Humor

John Oliver on the future of newspaper journalism

John Oliver discusses the disintegration of newspapers and their newsrooms (their advertising revenue is drying up) while aggregation sites like Huffington Post (and many others) routinely piggy-back on newspaper reporting without doing any of the work or paying adequately or at all for the information.

Brilliant.

“We’ve just grown accustomed to getting our news for free. And the longer that we get something for free, the less willing we are to pay for it. And I’m talking to you, the person watching this segment on YouTube using the wifi from the coffee shop underneath your apartment. You’re killing us!”

John Oliver on US primaries and caucuses

I’ve been voting in US elections for a long time (I’m 64 and have never missed a vote) and I have to say, the arcane rules of both Democrat and Republican parties are coming into sharp relief in this wild primary season.

John Oliver does a great job attempting to show how odd the rules of each party are. These rules have been around for a long time and it’s only now that we have this wild and weird primary season that people are getting worked up about them. Typically once the election is over people forget this stuff and either celebrate or run for the hills. I think Oliver makes a great point: on February 2, 2017 we should all write our respective political parties and complain that they need to get their houses in order (or we’ll dump them and form third and fourth parties).

No doubt as that date approaches Oliver will come out with a boilerplate. Stay tuned and of course, don’t forget to vote.

NYC Gifathon

NYC Gifathon from James Curran on Vimeo.

Animator James Curran spent a month in New York and made a new animated GIF each day for 30 days representing things that happened to him during his stay.

The humor, pace, music and of course, animation are all put together beautifully with a nice touch of whimsey. Brilliant work.

Here’s his page dedicated to this piece with each GIF animation as a stand-alone: NYC Gifathon.

Dave Barry Quotations

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any quotations by Dave Barry you don’t find here.

More on Dave Barry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Barry

Men, because of a tragic genetic flaw, cannot see dirt until there is enough of it to support agriculture.
– Dave Barry

It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.
– Dave Barry

When I heated my home with oil, I used an average of 800 gallons a year. I have found that I can keep comfortably warm for an entire winter with slightly over half that quantity of beer.
– Dave Barry

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
– Dave Barry

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
– Dave Barry

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
– Dave Barry

Recently I began to feel this void in my life, even after meals, and I said to myself, ‘Dave, all you do with your spare time is sit around and drink beer. You need a hobby.’ So I got a hobby. I make beer.
– Dave Barry

I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to celebrate a major event such as the fall of communism or the fact that the refrigerator is still working.
– Dave Barry

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.
– Dave Barry

American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men’s room and the women’s room without having little pictures on the doors.
– Dave Barry

As a professional journalist, I have always been fascinated by people who appear to have even more spare time than I do.
– Dave Barry

Basically, the American businessman should dress as though he recently lost his entire family in a tragic boat explosion.
– Dave Barry

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.
– Dave Barry

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.
– Dave Barry

Never tell a woman that you didn’t realize she was pregnant unless you’re certain that she is.
– Dave Barry