Posts from December 2013

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Here Are @Fart’s Favorite Tweets of 2013

Jon Hendren IS @fart.

Jon Hendren IS @fart.

Continuing with yesterday’s theme of posting other people’s “best of 2013” choices, here is the list that Jon Hendren, a comedy “writer” and Twitter power-player with over 70K followers who managed to snag the username @fart, made of his favorite tweets of 2013. This list was originally published on The Birdpole. But who wants to click to another website? You don’t wanna do that! So I recreated it here, on this best website of EVER.

This is some seriously funny stuffs. I giggled like a crazy man while reading this list. Enjoy (NSFW):

In no particular order.

Via The Birdpole.

Categories: Links.

Monday, 30 December 2013

My Famous Friends: Open Mike Eagle is the Rapper of the Year!

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle, Photo by Andy J Scott.

As 2013 draws to a close, a lotta people and a lotta websites and a lotta publications are starting to put out their “best of” selections. I might do something similar myself at some point (though I did just get a new Zelda games, so we’ll see how much time I still have for ye olde blog). But for now I’m gonna post things that others have chosen that I just so happen to agree with.

For starters, Impose Magazine has chosen its rapper of the year. It just happens to be the best possible choice:

Rapper of the Year: Open Mike Eagle

Hellz. Yea.

As you probably know if you read this website, Open Mike Eagle is one of my favorite musicians. Just look at the “Open Mike Eagle” Tag and see how much I post about him. Honestly I don’t think I sing his praises enough.

There are a few things that I really appreciate about Mike:

  1. He’s ferociously intelligent, but not obnoxiously so. In addition to be terrifically clever, his lyrics are full of allusions to things from video games to obscure, academic, scholarly texts.
  2. He’s disarmingly humble. Far from being the braggart who can only write songs about how good a rapper he is, Mike does not fear to tread into the small and mundane. His kid likes Busdriver better than his music; he washes dishes; he changes diapers. It’s not all bitches and money.
  3. (Most importantly) He isn’t afraid to be funny. I adore musicians who aren’t trying with every song to write The Greatest Song Ever™. Sometimes you just need some fun in your life, like if you’re rapping about poop overflow in your grandpa’s toilet. His (and my) favorite musical act is They Might Be Giants, and like them his songs aren’t “jokey” and “wacky;” they’re just funny. And instead of listing high-powered rappers as his aspirations, he lists Louis C.K. and Patton Oswalt as the people he’d like to be like.

Plus he’s just such a great guy to know!

Here, listen to his song “Qualifiers” off of the Hellfyre Club’s “Dorner vs Tookie” album, a song that exemplifies all I love about Open Mike Eagle:

So cheers to you, Mike. You’re certainly my choice as well. And with a new album coming out in 2014, you’ll likely top even more people’s lists.

Categories: Links, Music, My Famous Friends.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas 2013 From Santa Crab!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas.

Christmas a la chainsawsuit.

I hope Santa Crab brings you lots of peeeeeeenches today!

Categories: Comics, Holiday.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

There’s Still Time for Last-Minute Snowflakes This Christmas Eve!

It’s Christmas Eve! Happy Christmas Eve!

If you look around your home this morning and think, “You know, this is nice and pretty and all, but I wish I could have decorated more,” well, don’t worry: it’s never too late!

All you need are some pieces of paper and some scissors, and you too can make some pretty pretty holiday snowflakes to tape up around your house. I like to tape them up to the windows, personally. Below is the batch that I made this year. Here’s a “fun” game: one of these snowflakes was made by special guest snowflake-maker Josh Hird the Maroon Fool. Can you guess which one?

If you guessed correctly, you “won” the game!

Oh, and here’s one that I made at (and left at) work, so it doesn’t really count as one I have decorating my house, seeing as how it isn’t at my house. I have only this insagram of it:

You shouldst make your own! It is really very easy, and I wrote a how-to article a couple of years ago that explains how-to:

A Holiday How-To: Christmas Snowflakes!

Hope today and tomorrow are happy for all y’all! Let me know if you do make some snowflakes (or if you already have). I’d love to see them! Huzzah!

Categories: Arts & Crafts, Holiday, Pictures.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Baby’s First Zoolights

The Zoolights at Night!

The Zoolights at Night!

Last week we took Avery to her very first Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium!

If you’ve never been, here it is in a nutshell: during the holidays they string up millions of lights all over Point Defiance Zoo, and after it gets dark you can walk the whole zoo and look at everything all lighted up and purdy. There are some very elaborate displays, and lots of “animated” lights. It’s a really, legitimately nice experience. Take a look-see:

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Zoolights

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Zoolights

 
The Tacoma Narrows Bridges

The Tacoma Narrows Bridges

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O how the oxen sparkle

O how the oxen sparkle

 
Rowr (I'm a tiger)

Rowr (I’m a tiger)

And even though the animals are all put away for the evening, the Aquarium is open (though undecorated) for exploration!

I heart Moon Jellies!

I heart Moon Jellies!

The best part of the evening, of course, was when dread Cthulhu rose as a Christmas surprise and subjugated all whom he did not destroy:

All Hail our Sparkly Lord Cthulhu!

All Hail our Sparkly Lord Cthulhu!

Happy first Zoolights, baby Avery! Thanks to Google+ for automatically animated all of these images and making the Christmas lights sparkle. And long may Cthulhu reign!

Categories: Holiday, Life, Pictures, Tacoma.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Ecuador Needs Some Jade for the Holidays: Let’s Make This Happen!

Ecuador or Bust!

Ecuador or Bust!

Fools Play’s very own mostly-retired Jade Fool, Taisha McFall, has had a rather grueling Fall quarter at college. But for Winter quarter she’s been accepted into a very prestigious program called “Animal Behavior and Zoology.” This is some awexome science.

But six weeks of the quarter will take place in Ecuador. Getting everything one needs to spend six weeks in Ecuador ain’t cheap.

So Taisha has created a GoFundMe campaign to help her with her substantial financial burden. EVERYONE should help her as much as possible this holiday season, whether by chipping in a few dolla-dolla-billsz or by sharing this campaign, because Taisha is awexome and works hard and is awexome. And this is the opportunity of a lifetime for her.

Read more about it all here. Let’s color Ecuador jade for the holidays!

Categories: Fools Play, Kickstarter, Links, Science.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

It’s Okay for Takei to Play with Day: George Takei on Felicia Day’s Co-Optitude!

Takei + Day!

Takei + Day!

Felicia Day’s Co-Optitude is one of my very favoritest web shows. It was my Link of the Month back in June in fact.

Well, on this week’s episode something rather magical happened. Usually Co-Optitude is co-hosted by Felicia’s brother Ryon. But this time he was “unavailable.” So Felicia got her first guest-host: none other than GEORGE TAKEI himself!

It was pretty awesome. Especially since Felicia took George’s virginity. His video game virginity, that is.

Here, watch:

They are both completely adorable people (by the way, check out Felicia’s adorable pixie haircut, and how pretty is that top she’s wearing?) and the whole thing is rather charming and delightful.

Hey, I made it through an entire post about George Takei without ever saying, “Oh my.” ← That doesn’t count.

Categories: Celebrities, Video Games, Videos.