Via Frank, who is the most right column person I know. I do the other thing too much. (Get enslaved by aliens.)
The most confusing way to explain simple math.
This is a totally insane way to teach math. “How many poles does the tent have? Well — it’s red, like a tricycle! So, three.” The funniest thing I’ve seen all week.
Brilliant character comedy or inexplicable level of self-delusion? Either way, sweet bead necklaces, brah.
Been nursing a Joe Hill crush since I read Locke and Key. This looks great. So fun and insane.
I haven’t blogged a lot of Wander Over Yonder stuff, but I’m pretty proud of how these two turned out, so I wanted to plug them.
The Night and The Day are two eleven minute episodes that aired together. They have opposite plots, opposite protagonists, and, if you get two beers in me because you like it when I sound like a jerky freshman English major, opposite themes. But that’s not even the cool part! The cool part is, played back to back, they form a perfect loop. The plots stand alone but also lead right into each other. You could play both of them chicken-or-egg-style until you see the secret Masonic messages I hid in them. (Not really.) (Maybe?)
My other favorite part is how the idea came about: When I was still working on the show, back in 2012 because cartoons take forever, production and writing were both way behind. We were feeling boxed in by having to think of simple episodes that wouldn’t put a strain on the artists and Craig, frustrated, said we should just do an episode where the characters napped for eleven minutes straight. “The Nap.” We all half-laughed, because that is what you do when your boss makes an unhelpful suggestion. But then he said, no, seriously, we should do that. So we did.
If you want to check them out, you can watch them on Amazon or iTunes.
This is correct! Creepily correct! Who are you, KS?
(Not entirely: I didn’t found Scroti Ball, I just made the t-shirts.)
The thing that’s really great about Weird Al’s effort is that he’s spreading the wealth marketing wise. “Tacky" was an exclusive to Nerdist; Vevo got "Word Crimes”; and now “Foil" is a College Humor joint.
This means that he has not one, not two, but three big-name video outlets working to promote a single album. It requires coordination to be this good at marketing yourself while working with so many players. It also makes Beyonce look like she’s not trying hard enough.
“The first two years was just this fun thing we were doing in our spare time. It was no different to us than making some weird zine at Kinkos or recording a crappy album on a 4-track. But for the first time ever, more than our friends were looking at it. Because it was on the Internet, we could gauge ‘Oh, people are watching this and they seem to like it, so maybe we’ll keep doing it.”
- Homestar Runner creator Matt Chapman on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Rubin/Chapman is my Frost/Nixon.
Jonathan Blitzer on nineteen-year-old Virgilia Reyes, who makes a living posing as Elmo in Times Square: http://nyr.kr/1quyOsc
“Reyes was having more trouble, if only because there were more Elmos to compete with. She made a point of taking her mask off after every photo. ‘That way, when they’re about to pay, they see that they’re dealing with an actual person,’ she said. At least half the time, people came up to her, took a photo, and then walked away without paying, ignoring Reyes as she protested.”
Photograph by Ruddy Roye.
“Along the four corners of Forty-fifth Street and Broadway, a rival gang positioned itself: Hello Kitty, Cookie Monster, Woody, and Super Mario.”