Well, Widge here. I manipulate Aaron’s Patreon to get a third season of Word-A-Week and things fall on me again. I suck. Did you hear the one about the three-foot king snake that came into my office? I’ll tell you later. Right now, it’s a triple feature of Aaron Fever at his verbalistic best. He’s the man who can sell vocabulary to the already verbose, such is his power. So without further adieu, here’s three more words that Aaron has hand-selected to bestow upon you. Accept no substitutes! These are words you can use! In conversation! You can even use them on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: these words are free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.
Charlie Brooker, who we’ve brought to your attention before–especially and most importantly for people on this side of the pond who probably aren’t aware of him, has given us great joy in the form of his -Wipe series of shows. However, he brought his keen sense of gloom and sarcasm to a panel show, You Have Been Watching, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK for two series in 2009 and 2010. Alas, no more have been created.
During the show, Charlie and three panelists would discuss (and ultimately quiz about) various shows. The episode we’re drawing from is the Kids TV Special, where they had just finished going over the slightly psychotic and definitely unnerving 70s show Pipkins. (I highly recommend seeking out that segment of the show. It’s mental.) Having seen how that show dealt with telling kids about death, Charlie decided to put his panelists to the test…
To paraphrase Douglas Adams, “DragonCon is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to DragonCon, listen…”
There is so much going on, even DragonCon pros like Needcoffee can’t keep track of it all. Things slip through the cracks. Like these two guys:
Who are they? They are stars of DragonCon TV. DragonCon TV is the video content that can be found at the convention, in rooms between panels–pretty much anywhere there’s a screen that can be comandeered, it’s there. And these two puppets were part of the madness: Bob and Carl: Sci-Fi Janitors
Each week we like to kick things off with something to either spark your mind or reduce it to a fine powder. Choosing this one is also fraught with additional weight in that, really, it could be considered the Sorbet for the entire year, 2012. So–perhaps in an effort to show that 2012 is going to be different in many ways, but the same in others–we’re going with something audio instead of video and something short and profound instead of longer and sillier. The part that’s the same? It’s the mad, awesome Alan Moore we turn to. Of course we do.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is an awesome location. The largest cathedral in the world (and yet still unfinished), it’s sort of hard to describe unless you’ve been there. There’s something amazing about really full-on bigass cathedrals. We don’t get them a lot here in the southeastern United States. So when you walk into one in New York City, there’s a great deal of wow factor involved. Some cathedrals are more wow than others, if you catch my drift, and I would put St. John the Divine towards the higher end of the spectrum.
If the space itself wasn’t cool enough–they do performance material like this: Frank Lee’s The Procession of the Ghouls. This is how 32 Days of Halloween works sometimes. You go looking for one thing…you find something even cooler you didn’t know existed. Granted, New York denizens may be well used to this. But it was news for Cosette, who in trying to find a Halloween SNL Landshark sketch (she found it, but the sound sync was atrocious), instead ran across Landshark creator Frank Lee and this project. Basically taking what started as a Halloween parade and making it into a cavalcade of puppets and costumes that cavort through the Cathedral. Watch this vid, and think to yourself, “How could this get any cooler?” Answer: a screening of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera follows it.
New York, you have our envy.