My favorite feature on IMDB — and why it’s so silly

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I find IMDB useful for two reasons. The first — figuring out who played what and when — has been almost-perfectly co-opted by Wikipedia (which has the additional benefit of including full plot summaries/reviews). The second has not — and that function is the subject of this post.

I’ve wanted to watch Iron Sky since I first saw the trailer [and if you haven't seen the trailer -- even if you have no plans to read the rest of this post -- watch and become enlightened]:

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Another NFL Coverup?

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No, I’m not talking about the recent spate of NFL player body-snatching, or even the Drew Brees/Vick’s Nyquil-related conspiracy I identified a month and a half ago.

This conspiracy goes to the top.

Commissioner Roger Goodell recently expressed his approval over NFL All-Stars’ play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. What he meant was, the football players on the field actually hit one another like football players.

All of them, that is, except one:

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Come on, Youtube – I would much prefer your worst


You may have noticed that Youtube is full of comments. You may have also noticed that those comments are generally a “treat”. But you probably did not notice that some of those comments are mine.

Not mine, in the sense that I wrote them. Mine, in the sense that they were posted in response to my videos.

You see, at around the time I started writing this blog, I also created a brand new Youtube account to go with it. So now, every time someone comments on a video uploaded through that account, I get an email alert. Granted, not a lot of them; I’ve used the account to post only six clips — none of them Gangnam Style — but they do pile up after long enough.

Those emails have given me a minor sense of entitlement. At the risk of stating the tautological, my comments are mine.

And until recently, those comments lived up to my expectations (particularly, the anti-Semitic ones chronicled in The Youtube comments I chose to censor). Until, that is, I uploaded this advertisement featuring Drew Brees:

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My favorite thing about allegations of an anti-Semitic purge at The New Republic

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Let’s start out — appropriately — with the article that started it all:

Hughes Drops Jews

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff January 28, 2013 6:03 pm

The New Republic has quietly dropped at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead in a move that may signal the publication’s continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint.

The magazine has launched an aggressive new editorial direction under the ownership of wealthy socialite Chris Hughes, who is best known for sharing a room with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University.

Jonathan Chait appropriately took the Free Beacon piece down in an article for New York Magazine, Hitler Alive and Well, Owning Liberal Magazine, which was forwarded to me as “your style reportage” (I presume, for the exquisitely to-the-point headline):

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It appears Don Draper felt left out of Doppelganger Week celebrations

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Last week, YLS hosted a screening of Prosecutor, a documentary about Luis Moreno Ocampo, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. This post is not about the substance of that movie. Suffice to say that the documentary did not inspire me to go hear Ocampo speak live when he showed up in person on Monday.

Instead, I’m hear to tell you of a discovery I made in the course of the film. As you may have surmised from the title of this post, it included a cameo by Don Draper’s long-lost (slightly-nebbier) brother (and I’m not talking about Jon Hamm) [start watching at 1:13 - bonus cameo by Tom Hanks at 1:36]:

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It seems everybody’s rooting for San Francisco — could this help explain why?

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A recent Facebook study of NFL Fandom — Superbowl 2013 Edition — produced a map straight out of a Paul Ryan wet dream:

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Ali G nails it – again


Just after this past September 11, I wrote about how Ali G predicted one real-life terrorrorist plot over the cover-up* protest of Professor James Ziegler, former head of the “Immigration Naturalization Society.”

In this post, I show how he predicted another in the very same episode [see 2:47; when you embed a Youtube video, you can't point it to a specific time]:

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Jon (not-Stuart) Leibowitz was right to let Google off the hook


Those of you fortunate enough to be my friends on Facebook might not feel like it, but there are a lot of posts I’d like to write that never see the light of day. And so the whole process comes to feels a little bit like triage. In this analogy, posts end up falling into one of three general categories.

Some ideas are worth sharing, and — better — just sort of write themselves. Such posts command your attention and get written in a timely fashion and so enjoy a high survival rate.

Other ideas have some merit, but the internet is a big place and you can’t possibly help every patient. You’d be better off just letting those posts die* and spending your time elsewhere.

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A baby elephant fell into a well — my first reaction was to think about it like a law student

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When you think of children’s stories associated with India, the first thing that should pop into your head is Rudyard Kipling and his Just So Stories. This is the story of How the Elephant’s Child Got His Bedtime Story (spoiler alert!) by acting out as many of them at once as elephantly possible.

You can see said baby elephant in the following video — as its title suggests — in the process of being rescued from a well:

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