Been meaning to post this for a while and when Jack LaLanne died a few days ago at the ripe old age of 96, I was reminded to. Firstly, it’s important to celebrate a man who preached fitness and a good diet. No scams. No bad science. Just a natural diet and exercise. If there’s one thing that disgusts me about this country, it’s the obesity epidemic and Jack LaLanne was looking out for us before we even knew what super-sizing was. One of his classic quotes over the years was, “I can’t die, it would ruin my image.” Well JLL, I can say with decent clarity that you were wrong on that one. Practice what you preach and you live to 96.
This post, however, is not for obese people. It’s for ugly people. You see, JLL didn’t just care about your health. He cared about how you’ll look as you get older. So he offered up these face exercises. These are from The Jack LaLanne Show circa sometime in the ’50′s. I’m a bit biased because I tend to treasure vintage stuff like this. I love the look and feel of this program. The music. Jack’s easy demeanor. And facial exercises invaluable!
I’m guilty. I just read this article on Slate. In it, they come down… hard… on people who put two spaces after a period. I’m a major offender of this. This is how I was taught to type. Even now, knowing it’s wrong, I’m still double tapping that spacebar after a sentence. I can’t help myself. It’s burned into my mind. I have no idea how I’m going to correct this.
I blame Mr. Egan. He is the man responsible for teaching me how to type in 6th grade. Blame must fall to him. He should have known that these new things called “computers” were different than typewriters. How was I to know? All I knew is that Emily wouldn’t look at me because I had a mouth full of braces. (I even fought Lee for you, Emily.) I had no time back then to research typography, proportional typesettings, and the like. Look, I know teachers are shaping young minds and they do a thankless job. But come on man, you fucked me up good Mr. E. Think of all the unnecessary movements of the thumb I’ve made throughout my life. It must measure in the hundreds of thousands. Can you get Carpal Tunnel Syndrom in just your thumb?
It’s even worse now. When you’re typing on the iPhone, a double tap of the spacebar creates a period and a single space in whatever you’re writing. So I find myself TRIPLE tapping the spacebar just to get that extra space in there. When I’m doing a quick edit of my writing, one of the things I’ll do is MAKE SURE there are two spaces between sentences. I am beyond reproach. A glass of whiskey can mask the pain, but it can’t make it heal. That’s going to take a deep look inside.
Kids, save yourself from the embarrassment of putting two spaces between sentences. And for god’s sake, save your thumb.
You thought this was going to be a post about how the current 3D craze is too much. The proliferation of 3D movies has reached ridiculous levels and I’m yearning for the good ol’ days of flatties.
Not so. I love 3D. As long as it’s done well and not as a marketing afterthought, I’m all for it.
However, this French fellow has apparently discovered a way to watch movies in 3D without glasses. His solution? Attach electrodes to the side of your face that make your eyelids blink rapidly and uncontrollably. I shit you not. Watch the below video. It’s pretty disgusting. And creepy. The only thing that saves it is his smooth French accent.
The jury is out as to whether this is real or not. The video seems a little too produced. And I suspect few people will have the balls to actually try to confirm it. I’ll take my blue and red cardboard glasses over this any day.
This was featured on Gizmodo a few months ago. Just found it in my bookmarks and figured I’d share in case you missed it.
Two things are very apparent when watching this. Everything looks spellbinding in time lapse… including monster trucks? And everything looks even better when a loud, foreboding soundtrack goes along with it. The incredible song here is called Dream Is Collapsing by Hans Zimmer and was featured in Inception. I only worry that this song will take off like a similar track from Sunshine. That song is Adagio in D Minor by John Murphy and is now featured in absolutely anything that requires an intensely building and dramatic score. Click here to listen. I know you know it. It’s one of the most beautiful songs you’ve ever heard, but is currently being over-used to the point of cliche`.
The monster trucks kind of bring it down a notch for me, but I’ll excuse them because the landscape shots are mind-bending. Enjoy.
I’ve always loved the concept of Overheard in New York. I believe it’s one of the perfect uses for the internet. A year or two ago, I submitted something I’d overheard in an elevator which I thought was hilarious. With little fanfare, it was featured in one of their daily additions. Here’s what I overheard:
Friend in elevator showing old photos from Rome: There’s the Colosseum. You know. Where the lions and the Catholics had their thing.