A bunch of months back now, my girlfriend got us tickets to go see a documentary at the Silver Docs film fest called Winnebago Man. It was an amazing movie and I immediately told lots of people about it. The problem was this project was still touring festivals, and was not yet open to the public.
Flash forward to ROFLcon a few weeks ago, where they were having a showing of the movie as well as Q&A with the creators. I was at one of the nightly meet-ups telling people they should make sure to attend, and who taps me on the shoulder but one of the movie’s creators (I think it was Joel Heller, one of the Producers and of course one of the stars, Ben Steinbauer). We spent the next 20 minutes talking about the movie, some behind the scenes, ROFLcon and what-have-you, during which they mentioned the film would soon be released to a wider audience.
Here is that day, that post, and the trailer for the movie. The short premise is this: Ever see the viral video “Winnebago Man” featuring Jack Rebney, the Angriest Man In the World? If you haven’t, you should (there it is above). Some film makers tracked him down, informed him of his fame (it was news to him as the original vid was made a great many years ago) and became his friend, convincing him to meet some of his fans at the San Francisco Found Footage Festival. This is the story of both of them, viral videos, and the people who wind up in them. A complete and utter must see.
Having talked with the filmmakers, I can tell you that your interest directly helps them out. The more you read about them on BoingBoing, visit their official website and generally help them promote the project, the more likely it will make it to theatres outside of 3 or 4 major cities.
Ever try to go to a restaurant’s website, only to discover that most restaurants are not yet in the same era that the rest of us are? Flash intros, bad music, etc? Such is the dialogue between Dan Wineman and a website every month or so, from Dan’s awesome website:
Me:(tries to visit a local restaurant’s website via iPhone) Restaurant website: I require Flash. Fuck off. Me: I just want to know how late you’re open. Website: Nope. Me: But I’m on my phone. Don’t you have a little “HTML Version” link up in the corner or something? Website: I’m ignoring you. Me: What if I’m on my phone because I’m out, looking for a place to eat? Didn’t that ever occur to you? Website: Fuck entirely off. Me:(gives up, switches to computer)
That’s just the beginning. It gets better from there. Go check it out. LINK.
Every once in a while I find someone that seems to share the System ethos. The ideals and philosophy that set us, here, apart from the rest of the world. Phronk, author and creative force driving Putting Weird Things in Coffee, is such a man. The idea is a simple one. If coffee is so good and often tried with things like “milk” and “sugar”, why not expand the palette to other things like “curry” (pictured above) and “peanut butter”?
Here’s where the Internet kicks in. An idea like peanut butter coffee sounded right up my alley, especially considering previous comics here on both peanut butter and concocting things with coffee. I let him know, and now we’re friends on the internet.
I hereby welcome him as an honorary Systemic. Welcome, sir.
According to Wikipedia, today is World Graphic Design Day. I know, I didn’t know that either.
World Graphic Design Day is celebrated on April 27, the anniversary of the founding of Icograda, the world body for graphic design, in 1963. It is a day to celebrate the profession of graphic and communication design. The day has been celebrated since 1995.
On this occasion, designers reflect and hope that an international network can contribute to a greater understanding between people and can help to build bridges where divides and inequities exist.
How about celebrating by reading up on some design-related things? Here is a link to all the posts and comics in the archive about design. Enjoy!
There is a new blog starting up called The Webcomic Critique. The guy has a pretty interesting scoring system based on artwork, storyline, funniness, and content. Here he is talking about System 177:
Is it bad that I imagined a southern accent when I read the last line? I did. The System does an amazing job of keeping a semi-storyline while keeping all of its pages fresh. What this comic lacks in overall amazing color graphics it makes up for in funny jokes. This one is a perfect example of that relationship, where the joke is really funny but the same images are used for almost all the panels. And – really – repair shops always find something extra to tack onto your bill. Jerks.
So far, I’m in the lead beating out Hitmen for Destiny, Thinkin Lincoln, and Cyanide and Happiness. Woo! Link.