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First off, if you don’t watch Modern Family you are really, really missing out. You’re missing out because you’re missing out on one of the best shows on TV, but the biggest reason you’re missing out is because you’re missing out on one of the funniest characters I’ve seen on TV in a really long time: Phil Dunphy, the goofy, awkward, ghetto, hilarious father of the really hot daughter from the Olive Garden commercial and husband of the hot wife from Happy Gilmore. He’s played to an absolute “t” by Ty Burrell, and just saying that really doesn’t do how good he is any justice. You just have to watch it.
While not exactly an example of Mr. Burrell’s acting range, the following video is one of the funnier things I’ve seen in a long, long time, as this Funny or Die video features Burrell as the hired “Rant Writer” for public sports figures (actual quote from video: “‘They are who we thought they are’ came to me in a dream.”). It has many a curse word, but if you have time to watch it, Modern Family fan or not, it is well worth it; you’re welcome and enjoy:
Assuming you’ve seen Mean Girls, which, if you haven’t, is one of the better comedies of the last ten years (and I’m neither gay nor joking), then the following video “mashing up” the movie’s dialogue with scenes and characters from the most famous animated Disney movies is absolutely amazing.
The following “serigraphs,” which, it turns out, are merely “print[s] made by the silk-screen process,” were produced by the award-winning design and illustration studio of Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers as part of “From Sea to Shining Sea,” their most recent series of posters which beautifully depict eight of America’s most remarkable cities.
Here are (of course) my two favorites:
NEW YORK CITY
You can check out the rest of the collection (or order one for just $30) at The Heads of State.
(click the image to see his bracket up close)
The parents of an autistic teenager from outside of Chicago claim that their son has picked every single game correctly thus far in the NCAA Basketball Championship, the odds of doing which are beyond comprehension.
An autistic teenager from the Chicago area has done something almost impossible.
Nearly 48 games into an upset-filled NCAA tournament, 17-year-old Alex Hermann is perfect.
“It’s amazing,” he says. Truly.
The teenager predicted that Northern Iowa would beat the Kansas Jayhawks. He picked Ohio to knock off Georgetown. And Cornell to knock off Wisconsin.
In fact, he picked every game through the first two rounds correctly. The odds of anybody doing that? One in 13,460,000, according to BookofOdds.com. It’s easier to win the lottery. Twice.
“I’m good at math,” Alex, a Glenbrook South High School student, said. “I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game.”
ESPN estimates around 4.78 million played in their bracket challenge, but no one picked all the games correctly. The leader at ESPN’s bracket has already missed four games.
Alex doesn’t get anything for perfection. He entered one of three bracket games offered by CBS — the only one without a prize attached.
Alex’s basketball knowledge could have been worth a fortune. One of the other CBS games offers a prize of $5,000 per round. Other sites offer even more money — Yahoo offers $1 million for a perfect bracket; SportsBook.com offers $13 million.
The odds of a perfect wire to wire bracket? As high as 1 in 1,000,000,000,000.
Unfortunately, Alex’s entry cannot be officially confirmed by CBSSports.com, as Alex entered CBSSports.com’s Bracket Manager program, which allows changes to an entry after play starts and, thus, does not track and/or rank individual entries as a result.
Here’s to the rest of Alex’s picks turning out perfect, just to prove the naysayers wrong. Even if it means Syracuse losing…
Click here to download Alex’s entire bracket.
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To be honest, when I heard this the other day I just thought it was a tight mashup with some random background music, but it turns out that it’s a mashup with the intro music to “The Office,” a show that I’ve clearly never seen. So, here’s yet another excuse for all of you in the dark about Weezy to finally give him a listen, albeit for a ridiculous reason:
(listen to it here)
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This video, entitled “The Sandpit,” is a series of time-lapsed photos depicting “a day in the life of New York City, as seen in miniature” by utilizing the art of tilt-shift photography, a post-processing technique of editing a photograph that is usually achieved by selectively focusing on certain portions of a photo, while blurring out the other parts, and which, when done correctly, somehow makes a scene look, well, miniaturized. The following is an example of this technique at its finest and its most beautiful (you can also see the “making of” here). By shooting and editing some 35,000 shots, the photographer truly makes the big city look like a bunch of Lego’s…in a good way (just trust me and watch it):
(also, this is WELL worth leaving my fine, fine site, even if it’s just for a few minutes, and watching this in all its glory, both in HD and in full-screen, by clicking here)
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Seriously dope Jay Electronica shirt…now all we need is an album:
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Yes, it’s more hyperbole, but no it’s not bullshit. Look at what respected hip-hop blog It’s All the Way Live had to say about Black Thought, the eternally underrated frontman and MC for The Roots, and the freestyle he recently spit on Shade 45 in a tribute to the late producer-extraordinaire J Dilla:
Black Thought has been considered by many to be among the best emcees of all time, but after his incredible ‘freestyles’ on the Shade 45 Dilla tribute recently, many hip-hop heads bowed down and gave him the crown as THE greatest. Even Q-Tip was at a loss for words when it came his time to grab the mic. While this has been floating around the net for a bit, here’s our exclusive mix of the session, with some of the levels raised (including bass) and mastered properly. I edited out Tony Toca (sorry pal) and everything flows perfectly. Enjoy raw emceeing at its finest over Dilla beats.
Honestly, that introduction might not even do it justice. Admittedly, it’s virtually impossible for Thought to have spit all of this off the dome, forcing us to put quotation marks around the word “freestyle,” but even if every word of it was written down it is STILL nothing short of remarkable. It’s a rare combination of extraordinary lyrics, a smooth, natural flow and a sick Dilla beat, and what you get is a showcase of the enormous talent that is Black Thought, who so often gets overlooked while surrounded by the universally-recognized brilliance of The Roots (and the charisma of his fellow bandmate, drummer ?uestlove). Here, though, you are treated to Black Thought at the top of his game, spitting in a raw, almost unrecognizably raspy voice and at a pace that literally leaves Q-Tip laughing (as you’ll hear) at its sickness. Originally this was three separate freestyles on the same radio show, but, as mentioned above, this file has been mastered into one perfectly fluid track. You can either download it below or listen to it below that; either way it’s eleven-plus minutes of rapping that will blow your mind:
[MP3 courtesy of (the excellent) All The Way Live]