'I'm a White Girl': Why 'Girls' Won't Ever Overcome Its Racial Problem-an article
from The Atlantic
with several interesting links on the larger issue of including (or not) black characters into American television.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jan 23, 2013 -
How many of these classic video game characters do you remember? A list of the 50 Greatest Video Game Characters of All Time
. Obviously, it's a difficult task to create a definitive list of all our beloved favorites, but this seems to cover all the really significant characters. A little surprised (in a good way!) that Gestalt actually came in at number 10, TBH. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog
on Sep 21, 2011 -
Get ready to meet the fourth or fifth most famous pairing in Soviet children's animation: the meek, civil Leopold the Cat
, and the rowdy mice
who endlessly harass him in the course of 11 animated shorts (and a non-canonical feature made after the fall of the USSR). [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Jun 29, 2011 -
EXT. STREET -- TWILIGHT. A dreary day in 1971. Wearing a trilby hat and a hideous overcoat, a LONE CROCODILE stands on the rain-slicked sidewalk. Singing
in tune with the plangent sounds of the concertina he clutches in his claws, he tells the viewers that today, of all days, is his birthday. This scene presages the appearance of one of the most emblematic characters in Soviet animation
. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on May 7, 2011 -
has a useful and full-featured search for the names and glyphs for those Unicode characters that display as a plain box full of despair. It is presented by the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. Roll the dice ⚅⚄
and try it out. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Jan 23, 2009 -
The Forbes Fictional 15
-- it is list season, after all--the usual suspects, and some new entries. Daddy Warbucks (Net Worth: $27.3 billion, attended SUNY Stony Brook) gets this: Iraqi conflict has been kind to Warbucks; recipient of multiple defense contracts; cat-food holdings also up.
posted by amberglow
on Dec 5, 2005 -
Fred and Ethel resurrected as corporate shills
"Through the magic of Hollywood, famously tightfisted Fred (William Frawley) and his irascible wife, Ethel (Vivian Vance), are brought back to life in a series of entertaining vignettes," California-based PacifiCare said in a release about its new television advertising campaign.
Using body doubles, voice impersonators and computer-generated imagery, the national TV ads that will premiere in mid October will enable the two long-dead actors to "speak" once more. And, oddly enough, they'll be talking about PacifiCare's new drug plan.
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Oct 10, 2005 -
Walt would turn over in his cryonic chamber...
(I know, I know, it's not true.
Speaking of family trees
, Roy Disney (the last board member with ties to the founding family) resigned from the company Sunday
, calling for the ouster of Chairman Michael Eisner
. Stanley Gold soon soon followed
. In a harsh letter
Disney said the entertainment conglomerate had "lost its focus
, its creative energy
, and its heritage
" and that the public
now held the perception
that company is "rapacious
, and always looking for the 'quick buck
No word yet from the Disneyland obsessives
, but the folks at MousePlanet
's Mousepad seem optimistic about this development
posted by Fofer
on Dec 2, 2003 -
Who Is J. Hutton "Jovan"?
Good question, since on every other page on this site
he calls himself "J. Hutton Pulitzer," with a prominent Joseph Pulitzer
quote to imply he's family. See, he "changed his birth name ... to shake the hold he felt his "Family Name" had over his life." Gosh, was it that, or maybe the fact that under his real name, J. Jovan Philyaw,
he's the bozo behind the huge CueCat boondoggle?
You be the judge! After all, 'J. Hutton has created many "first".'
And look at his impressive company headquarters!
Oh wait, that's just an office building that remains unnamed on this page. Still, you can take his word that "The Pulitzer Collection
represents Gods’ devine communication of Himself and beauty to humanity." (via Dallas Observer,
posted by soyjoy
on Apr 14, 2003 -
Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
Snap, Crackle, Pop, Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Tony the Tiger (and mysteriously, also a Mrs. Tony), Spock, Powdered Toast Man, Cracklin' Oat Flakes (with Xtasy!), Dr. Dre's Weedies... Send in your Proof of Purchase Kids for a FREE jagged metal Krusty-O in every box and excruciating embedded sound on every page. via the excellent Speckled Paint
posted by Stan Chin
on Mar 3, 2003 -
65 minor characters battle it out, single-elimination tournament style. Sure, we all saw Troy McClure's rout of Uter coming a mile away, but did you really think Hans Moleman had what it took to knock off Rev. Lovejoy? Your votes help determine which supporting player is the supporting-est on The Road to Springfield
posted by jjg
on Jun 2, 2001 -