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Stuff That Happened This Month (Aug/Sept)

6 Oct
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from “I Made This Pizza Bitches.” The only pizza blog.

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

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]

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!

DI Cool Stuff Bar

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]
DI other stuff bar

– 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]

DI articles bar

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)

DI videos bar

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]

Photo of the Day 5.07.13 ~ Thunderstorm In Montana

7 May
Photo By Sean R. Heavey

Photo By Sean R. Heavey

A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana