Hey Canada! Sick of going through your feed reader, having one of your favourite sites include a clip from The Daily Show or Adult Swim, only to see “THIS VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR COUNTRY” when you try to watch? Me too!
That’s why when I surf, I surf with the AnchorFree Hotspot Shield VPN. It’s a program that… well, you don’t care. All it does is pretend that you’re not from Canada, where the Teletoon won’t get around to showing S4 of The Venture Bros. until sometime in 2010. So you can watch The Venture Bros. along with the rest of the world, and not some cultural cripple without access to real TV.
Download it. Run it. Use the internet like the internet was intended.
I couldn’t really say anything before (they make you sign an NDA when you leave the country) but this is what Japan is really like. People are freaking out for Pocky, all the live-long day. Dancing, singing, losing their mind. It’s like an anime convention.
It’s alright for the first few weeks but by the end it’s like that Porky Pig cartoon where by the end he’d kill and eat his own mother just to get out of those dancing shoes. Like “I just need to go to the Lawson to get fried chicken and beer, I don’t have time for an elaborate dance number right now.”
Still, Japan’s pretty great.
- Chris (via)
The Daily Beast has an article by Torontonian John Ortved about his new book, The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History, and the massive amounts of trouble that Fox and show producer James L. Brooks threw in the author’s way as he tried to write it. It’s pretty brutal:
“Something I gleaned early from this experience is that Hollywood publicists are so used to journalists kowtowing to their every request that they no longer understand what journalism actually is. We’re talking about cartoon characters here, not Watergate, but the light subject matter doesn’t exclude the possibility of doing real research and telling interesting stories. They actually thought that we were all on the same team, trying to get their client the maximum exposure, using our words and outlets only to extend their message. Vanity Fair and other magazines are complicit in the lionization of celebrities that has led to this imbalance of power, but the editors at Vanity Fair understand that at the end of the day they’re very much a journalistic entity, and pursue stories accordingly.” – John Ortved, The Daily Beast
The full article is outstanding, and I recommend you check it out: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-13/when-homer-wont-take-your-call/full/. And hey, the book is out and in stores now.
How about that, entertainment reporting doesn’t have to be vapid and toothless pr-fanning after all!