Your Daily Dose Of Schadenfreude: Russell Brand Narrowly Escapes Death
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Your Daily Dose Of Schadenfreude: Russell Brand Narrowly Escapes Death

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | August 2, 2012 | Comments ()


Annie Leibovitz continues to feather her retirement nest with a few more Disney Dream Portraits. These two are not as fun as some of her previous ones, but Russell Brand is sort of perfect as James Tiberius Hook and the behind the scenes shots of Jason Segel, Will Ferell and Jack Black will put appropriately goofy smiles on your face. (Disney Parks)

I think over the past few years I've featured a few geeky wedding/engagement photos. Yeah, these two take the cake. (Sorry.) I was enjoying their "Firefly," "Battlestar," Star Wars hijinks and then I saw the photo below. It was like a gut punch of emotion. Well played, Newlywed Nerds. Well played. (Fashionable Geek)

One of my personal Nerd heroes, Patton Oswalt, has written an open letter to both Comedians and Executives. They're as thoughtful and funny, as you would expect. (/Film)

Dustin goes elbow deep into Breaking Bad minutia. No spoilers but the theories will blow your mindhole. (WarmingGlow)

Gasping for some news of the next season of "Game of Thrones"? Then have I got some bland images for you! Well, unless you're a huge House Tully fangirl or boy. Here are some (non-spoilery) photos of the Riverrun set. (Nerd Approved)

The boys from "Breaking Bad" cover Rolling Stone. Those are some handsome chrome domes. (Celebitchy)

Now I don't mind your baby photos clogging up my Facebook newsfeed. I love them. But some people might think they're annoying as f*ck. NOT ME. Other people. For those people, may I present "" Which is, as far as I can tell, completely legit. (The High Definite)

Presuming you already moistened your lions watching the new "Doctor Who" trailer, allow the lads over at Den of Geek to break it down for you frame by frame. DINOS!! (Den Of Geek)

Having tripped the light fantastico yesterday evening on some Nighttime Theraflu, I'm not over-eager to try out these 9 Fictional Movie Drugs. But your mileage may vary. (Maxim)

In case you missed it yesterday, NPR had a rather engrossing breakdown of how Americans spend their money organized by class. (GOOD)

Since we all had fun drooling over that made-up Fillion photo yesterday, let's go ahead and slaver all over this very real image of him from the set of Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof also feature. (Hey Guys)

And now, for your daily Olympics links. First, you can find out which Olympic athlete body most resembles your own. Ahm, are the Table Tennis players an option? (Neatorama). And then here's a bunch of divers and figure skaters making awkward faces. That's about as technical and athletic as I get, folks! (Unreality)

Speaking of Games, Catching Fire has cast their Mags. IT'S MAGDA! Ahem, I mean, apparently she was in "Sex And The City" or something? I guess. I wouldn't know. (Facebook)

Finally, early word is that there will be a Prometheus sequel starring the few people who made it out of the last movie alive. That is not a spoiler. What, you thought they all made it off the monster alien planet? Anyway, as you all know, I am one of, like, ten people who loved Promethues. So I'm excited. Bonus news? Lindelof won't be involved. (THR)

And because I can never get enough of this stuff, here are two Lifehacker videos. The one is pretty great, but the second one? With that battery trick? That's a life changer.

Joanna Robinson will be with you shortly. She's busy putting her sneakers in the freezer.

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  • Strand

    Wow, Maxim seriously just ripped off the "9 Fictional Drugs" thing from last last month's Empire magazine.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Really? DUDE.

  • Colombo

    "Presuming you already moistened your lions watching the new “Doctor Who” trailer, allow the lads over at Den of Geek to break it down for you frame by frame. DINOS!! (Den Of Geek)"

    My Lions will remain unmoistened thank you very much, I did not spend all that money to raise a couple of brazen feline hussies. My tigers on the other,what a bunch of sluts

  • My freude would be a little less schaden and a little more froliche, if the Brand crocodile were real and in a very, very bad mood.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Spending infographic - interesting, especially for what tracks with income vs. doesn't.

    "Education" behaves more like luxury spending than anything else (I think.) "Entertainment" is pretty flat. "Food at Restaurants" even flatter. Weird? Is there advantage to shared home services - can you make a burger at home for what it costs at BK with a coupon, even if you're poor?

    Some things aren't real elastic - "Health Care & Health Insurance", "Utilities." I'd be curious to see the two "Health" spendings split out, which of course we can't because it's damn hard to buy "insurance" separate from "care". (/rant)

    BTW, using circle-y blobs for relative numbers is dangerous. Graphics-types usually line up the diameters - you spend twice as much the circle is twice as big across. Visually, people "weight" how much is there by the areas. That's except when you make it some 3D icon like a sack of money, where they go by volume.

    I love the explosion of infographics in recent years, BUT if you're gonna do it, Tufte really should be required reading. I see lots of graphic designs that are attractive, compelling, accessible, and completely misleading.

    Start with this one:

    After getting Tuftified (Tufted?), here's a great resource on actually *finding* visual metaphors that carry insight:

  • BWeaves

    1. There are old style lever tools to open jars where you don't have to destroy the lid that you need to REUSE. Also, just turn the jar upside and bang it gently on the ground a few times. It'll open right up.

    2. Anything stinky should be cleaned, not covered up.

    3. That battery trick is dangerous. I once accidentally turned a rising lump of bread dough into a battery and almost burned down my kitchen.

    Basically, I used to have this sour dough recipe I'd make every week. I finally got tired of buying cheap aluminum disposable bread pans, and splurged on a reusable stainless steel bread pan. When I covered the dough with plastic, it would stick, so I'd just tent some aluminum foil over the dough while it was rising. This was fine when the loaf pan was aluminum, too. But when it was steel? I came home to find smoke pouring out of my kitchen and it was coming from the dough. If you have 2 different metals (aluminum and steel) and an acid (the sour dough), you've made a battery. Once the dough rose enough to touch the aluminium tent, the dough "turned itself on" and since it had nothing to power, it started burning. It's both the stupidest and coolest thing I've ever done.

  • You can also just use a rubber band to open a jar. Just wrap it around the lid, and it gives you instant leverage. The thick kind that come on broccoli are perfect.

  • marya

    BWeaves, that's a pretty badass cooking mistake. My kitchen blunders go like this:
    Accidentally used salt instead of sugar.
    Tasted yucky.
    The end.

  • Slash

    Holy shit, I wanna try that out. Without the nearly burning my house down part.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Yeah, but the battery thing is worth about 1,000 MacGyver points if you do it on purpose.

    Anyway, bread dough creeps me out. Having some expanding glutenus amoeba you have to beat back into size sitting there unobserved just seems wrong. I can't help thinking it knows it's going into an oven. IT KNOWS, I TELL YOU! Setting fire to your place was just revenge. True fact.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, Annie L is going to be "working" for a while yet. Check your backstory.

    It seems Ms. L. got herself into a bit of a living beyond her means hole, back before money-world crashed, and kind of reverse-mortgaged some collections, revenue from same, and a basket of services to be named later. I don't think she's quite as indentured as Willie Nelson, but she was mostly in hock to private folks vs. the gummint. Also, not so many of those pesky herb busts.

    I'm beginning to wonder if we shouldn't send out pop-cultural icons to some remedial / professional certificate program for the ones who do well. It worked for Jagger - $300 million or so - but seems pretty much a crap shoot otherwise. For every Bono who sanctimoniously preaches from his tax-haven chateau, there's a Willie, an Annie, or worse.

  • seemless

    Annie L. is paying off estate taxes, due to asswipes barring gay marriage. Her long-time partner, Susan Sontag, died, leaving Annie as the main benefactor of her will. However, Annie, not being a spouse, did not inherit tax-free. Susan's estate was long on papers, manuscripts, etc. and sort on cash. Annie is trying not to sell wads of papers as bulk pulp in order to pay up.

  • BierceAmbrose

    I had not heard about an inheritance. I picked up the story with the NYT and AP pieces 4-5 years after Sontag's death, reporting high running expenses and private equity doing essentially "Bowie Bonds" vs. her portfolio. Good for her having apartments, a studio and a portfolio to borrow against.

    Of course, on inheriting, children can also be taxed quite a bit more than the cash on hand, or even that they can possibly get: http://indiancountrytodaymedia...

    Yep. The states can declare a partnership that the feds won't recognize come tax time, so you pay more. And you can inherit something *Federal law won't let you sell* but still be assessed quite a value on it come tax time, so you pay more. We detecting a pattern here?

    I'm just realizing something. I suspect the feds would be a lot easier to convince about gay unions / partnerships / marriage if the gay demographic weren't so statistically affluent.(*) I feel a revelation coming on ... "Never attribute to bigotry what is sufficiently explained by avarice." (With apologies to the original.)

    (*) Back when I worked with marketing types. Been a while.

  • Slash

    Yeah, that cologne on a lightbulb thing is not a good idea. Some fragrances have alcohol in them, which is quite flammable. So clean your stinky shit instead of trying to cover it up with other smells. You're not fooling anybody.

  • Z

    How does one moisten a lion?

  • Slash

    Heh heh ... gets me every time.

  • BWeaves

    Long ago, in the Pajibaverse, someone mistyped "moisten their loins" and it stuck.

  • phase10

    Very carefully

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Pajiba injoke, Z. You'll have to search the phrase out...

  • Bert_McGurt

    Well, first you have to take it on a Fassbender, but make sure it gets it's Hemsworth of the Cumberbatch. If he gets out of hand and the Glovers come off, then be warned you may have to Elba him before he Renners straight into Hiddleston.

  • I just go with a straight Craig to the head.

  • JoannaRobinson

    <3, Bert

  • Snath

    Is it wrong that I've already decided what these names verbalize?

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Yay! A Prometheus sequel! I am also one of the 10 people that liked it.

    And the Olympic diver pictures would be much better with some sound effects... yeah... that's right... I am talking about fart noises... uh huh. That's what I'm talking about.

  • Snath

    I liked it too!

  • alannaofdoom

    OK but if you poke a hole in the lid of the jar then you won't be able to use that lid again! Come on now.

  • Snath

    Russell Brand narrowly escapes death...this time.

  • AudioSuede

    OMG, my smelly shoes will finally-


  • Groundloop

    You know what they say about guys with huge feet?

    Huge shoes.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The Olympic thing would be a little more interesting if you could also select gender. I'm closes to a male equestrian. That's a little lame for such a cool idea.

    The income/spending chart is pretty fascinating.

  • Bert_McGurt

    That article of Dustin's makes me wonder if there's a further connection between his number 11 and number 20 (which is pretty great in itself). If Jesse is the "Pink Man", and all the previous appearances of pink relate back to him (through Jane) then does that mean that it'll be Jesse, rather than Walt that ultimately decides or influences Holly's fate?
    I'm still trying to figure out if it's more than just coincidence that the Reservoir Dogs reference pops up in a show where Mike is so often compared to Harvey Keitel. But then those comparisons are to Pulp Fiction, where Keitel's character is Winston Wolf, another "W.W." So in one Tarantino movie he's Mr. White, in the next he's W.W. Maybe it's nothing, but it's sure coincidental.

  • AM

    Do you have a stinky room? THEN WHY DON'T YOU JUST CLEAN IT YOU LAZY FUCK.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I read that as "slinky room" at first.

  • AM

    Dang, if you have a slinky room, I'm there.

  • The Other Agent Johnson


  • AM

    True. But don't expect me to come hang out in your stinky room.

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