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The ‘forbidden’ SNL skit October 14, 2008

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An SNL skit lambasting House Democrats over the housing flop originally aired on October 4th. It was was pulled offline shortly thereafter. Arch-conservative bloggers were livid and ruminating all manners of conspiracy. Eventually an excised version reappeared on Hulu that removed references to threatening Herb Sandler, who had condemned the skit and probably had legal recourse.

Anyway, all that foofaraw aside, an uncensored version is available online and I highly recommend it:

There are lots of reasons to watch it. It’s one of the best SNL skits in years. It spoofs the House of Representatives, which is certainly rare in itself. It’s inaccurate at times, but focuses like a laser beam on House Democrat idiocy and minglings in relation to the housing crisis. It has possibly the world’s first Barney Frank impression (worth the cost of admission alone). It introduces George Soros to pop culture. And it’s amazingly cerebral for SNL.

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Whedon and Co. Embrace, Crash Internet July 15, 2008

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is probably the best web-only content ever released. Certainly the funniest and 100% Whedon. The first act is out now and you’ll soon be able to watch it for free at drhorrible.com They apparently changed servers and until the DNS change goes through you’ll have to point the URL to 207.57.78.179 in your hosts file (or so I’ve heard). I just paid $4 for all three acts on iTunes, which works fine.

Request For Comment: NomNom May 15, 2008

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using System;

namespace Silly
{
/// <summary>
/// Wrapper to facilitate the nom-nom-nom anti-pattern
/// </summary>
/// <typeparam name=”T”></typeparam>
public static class NomNom<T>
{
public static void Nom<WTF>(Func<WTF> action)
{
try { action(); }
catch { } // this is the om nom nom nom pattern
}

public static void Nom<WTF>(Action<WTF> action, WTF input)
{
try { action(input); }
catch { }
}
}
}

private static void TestSilly()
{
NomNom<int>.Nom<int>(OMGBOOMZ(), -1);
}

private static Action<int> OMGBOOMZ()
{
return x => { –x; List<int> xx = new List<int>(); xx[x]++; };
}

Gundersaur, circa 2000 April 18, 2008

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Drawn around 2000 by Karp

Humor through Incorrect Plurality April 15, 2008

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  1. I would like a cheeseburgers.
  2. I would like an cheeseburger.
  3. I saw an geeses. (bonus points for double incorrectness)
  4. I brushed my teeths.

Seven Jokes That Came True April 6, 2008

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College Humor has an article on seven absurd satires that then became true later on, almost exactly as portrayed in the now-parody. I find it very interesting because it raises the question about how we perceive humor and if satire is perhaps the best lens with which to judge society.

The Onion is particularly good at predicting the future and I’m sure you could find numerous articles more significant than the Gillette one. I’d pick Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’, dated January 17, 2001.

And for the record, I liked The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Despite eviscerating the novel (or so I’m told), it might be the most dramatic and dark film Disney proper has ever released.