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Stuff That Happened This Week

5 Jul

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

A weekly collection of kickass stuff I find on the internet.

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

Whoa. You guys. I have totally been neglecting you.

I was updating all the time (basically NAILING this blog thing) and then I abandoned you.

Forgive me.

I got a job (like an ADULT) and so I’ve been dealing with that.

I know what you are thinking– and I agree.

It’s no excuse.

And after this post– I’ll be back to posting on the regular.

Let’s DO THIS!

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BUT WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE BUTTERSCOTCH LOVERS? ~ NPR is usually pretty good about giving a voice to the disenfranchised. I’ve heard from displaced refugees and from Arab revolutionaries in Cairo– all of them finally able to tell their stories of bravery and perseverance in the face of adversity. “Bringing Back Butterscotch” is another heroic tale NPR was brave enough to air. Rina Rapuano talks about the stigma surrounding butterscotch– chiefly the strange looks people give her when she orders it and her 80 year old mother thinking that she was “uncool.” How does she have the strength to go on? You guys, we have got to MOBILIZE! Is there a Butterscotch Lobby in Washington?

Whatever. I’m being unnecessarily harsh and kind of an asshole. Butterscotch is for reals delicious. “Bringing it back” is a crusade I can totally get behind.  [NPR]

IS “GAY FOR PAY” PASSÉ? ~ The answer, of course, is “YES.” Buzzfeed put out a list of “31 Actresses That Went Gay For Pay.” It’s a list of ladies who have played LGBT characters in film or television. The list is meant to be celebratory but there are a few things about it that irk me– chiefly the phrase “Gay for Pay.” Dana Piccoli wrote a great article in response (“Is “Gay for Pay” Passé?“) and you should read it. Piccoli notes that the phrase “has pornographic origins.” All I’m sayin’ is if you are singling people out to honor them- using “Gay For Pay” seems a little backhanded to me. It is awesome that queer/LGBT stories are starting to be told and that actors feel drawn to these roles– and to some degree these actors should be celebrated. So when we single them out for recognition- surely there is something we can say that denotes gratitude.” I’ve been working on it and If you had to have a term for straight actors who play LGBT characters in the media: Faux-mos. It’s perfect.

Really, this whole paragraph was just so I could demonstrate how amazing I am at creating portmanteaus. Jealous?

[AfterEllen]
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– Amazing Wide-Angle shots of the Segrada Familia in Barcelona [Laughing Squid]

– Amy Poehler Does not know what makes comedy funny (or, perhaps more accurately, she knows— she just won’t distill it into a soundbite.) [Salon]

– “Emo Scientific Phenomenon”: You guys, sometimes nature is super emo. [Mental Floss]

– Behind the scenes of some of the best television shows EVAH (Firefly, I Love Lucy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and MORE!) [The Mary Sue]

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Denouncing The Classics (Sam Sacks // The New Yorker)

Joss Whedon’s Wesleyan Commencement Address (Joss Whedon // Wesleyan University)

You Gave Away Your Babies? (Dick Cavett // The New York Times)

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Sarah Silverman’s Perfect Night [JASH]

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Judd Apatow talk comedy at #ComedyFest [ComedyFest]

Kelly Clarkson is a national treasure. The end. [Queerty]

Chris Hadfield talks about his time in space. [Canadian Space Agency]

Life Is Too Short To Laugh At Crappy Jokes…

22 Apr

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The Best Responses To The Tragedy In Boston

22 Apr

 “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Last week, the news was pretty much dominated by everything going down in Boston.

After bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, there was a lot of chaos and confusion. The attack was savage and pointless. It was a dark and painful time for the people of Boston (and everyone holding Boston in their thoughts).

People rallied around Boston.

And despite everything, ultimately, people helped each other out.

With all the awfulness of the bombings, it was heartening to see.

Stephen Colbert’s cold open is a tribute to Boston (and their badass-itude)

Stephen Colbert addressed the bombing at the top of his show. He offered condolences to the people of Boston, but also declared his confidence that Boston would not be shaken by anyone:

“As the President said, we don’t know who did this, but they will be found and will be brought to justice. But whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sakes! Boston was founded by the pilgrims– a people so tough they had to buckle their goddam hats on!

It is incredibly moving… as well as incredibly funny.

(Jon Stewart also had some touching things to say about Boston.)

mr rogersMr. Roger’s tells us to “look for the helpers.”

There really isn’t a time where quoting Mr. Rogers would go amiss. The man was a beacon of kindness.

Anyway, in light of recent tragedies, this quote has been making it’s way around the internet (here is the actual clip).

In times of trouble, “look for the helpers.

It’s helpful to remember.

Patton Oswalt reminds us that “the good guys” are there… and they are badasses.

Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a statement that to echoed the same thing Rogers was saying.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.

  • People from around the world offer Boston their support…  [Buzzfeed]
  • Amy Poehler On Coping With Excessive/Violent Images (“I love you, Boston”) [Smart Girls]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts remained open to help Emergency Responders (because that’s how Dunkin’ Donuts ROLLS!) [Bostino]
  • There were a handful of runners who ran the Boston Marathon AGAIN to show how un-terrorized they are. [Buzzfeed]

How You Can Help Boston

Heck YES!

18 Apr

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“The best thing you can possibly do with your life

is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.”

– “Dear Sugar” (from The Rumpus‘ advice column)

*link to the rest of the column

Stuff That Happened (March 25-31)

1 Apr

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

**NOTE: With the Supreme Court reviewing the constitutionality of gay marriage, last week was a pretty important week for the LGBT community. So, Ima put out extra “Stuff That Happened This Week” that just focuses on all the stuff that happened around the hearings.**

COOL STUFF

Barbara Walters Can Hear You ~ Last week, people were all abuzz about Barbara Walters looming retiring. People spent the rest of the week speculating wildly about who would replace her on The View. She announced today that she won’t be retiring. It’s rude to talk about someone as if they aren’t there (NBC, I’m looking at you). SHE WILL LEAVE THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN SHE IS GOOD AND READY. You tell ’em, Barbara. UPROXX did a pretty great Barbara Walters appreciation post, though. Even though she isn’t retiring, it’s always a good time to celebrate awesome people. [Huffington Post]

Also– Everyone Who Ever Hosted Anything Might Also Retiring ~ The maybe news continues! The completely unofficial-but-actually-happening mess between Leno and Fallon is still happening. Ugh. But you guys— something WAY BIGGER IS (maybe) HAPPENING! People are speculating that Alex Trebek might be considering retirement. DISASTER. No one can ever truly replace that man. He is a national treasure (despite being Canadian… but whatever). Not just anyone can be the Jeopardy host. It takes a specific skill set– and Trebek has MAD SKILLS.

  1. Even after 28 years, he is able to appear interested in every insane/boring/sad story Jeopardy contestants tell him. He is usually pretty respectful even in the face of the weirdest stories. He has only had a couple slip-ups.
  2. Despite his occasional tendency to be smug and condescending, he is still beloved by all (I think it’s one of his powers as a Canadian).
  3. You secretly believe that the answer cards at Trebek’s podium are all blank because he already knows all of the answers.
  4. Finally, he belongs to that very rare subset man that can grow a mustache and NOT look like a child molester.

There were rumors that Matt Lauer would replace Trebek. Other, more viable options, include Tim Gunn, Ken Jennings, and Anderson Cooper. But, for now, Trebek will just continue to kill it. Bow down, bitches. [Vulture]

“Anyhoo” Is In The Dictionary Now ~ I have been using it this whole time… because I’m from the future. [The Atlantic Wire]

 

AND ALSO

Game of the Thrones is an awesome show on HBO that involves dragons, swords, political machinations, and HORRIFIC DEATHS. That isn’t a spoiler. In general, being in the vicinity of dragons, swords, and power hungry politicians leads to death. Vulture created the Game of Thrones Death Generator. Go see what brutal death you would suffer in this violent fantasy land. [Vulture]

– Obscure and obsolete words are an obsession of mine. Here is a list of 27 Obsolete Words We Should Revive- and we really should. Crapulous? Cockalorum? Jargogle? All awesome words (and still relevant and useable in everyday conversation). The fact that most of them sound vaguely like cusswords is just a bonus. [Buzzfeed]

– Stephen Colbert will interview Bill Clinton. So… awesome. [Entertainment Weekly]

– Jennifer Lawrence is scared of ghosts and struggles with that same black-hole of temptation that we all do: the hotel mini-bar. Who among us can resist its inexorable pull?. So… just me? [Fabulous]

 

ARTICLES

Generations Naive: Why Young People Can’t Help Falling For Strangers Online (Caitlin Dickson // The Daily Beast)

What I Learned Hate-Reading The Internet (Richard Lawson // The Atlantic Wire)

Why Doctor Who Needs More Female Writers (Mathilda Gregory // The Guardian)

The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language! (Rebecca J. Rosen // The Atlantic)

 

VIDEOS

Pain And Gain Trailer ~ Dark comedy from Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson (I will never NOT write his name like that) are great action stars for obvious reasons. I am really happy when I see them do comedy, though. Both of them are really funny guys. Also, it is super satisfying to see a manic Wahlberg smack-talk a kid. Movie stars Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Tony Shaloub, Anthony Mackie, and Rebel Wilson. [YouTube]

Amy Poehler Interviews Her Idol ~ Amy Poehler interviews Irma Kalish, who wrote for famous TV comedies such as Maude, Good Times, The Facts of Life, and I Dream of Jeannie (just to name a few). Nowadays, whenever anyone dredges up that archaic question, “Are Women Funny?”, most sensible/intelligent people will respond with scorn and derision. Kalish, however, worked in a time where people around her were of the opinion that women weren’t funny.

“When I first started writing, women were not writing comedy. They said, women can’t make you laugh. They can make you cry– but they can’t make you laugh. And– now I could make men cry–that’s true. But I thought I could also make them laugh.”

Irma says at one point that she thinks of Amy “as a descendent of mine” and that she “paved the way” for people like Amy. What might sound like an unchecked ego coming from anyone else-  in reality, it is really incredibly moving and touching moment. Firstly, because Amy and Irma are both adorable and clearly have an incredible respect for one another. Secondly, because you see it for what it is- as a sort of passing of the torch from one generation of comedy to another. It is the meeting of two great comedic minds and it makes me weepy every time I watch it. [Smart Girls At The Party]

Anna Kendrick Joins A K-Pop Band ~ I posted this earlier, but I think it deserves a repost. Because it is HILARIOUS. [Funny or Die]

Everybody Wants To Kill Bruce Willis~ Pierre-Alexandre Chauvat spliced together 39 different movies to create a 10 minute film that has Bruce Willis running for his life. The artist’s sums up the film thusly: “When he wakes up one morning, Bruce Willis finds himself pursued by an entire city.” Helicopters, machine guns, daring chase scenes. It’s pretty epic. Bruce’s hair comes and goes- but otherwise, it is a pretty great mashup. [Pierre-Alexandre Chauvat]

Trailer for Burning Love Season 3 ~ Burning Love is a show that spoofs reality dating shows such as The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. The show is kind of perfect (and mega-hilarious). The show is airing on E! now, but you can still catch all the episodes on Yahoo. [Splitsider]

Louis C.K. Sort Of Explains The Title Of His Show ~ I’m pretty sure HBO makes him put out these promos, resulting in these simple (yet earnest) kinds of clips.  [Flavorwire]

**Remember that there will be another “Stuff That Happened This Week” for all the LGBT stuffs that happened this week**

Stuff That Happened This Week (March 10-17)

17 Mar

STUFF THAT HAPPENEDI pretty much live on the internet. There is a list of 17 sites that I visit daily looking for awesome articles, videos, pictures, and news, and then I just spend HOURS looking for cool things.

It’s an illness.

But I do find a lot of cool stuff.

So, if you don’t have time to waste on the internet, just look out for Stuff That Happened This Week and you will be up to date on everything.

 

COOL STUFF

Jon Stewart Is Making A Movie – Jon Stewart is going on a 12 week hiatus in the summer to work on Rosewater, a film adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And SurvivalStewart has written the script and plans on directing the movie. John Oliver will cover for him on The Daily Show. (Deadline)

You Have The Chance To Name Something Important And Science-y! The American Museum of Natural History is holding a tournament in order to determine what to name our “hypothetical common placental ancestor.” The first round has already happened- but there is still time to vote. Round 2 ends March 19 and the whole thing ends April 4. Clearly, the contest will come down to Dwight Shrew and Vole de Mort. Right? (AMNH.org)

While You Were Distracted By The Lame Taylor Swift/Amy Poehler/Tina Fey Feud– SCIENTISTS QUIETLY CURED HIV – “14 Adults have been functionally cured of HIV.” Why is this not being shouted from the rooftops? (NewScientist)

Awkwafina Is Here To Fill The Female Asian Rapper Void– When I read the headline “Awkwafina Will Immediately Be Your New Favorite Rapper” on Buzzfeed, I was skeptical because Buzzfeed can only speak in hyperbole and absolutes. In two days there will probably be a list of “Mindblowing Pictures of Toast.” I really do like Awkwafina, though. (Buzzfeed)

Anna Kendrick Continues To Be Awesome– I want her to be my brunch buddy. Until then, stalking her on Twitter will have to suffice. (image)

Holy CATS! Broadway Is Making A Musical NOT Based On A Movie- A musical about Carol King’s life will be on Broadway in Spring of 2014. It will, of course, feature her music and most likely be awesome. (NYTimes)

You Guys, Emma Watson Doesn’t Just Blindly Sign On For Every Movie Based On A Book– Emma Watson is not going to be the 50 Shades of Grey movie. And she is horrified that you think she would entertain the idea. (image)

Louis C. K. News– Louis C.K. released a promo for his new HBO special Oh My God coming in April 13. Despite clearly being the most lauded comic of the day- he still manages to be incredibly humble and sincere. (YouTube)

“Timberweek” Confirmed Justin Timberlake Is Crazy Talented– Fresh off his appearance on SNL, Justin Timberlake combined forces with Jimmy Fallon for “Justin Timberweek.” He was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon every night and it was a wonderful success. Highlights include a barbershop version of Sexy Back, a skit where they sang Africa’s magnum opus: Toto, and History of Rap Part 4. His musical performances were also (naturally) great. (LateNightWithJimmyFallon)

Amy Poehler To Produce A New Show – Amy Poehler (wonderful angel and adorable mischief maker) is producing a show called Broad City that will appear on Comedy Central in 2014. Broad City was originally a web series staring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. (Splitsider)

 

ALSO THIS….

– Who Said It: Spongebob or Nietzsche? Take the quiz. It is harder than you think. (Buzzfeed)

– By the way, the ghost in PBS’s Ghostwriter was a runaway slave who was brutally killed by racists and their dogs. (Uproxx)

Joss Whedon shot a Shakespeare adaptation in his backyard… because when I have free time, my first impulse is to assemble my friends and perform Shakespeare at my house. (TheMarySue)

 

ARTICLES

Watching A Comedic Voice Evolve: The Rare, Early Clips Of The Muppets (Ramsey Ess // Splitsider)

Sexism Fatigue (Lindy West // Jezebel)

Marlo Thomas On Making That Girl Feminist TV, PBS’s Makers, And Where Pop Culture Goes Next (Alyssa Rosenberg // Think Progress)

The Daily Routines Of Famous Writers (Marla Popova // BrainPickings)

St. Patrick: No Snakes, No Shamrocks, Just The Facts (David Plotz // Slate)

 

VIDEOS

– Lena Dunham’s (fake) Zero Dark Thirty audition ~ Comedian Chelsea Davidson does a SPOT ON impression of Lena Dunham.

– After Ever After ~ Jon Cozart creates this amazing a cappella video about Disney Princesses after they find their fairy tale ending. It is wonderfully dark and Cozart is a pretty talented singer.

Kristen Stewart Explains St. Patrick’s Day ~ Kristen Stewart is played by Laura McDonald in this sketch (who does an amazingly accurate impression). It is hella funny- but will never trump Speak Like Kristen Stewart.

Patton Oswalt – To Be Loved and Understood ~ The people of ThrashLab follow comedian Patton Oswalt and look at what it is like off-stage.

PBS Arts presents “The Rise of Web Comics”