Community has always been at its best when they break all convention and adopt a completely different genre. In the comedy world this is known as mapping and Community is arguably the best. One of my favorite episodes is “Basic Lupine Urology” (Law & Order).
This week Community conquered the 1980′s cartoon classic G.I. Joe where Jeff Winger experiences an existential crisis about aging and death. Having never watched the original series I can’t say how true it was the source material. I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot but I will say that if you are a fan of Abed’s Christmas episode and the video game episode from season 2 this is the episode for you.
But if you don’t have the time to watch the episode right now let me regale with this viral videos of the past. Watching these reminds me of dial-up and ebaumsworld.
Pork Chop Sandwiches
Get in the Fridge
Falling in the Ice
G.I. Joe Gay
While I have never watched the show, How I Met Your Mother has become the Friends of the millennial generation. Tonight marks the final episode of the not-so-groundbreaking series which launched the careers of Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris. In fact the only person who hasn’t made a great career out of this show is the main character “Ted” played by Josh Radnor. But that is beside the point.
After 208 episodes the sitcom has finally come to a close. There have been numerous inside jokes like “Legendary”, and slutty pumpkins. But I have just finished watching the pilot and thought it would be a good idea to a do a little write up.
So what will the cast members be doing now that this seminal show has ended.
Neil Patrick Harris
The possibilities are endless. Neil Patrick Harris has easily become the most well known cast member of the show. He will shine doing reality television, broadway, movies, or singing. He can literally do no wrong.
Alyson Hannigan literally doesn’t age. She has never had much a film career since her days in American Pie chances are Alyson Hannigan will stick to television for the rest of her life.
Jason Segal will continue to make movies with his brethren in the Judd Apatow camp.
After a big part in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers it looks like Cobie Smulder’s will be sticking to the movies.
Nothing. This is the end of Josh Radnor. Just kidding it will probably be more television for Radnor.
Tune in tonight for the exciting conclusion of How I Met Your Mother.
The critically acclaimed HBO cop-drama True Detective may have concluded over a week ago, but the parodies of the McConaughey/Harrelson series have just begun. If you are not familiar, True Detective tells the story of two hard-boiled detectives and their quest to solve the case of the Yellow King, a serial killer with links to the occult. McConaughey’s character, Rustin Cohle, is a nihilistic ex-vice cop with a penchant for Lone Star tall cans and a bleak outlook on the world around him. His counterpart, Martin Hart played by Woody Harrelson, is a womanizing “straight” cop who tries to play by the rules but often fails.
There is also a whole bunch of adultery, meth amphetamine, and conspiracy theories abound. Chances are if you’ve seen the show, you’re hooked. Here are the best True Detective parodies.
Jim Rash and Joel McHale
The first True Detective parody to go viral starred Community’s Jim Rash and Joel McHale lampooning the actor’s accents for being utterly indecipherable.
The Yellow King Theory
Prior to the season finale, there were several theories floating around about the identification of the fabled Yellow King. Comedy group, Big Meeting had the most convincing argument.
This largely overlooked parody by comedian Andy Haynes is definitely my favorite for the actor’s spot on impressions of the lead characters.
Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Rogan
Definitely not my favorite but this one got passed around the internet quite a bit.
Barack Obama’s March Madness Bracket
It’s that time of year again, when offices and terminally bored employees across the nation start pooling their brackets in preparation of the NCAA Tournament. March Madness dominates our collective thoughts so much that none other than the POTUS himself and basketball fan, Barack Obama, is getting in on the act. So who’d he end up picking?
Barack has Michigan St Spartans winning the entire NCAA Tournament in the championship game against Louisville in Arlington, TX. Outside of that, the commander-in-chief has number 1 seeds Florida and Arizona just within the Final Four — both teams the majority of brackets seem to have slated for the championship game. Interesting move, Barack.
What about upsets? Of particular note here is ND STate (12) over Oklahoma (5) and Cincinnati (5) dropping their opening matchup against Harvard (12). Hmm. That’s interesting. You know, BO is a product of Harvard Law School. We’re all for supporting the home team but that’s a potential bracket busting move right there, sir.
Need some help forming your bracket this year? You don’t have to know much about the NCAA to win your pool, although statistics show it helps. ESPN has a wealth of information to get you started on filling our your bracket.
Will It Crush? Starring the govenator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold has finally achieved his lifetime dream: owning his own &%$#ing tank. So how is he using it? By doing something completely badass — running over things for charity.
Now one single object is safe from the crushing tread of Arnold’s tank. Whether you’re a blender, taxi cap, roll of bubble wrap, piano or a miniature tank — your days are numbered.
Check out the video below,
Maybe it’s just a dream I never let go of as 3-year-old boy pushing Tonka Trucks around in the dirt, but this looks pretty goddamn amazing. Considering Arnold has released a series of promotional videos of him crushing things in his tank, he would seem to agree.
According to the official promotion, “You and a friend will get to ride shotgun with Arnold in his M47 Patton tank. Yes, Arnold has a tank. Yes, this is your chance to ride in it. Not only that, but you’ll also get to use the tank to crush something. And if you’re into working out, you can lift together on it too. There’s a high probability that this will be the best day of your life. Cigars included.”
You can check out Arnold’s charity promotion right here. Donate for your chance to win a ride along in Los Angeles and feel like Conan the Barbarian for a day. The charity supports several worthy causes including rebuilding efforts in Haiti, ending homelessness, and equal family rights.
Tatia Pilieva just made a powerful case that romance is far from dead with ‘First Kiss’.
The latest video to hijack the Internet is a short and sweet piece from talented director Tatia Pilieva. If you have about 3 1/2 minutes to spare — and a heart — this video is sure to melt you. I don’t care if you’re a stiff-lipped grown man who lives in the woods, your feels are about to be assaulted. Check out the video below.
Jesus, does anyone have a tissue handy? I feel like eating chocolate in my pajamas and weeping like a baby.
The tension in ‘First Kiss’ is palpable. These attractive strangers are visibly uncomfortable in their vulnerability. Suddenly I’m getting flashbacks to hearts racing in dimly lit movie theaters. And there’s something about the black & white visuals that just work so well with the theme.
We don’t know much about the clearly talented director, Tatia Pilieva’s IMDB profile is pretty slim with her only credits listed as Forever, In Men We Trust, and Sleepwalk. Here’s hoping ‘First Kiss’ brings her into a mainstream spotlight and prevents her from becoming simply a one-hit wonder.
Oh, and just in case you’re curious and have a sippy mix CD to make for someone in the year future, the music here is produced by Soko, ‘We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow’.
A few days ago, the world was introduced to LIVR, a new app in development that can only be accessed once you’ve reached a certain blood alcohol level. The “app” allows users to participate in games with other drunk people, and even meet up with other inebriates in the area.
“LIVR acts as a biometric bouncer to a global party. Before gaining access, users first must blow into a plug-in breathalyzer and demonstrate a minimum BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). All users on the network must achieve a minimal level of intoxication thereby guaranteeing that all users logged into LIVR at a given time are in a similar state of mind. As a user metabolizes their alcohol, they must drink more and re-check in.”
Unfortunately, however, LIVR was just a hoax put on by some pretty ingenious pranksters in order to fool the media.
Stretched across the entirety of five square miles in the Mojave Desert near the Nevada-California border lies the world’s largest solar plant — and today it has officially opened it’s doors for commercial business. Ivanpah, a collaborative effort between Google, BrightSource Energy, and NRG, has been a project in the works since it was first connected to the power grid in September of last year.
From the NGR Press Release:
Ivanpah, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy currently operational in the US, is the largest solar project of its kind in the world. The project is the first to use BrightSource’s innovative solar power tower technology to produce electricity, which includes 173,500 heliostats that follow the sun’s trajectory, solar field integration software and a solar receiver steam generator. Since breaking ground inOctober 2010, the project has created thousands of jobs and, at the peak of construction, employed nearly 3,000 site workers who completed more than 8.35 million man-hours. A total of approximately $650 million in salaries for construction and operations is expected to be paid over the next 30 years.
Check out some of the pictures from the BrightSource website:
The $2.2 billion operation was estimated at bringing in around 1,000 jobs during construction, 86 permanent jobs, with $3 billion as the total economic benefit. Ivanpah is set to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000+ tons per year and will cause little to no harm to its surrounding area.