Saturday, April 17, 2010

Angelina Jolie To Give Up Sex With Women, Lickety-Split

I'm reposting this post from 2007 for no defensible reason. Except that if you click any of these pictures, you'll be taken to a page where you can donate to the UN Refugee Agency.

"I've never hidden my bisexuality. But since I've been with Brad, there's no longer a place for that or S&M in my life."

-- Angelina Jolie

There's a little black spot on the sun today.
-- Me

Top 10 Ways to Access Blocked Stuff on The Web

Say you want to access Hulu from overseas, or the BBC from America. Here's a useful guide from Lifehacker:

Top 10 Ways to Access Blocked Stuff on The Web - Proxy - Lifehacker

This is Weird: Pi/Pie

Friday, April 16, 2010

One of My Favorite Movie Scenes: Martin Short & Kevin Bacon in The Big Picture

I've posted this before, of course, but it's fantastic, and always worth watching again.

For Those Who Scoffed at What's Happened to Sun on Lost...

A 13-year-old girl Croatian girl, who had just begun studying German, went into a coma for 24 hours. She woke up, and can no longer speak Croatian, but can speak German fluently.  The brain is a very strange thing.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Piixeloo's Blog is full of amazing Photoshop work. Here are some fascinating -- perhaps a little scary -- "untoonings" of Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Mario and Jessica Rabbit (along with a video peek at how the last was done). 

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Simpsons: Mister Burns Goes to Prison

A New Look

I've changed the template for the blog to something simpler and, I think, easier to read. Also, the sizing allows me to bring you videos in larger sizes. Hope you like it.

DJ Earworm's United States of Pop 2009 - Mashup of 25 Billboard Hits

The talent it takes to create something like this is 
astonishing to me.

DJ Earworm's site:

I'm Still Laughing at The Daily Show's Muppet Michael Steele

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TV Has Been Doing "Behavior Placement" for Decades. And That's Good.

According to a flood of media coverage, The Wall Street Journal "revealed" that NBC "admitted" it uses "behavior placement" to suggest positive, healthy lifestyle choices And/or moral decisions for viewers. 

They're talking about Green Week, which NBC has heavily promoted for years. If you have a television tuned to NBC, and you have eyes and ears, you know when you're watching a week filled with pro-environment messages. So it's idiotic to act "shocked" by it now.

(It may also shock the media to learn that Law & Order: SVU contains coded messages that rape and murder and child prostitution are bad things. So don't tell them.)

It's also idiotic to complain about NBC's sending out positive messages, when all we've heard for years is that television sends out negative messages. I've never believed that to be true, of course, because of scenarios like the following:

You have agreed to go to the prom with a sweet-but-plain girl.  Then the hottest girl in school asks you to prom. You want to go With Hot Girl, but it would break Plain Girl's heart, so you honor your commitment, and you and Plain Girl have a wonderful evening.

Where did you learn that lesson?  From decades of TV programming.  

Every time you buckle your seatbelt, you're using behavior learned from TV.  Every time you buy a round of drinks for everyone in the bar, you're using behavior learned from TV.  Sharing with others, defending a weak kid against a bully, giving credit to a deserving person instead of taking it for yourself... TV has drilled these into your head your whole life.

Jesus, the Liberty Mutual ads alone do more "behavior placement" than NBC's Green Week, 

And one more thing: If NBC's attempts to get more people to recycle are so ominous and invasive and insidious, why don't more people recycle?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Repost from May, 2007: Gentlemen, Start Your Whacking! or How Homer Simpson Wound Up Doing a Cameo on Duckman

This Thursday, May 10th, is Springfield's favorite holiday, Whacking Day. And this Saturday is Homer Simpson's birthday. So in honor of both, here is Homer's cameo on Duckman, from the 1997 episode "Haunted Society Plumbers."

We were doing a deliberately corny homage to Martin & Lewis/Abbott & Costello/Hope & Crosby movies, and I always enjoyed the little cameos in those movies. I wanted to get Homer, but everyone said it was impossible. And they were right. After all, it would require every entity involved in The Simpsons, an enterprise worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to simply "give him" to us... and for free at that.

But I figured, hey, we could either give up, or we could take a shot, right?

So instead of asking one of the hundreds of people whose job it is to say no, I wrote a letter to Matt Groening, explaining what we wanted to do. I promised that we wouldn't exploit Homer or publicize his appearance at all. In fact, just the opposite: the fun for us was that it would be a surprise. It wasn't a "show business" letter. It was just a sincere request from a fan.

I was shocked a week later when I got a call from Matt Groening himself! I was too much in a daze to remember a lot of what was said, but I will always remember him saying he'd be "honored to have Homer appear on Duckman." He made all the arrangements with 20th and with Gracie, and made sure our animators got all of Homer's character materials.

And then Dan Castellaneta was very generous with his time and talent. Seeing him come into the studio and "become" Homer... I'll tell you, David Copperfield never did a magic trick that amazed me more.

This is far from the funniest scene we ever did. But start to finish, working on these few dopey seconds was one of the biggest thrills of my professional life.

Sorry. Viacom yanked the video off of Youtube today. Guys, either put the show out on DVD or lay off, will ya?

4/11/10  Well, it's now on DVD and it's on YouTube... For now... The scene comes about 20 minutes in.

If You Saw CNN's Reliable Sources This Morning, You Saw What's Wrong With Cable News

Two guests argued back and forth, over and over, about a single page on a single website, and whether it had links to another website. One said it did, the other said it didn't. Back and forth. Over and over.

And it never occurred to anyone at CNN to use a computer, a smartphone -- or even that big-ass screen they're so proud of -- and just go to the page and see who's right.  Checking facts is so simple -- especially this one! -- yet cable news lets people lie all day. Every show has an anchor with an earpiece, so why isn't anyone using it to tell him or her the truth?