Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BEST KEVIN SMITH FILM PROMOTION EVER:  35,000 walruses have suddenly beached themselves on the Alaskan shoreline.
TENDER AGE IN BLOOM:  With Fall upon us, it's homecoming season (at least in the South), and we look at the uniquely Texan tradition of the Homecoming Mum.
THREE RIVERS, OR ONE BAY? PRIMANTI'S, OR THAT GUY WHO BEAT IRON CHEF SAKAI?  Because last night was clearly not enough drama and shouldn't have happened, let's ask again: Pittsburgh, or San Francisco?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FAIRYLAND VS. THE SCHLITTERBAHN:  Oakland v. Kansas City, winner take all tonight. Who ya got?

Monday, September 29, 2014

I FEEL LIKE IT WANTS TO BE MACARONI AND CHEESE, AND IT WANTS TO BE CAKE. IT JUST DOESN'T KNOW WHICH ONE IT IS YET:  Some gentile Buzzfeed staffers try traditional Jewish foods for the first time.
I WILL DROWN MY SORROWS IN A BOWL OF COCOA PEBBLES:  This past weekend, the CW broadcast the last block of Saturday Morning cartoons on network television.  This weekend, there will be none.

Looking back on the included Saturday network schedules, I'm shocked and appalled that I ever would have watched "Godzilla" instead of yet another Bugs Bunny re-run.

FINALLY, UNLIMITED BREADSTICKS:  Governor Pat Quinn is pleased to announce that finally, an Olive Garden has arrived within the city limits of Chicago.  No word on if he's taking sides in the ongoing proxy fight over management.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

BID KID ADIEU:  SI ranks the ten best exits in sports history, though, no Pete Sampras?
YINZER OF THE WEEK: R.I.P, Raymond Alan "Big Al" Brownley:
...His fondness of spaghetti Westerns was only surpassed by his love of bacon, beer and butter pecan ice cream. He fondly reminisced about good friends, good drinks and good times at the Tri-Valley Sportsmens Club in Burgettstown. He was a long-time member of the Elks Club in McKees Rocks where he frequently bartended and generously donated his tips to charity. Quite a teller of tales, Big Al's elaborate stories often were punctuated with the phrase, "And that's when I kicked his ass." He enjoyed outlaw country music: Waylon, Willie, Hank, Johnny. He was also on a first-name basis with the Four Horsemen of liquor: Jack, Jim, Johnnie and Jose. 
Big Al had strong beliefs in which he never waivered: dog shit makes the best garden fertilizer; Heinz ketchup does not belong on a hotdog; and PennDOT should be embarrassed of the never-ending construction, detours and potholes on Route 28....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WE HAVE TO GO BACK:  Andy Greenwald, on the 10th anniversary of Lost's debut:
Lost bridged the Internet divide between the time Before Twitter (B.T.) and After Twitter (F.M.L.). It helped to normalize the idea that television can be watched intimately with millions of people not currently seated on your couch and that episodes don’t end when the credits roll — they stretch and bleed into the rest of the week through a dizzying scrim of chat windows, status updates, and ill-advised Googling. ... The truth is, Lost diehards — and I count myself among them — would never have been satisfied with the show’s ending, no matter what form it took, because it pulled the plug on our endless, joyous speculating. If we’re being honest, none of us ever wanted to be found.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NECROPHILIAC, SERIAL-KILLING FUR MONSTERS OF THE SEA: Vox explains otters. (I'm not a fan of their jug bands, either.)
GLORIOUS RULER'S TOUR OF REALM:  For those not observing Rosh Hashanah, or at least if you don't have dinner plans Wednesday night, as part of Matt's visit to Philadelphia we will convene a Quizzo team at the Black Sheep Pub,  247 S 17th St., for Johnny Goodtimes' weekly visit at 8:15pm. Look for the table self-identifying as "LeSean A'Tova."

Monday, September 22, 2014

42 LINES ABOUT 84 PROPHETS:  What are you doing tomorrow?  I'll tell you what you should be doing -- and that is buying (and hopefully reading) Gutenberg's Apprentice, a novel by my cousin Alix Christie.  It is an historical novel about the creation and financing of the creation of movable type and the printing of the 42-line Bible.

The national book tour comes through San Francisco on Thursday at Arion Press at the San Francisco Presidio.  
IT WAS A TEENAGE WEDDING, AND THE OLD FOLKS WISHED THEM WELL:  The Dissolve's editors attempt to compile a list of the fifty greatest uses of pop music in movie history, with many, many clips.