FOTI #31: Stand With Wendy
July 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Fortnight on the Internets has terrorist in the State House!
In our triumphant return to the podwavez, we break down the #StandWithWendy political phenomenon with Mark Corcoran and Phillip Martin of Progress Texas. We’ve got a report card loaded with the best internet gems that hit during our hiatus, and a very sexxxxy dramatic reading of some Phil Collins erotica. With rad summer music from Béisbol!
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Internet Report Card
After six weeks off, there was plenty to rap about — but we managed to cut it down to the top three items of the super-fortnight!
#1. Joshua Katz’s Dialect Maps
We all know about regional variations in dialect and expressions — but NC State statistician Joshua Katz has compiled a few dozen of the greatest examples into a series of outstandingly compelling maps based on research performed by University of Cambridge researcher Bert Vaux. The results are fascinating. See all the maps here at the (somewhat slow) interactive site.
#2. My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter
A genius named Tiffany Beveridge has found a way to use Pinterest for comedic effect — mocking the way trendy parents fetishize their kids! Her Pinterest page, My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler, is a genius use of the social media site that’s been quickly gaining scads of fans and followers. Bravo to T-Bev for forging new territory in the world of ha-has.
#3. Hot Anchor vs. Weather Lady
Anchor Nicole Brewer and weathercaster Carol Erickson have been dueling on the morning airwaves in Philly for months. Is this evidence of a bitter TV news feud — or just some creative editing by a devious Youtuber? CBS3 and the two women claim this is trumped up and they are in fact BFFs who spar on air purely in fun. Yet in some of these clips, the animosity doesn’t seem in jest! Whatever the truth, this clip went hugely viral (pushing 3 million views) and marked the latest high water mark in Philly news media drama.
Our Musical Guest: Béisbol
The Burian brothers, Ryan and Jeff, relocated from Hemet, CA to Portland a while back, bringing with them a blend of classic rock hooks and PDX indie rock charm. Their new record, Lo-Fi Cocaine, is packed with great summer jams that you need to add to your pool party playlists immediately. It brings to mind the sly wit of Steely Dan and the funkiness of Talking Heads. Even tough critics like Liker (and past guest) Ashley give this band props. Don’t miss out.
As usual, we’ve added ‘em to our master playlist of all past musical guests!
Internet Challenge Surprise!
This one pretty much sells itself. PHILROTICA. It’s a hot, sexxxxy tale of seduction starring Phil Collins, the ex-Genesis stickman and Sussudio hitmaker.
Between telling the steamy saga of a young damsel named Alison (!!!) falling in lust with the drum legend, the author occasionally throws in gems like this: