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The Most Interesting Man In The World

Know your meme sources.
An article I read today referenced the actor who plays the part of ‘The Most Interesting Man In The World’ for a series of commercials for a brand of beer.
The image pops up as an internet meme “I don’t always …, but when I do I …”, adding to the popularity of the image.

The conceit of the ads is something akin to ‘Chuck Norris’ jokes.
Here’s compilation of some of the ads.
A good source of material for dad jokes.


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1000 People Of Dance

In which Matt Bray spends a year travelling the globe, videoing different people doing the same dance with him at various locations, then edits together a single clip.
It’s all come together pretty well, and is a feel-good few minutes that took a long time to produce.


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Alaskan Car Jumping

This could be a thing in Mount Gambier.
Simple premise: people watching stripped back vehicles speed off the edge of a cliff.
“Gravity always wins”

A news report style clip.

This video has better footage of the actual jumps.


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’Straya In A Snack Biscuit

It’s hard to think of anything more idiosyncratic that cheese and Vegemite flavored Shape biscuits (made in the classic style with the flavor that comes off on your fingers, none of this baked inside nonsense).

They’re even shaped like little Australian map outlines. I assume Tasmania is meant to be included on the bottom right of the Shape.

Taste is vaguely cheese with yeasty overtones.

Australia, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind. Australia! Australia!


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Marvel Remembers Stan Lee

This video is Marvel’s tribute to Stan Lee.
The take-away line is that Lee’s greatest creation was himself, the public persona of Marvel Comics.
That may detract a little from Lee’s contribution as co-creator, plotter, and scripter.
It also brings into focus how his public persona served to eclipse those whose creative contributions were at least as significant as Lee’s.
Look up Jack Kirby’s creation ‘Funky Flashman’ if you want an acerbic personal point of view about Lee’s public personality from the 1970s.
Anyway, this video highlights what Lee did contribute, which was himself.


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Vale Stan Lee

I started reading comic books in the mid 1970’s.
I was then, and continue to be a DC guy, but by the time I got into Marvel in 1978 the comics were all presented by Stan Lee, but Stan Lee himself was already gone from the day-to-day production of Marvel comics.
It’s been over forty years since Lee last really regularly wrote comics, with various items since then of a one-off or special nature.
Yet it is true to say that Lee gave the characters created before 1970 their voices, and set the pattern for the way in which the lives of those characters would be portrayed.
Even those characters created after 1970, who form a substantial portion of the portfolio of characters that are part of the public consciousness bear the stamp of Lee’s characterisations.
Until the mid-seventies the template for the artistic depiction of Marvel’s characters was that of Jack Kirby.
Through till today the template for the written characterisation of all superhero comics is basically that of Stan Lee.
There will be much debate about the levels of recognition that should be afforded to the co-creators who worked with Lee.
But what should not be open to debate is that without Lee’s contribution US comic books in their current form would not exist, nor would they sound like they do in terms of the stories they tell.

I didn’t read comics when Stan Lee was creating the substantial body of work for which he is known.
But all the comics I have read have been created in the shadow of his contribution.

Excelsior!


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Never Gets Old – Halloween 2018

It may be Halloween, but this is Australia.
We might humour some close friends, but this still sums it up.