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Best of the Worst Poster

Best of the Worst

This is an amazing Best of the Worst poster by David Henry Lantz.

I wrote about the weird, wild, and wonderful world of Red Letter Media back in August 2016 and I’ve recently been on a big Best of the Worst kick. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I can’t recommend their videos enough. Red Letter Media is an intelligent Mystery Science Theatre 3000 featuring a menagerie of misfits, inside jokes, and pointed commentary for the internet age.

Colorful Cassette Tape Poster

My 100% Weird Summer Playlist

Let me cut to the chase: my musical taste is 100% weird.

I like everything from St. Vincent to Ted Nugent; from Courtney Barnett to Bronski Beat; from Au Revoir Simone to Nicki Minaj. I like music that grooves, peels your face off, and leaves you drowning in a puddle of sweat on the dance floor. I like music that gives you the feels, makes you question your place in the universe, and creates an atmosphere of ubiquitous sentimentality. I like music that’s devoid of all meaning—just shut up and dance already.

If you tried to chart my musical taste on a map, you’d start somewhere in Siberia and wind up finding me sleeping in the spare bedroom at your mom’s house eating a stale bag of Doritos. Yes, it’s that bizarre. Read more…

Seattle’s Sidewalk Etiquette Sucks Serious Shit

The sidewalks of Seattle are a battlefield. A leisurely stroll downtown quickly turns into a high-stakes game of pedestrian Frogger. You bob and weave; you dash and dart; you stop and go. As Seattleites, we champion and support many causes, but, when our feet hit the pavement, our consideration and respect for others flies out the window.

Simply put: Seattle’s sidewalk etiquette sucks serious shit.

I’m being flippant, but this isn’t a trivial matter. Our opinion of the people around us is greatly informed by these brief and subtle interactions and, ergo, they inform our perspective of the world.

I don’t want to get too hippy-dippy or venture into self-help guru territory, but we can make these interactions better. Read more…

The Best TV Show That You’re (Probably) Not Watching

Binge-worthy television is all the rage. Series like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Breaking Bad are turning viewers into eager and awestruck couch potatoes.

And it’s easy to see why—production, storytelling, and acting are firing on all cylinders; characters are given room to develop; plots twist and turn surprisingly.

In terms of overall quality and entertainment value, television is giving box office juggernauts, like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a run for their money. I mean they don’t call this the Golden Age of Television for nothing!

But modern television is more than just entertainment escapism; it’s a cultural currency.

We theorize, and we spoil. We “talk it out” with friends. We scour the internet for clues. We troll. We read magazine articles. We watch. We re-watch.

And we love it.

We’re obsessed. Read more…

Cameo – “Candy”

Question: Is this the greatest music video of all time?

Answer: Yes.

SCHLOCK: The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Red Letter Media

If you’re one of the rare breed of people who love a combination of in-depth film critique and analysis, off-the-wall campiness with a dash of wry humor, and binge-worthy YouTube channels, then Red Letter Media is just the thing for you.

I first stumbled across Red Letter Media when Mike Stoklasa’s The Phantom Menace review was just beginning to go viral in early 2010. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching this internet masterpiece then do yourself a favor and watch this video ASAP. Read more…

An Hour With Bill Murray


Action Figure + Position + Expression = Priceless

Science, Religion, & the Universe

Here’s part two of an interview on Science, Religion, and the Universe between Bill Moyers and Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’m looking forward to the revamped and rebooted Cosmos (March 2014), hosted by Tyson, which they also discuss in the interview. Click here to watch part 1 and part 3.

My favorite ‘nerdy’ books of 2013

1. Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

I can’t recommend this novel highly enough. It’s won a few accolades like the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel and it was a New York Times bestseller. So, it’s merits speak for themselves, but it truly lives up to the hype.

The premiss is fairly simple, it’s a comedic look at the expendable crew members from classic Sci-Fi TV shows like Star Trek. That’s the basic starting point, but from there you go on a hilarious and often touching journey about existence and how we can contribute to the lives of those around us. The three codas in this book nearly killed me; they drive a semi-truck right over your heart.

You don’t need to be a Sci-Fi fan to enjoy Redshirts. As with the very best Sci-Fi, it resonates with our current situation and teaches us about who we are and how we can be better.

2. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

A few years ago, I watched a movie called Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. It’s a Finnish horror movie about the “real” Santa Claus. It’s both haunting and has a quality of magical realism that just breathes the mood of the Holidays. It’s currently streaming on Netflix and I’d suggest watching it if something like that strikes your fancy.

NOS4A2 takes the horror and magical realism to a whole other level. It’s about a vampire (Nosferatu) who abducts children and the woman who has the tools to stop him.

I don’t want to give too much away; it’s really the journey that you go on through the book that is the most enjoyable element. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next and it kept me flipping through page after page. It’s a unique story.

3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This novel is a great introduction for anyone not familiar with Neil Gaiman or his work. I could talk forever about Anansi Boys and American Gods, but I’d suggest starting here.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a simple, beautifully crafted fairy tale about memory, growing up, and making the “impossible all too real.”

Back To The Future

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to do a New Year’s Day movie marathon. It’s the third year in a row that we’ve done it and I think we’ll continue to do it for years to come (though we might eventually run out of trilogies). We started with Star Wars, then moved on to Indiana Jones, and this year we did Back to The Future.

The first Back To The Future, released in 1985 (the year of my birth), still holds up. The story is interesting and fun, the themes are resonant and relevant to a modern audience, and the clothes and effects still look freaking cool. It’s one of the best Sci-Fi adventure films ever made. Read more…

Chief O’Brien At Work

“Becoming Santa”

If you want to stream a quirky/bizarre documentary over the Holiday, I recommend taking a peak at Becoming Santa. The trailer doesn’t do it justice, but it’s an entertaining glimpse at the people who play Santa and why they do it.

It’s currently available to stream on Netflix and Hulu

Mixtape with Sean De Tore

The West recorded a podcast today at KIRO RADIO studios for the Mixtape with Sean De Tore. Adrienne definitely said, “Dat ass!” Which, it turns out, you can say on a podcast. It’ll be available online this week and I’ll share the link once it’s up.

Michael Caine

These two (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) have the best Michael Caine impersonations that I’ve ever heard and the scene is hilarious to boot. This clip is from The Trip. I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s on my list.

Side note: If you say ‘my cocaine’ it sounds like you’re saying ‘Michael Caine’ in Michael Caine’s accent. Go on, give it a try; you know you want to.

Regretsy: Where DIY meets WTF.

Letters of Note: Hot, Hot, Hot.

Binders full of women cost 77 cents while binders full of men cost $1.

Ryan Teague Beckwith

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