engineer, actor, intellectual, mal vivant
217 stories
·
38 followers

Accidental Wes Anderson

1 Share
The Subreddit Accidental Wes Anderson captures images from locations around the world that seem to be lifted directly from the director's work. They are often highly saturated, monochrome (one color, not b/w) and extremely symmetrical. They are exactly as you'd imagine them to be with a title like "Accidental Wes Anderson."

This gallery is a nice place to start for many of the Best Of images that really seem to evoke the Anderson style but there's plenty of submissions to wade through if you're looking for more. There are lots of gems and it's a nice reminder that the fantastic visual elements of those films do exist out there among us, you just have to be looking for them.
Read the whole story
fancycwabs
77 days ago
reply
Nashville, Tennessee
Share this story
Delete

Excerpts from Special Agent Dale Comey’s Voice Memos

1 Comment

“Diane, it’s 9:15 am. January 6. Have you ever thought about the man who invented the potato chip? Do you think he knew what a phenomenon he created? I have some beside me here at Reagan National. Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion. $2.25 from the vending machine. I’m flying to New York to report to president-elect Trump on Russian interference in the November elections. I haven’t been inside Trump Tower before, but I’m told that it’s among the most opulent buildings in the country.”

- - -

“Diane, it’s 4:15 pm. I’m in my taxi back to LaGuardia. President-elect Trump seemed bored and distracted when we told him about the Russians, and kept looking over to his national security advisor, Michael Flynn. After four minutes of relaying the details to him, Trump started shouting, ‘Believe me, I know more about Russia than you guys can understand. I’ve got good people working on this already.’ After that, the meeting was over. Flynn didn’t say a word, but kept looking at his phone. It’s amazing what they’re doing with phones these days — have you played Candy Crush?”

- - -

“Diane, 5:24 pm, January 26. I’m driving across the Potomac — it’s fifty-six degrees. Unseasonably warm for January. One of the things I can’t change, I guess. Reinhold Niebuhr would have recognized that, even if Al Gore doesn’t. Fred tells me Sally Yates told the Trump guys that we’re looking into Michael Flynn and the Russians. We’ll see how they take that news.”

- - -

“Diane, it’s 3:40 p.m. January 27. I’ve just left dinner with President Trump, made in the White House kitchens. Meat loaf, chocolate cake, one scoop of vanilla ice cream. The president had two scoops of ice cream, which I would normally discourage given his girth, Diane, but at his age there’s nothing to be lost by allowing yourself some extra pleasure from time to time. The President told me that he really respects loyalty, and asked me if I could be reliable. I told him that I would always tell him the truth. Later he asked me again if I would be quote-reliable-unquote. He didn’t say the quotes out loud, Diane, but you know how there’s a way of talking where the subtext is right there? Trump might have winked, too, but it’s hard to tell with the constant squinting.”

- - -

“Diane, 10:20 p.m., January 30. Fred just told me Sally Yates has been fired. Ten days on the job. Four days after telling Trump about Flynn. Damn.”

- - -

“Diane, it’s 8:17 p.m. February 14. Happy Valentine’s Day. I’ve just walked out of a meeting with President Trump where he asked me if I knew Michael Flynn had quit yesterday. He told me Flynn was a good man, and suggested that I should tell my folks to call off the investigation. Fred had told me about the resignation, but I didn’t expect Trump to be quite so obvious or prompt in his cover-up. He certainly didn’t take Sun Tzu’s advice on being subtle. Thanks for reminding me to get flowers for Patrice — it’s important not to forget who really matters.”

Read the whole story
fancycwabs
130 days ago
reply
Oh, hey--McSweeney's published another thing I wrote!
Nashville, Tennessee
Share this story
Delete

Hieronymus Bob

1 Share
Steve Wolfhard sent a pic of Bob Hope driving a golf cart in the shape of his own (Bob Hope's own) head. Then Tom Herpich cleverly "photoshopped" it (I guess) into a Hieronymus Bosch painting. I don't know if you would have spotted it had I not told you. It fits right in!
Read the whole story
fancycwabs
225 days ago
reply
Nashville, Tennessee
Share this story
Delete

Official United States Department of Education Grizzly Bear Policy

1 Comment

The United States Department of Education is committed to providing all students of means a learning environment free from harassment by grizzly bears.

Bear attacks are responsible for the death of approximately three people every year in North America, making bear attacks one of the most significant causes of death among certain sectors of the population. We cannot place a limit on the value of human life vs. the threat of a species that due to its violent nature, neither provides political contributions nor employs lobbyists to provide junkets to golf resorts.

The Department is encouraging all schools to adopt a three-step policy: Discouragement, Deterrence, and Defense

Discouragement

Like most of our programs aimed at decreasing violence, including our sexual violence policy (See Education Department brochure “You Shouldn’t Have Dressed That Way, Barbara”) our Grizzly Bear Policy places its prime focus on not being a target. It is critically important that you work to make your school facilities unattractive to bears. Based on our research consisting of a viewing of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh we have determined that all schools should immediately divest themselves of any caches of “hunny” and cancel any apiary programs.

Further research, consisting of a viewing of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has indicated that menstruation has been shown to attract bears. In light of this, all females in a state of menses are forbidden from attending school until they have been certified clear by a family doctor or religious practitioner after bringing two turtles or two young pigeons to the tabernacle for a sin offering. Likewise, use of school facilities for meetings of MENSA is discouraged, because bears have poor reading skills and may not be able to determine the difference.

Deterrence

Our bipartisan commission was divided on the best method of deterrence, so we are providing both solutions in the interest of balance.

The members of the commission who were holdovers from the previous administration recommended using “door” technology, which they claim has historically been a very effective means of keeping grizzly bears out of buildings. They were unable to provide citations and academic studies to back up their claims, however.

More cutting-edge members of the commission suggest a new vision featuring a bear-deterrent moat around the perimeter of schools, which could be stocked with fish to help supplement cuts to the school lunch program.

Defense

Schools are to immediately set up an armory adjacent to the faculty lounge stocked with the following to be purchased from our official vendor, DeVos School Supplies, LLC: Tactical Body Armor x 10, AR-15 Semiautomatic Rifle (or equivalent) x 10, M7 Bayonet x 5, Scope x 2, Night Vision Scope x 2, 1000 rounds of ammunition, Flash Grenades x 20, XM395 120mm GPS guided mortar system with at least ten rounds of munitions.

Schools should conduct in-service training for all personnel to be conducted as part of the security contract specified below.

Schools are expected to establish a security contract with one of the following: Blackwater Security Company, Xe Services LLC, Academi, Constellis Holdings, or whatever the company changes its name to next. The specifications for the military contract are spelled out in Document 114.56(2017) “Security Specifications for Public Schools” or Document 114.57(2017) “Enhanced Security Specifications for Charter Schools.”

Read the whole story
fancycwabs
243 days ago
reply
Oh hey--I wrote a thing.
Nashville, Tennessee
Share this story
Delete

Thanks, Obama.

1 Share














Thanks, Obama.

Read the whole story
fancycwabs
248 days ago
reply
Nashville, Tennessee
Share this story
Delete

Cool!: The Sound Of A Balloon Being Popped In A Reverberation Room Vs Anti-Echo Room

1 Comment
balloon-popping.jpg Note: Keep your volume in check for the first pop. This is a short video of a balloon being popped in a reverberation room (a room with walls that reflect almost all acoustic energy back into the room), then one being popped in an anechoic chamber (a room designed to completely absorb acoustic energy). The difference is staggering. Look at me -- I'm actually staggering right now. "That's not staggering, you're shuffling around like you've got a shit in the back of your pants." Yeah...I always wait till the last minute and I forgot the restroom on this floor is out of order. I'd wait for the next elevator if I were you. Hit the jump for the video.
Read the whole story
fancycwabs
257 days ago
reply
Okay, fine. I'll watch an 18 second video.
Nashville, Tennessee
Share this story
Delete
Next Page of Stories