Fun Links

A new opera, called ‘u’ premiered in Holland a couple of nights ago and I was unable to attend. If anyone managed to see it I would be interested in a review. I missed the invitation to the event since it was sent to Klingons on Qo’noS, an M-class planet orbiting the star Arcturus and I was stuck in Chicago.

One of my regular blog reads (I can’t remember which one) just posted a clip from the (almost) straight-to-DVD movie Idiocracy. It’s a comedy about the potential long-term effects of living in our modern civilization, in which our technology protects us from the consequences of our acts, drastically altering the evolutionary pressures that made us so smart.

Now here’s a Fatboy Slim video that makes the same point with better music:

Someone posted this at Hit & Run a few days ago, and despite all the weirdness, it’s kind of cool in some way I can’t explain.

This is complicated, so here are a few things you need to know:

  • The original 1960’s science fiction series Star Trek starred William Shatner as Captain James Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock.
  • Some fans of the original Star Trek series wrote Kirk/Spock gay fan fiction.
  • There was an animated Star Trek series in the 1970’s for which Shatner and Nimoy did the voices.
  • British alternative post-puck rockers Pulp had a breakthrough 1995 single called “Common People.”
  • In 2004, William Shatner recorded a cover of “Common People” with Joe Jackson.

Now mix all that up…

I would normally save a video like this until Friday, but I have a feeling we’re just counting the minutes until the DMCA take-down notice.

I don’t want to spoil it too much, but it’s Kermit the Frog following in Mr Johnny Cash’s footsteps with his own very special cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt.” To quote Radley Balko:

Warning: Contains muppet nudity, muppet sex, muppet vomiting, and muppet drug use.

…and it’s not safe for work.

Sad Kermit

At about a minute and a half in, there’s a disturbing scene involving Kermit’s, er, longing for an absent Miss Piggy, which is followed immediately by a moment of genuine poignancy.

Addendum: You might want to see the video before you read the rest of this.

Really, this was just an amazing production. It may be disturbing, but it was made with loving care. The puppetry is effective, and the videography was done by someone who knows how to use camera angles to accent the puppetry.

What’s weird, and a little embarrassing, is that seeing Kermit so trapped in the depths of despair actually kind of tugs at my heartstrings a bit. It’s a powerful image.

So far, my absolute favorite touch is the big pile of cocaine on a copy of Dawkins’s The God Delusion. Just…perfect.

I’m fascinated by people who can do useless things very well, so I liked Grandinite‘s link to a video of a guy who’s won a fast freehand circle drawing contest.

  • Torture by CSI: Miami. I could only take 4.5 minutes. How much can you stand? Watch the video. (How many times does he put on those glasses.)
    (Hat tip: Franklin Harris)
  • This clip from Idiocracy shows what the news will be like in the future if we keep dumbing things down.
    (Hat tip: VM at Hit & Run
  • Here’s an old favorite that I haven’t linked to yet: Cows With Guns.

Someday, when lawyers rule the earth, it will come to this (no nudity, but adult themes). It’s been a while since I was dating, but in some ways this would have been easier.

(Hat tip: Crimlaw.)

This is about what I was expecting:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

The Northeast
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Update: I think I speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” because I do. On what planet do “stock” and “stalk” sound the same? Northern cities vowel shift my ass!

Now this is a magic act I’d like to see live:

Video (Not Safe For Work)

I’ll have you know, I had to watch it again and again to figure out how she did it. You should watch it again and again too.