Batman reboot #imbatman (at Target Millbury)
Batman reboot #imbatman (at Target Millbury)
Watching the hawk migration from the summit of Mount Watatic yesterday.
The town cut down this tree for sake of the view at the beach I guess? Sad. (at Lake Singletary, Sutton, Ma)
Tell me when you see it… hahahahaha
""It’s easy to make images that reinforce negative stereotypes and stop people from engaging with the subject… Using daily-life scenes gives us ways we can engage with difficult subject matter.” —Tim Hetherington."
Three years ago today the world lost two of its foremost photojournalists in Libya when a mortar strike claimed the lives of Tim Hetherington & Chris Hondros.
Conflict journalists don’t exactly have a safe job description, but the world is given a chance to better understand and empathize with violence that can rip through any culture, no matter how insulated we might feel. For that we should be grateful, without people like them showing the world warts and all, or human rights observers risking their lives to report for the betterment of others’, we’d be a lot worse off than we are.
These two men, like many who have taken up the mantle in the past 140 years or so were fascinating individuals themselves, the world lost their intrepid courage and artistic voice, but their many colleagues and loved ones lost a spark of light in their lives.
The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000), Clarissa Explains It All (1991-’94), The Secret Life of Alex Mack (1994-’98), and Salute Your Shorts (1991-’92)—arguably heretofore unmatched in their clever, un-condescending approach to entertaining young people. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee launched in 1992, and remains to this day one of the only shows on-air devoted to frank, engaging discussions of teen issues and opinions.
But perhaps the program that best embodied the values of Nick in those years was All That, a sketch-comedy show that premiered 20 years ago today. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That ran for an impressive 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The prolific franchise spawned a number of spin-offs (Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show) and launched the careers of several comedy mainstays: Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Taran Killam.
Like Saturday Night Live (which would later hire Thompson and Killam), All That was a communal pop-cultural touchstone. The parents of ’90s kids had the Church Lady, “more cowbell,” and Roseanne Roseannadanna; the kids themselves, though, had Pierre Escargot, “Vital Information,” and Repairman Man Man Man, and we recited their catch-phrases to one another in the cafeteria and on the playground. Although All That was clearly designed as a SNL, Jr., of sorts, it wasn’t merely starter sketch comedy—it was an admittedly daring venture for a children’s network to embark on.
In its own right, All That was a weirdly subversive little show. It never explicitly crossed the line into “mature” territory, but it constantly flirted with the limits of FCC-approved family-friendliness. Take, for instance, the “Ask Ashley” sketch. A barely tween-aged Amanda Bynes (Seasons Three to Six), played an adorably wide-eyed video advice-columnist. Ashley (“That’s me!”) would read painfully dimwitted letters from fans with clearly solvable problems. (Example: “Dear Ashley, I live in a two-story house and my room is upstairs. Every morning, when it’s time to go to school, I jump out the window. So far I’ve broken my leg 17 times. Do you have any helpful suggestions for me?”) She would wait a beat, smile sweetly into the camera, then fly into a manic rage; emitting a stream of G-rated curses, always tantalizingly on the verge of spitting a true obscenity into the mix.
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All That premiered 20 years ago today? I feel wicked old.
I’m teaching teaching about WWII propaganda today & got to use this doozy, I’m sure Clarkies would agree.
Finally this awful winter is washing away. (at Douglas State Forest)
The people of Turkey are waiting and watching to see what Sunday’s municipal elections will bring. And while they wait, their phones do not leave their sides.
"The Twitter ban has made sure that we don’t leave our phones, and we do not m…
All through this brutally cold winter the gas station has been pushing ice cream, certainly not the best targeted marketing I’ve ever seen.