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Cool by association?

It’s getting to the point where even if I haven’t done anything all that screamingly cool with my life, at least I know people who have. Or know people who know people that have.

One example is my coworker Jason’s friend, who got fired from a play by Woody Allen (I’m pretty sure he told her she “looked retarded”) and managed to parlay it into what looks to be an entertaining film that features David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, and other comedians.  It also explores the nature of downsizing and the culture of firing in the U.S.

This is the really cool thing about the age we’re living in. For all its excesses and lame reality TV stars, there are also smart, creative people who turn getting canned into a big success.

Anyway, check it out: FIRED

You’re the person of the year. Now do something with your life.

I guess no one told at Time filled in their sponsor, Chrysler, who was going to win Person of the Year, because their ad starts with “You might not be the Person of the Year” and then links to a cover story titled: Time’s Person of the Year: You.  Chrysler’s folly aside, Time’s pick was pretty weak.

I buy a lot of the hype about how the Internet has revolutionized life as we know it and will continue to do so (especially the worlds of politics and traditional media), but I gotta say that Time’s stunt is just that: a trick to sell magazines.  It might be clever if this was the first time they messed with the idea that it normally goes to an individual, but they just gave it to “the American soldier” in 2003.  Even that wasn’t new, seeing as they gave it to “the American fighting man” in 1950.  Plus, they already gave it to the computer in 1982.  I guess that didn’t include people who use computers, and now they’re making up for it?  Oh, and George W. Bush has won it twice, in 1990 with his father and on his own in 2004.  Hat trick, anyone?

From: Justin
Anyway, Justin looks at CollegeHumor more than anyone I know, despite being like three years out of college, but he found a good video honoring those Time deemed worthy of its highest honor.

2006: Year of the Crotch-Shot

Guitar Zero

From: Brian
Subject: You cannot make this stuff up
The Detroit Tigers got worried about the performance of their star reliever Joel Zumaya during the American League Championship Series when he was afflicted with wrist and forearm inflammation, until they learned it did not come from his pitching motion but from playing too many hours of Guitar Hero.