Archives: 2010 October

Archive for October, 2010

Goodosphere Tells A Joke: The Rat

I guess my dad told my mother this joke after 68 hours of labor, hoping to rush me out. It didn’t work, and it’s funnier when he tells it.

I Met The Walrus

John Lennon was all over the place last week. The former vocalist of The Quarrymen would have turned 70 on October 9 had an unfortunate series of events not transpired.

Alas, all we are saying is remember when you can. I Met the Walrus, a brilliant short film made by a couple Canucks, really helps:

I Met The Walrus from Feliz Guanio on Vimeo.

It Gets Better

We’ve all seen the news that caused the creation of the It Gets Better Project. Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Councilman, made his contribution to the Project during a city council meeting two days ago. Watch it. As I’ve mentioned before, you have the time.

Double Down: CHI! CHI! CHI! LE! LE! LE!

Hugo Infante/Government of Chile

Having once seen a Chilean miner, I feel compelled to share a few words on the developments of the past 24 hours in the world’s longest nation.

Chile catches a lot of flak and gets little love. When people think pisco, they think Peru. When people think Patagonia, it’s often Argentina. Chile is ignominiously affiliated with Pinochet and the Chicago boys, but hardly anyone ever mentions that it was the first nation to democratically elect a Marxist (Goodosphere openly endorses only one form of Marxism).

Here’s hoping this mining debacle changes all that. Apart from all the jokes and mistresses, this improbable rescue has united the nation, the continent, and — thanks to the 24-hour news cycle — the world. This is the dyslexic moon landing of our time, people.

¡Viva Chile!

Bonus Update: Black Francis announces that the Pixies will be playing 33 songs in honor of the rescued miners during their first-ever headlining set last night in Santiago de Chile:

(Thanks to the Forks!)

Goodosphere Tells A Joke: Halloween Gun Jumping Edition

Enormously Infinitesimal

Zip from the smallest theoretical particles to the largest celestial entities in this interactive ‘Power of Ten’-esque web app: Scale of the Universe.

Thanks, yet again, to MB.

Good-O-Photo: Starry Knight

Once again wishing everyone a happy weekend from the Goodosphere!

via 1funnyguy @ deviantart

Double Down: Great Moments In Puppetry (The Shape Of Things To Come)

Elmos’s been getting a lot of love lately. Apparently he was tickled pink to hang with Katy’s cleavage for a day, but the higher-ups at Sesame Street headquarters weren’t having it. Poor Ms. Perry was relegated to pseudo-satire on SNL, while Elmo has moved on to hairier, pervier, Irish things.

There’s a long history of pairing the red rascal with celebrities for comedic respite from the plodding educational bits. Still, some of the best celebrity drop-ins have been sans Elmo. A sampling for your tender eyes:

The Gift Of Tongues

Have we become harder to impress?

I posit yes.

When the average Josephine is tooling about town with more technology than we used to win World War II, it’s understandably hard to really wow with incremental advancements in the realm of flying cars, the search for intelligent life on Mars and the like. On that note, it’s hard to wow with any news. Humans are now consuming more information on the daily than ever before. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to take a moment to glean some perspective.

Here’s one worthy of pause: A crack team of linguists from National Geographic recently stumbled upon a new language in north-eastern India. Yes, in this 21st of centuries, we’re still discovering new languages. This is the best kind of bananas!

Koro, the language in question, was not the target of the team’s search. They were on an expedition to document some known Tibeto-Burman languages at risk of extinction. While working the other two, the Nat Geo crew heard a third totally unfamiliar tongue that altogether changed the nature of the journey.

Like half of the world’s 7000ish(!) actively spoken languages, Koro is on the cusp of going the way of the wooly mammoth. It isn’t written and less than 2000 people in India’s Arunachal Pradesh state are considered fluent.

According to National Geographic Fellow Gregory Anderson, the team would have never picked up on the patois if they had waited another 10 years. Had he been asked, Anderson would have recommended you head outside immediately and make the next incredible discovery as soon as humanly possible.

Good Quotations: Johnny Knoxville

“We’re going to take the same 3D technology James Cameron used in Avatar and stick it up Steve O’s butt. We’re taking stupid to a whole new dimension.”

— Knoxville is really whetting the collective appetites for the latest Jackass installment, Jackass 3D