Good stuff on the webbertubes

Hello, America! I would actually write something and actually post it here, but I’m far too busy with important things to do anything like that. (Yes, I know, not an answer you necessarily want to hear, but the truth is that I’m pushing hard to get a rough cut of Political Justice done before Thanksgiving, among other things, and that’s why I’ve left this blog fallow for so long.)

Still, I feel obligated to post something here, so let me just refer you to my friend the Internet, who has all sorts of lovely goodies (here are a few of my favorites from the past month):

The Tobolowsky Files – You probably don’t recognize the name, but you know the face. Stephen Tobolowsky is a prolific character actor who has appeared as, among others, irritating insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento and, as detailed in episode 3 of The Tobolowsky Files, Sheriff Pete in Wild Hogs. In this new weekly podcast, Tobolowsky tells true stories of things that have happened to him. They are wonderful. He also recently appeared in a documentary film of the same premise, titled Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party. I haven’t seen it, but I’ll be checking it out as soon as I get a spare moment.

The BBC World News feed is a thoroughly odd thing. It’s usually just a banal mixture of dry news headlines and soccer scores, but every week or so a headline will pop up that is so whimsical and surrealistic that it borders on non-sequitur. I never read the stories (I’d rather preserve the mystery), but these efforts of some overworked editor buried inside the massive bureaucracy of the BBC never fail to improve my day. Here are a few of my favorites headlines:

The Beatles Never Broke Up – Listen to the songs, read the story. Perhaps this explains Vvinni from the Future?

Speaking of Vvinni(s), Vvinni from the Present made this video (about the future?) for which I provided the narration:

Shrimpocalypse! from Vvinni Gagnepain on Vimeo.

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