1. hodgman:

I didn’t know Donald J Sobol had access to DARPA’s random word title generator in 1972. 

Finally, a kid-detective riff on Silent Spring.

    hodgman:

    I didn’t know Donald J Sobol had access to DARPA’s random word title generator in 1972. 

    Finally, a kid-detective riff on Silent Spring.

  2. Madison’s not just adorable, and she doesn’t just have great taste in podcast coasters… she’s also up for adoption! If you’re in New York City, check out her adoption page!

    Madison’s not just adorable, and she doesn’t just have great taste in podcast coasters… she’s also up for adoption! If you’re in New York City, check out her adoption page!

  3. Randy Newman on Austin City Limits. Watch it. Limited Time only. Don’t be a chump.

  4. "It has to be something that I am generally interested in," Rees said. "I wanted to do, ‘How to Climb a Tree’ because when I was growing up, my mommy and daddy did not allow me to climb trees, which was a huge injustice. So at the end of episode, I go home, and I literally climb the childhood tree that my mom and dad didn’t let me climb. I make them sit there and watch me. It was profoundly satisfying."
    David Rees, host of GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES premiering tonight on @NatGeoChannel (via hodgman)
  5. rinsquared:

I just finished listening to Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 332: Cake Spangled Banner with Maria Bamford. And it was the best thing ever. After 5 years of almost compulsive podcast listing, JJGO is still my favorite. (Doesn’t hurt that the Bammer is also pretty gosh darn amazing!)
Thanks, guys, for making my day! Go, listen, laugh!!!
#proudmaxfundonor

Thank you!!

    rinsquared:

    I just finished listening to Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 332: Cake Spangled Banner with Maria Bamford. And it was the best thing ever. After 5 years of almost compulsive podcast listing, JJGO is still my favorite. (Doesn’t hurt that the Bammer is also pretty gosh darn amazing!)

    Thanks, guys, for making my day! Go, listen, laugh!!!

    #proudmaxfundonor

    Thank you!!

  6. "I’ve heard you a lot on Sklarbro, but wasn’t a huge fan of your fantasy sports character. And honestly, I don’t really like the other two podcasts either, but it has nothing to do with the quality of work. I recognize that while they are very good podcasts, it’s just personal preference."
    It’s always important to include the COMPLETE truth when writing a note or letter of compliment. (Which is what this is from, technically.)
  7. putthison:

    David Rees is one of the most fascinating men I know. He led a truly epic all-night party a few years ago at MaxFunCon East that people still tell me about. He created the iconic clip-art comic strip Get Your War On. He’s the world’s preeminent artisinal pencil sharpener. He’s hilarious, unique and insightful. And now, some poor sap has given David his own TV show.

    "Going Deep with David Rees" is a deep dive into one topic per episode, and it premiers tonight at ten on NatGeo. The first episode is about digging a hole. The second is about tying your shoes.

    I thought I’d created the definitive shoe-tying video, but it turns out David’s got me beat by a factor of ten. Above is a bit of his investigation of knots with a real sailor. Here he tests shoelaces with an outdoorsy guy.

    Tune in tonight at ten. You’ll laugh, you’ll laugh more, you’ll learn, and you’ll wonder how David Rees got his own TV show.

  8. The reason I keep sharing this is because Vince isn’t that well-known outside of the hip-hop world, and he’s such a talent and such a thoughtful, interesting guy, who’s telling a story that people really rarely hear.

    noemontes:

    this is such a great interview. In so many ways. Thank you Jesse. From Bullseye with Jesse Thorn from NPR:

    The rapper Vince Staples is 20 years old. As a teenager, he got jumped into a gang in Long Beach, where he’s from. He didn’t expect to become a rapper. And unlike some rappers, he doesn’t think street life is anything to brag about.

    He’s been fighting against his own upbringing and the gang culture that surrounded him since childhood, and his verses reflect that. He’s released several well-received mixtapes, and he’s continually outshone other rappers in guest verses on their own tracks.

    Staples talks to us about his childhood, the inside joke of ‘Shyne Coldchain’, and why a life of gang banging felt like fate.

    His newest mixtape is Shyne Coldchain, Vol. 2. You can also hear him on the new Common single, Kingdom.

    Want to hear more? For more interviews about the best in culture, comedy, and recommendations every week, subscribe to our podcast in iTunes, with our RSS feed or search for “Bullseye with Jesse Thorn” in your favorite podcast app.

  9. Every time I see a promo for David Rees’ new NatGeo show Going Deep, I think to myself, “This? This is a real television show? Awesome.”

  10. Maybe the best song I know about the worst parts of showbusiness: Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear by Randy Newman.

  11. The Bullseye shirt: very cool and very for sale right now.
  12. My great friend John Hodgman to whom I owe 70% of everything and the brilliant Paul F. Tompkins in conversation? With real gin? You gotta see it!

    paulftompkins:

    SPEAKEASY WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS: JOHN HODGMAN

    I love doing this series, but I love it extra much moreso when the guest is a friend of mine. 

    *SPOILER*: Mr. Hodgman has yet to make good on his promise of sending me some weird book that he was all jazzed about.

  13. "I was talking to Schoolboy Q about it…I was asking him how do you get over it, like how do you just get past it. He was like, “You’re not. You’re not going to. ‘Cause I feel like I do wrong when I hit my homies up…I feel like that’s not my job, but in reality it is because that’s what it’s for…It’s not about killin niggas…It’s about taking care of the people you care about, and the second that got lost is the second that anybody could die.”"
    Vince Staples, on the traumatic and true nature of gang life (taken from "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn")

    (Source: mttblck)

  14. heavyasboulders:

    This is an interview with the rapper Vince Staples who not only writes strikingly personal, self-observing lyrics but also tends to answer questions in the form of long winded rants of that same nature. They make for a thrilling listen and contain fascinating insights about the world in which Vince’s songs (and most rap songs for that matter) are set in, even if they sometimes have little to do with the actual questions being asked.

    There is also a moment in this where he admits that his music is not yet up to his own standards, which is not only disarmingly honest (and therefore classic Vince Staples) but also exciting. His tape from earlier this year showcased a very distinct delivery and a lot of that detailed storytelling he is so good at, but he seems to have outgrown the emotionaly narrow lo-fi-production that dominated it and with it the favouring of just straight rapping over more advanced songwriting. Now, if he keeps working on his shortcomings - like he said he’s set out to - this could get very, very interesting.

  15. "It’s kind of like storytelling s & m - sort of an alternate world in which Martin’s punches land, and they land hard enough that we feel them, but not so hard that we have to use our safe word. Once we heal, we might want to come back for another session."

    Jesse Thorn on Game of Thrones in his show Bullseye. Good point. (via clarityandchaos)

    It’s true! I wrote and said this! I liked that sentence!