Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (5/11/2010)

A man calling himself K-Strass has been getting himself invited onto Midwestern morning news shows as a yo-yo champion. Only one problem: he can't yo-yo worth a damn. (The first video at the link isn't that great, but the second two are hilarious. This is some great comedy performance art in the tradition of Andy Kaufman and Sacha Baron Cohen.)

A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan's Island: "Through a thin veil of canned laughter, unpretentious slap-stick, and inexpensive production the complete modern sociopolitical predicament is brought to the light of day."

Ta-Nehisi Coates's greatest fear about growing old: becoming Andy Rooney. "Age turns ignorance into a luxury, and worse, if you don't recognize it as a luxury you start to think everyone is as clueless as you. And of course you're clueless that any of this is even going on. It's just a bad look all around."

Eight websites you need to stop building.

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