|Monday, May 2, 2011 12:17 PM|
| by Fëanor|
Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.
- Now here's a noble goal: teaching computers to understand "that's what she said" jokes. I feel like my friend Cyn has to be involved with this somehow...
- Apparently Oscar Wilde's original version of The Picture of Dorian Gray contained many passages that were deemed objectionable by the editor and were thus removed. The good news: the original, uncensored version will soon be published.
- The Onion A.V. Club explains various Beastie Boys references.
- Robert Zemeckis is lined up to direct an actual live-action movie! About time travel, no less! Sort of. It's more of a Groundhog's Day-type thing.
- A look at some of the amusing images/memes that have been generated by the royal wedding - in particular, that hat. You know the one.
- Thanks to Lionsgate, Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods may finally get released!
- A nice piece of art involving a monster.
- Boba Fett plays "Laura Palmer's Theme" from Twin Peaks on the accordion.
- An impressively detailed cross-section of the Millenium Falcon.
- Maybe I have to start watching Batman: The Brave and the Bold. This episode, "Night of the Batmen," wherein Batman is injured and his fellow Justice Leaguers have to temporarily take his place, sounds fantastic.
- These illustrations featuring various Disney characters playing characters from Star Wars are pretty cute, although it seems backwards to me that Mickey was chosen to play Han and Donald to play Luke.
- Something called EVOL - which is either a single artist or an art collective, I'm not clear on that - transforms trash cans, electrical boxes, and other items of the urban landscape into tiny skyscrapers.
- Super Punch provides another fun art roundup, which includes a great piece of Dune art.
- Super Punch is trying to nail down the worst headline related to Osama Bin Laden's death. Here are two candidates. (If you're interested my feelings on the news, click here.)
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|Monday, December 13, 2010 11:40 AM|
|On the Viewer - Psych (Season 5, Episode 12 - "Dual Spires")|
| by Fëanor|
Poppy and I had never watched this show before (who knew it's been on the air for five seasons already??), but the ads have always vaguely amused us, and I was really taken by the idea of a Twin Peaks tribute episode, guest-starring a number of the original cast members (including Ray Wise! Yay, Ray Wise!), so we decided to try it out. Turns out it's quite funny and clever.
Our heroes are invited, via a mysterious email, to a cinnamon festival at an extremely tiny California town called Dual Spires. When they arrive, they learn the place is very strange and very isolated. There's no internet, no cell phone towers, and no cars - everybody rides bikes everywhere. Plus...
Gus: "These people keep looking at me like I'm the first black man they've ever seen."
Little girl: "Hey, mister. Are you Frederick Douglas?"
The episode is a fantastic parody of Twin Peaks from top to bottom. They even have a parody of the soundtrack, and the opening and closing credits. The local diner is called The Sawmill, because it's all that's left of a sawmill that burned down in a fire years ago. The owner's name is Bob and, as is appropriate, the pie and cider are both excellent.
The sheriff's name: Andrew Jackson. The mayor's name: Douglas Fir. The cinnamon festival mascot: Leo, the cinnamon owl.
Unsurprisingly, a young woman turns up dead (in a very familiar manner), and this tragic event brings the townspeople's many dark secrets to the surface. The mystery has a satisfying number of twists and turns, but really it's not about that; it's about the comedy. Our main characters are fun and interesting, with good chemistry. And Psych does a great job making fun of Twin Peaks' deliberate oddness, and its extreme melodrama. Plus, the lab geek from Fringe shows up as a blind photographer!
So, good times. I don't know if we're going to try to start following Psych religiously or anything, but if it's on and we're not doing anything else, I imagine we'll watch it.
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