shoebox_dw: (pbs happiness fairy)
It's not so much that this strip is hilarious (although it is) as that, y'know, Rat in a teeny Edwardian topcoat and topper? Making him look like some sort of wee postmodern HG Wells-esque mad scientist? ADORABLEST FREAKING THING EVER.



(BTW, I should really start crediting my source for these! Thanks [livejournal.com profile] jfboyd over on the Pearls LJ comm, subscription to which I highly recommend for your daily dose.)
shoebox_dw: (garfield rabid moth)
I've just purchased a new Theberge-print umbrella. (Fellow Canadians might recognize Claude Theberge as a Montreal graphic artist who painted...well, stuff that looks really good on umbrellas, basically. Lots of romantic rain-swept landscapes with couples clutching hats and shawls, that sort of thing.)

Mine features little flocks of seagulls standing along the edge of a misty meadow, with bright blue umbrellas dotted in among them. I've been really quite smug over the whole thing; not only is it lovely and roomy but I have always had a soft spot for seagulls.

Anyway, so today I unfurl it into use for the first time, and I glance up at the pretty pattern, as you do (or if you don't, never mind)...and I notice that something seems a little off, perspective-wise. That is, based on the position of the umbrellas relative to the birds, either somebody has taken the time to stick little paper parasols in among them, or these are feathered refugees from a Toho movie.

So now every time I use my lovely brolly, I'm forced to contemplate the possibility that a)there are bird-watchers out there with really strange forms of OCD, and/or b)the English countryside is doomed. Thanks a lot, Sears!
shoebox_dw: (pbs surprise)
As mentioned once or twice, I use a basic statcounter to track visitors to this blog. Partly to check numbers, and partly because I like to see where they've come from. This is generally a minor pleasure at best, but every so often...

"Referring link: Google search string giraffe-comes-through-door-cary-grant"

...For the record, it led the searcher to my review of the movie Holiday, which amazingly enough does indeed contain both those elements, albeit probably not in the order they were expecting. I really hope they enjoyed it anyway, though.
shoebox_dw: (garfield monday)
So I'm munching happily away at my lunch - and just as an aside, boy do I pity all of you who don't have access to Shoemom's chicken pot pie - when my eye catches some yellow type on my KitKat 'Senses' bar wrapper.

Now, you have to understand, this bar was purchased on the assurance that it contained hazelnut creme. The ingredients list hazelnut prominently. The lady handing out samples at the supermarket specifically referred to hazelnuts in describing the 'enhanced flavour' of this new and exciting taste treat. Topping everything off there's a huge honking portrait of a hazelnut right there on the front.

Thus it came as something of a surprise to read on the back, in bold yellow type: This Product May Contain Peanuts or Other Nuts.

Er...
shoebox_dw: (i need a hug)
OK, so today has been totally Made of Fail for reasons that make me feel crumby just considering typing them, and after that last post I figure a little demonstration of my ongoing connexion with reality wouldn't hurt anyway...in other words, it's past time to bring on more glee. With extra spoonfuls of chocolate syrup and maybe some marshmallow fluff on top.

1) This one's with [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson in mind :) Apologies for the sound, which I believe is a little off towards the end, but the imagery is amazingly gorgeous anyway:


2) That the gag is telegraphed a mile away doesn't mean it's not totally awesome.


3) "Ernie...what are you doing with those glasses of water?": Probably the all-time E&B masterpiece.


4) Yep, it's another of Kermit's newsflashes gone hilariously wrong. The video quality isn't the greatest, but the dialogue is so worth it.

shoebox_dw: (bob & ray)
So, ah, yeah, in the course of rummaging around for the clips in yesterday's post...well, look at it this way: the more Bob & Ray clips, the less Bob & Ray observational verbiage, thus an exponential increase in glee all round, eh?

Besides which, this clip happens to be a source of Very Special Glee for yours truly, on account of I had no idea it even existed until it was released this month. Turns out that back in 1968 freelance producer David Jacobsen, thoroughly charmed by B&R's unique way of making funny, spent an afternoon documenting it for posterity. (And no wonder; if the clip below is any indication, in person they came across as less an act than an oddball shared introversion. Rather like those twins that develop their own private language - the urge to crack the code must've been nearly irresistible.)

The result was dubbed - at their suggestion - Bob & Ray: An Award Winning Film. Unfortunately, never mind awards, it didn't even find a distributor. So Jacobsen stuffed the footage in a closet...and has now pulled it out just in time for me to have backed up my allowance for, like, years on this iPod thing. Major loss of glee there.

Meanwhile, though, there's this promo excerpt, which may be the only comedy footage in existence to be interesting more for what's not there than what is:



shoebox_dw: (pbs happiness fairy)
So there's been some discussion re: the Take Back the Glee movement here on LJ.

I am highly in favour of this whole idea, and not just because the icon attached to that post? Totally my phrase. Just saying. But no, I've actually been a firm believer in glee ever since I first encountered the concept in about grade five or so. If for no other reason than that it's just such a fun word to bat around. To the point where saying it aloud several times running actually induces the state it describes. No, really, give it a try.

*pause*

Not bad, eh? I also recommend wandering around going 'quack' for awhile. Or 'squeak'. Squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak...

[ahem] Right, yes, glee production. While I have no severe traumas to bounce back from - yet, anyway - participation in the movement does seem like a good way to get out from under the dark(ish) cloud of my last post. Clearly, the blogging gods demand sacrifice. Besides which, it fits in neatly with my new YouTube-posting habit.

(Yeah, I know, I know. Next week: I report in breathlessly on how I've learned to make my own mood icons!)

Anyhow, for now I present two clips that bring me much personal glee, in the hopes that they may spread some further:

1) Bob & Ray, 'Champion Low Jumper' - C'mon, you know I had to. It may help (sorry, guys) that this isn't a video per se; it's a recording from their Broadway show, of one of their most famous routines. The screwball logic is just...so...logical.



2) Sesame Street, 'La La La Song' - One of the simplest and sweetest of the original Bert & Ernie clips...incidentally, 'linoleum' is a really fun word to say, too.



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