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It’s rather a paradox to say this is for mature audiences only …

… when a heap of disenfranchised immaturity is required to understand its appeal: Afrikaans rap, or “zef” as it is called.

I blog about it here because it is a watershed in South African culture, for better of for worse, that can’t go unnoticed. Thanks to my brother-in-law Al for the heads up to Die Antwoord.

More at tonight.co.za and Die Antwoord. More video Zef Side and Wat Pomp | Die Antwoord’s US debut at Coachella: A Boing Boing Video interview with Xeni.

South Africa’s Budget airline Kulula has just rolled out a helpful new livery: Flying 101 …

At last, given the description of “mile-high club initiation chamber”, Americans will learn what the “loo” is (click on the next picture to zoom in on the tail end) … Read More »

Chuck Lore #231

I watched a rerun of an episode of The Big Bang Theory tonight, called The Vartabedian Conundrum. It originally aired on CBS on 8th December, 2008. I paused on the vanity card, a benefit of having TiVo, to read the joke — they’re often funny — excepting, this time, I wasn’t laughing. I thought it was offensive.

Vanity card #231 reads “I believe that inherent within the God-given right to the pursuit of happiness, is the equally God-given right to the pursuit of unhappiness. That is why I support gay marriage.”

Several of Chuck’s cards have been censored by CBS (e.g. #217), so it’s not as though the broadcaster isn’t paying attention.

How do you read card #231? Gay people deserve to be unhappy for wanting to get married? Why should only straight people suffer the misery of marriage? Something different? I’m not sure, but it doesn’t resonate well with me. Help me out here and comment on what you think it means and answer the question: Is this offensive?

Suggested reading: Chuck Lore’s vanity cards, by number | The Big Bang Theory TV Show | Variety’s article Vanity cards let Lorre sound off

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This awesome, albeit fake, movie trailer was created by YouTuber whoiseyevan a self-proclaimed broadcaster who says of himself “I’m a writer/filmmaker trying to get his big break. The videos on my channel were posted to show-off some of my editing, directing, and art direction skills.” Well this kid is off to a pretty good start!

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Caption: My pick for the under $200K category is the Morgan Aero SuperSports!

You’ll find this photographic gem in National Geographic’s Daily Dozen for the 1st week in April, 2009 …

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Photo and captions by James Snyder: April 2, 2009. This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead having cooked himself from the inside. I’m happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished shooting him, I pulled the light out of his mouth and he was fine. Actually, I might be crazy but I don’t think he was very happy when I took his light away.

I’m guessing the frog instinctively thought this was a fire fly!

chandra-eye-of-godCaption: For your nephelococcygial pleasure (like seeing shapes in the clouds) these stunning photos from the Chandra X-Ray telescope.
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In the first two (of five) animations you’ll barely connect the dots to whom the advertising sponsor it …

There are three more: Read More »

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