Archives: 2010 October

Archive for October, 2010

The Question of Costumes: Goodosphere Is Your Halloween Haberdashery

I love Halloween. Each year it brings fun stuff like pumpkin patches, TV specials and fly-by-night Halloween stores that materialize like spectres only to again vanish after Novemeber 1st.

As much as I enjoy the picture above, Spooky Sean(ce) already nailed the best pet costume of the year (step aside iPhone pooch). But for the humans, I offer this: my predictions and suggestions for top Halloween costumes this year.

Costumes I predict will be popular:
Most prevalent: Lady Gaga
Most gender neutral: Justin Bieber
Most depressing commentary on our culture: Snooky/The Situation
Most predictable yet visually appealing: Avatar
Most easily executable: Tiger Woods

I don’t have a problem with the above (per se) but I think we can do better. Here are some costumes I’d like to see this year:

Chilean Miners/Minors
How adorable would it be if a couple of scruffy looking kids in hardhats came to your door? Tip for parents: smudge some dirt on their noses and number them #33, #32, …

Toxic Asset
This one’s for the adventurous. I suggest glow-in-the-dark paint and a hazardous waste sign. Don’t get sucked into a political debate about TARP though. That could negatively impact the treats market.

Paul The Clairvoyant Octopus
This lovable celaphod squirmed into our hearts when he correctly predicted Germany’s success (or lack thereof) in this year’s World Cup. Sadly, Paul passed away earlier this week but you can immortalize him with a Halloween costume this year. Tips: have some predictions ready to go (‘I see candy corn in your future’ or ‘You’ll take down some decorations in November’ are safe bets).

Best Halloween Costume Ever (Part 1)

Thanks, Jaybabs.

Vulcan Bling

A Goodosphere original by yours truly.

Double Down: Next Level Beats From South Africa’s Ninja Streets

It’s becoming impossible to ignore Die Antwoord (The Answer). Believe us, we tried.

As frontman Ninja will tell you in a moment, DJ Hi-Tek has a PC computer and makes next level beats. When not ignoring David Fincher’s casting calls, Yo-Landi Vi$$er is all about cranking out twee hooks. And it’s hard to know where to start with Ninja, who’s most likely the lovechild laboratory concoction of Eminem, Vanilla Ice, and Hattori Hanzō.

The three recently found their way to “the TV,” much to the delight of Los Angeles youth.

The South African hip-hop carnival is also featured in a new Animal Collective-curated exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. Yeah, that Guggenheim Museum. New York’s seminal art house decided to showcase some “online video art” in a series called YouTube Play. They asked Animal Collective to help find some choice nuggets. Unsurprisingly they unearthed gems like this:

Goodosphere Tells A Joke: Hipster Lightbulbs

Friend of Goodosphere DGA swoops* in for this week’s joke. Things will likely never be the same…

*Goodosphere’s Zachary Hunsaker had a joke, but it was mad dirty.

Wilson On Ninjas, Inception And Making Jim Rome Uncomfortable

Look, I’m not a Giants guy. I’m a Dodgers guy. So the Giants have to do something fairly interesting to get me to give them credit for it.

Well, Brian Wilson Giants’ closer, sat down with sports television windbag Jim Rome in September to hash some stuff out. It’s hard to tell if Rome is in on it or just treading water (I’d guess the latter) but their conversation is a gem:

Thanks to A. Rackets. (Go Rangers).

Double Down: Masterpup Theatre

Last week, we provided ye Goodosphere readers some great moments in model manipulation courtesy of one Sesame Street. There’s a great wealth of prime puppetry outside of what goes down on the Street, but with the creations of Henson and fellow heroes broadcast in over 120 countries, it’s hard to think of any arm warmers more influential, recognizable, and inspirational than those of the Sesame crew.

Take recent Internet sensation/explosion of exuberance “I Love My Hair” for example:

The song was penned by Sesame’s head writer, Joey Mazzarino. After hearing his adopted daughter repeatedly gripe about her un-Barbie-like hair, Mazzarino was prompted to show some love for the underrepresented curly mops. Not only has the video taken young blacks, whites, and everything in-betweens by storm, but there has been an outpouring of thanks from grown-ass men and women who have praised Mazzarino for his exercise in self-love and confidence building. Many of them have even left comments on its YouTube page lamenting the fact that a similar video wasn’t around during their own identity struggles.

Goodosphere’s puppeting past has been a little more steeped in the vicissitudes of love, loss, and life (surely three of the L Words). In this very special Double Down, we bring you “feliz con turkey,” an original production(!) that would have never existed without the likes and imagination of all those faceless friends who spent their afternoons with us on public television; teaching us, singing to us, making us laugh. Kudos.

The Very Gay Inaugural Post Of Goodosphere’s New Correspondent!

Before I try to make sense of all the news about the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy and its fate, I want to thank Sean for making me a contributor to the excellent Goodosphere blog. I’m really excited to be a part of it.

If you’ve been following the recent news about DADT and still can’t figure out what’s happening, don’t worry. As of right now, no one can. The Senate tried to get the policy repealed by attaching the repeal to the defense budget, the Republicans filibustered and repeal failed, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Philips ruled that the policy to be unconstitutional, military recruiters began accepting openly gay applicants and stopped enforcing the policy, the Department of Justice appealed the decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay allowing the military to continue to enforce the policy, and now we’re waiting to see if enforcement does indeed resume.

But take comfort in this: if the Department of Justice appeals this all the way to the Supreme Court, I am almost certain that the policy will die there.  Even though Justice Anthony Kennedy can be kind of an ass hat broken butterfly sometimes, he has a really good record on these kinds of things! And before gay rights activists get super pissed at the Obama administration for allowing the DOJ to appeal Judge Philips’ decision, I would remind them that this is actually kind of an important custom.

Consider this scary hypothetical that Walter Dellinger, former Solicitor General under Bill Clinton, set up on the Rachel Maddow show a few nights ago: what if a U.S. District Court judge under a Republican POTUS found the new healthcare law to be unconstitutional, and the DOJ decided not to appeal that decision for purely ideological reasons. Shitty, right? Seventy-five percent of Americans think it sucks that gay people get kicked out of the military for being who they are, and President Obama thinks it sucks too.  Pretty much everyone that matters in repealing DADT thinks that it sucks. It’s important to remember that.

During the town hall meeting that President Obama held on MTV, he said, “This is not a question of whether or not the policy will end. This Policy will end, and it will end on my watch.” I still believe him because I think he’s given me reason to.  Stay positive, Goodosphere readers. This policy is almost out. That’s awesome and so is this.

Feces, Migration, Death = Life

Whale poop: I won’t provide a link in case you ingest your daily Good with your breakfast cereal.

Whale poop is turning out to be more than your typical sea-faring fecal matter. Your average free willy feeds at the bottom and breathes up top, conducting his or her business anywhere in between. A pair of university-types recently discovered that their liquidy, plume-like poop invariably floats to the top of the ocean and pretty much serves as marine Miracle Gro.

Courtesy of University of Vermont

While most marine mammals drop the solid varietal, whales buck the trend and send their juice directly to the top, fertilizing phytoplankton and other key players. Harvard University’s James McCarthy (no relation) thinks “[whales] form a really important direct influence on the production of plants at the base of this food web.” The process, now being called the “whale pump,” is critical in our increasingly nutrient-lacking and polluted waters, making the Captain Ahabs of the world look like real creeps. After all, their poop never saves anything.

The 80s In One Picture

Not so long ago, we brought you the 90s in one picture. Today, we do the same with the 1980s, particularly the year 1985, which gave birth to Boots, Back to the Future, and the five o’clock shadow (seriously).