Archives: 2013 April

Archive for April, 2013

Happy Birthday, Willie

Today is Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday. In honor of 4-30, we’re sharing a brilliant This American Life piece about a dude who changed his telephone listing from his roommate’s name to ‘Willie Nelson’ for a laugh. He figured it’d be fun to have that name pop up on caller displays. He did not figure people would start calling him looking for Willie.

Goodosphere Shares A Very Canadian Joke (Played On Don Cherry…Who’s VERY Canadian)

Hockey Night in Canada is Canadia’s version of Monday Night Football, only way more of Canada has been indoctrinated. The Saturday night hockey extravaganza is so popular that it’s not only broadcast in English, but French, Mandarin, and now Punjabi.

That final development won Hockey Night some attention in The New York Times last week, which reminded us of this gem: the program’s host, Don Cherry, playing the desk piano (thanks to some Internet wizardry). Even without all the context a few years of Canadian hockey-worship would offer, it’ll still bring a smile:

Super Morrisey Bros.

Thanks, Jules.

In Bloom

Spring: time to break out those baseball mittens, throw on some Van Morrison, and start grilling things in the great outdoors. There’s also that fleeting chance to catch some cherry blossoms in bloom. In case you can’t reach this year, here’s a stunning time lapse that captures the seasonal magic using some 3,000 photos taken every three minutes over a RIght Coast week in 2008.

Cherry Blossom Time-lapse at Brooklyn Botanic Garden from Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Vimeo.

The Ultimate Thumbs Up

“Well,” I asked myself, “why not?” Why must a film explain everything? Why must every motivation be spelled out? Aren’t many films fundamentally the same film, with only the specifics changed? Aren’t many of them telling the same story? Seeking perfection, we see what our dreams and hopes might look like. We realize they come as a gift through no power of our own, and if we lose them, isn’t that almost worse than never having had them in the first place?

— Roger Ebert, in his final film review (of Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder)

How To Destroy Photos

Here at Goodosphere we were lucky enough to attend the very visually exciting How To Destroy Angels show, and we managed to take some pictures. These are our favourites.

A Joke For Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! This joke, told in brilliant, blurry vertical-vision, has an earthy theme.

Thanks, Jordan!

We’ve Come Too Far To Give Up Who We Are

Popo & Pig

Thanks, Jim.

Good Humans

“But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.”

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.””

Patton Oswalt, comedian?