Vanity Fair has published an extensive feature on Freaks & Geeks, my pick for second-greatest TV show of all time (after The Wire). There’s an oral history, new behind the scenes pics, and an amazing reunion photoshoot that brought back all the main cast, most of the secondary cast, and plenty of bit players. LOVE IT.
A eulogy for Occupy: fantastic first-hand journey through Occupy’s successes and failures. Includes plenty of details I’d never heard before, including a brutal analysis of the failure of the General Assembly process that was at the heart of Occupy, and some great insights into what Occupy created that wasn’t easily visible from the outside.
This one time, Yoko Ono and Jim Henson hung out online with Ayn Rand. No, it really happened [No it didn't - see below], and the transcript is fascinating. (via Allen Varney) [It is fictional! My factchecking on this was pretty limited. D'oh! Thanks David R esq. for the save.]
An ambitious high concept, this: making an improvised opera out of live stock market data. (Also via Allen)
Rap battle: Santa Claus vs your actual Snoop Lion. Not exactly a fair match.
Lengthy research (with many pics) exploring the story behind that unusual hat worn by Archie’s Pal Jughead.
Gem Wilder’s link collection this week included several gems, but my fave was this clever and funny takedown of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl phenomenon
Also from Gem this week: the problem with Margaret Mahy
The alternate moose has made his documentary on Kiwiburn (the NZ cousin of Burning Man) free to watch online. Check it out!
And while you’re watching things online, David Ritchie esquire has endorsed a browser plugin that lets you watch overseas video content without needing to mess about. I tried it: two clicks later, I was suddenly able to view loads of Hulu content that had been closed to me before. You want this.
Speaking of Lego: here’s a Lego model of the spaceship from Alien, the Nostromo. (via Malc)
Via Sonal: your new TV is ruining the movies you watch
And finally, via Pearce, a classic animated GIF now with its own homepage: BEES BEES BEES