This past August, producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects
) launched a new digital series: H+
. The premise: in the near future, 33% of humanity has retired their smartphones, tablets and computers in favor of an implanted computer system, H+
, which connects them directly to the internet 24/7. The story begins as a computer virus attacks the implants, killing billions. In intersecting storylines across four continents (told in part through flashbacks,) the series then unravels what happened, who caused it and why. [more inside]
Australian comic Jim Jefferies tells a story: Last Wish for a Friend [more inside]
I don't watch American Idol. I'm not even remotely interested. But I did happen across this clip
of barista Chris Medina, who impressed me less with his singing during his audition (which is great) than with his heart (SLYT; 4.55). Excuse me, but I've got something in my eye.
"He sits at a table and spins his yarn, his only requisites being a small stick, the so-called 'wakening-rod' xingmu (in Yangzhou storytelling called 'talking stopper' zhiyu), a handkerchief and a fan."
A comprehensive guide to the art and tradition of Chinese Storytelling
— with photographs, text, audio and video clips illustrating elements of performance.
On Failing To Make Bad Porn
from Sex Worker Literati - Matthew Lawrence
talks about being a rent boy who never shaved or worked out and his camera-obsessed client. Audio NSFW.
The Giving Tree
(1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein's 1964 children's story and narrated by the author. [more inside]
CRAZIEST = 311 points
Scrabble can seriously affect your mental health. [Flash]