I seem to do this a lot, ask my friends what they've seen, what they're enjoying, what's making the rounds virally on the web. I delight at being among the first few viewers, and when something is good, I really enjoy sharing it. And so, I launch a new series here. ICYMI, for the uninitiated, means "in case you missed it." And as for "best things on the internet," my only parameters are that it's fairly new (generally in the first ten days since it hit the interwebs), deeply engages me on some level and makes me want to share it. And don't worry about me running out of material. I've tried to hit publish a few times now, and every time I'm about to, something newly awesome arrives. The content, it keeps coming.
For instance, this late-breaking - and I suspect emerging - battle between @LivviesCurls ("I have many different forms. I look best in the shower") and @MelliesHair ("The more you screw me over, the more height I gain"). That's right - Twitter is the space where two Scandal characters' HAIR(s?) are having a throwdown. And since I followed them this afternoon, they're following me back. So just to say that again, so you understand, "Two Scandal characters' HAIR are following me on Twitter."
Star Wars Filibuster (Animated). If you loved Patton Oswalt's Star Wars-themed filibuster on Parks & Recreation, you'll love this animated version, which takes his genius of a plot outline and renders it visually.
Badger's Star Trek episode. Breaking Bad's final season (or really the second part of the previously aired season that AMC was saving until August) launched Sunday night with a great episode - at its center was an incredibly strange, seemingly unrelated monologue by a minor character about his original plot for a Star Trek episode. And by the next morning, Vulture had made it into an animation (probably due to the success of the aforementioned Patton Oswalt filibuster animation). This is the speed of the internet, folks.
Tom Thum at TEDxSydney. Truly amazing beatbox work - tons of sounds and styles all coming out of one person's mouth. Really impressive and delightful to watch.
Mumford & Sons video, "Hopeless Wanderer," featuring top comedic talent instead of the band members.
Life of a Stranger Who Stole my Phone. Hamid stole this woman's phone but forgot to disengage the "auto-upload" feature - so now the victim of the theft has a window into the perp's life that lends itself to snarky and hilarious captions.
Working at a Nonprofit. Yes, it's funny - the tropes, trials and tribulations of working in a nonprofit culture ring true to those of us who've been there (or who are there). But it also seems to present a set of fairly depressing problems, many of which could be addressed, toward the improvement of quality of life for the world's nonprofit workers. So is it comedy or a call to action? I guess we'll see. I may just be writing more about this...
Stephen Colbert & friends dance to "Get Lucky". What started as a Colbchella war against Daft Punk for not showing up on The Colbert Report became this lovely piece of dancing.
And two Jewish-holiday themed clips: since 'tis the season to talk about repentance and acknowledging our misdeeds, IKAR challenges us to think about how we ask for and grant forgiveness. And for a more whimsical view of the guilt admission and repentance process, the e-Scapegoat from G-dcast allows you to confess your sins and send the virtual goat into the wilderness - as the site says, just like they did "in biblical times, only nerdier."
What are you watching? Why does it engage you? And most importantly, is anyone else being followed by television hairstyles?