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 +18Posted on Feb 7th, 2014 | re: Life Is A Highway, You Guys (145 comments)

 +38Posted on Feb 7th, 2014 | re: Life Is A Highway, You Guys (145 comments)

I haven’t commented here in forever, but I just wanted to say that this is the only comment section I have ever come across on the entire Internet that has ever been worth reading.

You are all the best.

 +12Posted on Sep 17th, 2013 | re: Bill Nye The Science Guy On Dancing With The Stars (22 comments)

My wife used to attend these weekly swing dance parties in DC that were put on by an organization that ran swing classes beforehand. One week, Bill Nye showed up at the party, and while she did not get to dance with him, she attests that he acquitted himself very well.

This is pretty much my only “tangential run-in with a celebrity” story, so I am pretty psyched that Bill Nye is giving me the opportunity to start telling it to people constantly again.

 +9Posted on Dec 18th, 2012 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Favorite Viral Videos of 2012 (49 comments)


 +13Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 | re: The 2013 Golden Globe Nominations (57 comments)

The entire nomination slate for Best Comedy/Musical Series bums me out.

 +12Posted on Dec 3rd, 2012 | re: DMX Sings "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (21 comments)

The subtle way that his chains add a seasonal background jingle is especially brilliant.

 +5Posted on Sep 13th, 2012 | re: Enough With The Bullying Stuff (64 comments)

That does seem to be the gist of it.

 +3Posted on Mar 2nd, 2012 | re: Downton Abbey: The Gathering (27 comments)

Mr. Bates is wildly overpowered.

 +5Posted on Mar 2nd, 2012 | re: Downton Abbey: The Gathering (27 comments)

Yes, they exist, and I am one.

In related news, these cards would have been funnier if they used actual Magic mechanics.


 +22Posted on Feb 8th, 2012 | re: Ellen Scores A Point For Gay Rights AND JC Penny's Brand Image (72 comments)

People should stop with the “minimum requirements of not being terrible” thing. It just doesn’t make sense to point out that something is wrong, and then when people start taking the small steps necessary to correct that wrongness deriding those steps as “just the bare minimum of not being awful”. Small steps in the right direction are still small steps in the right direction.

Also the minimum requirements of not being a terrible corporation are, you know, not employing slave labor or driving your employees to suicide or selling guns with the slogan “Good for killing those pesky blacks!”. Hiring a (relatively) diverse set of corporate spokespeople is well above the “bare minimum of not being terrible”.

 +2Posted on Oct 27th, 2011 | re: Wait, Zach Galifianakis Was On Conan Last Night?! (10 comments)

Wait. Someone hates Tim Gunn?

Nothing makes sense any more.

 +14Posted on Aug 3rd, 2011 | re: What Did Stringer Bell Do Wrong? (56 comments)

But if you can’t discuss a character’s choices and flaws, what’s the point of paying attention to serious fiction?

If everything can be dismissed with “oh, he just did what the drama demanded”, that seems to render something like The Wire totally pointless.

Sure, Romeo & Juliet would be boring if Romeo took a deep breath and talked to Fr. Lawrence. But talking about that flaw, about why he made that decision and what it says about the character, and so on, is what makes it a worthwhile play.

So the point here isn’t so much “Stringer should have done X, then he would have succeeded”; it’s to lay out what mistakes he made, and in doing so to better understand his character, and why he made those mistakes, and so forth.

 +1Posted on Jun 28th, 2011 | re: The Videogum “Louis C.K. Promise”: Jimmy Kimmel Interview (7 comments)

8.9 (BNC Badge)

The recursiveness of your reply, coupled with the insouciant transparency of the reference in your chosen moniker, stir the glottal rhythms of your text into a frothy aether that transports the reader back to the swirling fields of glassine flora that dot our most ancient communal memories. Slightly derivative of Pavement, but in the best way.

 +7Posted on May 18th, 2011 | re: Please Help Us Welcome Videogum's New Associate Editor: Kelly Conaboy (101 comments)


 +7Posted on Apr 20th, 2011 | re: Hi, Skynet! (46 comments)

Come on, people. That’s from the bullshit alternate timeline from the TV series.

Everyone knows Skynet really went self-aware back in 1997.

 +24Posted on Apr 18th, 2011 | re: Game Of Thrones Premiere: Open Thread (107 comments)

Again, with the context: the brother is a (perhaps sexually) abusive monster, and they come from a family that traditionally married their own siblings (c.f., the Lannisters, who are currently incestuous, but are not traditionally so), so their relationship is…complex. So the leering was pretty much par for the course with him. The terrible, misogynistic grossness of the whole thing is kind of the point (c.f., “I would let 40,000 people fuck you if I get the throne back”)

Also with the ceremonial dances: the Dothraki are a barbarian hoard whose culture is basically built entirely around sex and death (life is short when you’re basically always at war, after all). It’s probably at least a bit racist to have the only colored people in the show be so wildly primitive and “other”, but again, the misogyny is sort of the point.

Also also, not to be spoilery, but Daenerys will…uh…grow substantially as a character, shall we say. So to a large extent, the twisted misogyny that she’s currently surrounded by is setting up her character’s development. One of those trials by fire sorts of things. Of course, whether or not it’s inherently misogynistic to use sexual abuse as a character-growth plot point is certainly up to debate, but it’s at least another factor to consider.

But yeah, I have a bit of an ongoing debate with some friends over the degree of misogyny in the books. There is a lot of it, and deciding how much is necessary to the story, and how much is just gross, is definitely up for debate. I will say, though, that while the treatment of women is absolutely terrible at some points, there are also a number of incredibly strong, complex female characters, which I think makes it harder to lay a blanket claim of misogyny on the entire series.

TL;DR: last night’s episode was pretty ok!

 +25Posted on Apr 7th, 2011 | re: Crazy, Stupid, Love Trailer, You Guys (59 comments)

Don’t forget the healthy dose of “Young Stud teaches flailing Nerd how to be more Young and Studly, but then in the end the Nerd realizes that to be Truly Cool he should Just Be Himself and then also he drops some Wisdom Knowledge on the Young Stud after said Stud realizes how shallow and empty his narcissistic lifestyle really is.”

On a related note, has anyone ever noticed how all these romantic comedies have the same exact plot as Mighty Ducks?

 +2Posted on Apr 6th, 2011 | re: These Are Your Boyfriends: The Men From The "Dear Woman" Video (88 comments)

“Written by Gay Hendricks.”


 +5Posted on Mar 24th, 2011 | re: Grown Adults Start A Fort Club, Are Your Boyfriends And Girlfriends (167 comments)

Close Encounters of the Comfortable Kind

 +7Posted on Mar 24th, 2011 | re: Grown Adults Start A Fort Club, Are Your Boyfriends And Girlfriends (167 comments)

Fort Circuit

 +7Posted on Mar 2nd, 2011 | re: Best New Party Game 47: Charlie Sheen Movie Quotes (126 comments)

The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “Save is the Cancer of Happen.”

 +3Posted on Mar 2nd, 2011 | re: Best New Party Game 47: Charlie Sheen Movie Quotes (126 comments)

There is an idea of battle-tested bayonets, bro; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real battle-tested bayonets: only a troll, something illusory. And though I can hide my cocaine, and you can shake my fists of fire and feel tiger blood pulsing within and maybe you think you sense our lifestyles are probably comparable… you simply are not winning.

 +23Posted on Feb 22nd, 2011 | re: This Is Just A Good Interview With J. Mascis (54 comments)

J Mascis = David Cross playing Saruman

 0Posted on Feb 22nd, 2011 | re: 150 Movie Quotes And Catch-Phrases (39 comments)

I tried to warn you about that book, Gabe. This oughta teach ya.

 +11Posted on Feb 22nd, 2011 | re: 150 Movie Quotes And Catch-Phrases (39 comments)

To quote my previous Vgum comment on the subject: “[The characters] are all terrible monster-reflections of real characters, and…the whole plot [is] an alternatingly miserable and mind-numbingly dull concoction of exploitative rape-fantasy and despair.”

It’s a terrible, terrible book.