Text 30 Sep kyle and beck

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I laughed *hard* at this sketch… it’s hard to explain why. It’s so oddball, so reference-y/meta/self-referential, the colors are so bland, and the flatness of the delivery was such a contrast to the over-the-top acting in three-camera sitcoms (and to the other SNL sketches on the episode)…  it helps that they filmed it on the Friends set, too. To me, it’s this perfectly exectued sketch.

Here’s how Amos Barshad at Grantland puts it:

With a pretaped bit, my other boy Kyle Mooney and his writing partner Beck Bennett delivered one hell of an oddity: a sitcom parody delivered in the flattest of flat affects. Like, “everyone bash their heads into this concrete wall for a half-hour before we tape” flat. I liked it, but I was mostly just impressed they managed to getthat on air. I don’t know about its mass appeal, but it was truly, almost unsettlingly strange, and that’s great to see. You know what they say about weird Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett sitcom parodies: Only 3,000 people saw them, but all 3,000 of them went on to make weird sitcom parodies of their own.

Here’s the direct link if the embed is acting wonky.

Text 29 Sep 1 note The Simpsons turned the couch sequence to Don Hertzfeldt last night. Incredible.

The Simpsons turned the couch sequence over to Don Hertzfeldt last night. Awesomeness ensued.

If you’ve never seen his work before I highly recommend his Oscar-winning short, Rejected.

… and his epic and very affecting trypich Everything will Be OK, I Am So Proud of You, and It’s Such a Beautiful Day (named one of Time Out NY’s Best Animated Films Ever Made … among other awards) — here’s the first part from 2006:

That kills me every time.

There’s also the first short I ever saw of his, Ah, L’Amour and Billy’s Balloon and Genre and Wisdom Teeth. Most of these are on a DVD you can get straight off Don’s Bitter Films website. Seeking out his work is never a bad idea.

Text 25 Sep 2 notes meme-ception

Text 24 Sep

"A political party with close ties to religious conservatives wins a national election thanks to unhappiness with the ruling center-left party’s economic and financial performance. Challenged to redeem its platform promising a major reversal of landmark laws making abortion generally legal, the conservative party promulgates a law banning the procedure, with exceptions for rape, incest, and threats to the physical and mental health of the mother. Protests appear and spread as women object to the turning back of the clock. Public opinion surveys show 70 to 80 percent opposition to the new law. And finally, the conservative party’s prime minister relents, puts off implementation of the abortion ban on grounds that it would be reversed at the next change of party control, and instead proposes a face-saving measure providing for parental approval of abortions by minors. Anti-choicers and religious officials are very, very displeased and the governing party could be heading toward disarray."

This just happened… in Spain.

Video 23 Sep 1 note

You don’t need to see his identification. We don’t need to see his identification.

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.

He can go about his business. You can go about your business.

Move along. Move along.

Text 19 Sep pabst changes hands

Russian brewer Oasis Beverages is saying they’ve just bought Pabst Brewing Company including PBR, Old Millewaukee, Schlitz, Colt 45, and the newly resurrected Ballantine IPA

"There are definitely NO plans to change any of the recipes of the brands," said an Oasis staffer, in an email to CNNMoney. "The entire team at Pabst including the Head Brewer Greg Deuhs will continue to focus on maintaining the classic recipes and consistent quality of all Pabst products. NO CHANGES WHATSOEVER."

Eugene Kashper, chairman of the Oasis Beverages Board, said Pabst headquarters will remain in LA.

a) Thank you, NPR, for writing an article about PBR and not talking about “hipsters”

b) Pabst’s headquarters is in LA?!

Text 19 Sep metal drone

I’m not sure what your tolerance is for metal and/or math rock is but I think this song is pretty fantastic. It’s a 16th-note metal-drone, metal-as-raga that run 7+ minutes. This is jeans and t-shirt metal rather than face-painting, spike-wearing metal if that makes any sense… great music for banging out work and would make a great addition to the Hail, Spreadsheets! playlist on Songza.

Video 18 Sep 1 note

Tim Minchin addressing the Univ of Western Australia on the occasion of his honorary degree is absolutely fanstastic. I should really store this once away and watch it once a year.

Photo 17 Sep From APOD:

Galaxies, stars, and a serene reflecting pool combine to create this memorable land and skyscape. The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer’s fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene. The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.

From APOD:

Galaxies, stars, and a serene reflecting pool combine to create this memorable land and skyscape. The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer’s fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene. The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.

Video 17 Sep 1 note

"… and that’s how podcasts started"


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