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 +3Posted on May 29th, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (6 comments)

The night that Soft Gabe’s special premiered is literally the only time I’ve regretted not having cable since I gave it up a few years ago. But now I see I can buy it on Amazon, yay.

So I think the argument was that science settled global warming long ago, but it didn’t do a good job conveying its certainty to the public. This broad communication failure is why almost half of Americans are skeptical enough to even entertain the thoughts of that one denier dude.

The piece was talking about how scientists tend to leave global warming PR to journalists and economists and govt because it wasn’t their problem, and how that’s a mistake.

I think it was by Elizabeth Kolbert?

Yeah, there’s some truth to this. But I think it’s more that youtube & Twitter have been opening up areas of science that used to feel too fancy or elite for a lay audience (see also: Chris Hadfield).

Years ago I read something that said the only reason global warming is still being debated is because environmental science has a PR problem. In general it seems like science is getting better at PR, and that is great–not just for us, but for science. Being able to explain what you do to people outside your field shouldn’t be considered stooping; it should be considered essential.

Yeah, no, I think I’m good with my crippling unhappiness.

 +6Posted on Apr 23rd, 2013 | re: What Is Ian Somerhalder Talking About? (37 comments)

Aw, I follow Vampire Damon on twitter. Yeah, he’s not that bright, but he has all these earnest causes that he seems to really care about/work hard for. He wants to save the animals! Everyone else I follow on twitter just makes weird sex jokes, so.

 +2Posted on Mar 13th, 2013 | re: Today We Talk About Kickstarter (58 comments)

There was a really interesting thing at Slate last year that touches on some of what Gabe is getting at here: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/09/kickstarter_s_crowdfunding_won_t_save_indie_filmmaking_.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_2

There’s this idea that Kickstarter is this magical place that gives real artists the means to circumvent Big Hollywood, but in practice that hasn’t really been the case. Some Danish academic found that Kickstarter isn’t really changing the culture so much as reproducing and reinforcing it.

That said, I don’t think it’s entirely fair for Gabe to cast the Veronica Mars Kickstarter as a movie studio asking the audience to pre-pay. My understanding is that Warner Bros. flat turned the movie idea down, and that Kristen Bell & creator Rob Thomas kept the idea alive through sheer force of will. These are clearly people who love and believe in this show they created. And the fact that fans have rallied to the cause isn’t so much another case of, like, Americans only being willing to watch movies that are franchises or whatever so much as a powerful testimony to that particular show’s specialness. I can’t see how that leads to any of the horrible implications that Gabe laid out.

I think it’s okay for established people to use Kickstarter if it’s in good faith, you know? I mean, that Charlie Kaufman project seemed self-indulgent because he seems like a creator who probably benefits from a certain amount of imposed limitations. And the Bret Easton Ellis Kickstarter made me straight-up angry. But if Joss Whedon had kickstarted MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING instead of funding it himself, I would have been behind him all the way because I can see how a movie would benefit from his singular vision.

 +9Posted on Feb 21st, 2013 | re: The Perfect Crime: Licking Some Mashed Potatoes (Allegedly) (18 comments)

Haha, I got to see this “scandal” unfold on Facebook because I’m from Johnson City and some of the people I went to high school with were posting about it. My sympathy was mostly with the potato-licker because being a teenager in JC is very hard even before you factor in a job at KFC. Licking mashed potatoes seems to me a reasonable way to cope with that.

This post actually makes me appreciate my hometown in that this is the kind of thing that qualifies as big news there. Now I live in Chicago, where the local news really is a lot like Season 5 of The Wire. God only knows what’s happening on the mashed potatoes front.

 +9Posted on Dec 4th, 2012 | re: Krispy Kreme Needs A New Rap Name (50 comments)

Oh my gosh, those are Krispy Kreme’s actual proposed rap names, and not just Kelly’s funny haha rap names? Well color me DELIGHTED. Also, I vote Jelly Bean Jack.

 +12Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: The Hunger Games Open Thread (96 comments)

I was sitting next to a child who provided running commentary through the whole movie. My favorites were when Prim’s cat hissed at Katniss (“That’s not what I thought Buttercup would look like!”) and when he called Peeta a stalker.

Oh, I don’t know. I’ll grant you that the tone of that interview was gross and condescending. (“Congratulations!”) But I’m less convinced that the yucky energy superiority thing is what was really behind the review going viral. To me, the Marilyn Hagerty story was charming in a way that’s similar to that video of the old person eating the pop rocks. Which is still condescension, I guess, but at least it’s not mean-spirited and awful.

That said, this opinion is coming from someone who legit loves the Olive Garden. That salad dressing is salty as the sea!

 +15Posted on Jan 11th, 2012 | re: Duh Aficionado Magazine: Ricky Gervais Is An Asshole (97 comments)

Last week RG wrote a totally amazing guest column in Entertainment Weekly where he defended all his worst jokes from last year’s Golden Globes. It involved two pages worth of lengthy explanations explaining how his lamest, laziest, most obvious “jokes” were actually scathing societal critiques that his detractors are too stupid to understand. Turns out his jokes about Robert Downey Jr. being a recovering addict and how the airbrush artist for the Sex and the City 2 poster should be up for a special effects award were, in fact, critiques of how we as a society are reluctant to have an honest dialogue about addiction and to promote movies with photographs of aging women, respectively.

Before I read that, I might have agreed with Gabe here that Ricky Gervais doesn’t understand the difference between “offensive” and “not even remotely funny.” But now I realize that the reason I don’t like Ricky Gervais is probably just a product of the way our society discriminates against fat people.

Thanks for clearing that up for me, Ricky Gervais, you big fat condescending fuck! The more you know.

 +6Posted on May 11th, 2010 | re: The 11th Summer Jam Of 2010: Andrew Lee's "Body Heat" (95 comments)

I, too, assumed Andrew Lee was deaf. I guess some people just sing like Beaker.

 +2Posted on Apr 21st, 2010 | re: Introducing Videogum's New Mascot: Birdie (100 comments)

Aw. Who’s a puppy? (For some reason, this is what I say to all dogs.)

 +3Posted on Apr 14th, 2010 | re: Face Painted Easter Egg For The Juggalo Superfans (73 comments)

It seems pretty clear to me that Upchuck should be a guest judge on The Marriage Ref. Or maybe Seinfeld should be Bone Lord at the Gathering? I don’t know, they’re basically the same person.

 +8Posted on Apr 12th, 2010 | re: David Simon's Treme Is No David Simon's The Wire (So What?!) (47 comments)

Whew, I’m glad to hear that other people couldn’t understand what they were saying, either. I actually found it helpful (if frustrating) that most of the characters were one-dimensional because it helped me follow the plot. (Wow, that sentence just made me really sad for me!) Actually, I think that pilots, by their very nature, have to be more or less for dummies so you know what everyone’s about.

Of course, then Lester Freamon put on his Native American drag queen outfit and I was like, wait, I don’t know shit.

 +3Posted on Mar 26th, 2010 | re: The Soft Sweet Poetry Of James Franco's Short Fiction (75 comments)

James Franco’s story is almost bad enough to be in The New Yorker. Almost.

 0Posted on Mar 12th, 2010 | re: Hey, What's Up With Topher Grace? (43 comments)

Yay for live band karaoke! I have witnessed it only once (backed by what I assume was a wedding band) at a pizza place here in Chicago. My friend sang Bon Jovi and it was wizard magic. I have this theory called the shame-loss phenomenon that dictates you lose your capacity for shame as you age. This theory (a) explains why I’m singing Rihanna into these comments right now like it’s my job, and (b) why I will probably front Mr. Leo’s live karaoke band in just about, oh, one year (generous).

 +1Posted on Mar 11th, 2010 | re: The Same Ginger, Back And Forth, Forever (17 comments)

Gross me out. While I’m sure this ripped from the headlines: YouTube edition episode was just a last-ditch effort for South Park to stay relevant, I suggest they stop making fun of disgruntled, suicidal children and move on to the next thing.

 +7Posted on Mar 5th, 2010 | re: Zach Galifianakis On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (34 comments)

“Let Us Play With Your Look” feels like watching a game show in another language. Spanish, maybe, or Japanese.

 +1Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 | re: The Reset Button (139 comments)

Oh, let’s not. Imagine a world in which we all agreed on stupid shit? We’d all have to wear clown makeup and rape each other.

 +15Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 | re: That's Your Boyfriend: Joe Rogan (41 comments)

I don’t know what’s more upsetting: this video or the monsters who can’t see why this poor man’s Jeremy Piven is a homophobe. You know what you can do when someone creepy makes an unwanted advance? ASK HIM TO STOP. I do it all the time.

Not only is Joe Rogan a homophobe, he is a hypocrite. It’s pretty clear to me that he wants everyone to stare at his dick.

 +5Posted on Jan 4th, 2010 | re: Winning The Jeff Dunham Battle, But Not The Jeff Dunham War (46 comments)

Fuck yeah, Gabe. I mean, on one hand, it is sad and appalling that Videogum was probably the only site that came up when those journalists asked Jeeves why Jeff Dunham is a monster. On the other hand, I can’t imagine a better resource on this topic than your posts. Keep on fighting the good fight!

 0Posted on Dec 16th, 2009 | re: Necky Says, "Scarves Are For Assholes!" (61 comments)

Weezer is working around the clock to make sure their branded Necky is ready by 2012.

 +28Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 | re: Thank(sgiving) You, Monsters (115 comments)

This is maybe my favorite website, but all this family talk is making me feel like a Juggalo.

 0Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 | re: The Weezer Snuggie Would Have Been A Lot Funnier A Year Ago (64 comments)

Ben Gibbard’s agent probably has a call in to ShamWow.