Tetrarchangel: Timothy J Swann

'The man was supposed to be brilliant, but he had the coordination of a newborn kitten.'

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Now he is talking about the CIA destabilizing countries, and the NWO being the teeth behind the puppet master Illuminati……
Only an independent can use any of those words and continue his career unabated. Tons of respect Al.

A genuine quotation on a Google+ post of one of the new Weird Al videos. Oh and by the way, not on a post of Foil but on a post of Tacky. 

I… I didn’t know there was a level beyond Literally Unbelievable.

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Psycomedia Episode 98 – We’ve Got One Go On The Weasel Wagon So Let’s Make It A Good One

Psycomedia Episode 98 – We’ve Got One Go On The Weasel Wagon So Let’s Make It A Good One http://ift.tt/1pl1IW9 References: Kramer, A. D., Guillory, J. E., & Hancock, J. T. (2014). Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201320040. Schachter, S., & Singer, J. (1962). […]

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I can’t do what you’re asking me to do," Tengo said to Komatsu. "I don’t know anything about press conferences. I’ve never even seen one."
“You want to be a novelist, right? So imagine it. Isn’t that the job of the novelist - to imagine things he’s never seen?
1Q84, Haruki Murakami

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Psycomedia Episode 97 – Young Frankenpodcast

Psycomedia Episode 97 – Young Frankenpodcast http://ift.tt/1sI9fSu References: Lucas, R. E., & Lawless, N. M. (2013). Does life seem better on a sunny day? Examining the association between daily weather conditions and life satisfaction judgments. Journal of personality and social psychology, 104(5), 872. Simonsohn, U. (2007). Clouds make nerds look good: Field evidence of the […]

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Psycomedia Episode 96 – Commuter Simulator 2014

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Psycomedia Demi-Episode 95 and a half – Kentucky Frontal Cortex

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themightygeebie:

davidwynne:

I draw stuff for people for money. This is Spider Jerusalem, drawn for my mate Brian Kellett.
If you’d like me to draw something for you, my commissions page is right here.

David is constantly putting the comics industry to shame by not comicking as a dayjob… Go buy his stuff before he’s drawing for 2000ad and has to put his prices up!

David Wynne can even make toilet roll beautiful

themightygeebie:

davidwynne:

I draw stuff for people for money. This is Spider Jerusalem, drawn for my mate Brian Kellett.

If you’d like me to draw something for you, my commissions page is right here.

David is constantly putting the comics industry to shame by not comicking as a dayjob… Go buy his stuff before he’s drawing for 2000ad and has to put his prices up!

David Wynne can even make toilet roll beautiful

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Psycomedia Episode 95 – The TIE Bombers of Mice

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The Latest Craze: Louie

kaffeemaedl:

An Oxford psychologist and a fashion major discuss Louie S01E03 - Dr. Ben/Nick

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Synopsis: In the first half of the episode, Louie goes to the doctor, an old high school friend. In the second half, he has a fight with fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo.

TetrarchangelMy first thoughts: NO COLD OPEN! I have a real thing against Cold Opens for no adequately explored reasons, so when this goes straight for Louie Louie Louie Louie, I’m very happy.

So I didn’t have high hopes for this episode - the first stand up bit was not that novel, and I’d forgotten that Ricky Gervais was in this episode, so when he appeared, my heart sunk, because I hate Ricky Gervais. I think he’s both unfunny and obnoxious and not worthy of being near Louis CK. But I wondered if Louis is using him because he’s hateable, or are we supposed to find the doctor charmingly terrible?

Kaffeemaedl: I’m gonna rewatch the ep tomorrow and answer you then, but wow I was surprised to find out you don’t like Ricky Gervais! Mostly because you’re British I guess, and my dumb brain just figured British people liked him but yeah, I was surprised. His character IS a huge douchebag though, so, while I think he and Louie get along IRL, his character in Louie is pretty much everything you described.

One last thing for now, readers will know which half of us is the psychologist because only a psychologist would say they don’t like something and then add that the reason for it isn’t “adequately explored” yet.

Tetrarchangel: I think the phrase is used in Douglas Adams or similar, so yes, British comedy nerd and psychologist! (Checked, it is a reference to how Disaster Area songs work in Restaurant At The End of The Universe) I think Stephen Merchant is funny, but I’ve never watched the UK Office for more than a scene, and I’ve seen a little of Extras before running away with pain and anguish.

Kaffeemaedl: Haha I´m still really surprised at your hatred of Ricky Gervais, but ok, I believe you. :)
Well, I think I said this before, but having re-watched the ep, I am pretty sure his character really was meant to be an unbearable ass. Ricky and Louie may be friends but the doctor within the show is just plain awful.
Watching this ep I also remembered Louis saying (in an interview or maybe on the commentary track, can´t remember which) that he likes giving his character in the show these self-righteous speeches, but then I thought “um, well, I kinda agree with self-righteous Louie. Like, every time.” so I guess I´m what americans call a bleeding heart liberal…
I’ve also watched a bit of his stand up today, more specifically the Beacon Street show, and he does a bit about his beliefs that he continuously explores on the show, how he has these wonderful, ethical beliefs, but never actually acts upon them. You’ll get to them eventually :)

Tetrarchangel: So yes, to continue on Episode 3, I guess the issues with Ricky Gervais are his reflexive antitheism, which is a movement that gets a lot of deserved stick from religious people and secular people alike for its methods, poor discourse, issues with race and gender, as well as his strident use of ableist language as comedy in itself, which he was fought back against by for example Richard Herring http://www.richardherring.com/warmingup/10/10/2011/index.html So I guess this ties to the self-righteous speeches - we do ourselves in knots over language, but there are definite problems when we don’t and we don’t ask why, and Gervais is definitely in that zone.

More comedically, given his antitheism, having the Michelangelo detail in the doctor’s office seems deliberate and ironic and funny.

I must say, that even when it’s not strictly funny to me, the insight that Louie has is what makes him so compelling: “I reload the program of misery.” The poetry in that line is more profound that much poetry, and it’s said in the context of stand-up. Some people blur that boundary to great effect and Louie is one. The ideas that those six words evoke are so sprawling, of the computerisation, the cognitive modularity of self, that you nevertheless have no choice but to, in order to have an identity, reload the program of misery again and again and again.

Louie, to continue his theme of self-righteous speeches, talks about Native American representation - one of our Overthinking It community friends writes very much from the inside of that perspective http://americandramedy.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=%22native+american%22 Believe it or not, but this has become a much more substantial issue in my life since moving from Central England (The romantically-named Midlands) to the South-West (aka The West Country). Either though coincidence or some other unknown cultural force, there are many uses in this part of England of Native American mascots - the name of the local Rugby team (the most successful sport team (or franchise to use the horrendous American word)) is the Exeter Chiefs, and their logo and stadium sections, their team chant and their fanwear is themed around the culturally stereotypical homogenised description of Native Americans. The cafe in my town’s train station is called Geronimo’s and has a strange sculpture presumably meant to be him. What we don’t have in the UK is a substantial community speaking out against these things, and yet they’re just as culturally appropriative as in the USA. So maybe I need to share the Louie clip to give people the picture!

Kaffeemaedl: I’m a little ashamed to say that Ricky Gervais’s anti-theism never bothered me much, and I’m also not aware of what you mean by the issues with race and gender related to that. Any examples?

I was watching the ep again with the commentary track a couple days ago, and Louie also commented on the odd coincidence of the Michelangelo (the fingers touching) during a scene where a prostate exam is being executed. Another way to look at it, I guess…

About the reloading of the program of misery, I’m gonna have to rewatch the ep once again and get back to you. I honestly can’t remember that line and I don’t think I fully understand what it means by what you’ve said. Once again, slightly embarrassed. The way you talk about it though, and how his insights make the show compelling, I agree with 100%. Louie is wonderful because of those, and the plots to me are just a way to get those across and in a format that’s fit for TV. Or not. Not sure where I’m getting with this, but yes, I do love how his view of things comes through throughout the show.

Tetrarchangel: Okay, so on Louie:
The Richard Dawkins centred movement has had a lot of criticism from all sides for example: (New Statesman article) and (Guardian article)

The Michelangelo prostate exam thing is very clever, I’m guessing no-one got it until hearing the commentary track!

I’m sure, as you’ve rewatched it a number of times, you can tell me the many benefits of multiple viewings.

Later in the episode Louie tries to fight generalisations and I got the feeling this is a theme that will repeat and repeat.

The next note I wrote simply read OLD WHITE GUY DISCOURSE FIGHT
Not merely the name of my next band, following on from classic beat combos like The Falling In Love With Aubrey Plaza Social Democratic Movement, We’re Not Going To Talk About Annihilationism Until After We’re Dating, and Not A Kristen Schaal Episode, but an image I think being parodied by Louie with old white liberal arguing with old white conservative, pointlessly and within their own ballpark. See also, all contemporary mainstream political discourse. Of course, we know, that they’re effectively the same person.

So when it comes to the homelessness stuff I almost feel that Louie doesn’t punch them hard enough, but it still has a point: America happened. I also wrote down ‘the New York correction’ but I don’t remember what that means

Kaffeemaedl: About multiple viewings, I don’t know whether I notice a lot of new things in Louie, but I definitely enjoy the cinematography, just the colors and moods and the music in the same way I enjoy Woody Allen movies. Just the sights and sounds make me feel cozy, like hot chocolate and a fireplace on a winter day. Except for the very awkward, cringe-y eps, cause when Louie gets cringe-y, it is VERY cringe-y.

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Psycomedia Docking Bay 94 – The War of the Frankenpodcasts

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