in the manner of smoke signals

I added this to the bottom of Casey’s marmot tweet-ucation post, but I felt it deserved its own: Teju Cole on what connects Downton Abbey, the IMF, Drones, and Virgin’s Upper Class

Downton Abbey: The Gathering

More at Kill Screen.

dueling banjos

Super Bowl Party Checklist

Michael Smith: Meatless chili (some ground meat substitute, beer, espresso, broth, spices, peppers, tofu, onion, and garlic).

Deron Bauman: Gluten-free vegan nachos.

Sheila Ryan: Refreshing lemon dessert.

Or: New England vs. Manhattan clam chowder.

headline of the day

ROSEANNE BARR Files Official Docs To Become President

R.I.P. Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

Don Cornelius checked himself out, it would appear.

See him here — doin’ it to death — with Mary Wilson in the Soul Train line dance.

Wastelander Panda

A prologue for a developing TV series. I would totally watch this.

Offer: Elmo toy

Posted to the Dubuque Freecycle list:

Chicken Dance Elmo. A little dirty, but works.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless smartphone

from the moderated comments

I live in EHT and it was I who fell from the sky and I’m truely sorry for not comming clean sooner. I’ve just come to terms with the fact that I am a super human. I promiss I did not get hurt nore did I leave a mark on the planet, I have powers I got it like that. Be sure to watch my episode of stan lee’s superhumans. My whole story about the fall will be explained. To give you a special preview I explain how I do that once a week for fun and I have a video that will be on the show, I swear. I just hope you guys can accept my exsistence.

Shit homophobic people say

Sesame Street: Maurice Sendak “Bumble-Ardy” Animation

Inspired by Josh’s Maurice Sendak post (and by Casey’s link to the “Fresh Air” interview with Sendak).

Harry Potter and the New Year at Hand

Just finished the marathon, a little while ago. Potter was Becky’s call, her birthday is the 31st. Doing such over New Year’s eve/day has been a tradition for four or five years. Potter won. In case you wonder. Ho-hum.

We said good-bye to our guests and watched an episode of The Riches. Only 20 episodes to watch, but it is delicious.

I don’t know what to expect of 2012, but I hope to lift my ass off the couch and start moving around tomorrow.

tweet of the day

Fox News Christmas Card

Fox News Christmas Card

For your analysis. (via Brian Stelter)

headline of the day

Errant ‘Mythbusters’ cannonball hits home in Dublin

Best Talk Show Ever?

I don’t really know where to begin with this.

via Stellar Interesting

David Milch + HBO + William Faulkner = Television Heaven

David Milch is extending his relationship with HBO. Milch, whose latest series for the pay cable network, Luck, launches in January, has inked a new multi-year deal with HBO where he has been based for the past eight years. Under the new extension, in addition to executive producing Luck with Michael Mann, Milch will develop series and movies based on books by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner William Falkner. Milch’s Redboard Prods has inked a deal with the literary estate of the iconic American writer who penned novels, short stories, a play and screenplays as well as poetry and essays. The pact covers all of the 19 novels and 125 short stories in the estate, as well as other works, with the exception of those currently optioned by other parties.

This is pretty much my sweet spot. Here’s a quick glimpse into Milch’s new HBO series, Luck:

Viva la Sauna Svedese (Mah Nà Mah Nà)

Ponder this if and when you view The Muppets.

headline of the day

‘Mahna Mahna’ came from a porn film

“ism will cure any problem of the body politic”

I often say that we, as Americans, have a terrible historical memory.

This isn’t to say there aren’t valid critiques of the American capitalistic system, and this cartoon has that 1940s naïve idealism, but we are all smart enough to know what the deal with bathwater is.

(via my Pops)

This makes me very very happy

America in Primetime

I haven’t been able to watch all of these yet, but PBS has done a great job putting together four episodes of must see television for people who love TV.

America in Primetime is structured around the most com­pelling shows on television today, unfolding over four hours and weaving between past and present. Each episode focuses on one character archetype that has remained a staple of primetime through the generations – the Independent Woman, the Man of the House, the Misfit, and the Crusader – capturing both the continuity of the character, and the evolution. The finest television today has as its foundation the best television of yesterday.

You can watch all four episodes online.

The Green Screen

This might not be news to folks like Amanda Mae, but this is a great illustration of just how common Chroma key is. (thanks, Rich)

What a lovely way to burn

Miss Peggy Lee. “Fever.” 1958.

(Courtesy of Tom Sale, the Texas artist a/k/a Pinky Diablo.)

Cherchez La Femme — Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band [circa 1976]

on the “Tony Orlando & Dawn” show.

DISCLAIMER:
The intent of this post is anthropological and not to make profit. It is strictly to share with fans and the periodic visitors to this planet from other galaxies a part of the musical history of the aforementioned musical group.

Also:

During these times all the TV shows wanted us to mime the entire performance which we were reluctant to do. A compromise was reached with the shows we finally performed on.

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