Author: Cornmeal

Robin Williams: Depression is a Real Thing

Well, here we are again.  You may recall earlier this year when I posted a tribute to three of my favorite entertainers who passed away in early 2014.  In that piece, I begged 2014 to be done with taking my favorite people away, knowing that the chances of that happening were pretty slim.  Sure enough, since that post was published, there have been some more deaths that have bummed me out.  Bob Hoskins, H.R. Giger, Rik Mayall, Chuck Noll, Casey Kasem, Eli Wallach, Johnny Winter, James Garner, and Marilyn Burns have all left us behind for the next big thing.  Not to mention a personal loss of a great aunt of mine.  Love ya, Aunt Faye.  And yesterday, a death that hit me just as hard as the big three in the first post, Robin Williams.  I got the news late in the evening and spent the rest of the day pretty bummed out.  The man has been entertaining me throughout my entire life.  I could go on in tribute to the man, but I’ll save that for another day.  The world has lost a truly great entertainer, one of the best, in a very tragic way.  That’s what I’d like to focus on right now. By now you know Robin Williams was suffering from depression.  The story is all over the internet, and every arm chair psychologist has...

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Weird Al Yankovic Releases Mandatory Fun Today

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t been paying attention, Weird Al is still at it, and he’s still absolutely killing it.  Now, whenever I bring him up in conversation, I usually get a comment along the line of, “I don’t know what songs he’s parodying anymore.”  I understand that sentiment completely, as just about all the songs he parodied on his previous album, Alpocalypse, I had never heard of before.  But you know what?  They were still funny.  It’s not a necessity that you know the song he’s doing. Besides, I’m not sure that’s going to be a problem with this album.  You know that song, “Happy” by Pharrell?  Of course you do.  I do and I’ve not once sought that song out.  It’s every freaking where.   Al does that one.  He released a video for it yesterday.  In fact, he’s going to be releasing a new video every day for the next week, so you should keep hitting that link up every day.  Today is going to be “Word Crimes”, which I’m guessing is going to be a parody of that rape song the dude with the stripy pants did, “Blurred Lines”.  Who knows what else he has in store? Let’s not forget that he also does original material as well, and while they usually don’t get a lot of attention, they are pretty darn good in their...

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YouTuesday – Changing Two Tires While Driving on the Other Two

Yeah, I know.  I’m just as shocked that I’m doing a YouTuesday as you are.  Unless you are a newer visitor, then you have no idea what I’m talking about.  For real, though, I thought I was done with these.  Even if I do end up bringing it back again after today, I doubt I’m going to be doing it with any kind of regularity.  Today’s video was just too good to keep to myself. So, here are some morons changing the tires on one side of their vehicle while driving on the other two.  I’d warn you that this is extremely dangerous and that you shouldn’t do this at home, but really, would you listen?  If you want to do it, go for it.  And when you are in several pieces all over the road, I’ll drive by to say “Hey buddy.  Chuck Darwin says hi!”...

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Alright, 2014. That's Enough.

I wanted my return to the Gallery to be more upbeat, maybe with a good Ad Nauseam or something.  But, I have to have a word with 2014.  See, this year has been killing off some of my favorite entertainers at quite a clip, and I’m tired of it.  We’re only four months into the year and already the 2014 celebrity deaths list is hitting too close to home.  Surely you’ve noticed it too.  For me, the first big gut punch was Harold Ramis.  Obviously, when you think Ramis, you think Egon.  It is his most famous and memorable role.  As a huge Ghostbusters fan, it’s the role I associate with him the most too.  But there are so many other things he’s given us that it’s a disservice to him to solely remember him as just Egon.  Whether it be acting in, writing, or directing films such as Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This, Caddyshack, Back to School, Stripes, Meatballs, or Animal House, his credits are undeniable.  Chances are you’ve seen and like at least one of those movies.  If you haven’t, you need to fix that immediately.  Ramis deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest comedic minds of our age, not just as Egon. While I hated to see him go, I’d say he got a fairly decent go at this thing we call...

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Villafane Studios World Record Pumpkin

The day has come my friends!  I hope you’ve enjoyed all the Halloween action we’ve brought you all month long.  I know I sure did.  I have just one more Villafane Studios gallery to bring you, and I’ve saved the best for last.  Today’s gallery is all of the same carving, but it’s not without reason.  You see, this beautiful work of art is notable for holding a world record.  Ray Villafane used two humongous pumpkins, one weighing in at an astounding 1,818.5 pounds, to create a world record for largest pumpkin carving.  And boy, is it breathtaking.  Check it out after the jump, and don’t forget to visit the Villafane Studios official website, like Villafane Studios on Facebook, and follow Ray Villafane on Twitter.  Oh, and you can see the previous weeks’ Villafane Studios pumpkin carvings here, here, here, and here.  Happy Halloween...

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YouTuesday – Christopher Walken Reads Edgar Allan Poe

Just when you thought Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” couldn’t get any better, along comes this stellar video of it being read to you by Christopher Walken.  I will admit, this is almost too much awesome to handle.  You owe it to yourself to try though.  Enjoy the tale, and if it doesn’t have you significantly creeped out by it’s end, just stare at that banner pic for a while, and it’ll come.  Guaranteed....

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Villafane Studios Pumpkins #4

Well, we’re down to the wire here folks.  Halloween is next Thursday!  I hope you’ve got all your stuff together to make it a great one.  Don’t forget about the Gallery’s costume contest!  In the meantime, today I have for you gallery number 4 of Villafane Studios’ awesome pumpkin carvings.  If you’ve missed out on the previous week’s posts, you can see week 1 here, week 2 here, and week 3 here.  Then, after you’re done looking at today’s pics, head on over to the Villafane Studios official website for how to videos and to buy some great products.  We need to keep Ray Villafane and Andy Bergholtz in business.  You should also like the Villafane Studios Facebook page and follow Ray Villafane on Twitter.  Hit the jump for the...

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YouTuesday – The First Boo Berry Commercial

  If you hadn’t heard yet, not only are the standard monster cereals (Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry) back on the shelves for the 2013 Halloween season, but General Mills is also bringing back the two discontinued monster cereals, Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy, as well.  This marks the first time all the cereals have been available at the same time.  If you haven’t yet, head on out and scoop these bad boys up before it’s too late.  You can get the cereals pretty much anywhere in their modern boxes, but if you get yours at Target, not only can you get them all, but you can also get them all in their classic old school boxes as pictured below. If I haven’t quite hit your nostalgia sweet spot yet, I think I may have just the thing to get you in the monster cereal spirit.   Let me take you back to 1973 when the first Boo Berry commercial made it’s debut....

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Villafane Studios Pumpkins #3

Halloween is just a mere two weeks away, folks.  I hope you have your costume picked out.  I also hope you’ve made your trip to the grocery store and got a pumpkin or two to carve.  And hey, speaking of pumpkin carving, it’s time for gallery number 3 of the awesome Villafane Studios pumpkins.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to have your pumpkins turn out like these.  Ray Villafane and Andy Bergholtz are professionals, after all.  Be sure to follow Ray Villafane on Twitter, like the Villafane Studios Facebook page, and visit the official Villafane Studios website when you’re done here.  Also, if you missed the first two weeks of these galleries, you can check out week 1 here, and week 2 here.  Gallery number 3 after the...

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YouTuesday – Full Moon Rotation in HD

Hey, there’s going to be a full moon this Friday, October 18th.  I thought it would be a good time to share this awesome high definition video of a 360 degree moon rotation.  I found it kind of hypnotizing myself.  I must have replayed it 30 times just now.*   httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUNB6CMnE8 *I am not a werewolf.  Not that you know...

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