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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Thursday Top 5

Llewtube Carpool
Every week British actor and author Robert Llewellyn (best known as Kryten from “Red Dwarf”) gives someone interesting a lift, and interviews them on the way, recording a video podcast. The guests seem to usually be British entertainment insiders, but others are well-known even to us on this side of “the pond,” such as Patrick Stewart, Dave Gorman, Stephen Fry, and Tony Hawk (and apparently John Hodgeman will be doing one soon). This one’s with John Lloyd (“Blackadder,” “Not! The Nine O’Clock News,” and co-writer with Douglas Adams of The Meaning of Liff [sic]). The conversations a rather inside-y and are probably only interesting to total nerds. Like me. But the concept of conducting an interview on a car ride is simply brilliant and absurdly original in the way only the English can be. Edit: His embed code doesn’t work, so you’ll have to go to his website if you want to watch any of the videos.



Galactic Empire State of Mind
Lol at the headphones.



ABC 7 I-Team Investigates: Organic Foods
Whole Foods’ “California Blend” organic vegetables are (were?) harvested in China. This investigation is from 2008; I don’t know whether there’s been an update.



Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (Smooth Jazz Version)
Nice!

Acrylic on flesh
A very interesting technique by Alexa Meade.

“Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard”
John Cleese at fellow Python Graham Chapmans’s memorial service. [.mpg, 1.79 MB]


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Top 5



“Walk Hard,” The Music Video
I watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story last week and thought it was hilarious. Most of all, I was impressed by the amazing songs, plus the fact that John C. Reilly actually sung them all! The title track is an incredibly catchy Johnny Cash-esque tune that’s been going through my head ever since.



Olympics photos from the Big Picture
I never watch the Olympics, but I often enjoy the great photo collections that emerge when you get hundreds of photographers together to cover a single event. [via Gary L.]



Want to know what this blog sounds like?
The Codeorgan parses the code of a given web page, removes and translates any characters that don’t correspond to musical notes, and assigns snythesizers and drum loops, making music of your code. [via Jason]



Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой
This one’s definitely for Olya. So she can translate the title above. And while the comments on YouTube usually just serve to prove the decline of civilization, I found these three funny: “Anybody know where I can get the lyrics?”, “From the great Russian songwriters strike...”, and “I want [to] punch this guy in the face so bad!” [via Jenny]



Stunningly good PSA
An original approach to road safety advertising from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Honest Twister Commercial
For sexually frustrated people ages 8 and up.



Little People – A tiny street art project
Jason really liked this book.



“A Million Ways” by OK Go



“This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go
This one’s for Jenny.



Hot Dog Launcher


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Art inspired by the series Lost



Logorama
Nominated for an Oscar. With good reason. [via Jason]



’80s Synth Medley
Three guys, six keyboards, 15 hits of the 1980s. See how many you recognize.



Dr. Who (How To Remake TV Theme)
How the BBC audio guys recreated and refreshed the Dr. Who theme in the 1980s.

Fireland’s favorite favorites of 2009
Some of them were pretty hilarious.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Women in the world of gaming
Interesting presentation on how women are treated by the games industry.



Boop beep boop boop
Big things have happened for Meekakitty/Tessa since the last time I listed one of her videos in the Thursday Top 5. She won $100,000 in a competition on YouTube (which she said she’ll use for college and to take her mom on a vacation to Prague) and she just recently produced this video sponsored by and featuring Google’s Nexus One.



“Moouuwse”
Five-star hilarious. [via Jenny]



“Welcome to Canada”

Two of my all-time favorite comics artists
All Bloom County strips are being reissued with lots of notes and extras, in five new volumes (here’s volume 1). To celebrate, here’s an interview with Berkeley Breathed in Vice magazine. And I’ll throw in a brief interview with Bill Watterson.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Frank Zappa on “Crossfire” 1986
This is an awesome segment broadcast during the height of the music censorship wars of the 1980s and ’90s. I wasn’t into Frank Zappa but I really liked the way he stood up for the rights of his fellow musicians and the public in general. I read the Wikipedia pages on the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) the other night, plus about 80 pages of the testimony from the Senate hearings on “porn rock” in 1985. Speakers included Frank Zappa, John Denver, Dee Snider, Senator Al Gore, Tipper Gore, and others. This hearing was one of the reasons why I hated Al Gore for a long time. He was a member of the committee hearing testimony from his own wife, and didn’t recuse himself in the face of an obvious conflict of interests. And he wasn’t the only one: All the founders of the PMRC were wives of influential government officials, including other Senators. This is a big part of why I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton when Gore was his running-mate (although not the only reason, for sure), and didn’t vote for Al Gore when he ran for president. I love what he’s done for environmental awareness in the world, but I detest what he did in 1985. For the record, I voted for Jerry Brown and Ralph Nader (whose platforms I actually believed in), regardless of the fact that they were unlikely to win. I followed the testimony by watching a great segment of CNN’s Crossfire from 1986, where Zappa faces off with three hopelessly out of touch old white men.



Protect yourself
Not exactly safe for work. [via Jenny]



How to bake a car



You are Dr. Tran Fan?

Shitmydadsays
You may not “like” or “do” or even “get” Twitter, but if you have any sense of humor at all, you owe it to yourself to at least read this Twitter stream once. NSFW if you read out loud. You will laugh out loud.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Designer–Client relationships
From the awesome website Clients From Hell. Sadly, I’ve actually heard some of these things myself. This one, for example, is very similar to a situation I was experiencing quite recently.



Good: Jailbirds
A little data on the prison-industrial complex (link is a fascinating Atlantic article from 1998 by Eric Schlosser).



Sucker Love: Celebrating the naughty tentacle
Amanda Gannon answers the question, “Would you still do Antonio Banderas if he was an octopus from the waist down?” Needless to say, NSFW.



The Known Universe
This is really cool. Travel from Earth to the end of the known universe, in a scale-accurate animation.



Black Metal Cookies
How to bake the most grim and doom-laden of chocolate chip cookies. [via Jason]


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Explicit Content Only
N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton edited down to only the explicit parts.



Titanium Sporkestra
Velma and I saw this awesome drum line from Seattle at Burning Man this year, in a Marching Band March-Off held at Center Camp. I posted some pictures of them to Flickr, although they’re kinda blurry. I found the girl with the dreads, Cheryl I think her name is, incredibly hot. I liked her sense of style and she and another guy seemed to have a great sense of humor. Well, they all did, but she stood out to me ; )



Lols



The lols keep a-comin’



MacWorld bloopers
As my friend Jason likes to remind me, Steve Jobs isn’t perfect.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Chip Kidd and James Ellroy: A Mutual Appreciation [via Zeldman]



Alternative Press Expo this weekend!
Sadly, their site kinda sucks, and doesn’t give even a glimmer of how cool this event is. Here is my description of the cool stuff I saw at the 2007 event. I went last year too, but I never had time to write it all up.



Lunch Bag Art
Each day this dad makes a new piece of art for his kids.



365 Days of Dudes
Each day artist Andy drew a different character.



Zack Kim
Super Mario Bros. theme on two guitars.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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