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This was all over the Google Pluses yesterday (OK, is there a good way to pluralize that? Google+’s?), but I don’t post on Thursdays. I’m a Friday kind of gal. Co-written, co-directed and co-acted by Dan De Lorenzo and Ben Stumpf, this trailer combines two things we love to make fun of: Facebook, and the work of Mel Gibson.

Also, today is my last post as a guest editor! Thanks to the team at Here’s Some Awesome for letting me contribute, and humble apologies for always getting my posts in so damn late in the day. See you on the Internets!

It’s no secret that funny Lonely-Island style music videos do well on YouTube. They have for years and that will continue for the foreseeable future. However, they are incredibly hard to pull off and the difficulty level doubles if said music video is promoting a product or service.

But Jawbone rocks it in their of their modernization of  Ice Cube’s “Today was a Good Day.”  I think it’s partially due to the fact that they didn’t make the video about the product. They mention it briefly and you just happen to see it everywhere in the video.

Lately there have been several comical music videos that point out how cushy the lives of middle class American can be. Recent examples include First World Problems and Whole Foods Parking Lot. Both of which have “oh my gosh I totally do that” moments that make me feel a little sad about my life.

Playing into the “life is so hard when I’m inconvenienced” comedy trend,  I can applaud Jawbone for understanding their product and embracing their consumer base.

Parkour is impressive in a “holy shit that looks cool, why don’t I look like that when I try it?” way that will almost inevitably lead to looking like an idiot.

By complete coincidence, this is also how I feel about drawing. I never had that gift of translating mental images into anything visually cohesive or recognizable aside from “blob,” “squiggle,” and “Personal signature that my bank still calls me to verify almost every month for the past seven years.”

So combine both of those things that I find impressive (and completely impossible) with elements of papercraft, flipbooks, and a giant wall, and I find myself shaking my head, smiling, and hitting “replay.”

Before Zach Galifianakis had a beard and was “hungover” (SEE WHAT I DID THERE I FOUND A CLEVER WAY TO REFERENCE ZACH’S VERY POPULAR COMEDY FRANCHISE! I COULD WRITE FOR ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT!), he had a show on VH1 called Late World With Zach (that you’ve never heard of before because it was quickly canceled because no one was watching it).

In this bit clipped from the show, he performs stand-up for small children. In 2002, it was a failed late night experiment — today, it’s a fascinating look at raw talent. Also, it’s really funny, because, y’know, kids.

There something about this video that I love and that I can’t quite put my finger on. So I’ll just state the obvious. This expertly synched video Dub features everyone’s favorite Sesame Street Muppets who have come and rock the Sure Shot. Made “for fun” by the British creative agency Wonderfully Creative, this video gives us a glimpse into what the Grover could be like sans his annoying monster voice. Yes, I said it. His voice is annoying. It doesn’t mean I love him any less. But seriously, how cool is Grover as Mike D?

(via The Daily What)

Earlier this year, this video popped up onto my radar with the title “The Internet is my Religion.” As someone who has a very Internet 1.0 view of the nearly boundless possibilities the Internet holds within its scope, there was no way I wasn’t clicking through that one. Now I’ve done my best to keep religion and/or politics out of this venue, feeling that to be more appropriate for my personal blog as opposed to this group venture; in this case though, Jim Gilliam‘s personal journey is so powerful it eclipses any concerns I would otherwise have had about the subject matter.

What I found on the other side of that perfectly-constructed title was a singular story of one man’s personal journey that encompassed everything I hoped the internet could be. It’s at once honest, universal, heartbreaking, and uplifting – and it truly demonstrates that when given the opportunity to learn, teach, and communicate, the best of humanity truly comes forward. I was left so awestruck by the end of his talk, that the only thing I could think is that if the Internet is his religion, he just found a convert.

[Update] It’s come to my attention that a whole community has developed around the speech at InternetIsMyReligion.com/ If you’re interested, I’d highly suggest checking it out to add a comment, share your thoughts, engage with like-minded people, or just to say “thanks.”

We’d all like to ask loved ones who have passed away the unanswered questions of a lifetime. The questions filmmaker Doug Karr would like to ask his grandfather David, though, are more complex than most people’s, due to his grandfather’s many wives and investigations into secret Russian tunnels (among other things). An interesting concept, brought to life beautifully in the visually rich post-modern short film Ten for Grandpa. (Via John August)

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