modern World.

DI videos barTa-Nehisi Coates on Writing [The Atlantic]

How To Write A Hipster Rock Anthem [Buzzfeed Video]

Janis Joplin on Rejection (from the last interview she ever gave)  [PBS series “Blank on Blank”]

Richard Feynmen on “Simplicity vs Familiarity”  [It’s Okay To Be Smart]

DI trailers and tv news barGuillermo Del Toro helped with the opening credits for this years The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode [YouTube]