I have some problems with the whole "first world problems" thing; it sets up an odd dichotomy in which, say, people in developing nations must by necessity have overwhelming problems. All the same, I have to admit that a lot of the whines that attract the label are pretty funny. The above is part of this set.
The most obvious attraction of the Harlem Shake meme of the last few weeks is that anyone could (and evidently did) produce their own version of the video: an opening shot, with a jump cut to a wildly dancing, usually gyrating crowd. Get a few friends, organize yourselves, turn on the camera, upload ... boom.
Give The Simpsons some credit for having to animate it!
That video went up on Friday and has been seen at least a million times since. That's a small fraction of the overall views of the countless Harlem Shake knockoffs ... and it's not even the first time Homer made an appearance in one, either! To wit, this pick of 10 of them, which starts with a very clever use of the Peanuts classic A Charlie Brown's Christmas.
A while back, I came across a good one-liner: "If you say 'my cocaine' aloud, you're also saying 'Michael Caine' in his voice."
If you can do a decent impersonation of anyone, surely you can do a Michael Caine too. (Here's a recent post about Steve Coogan, which included a mention about his epic competition of Caine impersonations with Rob Brydon on The Trip.)
It turns out that one of the people who can do a very good classic Caine impression is ... Michael Caine himself.
This video has been making the rounds lately thanks to a pickup on Reddit and circulation on Tumblr, and small wonder it's caught on. It was taped last fall, featuring a young man named Tyler who had broken his arm. The medical team needed to reset it, which meant, effectively, breaking his bones again to put them right. To do that, a general anesthetic was administered ... and then the (perceived) fun started.
I'm a habitual maker of lists, though not quite as focused or dedicated as Martha, who could (and maybe should!) write a book on the subject. Usually I just scratch some notes, although I often type them now, and also take advantage of electronic tools.
This product makes me wonder, though, if we should put a little more emphasis on what not to do. It certainly would be more fun.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.