Eet ees a styupit game.
“Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” –Joe Theismann, ESPN
“The zebra is an animal that easily panics,” said Yumi Tamura, 27, who dressed as the zebra but usually cares for gorillas and monkeys. “I myself felt panicky when acting it out,” she told reporters.
Sandy Glickfeld came by but was too shy to speak, so you may only psychically sense her presence, but that’s better than nothing. Stuart Cohen brought his guitar and played a few new songs, where the mic was in just the right place and the sound quality is excellent. I’ll be cutting those out and putting them in my music library to play in future. A pretty good show. I think you’ll like it.
“Eet ees a styupit game,” comes from Jim Jarmusch’s black-and-white film /Stranger than Paradise/. A Hungarian girl’s life is turned upside-down and she goes to America to stay in a bleak apartment in a bleak winter American city with her bleak cousin. He’s watching football on a teevee on the folding table. She looks at it for a little while and declares it styupit. (This is before we knew that football causes brain damage, and that it’s especially dangerous for schoolkids’ brains.) (As well as for their health in other ways. I knew Larry Weldon, the world-class watercolorist; he lived next door when I was in high school. His school-age football injury in the 1940s required him to use braces on his legs and braced crutches to walk and caused him pain all the rest of his life.)
Anyway, here are links to a few not necessarily radio-useful but really worthwhile items that I happened upon while putting the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.
Zebras can’t be draft animals, they said. It won’t work, they said.
A comprehensive history of Japan in nine minutes.
Drone video of the results of letting people get rich selling ingredients for war, instead of putting them in prison for getting rich that way.
Time-lapse shot of ice on Lake Michigan.
Test for what kind of dog you are. (It says I’m a poodle.)
The refugees’ trip, in text, sound and short videos.
3-D craters and features of Ceres, based on images from spacecraft flybys. (Turn the quality up as high as your system can play it.)
Half an hour. An interesting story, if you have the attention span people used to have even ten years ago. Nuance. Surprise. Lies and justifications. And a puzzle: I for one would like it if people didn’t carry guns around everywhere, but I also don’t like the way these cops conspired in secret (they thought) to make up a bunch of charges to stick the guy with. And I for sure don’t like suspicionless traffic stops. There’s a fine line between pulling people over just to see if there’s something they can arrest and/or harrass you for (and, lately, confiscate all your money and use it to buy the station a margarita machine) and –I’m trying not to say it– Nazi Germany. A fine line.
Speaking of which: “Stop resisting! Stop resisting!” Bad cops. (First, silent security cam video, then the cops’ body cam video with sound.)
Star Wars as a grindhouse film trailer.
Exercise your face. Keep pumpin’ that nose, now. Keep it up. Keep pumpin’. Eep eep eep eep eep eep eep eep! And relax.
Crouching dragon, slinky(tm) tiger.
Alexa. Weather, music, spelling advice, murder.
French frisbee-throwing machine.
Where the bullets go.
“Once the senators who oversee the science committee see this graph, they will pass a law forbidding Miss America to be over the age of 12.”
http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations (and scroll down)
Yes. Nearly all the time.
Wallpaper for your appliances.
Such a cool thing to do– but of course now he is cursed. There’s always a trade-off.
We all go around in clouds of each other’s personal bacteria.
He hates Lord of the Rings, not because anything’s wrong with it as a story, but because it’s just like his real life. And he recognizes that Sam is the indispensible character, not Frodo.
A more interesting future than the one we actually got.
Tips from the whistler. Example: “Kissing makes your lips mooshy. Never kiss before a performance.”
The view from various places aboard a sinking ship– all the way to the bottom. With sound.
And the first honest cable company ad ever.