Thursday, December 23, 2010


Well it's been an extended sabbatical here between posts, but why not throw in a few words here to help along the yuletide/insert-name-of-season-holiday-and/or-tradition-here spirit? Which is to say I don't really have a better place to post this, and since I've been doing absurd amounts of research on this subject lately I felt like I might as well take advantage of our little site's Tragical Hipness to launch this helpful tidbit out into the ether:

Finding the proper lens to purchase for your DSLR camera is, to put it bluntly, a bitch. For those of us mere mortals who do not spend every waking moment reading photography magazines and blogs and who just want to know what purchasing options are available for our all-too-meager price range, it's always a painful crapshoot cross-referencing Amazon searches and googling online reviews to try and pick out the salient details. You'd think the internet, that magical reference book open to us all, would have long ago come to some simple solution for this issue, but alas your expectation have, until now, would've been deucedly confounded.

Enter Lens Hero, which does what the internet is supposed to do, and collates all the relevant information you need (for purchasing lenses) into one site with a nice clean interface. Put in a camera make and model, a price range, and your intended use, and it shoots out a comprehensive list of lenses available, with quick at-a-glance tech info and even the occasional one-sentence review tacked right on. If you don't deal with lens-purchase situations on a regular basis, that probably doesn't seem like a big deal. For those of us who do, though, it's a damned lifesaver.

Well done, internet. Well. Done.

Those who will find this post of use should proceed forthwith to the website, located here:

Those who have not the slightest hint of interest in such things have, no doubt, stopped reading long ago.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Steven Hawking lecture at USC...

A friend of mine attended the recent Steven Hawking lecture at USC on March 10th. She sent me this video posted on YouTube summarizing the event. It was pretty awesome, but you know... with Hawking you have to be patient because of his speaking aparatus... so bear with it... it's worth it!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Christian Bale Top 10 List...

In case you've been living in a cave for the past 7 days...
Here's a quick recap of all the REALLY important stuff that you might have missed...

Christian Bale, like, totally freaked out and he was, like, totally cursing out this guy, like, on the set of Terminator 4 and now it's, like, totally all over the internet and, like, people have been totally making fun of it all week and it's, like, totally funny now!

There now you're caught up.

It was a pretty jacked up rant, and so it is certainly understanding that it should gain significant attention, but seriously... how much can we really milk this event for comedic content??

Well... it turns out... the mine runs pretty deep!

In just under a week Christian Bale has inspired countless re-enactments, mash-ups with other celebrity rants, re-imaginings involving donuts and Elmo, homage videos by other actors, cable TV comedy skits, network TV comedy skits, a new dance club hit, and he's been Rick-rolled!

In fact... Sony Pictures is even trying to market on this event by running Google search ads AND YouTube search ads saying "Christian Bale... gets all 'Fired Up'!" - but these links just take you to ads for "Fired Up" which is a movie about High School boys trying to bed cheerleaders (I'm not sure I get the Christian Bale connection ... You'd think they'd be driving traffic to something for T4)?!?

Since there is such a plethora of material now available on the subject of Christian Bale's angry tirade, I figured I'd help you out by providing a resource for easily locating the important items.

Here's my Top 10 list:

Maybe this is how it looked on the set?! - Probably not, but its fun to watch someone lipsynch to the audio standing in an industrial park and carrying a massive weapon Terminator style. Not too creative though...

What if he just had a really nasty hankerin' for some donuts?!

Mash-up with Bale and Lilly Tomlin going toe-to-toe - definitely interesting... this one sounds like it just might have happened... though I think they both might've forgotten exactly what it is they're arguing about the dialogue gets kinda circular.

The movie studio responds! - sort of...

Christian Bale berates "David After Dentist" - A quality mash-up! Two internet phenoms in one!

Christian Bale's "sister" freaks out on her dogs - funny stuff!

Now wait... I'm confused... Why is Batman yelling at Elmo while being chased by a midget?? - Oh yeah... because it's REALLY FUNNY!!

Killer dance re-mix by RuPaul's producer RevoLucian - with bonus points for political relevance; the track is titled "Bale Out"!

The Colbert Report goes all Christian Bale on guest Steve Martin

What happens when Christian Bale becomes unemployed - WOW! If you've ever been to Hollywood & Highland and seen the "movie characters" that pose for photos on the street... YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!! BRILLIANT!!

Also ran:

- Michael Cera gets props for his pop culture savvy, but he's just too nice to be believable in this send-up

- "YouTube News" interviews the Bale and the Governator about T4 - This one almost made the list, but I could only take so much of the annoying hosts making faces at the camera... so close.

- Mash-up with Bale and Bill O'Riley going at it - good thought, but not real convincing... ho, hum... yawn...

- Another reenactment/reinterpretation - production quality stinks, but the DP in this is entertaining; he just can't let go of his crappy little light.

- Christian Bale gets Rick-rolled - Why??... Who started this? Why does anyone continue it? It's stupid. It's not even funny. Give it up. Let it die. Just let it die. Please...

p.s. - For reference... This is the original audio track of Bale's tirade.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl + porn = ??

I'm not dead yet... but you wouldn't know it from reading my blogs...

Of recent we have been more simply "tragic" than "tragically hipster" in our collective failure to bring you the latest and greatest from the city of angels.

While I can't promise a full fledged renewal, I do feel the need to share one crazy story about the Super Bowl...

Aparently cable viewers in Tuscon got a happy ending with their Super Bowl; in the final minutes of the game, the broadcast was interrupted by 30 seconds of PORN!

All I gotta say is...
WOW! Somebody is so totally fired!
And it was probably totally worth it!

Because any prank that violates the sacred broadcast space of the Super Bowl is awesome in my book!

You can read more about it here.
And if you're really curious you can watch some of it on YouTube.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Giant Robot 2 - Post-It Show 3

Until January 14 of '09, the Giant Robot 2 store in L.A. will be presenting Post-It Show 3, an exhibit of Post-It art by more than 95 artists, including some of my personal favorites, such as Gary Baseman, Allison Cole, Jill Bliss, Nikki McClure, Jeffrey Brown, and many others. With more than 2,000 works and some starting at only $20, it's possible to score a cool piece.

Post-It Show 3 at GR2
December 13, 2008 - January 14, 2009
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Friday, December 19, 2008

Laugh riot - Hilarious Web Surfing

It's the Friday before Christmas.
If you're at work, you can't be doing very much.
Even if you've got a lot to do before leaving town,
your brain is probably keeping you from concentrating on much more than
"I wonder if they're gonna bring lunch in for us today."

Most likely you'll be doing quite a bit of web surfing today.
Here's three hilarious websites to keep you entertained during the 4:00 hour
when things start to feel really hard.

#1: The Douchebag's Guide to Life
This is a new blog launched by comedian Ben Johnson from Chicago, Illinois.
In it he promises to give advice on all sorts of life's problems.
His first entry, "Guide to Waking up to Someone Who's Currently Pissing in their Sleep," offers gems like
"To start with, insensitivity is a bad reaction" and
"That pee is at least partially your pee. Maybe not physically, but ethically."

This is Comedy Central's attempt to centralize every comedian in history into a one-stop-shop. Overall, the site is pretty good. What it lacks in older material by people like Bill Cosby and Shelley Berman it makes up for with extensive coverage on everyone who's ever done a Comedy Central 1/2 hour special. Hopefully the site will continue to grow its archives in years to come. Now in its infancy, the site is still a great place to spend some time with bios on comedians, lots of jokes, and (for those of us who can sneak Earbuds to work) videos.

#3: Cakewrecks
This blog is simply awesome. Displaying and commenting on some of the world's biggest "whoopsies" in the bakery field.

Two of my favorites:

"At first I thought the decorator was just being clever, but then I noticed the "Somewheres". Yeah. Well, there went that theory."

"How you know your impending wedding is merely an excuse for your co-workers to eat cake"

Friday, December 12, 2008

Laugh Riot - Shelley Berman

I recently had the opportunity to meet and work briefly with a comedic hero of mine,
Shelley Berman.

Mr. Berman is one of the original Compass Players, a performance group that was the first of its kind to use improv, not as an acting or writing tool but as a form of entertainment. They laid the foundation for all improvisation that came after from Second City and Saturday Night Live to Curb Your Enthusiasm and every Christopher Guest film ever made.

A studio in Chicago is doing a documentary on The Compass Players entitled "Compass: The Birth of Improvisational Theatre."

Mr. Berman is still working as an actor into his golden years on shows Curb Your Enthusiasm and Pushing Daisies.

Please enjoy some of his stand up.

"Hold On"


After stumbling half-awake into the Green Room at the theatre company I work for to toast some Pop-Tarts this morning, I noticed this little gem of a note, written by an anonymous passive-aggressor:

Transcription: "Stop Putting half opened packs of coffee in this tray - it's for sugar you F#$ !"

I promptly submitted it to Passive Aggressive Notes. Thanks, for the giggles, fellow co-worker!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Our most popular posts

Here are Tragically Hipster's most popular posts since it's inception:

1. Shana Lutker interview - 351 views
2. Tao Lin Offers a Cure to Existential Despair Through Strategic Investment Opportunities - 103 views
3. Flight of the Conchords at Largo - 99 views
4. Ariel Pink interview - 83 views
5. Rau Art Review of Philip Lorca DiCorcia at LACMA - 48 views

Just because they're the most popular doesn't make them the best, Brenda, but they may be worth a look.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Prop 8... The Musical?!?!

No matter what you think about Prop 8, you have to admit that this is funny as hell! (p.s. - I for one wish we'd been voting to eliminate all state administration of "marriage", but we'll save that post for another time)

In the mean time:

Prop 8: The Musical!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die


“If it feels like a slice of ham, don’t wipe your ass with it.” – Jon Hamm’s John Ham
Thanks, SNL!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hello Kitty Hell

As a Hello Kitty fan, I am at once delighted and horrified by my own addiction. That's why I so very much enjoy Hello Kitty Hell - one man's frightening journey into the bottomless pit that is his wife's HK fixation. Behold his future:

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Prick Up Your Ears 2008

A good friend of mine (with impeccable taste) generally sends out an annual "best albums of the year" list via email to a select group of friends... This year he has posted it on a friend's blog for easy sharing.

Click the photo to read his comments on the top 10, and several honorable mentions.

Go check it out and discuss the merits and pitfalls of his list (or come up with you own)!

All thanks to Greg Stump... who deserves all glory (and ridicule) for the list.