I worked in the motion picture industry for over a decade while listening to music by They Might Be Giants and never, ever noticed that the graphic “badge” on the cover of the album “Flood” is a barely reworked version of the IATSE logo (referred to as “the bug” by those in the union). I’m certain that there must be Wikipedia articles and fan sites devoted to plumbing the mysteries of the symbology of the album, so you probably ought to go there…. because if you came here looking for an answer as to WHY John Flansburgh and John Linnell (or their graphic artist) decided to use the bug on their cover, I’m as clueless as you!
Here’s some video of the crowning achievement of my wooden box building phase in the early 90s: my Tolkien-inspired RingBox. Built entirely by hand without working drawings, the spring mechanism was perfected straight out of my toolbox…. tinkering and tinkering until it worked. The wood I used was from one of those bags of scrap wood you can find at hobby stores, and I’m not sure what Continue reading My Tolkien Ringbox
Penn Jillette, I’m calling your ass out on the carpet for perpetrating the biggest hoax of the 21st century because I am so tired of hearing people excitedly explain the premise of your 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats” to their friends. It was funny at the time and I enjoyed seeing all the chatter about the film on television, especially the way that everybody, everywhere had become instant experts on the backstage society of comedians. Having Saget in the film was a masterstroke at convincing the world that the joke was real, I mean, old Bob Saget wouldn’t lie to us… would he?
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