Frank Oz’s Eulogy To Jim Henson

We lost one of the greatest creative geniuses in American history 23 years ago today. Here was the great Frank Oz’s moving and fittingly quirky memorialization of his friend and collaborator. Last year I wrote a post on how much Kermit means to me and why. Here’s part 1 of a wonderful documentary that covers [Read More...]

The World of Jim Henson

It was so tragic that we lost such a genius and delightful human being so young. But it was our bittersweet luck that before he died he created so much, so tirelessly, with seemingly every minute he had alive, and therefore left us such a rich legacy nonetheless. In honor of his birthday, here is the first part of a wonderful documentary on his career.
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Are You One of the Millions Who Support Ellen?

The “One Million Moms” (who actually only had around 40,000 Facebook likes) tried to get Ellen Degeneres fired as a JC Penney spokesperson on account of her being gay. A counter Facebook page looking to garner an actual 1,000,000 supporters for Ellen started fishing for likes and has received over 100,000 in a hurry. If you happen [Read More...]

Ellen Responds To The "Million Moms"

This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it’s true. I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down. I hate to break it to you this way. I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show [Read More...]

The Problematic Use of Skeptics in Supernatural Shows

Soon-to-be fellow Freethought Blogs blogger Jen McCreight has a good post, wherein she is skeptical of a character’s skeptical reactions in an episode of True Blood. Jen gives spoilers, but I won’t. I can just sum up the problem abstractly as the following: a character who over the course of 47 episodes of the show has discovered the [Read More...]

Asperger's High

On one level this video is very funny but on another, it is terribly sad. I hope it does not offend anyone: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFt2aZvg3qE Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Cheetah Whisperer

The sounds of the cheetahs in the first couple of minutes is downright musical: Thanks to Leroy for the find. And I cannot mention cheetahs and not provide a link to some of my favorite 19 seconds in TV history. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Is There A Curse On MSNBC’s 8PM Time Slot That Turns Smart People Into Blowhards?

Lawrence O’Donnell has become insufferable ever since he started subbing for Keith Olbermann last year and is getting worse nightly since taking over the 8pm slot full time. Below is an mesmerizingly awful display as O’Donnell makes even an apology into an occasion for massive quantities of bluster and verbosity and all around blowharding: Visit [Read More...]

Vintage Kermit the Frog From “Sam & Friends” On Visual Thinking

Amazing footage, it boggles my mind to see Kermit in the ’50s: It’s such a shame that Jim Henson’s deft, pitch perfect sense of humor and imagination died with him. Most things muppet-related have been bland, assembly line, Disneyfied hack work since 1990. Blegh. Kermit the Frog is dead, long live Kermit the Frog. Your [Read More...]

Does The Left Need Its Own Rush Limbaugh Or FOX News?

Conor Friedersdorf thinks the left is better off without Olbermann and not having all the liabilities that come with inflammatory characters: The left has its own malign influences on public discourse. Some are rich and successful. It no more makes sense for liberals to envy the right it’s talk radio hosts than it makes sense [Read More...]