Archives: 2014 February

Archive for February, 2014

Russia’s Rings

Thanks, Mr. Chen!

The Giant Panda Gets It

Much of the country is dealing with extreme weather right now — be it drought, snow, or extreme polar vortex cold. That’s why it’s nice to remember that weather, even when a little on the extreme side, can be fun and life-affirming, and a sight to see. Giant pandas help — especially when they’re hanging out on candid camera in Canada. Second 39 of this 40-second video is especially reminiscent of some childhood snowstorm many moons ago.

Thanks, Tessa!

Have You Ever Noticed The Executive Producer Credit Stephen Colbert Gave Himself?

It’s the first one that pops up when the credits roll…

Compare it to the one Jon Stewart gets:

What a guy.

Scary Shorts

Master of Suspense Wes Craven has been scaring the wits out of you for over forty years. Now Studio 360 (friend of the Goods) is giving you the opportunity to exact revenge. The show is asking for super-short horror movies — like 30 seconds short. Wes Craven will judge the submissions and pick a winner. The theme, which he picked, is “young genius.” The show made a demo entry which you can watch below. I’m the guy in the ambitious unitard.

Tribute In All Shapes And Sizes

From Vinnie’s Pizza in Brooklyn. More at Special Bored.

Goodnight, Humanity

As the United States puts the brakes on its space missions, other countries are rapidly ramping theirs up. And watching how other space programs handle the international attention their missions get is fun. Take China: the country just sent a Wall-E-looking rover named ‘Jade Rabbit’ to the moon. The Chinese felt, as is to be expected, deeply connected to Jade and its mission.

Last week, when the rover was about halfway into its moon tour, things took a turn for the worse. Instead of going into hibernation in the moon’s deep freeze, Jade Rabbit kept running, ensuring the premature loss of power. When it was time to make a statement, China’s state-run news agency released one written in Jade’s voice. Yes, Jade wrote his own media statement and it’s beautiful:

Although I should’ve gone to bed this morning, my masters discovered something abnormal with my mechanical control system. My masters are staying up all night working for a solution. I heard their eyes are looking more like my red rabbit eyes. Nevertheless, I’m aware that I might not survive this lunar night…

…Before departure, I studied the history of mankind’s lunar probes. About half of the past 130 explorations ended in success; the rest ended in failure. This is space exploration; the danger comes with its beauty. I am but a tiny dot in the vast picture of mankind’s adventure in space. The sun has fallen, and the temperature is dropping so quickly… to tell you all a secret, I don’t feel that sad. I was just in my own adventure story – and like every hero, I encountered a small problem.

Goodnight, Earth. Goodnight, humanity.

Started From Degrassi Now We Here

“You can’t spell Drake without “rake”, Greg!”
– Drizzy Drake, February 2014

Honest And Unmerciful

“We are uncool. Women will always be a problem for guys like us. Most of the great art in the world is about that problem. That’s what great art is about: guilt, and longing, and love disguised as sex, sex disguised as love. The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

-Philip Seymour-Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous