I’ve been working for the last couple months on a mysterious new project called LOVESTREAMS. It’s going to stay mysterious for a while, but here are two little screenshots that don’t reveal too much about what’s going on. It’s set in 2002. It also might be part of a certain late night animation collection.
whoa did datastreams morph or is this an off shoot?
George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. He advised the public that anybody who wanted to help should send cash, grinned, and promised that everything would work out in the end.
We will, of course, endure, and the city of New Orleans must come back. But looking at the pictures on television yesterday of a place abandoned to the forces of flood, fire and looting, it was hard not to wonder exactly how that is going to come to pass. Right now, hundreds of thousands of American refugees need our national concern and care. Thousands of people still need to be rescued from imminent peril. Public health threats must be controlled in New Orleans and throughout southern Mississippi. Drivers must be given confidence that gasoline will be available, and profiteering must be brought under control at a moment when television has been showing long lines at some pumps and spot prices approaching $4 a gallon have been reported.
Sacrifices may be necessary to make sure that all these things happen in an orderly, efficient way. But this administration has never been one to counsel sacrifice. And nothing about the president’s demeanor yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness - suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.
I have a strong memory of reading this New York Times editorial following Katrina. I lived in Richmond at the time but we’d come to New York because Julie was performing at a festival; for whatever reason we needed to do laundry and so I was sitting in a laundromat that is just around the corner from the old Pitchfork office on Grand Street in Williamsburg (the office is not there now and wasn’t then—we didn’t have a Brooklyn office at that point, and I was just a contributor to Pitchfork). And while I waited for the laundry I read the Times, looking for information on Katrina, and came across this editorial.
It was notable because in the first half of the last decade, the Times editorial page was remarkably deferential to Bush; it was deeply frustrating the extent to which they swallowed his line about Iraq. There was actually a great deal of skepticism about WMD in Iraq, but somehow little of it found its way here. And I really do remember the morning reading this thinking “maybe they’re finally coming around on this idiot” and they never really saw Bush the same way again. Possibly b/c of that the lede of this piece has stayed in my mind.(via markrichardson)
Trying to get into the mindset of 2005, where FEELS takes place, is interesting. Not to get too spoilery, but Katrina will obviously play a part in the story. Its tough to remember what it was like to have Bush at the head. What it was like for Kanye to say “George Bush doesnt like black people,” and only really comment on Mike Meyers’ terrified face.
Some things change, some things dont. Funny to remember what has.
It’s Movie Buddies episode 3 with special guest Scott Benson! This episode our jump off movie is David Lynch’s Dune. But we talk about a million other things as well.
Get ready to meet your new best friend Floyd: the king of cartoons.
Episode One, Part Thirty.
FEELS Episode One is done!
First, and obviously, thank you all for reading it, and telling me day in day out how much you like it. That means a hell of a lot, and it’s very wonderful to see this thing connect.
Second, a reminder that you can read all of Episode One in order right here.
Third, what’s next? A commercial break! Before Episode Two “airs,” I’m going to be posting sketches, talking about process, and plugging the hell out of the comic. I ask you to do the same! People are reading FEELS, but I’d like everyone to! Spread the word, give them this link, tell them about how accurate it depicts moving into SAIC dorms!
Fourth, another thanks!
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK
Episode One, Part Twenty Nine.
FEELS Episode One ends this week! Today has the penultimate, and Friday the end. GAZE INTO THE ABYSS OF YOUR COLLEGE YEARS.
meserach said: Top 5 TARDIS control room designs?
I don’t really feel like the classic series had enough variety to break it down, so it’s really rate the five basic designs. So.
1. Matt Smith’s first.
2. Classic series
nah, it’s 1. Hartnell
2 to whatever: everything else
beyond whatever: McGann
Man, if they had taken McGann’s show to series, every episode would have taken place on the TARDIS just because that set was so fucking expensive-looking.
[Photos by Ken McKay/REX via Guardian.]
ARE YOU KIDDING ME
Mallory Ortberg has a voice like an old movie actress. (“Male Novelist Jokes” at the Last Bookstore in LA)
Mallory Ortberg is everything.
Tonight I went to a party thrown for a friend of mine who is starting chemo tomorrow. This fact, at times, seemed nearly unrelated to the night, as the entire night such was an outpouring of love and good vibes as to silence the rain (which, genuinely coincidentally, did happen).
And fine, the reason I’m writing this is to say that my friend is really fucking buff and her air of confidence in this is really inspiring and I’m really glad to know her and i am entirely optimistic for her, and I’m sure, years down the line, there’ll be yet another fucking amazing comic from her about this. Hell, maybe sooner, who knows,
Etc etc etc. (You are the best, and i am pretty sure you know it, go tell cancer to fuck off.)
I had a wonderful time with a lot of friends tonight, whatever the reason was. That counts for so, so much.
- Favorite thing about this scene: the Doctor acknowledging his part in sending a companion mixed signals instead of blaming their response to his signals on irrational human-ness (and femaleness). Now go back and say this to Martha, Doctor, preferably with an actual “I’m sorry.”
- Least favorite thing about this scene: fandom missing the point and continuing to insist that Clara’s a horrible shallow person who just wanted Eleven to be her boyfriend and dislikes Twelve because of that
Overture to a post.
and i still feel like this scene is the perfect response to any “fan” that got mad at the show for its “treatment of romance,” and it is both sad and perfectly fine that those “fans” wouldn’t get it.
there is a better show, and i am watching it, and they dont realize it is the same show.
okay, no more fueling flames, imagined or otherwise.
now back to the regularly scheduled programming of reblogs of garfield and david bowie.
It occurs to me that Doctor Who is the rare show that has a diverse number of female characters, but treats the male characters as basically interchangeable variations on the same person.
shhh! stfu-moffat will hear you!
Ah hahaha, stfu-moffat continues to provide infuriating laughs with their new complaint that Moffat FRIDGED A DINOSAUR.
Episode One, Part Twenty Eight.
Episode One of feels is almost over! Get ready to be sad and lonely with your favorite characters!
I’m going to be sharing more about the game plan for what happens between episodes soon, suffice to say it will be “interesting” and “I want you guys to start reppin’ the heck outta FEELS. <3 u!