Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nuts And Gum, Together At Last

Bloomington, Illinois roundup:

No sale. (This stuff looked like chocolate milk, by the way.)

You wouldn't think so from looking at the outside, right? Well, my time inside the "limousine" confirmed that suspicion. Paul F. Tompkins knows about these business naming blunders:
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Monday, October 18, 2010

JPEG Roundup

I am puzzled why this search led to Tornado Slide. The only time I remember writing about Mr. Broderick was my visit to the Met.

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I took this photo on my cell phone in the Portland Doubletree.

I thought it was funny at the time, and I've been trying to piece together what I found so hilarious. I guess I pictured some calm, learned individual who didn't know what the whoop tone and strobelight signaled, so he put down his book and his pipe and poked his head out of his room, walked over to the elevator bank to find some informational signage, managed to read it despite the smoke filling the hallway, and THEN he figured out what he was experiencing was an "alarm".

Sunday, October 10, 2010

2010 Summer Recap - Netflix

Shutter Island

A very well-shot, well-acted, engaging film that unfortunately had an ending. And I don't mean that in the cliche "I didn't want it to end!" way.

Mystery Team

A feature length film written by DERRICK Comedy group, including Donald Glover from NBC's "Community". At times, it feels like you're watching an internet short, because you kind of are. But it's fun and consistently funny. Recommended.

Freaks & Geeks: Disc 6

I'd never seen all of these - now I have, so cross that off the list. It's pretty unbelievable that this was canceled after one season, but if you have a high school TV show where the characters aren't constantly fucking each other, you're asking to get canceled.

Hot Tub Time Machine

Very well done. If you're skeptical, don't be. Enjoy hearing Rob Corddry spout suck gems as, "Here's a question. Was it morally wrong for me to exploit my knowledge of the future for personal financial gain? Perhaps. Here's another question. Do I give a fuck?" Enjoy Crispin Glover, too.

Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America...

Uhh, a little long. Maybe a lot long. Maybe it had a very short expiration date for its funniness, and I missed it. I dunno. This part was great, though:

Pickup on South Street

This is a 1953 noir - there are spies, Communists, stool pigeons, coppers, and microfilm. Plots involving stolen microfilm are always solid, even if they usually leave you wishing for microfiche instead.

Only Angels Have Wings

A sometimes cheesy, sometimes dramatic Howard Hawks movie - the kind where women fall in love with the protagonist (Cary Grant) for no good reason (other than the fact he looks like Cary Grant). "Screwball Drama" might describe it best. That genre never really caught on, for good reason. Still, there is enough intentional and unintentional humor here to recommend it.

World's Greatest Dad

I spent a sick afternoon watching this. It's got Robin Williams, but it's not terrible? It's about an English teacher whose asshole son accidentally kills himself. The asshole son is quite funny, right up until he dies:

Date Night

I thought this was going to be a "funny for parents" movie, but was pleased to find it was funny for all. I really wish I paid full price for this instead of "Dinner for Schmucks".

Louis CK - Hilarious

You can (and should) watch this for free at EpixHD - whatever that is. It includes an extended rant on technology you may remember from this Conan interview that went viral:

Monty Python: Almost the Truth

Good if you want to learn how the group came together, how "Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian" were conceived and shot, or just remember how awesome Monty Python is. I hadn't thought about this sketch in years, and now I'm back in business - the laughter business!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


Sometimes I worry that kitten will never make it to retirement.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Dickety? Highly Dubious.

While I was sitting still at a conference last week, trying not to laugh or cry, I wondered if every Simpsons reference has already been used as a Twitter handle.

I created a list of names and phrases during the meeting. Tonight, I plugged them into Twitter to see the results.

Most of what I came up with are already taken:


But the nerds have not exhausted all options. These are still available:


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Oh and Matt, I have some bad news about the username I I assume you wanted: