Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:16:49 -0700Snowclone - Wikipedia:
I first heard this term from @thachr and I’ve not been able to stop thinking of it.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:27:05 -0700
I am 100% convinced that “exit, pursued by a bear” is a reference to some popular 1590s meme that we’ll never be able to understand because that one play is the only surviving example of it.
Seriously, we’ll never figure it out. I’ll wager trying to understand “exit, pursued by a bear” with the text of The Winter’s Tale as our primary source is like trying to understand loss.jpg when all you have access to is a single overcompressed JPEG of a third-generation memetic mutation that mashes it up with YMCA and “gun” - there’s this whole twitching Frankensteinian mass of cultural context we just don’t have any way of getting at.
no, but this is why people do the boring archival work! because we think we do know why “exit, pursued by a bear” exists, now, and we figured it out by looking at ships manifests of the era -
it’s also why there was a revival of the unattributed and at the time probably rather out of fashion mucedorus at the globe in 1610 (the same year as the winter’s tale), and why ben jonson wrote a chariot pulled by bears into his court masque oberon, performed on new year’s day of 1611.
we think the answer is polar bears.
no, seriously! in late 1609 the explorer jonas poole captured two polar bear cubs in greenland and brought them home to england, where they were purchased by the beargarden, the go-to place in elizabethan london for bear-baiting and other ‘animal sports.’ it was at the time run by edward alleyn (yes, the actor) and his father-in-law philip henslowe (him of the admiral’s men and that diary we are all so very grateful for), and would have been very close, if not next to, the globe theatre.
of course, polar bear cubs are too little and adorable for baiting, even to the bloodthirsty tudor audience, aren’t they? so, what to do with the little bundles of fur until they’re too big to be harmless? well, if there’s anything we know about the playwrights and theatre professionals of the time, it’s that they knew how to make money and draw in audiences. and the spectacle of a too-small-to-be-dangerous-yet-but-still-real-live-and-totally-WHITE-bear? what good entertainment businessman is going to turn down that opportunity?
and, voila, we have a death-by-bear for the unfortunate antigonus, thereby freeing up paulina to be coupled off with camillo in the final scene, just as the comedic conventions of the time would expect.
16th century fads are the best.
Annotate ALL THE EDITIONS!!!
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:58:30 -0700Flushing Transit Authority Podcast on iTunes:
@willstegemann and I have started a podcast - Flushing Transit Authority - to talk about what its like to be lifelong Mets fans. Other podcasts can give you game recaps, statistical analysis and predictions; we’re trying something different. We’ll be focusing on the narrative and our experience as fans. And we plan to have some fun.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:31:05 -0700“
The next time someone accuses you of interrupting, you might want to explain that you are not being rude: You’re actually engaging in “high-involvement cooperative overlapping.”
Cooperative overlapping — talking as another person continues to speak — is typical of Jewish conversational style, according to linguist Deborah Tannen, and can be a way of showing interest and appreciation.”
This caused me no end of trouble living in North Carolina
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:32:34 -0700(image)
Holy shit I had forgotten this ever existed until just now.
I remember feeling like this game sucked, though.
BUT YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF FLUID!!!!
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:14:25 -0700“
This is it, right here, this budget. This is the beau ideal of movement conservative governance. This is the logical, dystopian end of Reaganism, and Gingrichism, and Tea Partyism, and all the other Isms that movement conservatism has inflicted upon the political commonwealth. This is the vast, noxious swamp into which all those tributaries of modern conservative thought have emptied themselves. People die in there, swallowed up in deep sinkholes of empowered bigotry and class anger.
Meals on Wheels? Who in the hell zeroes out Meals on Wheels? Who decides that a program that spends $3 million to help volunteers feed the elderly and infirm in their communities is something that the country can no longer afford? Who are the men in the meetings who make this kind of call? What are their names? Trot them out so the country knows who they are.”
Plain, naked, unapologetic evil.
Googles “how to sharpen a pitchfork.”
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:27:17 -0700(image)
Five years ago today, “Nerds on the Run,” the first episode of @squaresvilleseries premiered. 32 episodes + monologues + BTS + q&heys, 2 vidcon appearances, 4 IAWTV awards, endless amounts of fun, and life-changing moments and friendships (and meeting my partner because of it!) later, Esther changed my life. A huge thank you to the fans and everyone who has ever supported the show (and those just now discovering it!) and of course, thanks to @mrmattenlow for starting it all. #squaresville #tbt
#1 on the list of Best Web Series of All-Time from Jay Bushman Magazine
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Often, I will punctuation my small actions – pressing a button on the radio, throwing something in the trash, placing a plate down on the dinner table, etc. – with a soft “boop!” sounds.
After years of suffering in silence, yesterday @bronwen finally demanded to know why I do that, and I explained that I picked it up from Buggin’ Out in Do The Right Thing.
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:23:35 -0800'The Joshua Tree' Versus 'Achtung Baby': Which Is The Best U2 Album?:
I’m so ready for U2 to be let out of uncool jail already.
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:39:57 -0800(image)
Super Callous Fragile Racist Extra Braggadocious #IWD
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:20:10 -0800(image)
They said to wear red today. This is all I could find #IWD #AntiRobotMilitia #Cloudmakers
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:10:18 -0800Resistance Radio | The Man in the High Castle:
This campaign is brilliant. And I’m not just saying that because it’s made by my friends at Campfire.
The music is great and while I don’t mean to minimize the that, the music is almost the easiest part. But this writing and acting is amazing. This kind of stuff is much harder than it looks; you have to find seams within the mythology of the main show that you can plumb to make compelling new characters and storylines, often without clear direction or access from the creators.
And this campaign is pointing the way forward to something really important. Usually, these kinds of projects are done as pre-release awareness campaigns–marketing in advance of the release of a new film or show, or the season premiere of a returning show. And once the release is over, it’s time to move on to the next release, project, or title. It’s a dynamic I like to describe as, “Shut up audience; we’ll let you know when we want to market to you again.”
But this campaign isn’t advertising a new season of The Man In The High Castle–season 2 ended a few months ago, and season 3 isn’t due for a while. So why do this now?
Because in our new, on-demand world, pre-launch awareness is much less important that POST-LAUNCH awareness. No matter how many people tune in to your premiere, 99.9% of your potential audience won’t. Why not go after them? Just because they didn’t have the time or interest or awareness to tune inn when you first launched, doesn’t mean you can’t get them later. Especially when, if this campaign gets you interested in watching Man In The High Castle, you don’t have to wait–you can start immediately.
So Resistance Radio isn’t just a great piece of storytelling in its own right; it’s an important bellwether for a changing perspective on how–and WHEN–to make these kinds of campaigns.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:43:16 -0800Resistance Radio | The Man in the High Castle:
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:04:39 -0800“
The artist, in this model, is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?
The interesting thing, in my experience, is that the result of this laborious and slightly obsessive process is a story that is better than I am in “real life” – funnier, kinder, less full of crap, more empathetic, with a clearer sense of virtue, both wiser and more entertaining.
And what a pleasure that is; to be, on the page, less of a dope than usual.”
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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:00:42 -0800‘Daria’ 20 Years Later: Producers Behind MTV’s Iconic Cartoon Look Back:
Mystik Spiral 4ever!
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:05:09 -0800““This isn’t a one-day event. That’s been done a dozen times,” Sonoma Stompers General Manager Theo Fightmaster said to MLB.com. “Let’s give women a chance to be a part of a team, let’s give women a chance to play against men. What will they learn? What have they not been coached because they haven’t had the same coaching as boys? There’s not enough places or ways for women to play baseball in this country.””
*searches for Stompers tickets*
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:26:47 -0800
“shaolin fantastic. how do i begin to explain shaolin fantastic?”
“shaolin fantastic is flawless.”
“i hear his red pumas are insured for $10,000.”
“i hear he does car commercials…in japan.”
“one time, he stole a record from me.”
“…it was awesome.”
SWAG FOR DAYS
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:14:17 -0800(image)
Apparently, I’m the kind of person who – after taking a night off to meet a friend for drinks – comes goes home and builds a new twitterbot.
Meet @NathanAdlerBot, who every ten minutes will tweet out a random snippet from David Bowie’s magisterial album “Outside.”
Why? Because Bowie.