Friday, April 13, 2012

Stuff on the internet that's inspiring, even to haters like me


The main thing I did on the internet this week was take a huge dump on something that millions of people read, and hundreds of thousands of people thought was inspiring enough to "like" on Facebook.  I even went on an internet TV show thingy to further promote disdain for the allegedly inspiring blog post in question, as well as its creator. 

And yet, my heart is not made of stone.  I can be moved and inspired by things, even if lots of other people like them.

Cases in point:

The Oatmeal makes fun of desperate Facebook-love seekers, but the bigger message is that we should actually create cool stuff that makes people want to share it instead of just browbeating them into clicking "like."  Inspiring.








And look!  Here's something really cool that somebody has created!  And here I am sharing it!  

On a whim, Nina Katchadouri started taking photos of herself in airplane bathrooms in the style of 15th century Flemish portraiture, using props like neck pillows and toilet seat covers.  The result is Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portrait in the Flemish Style.  

It's just the best when stuff is brilliant and absurd at the same time. (She has a lot of other cool, whimsical stuff on her website too.)






Music from this old cat's youth reanimates him.  So cool.  There's something about old black guys that makes me immediately weepy.  It's probably racist.  You do the math.  Also, Oliver Sacks is the most badass neurologist ever. 








There are a lot of things about Libertarians that I find a little scary and crazy.  But fighting for our right to drink (and cook with) 4 Loko is something we can all get behind.  This inspires me to cherish and defend our basic liberties.  The video features Kennedy from the Music TV channel.  Remember that thing?







You've probably seen this.  I had heard the title, Caine's Arcade, mentioned a lot during the last few days, and was, of course, skeptical.  But then I watched it, and, I'm ashamed to admit, I got choked up at about four different points.  I showed it to my wife, thinking that it wouldn't affect me so much when I watched it for the second time, but when Caine says, "I felt proud" in the end, I made an ugly gasping sound that caused my wife some concern.   







Finally, I have to give another shout-out to my pal, The Didactic Pirate, who rocked the dadblogging world with his coming-out-to-the-internet story.  Read it if you haven't yet.

But even better than that is the post he wrote for DadCentric a couple days later, telling the story of how he came out to his daughter.  It's poignant despite of, or maybe because of, its simplicity and elegance.  It's absolutely perfect.  And if you don't get snotty while reading the comments, then you are a monster.  As is the case with Caine's Arcade, the public support is every bit as moving as the thing itself.




Have a great weekend!


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Update: That post from The Didactic Pirate is now on the front page of the Huffington Post "Parents" Channel.  Check it out there, like it, share it, leave a nice comment!

13 comments:

  1. I like your rants and never once thought your heart was made of stone.

    I'm glad you're out there swimming against the tide of cheese. Your posts are original, funny, and thought provoking. And even when you're being all hate-y, it never feels mean.

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    1. That's really nice of you to say! Also, swimming against the tide of cheese is an excellent metaphor. I think I'll steal it and pretend I made it up.

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  2. You're a damn philanthropist, sharing these bits.

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  3. Caine's Arcade had me inspired and smiling ALL day yesterday! Its just brilliant isnt it?

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    1. There's nothing I don't like about that video. "I got a funpass."

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  4. I've had a crush on Mr. Sacks, Ollie as I call him in my dreams, since The Man That Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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    1. I don't want to freak you out or anything, but did you ever consider that Ollie looks a bit like your dad? Except with a less epic beard?

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  5. I really wanted to watch the internet TV show thingy, but the link didn't work. But obviously starting off cynical brings out the best in you. I loved all the stuff here. The Oatmeal piece was made for SDL. Definitely lay into someone every week or so and then do a round up like this.

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    1. Hmmm...the link works for me. Anyway, you've seen me pontificate. It's not that great. I like your idea for a weekly cycle. I might try that.

      I keep thinking about that story you told us at the airport about the "letter to my father" exercise, especially when I watched that Caine's Arcade and started snorting.

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  6. Every single one of these links is a winner. I don't think I tell you often enough how much I like this blog. Thank you for it.

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    1. Dude--you don't know how much that means to me. Thanks a lot. If you hadn't shut down the comments on your blog, I would be saying the same over there. *bro-hug*

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  7. Thanks for the links - they are great!

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