Monday, July 21, 2014

John Oliver Tells It Like It Is



John Oliver addressed the U.S. prison system in his latest show. Yeah, he’s got some good jokes, but his total point is harrowing. Prisons should not be profit-making enterprises any more than education or healthcare should be. Do not miss the Muppet singalong. Contains HBO language and adult topics. (via Uproxx)

Punishment

Game of Thrones Theme at Buckingham Palace



YouTube member Omer Barnea caught the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace last week and was surprised to hear the Queen’s Guards playing the theme from Game of Thrones. They did a good job, although it would have probably been easier on the audience if the musicians had all been facing the same direction. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Miss Cellania's Links

Dodging the Avalanche. The story of Arlene Blum and the 1978 American Women's Himalayan Expedition.

A New Supply of Oddly Specific Niche Blogs.

Testing the Limits of TGI Friday’s Endless Appetizers. (via Neetzan Zimmerman)


We Took a Competitive Eater to TGI Fridays for Endless Appetizers—and They Ran Out. With a video to show how Eric “Badlands” Booker can eat.

Income Inequality Is Not Rising Globally. It's Falling.

Caftan Liberation: How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free.

The Japanese fart cannon is every bit as crazy as you’d expect. All it needs is a lighter to total destruction.

29 Incredibly Brave And Important First World Rebels. At least they are good for a laugh.

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer. They’ve obviously read my work and cannot believe anyone would pay me for it.

By whom the bells toll. Eighty-three-year-old Dionisio Lind plays the magnificent carillon at the The Riverside Church in New York City.

Reading

(via Fark)

Don’t Talk in a Movie Theater



Filmmaker Richard Linklater appeared in a promotional video for Alamo Drafthouse, where they take disruptive behavior seriously. If you think he’s being hard on people who talk or text during a movie, put yourself in the shoes of the people around you who are trying to enjoy a movie. They paid just as much as you did to be there, and there’s a lot more of them. It would be to your great advantage to turn off the phone and put it away. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Slow News Day

“Lame Claim to Fame “ by Weird Al Yankovic



The seventh of eight new Weird Al Yankovic videos is here, from his new album Mandatory Fun. “Lame Claim to Fame” examines the everyday person’s brushes with celebrities, however tangental they are, that highlight the way we worship celebrity and the people we call celebrities. Everyone’s got at least one of those stories. But all that aside, the video itself is a work of art. Directed by Tim Thompson, it consists of a dizzying sequence of moving collages.

What's your lame claim to fame? My great-great-grandfather was married to Pocahonta's granddaughter. If that's not lame, I don't know what is. Can you top that story?

Flavoured Biscuits

(via The Chive)

Cat Drinks from Bottle



From my long experience with cats, I can assure you they will detect milk at a distance of about a half-mile. This young cat wants her share, and she doesn’t want to wait for it! Watch her drink like a human baby, and when it’s gone, she has a hard time believing there is no more. The commentary is in Portuguese, I think, so I don’t know if there is any NSFW language. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)


Territorial Cyclist

The Power of Love



You know how they make video ads in Thailand, so go ahead and get your hankies out. This one won’t tear your heart out over someone’s horrible plight, though -it’s a simple vignette featuring an adorable baby and his/her parents. And even though it’s from a mobile phone company, the tag line is killer. (via Boing Boing)

Cat Dance

(via reddit)

Schoolgirl Parkour



What at first appears to be a couple of Japanese schoolgirls horsing around quickly becomes something much more. A lot of this video of a free runner’s POV, so it may cause dizziness. The “punch line” reveals that it is an ad for soda pop. (via Viral Viral Videos)


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mr. Fish

A perfect name for this cat. (via Bad Newspaper)

The Warriors



Just in case you haven’t seen this movie in 35 years, get some popcorn and put it on full screen mode. I recall seeing The Warriors during my senior year in high school, thinking, well I liked it, but it probably won't be a hit. The critics hated it, but a lot of people saw the same way I did. As it spread across the country, the movie became more and more profitable. It slowly became a cult hit, and all these years later, has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.