The first modern cats evolved about 30 million years ago. The first homo sapiens - Us! - appeared about 200,000 years ago. And dogs only came around 30,000 or so years ago. That timeline makes us the middle child of the family, and then everything starts to make sense.
Thursday, May 23rd, 8 pm EST to 8 am EST: CollegeHumor is gonna be pulling an all-nighter! No books or papers though. This is just going to be pure, unrelenting, sleepless, beautiful madness. The only thing we’ll be studying is how to get weird. Tune in Live Thursday night!!!
This is going to be insane.
The All-Nighter is this Thursday, and man, it’s fun. There’s a sort of mad-cap insanity that you can only get through a combination of being overworked and sleep-deprived. This year we’ve got videos being released through the night (as always), but we’ll also have a continuous, live video-feed, and a bunch of other goodies going up on the site itself. So drop in online on Thursday. We’ll be here all night, folks.
A guy by the name of Bruce D has been posting vines that mash up rap (occasionally pop) songs with children’s’ programming — Disney movies, Barney, Teletubbies, the Wizard of Oz. They’re matching up pretty well.
Standing Ovations are now de rigeur in the theater. They used to be rare, awarded only to extraordinary performances. In straight (non-musical) plays, especially, the highest compliment audiences could pay would be to sit pinned in their seats by the power of the experience they’d had. I can remember a number of occasions when not only did I not want to get out of my seat, I didn’t want to talk to anyone until I had shaken off the effect of what I had seen. No longer — you don’t get the chance. The audience is on its feet even before the first bow, no matter how limp or shallow the piece. They are, of course, giving the ovation to themselves for having been part of a participatory experience rather than a passive one, and for having spent their time and money on it. They’re reminding themselves that they’re alive. Which is not a bad thing, but which makes the extraordinary ordinary.