In honor of the day allow me to say that I am thankful to all of you who drop by SEB regularly to see what hot air I’ve recently posted. Over the years I’ve established a number of friendships with people I’ve yet to actually meet in person because they took the time to read what I had to say and then yell at me in the comments about it. Thank you for making SEB more than just a blog, but a community. I’ve learned so much from you and I am ever so grateful for it.
Now, with the sentimental stuff out of the way, here’s a video on the 25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving from John Green and the folks at Mental Floss:
I knew a few of these, but there were some surprises. Anyway, have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!
I make of point of not reading the comments left on YouTube videos because they have a tendency to damage your IQ if you read too many of them. To say that the majority of comments left on any particular YouTube video are less than helpful is an overstatement of stunning proportions. You’d probably learn more by hitting yourself repeatedly in the head with a ballpeen hammer than you would by reading the comments left on the average YouTube video.
That said, when you take an example of said comments — say an argument between two One Direction fans — and reconstruct it using two old guys, the results are surprisingly entertaining while also reinforcing just how useless such comments are.
Note: There is some NSFW language in this clip.
I suppose if YouTube comments can’t rise above the level of drooling psychophants, at least they can be entertaining when handled properly by professionals.
Here’s one you’ll probably never see on TV, but it was amusing enough that it got me to share it on my blog:
Apparently this has generated some controversy with folks who lack a sense of humor, but the overall reaction has been pretty positive. Still not enough to get me to shop at Kmart anytime soon, but it was damned amusing.
If you’re at work you may want to wait till later to watch this. Not because it contains some naughty language, which it does, but because if you’re anything like me you may run the risk of literally laughing out loud at a volume high enough to reveal that you’re not working, but watching stupid videos on some idiot’s blog.
All I can say is I’d appreciate fine art a helluva lot more if it really did this when you looked at it. Which just goes to show how unrefined I really am.
Who is Dan Buckley? I’ve no idea, but dude has mad talent as he sings This Is Halloween from A Nightmare Before Christmas. What’s so impressive about that? How about the fact that it involved 66 separate vocal tracks.
If nothing else Dan’s got a good future in voice over work.
Because the moment you put in people who are skeptical, have decent critical thinking skills, or aren’t overly susceptible to peer pressure it becomes a much shorter movie:
I’d still probably pay money to see it.
The above is an inherently stupid question because Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same damned thing. Some people apparently don’t know this, but Jimmy Kimmel discovered that they won’t let that stop them from having an opinion about both things:
This is meant to be funny, but it reveals one of the reasons why political discourse is so fucked up in this country. Uninformed people willing to make arguments about things they know nothing about. You don’t have to pay too much attention to what’s going on to know that Obamacare is the nickname the Republicans use when talking about the Affordable Care Act because they know that a large part of their base will instantly dislike anything that is associated with Obama without need for a good reason. Just by slapping a different name on it you can get people to say they don’t like it even though it contains many provisions that they like and support. Granted they did manage to find one guy who thought Obamacare was better than the Affordable Care Act which shows that there’s uninformed idiots on both sides who will base their opinion on the name of a law rather than on what it actually says.
There is a difference between an opinion and an informed opinion. In an age with ready access to so much information literally at our fingertips there’s no good excuse for these people to be so clueless.
Couple of folks have been passing this around on Google+, but it was so amazing I thought I should repost it here. It’s a series of storms filmed in time-lapse so you can see the power that rolls through them that is both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. You’re going to want to watch this in HD and fullscreen to really appreciate it:
You really get a feel for the complexity of the physics that takes place in your average thunderstorm. They can be stunningly destructive and are also essential for life on Earth. The world is a pretty amazing place when you stop long enough to look around you.
Hat tip to Dave and George who alerted me to it.
Most of us native English speakers don’t think too much about how fucked up a language it is because we’ve been speaking it — more or less — all our lives, but it’s definitely one of the hardest languages to pick up if you’re trying to learn it. It’s full of stupid rules and weird exceptions to the stupid rules and flat out contradictions to the stupid rules.
The good news is, it used to be a lot worse: