Saturday, 24 November 2012
INTERESTING STUFF: 24 November 2012
LONGEST CHOCOLATE TRAIN EVER
Oh, you're gonna love this. No more words – just watch.
KEY AND PEELE IMPERSONATE THE PREZ
This is wildly inventive, clever and hilarious. It takes not one, but two of these guys, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, to do an impression of President Barack Obama.
That's because while Peele plays the president's public self we are all accustomed to, Key becomes Luther, Obama's anger translator or, you could say, his id. Take a look at the election victory sketch:
The president has seen clips of the comedy team's impression of him and obviously likes it. Last spring, Key and Peele got to meet Obama in person and hang out for about 10 minutes:
"[Obama] was super-funny," said Peele, 33, of their brief rendezvous in Hollywood. "And then, about the impression, he goes, 'Uh, check this out, because I do a pretty good impression of me, too.' He was killing us. He did not shy away from the comedy with us."
Key & Peele is broadcast on Comedy Central on Wednesdays. And, you can find more Key and Peele past presidential sketches here.
DANCING THE CHARLESTON TO DAFT PUNK MUSIC
As people are wont to do on the intertubes, someone matched old footage of people dancing the Charleston with some very modern punk music – and it syncs amazingly well. Watch:
SHAME, SHAME ON JAY LENO
There hasn't been much reason to watch the Tonight Show for a long time and Jay Leno sealed that deal for me with this horribly inappropriate joke that conflated a sleazy sex scandal with Ambassador Susan Rice:
MEDICARE PREMIUM INCREASE FOR 2013
Medicare announced this week that the 2013 premium for Part B coverage will increase from $99.90 to $104.90. This will eat up about 25 percent of the average Social Security cost-of-living increase for 2013. (For most of us, Part B premiums are deducted from Social Security benefits.)
Also, the deductible for Part B medical services increases too – from $140 to $147. All the more reason we – elders – must fight against cuts to Social Security and Medicare that Republicans want in exchange for avoiding the fiscal cliff.
There will be lots more information here next week about what we can each do to help that effort.
DOGGY BUCKET BRIGADE AFTER SANDY
Hurricane Sandy produced many heroes and at least one of them in New York City has four legs:
CHRISTIE ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Well, this has played repeatedly just about everywhere for the past week so you have probably seen it but I'm publishing it today anyway because it makes me laugh. Governor Chris Christie dropped by Saturday Night Live last weekend:
There was a report a couple of days ago that Christie has finally taken off his fleece jacket and his wife, who heads up a relief effort in New Jersey, is thinking of auctioning it to raise more money for hurricane victims.
LA MAQUINA DE ESCRIBIR
For those of you who are as light in foreign languages as I am, that is the Spanish translation of The Typewriter, a light classical piece by American composer Leroy Anderson. In this video it is performed by Voces para La Pas Musicos Solidarios:
Composer Anderson, who died in 1975, wrote some other works you might recognize - Sleigh Ride and The Syncopated Clock, for example. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner of Darlene's Hodgepodge)
OSKAR THE BLIND KITTEN
The cat's person left this note on the video's YouTube page:
”I took this video the day after we adopted him. Since he is completely blind (born without formed eyeballs), we gave him some balls with bells inside. As you can tell, he can 'see' them by using his ears! He is such a happy and inspiring cat - we are blessed to have him with us.”
(Hat tip to Bev Carney)
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