Your Brad Link of the Day

Your Brad Link of the Day – Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.

I don’t know how new or old this one is but this is the first I’ve seen it. This webpage answers the question, “What if… William Shakespeare wrote The Big Lebowski?” Emphasis on answers.

In case you don’t know (and I really hope you do), here’s info on The Big Lebowski. And… I guess if you need general info on William Shakespeare, I don’t know if Wikipedia can help you.

Anyway, this is a perfectly internety thing to do, combining two seemingly disparate things in pop culture and presenting it as real. Except… he really wrote the whole thing. The whole story is there. In five acts even!

I’m all for committing to a joke but… wow.

My favorite part is the disclaimers and author hype at the bottom of the page.

Aside from the parts blatantly stolen from the immortal Bard,
this humble play is the creation of Adam Bertocci,
award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter.

Check out his professional portfolio here,
especially if you’re a Hollywood big-shot
or know someone who is.

I don’t know if I’d want to hire him. I’d be worried he wouldn’t have enough free time to take on the work.

(Of course, I’m the one who spent years slowly putting in chronological order every comic book appearance of characters most people have never even heard of, so don’t think I’m unaware of my own hypocrisy here.)

Clicking over to his website gets me “concurrent hits exceeded” so I guess the laughs on me. This is apparently garnering him significant traffic. (Or he doesn’t get much for his hosting package.)

I also appreciate the ability to download the whole thing as a PDF, so I can print out copies and go perform it in the park with some friends.

Needless to say I’m very impressed, and a bit frightened. But I’m curious. Any Shakespearean scholars out there want to weigh in on how convincing this guy pulled off Shakespeare?

[Your Brad Link of the Day is inspired by a link provided to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google Chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already seen said link. (But in those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment in said link. Essentially, I take no responsibility for anything.]

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Your Brad Link of the Day – Female Toads Inflate to Avoid Sex

BBC News has some sobering news. I hope you’re sitting down.

Male toads wrestle each other to get to their chosen female. Wait, don’t pass out. That’s not the big news.

Usually the female is jostled around during the wrestling match. New research suggests (this is the big news part) that females will inflate their size to effect the outcome of the wrestling match, so that she will be too big for a male toad to grab hold of her.

Yes, that’s right. Female toads will blatantly face palm guy toads they don’t like by blowing up like a balloon, probably right on top of them I bet. The article theorizes that the females are trying to get the strongest and largest male toad to be their mate.

You see? It’s all about muscles. What about the male toad’s personality? I bet the smaller male toad is much more charming and intelligent and funny  than the beefier male toad, if she’d just give him a chance. But no, all she cares about is checking out his toad legs. So shallow.

[Your Brad Link of the Day is provided to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google Chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already seen said link. (But in those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment in said link. Essentially, I take no responsibility for anything.]

Your Brad Link of the Day – Family Chthulu

I would pay good money to get this prank-published in newspapers across the country.

Click the link above or the image for a closer look.

This is from at least 2005 but it’s a classic that gets revisited every now and then. Actual artist unknown. I might pass out if I ever found out Bill Keane actually drew this.

Your Brad Link of the Day is provided to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google Chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already seen it. (But in those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment in it. Essentially, I take no responsibility for anything.

Your Brad Link of the Day – WebStrip condones Superhero Cougar

The web-strip Evil, Inc. by Brad J. Guigar had an amusing strip for December 11, which kicked off a new story line currently running.

My Google Chat conversation with Brad reacting to the comic:

me:  Heh.

Brad:  Yes. Just – heh.
But remember, that’s one letter better than eh.

Truer words were never typed. Click on the image or the link above to read the entire comic.

Also amusing is the timing of when he sent me this link. I was reading yesterday’s news of Marvel Comics’ condescendingly-titled yet well-meaning Girl Comics anthology planned to celebrate Women’s History Month in March 2010. (If you dare, read the comments under that article.)

I’m sure someone could make an extremely clever observation about the juxtaposition of these two items and what they say about women in comics. On a day with more sleep, I might even attempt to be that person. But I think I’ll let them speak for themselves. Juxtapose away, items!

Your Brad Link of the Day is provided to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google Chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already seen it. (But in those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment in it. Essentially, I take no responsibility for anything.
Also, thanks for your PhotoShop magic, Brad.

Your Brad Link of the Day – Iron Man movie had no script

This is amazing. One of the best modern superhero movies had no script, according to actor Jeff Bridges in this interview at InContention.com.

The 2008 hit Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Bridges apparently relied on the actors and director Jon Favreau improvising scenes out based on a plot outline.

“They had no script, man,” Bridges exclaims. “They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn’t know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, ‘You got any ideas?’ Meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot on the stage waiting for us to come on.”

“You’ve got the suits from Marvel in the trailer with us saying, ‘No, you wouldn’t say that,’” Bridges remembers. “You would think with a $200 million movie you’d have the shit together, but it was just the opposite. And the reason for that is because they get ahead of themselves. They have a release date before the script, ‘Oh, we’ll have the script before that time,’ and they don’t have their shit together.

“Jon dealt with it so well,” Bridges continues. “It freaked me out. I was very anxious. I like to be prepared. I like to know my lines, man, that’s my school. Very prepared. That was very irritating, and then I just made this adjustment. It happens in movies a lot where something’s rubbing against your fur and it’s not feeling right, but it’s just the way it is. You can spend a lot of energy bitching about that or you can figure out how you’re going to do it, how you’re going to play this hand you’ve been dealt. What you can control is how you perceive things and your thinking about it. So I said, ‘Oh, what we’re doing here, we’re making a $200 million student film. We’re all just fuckin’ around! We’re playin’. Oh, great!’ That took all the pressure off. ‘Oh, just jam, man, just play.’ And it turned out great!”

Bridges says those “suits” keep telling him, “It’s just a comic book. Maybe we’ll bring you back.”

He also talked about it on his own site in his Making Iron Man photography book, which includes some great images of one of the “script sessions”.

As I said, we were lucky to have Jon as our director. His skill as a writer/improvisor was welcomed, indeed. While the story of Iron Man was pretty much in place, the actual scenes often had to be written on the day we shot them. Once the panic subsided, it was kind of fun, really – sort of like making a multi-million dollar student film. After all was said and done, I think we came up with some good stuff.

Yay! Improv saves the day! (Sorry for the not-so-stealthy plug.)

Now Hollywood, that doesn’t mean fire all of your screenwriters. This worked because fantastic actors and improvisers were able to pull it off by collaborating with a uniquely talented director who also had a knack for improvising. So, cool trick, but use with discretion.

What’s interesting is that this method of movie-making is eerily similar to the mythic “Marvel Method” of making comics in the 1960s. Marvel Comics’ primary writer and editor then was Stan Lee, who became so overwhelmed writing nearly every book put out by the publisher that he started to similarly jam with his better artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. According to legend (some of it still hotly debated today), Stan and the artist would talk out a story idea for an issue over the phone or in person. Stan would then write up a 1 to 2-page plot outline, which would be fleshed out and expanded into a full 23-page (sometimes more) comic book. Stan would then go back and fill in dialogue and narration captions. Eventually Stan got so overworked, and the process became so reliable, that Stan let his best artists turn in full issues of their own stories with plot cues written in to help Stan script. While this resulted in the wildly successful heyday of the Fantastic Four and Amazing Spider-Man comic books of the ’60s, this process led to a lot of intense debate and resentment over who should be credited (and receive royalties) for what.

Now looking back to today, IMDb lists Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway as the screenwriters for Iron Man. Did they just write the outline? I’d be curious to hear their version of this story.

(via io9)

Your Brad Link of the Day is provided to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google’s Gmail chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already seen it. (But in those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment in it. Essentially, I take no responsibility for anything.

Your Brad Link of the Day – Trampoline to the X-TREME

Here’s Olivier Lemieux training on the best trampoline wall for Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion. Wait, that’s not the link, that’s just background info. The link is this video here:

The stoic gangsta look at the beginning and end are a bit much, but this looks way fun! Crazy impressive acrobatics. Check out the camera angle at around the 2:50 mark.

Your Brad Link of the Day is provided to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google’s Gmail chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already seen it. (But in those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment in it. Essentially, I take no responsibility for anything.

Your Brad Link of the Day – GeekTech Holiday Guide ’09

A Ravage-shaped USB drive? Swoon!

Ars Technica posts a list of Mac and PC accessories for the geek in your life, including the upgraded Transformer seen here. (Originally he was a mini-cassette from the early ’80s.)

The R2D2 humidifier is also pretty geek-tastic.

The Brad Link of the Day is a link to a website sent to me by my friend Brad Beacom via Google’s Gmail chat. It may or may not actually occur on a daily basis. You may or may not have already received the link before. (In those instances, some classics are worth revisiting.) You may or may not find some enjoyment at the contents found at the linked-to website. I take no responsibility for anything.