Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Funny Things

This! [Thanks, Jeremy!]; This! [Thanks, myself!]; and This! [Thanks, The Onion!]

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Milbank Fucks Up

WaPo's Dough-faced snark merchant, Dana Milbank, flubs a very lazy attempt to put his own imprint on the recent GOP talking point, "Obama's doing a victory lap: that dude's arrogant." As funny as Milbank can be sometimes, I have to admit that his whole "pointing out the absurd theatricality of Washington" shtick is wearing thin. It's not exactly a well-developed tool for critical analysis. In fact, why do I feel like this guy is auditioning to be a Daily Show correspondent every time he's on MSNBC?

Oh, right — because he does shit like this:

[When covering the time Cheney shot his buddy on a hunting trip]

[I have no idea what the context was for this.]

I say "Blergh" to you, Dana Milbank.
Stop being the political equivalent of Dave Barry.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

90's Ska Band The Aquabats Have A TV Show Pilot

These guys were in my house briefly during my last year of college (2006) because they were friends with my roommate, Vic Ruggiero, of The Slackers. I remember being told about this show's development way back then and it's nice to see that something came of it. Here's a sneak peek posted by beepboop:

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Batmobile To The Dark Side

It looks like political jerks have figured out my main qualms with The Dark Knight and are touting them all as a good thing. For example, the WSJ's Andrew Klavan:
There seems to me no question that the Batman film "The Dark Knight," currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.
Thanks, doofus. Remember that time Bush personally put himself in harm's way? Oh, wait he didn't ever.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

You Have To Learn To Crawl Before You Can Walk

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mumbai Police Gun Down Anand "Tarzan" Patil In Suburban Shootout

and then they put some guns on bubble wrap for the press to photograph. Your guess is as good as mine:
Patil was a member of the Hemant Pujari gang and wanted in at least eight cases, which were registered against him.

He had given extortion threats to a businessman living in that area. Using this information only crime branch laid a trap. [...]

"We warned him and asked him to surrender but instead he started firing. We started firing in defence. He was injured during the firing. We rushed him to the nearby hospital but he was declared dead on arrival," said DR Sankhe, Sub Inspector, Oshiwara Police Station.
In other words, it looks like the late 80's and early 90's are also back in Mumbia's criminal underbelly!

[Via NDTV]

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

High Speed Video Of Man Blowing Raspberry

Where's my animated GIF, internet!?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stuff White People Hate

White Whine is a pretty funny tumblr of white people complaints, e.g.:
Complaint #222
“I hate political LOLcats.”
-Whine by Lindsay
[Via, Alex P.]

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Alleged Photo Of A Young Banksy From 1989

Is Robin Gunningham (seen below in his 1989 class photo from Hogwarts) the radical chic enigma and guerrilla graffiti artist known as Banksy?

The UK's Daily Mail thinks so — as does the YouTube commenter who beat them to this scoop 9 whole months ago. (Ctrl+F for "Robin" on the YouTube thread until you get to it.)

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Friday, July 11, 2008

"Iranian Missle Test" Photoshopping Contest

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Creepy Japanese McDonald's Ad Parody Translated

The Gold Toilet Stays [Brokedown Palace]

As Cryptogon says, the rise in gold prices is reaching a "palpable insanity factor"
Hong Kong entrepreneur Lam Sai-wing [...] has spent the past decade constructing a palace of gold, decked out in six tons of the precious metal. In recent years, the palace has become an attraction mainland Chinese tour groups couldn’t miss, and a boon for Mr. Lam’s retail jewelry business, Hong Kong-listed Hang Fung Gold Technology. Since gold prices hit four-digit territory earlier this year, Mr. Lam has been taking apart his hall of gold as quickly as he once raced to construct it. He is melting down golden chandeliers, armchairs and armored knights and selling gold by the ton to fuel growth plans that include hundreds of new retail outlets in mainland China. But even with the selloff, one thing is certain: The toilet stays. “I don’t care if gold hits $10,000 an ounce,” Mr. Lam says. “I’m not melting it down.”

[Via Wall Street Journal]

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Reservoir Water! [Guess What I Finished Today!]

[Also: Enjoy* this clip from a commercial for that horrifyingly suggestive Super Soaker, the Oozinator.]

*Don't enjoy it that way, obvs. (Creep!)

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Brian Wilson Census

I Found Another Podcast I Like

You might like it too, if you like hearing intelligent authors discuss their new books with two boring, granola-eating, latte-sipping, Volvo-driving milquetoasts from Irvine.

It's called Weekly Signals.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Muppets "4th Of July" Viral Video

Genuinely funny. Kinda simultaneously kid-friendly and subversive. (I love this line: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice and [Wait-a-minute I memorized this part. Oh, yes!] and keep the earth safe from ... weirdos.") This isn't the Muppets I grew up with—who were alternately either "babies" or starring in adaptations of mid-shelf English literature.

I'm following this video on Technorati just to find out what the story is with this new Muppet content. If it is in any way related to Jason Segel's promise to the New York Times that he plans to "revive [the Muppets] to their previous glory," then it's an effing success. More on that at Variety.

[Also: another funny America's Birthday video via BeepBoop.]

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Mr. 4th of July, America!

I hope everyone has a great Independence Day weekend (while I am inside coloring my recent cartooning project in Photoshop)—and to prove the earnestness of that wish, here are some 4th of July bemusements:

[Click that dude to enlarge]

This next one is pretty indefensible.
Did I say indefensible? I meant, hilarious.

And lastly, Fresh Prince of Bel Air Pumas.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

My Dorothy Gambrell Thursday Image Sampler

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Now For Some Art!