Friday, December 21, 2012
Watch as I go out in the streets and cause panic around local bus stops and tell them that the tsunami coming after us.
Holy shit. I was in tears watching this video. Vitaly has definitely had the best pranks ever in life. When the slow motion happened with the first kid I lost it.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't is more of a coffee-table book, with large color pictures, and chapter photos that require the use of included 3-D glasses. It falls somewhere between I Am America and the Daily Show faux-textbooks America (The Book) and Earth (The Book), which used that organizing principle to their advantage. The premise follows the many apocalyptic views of the past four years, claiming America has gone off the rails and completely lost its way, and that only this book offers the true path to restore America's greatness. Which was never really gone, because it's America.
The best idea America Again mocks is the one contained in its title. In particular, it skewers Newt Gingrich's 2011 book A Nation Like No Other, which claimed, "America's exceptional greatness is not based on that fact that we are the most powerful, most prosperous—and most generous—nation on earth. Rather, those things are the result of American Exceptionalism." That is one preposterously arrogant whopper, which America Again exploits as an illogical chicken/egg position. The subtle difference between a beneficial amount of pride and the unchecked belief in exceptionalism is ripe for mockery.
Stephen Colbert has been playing Stephen T. Colbert since 2005. In those seven years, he's built an impressive mythology to his character, a funhouse mirror held up to shame all other egomaniacal pundits for their hubris. But while the shtick is still reliably funny on television, it doesn't translate as well into print, because a book doesn't have television's immediacy. There's no Super PAC plotline, just a bunch of chapters that respond to issues a bit too late. Colbert and his staff are still extraordinarily funny, but in reaching for a middle-of-the-road coffee table humor book, America Again finds the limits of their comedic talent.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Cody ChesnuTT performs live from CMJ Union during CMJ 2012. Recorded October 17th, 2012. I'll be honest and say that I just got on to who Cody ChestnuTT is. If you're into some soul sounding material then check this out. The live performance is about 30 minutes long but you will enjoy it. I listened to his album, Landing On A Hundred, and really enjoyed it. Check it out.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A funny parody of Trinidad James latest hit. No gold up in my chain.
This clip had to be one of the funniest things I've seen all week. The referee was trying to stop Kris from shooting the free thrown because of a substitution being made in the game. Hilarious.