Archive for May, 2014
Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Sean
Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Sean
I have a podcast now! It’s called Sideshow. You need to listen so they don’t take it away.
Episode the first: Giving the Perfect GIF
For some, the best way to reply to a message isn’t with words (so 2003!) but with a GIF, those short animations, just a few seconds long, usually drawn from a popular movie or video footage. From that perspective, the image of President Obama’s head on Beyoncé’s body doing a sassy dance in outer space, while riding a pizza, is the best thing the internet ever gave us. In recent years, the animated GIF has made the jump from email chains and message boards to art galleries and museum exhibitions. New York’s Museum of the Moving Image was recently host to “The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture,” a show whose curator culled his selections from a Reddit thread.
To really learn about GIFs, though, the Obi Wan to seek out is Tyler Menzel, editorial director (he’d prefer Notorious G.I.F.) at Giphy, the most popular GIF search engine. Menzel sees and tags thousands of animated images every day. “I’d like to meet the person who sees more than I do and doesn’t get paid for it,” he tells Sideshow’s Sean Rameswaram.
Sean and Tyler discuss the fine art of sending the perfect reaction GIF. Tyler explains his devotion to GIFs drawn from the anime series Sailor Moon, representing as they do “the essential human emotions: hunger, love, and sadness. “If you’re feeling things other than that, you’re wasting your energy.” He also acknowledges that the form has its limitations. “GIFs are supposed to be fun,” he says; you can send a reaction GIF to bad news, but not real bad news. If there’s a perfect GIF for the news that someone has died, Tyler hasn’t tagged it yet.
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Sean
And Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I have oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my sassiness offend you?
Don’t take it hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But just like life I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past rooted in pain
A black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak miraculously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the hope and the dream of the slave.
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Sean
This Tuesday feels like a Monday. This video of ‘Sound of Da Police’ emanating from an actual cop car makes up for it:
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Sean
There’s a dentist on the 69th floor of the Chrysler Building. The views almost make you forget someone’s drilling into your teeth.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Sean
The Brian Lehrer Show asked its listeners for the funniest thing they’ve ever seen this week. Yes, it’s totally subjective. Yes, I submitted a video. Make sure you watch it at least three times:
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Sean
Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Sean
Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Sean
Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Sean
Happy Friday from Japan, where anything goes!