October 2007

The Business of Death

by alphamonkey on October 31, 2007 · 1 comment

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Yes, yes…Halloween isn’t really about death (though it wouldn’t hurt our culture to have one death-centric holiday that promoted less irrational thinking about the matter), but this GOOD Magazine short was simply too uh, good to pass up today. And informative (and very clever) short about the lucrative business of death around the world.

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Well, If I’m going to reach backwards for all the Halloween stuff, I might as well go way back and pull out Gary Larson’s Far Side Special circa 1994. How awesome is that?

Um, ignore the fact that the poster of the clip has a slippery grasp of time/math, and enjoy. Parts 2 & 3 after el Jump.

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Who didn’t love The Worst Witch? Kinda like the Disney-fied version of Harry Potter (but you know, first) and infinitely more awesome for gratuitous Tim Curry overload.

If you don’t watch this, you don’t get any candy.

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Sure it’s an oldie (circa the stone age that was 2005), but it’s hard to go wrong with an indietastic take on Band-Aid. The question remains: Do They Know It’s Halloween?

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WOW RussiaSure, I could just send you along to Wikipedia’s lengthy article on Mother Russia (or ‘Big Bear’ as it’s known in CB circles), but designer Elena Marus has a much more entertaining take via WOW Russia!

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Blogger Danny Choo and pals bring a little Star Wars dance party action to one of the busiest intersections in Shibuya.

Now seriously…. how nipple-explodingly awesome would this have been to see live?

via TV in Japan

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I Am A Host at the Olive Garden

by alphamonkey on October 31, 2007 · 0 comments

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Illustrator Greg Erskine documented his year-long stint as an Olive Garden host, and we’re all the richer for it. Behold the wonder of ‘I Am A Host at the Olive Garden

I Am A Host at the Olive Garden

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Halloween

by alphamonkey on October 31, 2007 · 0 comments

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What better day to throw down some John Carpenter love via the original theatrical trailer for Halloween?

via Fresh Signals

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Slate magazine pulled off a neat trick by getting a bevy of contemporary authors to sound off on the great works they haven’t read, and it’s called to mind the works that I just haven’t managed to get through. Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow took 5 attempts across 6 years to finish, and I’ve never managed to get through 90% of the Beat Writers. Finnegan’s Wake? Threw it against the wall around page 15 or so (though I can say I made it through Ulysses) I’m pretty certain Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series tried to kill me, and Charles Bukowski? Can’t stand his work.

Then there’s the guilty pleasures… I can safely say I’ve read everything Robert Ludlum ever wrote, and I still find myself picking up Nelson DeMille books, even though he hasn’t written an original character in 12 years.

How about you?

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Robert GouletBroadway and Vegas icon Robert Goulet died at age 73 yesterday while awaiting a lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis. For most of my life, Goulet was famous for… well, for being Robert Goulet mostly, and it wasn’t until fairly late in my life that I discovered that he started off as a phenomenal talent.

Sadly, there’s not much in the way of good footage of Goulet in his heyday floating around the internet so instead I’ll go with my favorite bit of late-period Goulet and just send you along to the Goulet’s Snooze Bars sight, which tied into the popular Super Bowl commercial from earlier this year.

G’night, Robert.

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