Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.
So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp reviews
Over the last five years, the podcast has grown from that sorta strange, internet-interview-radio thing that no one really knew what to do with to some of the most engaging and informative, and often hilarious, media available. Most often for free.
Drinkify is new web app that makes a cocktail suggestion based on what music your listening to. Simply type in the artist currently cruising out of your speakers, and press "what should I drink?" (in lovely Futura), and it'll pull up the perfect drink to match.
You know when you go to an artist's website or museum, and they have their artist statement or exhibit explaination, and it's full of nice fancy language? Those are hard to write. One, because you're in a museum, and you have to sound smart; and two, it's hard to write about a visceral, sensory experience. I'm not gonna break out the old "it's like dancing about architecture..." trope, but it's, well, kinda like...hopscotching for social justice? Napping for typography? Riding bikes for cancer? (Actually, they do that... Speaking of which, I gotta get into shape.)
No one will argue that spam in your inbox is just junk, not because it never actually says anything, but because it's impossible to imagine that anyone can actually make money of misspelled words for medicine and penis-enlargers.
Turns out, that's not entirely true. People do click, send money, and actually get products. Sorta.
With more than 500 million users, and its emerged status as the only online networking site that matters anymore, your parents are probably on Facebook. Mine are. Nothing too awful, though I'm still teaching my dad about the Inbox.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for these twenty-four unfortunate users.
I just discovered this little rebloggable gem: someone built in a visual/musical step sequencer into Tumblr's CSS, allowing readers to click the boxes and create some seriously cool and catchy beats and melodies.
Yesterday, designer and developer Jason Santa Maria tweeted this awesome little bookmarklet, and I've already used it a good ten times in less than 24 hours. You just drop WhatFont into your bookmarks bar, then, whenever you're cruising a web page and want to know what type they used, click it and it'll let you know.
HTMLers and other smart guys could probably figure this out with style sheets and their fancy tools, but this is a gem for the rest of us.
It works! See?
I'm sure by this point, folks are getting sociology Ph.Ds on email forwards, viral videos, and internet memes. And when they publish their dissertations, I'll be glad to read them, and hopefully be able to understand what it is that captures the popular attention and makes something "viral."
Until then, I'm gonna imagine it's because they're very funny, and stuff that no ones really seen before. So, with that in mind, here is my favorite YouTube video so far this year, and probably ever. And it's an award winner.
The Washington Post reports, "Dolphins, llamas, boars and baboons. Taking the top prize at Australian short film festival Tropfest, the Animal Beatbox by Damon Gameau appropriates animal names for musical awesomeness. A fair warning: The words "dogs and cats" will probably be stuck in your head for the rest of the day."