John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO. Perhaps John Oliver Is Outdoing The Daily Show and Colbert. In any case, Yet Another Study Shows US Satire Programs Do A Better Job Informing Viewers Than Actual News Outlets.
The Motion Picture Academy chose to bestow a special award to Harry Belafonte, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. “Belafonte’s remarks offer both a pointed and powerful rebuke of Hollywood’s past and a stirring inducement to continue the industry’s more recent progress on human rights issues.”
Re the Ferguson protests, which I saw described as “mind-bogglingly incomprehensible”: It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did, as even Antonin Scalia could tell you. So Mark Evanier’s thoughts largely echo mine. Related: video showing the moments leading up to the fatal shooting by police of a 22-year-old Saratoga Springs, Utah man, Darrien Hunt.
6 Things You Might Not Think Are Harassment But Definitely Are (BECAUSE APPARENTLY WE NEED TO CLEAR A FEW THINGS UP).
Eddie, the Renaissance Geek turns 50 this month and deals with melanoma on his birthday AND a disappointing Election Day with amazing good humor. No brain cancer, but there is cancer in the liver. Here’s a piece about the Purple Power Port. Insight into how Eddie’s brain works.
Why your brain loves rewards and how playing an instrument benefits your brain.
Jaquandor’s book STARDANCER is available for purchase. Now he’s off working on the next one. Please note, the book will NOT be available in all of these formats!
The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi, Uri Geller’s archrival.
I thought the Grimm fairy tales I own were rather grim, but the Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation. Also, fairy tale truths revealed.
Rise of the “Dones” at church.
Dustbury notes Kickstarter duds and password rules.
8 things you should never feed to cats and dogs. Such as chocolate, which we’re running out of, anyway.
Stamping Out Danger and a spy needed a perfect passport — down to the staples.
On Veterans Day, Marvel Comics saluted Jack Kirby… for his military service.
New Bill Watterson comic because we can’t have enough Bill Watterson.
Someone was doing a search for sources of vinyl records and discovered this image. “Damn, if Sonny Rollins doesn’t have a doppelganger right here at Corporate Woods.”
The Science Behind Why Some People Can Sing And Others Can’t.
Nice piece about Grace, who sings in my church choir.
The song Boy in the Bubble irritates me. More correctly, the fact that the 12″ version [LISTEN] hasn’t appeared on any Paul Simon album that I’m aware of bugs me. The only version I have I copied onto a cassette from a friend’s 12″.
The official video for Cuts Like a Winter by Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact. Also, Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj) cover by Siren’s Crush, featuring Rebecca Jade (the first niece).
Music by Jayne Mansfield, backed by Jimi Hendrix.
When some network news program comes back from the break playing some old song, there’s a good chance the artist has died. Such was the case for Jimmy Ruffin.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Dolly Parton has long been an icon to the gay community.
You know it’s All About That Baste and All About That Base (No Acid). This has become a cottage industry!
Elvis Costello goes grocery shopping, 1978.
Elvis Presley is dead, but how did he die?
Fans of music who like to flatly say U2 is no longer relevant need to define what they mean by that.
The Crosby, Stills and Nash cover photo. As opposed to Famous Album Cover Photos Uncropped to Reveal ‘The Bigger Picture’.
Remembering the pugilistic power of Rod Serling on the Twilight Zone.
A story about Welcome Back, Kotter’s John Sylvester-White who played the cranky school principal, Mr. Woodman.
Noel Neill is 95. Here are pictures from an earlier time.
It’s a floor wax AND a credit card.
Muppet galore: Quongo and Roosevelt Franklin (who I LOVED) and Frazzle and Gonzo’s enlightenment and Cookie Monster and John Oliver and clap, clap, clap. Also, “Sesame Street has a series online called Welcome to the Furchester Hotel, which is British but also features Elmo and Cookie Monster. It’s cute, and there’s a new 11-minute episode each Friday.”
Unlock the Secrets of your Poop.
GOOGLE ALERT (me)
A whale of a tale. Hat tip to Mr. Frog.
GOOGLE ALERT (not me)
Hanceville to seek a $160K grant for firefighter equipment. “Fire Chief Roger Green asked the council to approve applying for $159,547.76 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Cullman County Economic Development agency will write the grant for the fire department, Green said.” This is in Alabama, BTW.