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Monday, July 14, 2008

Something Like the State of the World

You think I slack, Windsor. No no, merely giving the people who work so hard on Lance Out Loud a chance to have their work seen by as many as possible.

Hit up the Second City on Saturday. Figure if you live here, you need to go at some point, right? Improvisational comedy is a weird beast, I find. When it's firing on all cylinders, there's nothing like it. But when something is grinding down to an awkward halt, I don't know if there's anything more uncomfortable to watch.

Still, the preview of the upcoming show [Barack to the Future], was pretty good, and delivered some hearty laughs. B+ overall. When the 'Obama' character suggested changing the national anthem to 'Sexual Healing', you had me at hello.

I'll remind you all now for the final time this week that I'll be coming home on Friday night to open for Explode When They Bloom at Phog. We're probably going on around 11 or so, so you should have time to see Batman, then swing by.

So, I know what the New Yorker, a magazine I typically enjoy, was trying to do with its upcoming cover. But a lot of people won't, and I don't know that it's the New Yorker's job to try to instigate these sorts of discussions.

Last week we mentioned the furor that Picar's Wall-E is kicking up in some circles. In this fast moving internet world, who can keep up? Lucky for us, the Onion AV Club is here to break down all the angles.

Whenever people rank Batman as their favourite superhero, they without fail trot out the argument that Batman has no special powers. He's just a regular dude, man. Scientific American susses out how realistic such an argument is [hint: more than you might think]. Still, the be nerdly for a moment, the article doesn't take detection skills into account when examining training times.

Best parody of this....well, today.

Man gets bad service at coffee shop. Retaliates by acting like a dick, as is his right. Rants on blog about it. Micro class war breaks out in comments thread between 'entitled customers' and 'pisspoor customer service types'.

As someone who has to explain the economics of the publishing industry to ESLers and Jewish grandmothers at least once a week [no you can't pay the American price], it's hard for me not to respect the barista who condescends to the customer who thinks he's being sneaky to get his way.

Back later.

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