Happy Friday #1.1: Formal Friday

Formal Friday
Formal Friday

After an unusual week of work, though since I have never closed down an office before, they’re all fairly unusual, it’s time to let loose. But this weekend will involve some work as well, but fun work. Something I look forward to but it will be taxing. More on that in a bit and next week. First let’s get to some time-wasting fun with a physics video, cartoon complaints, and drug testing. Happy Friday, let’s walk this dog.

*

One of the most popular articles on Cru Jones Society was Dagger explaining his hatred for Jeeps. So popular that we still receive comments on it and the site has been inactive for three years. Apparently there aren’t enough places on the internet for people to be awful. But I digress. When I read just the headline of this article about a Jeep getting hacked, I knew it was fuel to add to Dagger’s hate fire. But it also serves as a reminder that we live in a frightening age where everything can get hacked. On the bright side, hackers can probably take down Skynet when we eventually have to.

*

Computers aren’t just for the fun and games of hacking Jeeps. They are also useful for competition and games. And competition is serious. Everybody is always looking for that edge and professional video game players are no exception. Thus the Electronic Sports League will be screening players for performance enhancing drugs. They aren’t looking for HGH or steroids like other sports leagues, because obviously. The big problem in gaming competition is Adderall. Adderall! I wonder how many asterisks will now be following ASS on high score screens across the country?

*

The non-electronic sports world has been dominated this week by Tom Brady crying over his shrunken balls, and Troy Tulowitzki taking his mitt to the Great White North. But the best sports story this week happened in Arizona. The Cardinals have hired a woman to help coach the inside linebackers. Jen Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold any kind of coaching position in the NFL. This is fantastic and I hope she does well. It’s weird seeing Arizona being the progressive one for once.

*

We all know there are 50 states in America; 10 provinces in Canada; and Mexico. But reporter Colin Woodard suggests there are 11 distinct nations within North America. Using things like dialects, cultural artifacts, and voting habits, he groups the people of this continent together in their similarities. It’s an interesting idea and fun to think about and consider. But I won’t be telling anyone anytime soon that I come from the far west.

But before we go dissolving the states into nation areas, let’s imagine what they would be like if they were people at a bar. This was making its way around Facebook so you may have seen it. I got a tremendous kick out of it and think it’s fairly accurate, at least based on the places I have been and the people I have encountered from each state.

*

The Tony award winning musical The Book Of Mormon, made it’s Salt Lake City debut and it was as well received as it had been everywhere. With inside jokes and mocking that doesn’t come from a place of malice, the show has a large Mormon fan base. It’s nice to see the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not get completely angry about the show, but rather find a way to use to their advantage. The quote from the leaders is cheesy, but it’s smart PR. I applaud them.

*

Super -Sonic the Hedgehog
Super -Sonic the Hedgehog

*

If a picture is worth a thousand words, and video is like a bunch of pictures, here’s like a trillion words or something. That was my complicated way of introducing a segment videos.

First an old timey film strip from 1936 explaining how manual transmissions work. This is awesome because cars are cool, physics is badass, and films strips are the best!

*

If that didn’t rock enough for you, maybe 1,000 musicians (or close to a 1,000 and a few drummers) getting together to play a Foo Fighters song does. Be sure to turn your speakers up to 11.

*

Brah #1: Do you even lift, brah?

Brah #2: Only cars parked in the bike lane, brah,

Brah #1: NO WAY, BRAH?!?

Brah #2: You should see what I do on leg days, brah.

*

I love cartoons. Almost all cartoons, but when there is one I don’t like or agree with my first thought is never to write a complaint letter. I simply change the channel. This apparently is not the same line of thinking with everybody. In fact here are a couple years worth of complaints Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has received. You don’t need to read them all, nor should you, skim a few and you’ll get the gist. I don’t understand complaining about a cartoon aimed at stoned or drunk college kids, but then again I am a rational human adult. I am just amused by these.

Maybe the real problem is the lack of concrete rules these modern cartoon characters follow. Chuck Jones had 11 explicit rules for writers to follow when making Road Runner cartoons. Before some of you chime in with, “Rule 4 was broken when Wile E. went against Bugs Bunny or that sheep dog.” First, those aren’t Road Runner cartoons. Second, against Bugs that was Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. He learned to talk on his way to becoming a super genius. Third, that was Sam Sheepdog and Ralph E. Wolf, and sheep dog and a wolf. Forth, argue cartoons with me and I will fight you.

*

I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue because Airplane! turns 35 years old. A classic movie and one that paved many comedic paths in cinema. Here’s a nice little look at the film as well as the movie that inspired it. Shirley you’ll enjoy it.

While we’re on the subject of classic films, let’s have the Warriors come out to play. I don’t have anything to say other than this is a great article and makes me want to watch The Warriors. In fact Ima do that while you read this.

*

All this film talk brings it back to the opening and what I have in store for the weekend. My pal Brad, and his production company Nebulus Visions, have asked if I would like to be a part of their team for the 48Hr Film Project. I won’t get into much detail here, I’ll explain more next week along with my thoughts on the experience.

This will be the 6th year Brad has participated. My writing partner, Jon, and I wrote the film and helped out the first year but haven’t been able to join in since. I am excited for the opportunity and I want to thank Brad for the chance to be a part of it. Their film last year was really good, so the bar has been set. But I am up to the task. You can see all of Nebulus Visions’ 48hr Films here and you should.

*

Now, your terrible tattoo of the week

Cowboy wears a hat.
Cowboy wears a hat.

…and we ride off into the sunset.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s