Thursday, April 24, 2008

Good reads/random cool sites (4/24/2008)

"'Charlie Rose' by Samuel Beckett"
Something has happened to PBS favorite "Charlie Rose." The erudite conversations and sober intellectualism have been replaced by an absurd world where illogic, inane dialogues, and open hostility rule. The one-on-one interview between Charlie and his guest begins as usual but quickly goes awry, so much so that Charlie is warned that, somewhere, a man named "Steve" is "not happy." Though this seemingly random statement might confuse us, Charlie understands it for what it is -- a threat. But who is "Steve" and why is he angry? And why does the mere mention of his name stop Charlie cold? (h/t: murketing)

Romeo Dev is the world's smallest bodybuilder.

Nicholas White was trapped in an elevator for 41 hours. It ruined his life. (h/t: News of the Weird)

PhotobucketWith apologies to overseas readers, who can't access it, Hulu has classic episodes of the 1967 revival of Dragnet. I have fond memories of watching this show as a child, with iconic lines like "My name is Friday. I carry a badge" and "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent." It's still rather entertaining, albeit pretty dated and corny. But the drug-related episodes in particular can be absolutely hilarious. "The LSD Story," for example, strays into "Reefer Madness" territory with LSD-addled "Blueboy" spouting lines like "There I am! I'm over there now! I'm not here anymore! My hair is green! I'm a tree!" and Jack Webb as Joe Friday asking him, "You're pretty high and far out, aren't you? What kind of kick are you on, son?" in his familiar deadpan style.

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