Friday Randomizer

Posted: August 7, 2009 in Threat Quality
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Item 1: I’ve been threatening to write something about Twitter, but I’m still digesting. Until then, I will say this: every time I think Twitter might be pointless, I come across something like Anti Records’ link to Beck interviewing Tom Waits:

Item 2: The triumph of the nerds gets its voice in John Hodgman, who focused his White House correspondents dinner speech on Obama’s “Spock-like calm” and what that might mean for America (bonus points to Obama for knowing the name of Superman’s Kryptonian father; negative points for not remembering that Conan worships Crom):

Item 3: Not exactly a music review, but a few albums I’d recommend: the new Wilco album; Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “It’s Blitz” (I am constantly amazed by their ability to create an album full of individually interesting songs that coalesce into a singular tonal-thematic sound); and Peter, Bjorn and John’s “Living Thing,” which is far better than I expected it to be – more nuanced and GI Joeexperimental than their last album and yet potentially more poppy and listenable.

Item 4: Even in spite of the studio’s decision not to screen G.I. Joe for critics, I think I’m willing to cut it a little more slack. No, I won’t be going to see it, but ultimately, the plot as reviewed over at io9 (some silliness about nanobots) sounds a lot like an update of the GI Joe cartoon’s ludicrous master-villain plots (weather dominators and the like), and so I’m willing to accept that they’re just doing their best to recreate the 80’s cartoon, rather than the far more awesome, more military-minded comics of the time. (And here are some more of Cobra Commander’s most idiotic schemes.)

Item 5: Comics Should Be Good asked the fairly simple question, “What’s the worst thing Batman has done?” Currently 66 comments in. Top contenders seem to be “Building a spy satellite to batmantouchofdoomstalk superhero activities, then not feeling all that bad when it goes berserk,” “Telling Superman the last time he inspired anyone was when he died” (which, yeah, harsh, Batman), and a great many variations on the “Toying with the emotional states of teenagers.”

Item 6: Lastly, I’m not sure if this is already a widely-known phenomenon, but in case it’s not, I’d like to direct you to the current YouTube trend of “literal videos” – music videos re-dubbed with soundalike lyrics that interpolate the action of the video into the lyrics. Quality varies depending on who does the dubbing, so I’ll direct you to DustFilms, and recommend you start off with “Take On Me” (“Piiiipe-wreeench fiiiiiight”), before moving on to “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” which is as epic as it is baffling:

  1. braak says:

    I had no idea that the video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was so completely insane. Also recommended: the video for “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, which, in defiance of all reasonable expectations, is about a hideous vampire being chased by the FBI.

    Also, I think I might actually go see G. I. Joe. Just so I have something to write about.

  2. Jeff Holland says:

    There was a song in the last season of “Flight of the Conchords” that relied heavily on images of fencers and ninjas. I was so thankful to have witnessed “Total Eclipse,” because otherwise I’d have been totally baffled as to where the joke was. And why there were ninjas.

    (Other than the obvious “well, ninjas are cool” argument.)

  3. Amanda says:

    @Holland: REALLY????? How did I miss that??? I swear I saw EVERY ep of Season 2, although I’m only now working on Season 1- you sure the ninjas weren’t from the end of Season 1 or something? That’s just a pretty memorable scene – ninjas and fencers (!!!) – but I also could just be completely stupid…

  4. Jeff Holland says:

    It was the one where they both fell for Kristen Wiig, and Brett challenged Jemaine to a duel. So at least the fencing tied in. The ninjas…less so.

    It still made more sense than any 10 seconds of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

  5. Amanda says:

    @Holland: why don’t I remember this at all???? Wait- was it an early episode? Perhaps I started in late, at least…? Cuz I’m really unsettled right now….

  6. Amanda says:

    @Holland: Okay, I looked it up- it’s the “Brahbrah” episode…With the dogs, right? I remember the “pepileptic” dogs…but how could I have missed the ninjas and fencing???? I am so bummed….

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