Have you ever looked at a painting and said to yourself, “Ummmmmm…what?”
This is your chance to get an answer to that question! Give Nora a work of art, and she will interpret it to the best of her ability. (Which she claims is no better than the rest of ours, but we don’t believe her.)
Bring it onnnnn
EDIT: I should add that the inscrutable work above (“The Great Masturbator” by Salvador Dali) is brought to you by a Google image search for “weirdest famous paintings.” You’re welcome.
“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow.”
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
In Part Two of our Olympics coverage, figure-skating fan Nora decides to check out the Summer Games.
Regardless of the season, the Olympics continue to both create a great feeling of global goodwill and connectedness and make the world cringe over the gaudy fanfare and spectacle that is apparently necessary when any number of cultures collide. A fireworks-based penis-measuring contest, if you will. But at least we’re all cringing together.
She weighs in on the awesome (global solidarity! Missy Franklin!) and the not-so-awesome (get out of here, Ryan Seacrest) in her quest to lower her Summer Olympics n00bishness.
Aaaand we’re back. In the first of our two-part attempt to (belatedly) pay homage to the Olympics, Alex Vanko brings you a sports-themed Hidden Gem: the Revels staff favorite (shut up!) Blades of Glory.
Blades of Glory is the story of figure skating rivals Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder a.k.a. Napolean Dynamite) and Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell). Jimmy is “figure skating’s little orphan awesome,” a bright-eyed, innocent orphan adopted and raised by his rich father to be the best skater in the world. Chazz is his polar opposite: “an ice-devouring sex tornado.” After their rivalry reaches violent levels, they are banned from men’s skating for life. But with the help of Jimmy’s stalker Hector (Nick Swardson of Reno 911) and Jimmy’s old coach (Craig T. Nelson), Jimmy and Chazz exploit a loophole to reenter the skating world as the first ever male figure skating pair. ”As if figure skating wasn’t gay enough already!” That’s the joke. The one joke, which, with a lot of help from an Anchorman-worthy performance by Will Ferrel and a pitch-perfect tone of warm self-parody, actually manages to sustain itself all the way through the ninety minute comedy. The premise is milked in every way it can be, resulting in a range from dick jokes to an obvious but surprisingly interesting allegory for gay marriage. And somehow, it doesn’t get old.
Blades of Glory: it’s more than just dick jokes! We swear!