Friday, August 29, 2014

Cool Shit 8/29

We are not that far away from being able to customize out entertainment. Television, because of the money invested in it, has to reach broad (see the CBS lineup for an example) and even it is dipping its toes into narrower minded shows (AMC series are basically niche brand entertainment). But if you really want to see how it's going to work, it's time to get on the internet. Start with these three shows. While the money obviously isn't there yet in the sense of getting big audiences and ad revenue, the stream has started at least to trickle that way.

Living off the grid, raising cows and looking to spice up your diet? Or maybe you just live near a Whole Foods. Either way, here's a good guide to help you put together the best burger you've ever made!

So apparently, Monica Seles has written (with some help) a YA series. And it sounds completely awesome. I only wish one day I can create a character with a name as brilliant as Nails Reed.

It's mildly comforting to know if the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man - or any large, bulbous candy mascot - attacked New York City that there is a rough plan in place to take care of the situation.

Movies to check out this fall.

If you're a comic book movie fan, I assume you're curious/excited about this Superman v. Batman movie that's coming out in the next year or so. But oh what a Superman movie could have been...

Phil Hartman wasn't just a SNL genius. He was a comedic genius. That's because he could play over the top, but also be the rock on set to let everyone else go over the top.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cool Shit 8/27

Looking to live your life like Mad Men? Or maybe just don't want to sound like an idiot during this current mixed drink/speakeasy craze? Educate yourself with these 25 cocktails so you can hold your own at the next bartenders' convention you stumble into.

A found footage movie based on Bigfoot. Filled with the cliches of 80s horror movies, possibly though as an ironic touch. From one of the guys who brought you The Blair Witch Project. If I made this up you would have hated me.

I'll give medieval Europeans credit for this: they certainly knew how to get creative with torture.

New trailer for Gone Girl. If you haven't read the book, or know much about the story, this will be a good one...

Meat Mountain. Depending on how that phrase makes you feel will gauge your interest in the new offering from Arby's. And for only $10 bucks! Don't look for it on the menu though - this is a need to know item that you have to specifically ask for. I will now go scrub my body down in alcohol after writing these last few sentences.

Get ready for the new TV season. It's right around the corner!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cool Shit 8/22

Science experiments have a dark side. Especially when the experiments are being done on humans.

It's hard to argue with the monorail episode being the best, but my favorites are Poochie and Scorpio episodes. At least today. Check out the list of these top Simpsons episodes from Rolling Stone and create your own arguments!

And obviously a list of the best line from each Simpson character is going to have complete subjectivity baked into it, but it's definitely enjoyable to read through them.

A Secret dinner that turns out to be so much more. It sounds fun, though this group seemed to not have jarring, uncomfortable people. Though that could make it even more fun I guess.

"Enjoying" the new $1 menu at Taco Bell.

A look at Frank Miller, the day his new movie Sin City 2 comes out in theaters.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cool Shit 8/21

The music of black holes. Assuming if you string it all together it's In Memory of Elizabeth Reed by The Allman Brothers.

While summer is almost over, I'm sure these helpful tips will still be helpful during other seasons.

A rare thing on the internet - a post about what the Star Wars prequels got right. Of course, I might argue that it's complete hooey anyway.

Living alone, in the woods, stealing only the necessities you need. That's the Lake Pond Hermit, a guy who disappeared into the Maine woods and lived for over 20 years.

Top Chef Boston is soon to start. Here's a look at the contestants for the show.

The French Laundry. Reviewed by a 4 year old.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cool Shit 8/19

A huge, stupid undertaking by Pitchfork, that pretty much has no relevance the moment it's put out (since the list is based purely on opinion), it's still a list, and a list on the internet, so it will obviously garner attention. Hopefully, if nothing else, it turns people on to some new music. Anyway, here's the list of top 200 songs of the decade (2010 - 2014) so far.

Now, speaking of relevance of music, here's a closer, deeper look at the classic Miles Davis album, Kind of Blue.

I was never in a frat in college, nor did I have any interest in being in a frat. Now, I didn't go to a college with a huge Greek presence, so the pressure wasn't there. And I'm not saying frats don't have benefits. All I'm saying is that after reading this account of what it takes to get into a frat...yeah.

Ten places that aren't too much longer for this world.

"Are You There, Moriarty?" sounds awesome! Almost as awesome as Barley Break. Sadly, I assume with the advance of technology even more of our physical games will disappear.

Forget the super volcano in Yellowstone - the glacier exploding volcano in Iceland is much more imminent to erupt.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Cool Shit 8/18

Do you low who Valiant Thor was? The alien working within the Eisenhower administration.

Going behind the scenes of Robert DeNiro movies with Robert DeNiro.

Familiar with Femitheism? It's the philosophy that suggests the male gender should be culled down to about 10% of the population. Depending on what side of the ratio I would fall will determine whether I can get behind this.

Think all your problems are over once you're dead? Nope. Now you have to try not to explode as a corpse.

Some small, cool, hidden things to do in New York. Things you might not even know exist if you're a New Yorker!

Aim your camera toward the heavens. It's easier than you think to get an unbelievable photograph of them.

It's not just American television giving us so many great choices. The British have stepped up their game as well. Here are eleven shows from across the pond that should be on your radar this season.

Deep dive into Neil Young's complete catalog.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Cool Shit 8/15

Like science fiction? Here's a look at the sic-fi shows coming this Fall.

Some say the 90s was the last decade for great movies. While that seems completely melodramatic and stupid to say, this list at least can give you some nostalgia for some great movies from that era. Some you've definitely seen, but some probably not.

What better way to find a good place to drink in Vegas than by heading out to where the Vegas bartenders drink.

Is this the best music of the decade so far? I don't know, it's a list from Pitchfork, so immediately warning flares go up. But I do appreciate that they at least take a look back and see if what we thought was great a few years ago really holds up.

The Darien Gap - what basically keeps North America from not being completely connected to South America. And that's probably a good thing.

I'm one of the few people I guess that enjoy Craig Kilborn - in fact, I'll even admit to liking his version of The Daily Show better than Jon Stewart's! (Yes, that's right - he's the original anchor of The Daily Show.) And while this article trying to figure out where he's been doesn't shed a whole lot of insight, it's worth it just to read his answers to an interview a few years ago about what a typical Monday is like for Craig Kilborn. Love the wine zinger.

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