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Stuff That Happened This Week

21 May

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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

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Kurt Braunohler is going to write funny things in the sky! ~ Comedian Kurt Braunohler successfully raised enough money on Kickstarter to fund his project– and that project is to write funny things in the sky. Braunohler has this to say about the project:

“Skywriting is crazy. We’re forcing clouds to say things. That’s inherently funny. How great would it be to look up one day and there’s a message in the sky, for no other reason other than itself. It’s not trying to sell you anything, it’s not trying to tell you something. It’s just there.”

Of the list of possible phrases Braunohler is thinking of using, my favorites are “HOW DO I LAND??” and “Clouds 4 EVA!” It would make my day to look up and see that in the sky. [Kurt Braunohler Kickstarter]

Denying Men Sex Is Like Child Neglect ~ The Wall Street Journal ran this article a while ago (“How Often Should Married Couples Have Sex“). I didn’t write about it because every time I tried to talk about, all that came out of my mouth was a sustained scream. The article chronicles the tortured year of a man who had to cope with a wife who refused to have sex with him. What monster woman would do such a thing?! It made him feel sad, you guys:

“He became grumpy, gained weight and stopped wanting to come home at night. “For me to feel good about myself, I needed her to have sex with me,” he says. “Otherwise I thought she didn’t love me.””

WHERE DID HE FIND THE COURAGE TO GO ON????!!! I’m not being blasé about this man’s problem. Intimacy is important in a relationship. HOWEVER, tucked away, towards the very end of the article, is a throwaway line mentioning the fact that his wife had a miscarriage. Do you think that might have affected her  just a little bit? There is nothing in the article to suggest that anything was being done to help her work through her emotional issues. But whatever. Let’s not lose focus- this man is not having sex. He even did chores for her! How rude. [New York Magazine]

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– 14 Reasons Why Life Should Be More Like Singin’ In The Rain [Buzzfeed]

– New poster for Catching Fire is BADASS [The Mary Sue]

– Origins of 9 British Insults [Mental Floss]

– Cocktail Chart of Film of Literature ~ This chart is pretty extensive. It has everything from a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) to a Gibson (from North by Northwest). Very cool. [Pop Chart Lab]

– “Give Yourself Permission to suck” ~ Exerpt from Michael Ian Black’s Rumpus interview on how to succeed in comedy/creative fields.  [Christine Friar]

 

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Can Men Be Funny? (Ellie Kemper // GQ)

What Commencement Speeches Are Missing (Andrew Guthrie Furguson // The Atlantic)

Stop Comparing Everything To Girls (Daniel D’Addario // Salon)

Ethics of Extreme Porn (Conor Friedersdorf //The Atlantic)


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17 A Capella Covers of Indie Rock Songs [Buzzfeed]

Tig Notaro’s Lessons In Remaining In the Moment [Team Coco]

Supercut of people in the movies screaming “NOOOOOOO!” [The Mary Sue]

Stephen Colbert’s Commencement Speech at UVA [Uproxx]

 

DI trailers and tv news barSleepy Hollow trailer ~ Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci re-imagine the Sleepy Hollow story in this new FOX drama.

Super Fun Night trailer ~ Trailer for Rebel Wilson’s new show on ABC.

The Goldbergs trailer ~ Trailer for Patton Oswalt, Jeff Garlin, and Wendi McLendon-Covey’s new show on ABC.

Clip from the new Whose Line Is It Anyway? ~ Ugh. These people are delightful.

 

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Stuff That Happened This Week (April 29 – May 5)

6 May

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

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**NOTE: There is some salty language in here.**

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The Best Thing To Come Out Of A Sorority EVAR ~ This is my favorite thing ever. The leader of some sorority sent out a profanity-laced e-mail BLASTING her fellow sorority sisters. The pure concentrated fury in this letter is amazing. In the wizarding world, they would have called this e-mail a howler. This girl got a lot of crap for writing this- but I salute her. Frankly, I think it is full of valid critiques. Like, for example: Don’t be a boner at a party. Totally legit advice. You guys, all she was doing was trying to hold the girls in her sorority to a certain standard– and “cunt-punt” anyone who fails to measure up. Her only crime is caring too much… and being surrounded by “stupid cocks”. [Gawker]

I Just Found My Hero (And She Is A Bi-sexual Swashbuckler… Because Of COURSE She Is) ~ Her name is Julie D’Aubigny and she was a master swordsman, she set a convent on fire, and basically did whatever she wanted. She makes the Three Musketeers look like Care Bears. She basically is like the real-life manifestation of Xena.  [Badass of the Week]

I Will Hear NO UNKIND WORD AGAINST BEYONCÉ ~ The title of the article was What Beyoncé Could Learn From Ke$ha. The title alone elevates my blood-pressure. Both Ke$ha and Beyoncé recently released documentaries about their lives as performers. For those of you who haven’t seen either documentary– they basically reveal what we already knew about both ladies: Beyoncé is a majestic graceful angel and Ke$ha is a bawdy pirate-person who likes to Par-TAY! So what could Beyoncé learn from Ke$ha? How to appear more human. Apparently, failure makes people seem more accessible, and Ke$ha isn’t afraid to show people that she isn’t perfect. Recently on Conan, Ke$ha revealed that she writes songs with her boobs. The last time she was on Conan, she admitted to having sex with a ghost. These are the failures that make her human. Coincidentally, NOT doing this kind of shit is what makes Beyoncé a beloved queen admired by all. This isn’t a slam on Ke$ha. I love her. She is an adorable maniac who writes fun songs. I’m just saying– Beyoncé doesn’t need to learn SHIT from Ke$ha. I don’t need Ke$ha to know that we all have problems/setbacks/failures in life. I am INTIMATELY AWARE OF THAT FACT because I am a HUMAN PERSON. I want someone out there who can deal with problems/setbacks/failures with grace and style. [The Atlantic]

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– Is this a line from The Great Gatsby or an angsty Tumblr user? (You guys, IT IS REALLY HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE) [Buzzfeed]

– 50 Comedians You Should Know And Will Know [Vulture]

– Canada has space dollars!! [Laughing Squid]

– A collection of tweets from Anna Kendrick [Tumblr]

– Disapproval Matrix [Ann Friedman]

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Bow Down Bitches (response to Sarah Dean’s article Who Is Beyonce Calling A Bitch? // UTNE.com)

Meditation On Knowing And Not Knowing [excerpt] (Debbie Millman // Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays On The Intersection of Life & Design)

Amy Schumer, Funny Girl (Jason Zinoman // The New York Times)

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– Wil Wheaton Explains To A New-Born Girl Why Being A Nerd Is Awesome [Laughing Squid]

– Barack Obama and Conan O’Brien at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner [The Comics Comic]

– Curse Me Good. A super-cut of awesome slams and put-downs from the movies. [The Mary Sue]

– The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Roundtable with Cecily Strong, Anthony Jeselnik, Kristen Schaal, Rob Delaney, and Nick Kroll. [The Hollywood Reporter]

– Stephen Colbert and Alan Cumming parody “Accidental Racist” with “Oopsy-Daisy Homophobe” [Entertainment Weekly]

– The Gregory Brothers (same group that does “Auto-Tune The News”) do a new song called: The War On Drugs Is  A Failure [The New York Times]

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– Chris Hardwick is getting a show. And that is awesome. [Deadline]

– Sarah Silverman is gonna headline a HBO Comedy Special. [The Hollywood Reporter]

– Lonely Island guys are putting out a new album [YouTube]

Stuff That Happened This Week (April 8-14)

15 Apr

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“Accidentally Racist”  Is A Giant Clusterfuck ~ The song “Accidental Racist” is the collaboration of country singer, Brad Paisley, and LL Cool J. The song is about white people and black people trying to come together and overcome prejudice/years of racial tension. It’s a tall order for any song but “Accidental Racist” falls hysterically short of being any sort of watershed moment in racial harmony. Mostly because it glosses over the systematic oppression of black people and ignores white privilege completely. The best description of the song: “an attempt to heal America’s racial wounds with a fist bump.”

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J clearly made this song with the purest intentions and seemed to genuinely have thought this would be a positive step forward. Both of them stand by the song and “are proud of the discussion it is creating.”

The song does in fact reveal how desperately we need to have more conversations on race when these two are legitimately puzzled why racism is still around.

“Why CAN’T we be friends?”

According to the song, it’s because we are all just holding on to the past. Paisley says in an interview, “Let’s not be victims of things that happened SO LONG AGO.”

  1. LET’S BE CLEAR. In the song, the black barista at Starbucks gives Paisley the stink-eye for wearing a shirt with a confederate flag on it. That is why Paisley feels like a victim. Feeling uncomfortable at Starbucks is a cross he can bear no longer.
  2. IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO!

Feeling sad or uncomfortable isn’t the same as systematic oppression.

Yeeesh.

  • Let Me Break It Down For You [Racialicious]
  • Why “Accidental Racist” Is Just Racist [The Atlantic]
  • The Road To “Accidental Racist” Is Paved With Good Intentions [Grantland]
  • What Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Don’t Understand About Accidents In “Accidental Racist” [Think Progress]
  • Whoooooooops, I’m A Racist [Shakesville]
  • Louis C.K. Explains Historical Context Behind Racial Discrimination On The Tonight Show [Panache]

How Did “Pretend To Be A Nazi” Sound Like A Good Idea To You? ~ Oh my GOD. This week was basically a week of people getting tripped up by COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE THINGS. First, there was Accidental Racist (see above). Then, after visiting Anne Frank’s house, Justin Bieber wrote in the guest book that he hoped Anne would be a Belieber (a Justin Bieber fan)– which ARLRJFHBKLJGLJ! And then this: A teacher in Albany tasked their students with a creative writing assignment: PRETEND TO BE A NAZI. What makes it worse (yes, it get’s worse) is that it was an exercise in persuasive writing. The students were given the following writing prompt: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!” So, basically, the assignment was to write really solid hate-speech. Also, “solid rationale from government propaganda“? Are you fucking serious? [Jezebel]

Margaret Thatcher and Jonathan Winters Are Dead– but Cher Is Actually Alive ~ Margaret Thatcher and Jonathan Winters both passed this week. Jonathan Winters was a beloved comedian known for his characters, his appearances on the old Friar’s Roasts, and . Reactions to Thatcher’s death were divided (to say the least). Instead of writing about either of these two figures, I’ve just included some links to some articles/tributes. (NOTE: There was a terrible moment this week where people thought Cher had died. A hashtag on twitter (#nowthatchersdead) was misinterpreted as “Now That Chers Dead.” But, it’s okay. She’s alive, you guys. Which is awesome– because I am not in a place in my life where I could even begin to deal with such a tragedy.)

Margaret Thatcher

  • Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher. [The Guardian]
  • Margaret Thatcher’s Death: American vs. British Reactions [Buzzfeed]
  • That Thatcher Era’s Effect On British Music [NPR]
  • How To Explain Margaret Thatcher To A One Direction Fan [Buzzfeed]

Jonathan Winters

  • Remembering Jonathan Winters: Father Of Improvisational Comedy [LA TImes]
  • Jonathan Winter Roasts Johnny Carson [YouTube]
  • How Did All Those People Get Inside Jonathan Winters? [NPR]
  • Comedy Heavyweights Remember Jonathan Winters in Tweets [Mashable]
  • 5 of the Actor’s Funniest Moments [The Wrap]

(and just to celebrate that Cher is still alive…)

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– Andrew Lloyd Weber is adapting School of Rock for Broadway [Vulture]

– Life In Your Early 20s vs. Your Late 20s [Buzzfeed]

– Just so you know, in China, Kim Jong-Un is often called “Fatty The Third” in casual conversation [The New York Times]

– Sweden now has a gender neutral pronoun [Jezebel]

– Jay-Z wrote a song in response to er’body giving him crap for taking a trip to Cuba [Pitchfork]

– Katee Sackhoff is the only girl in Riddick [The Mary Sue]

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Sorry Not Sorry: How To Non-Apologize (Laura Beck // Jezebel)

Why School Shooting Episodes Need To Stop (Louis Peitzman // Buzzfeed)

Science vs. Scripture And The Difference Between Curiosity And Wonder (Maria Popova // BrainPickings)

Does Buzzfeed Know The Secret (Andrew Rice // New York Magazine)

Life Is Beautiful, And So Is This Stand-up Special – A Review of Louis C.K.’s New Special, Oh My God (Matt Zoller Seitz // Vulture)

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In 1993, Conan taped some interviews for a Late-Night Audition [Team Coco]

Julie Klausner asks the important questions: “What Do Bravo Reality Stars Think of North Korea?” Watch. This. Now. (and then read Julie Klausner’s book I Don’t Care About Your Band) [Huffington Post]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson thinks about what it would be like to live forever [It’s Okay To Be Smart]

Weekend Update: LL Cool J and Brad Paisley (“We did it! Racism is over, ya’ll!!”) [Hulu]

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Stuff That Happened (April 1-7)

8 Apr

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Get It Together, North Carolina ~ When Amendment One became part of the North Carolina constitution, it was not only incredibly sad– but super embarrassing. North Carolina is a pretty cool place. Usually South Carolina is the one doing upsetting/distressing things. All North Carolina had to do was be cool and lay low for a while and we could regain some of our dignity. So many other states had been campaigning forWorst State” award (yeah, all those are individual links to stupid fuckery happening in different states). But this week, North Carolina introduced a bill that would make Christianity the state religion. I want to stress that it was struck down— but it is still super bewildering that it got as far as it did. They also introduced a voter suppression bill: Bill 666. For a supposedly Christian state, you would think that they would pick up on the stigma a bill named “Bill 666” might have attached to it. Yeesh. [Huffington Post]

Leno And Fallon Stay Classy Through The Power of Song ~ The past two weeks have been full of rampant speculation of what will happen with The Tonight Show. The whole thing was fueled by statements/rumors NBC executives were leaking to bloggers (the execs remained anonymous– because NBC is run by adults). Shortly before an official announcement came down, though, Leno and Fallon sang a duet (a spoof of West Side Story’s “Tonight”) right in between the two shows. It was classy and touching. Even if it was completely staged, and the two have nothing but a vicious burning hatred for each other, this video proves that they are both substantial and talented performers. Jimmy will be taking over The Tonight Show in spring of 2014 (when Leno’s contract runs out). Right now, Seth Meyers seems to be the most viable candidate to take over Jimmy Fallon’s time slot. [Hulu]

Jon Stewart Defends Egyptian Comedian ~ About a week ago, the Egyptian government put out an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef. Youssef has a show in Egypt called al-Bernameg (which literally translates to “The Show”). The show pokes fun at Egypt, its politics, and its leaders (particularly Egyptian President Morsi). Some of the jokes on the show have gotten Youssef in trouble with the government (watch Youssef poke fun at the whole ordeal here). Quartz looked through episodes of the show and translated some of the jokes that got the comedian into trouble. Humor can be subjective– but, you guys, the jokes are pretty innocuous. Jon Stewart covered the story at the top of The Daily Show. Like some of his best pieces, the most effective/damning piece is simply a clip of President Morsi pledging to never imprison Youssef. Since Stewart covered the story on his show, Egypt has responded… via Twitter (sigh), to voice it’s deep displeasure at such disrespect! I am just continually amazed at how uncomfortable serious/powerful people are unable to cope with humor.   [Hollywood Reporter]

FCC Cares About What You Think? ~ So, the organization that arbitrarily decides what is right and decent is making some changes and suddenly cares about what you think? To be fair, this uncharacteristic move is a result of a Supreme Court decision rather than a sudden desire to be more democratic/inclusive. You can comment here. [The Mary Sue]

Roger Ebert Died ~ When people die, the internet is flooded with grandiose headlines. When TODAY posted an article entitled “Why There Will Never Be Another Siskel & Ebert,” though, it was pretty accurate. All I remember is Siskel & Ebert. When Gene Siskel died, they replaced him with… someone. No idea who. Nowadays, everyone fancies themselves a film critic. Anyway, here is a collection of the best tributes to Mr. Ebert:  What Roger Ebert Knew About Writing40 Hilariously Mean Roger Ebert Reviews, and Outtakes from Siskel & Ebert (they are so adorably crotchety!).

 

AND ALSO…

– Jason Segel is writing YA novels. Despite being totally random, everyone quietly agrees that it totally makes complete sense. [Vulture]

– Ellen Degeneres is reprising her role as Dory in Finding Dory. [The Washington Post]

– Prison reviews on YELP [Buzzfeed]

– Dead Authors on Twitter [The Atlantic]

– 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Ever Will [AV Club]

– Hindus celebrated Holi this week. Holi is the Festival of Colors and celebrates the coming of spring. It’s a huge festival and one of the festival’s traditions involves throwing different colored powders over everyone celebrating. That description is terrible. Click through the photo-set to see how awesome it actually is: Colors of Holi Photo Collection [The Atlantic]

* Check out The Atlantic’s 2012 photos as well

ARTICLES

How To Fail For A Month, Year, Or Decade And Be Okay (Christina Fitzpatrick // The Hairpin)

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (Neil Gaiman // Neilgaiman.com)

Not All Trans People Feel “Trapped In The Wrong Body” (Thomas Page McBee // Buzzfeed)

Why Do We Laugh At North Korea Bu Fear Iran? (Jullian Hattem  // The Atlantic)

If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is A Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into A Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? (Lindy West // Jezebel)

VIDEOS

Conan O’Brien Joins A Baptist Choir from Atlanta. [Team Coco]

100 Years Of Style in 100 Seconds. Very cool.  [BoingBoing]

Community is going to have an episode with puppets- because of course it is. [NBC]

Noteworthy (a ladies a cappella group from Brigham Young University) does an awesome mash-up of Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” and Usher’s “Without You.” They shoot the music video in the middle of a glacier (because where else would you shoot a music video?). The song is pretty awesome, though. [Awesome A Cappella]

TRAILERS AND TV/MOVIE NEWS

HBO is doing a Nora Ephron documentary. Hooray! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Nasim Pedrad was cast in John Mulaney’s sitcom. In equally exciting news, John Mulaney is writing a sitcom! Both are currently on SNL, but will leave the show if the sitcom is picked up in the fall. [Splitsider]

The Axe Cop trailer debuted at WonderCon. It’s about a cop who doles out justice with an ax. Axe Cop is the creation of 5 year old Malachi Nicholl. Initially, the series existed in comic book form (with Malachi’s older brother Ethan illustrating whatever insane storyline his younger brother thought up). Now, it is going to be a animated show on FOX. [The Mary Sue]

Steve Carell and James Gandolfini will be dueling paleontologists in Big Bones. I would comment on its hilariously outlandish premise- but it’s based on a true story. [Deadline]

Trailer for Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer. [Laughspin]

Stars: They’re Just Like Us… when the apocalypse comesThis Is The End trailer features a smorgasbord of celebrities (as themselves) partying at James Franco’s house when suddenly the alien apocalypse happens. The highlight for me was a quick cameo by Emma Watson. Remember the joy you felt when Hermione sucker-punched Draco? Relive that joy when she busts into James Franco’s house and attacks Seth Rogen. [YouTube]

Hermione isn't fucking around