Tag: comedy

Muting the American internet

This is a humorous article, but one with a point.

[W]e need a way to mute America. Why? Because America has no chill. America is exhausting. America is incapable of letting something be simply funny instead of a dread portent of their apocalyptic present. America is ruining the internet.

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The greatest trick America’s ever pulled on the subjects of its various vassal states is making us feel like a participant in its grand experiment. After all, our fate is bound to the American empire’s whale fall. My generation in particular is the first pure batch of Yankee-Yobbo mutoids: as much Hank Hill as we are Hills Hoist (look it up!), as familiar with the Supreme Court Justices as we are with the judges on Master Chef, as comfortable in Frasier’s Seattle or Seinfeld’s Upper West Side as we are in Ramsay Street or Summer Bay.

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I should not know who Pete Buttigieg is. In a just world, the name Bari Weiss would mean as much to me as Nordic runes. This goes for people who actually might read Nordic runes too. No Swede deserves to be burdened with this knowledge. No Brazilian should have to regularly encounter the phrase “Dimes Square.” To the rest of the vast and varied world, My Pillow Guy and Papa John should be NPCs from a Nintendo DS Zelda title, not men of flesh and bone, pillow and pizza. Ted Cruz should be the name of an Italian pornstar in a Love Boat porn parody. Instead, I’m cursed to know that he is a senator from Texas who once stood next to a butter sculpture of a dairy cow and declared that his daughter’s first words were “I like butter.”

Source: I Should Be Able to Mute America | Gawker

Improv as a tool for building better products

I’m a fan of metaphor and productive ambiguity, and so I like this improv approach to product development.

Some improv scenes are initiated with a generic line and performers extract the game organically. e.g. “I can’t believe it’s midnight” is an intriguing start to a scene but there’s no obvious game. In contrast, some improv scenes are initiated with strong game right away. e.g. initiating the scene with “No, you’re an accountant, you can’t just become a lion tamer”. Both ways can lead to hilarious scenes.

Likewise, some products are initiated with a rough idea. This is in the camp of Eric Reis’ model, where you’re lean, get feedback, and iterate quickly. The idea is to treat the path to product market fit as a series of experiments with hypotheses. In contrast, there is Keith Rabois’ model, where you have a strong vision from day 0 and not much changes from then. The idea is that you have a master plan from the start, and you get heads down on executing it. Check this post by Casey Winters comparing these models with far more nuance.

Source: Your product is a joke | The Paperclip

The most radical thing you can do is stay home

Photograph of turtle that looks like it's giving the middle finger

🐱 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 finalists revealed

😂 Extinction Rebellion ‘go floppy’ when arrested, complains senior Met officer

😮 Birthday party on ship may have led to oil spill in Mauritius, Panama regulator says

🤘 Barbados revives plan to remove Queen as head of state and become a republic

🛂 When you browse Instagram and find former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s passport number


Quotation-as-title by Gary Snyder. Image from top-linked post.