Goodness From The Interwebs for 1/19

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A handful of links that interested, amused or informed me from around the interwebs:
  • Alex Cornell is a photographer who took a trip to Antarctica last year where he took some stunning photos, including several of a flipped iceberg. You;re used to seeing white snow and ice, but this is like an enormous sapphire. It is beautiful.
  • But really, enough about ice and snow. It needs to be summer and soon which means it’s almost my favorite time of year: Sandlot season! Here are 19 things you might not know about this film classic.
  • I started high school in 1998, so this video of just about every major pop culture event from that year is one big nostalgic trip. Man, the 90’s were fantastic.

  • Speaking of the 90’s, this dad (like middle aged, typical, flannel pajama wearing dad) puts on quite a display of dance moves from that decade. Well done, old man. Well done.

 

 

 

Martin Luther King Junior’s Most Iconic Speech

In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and delivered one of the most memorable, moving, and meaningful speeches in American History. It was his most famous moment, but not his most significant. It was a public culmination of so much hard work and perseverance, a work that went on for five more years before his assassination.

On this MLK weekend we would do well to remember it, to watch it in full, and think about how his dream has yet to come to fruition. Laws have changed. Progress has been made. But we still live in a racially divided society. Let this memorial weekend to a great man, a hero, be a needed reminder for all of us of both the heart change and the societal change that is still needed.

Jerry Seinfeld on How To Write A Joke

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the funniest human beings alive. He has a rare ability to see humor in the completely mundane – pop tarts, ad slogans, poofy shirts, sipping coffee, soup, and more. While he’s most famous for his TV show, Jerry considers himself a stand-up comedian, and his material is amazing. In this video he talks about how he writes a joke. If you like humor you’ll enjoy it, but if you are a creative type it is a remarkable “behind the curtain” look at one genius’s process.

Goodness From The Interwebs for 1/12

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A handful of links that interested, amused or informed me from around the interwebs:
  • There is getting a teammate’s back and then there is getting a teammate’s BACK! This is the latter. Geez.

  • A father filmed his daughter for a few seconds every week from birth to age 14, and it’s been spliced together with original music to create a subtly stunning montage. Any parent will be engrossed by this; it’s beautiful.

 

Goodness From The Interwebs for 1/5

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A handful of links that interested, amused or informed me from around the interwebs:
  • John Cleese’s explanation of stupidity is perfect in every way.

  • If you’ve ever seen one of those VH1 specials about the “10 Greatest Comics” or “15 Leading Ladies of Hollywood” you will find this video of “100 Great Guys” to be pitch perfect and hilarious.

Goodness From The Interwebs for 12/29

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A handful of links that interested, amused or informed me from around the interwebs:
  • I worked in publishing for about 8 years and got to be part of the design process for quite a few books, and I just love books in general. So of course a list of 2014’s 25 best book covers would catch my eye. Numbers 6, 16, 19, and 20 are my favorites.
  • 2,000 calories is about a day’s worth for a full-grown moderately active male. What does that mean? It means you can eat exactly this much at various chain restaurants. This is why America is fat (and by “America” I really mean me).
  • How did people find out the answers to their insane-o questions pre-google? Well, naturally the called the New York Public Library. This list of questions kept on file (I assume by using the Dewey decimal system) is fantastic.
  • In 2013 “bro country” stormed into our consciousness and ruined what I consider to be a wonderful genre. Well, 2014 was the same only with more Florida Georgia Line, which is to say way worse. This ingenious video explains how and why things have gotten so awful. It’s like madlibs song-writing.

  • J.K. Rowling, on top of being a wonderful story teller, is no dummy. All those goofy spell names in Harry Potter? Not just gibberish; they actually have very specific meanings drawn from several languages and backgrounds.

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Goodness From The Interwebs for 12/22

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  • This illustrator has a creative mind and eye that is pretty remarkable. He adds hilarious, whimsical, and even though-provoking cartoons to people’s Instagram photos, turning them into stories.
  • At a recent Hozier concert a local radio station played a trick of the coolest sort on him. When he launched into his hit song “Take Me To Church” he quickly discovered that the front row of fans were more than mere fans to his delighted surprise.

  • Isabella had a chance to meet “Gaston,” and when she did boy did she ever set him straight. I would note two things about this video. 1) Don’t argue with young girls; it’s a losing venture. (As a father of two of them I would have given Gaston fair warning.) 2) Disney World’s actors are pretty awesome at making kids happy and staying in character.

  • And to close things out I leave you with Frank Caliendo’s rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” performed in the voices of almost all the notable ESPN personalities. Merry Christmas in a hilarious way.

Goodness From The Interwebs for 12/15

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A handful of links that interested, amused or informed me from around the interwebs:
  • History’s most iconic leaders can be recognized instantly by most people (thus being “iconic). Imagine, though, if they were hipsters. Kind of makes you realize how silly hipsters look.
  • First dates can be awkward. But they will never be as awkward as if you use one of these 18, date-killing lines. Don’t worry; they’re clean.
  • Being a parent is tough. Kids are weird. Some kids are weirder than others, though, as revealed by these moms who point out their kids’ strange food preferences. Someone needs to be served up a big dish of “tough cookies” with a side of “eat it or starve.”
  • Everyone knows that one guy or girl who always over-pronounces foreign words. It’s the worst. And College Humor has dutifully and masterfully taken said perpetrators to task (Slightly NSFW language).

  • The Muppets are known for their musical movies and musical extravaganza shows. But did you know they do hip hop? Yep, almost exactly like Naughty By Nature.

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Goodness From the Interwebs for 12/8

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A handful of links that interested, amused or informed me from around the interwebs:
  • Every coach at every level, but especially the little league level, would like to not only hang this sign up, but mail it to every parent.
  • Garth Brooks is a mega super music star, but apparently he just recently got on Facebook. Given the creepiness of his intro video, I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

  • Bill Burr loves Thanksgiving, but hates Black Friday. As he puts it, “Nothing in Walmart is worth getting trampled for.”

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