October 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Fortnight on the Internets thought the coffee would be better this time!
On this episode, we discuss the controversy that is raging in the gamer world, another batch of appalling old commercials, and Michelle Obama’s turnip Vine.
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A roundup of the latest viral items…in a kinda lame fortnight for viral items.
#1. Turnip For What
Michelle Obama responds to a cheeky Barack impersonator with a note-perfect promo for her healthy eating quest.
#2. Primus & The Chocolate Factory
Les Claypool reunites the band’s classic early-90s lineup for a musical tribute to the Gene Wilder/Roald Dahl 1970s cult classic. Shoutout to Liker TJ for finding this!
#3. Trent Reznor Score or Household Appliance?
Test your knowledge of Fincher films (and household appliances) on this Vulture quiz. Liker Nic S scored 20/22, can you beat him?
Our Musical Guest: BLISSES B
This fortnight, we enjoy the outstanding music of Blisses B, the San Francisco based psychedelic folk band that just dropped their new record, Sea Level Astronomy. Funded by a Kickstarter fueled by their loyal fans, this is a truly delightful record that made for some of our favorite show-transition-jams ever.
Here’s a cut from one of their earlier records that Alison loved:
Internet Challenge Surprise!
We’ve covered old commercials. We’ve covered sexist old commercials. So, here are more. The Coffee Jerks of 1950s Folgers ads.
Also, the incredibly creepy “Brother & Sister” Folgers Christmas ad from 1999 — shown here in a SEXXXY remix.
This Fortnight’s Wicked Big Internet Controversy
Not really looking to attract a ton of randoms brigading in here to tell us about what evil SJWs we are, so I’ll keep it vague. Here are the links we mentioned on the podcast:
- The New Yorker article that first got Alison’s attention
- A fairly representative, and very popular, early Youtube clip explaining the gamers’ perspective
- An provocative “hot take” from Gamasutra that pissed off every gamer on the Intertubes
- A game developer driven from her home by psychotic, criminal trolls
- An early and extremely perceptive response to the issue of “journalism ethics” in gaming
- An extremely well-written overall take on the entire situation, putting it in cultural context
Shoutout to the Likers!
Y’all best be following us on Facebook. That’s where you’ll find all the great posts from Alpine, Alison, and our merry band of Likers.
Here’s the countdown of our top Likers of the Fortnight:
#5. Liker Neil C. posted a video to celebrate the launch of BBC Music of a group of music industry luminaries covering the Beach Boys’ classic “God Only Knows,” ranging from Pharell, to Elton John, to Lorde,to One Direction, to Chrissie Hynde, to Stevie Wonder to, of course, Brian Wilson with a little help from a full on orchestra. As Neil put it, the appropriate question to ask after watching was, “Who ISN’T in this?”
#4. Liker and Past Guest Brett W. is who we have to thank for bringing the brief but disturbingly hilarious “Thug Life” videos into our lives. From the sad appropriation of rap star posturing by a chubby white kid, to the extreme close up zoom-in for dramatic effect at the end, the Nerf Gun Review is an instant classic in our book.
#3. Liker Rob B. submitted an epic ‘roo (as in kanga) fight video, taped in some quiet Australian suburbs, and set to some of the most enchanting classical music you’ve ever heard in your damn life which only serves to emphasize the balletic beauty of their boxing. It easily surpasses 99% of the human fights we’ve witnessed via the Internets.
#2. Liker Ghazal M. let us in on the secret of what First Lady Michelle Obama was doing this past Tuesday night at 9pm: why, dropping a Vine of her grooving with a turnip to a modified version of “Turn Down for What,” of course!
And the Liker of the Fortnight is Liker Doan!!! He uncovered a real design treasure – the State of California Department of Transporation’s High Desert Corridor report (Vol 1 of 2, of course). Not since the US Gov’t hired Lisa Frank to redesign our passport pages for that brief span in the early 1990s (JK, LOL) have we seen purple squares and psychedelic butterflies used to such stirring effect. Reigniting the rivalry between him and last fortnight’s LOTF, Neil C.!
Thanks for listening — we’ll be back in two weeks!
Thanks to Blisses B for musical assistance.
Theme songs by Snowplows and Motern Media.
Cover art by Vicious Rumors.