Madcasey

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No judgements here, but the Tom Waits audio in that clip appears dubbed. That could mean any number of things, including but certainly not exclusively that someone edited the clip with themselves making a joker voice.

It could also mean that he was barely understandable in the first place and had to be dubbed in. The world is full of possibilities!

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July 30, 2012 on Tom Waits Is Our Generation’s The Joker In The Dark Knight

Wish means expect, right?

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August 4, 2011 on 9PM Until 2012

1. I hate when people take real issues like child exploitation and abuse (of any age) and turn it into an insulting and moralistic campaign against consenting adults (like “real” prostitutes).
2. Using your clout to spread the word against child sex slavery is a little like using your clout to spread the word against murder. I’m not going to fault him for it, but it’s widely known to be a bad, horrible thing, while less obvious outrages go unrecognized by many people.
3. I’m pretty sure Ashton Kutcher played himself on Punk’d.

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June 30, 2011 on The Village Voice Takes On Ashton Kutcher About Child Sex Slavery, OR: Yikes!

I’m pretty sure this is a monthly occurrence at this point, not annual, which makes me want to point out the law of diminishing returns. As Gabe has pointed out before, the “I’m just a comedian” schtick is trite and a little bit sad to hear, but he does have a point — Comedy Central has never, nor has The Daily Show, fought to the death to pretend that they are a legitimate news outlet that’s *not* just producing red meat for intellectual liberals. To say that it doesn’t matter that he’s biased because he’s just a comedian is false, but to say that somehow makes him an equivalent to Fox News is even moreso.

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June 20, 2011 on Jon Stewart Performs His Annual On-Air Takedown Of The Mainstream Media

It’s true, the potassium is more valuable than you may think! You can’t get it just anywhere, you know. And yeah, you know, like… penis. Also, the thing that I notice about bananas is that sometimes they are just good and yummy and I don’t think about it at all, and other times it weirds me out how sticky and mushy they are and I think it’s strange that I’m eating food like that. And to answer your question, I am currently in my cubicle eating NOTHING because I forgot my damn granola bar and so all I have is coffee and my life is a living hell *these guys* literally know what I’m talking about (link to starving children).

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June 3, 2011 on The Videogum 6-Month Performance Review

Ooooookay, my two bits:

Videogum is great for all the reasons we all know — the voice, the writing, the community. But something has, in fact, changed since I started reading, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a thing.

For a long time, Gabe and company posted the very most hilarious recaps and reviews on the entire interwebs. I feel like all of us regular monsters really looked forward to the weekly Lost and Gossip Girl posts, among others. It kept me coming back over and over, just to read the comments section; the length of the posts made me spend tons of time staring at the site, which I’m sure looks great on a traffic meter; and it bolstered the community because it was a place for all of us to get together and make fun of the things we saw (and loved) (and hated).

Now, I know we still kinda sorta have this with the Glee-caps, but aside from that, I can guess more or less why the recaps aren’t as prevalent. The first reason is that it’s hard to write them! With all of the screencaps and GIFs and thousands of words Gabe was writing each week, I can see the appeal of never doing it again forever. The other reason is the lack of a good unifying show — Lost was perfect, Gossip Girl was fun, but I mean, it’s not exactly like Mad Men lends itself to lighthearted critique and lots of next-day-laffs. Our Thursday Night TV thread has a communal thread to it, but you can’t do recaps because there is so much funny that making additional jokes out of it is harrrrrd (and sad because jokes tend to be critical).

An extension of this is the Videogum Movie Club and the TWMOAT reviews, which I feel have become less frequent (I haven’t studied the statistics to see if this is actually true, I’m going with my GUT, you NERDS). These had the same sort of unifying and hilarious effect, and I love each week when Gabe posts them.

The bottom line is this: there are lots of destinations on the internet for fun YouTube videos, but there are very few places where you can get laugh-out-loud-funny, smart, insightful commentary on the larger pop cultural events that most monsters experience. Sure, there are plenty of too-serious movie reviewers and bad TV show recappers, but I don’t want to read what they say, I want to read what GABE says.

This is by no means a rallying cry against Videogum or the “direction” we are heading — I love the site and come here every day! This is just the one thing I wish there were more of, and the one thing that I’ve noticed change over the last year or two.

Thank you everyone for such an amazing and vibrant site that seems to speak to me directly, I sincerely feel that there is no place like this out there. Oh captain my captain! Et cetera.

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June 3, 2011 on The Videogum 6-Month Performance Review

UNLESS Bizarro LA and Sydney are the ONLY THINGS that exist in the whole Bizarro-world because EVIL has been unleashed and the Earth has been destroyed and rests (mostly underwater) in a deep nuclear winter, and LA and Sydney are filled with good people because now there is peace on earth and LA is the island now…

…I don’t think I’m good at this.

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March 24, 2010 on Lost S06E09: Aye Carumba!

I love how some of the musical captions actually rhyme, but not the correct rhymes. You crazy for this one, YouTube!

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March 23, 2010 on “Empire State Of Mind” Via YouTube Closed Captions

Dagnabbit, I wish the comment sections on these mini-posts got more action. This comment deserves a million upvotes!

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March 23, 2010 on Reading Rainbow 2.0

I think The Blind Side deserves another Oscar for “Best Job by a Cast and Crew Pretending to Not Be Completely Surprised by the Lead Role’s Oscar Nomination.” But that’s just me. Also I love it when Ninjas Assassinate.

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March 16, 2010 on The Blind Side And Ninja Assassin: A Side-By-Side Comparison

“Are you okay?”

“The United States”

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March 15, 2010 on Can Someone Please Make Sure That Carly Fiorina Is OK?

Clearly the best part of the email is when she states that the participants will include “Slash and Shakira along with Salma Hayek Pinault, John Leguizamo and Shakira.”

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March 3, 2010 on Could Someone Please Explain This Paragraph To Me?

I love pirate history and Morgan’s pirate coast is my favorite niche of history.

/nerd.

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March 2, 2010 on Sarah Jessica Parker Reading Her Family Tree In A Library Is A Show?

It would be a lot more interesting to see normal people investigating their family history, no?

I mean, at least then they could choose the episode content based on the most amazing stories they find (“my ancestor was a slave trader — I must apologize to the descendants of his slaves,” etc), rather than choosing episode content because someone is a C.E.L.E.B. (“my ancestor lived in Ireland. hm.”) Even the title is insulting “Who do you think you are?” like it’s some kind of Current.tv crowd-sourced programming. No, David Blaine. This is more Celebrity worship dressed up as melodrama.

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March 2, 2010 on Sarah Jessica Parker Reading Her Family Tree In A Library Is A Show?

I logged in just to upvote this. VR Troopers 4 Life.

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March 1, 2010 on Name The Russian Jersey Shore

I tuck my sweatshirts into my jeans to this day. Because it’s sensible.

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February 26, 2010 on Come Join Our Dance Party!

I doubt it was Astley. If an artist actually complained about their work being on YouTube their record company would probably sue them for attempting to exercise too much control over the company’s property.

That said, they took the video down and then put it back up, making us all click on the link millions of times, begging the question: Did Sony just RickRoll us?

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February 24, 2010 on R.I.P. RickRoll

I enjoy the layout. Very smooth and fresh — still has that Videogum feel (thanks to the sidebar), but now I can really stretch my legs. Plus the damn comment system actually remembers me now, so I get to comment a lot more.

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February 23, 2010 on Kanye West’s “Coldest Winter” Is Maybe Even Too Cold!

I am really, really liking the fact that this link is broken on the front page, and it simply looks like a flat statement about the Juggalo News. “All the news that’s fit to rape. Period. Go away now.”

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February 23, 2010 on Juggalo News, My Ninjas