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The Best of xkcd, Part 2 (Science and Math)

August 18th, 2010 Comments off

If Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite print cartoon (and it is), then its online counterpart is xkcd.  The brainchild of former NASA robotics engineer Randall Munroe, it is a webcomic that mixes romance, sarcasm, math, and language.  Most of all, it speaks to the sense of humor of the internet and geek culture in general.  Some of it is obscure and flies over my head, but a good number of the comics just hit home and tickle the funny bone.  And, in the case of my favorite all-time comic ever (Spirit, featured in this post), tugs at the heart-strings.

xkcd also features a great online store with some cool posters, pins and apparel.  I rock the “Science: It Works….” t-shirt in my wardrobe (though it admittedly gets less use than it should).  Munroe operates under a solid creative commons license, so I’m hosting several of my favorite comics here, though I encourage everyone to visit xkcd.com and to buy the xkcd: volume 0 book on Amazon.

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The Best of xkcd, Part 1 (Irreverent)

August 11th, 2010 Comments off

If Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite print cartoon (and it is), then its online counterpart is xkcd.  The brainchild of former NASA robotics engineer Randall Munroe, it is a webcomic that mixes romance, sarcasm, math, and language.  Most of all, it speaks to the sense of humor of the internet and geek culture in general.  Some of it is obscure and flies over my head, but a good number of the comics just hit home and tickle the funny bone.  And, in the case of my favorite all-time comic ever (Spirit, featured in this post), tugs at the heart-strings.

xkcd also features a great online store with some cool posters, pins and apparel.  I rock the “Science: It Works….” t-shirt in my wardrobe (though it admittedly gets less use than it should).  Munroe operates under a solid creative commons license, so I’m hosting several of my favorite comics here, though I encourage everyone to visit xkcd.com and to buy the xkcd: volume 0 book on Amazon.

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C&H: Best of Calvin and Hobbes Part 2

July 28th, 2010 Comments off

There are but a few things in pop culture that justifiably are ranked above Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.  Something I intend to do from time to time is link some of my favorite C&H comics.  This is the second installment in the endeavor.  You can find the first here.

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Site Update

June 21st, 2010 Comments off

I’ve not really had time for the site of late, which is unfortunate.  I’ve got a handful of half finished posts which I hope to get back to eventually.  Among them is my LOST finale recap, which I hope to finish maybe next weekend.  In the meantime, check this completely awesome fan tribute.

Target’s LOST Adverts

May 24th, 2010 Comments off

These were all pretty clever and aired during the series finale of LOST.  I believe the director, Jack Bender, is one of LOST’s directors.  Here’s Smokey-Detector.  Numbers and Ribs are after the bounce.

SMOKEY

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A Compendium of GIFs from ICP’s “Miracles”

April 19th, 2010 3 comments

It would be a little more understandable for someone who grew up without a public education system and the interwebs to be as ignorant as the ICP is.

Sometimes music videos can, in fact, be too good.  A few weeks ago, the Insane Clown Posse, a ridiculous duo from inner city Detroit trailer parks who dress up like clowns while screaming their horrorcore raps [ed. note: I may have to close down this site after realizing I just typed those words], released a touching, pondering video that grasps at one’s heart as you try to fathom just how bad our education system is.

The duo strayed from their normal talks about violence to pen a fitting song about just how little they know about the world.  They even have a line warning scientists and their empirical explanations to stay away because the ICP thinks scientists lie (the ICP also are apparently against climate change scientists).  They actually name a variety of natural phenomena a no things that could even remotely be classified as “miracles.”  It’s almost as ironic as Alanis Morrisette writing a song called “Isn’t it ironic” about a series of coincidences.

The song has taken on minor viral status with features throughout the interwebs, on Attack of the Show and now on Saturday Night Live.  After the jump, I’ve linked the video for those who have been uninitiated.  Also linked are the hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch and a series of my favorite animated GIFs from the interwebs.

Warning, the video includes some bad language (mostly F-bombs) and the page load time will be pretty hearty as the animated gifs are in excess of 10 MB.  Enjoy! Read more…

C&H: Best of Calvin and Hobbes Part 1

April 5th, 2010 Comments off

There are but a few things in pop culture that justifiably are ranked above Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.  Something I intend to do from time to time is link some of my favorite C&H comics.  This is the first installment in the endeavor.

Update. Part 2 is now up here.

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FollowFriday: @Henry_IX on Twitter

March 26th, 2010 Comments off

What possible person could combine the following traits: i) local Nashville celebrity, ii) radio personality, iii) born-again Christian, iv) pimp and v) looks like the Black Adder?  Give up?  There’s only one and he’s SportsXtra host and friend of this blog, Henry Nichols.

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Name of the Year Ballot is Up

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

The almighty Steampunk Emperor, LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo defeated Michigan student Iris Macadangdang for the 2009 NOTY crown. Who will succeed our faithful overlord?

It’s that time of year again?  Earlier today, the good folks at Name of the Year put up the new ballot for this year’s true March Madness: the nameoftheyear.blogspot.com bracket challenge.

Over the course of the next several weeks, all 64 contestants will be whittled down to a Final Four and then a national champion worthy to carry on the title.  For those that don’t know, all names must be real and verifiable as not invented.  Only two of this year’s entrants were familiar to me, thanks to my affection for NCAA athletics: Myron Rolle (former FSU cornerback, current Rhodes Scholar, future NFL player and my current athletics hero — Sonny Gray and Steve Tchiengang have to accept a tie for second place) and Just-in-Love Smith (from Siennnnnnnnnna basketball).

Some of this year’s entrants are real winners and the seeding seems to have a few interesting matchups, though the Sithole Region seems particularly weak.  I’ve got my eyes on a few real favorites (like Bulltron 1 seed Nohjay Nimpson and Sithole 1 seed God’s Power Offor) and some possible dark horses (such as DragonWagon 10 seed Can Du and Chrotchtangle 4 seed Spartacus Bernstein).  And, for the first time ever, I’m calling a 16 seed upset by Shy Ely of Dragonwagon 1 seed Spontaneous Gordon.  Bank it.

To view a printable version of the bracket, click here (PDF format).

Playing on the Empire State of Mind

March 12th, 2010 Comments off

Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes had a huge hit with their Empire State of Mind song and accompanying video.  In proper form, it’s been reappropriated and adjusted by numerous interwebians as new videos, often uploaded to YouTube.  Below you’ll find one that I think is both well done and quite clever.  Congrats to GrassHopper.com for New Dork – Entrepreneur State of Mind.

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