I know I just shared a music video on Monday, but this one makes me so happy that I couldn’t resist sharing it, too. It’s instant joy.
I was rocking out to this song on the way home from Vegas last night. There’s a swagger and an arrogance to this song that I find oh so sexy. Listen, love, share.
I’m enamored with this song, and the video is too fascinating not to share.
I usually don’t pay much attention to television or new movies. I watch most of my shows a few weeks after the fact on Hulu and am generally satisfied to wait for films to come out on Netflix.
This is not the case with Community. Why, you ask? Namely because it’s the best half-hour of television I’ve ever seen.
It’s incredibly smart, sharp, ridiculous, and of course, meta.
Watch these phenomenal teasers to see what I mean. And watch the show when it comes back on March 15th!
Oh, and I may have written a haiku about the show…
It sounds weird, I know, and it is. But I had good reason.
Here it is:
The Greendale Seven:
Meta, Clay, Singing, & Always
Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
If you’ve never heard of Sufjan Stevens, you should listen to everything he’s ever done right now. Here’s one song to start bending your mind:
I thought this list posted on Men’s Health was rather poignant. It primarily applies to heterosexual men, but I think it has points that everyone can learn from.
1. Never ask a woman if she wants to have sex by asking her if she wants to have sex.
2. It is more important to have good health insurance than good health.
3. Don’t bluff more than once in a poker game with friends.
4. When one of the big bosses at work unexpectedly says something really cheery and friendly to you, he means absolutely nothing by it. Not even if he’s your father.
5. Wear as much black as you can. It makes you look slimmer and cooler. But avoid black jeans.
6. When someone in your family is going through a divorce, always side with the blood relative.
7. Pointedly praising something unusual a person owns or has done will make you appear far smarter in his eyes than a 10-minute discourse on world events.
8. Yes, speak softly and carry a big stick. But don’t mumble. And don’t swing the stick.
9. The man who can’t dance, can’t converse, and can’t provide psychological support to a woman is only half a man; the other half can’t cook, can’t clean, and badly wants a drink.
10. Do not get a visible tattoo larger than your penis. Continue reading
I’ve been a bit obsessed with Young the Giant and this song in particular lately, so I felt the need to pass my obsession along.
Comedian Louis C.K. recently gave a great interview to NPR. The full interview (including info about his latest comedy special) can be found here. I found the following insights particularly profound.
Before I thought Louis C.K. was funny. Now I think he’s pretty damn incredible.
I get a lot of email from people saying, ‘I saw something you did on TV that was clean.’ Like I did this clip on Conan that went viral that everything is amazing and no one is happy, and it just was about appreciating what the world is like and not grousing about it. And it got really popular with Christian groups. And I heard that a lot of pastors would play it before their services and stuff. So a lot of people that saw it would go to my website and be horrified by everything else that I say.
So I got a lot of emails from people saying, ‘Why can’t you just keep it clean? Because I am now shut off from your act by the horrible things you said, and that’s such a shame.’ And I would not usually respond to them because I don’t return emails, but in my head and to a few of them I said, ‘Well, you’re the one putting the limit. Not me. I’m saying a bunch of stuff, and you’re the one saying I should only say one facet of it.’ That’s a limit. Continue reading
The young man in this video gives a concise, eloquent argument for marriage equality. Regardless of your views on the issue, take the time to watch the clip.
And if you’re interested in my thoughts on same sex marriage, I’ve written them out. In detail. Here are the links:
People underestimate the importance of self-confidence — knowing what you’re capable of and what you can achieve. This knowledge is what feeds the faith that Jeanne is talking about, and without it, you’re lost.
As we all know, a writer needs an abundance of hope as well as faith in order to survive this industry. As similar as those two terms may seem, they are vastly different.
Let’s check Webster’s for clarification:
Hope: To cherish a desire with anticipation. To expect with confidence.
Faith: Something that is believed especially with strong conviction, without question.
Simply put, hope involves expectations, but faith is a constant, unwavering belief that something exists or will happen.
The problem with hope is it’s ever-changing and often depends on other people’s actions – actions you can’t control, but hope will happen.
Take pitching for example. The actual pitch is under your control, but you have no idea if the development executive you’re pitching to has a hangover, just fell in love, or just got dumped. How your script fits into the executive’s life experiences could affect whether you get a request for a read or not.
But let’s say the exec did ask to read your screenplay. Then, your writing skills are your best shot at getting to the next level. Do you have faith you executed the script to its fullest potential? You’d better. You have one shot at a first impression. That is under your control. Continue reading