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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

(Doghouse Diaries)

Let's hope your costumes came out better than these:


Friday, October 28, 2011

"If the rest of this year's movie posters told the truth"

Just a repost of another site, but I thought these were pretty funny:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Johnny English Reborn

A few more after the break...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Favorite YouTube Star

So Business Insider recently put out a list of the top 10 most "successful" female YouTubers. ("Successful" in this case equates to the most subscribers).
Naturally, I had to watch them all.

I didn't care for most of them. Michelle Phan (the #1 ranked woman) has some pretty remarkable videos, but they're primarily tricks to applying make-up. (While helpful to some, I didn't find much use for them).

However, I found Natalie Tran's videos to be hilarious.
I'm not sure if it's her humor or the fact that she has a funny accent (Australian), but I actually laughed out loud for some parts. (Sorry to break it to you, but if I've ever IM'd with you, chances are I don't really LOL when I type "lol").

Anyway, of the ones I've watched (there are lots), here are a few favorites:

This might be my favorite favorite:

I shared this channel with another friend and we've decided that we're going to travel to Australia, meet Natalie, and become best friends with her.
Anyone else want to join?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another Quickie

I love pop-culture turned minimalist.
Can you identify all 315 characters?
(via /Film)

Oh Larry...


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2 Videos

Just a quickie.

Harlem cops watch as man is repeatedly stabbed
Oh, and it was caught on camera.

"A man wielding a knife and wearing a bloody eye patch repeatedly stabbed a homeless man in the neck Monday on an East Harlem street as cops drew their guns and kids watched in horror.

The violent lunchtime knifing on Lexington Ave. and E. 103rd St. was captured on a witness' iPhone video camera and shows the incredible restraint cops took not blow the armed suspect away.

"He just literally pulls out a pocket knife and starts stabbing the man in the neck like a couple of times," said a 33-year-old East Harlem man who witness the bloody attack.

About a dozen cops from the nearby 23rd Precinct stationhouse rushed to the scene, drawing their weapons and order the suspect to drop his knife even as he continued to stab the victim.

I know cops always have to worry about being accused of excessive force... but this seems like the perfect situation to shoot someone in the face.
(NY Daily News via Barstool)

Kid reacts to seeing Angry Birds for the first time

"This kid’s first encounter with Angry Birds is exactly like your first encounter with Angry Birds, minus the inhibitions of a stodgy grown-up."
(via TDW)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some Comics

PBF posted a new comic!!
Unfortunately a penguin had to die for it...


Didn't Shaun kill zombies with a paddle?

(It was actually a cricket bat)


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Princess Bride: 25 Years Later

The cast of one of my all-time favorite movies reunites (with EW) for their 25th year anniversary:

And here's a cool segment on GMA capturing the moment:
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Cary Elwes also does a surprisingly good Bill Clinton impersonation.
(via Neatorama)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

4 Unrelated Videos

Alice In Wonderland test footage and released movie

"Walt Disney often filmed actors as models for his animated features. What's surprising is that the audio from this crude footage for "Alice in Wonderland" is the actual audio used in the film. When Ed Wynn was brought back in to the recording studio to re-do his lines, the reading was not as good as the reference tests, so the test audio was used for the film.

I've synched up the test and the released film. with black placed where edits were made.
(via TDW)

Adorable Flower Girl

(via THD)

Troy Polamalu at Madame Tussauds
Any time you see "[insert celebrity name] at Madame Tussauds" you know what's going to happen.

Still funny.
(via deadspin)

And an awesome infographic video on infographics:

(via Fast Co)

"The Chart That Will Get Obama Fired"

As the writer states, I don't think anyone else could have or would have done much better, but it certainly highlights Obama's inexperience and naivety.
(Side note: Speaking of how naive Obama was, anyone remember a little place called Guantanamo? It was such a major issue during the campaign and one of his big promises... He thought he could just shut it down with the stroke of a pen. Whatever happened to that?)

Anyway, the article from Business Insider:
Ezra Klein of the Washington Post has written an excellent treatise on how the American economy collapsed, what the government did about it, and what the government might have done differently that would have actually fixed it.

At the beginning of the article, Klein publishes what might be described as the chart that will get President Obama fired.

The chart (below) shows three lines:

  1. The incoming Obama Administration's projections for what the unemployment rate would be if no stimulus was enacted in the depths of the financial crisis.
  2. The Obama Administration's projections for what the unemployment rate would be with the President's stimulus plan.
  3. The actual unemployment rate.
The actual unemployment rate in the chart, you will note, is higher than the "nightmare scenario" initially envisioned by the Obama Administration (The unemployment rate with no stimulus).

As the chart makes instantly crystal clear, the Obama administration drastically underestimated how bad the economy was and drastically overestimated its ability to do something about it.

As a result of this, President Obama over-promised and under-delivered on the single most important challenge of his Presidency (so far).

Also as a result, President Obama gave the Republicans ammunition to argue that his stimulus "failed," when, in fact, it helped matters considerably (just not enough to fix everything).

(Obviously it's not this chart that will get Obama fired--it's what the chart shows: Unemployment well above the level at which any President since Roosevelt has been re-elected, and the "failure" of Obama's stimulus to bring it down to a level that he said it would.)

Could the Obama Administration have fixed the economy in four years had they had done something different?

In my opinion, no.

Given the extent of the damage—and the kind of damage—that Obama inherited, this was always going to be a long slog. As a quick glance at debt-to-GDP charts show, this recession was not a run-of-the-mill cyclical recession. It was a debt-fueled balance sheet recession. And if there's one thing history shows about those, they take years if not decades to fix. (See Japan and the Great Depression).

But Obama certainly could have given himself a better chance to get re-elected despite the horrible economy. If Obama had recognized how bad things were, asked for a much bigger stimulus than he ended up asking for, and, importantly, set the appropriate expectations, he'd probably have been able to pin the blame for the mess where it belongs: On the three decades of decisions that facilitated the debt build-up that eventually culminated in the financial crisis.

Instead, however, Obama over-promised and under-delivered. And this will make it that much harder for him to get re-elected.
I'm no economist, so I'm not sure what effect an even larger stimulus would have had but regardless of size, I do think stimulus funds could have been better allocated to maximize impact.
But then again, maybe nothing could have improved our situation.
Maybe "America is getting soft" (which is actually something Obama and I can agree on) and our whole society needs to change.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stephen Fry on Catholicism


"National treasure Stephen Fry joined provocateur extraordinaire Christopher Hitchens to debate against Ann Widdicome and the Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan. The topic was 'Is Catholicism a force for good in the world?'. Needless to say, Hitchens & Fry didn't think so. Also needless to say, they provided the most convincing arguments of the evening.
Mr Fry's passionate and emotional speech is presented here in its entirety, along with his closing remarks.
You can watch the entire debate, which runs about fifty minutes, by going to:
(thanks to Bizarro)

Side note:
Something was not understood...
(via TDW)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs: 1955 - 2011

In memory:

Tim Cook's email to Apple:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.


And Apple.com's homepage:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New TV Show-Movies!

Kiefer Sutherland Says ’24′ Movie Script Is Almost Done

"About sixteen months have passed since Fox’s hit action series 24 ended its successful eight season run. Since then, star Kiefer Sutherland and the show’s creators have been asked ad nauseum about a long rumored movie that would continue the story of American hero Jack Bauer who saves the world in 24 hours. Every few months, a little bit more is added to the rumor mill be it a rejected script, release window, possible start date, rumored directors and more. The latest news comes from Sutherland himself who not only spoke about the difficulties in adapting the show for the big screen but said a script is almost done."
"We are coming very close to having a finished script. That’s been the most difficult thing. You have to remember that we have 24 hours to explain the stories in 24 and so trying to condense that into a two-hour film version has been a real shift in gear for us. We were originally trying to make it too big and put too much into it – but once we relaxed, we found out how to tell that story. So yes we definitely do plan on making the film."
(via /Film)

But more importantly:
'Arrested Development' movie and new TV mini-series planned!

Twitter was all a twitter:

The news was revealed by the "Bluth Family Reunion" at the '2011 New Yorker Festival'.
You can watch it on The New Yorker's fb page (of course, you'll need to "Like" it first).

I do love the Muppets

One of the latest 'The Muppets' movie posters:
Can't wait.
(via /Film)

I also want to see this:
'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey'

(thanks to Erin)

And further proof that Sesame Street is still the greatest kid's show out there.

(via TDW)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Another Update, Finally

See below:

I want this Monopoly board:
(via THD)

If she nags this much before marriage, I wouldn't marry her either.

(via Barstool)

No idea what's going on in this picture, but it was too weird not to post.
(via lamebook)