Oh, Phoebe Cates, why did you keep on serving them?
To be honest, I saw Gremlins when I was a kid when it came out, first run, in a theater. And I really didn’t get the inside-jokes. And I totally didn’t get Phoebe Cates at all.
Like, not at all.
That changed. Boy, did that change. Not really forgetting Phoebe Cates any more.
Am I the only person who’s never heard of a Big Lipped Alligator Moment? I’m usually up on these things, but I’d never heard of it. Seems our girl Phoebe has one of the most famous ones right in the middle of the film.
When she’s talking about her dead father, remember? No? Because they never mention it again? Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
Even as a youth, I wondered why they never did anything with that. Or why the Gremlins had toy-sized guns. And how Gizmo seemed to be the only one that wasn’t evil. And why there weren’t many, many more scenes with Phoebe Cates in them.
But is pretty much required, sadly.
Found this infomagraphicalthing that tells you what I have been thinking for a long time, that the money you spend to get a college degree is more than you make with it. College degrees are becoming worthless, because you never get the value out of them. But here’s why I keep saying that a college degree is the new high school diploma: you make more, on average, with one than without one.
Is that messed up or what? The reality of today is that you must have a pretty worthless piece of paper, but it really isn’t important what that piece of paper says. Sort of exactly like the position the high school diploma held in society for much of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. But that was then, this is now.
tl;dr version of the graphic
College is still worth it: people with degrees — on average — make more than those without.
“Is College Still Worth It” presented by Degree Jungle.
Because of 4K content. The nerds at The Verge investigate:
Let’s see if this works. I just don’t see how the bold new era of television is vastly different from the Blu-Ray era of television. Or the HD era of television. Or the 3D era of television. Or any other era of television that I’m too poor to afford.
I loves me some Netflix, though. And I keep having to remember to watch that first season of House of Cards before the second season comes on. Because if I don’t watch it now, I’ll probably just wait until it comes out on…oh…wait…
Every day — no – weekday – yeah, that’s it — at some point I get around to sometimes remembering that there are some tabs in my web browser that I want to share with you, my loyal audience. Then I remember that I have no loyal audience, so I’m really just doing this for the heck of it. And SEO purposes, of course.
Here’s some stuff that I bothered to get around to linking today.
A Pocket Guide to Master Every Day’s Typographic Adventures - how to use you Mac keyboard and such.
Free stuff: a curation of free stock photos by 78p.tv - for use with proper attribution. Don’t steal. They made a commandment about that or something.
Top 15 authors to watch – from the Vyrso blog, a list of Christian authors that are getting a lot of interest this year.
Want To Watch This Year’s Best Movies Online? Too Bad. - if you wanted to see it, you’ll have to buy it. Unless, of course, you didn’t want to see it, then you can get it. Because, cash grab.
TV News Anchors are useless – Ron Burgandy is weeping in his grave.
There was a time when people really did slog though 5 miles of snow, both ways – it got down to the teens this week and people wondered if school was going to be called off here in Georgia.
The 50 hardest places to be a Christian - as in, actual danger, not being looked at sideways because you said, “God bless you”.
Just changed the names and numbers and changed it to a different photo. Jerk. Stole my business card.
Okay, fine, it isn’t. In reality it’s Chen Guangbiao’s “Incredible Business Card” or whatever. But I know what I’m putting on my business card from now on! Just gotta change the names and numbers and change it to a different photo.
The worst part was that the accident only happened because he was being responsible and keeping he smoke alarms working.
Something as innocuous as a 9 volt battery can burn your house down. I’m frankly surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Watch this video and see how you can protect yourself and your family.
Via: Retired Geezer
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The world doesn’t want canned soup anymore – “The question of the long-term plan for our soup business seems to be a perennial moose on the table,” the company’s CEO Denise Morrison said in an analyst call in late 2012.
Is Recreational Marijuana Use a Sin? – Joe Carter provides a Christian response to sobriety and moderation.
“What is wrong with consequentialism?” – Denny Burk explores a common tactic in excusing behaviors.
Whyd – save your social streaming music from sites like YouTube or SoundCloud with new French startup Whyd.
Yahoo! Tech - David Pogue is at it again, this time with Yahoo! The site, however, is hot mess to try and navigate. And God forbid if you find something that you liked and want to come back to it later.
Jelly – nope. Don’t see this happening. I’m not saying it won’t work. I’m just saying that I’m not going to use it.
10 Commandments…of Twitter – shockingly, not in ESV?
How to handle an argument on the internet – great advice from Sproul, but I can’t help but thing about this cartoon.
Free stuff: this wallpaper from WorshipHouseMedia.com
Guess what came on–of all places– ABC Family tonight? If you guessed 2002’s The Hot Chick, then you would be correct. Also, perhaps, a bit psychic, because I totally don’t know how you figured out what movie I was going with there.
What are you, psychic? How did you guess that? Anyways…
Seemed like a pretty forgettable body-swapping movie at the time. But looking at the cast you’d think this was a huge movie. I mean, come on, it had Anna Faris, Rachel McAdams, and a cameo by Ashlee Simpson. How was this not box office gold?
Oh yeah, Rob Schneider. And it needed a whole lot more Rachel McAdams. And less Rob Schneider.
And more Rachel McAdams.
Drew Brees move over, there’s a new tip controversy “cooking”. This time, there’s meth! And a lab at a hotel. And dumb drug dealers.
And a place called the “Twisted Fish Steakhouse”. I DECREE THAT ANY STORY WITH THAT STEAKHOUSE IN IT AUTOMATICALLY GETS A SPOT HERE ON D3FT.COM!!! SO BE IT!
Auto-ad playing auto-story playing video player explaining the incident at the Twisted Fish Steakhouse after the break….
Every day I come up with more material that I could ever fit into blog posts. Here’s some of the things that I didn’t have time to write about.
How Netflix tags everything – yet, still, I can’t get any good ninja cat feel-good stories involving Nicklaus Sparks.
Cheaper streaming Netflix? – not for everybody, and not yet.
Netflix streaming 4K to certain TVs – note to self: don’t watch House of Cards until you get a gigantic, really expensive TV.
Oh, wait, never mind, my internet isn’t fast enough - I’ll be using dial-up pretty soon if this keeps on going.
Can I Stream It? – find out where you can watch a movie on the interwebs. And if you can watch it on the interwebs.
Bob Johnson is not of fan of Joel Olsteen’s new book – serious beat-down of prosperity gospel.
Denny Burk still thinks Christ should be in Christmas – for some odd, antiquated reason. Like, you know, the only reason why we have a Christmas in the first place?
Pastors Today launches – new helpful blog for pastors and teachers from the Lifeway folks.
Church Print Ideas launches - find out what it’s all about in this introductory post from Kendall Conner.
Noet – a new product from Logos focused on unltra-nerds. By that I mean people who can read Greek and Latin and Aramaic and those other super-bookwormish things. Definitely a tool for people who have a clue what they’re doing (unlike myself).
Dennis Rodman, on political prisoner Kenneth Bae in North Korea:
Kenneth Bae did one thing … If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.
Then he doesn’t. Why not? I’m going to take a contrarian position and think that, after what he’s said about what US politicians have done so far to get Bae’s freedom, that he is still be on the side of freedom.
Here’s the interview. I wonder what he meant.
Sounds like, to me, Rodman would love to tell you everything, but really can’t. He can’t because if he does, his ability to get into North Korea disappears. So he has to tap-dance and play nice with a mad-dog dictator and US policy of not doing anything.
But I don’t know. We could never figure out what is going on.
Every month or so indie record label Humble Beast keeps me up to date with happenings from their stable of artists. Today is the day I got around to reading the latest. Here’s what they had for me:
Jackie Hill is good
If you’re not into poetry (or hip-hop, for that matter) it might take you a second to grok this. But humans have been listening to poetry for as along as there have been written words, so I’m thinking you can get into it eventually. As an old male who had an old male always look out for him, I really get into how children can really hurt because their father just doesn’t really care.
Beautiful Eulogy, also good
White guys rappin’ Christian stuff lookin’ like they are living the dream of 90s in Portland? Yeah, but it works.
This is something that I think everybody is going to start doing now: they have put out an entire instrumental version of their album. Isn’t it strange how they aren’t bothering to sue people into oblivion just for trying to use their music? Must be nice to care more about the message than the messenger, huh?
Eshon Burgundy, likewise, not bad
And if you watch the whole video, ya saw the link at the end of the video where you can grab For God’s Sake free on NoiseTrade.
Every day I come up with more material that I could ever write about. Here’s some of the things that I didn’t have time to write about.
This Lego Movie doesn’t look like it will be entirely terrible.
Tied a little to strongly too Warner Brothers properties (Batman)?
Free stuff: Get 13 Beth Moore Titles for Free! - only until January 10th. Usable with the Vyrso app.
Resolutions for writers - I’m thinking about trying out #7.
100 things we didn’t know in 2012 – Syria has some serious, serious problems with pornography. Serious. Serious.
“The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year” - list includes the best time to buy velociraptors (I wish)
Best images on Imgur – well, most looked at, anyways (c.f. image #1).
Buy some iPhone apps! – you know you want to. I love these starting point recommendation posts.
Digital music sales went down for the first time – is streaming audio to blame? Or do people just not like crappy music?
There’s a whole lot of money in bluefin tuna – if only there were a whole lot more of them.
Nick Gillespie‘s response to the millennial-focused “Five Economic Reforms” piece in Rolling Stone – full of gutter-language, pop references, and, appropriately, reason. Unlike the aforementioned Rolling Stone piece.
Yeah, that title just begs explanation. As a child in the 1970s, I got to play with those addictive little plastic bits before most people even knew what they were. Now the depth and breadth of what they can do makes me wish I was a kid again. Sometimes.
Other times I feel bad for this generation. Like, when I hear anything about Lady GaGa. For shame, 2010s, for shame. Luckily, hearing about working source code from the 90s powering a super-suit means that this is not one of those times.
This week I found a new blog that writes about source code in movies, and tries to figure out what they came from. There was a post on the code from the movie Iron Man. Whether they did it intentionally or not, some technical director or someone did something so utterly geektastic and wonderful that losers like me find so amazing.
Click the Lego Iron Man to find out why all the nerding out: