Voyager but out of context is an excellent work of comedic editing. I love Voyager but it sure got wacky a lot.
They're all good, even the odd reoccurring characters, but Jane Curtain is an understated comedic genius. Skip the first few episodes and it starts to get really funny. Skip the last episode, as well. It is the start of a painfully bad story arc.
- Remember when Rosanne got Tom Arnold his own show? A very tongue-in-cheek ad for the show, followed by Stephen King advertising the new Dark Tower book.
- A Tumblr entirely dedicated to anti-Riker memes. Reading it through, I get the feeling that the maintainer doesn't actually hate Riker at all!
- On a related note, what are the chances that the new Picard show's secret plot twist is time travel and/or time travelling into the other timeline's past? Star Trek's last non-prequel was eighteen years ago and they've now got countless prequels-to-prequels. They seem pretty committed to being prequel-only at this point.
- In my opinion, the greatest - or at least greatest looking - web comic of all time is A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible, which was active in the 00s. The illustrator later did the artwork for the game Braid.
- Some extremely brave scientists in India blog about researching King Cobra nests.
- The Ten C Commandments. Not to be confused with the Biggie Smalls song.
- Uproxx's annual Very Specific TV Awards.
- You can tell a leap year is coming up, because The Atlantic did their quadrennial good article. It's about Maris from Fraser.
- Magic eye tube.
- Make any website look like a Geocities website. For example, this very site.
- Random archive.org find: an eight-page children's book from 1854 called The Sagacious Dog. Part of a series. Actually a very interesting, quick read.
- It's always interesting to see what books a good writer recommends. I've been having a fun time with books recommended by Ursula K. Le Guin.
- The entire movie "Cats", recreated with quotes from baffled reviewers. "All of these cats seem horny as hell." "The effect is truly horrifying, like a Snapchat filter created by David Cronenberg."
- Hey, remember when Brad Pitt was in a low-budget Roger Rabbit rip off, but it was about sex? Here is the trailer.
- 7 things you might not know about Calvin and Hobbes. I know a lot of articles like that are awful, but I liked that one.
- Wanna buy an eight, Ernie?
- Some person built their own left-handed keyboard, and it is beautiful.
- Sweet Caroline but with guns.
Finally got around to watching this. It's pretty good when it's not teenagers making long speeches about their emotions.
- Terence Tao: Almost all orbits of the Collatz map attain almost bounded values. I only made it a few pages in, but I feel privileged to share the same universe as this guy, and that conjecture.
- Weirdo the cat-killing superchicken.
- Sandi Metz, who is an excelling programming writer, once came up with four rules for object-oriented programming. I've been more-or-less trying to stick to them for a while now. Good or not good?
- I'm obsessed with movies that can be edited down to less than three minutes without losing any plot points or characterization. Someone managed do the same to the entire run of the Sopranos.
- Tom Hanks MegaFacts. Includes him rapping while doing a Harry Morgan impression??
- John Waters has been releasing a list of his favourite movies of the year every year for two decades. Watching these is a new life goal.
Probably the absolute high-point of one of the best shows ever made. Can you believe that nobody won an award for this? Not even Wendie Malick?
I imagine that at most meetings that happen at HBO, someone ends up writing "Darker and Edgier" on a whiteboard, and then underlines in three or four times for emphasis, and then says, "Did you even read my email? I asked for darker and edgier."
This is the most overrated show of all time. The first season was okay, except the by-the-numbers mafia plot and that characters were mostly stolen from things Scorsese and others had done years or decades earlier.
After season one's story arc, about a quarter of the episodes were bottom-tier soap opera, and three quarters were gimmicky one-offs ("Imagine a mafioso at an X! What a incongruous situation for a mobster to be in lol!!"). Imagine Mr. Ed but instead of a horse it's a psychologist and instead of Wilbur it's a bunch of characters stolen from much better stories. That's being generous to the Sopranos. Once in a while, Mr. Ed's jokes would actually land.
Even worse than the show was the theme song, which is the bottom of the barrel of white guys ripping of old blues. It's the soundtrack to the life of a middle manager who wears jean jackets and flannel on casual Fridays, and has a blonde ponytail, and snorts coke, and asks you to recommend him an ashram as a thinly-veiled pretence for recommending you his favourite ashram. He says he likes the song because it reminds him of how he likes to live his life: intensely.
More consistent than The Return. More consistent than the original show. If they can make six good episodes every year or two, I'm a happy man.