Thursday, December 20, 2007

Stephen Colbert voted Celebrity of the Year by the Associated Press.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Kermit the Frog covers the Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime in this YouTube video.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The writers of The Daily Show have made a special writer's strike version of The Daily Show at a New York City picket line.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Malcolm Gladwell argues that criminal profiling is a hoax in this New Yorker article.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Follow this link to watch the first high definition television video of the moon taken by the Japanese lunar explorer KAGUYA.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

As this Wall Street Journal article explains, with the increased popularity of genealogical research, the demand for the work done by historical photo detectives has increased.

"Maureen Taylor has dated a photograph to 1913 by studying the size and shape of a Lion touring car's headlamps. Armed with her collection of 19th-century fashion magazines, she can pinpoint the brief period when Victorian women wore their bangs in tight curls rather than swept back. Using a technique borrowed from the CIA, she identified a photo of Jesse James by examining the shape of his right ear."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"How the Edwardians Spoke" is a BBC documentary on how British accents have changed over the last 100 years. You can watch the hour-long program here on Google Video.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

According to this article from The Hill, Democrats are optimistic about their chances in the 2008 Minnesota congressional elections.

"The entry of a trio of top Democratic candidates into races in the state’s three GOP-held House districts in the past 10 days has spurred talk of turning Minnesota into the Massachusetts of the Midwest, electing a congressional delegation that could mirror the all-Democratic slate representing arguably the most liberal state in the Union.

Whether or not the Democrats can achieve such a tall order, the state has quickly turned into a battleground, with as many as half its congressional seats up for grabs in 2008."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Does exercise make you thinner? According to this New York Magazine article, "despite half a century of efforts to prove otherwise, scientists still can’t say that exercise will help keep off the pounds."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Simon Schama discusses the life and work of the painter J. M. W. Turner in this New Yorker article.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

As this Times Online article explains, after "25 years, five working prints and three quite different cinema releases," Ridley Scott is finally happy with the latest version of his film Blade Runner.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The characters from The Office discuss what they did this summer in this YouTube clip.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

William Gibson discusses "growing up in Virginia, becoming renowned as a science-fiction seer, and the process of writing his latest novel, Spook Country," in this Onion A.V. Club interview.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Beloit College has created its Mindset List for the incoming college class of 2011. The list is an effort "to identify a worldview of 18 year-olds in the fall of 2007." Some examples:

10. Pete Rose has never played baseball.

39. Fox has always been a major network.

55. MTV has never featured music videos.

61. They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Adam Gopnik examines the life and novels of Phillip K. Dick in this New Yorker article.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Are we all living in someone's computer simulation? In this New York Times article, Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom says, “My gut feeling, and it’s nothing more than that, is that there’s a 20 percent chance we’re living in a computer simulation.”

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

James Carville explains "How Karl Rove lost a generation of Republicans" in this Financial Times column.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

James Surowiecki discusses what's wrong with student loans in this New Yorker article.

"This convoluted process is good at making student-loan companies rich—Sallie Mae, the biggest issuer of student loans, earned $1.3 billion last year, with a return on equity that dwarfs most other companies’. But it’s not very good at getting government money to students cheaply and efficiently. President Bush’s 2007 budget shows, for instance, that it’s four times as expensive for the government to subsidize and guarantee private loans as for it to issue those loans itself. In other words, the current system is not just corrupt. It’s also inefficient. So why are we stuck with it?"

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

William Gibson discusses his new novel Spook Country in this Wired interview.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Maps of War presents an animated map showing the History of Religion in 90 seconds.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Smart Money magazine presents, "The Best Time to Buy Everything."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Family Guy looks at what the world would be like if Al Gore was president in this YouTube clip.

Monday, July 23, 2007

I know what you're thinking. What would it look like if 1,500 Filipino prison inmates decided to recreate Michael Jackson's Thriller video? Well, it would look like this.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Vanity Fair magazine presents an oral history of The Simpsons.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Last weekend Mrs. Blogenheimer and I enjoyed watching The Best of Will Ferrell on DVD. My favorite clip was this appearance by Ferrell as Robert Goulet on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Office's Creed Bratton shares his opinions in his blog Creed Thoughts.

Monday, June 11, 2007

A video showing 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art in 3 minutes.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Michael Cera has a funny new web-only show called Clark and Michael. It is a mockumentary about two young writers trying to sell their script in Hollywood.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

In this funny video clip Arrested Development's Michael Cera gets fired on the set of the movie Knocked Up.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Last Friday, Mrs. Blogenheimer and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by enjoying Jon Stewart's show at the Orpheum Theater. Here's an interview with Jon Stewart from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers. How many do you recognize?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Follow this link to watch Akira Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola in a series of Japanese television ads for Suntory whisky.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Alan Bacchus examines The Greatest Long Tracking Shots in Cinema in this post from his blog Daily Film Dose.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

In this NFL Films video, Will Ferrell plays Chuck Barry, the self-proclaimed "best NFL trainer in the universe," who helps train USC center Ryan Kalil for the NFL draft.

"After a rather inauspicious career as a walk-on USC linebacker (five career tackles, five career ejections for unorthodox play) and what amounts to tryouts with 12 NFL teams in the 1970s, Barry set his sights on molding young men. His revolutionary style of training -- including "Crab Legs", the "Twinkie Drill" and "The Old Caboose" -- has made an impact on USC players like Kalil, Matt Leinart and others."

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

On Friday's premier of Bill Moyers Journal, Moyers began by saying, "I start my day with Josh Marshall and end it with Jon Stewart." It's like I have a twin! You can watch Moyers interview with Jon Stewart here and his interview with Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

For this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner, David Letterman presented an updated version of his Top 10 George W. Bush moments.

Monday, April 23, 2007

"It's official. Stephen Colbert is the Greatest Living American."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Finally, someone is asking the uncomfortable question: Was the attack on the Death Star an inside job?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

This New Yorker article discusses Parkour, “a quasi commando system of leaps, vaults, rolls, and landings designed to help a person avoid or surmount whatever lies in his path,” founded in France by David Belle. You can watch videos of successful and unsuccessful parkour here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jazz Tube brings you "the best Jazz videos that have been collected by Jazz lovers thru out the world and made available on the great YOU Tube Web Site."

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hacking Netflix is a blog dedicated to "fully understanding" everything there is to know about Netflix. This post explains what it's like working for Netflix at a shipping center.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

This NASA photo shows, "the Shiveluch Volcano on the Russian Federation's Kamchatka Peninsula erupt[ing], sending an ash cloud skyward roughly 9,750 meters (32,000 feet). Satellites often capture images of volcanic ash plumes, but usually as the plumes are blowing away. This image, however, is different. It shows the gray-brown ash cloud suspended directly over the summit."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Ricky Gervais is doing a series of television intervews with well-known comedians. Through the magic of You Tube you can watch Ricky Gervais Meets... Gary Shandling.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Tad Friend compares the British and American versions of the television show "The Office" in this New Yorker article.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The VOCO Clock is an alarm clock that wakes you with the soothing voice of Stephen Frye, the perfect valet.

"The VOCO alarm will lure a man from his secret recesses with the sound of gentle birdsong. This is followed by a discrete cough. Then the comforting words, "Good Morning, Sir," insinuate themselves into the room. This is followed by a message -- a different one every morning (there are three months' worth, before they start repeating, depending on how you use the clock). They say things like:

I'm sorry to disturb you, Sir, but it appears to be morning. Very inconvenient, I agree. I believe it is the rotation of the earth that is to blame, Sir."

Monday, March 26, 2007

Glenn Greenwald explains why the national media is failing in its coverage of the U.S. attorneys scandal in this post from his blog.

"The overriding goal of most of our national media elites is to preserve the prevailing Republican power system that rules Washington because of how beneficial that system is to them. As a result, they admire and want to protect those who rule that system, and thus reflexively view scandals which entail accusations of true corruption by our political leaders -- and especially unpleasant formal investigations and threats of criminal prosecution -- as frivolous and inherently false and unfair."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

John Rogers explains what is wrong with the Fox News Daily Show rip-off, The 1/2 Hour News Hour, in this post from his blog, Kung Fu Monkey.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Malcolm Gladwell discusses "The Myth of Prodigy and Why it Matters" in this Observer article.

Monday, February 12, 2007 presents 360 degree panoramas of the six Apollo missions to the moon.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007's website uses the U.S. Coast Guard's Automated Identification System to track Current Ship Positions on San Francisco Bay.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

This video for U2's song "Window in the Skies" is a mash-up of 20th century popular music history.

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Calvin Workshop can solve all your marketing problems with their film "Your Name Here."

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

From Ant Farms to Zoot Suits, Neatorama lists 37 Fads that Swept the Nation.

Monday, January 22, 2007

David Denby examines the future of movies in this New Yorker article.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Courtesy of Crooks and Liars, here are David Letterman's Top 10 Favorite George W. Bush Moments.

Monday, January 15, 2007

In 1994, 1000 animation industry professionals voted for the 50 Greatest Cartoons. Now the City Rag blog has gathered links to online videos of the 50 Greatest Cartoons.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

John Hall, "the first bona fide rock ’n’ roll musician in the House of Representatives," is profiled in this New York Times article.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Arrested Development's Michael Cera explains how to be succesful in this You Tube video.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The 2007 Fiesta Bowl was one of the most exciting football games I've ever seen. The last two minutes and the overtime include three successful trick plays and several lead changes. Follow this link to watch a condensed version of the game's last two minutes and overtime.