"I hope that people appreciate that while I am not an Objectivist, in no way a hardline Ayn Rand admirer from a philosophical point of view, I think that her concept of black-and-white morality is a really useful sort of palate cleanser to the cultural relativism that I was raised on in Brookline, Massachusetts, and at Yale University. But ultimately kind of limiting as a way of thinking, and obviously I think it is a philosophy—through no fault of its own, I would say—that could easily be co-opted into a scapegoating of others."

The Rumpus Interview With John Hodgman

Actually Ayn Rand Fresca trivia from John Hodgman, which, come on, is awesome.

(via therumpus)

hodgman:

TODAY IS RAGNAROK
My first one hour comedy special JOHN HODGMAN: RAGNAROK goes live today on Netflix in the US, the UK, Canada, and throughout Scandinavia.
In the US at least, you can go directly HERE if you want to watch it, or tell your neighbors: http://bit.ly/RAGNAFLIX
If you want more information about RAGNAROK itself, including suggestions for HOW TO WATCH IT, you may go directly HERE, or tell your strangers: http://bit.ly/JHragnarok
Meanwhile, THE HIDEOUS SCREEN CAPS OF RAGNAROK are beginning to come in over the transom of my survival bunker. The above comes courtesy of Mr. @cabinboy100. WHOM I THANK.
If you want to participate in this contest for COLLECTIBLE SURVIVAL MAYONNAISE, details are HERE, or tell the mayonnaise collectors in your life: http://bit.ly/RAGNACONTEST
Please remember to hashtag your social medias with #RAGNAROK. 
I have also grown fond of the hashtags that other humans have made up #PRESSPLAYANDWALKAWAY and #SIXAPOCALYPSESANDAMOVIE
Thank you as always for your help and support. I am glad the world did not end and you are still alive. 
And finally, a few moments of sad reflection for the great and by all accounts kind genius James Gandolfini. Thank you.
THAT IS ALL

Exciting mayonnaise opportunity, courtesy of John Hodgman!

hodgman:

TODAY IS RAGNAROK

My first one hour comedy special JOHN HODGMAN: RAGNAROK goes live today on Netflix in the US, the UK, Canada, and throughout Scandinavia.

In the US at least, you can go directly HERE if you want to watch it, or tell your neighbors: http://bit.ly/RAGNAFLIX

If you want more information about RAGNAROK itself, including suggestions for HOW TO WATCH IT, you may go directly HERE, or tell your strangers: http://bit.ly/JHragnarok

Meanwhile, THE HIDEOUS SCREEN CAPS OF RAGNAROK are beginning to come in over the transom of my survival bunker. The above comes courtesy of Mr. @cabinboy100. WHOM I THANK.

If you want to participate in this contest for COLLECTIBLE SURVIVAL MAYONNAISE, details are HERE, or tell the mayonnaise collectors in your life: http://bit.ly/RAGNACONTEST

Please remember to hashtag your social medias with #RAGNAROK. 

I have also grown fond of the hashtags that other humans have made up #PRESSPLAYANDWALKAWAY and #SIXAPOCALYPSESANDAMOVIE

Thank you as always for your help and support. I am glad the world did not end and you are still alive. 

And finally, a few moments of sad reflection for the great and by all accounts kind genius James Gandolfini. Thank you.

THAT IS ALL

Exciting mayonnaise opportunity, courtesy of John Hodgman!

litquake:

John Hodgman’s Advice to Writers

Find out why writing what you know may not be enough.

Tags | hodgman | writing | advice |
Greeb is good.
[Source: Merriam-Hodgman Dictionary, 1st Ed., 2013]

Greeb is good.

[Source: Merriam-Hodgman Dictionary, 1st Ed., 2013]

areasofmyexpertise:

Friend of Ragnarok and Watership Down fan Andrew Sullivan re-stokes the Internet fire that is gathering at the feet of Glee for allegedly lifting Jonathan Coulton’s arrangement of “Baby Got Back” without—at the very least—attribution. 

Details and background HERE 

I should note that Sullivan got one detail wrong: The Glee version of Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” arrangement did not appear in October, but is allegedly forthcoming this Thursday. 

WHAT KIND OF PARTY ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ON THURSDAY TO MAKE THE INTERNET EXPLODE IF THEY ACTUALLY AIR THIS SONG? 

And is this a photo of the GLEEFUL act-singers performing it?

image

via: http://glee.wikia.com/wiki/Sadie_Hawkins

And have you bought tickets to our LIVE JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN show with the MOUNTAIN GOATS? Please do so HERE

That is all. 

Follow-up post, following up.

areasofmyexpertise:

Friend of Ragnarok and Watership Down fan Andrew Sullivan re-stokes the Internet fire that is gathering at the feet of Glee for allegedly lifting Jonathan Coulton’s arrangement of “Baby Got Back” without—at the very least—attribution. 

Details and background HERE 

I should note that Sullivan got one detail wrong: The Glee version of Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” arrangement did not appear in October, but is allegedly forthcoming this Thursday. 

WHAT KIND OF PARTY ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ON THURSDAY TO MAKE THE INTERNET EXPLODE IF THEY ACTUALLY AIR THIS SONG? 

And is this a photo of the GLEEFUL act-singers performing it?

image

via: http://glee.wikia.com/wiki/Sadie_Hawkins

And have you bought tickets to our LIVE JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN show with the MOUNTAIN GOATS? Please do so HERE

That is all. 

Follow-up post, following up.

dorothy-snarker:

Meanwhile, on a show GLAAD loves, this is happening. Ripping off the arrangement of an undiscovered artist without any credit. No cool, not cool at all.

This has been a PSA with back.

laurastudarus:

Q: How are John Hodgman and Holden Caulfield alike?
A: Both of them hate phonies.
It seems like a scene out of one of Wes Anderson’s fevered dreams: John Hodgman, former literary agent, turned author of fake facts, turned minor television celebrity (as both a correspondent on The Daily Show, and a PC in a string of Mac ads), turned Tom Selleck’s only facial hair equal, decrying inauthenticity. And perhaps it would be, if it weren’t for the honest zeal that he applies to his almanacs of the absurd. Over the course of three volumes (The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and last year’s That is All), Hodgman has become a noted maestro of the seemingly irrational, documenting the world around him through dubious lists, charts, and graphs, while keeping one foot (or, claw, or peg leg—depending on what story he happens to be telling) firmly planted in the realm of reality. (via John Hodgman Discusses New Audio Book; Listen to Exclusive Excerpt | Under The Radar)

laurastudarus:

Q: How are John Hodgman and Holden Caulfield alike?

A: Both of them hate phonies.

It seems like a scene out of one of Wes Anderson’s fevered dreams: John Hodgman, former literary agent, turned author of fake facts, turned minor television celebrity (as both a correspondent on The Daily Show, and a PC in a string of Mac ads), turned Tom Selleck’s only facial hair equal, decrying inauthenticity. And perhaps it would be, if it weren’t for the honest zeal that he applies to his almanacs of the absurd. Over the course of three volumes (The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and last year’s That is All), Hodgman has become a noted maestro of the seemingly irrational, documenting the world around him through dubious lists, charts, and graphs, while keeping one foot (or, claw, or peg leg—depending on what story he happens to be telling) firmly planted in the realm of reality. (via John Hodgman Discusses New Audio Book; Listen to Exclusive Excerpt | Under The Radar)

areasofmyexpertise:

IF I HAVE EMBEDDED THIS CORRECTLY, then you are seeing me talking to John Barrowman on one of the last remaining episodes of ATTACK OF THE SHOW. 

Captain Jack and now the true, final death of the Screen Savers. You can see I handle my emotions by falling off my chair. I am sad and happy and proud to have been there. 

That is all. 

The editors at FYJH try not to overlap with the official Tumblr postings of the JH in question, but this was just too good not to share. PRATFALL.

And while it may surprise you to learn that I was not a sporting person, I did feel some kinship with the Boston Red Sox of this period (a basesball team), because they were perpetual underdogs, which is to say: LOSERS. And I learned from sports the fatalist, self-righteous, weepy thesis of the loser: that winning is stupid. A bully’s art in a rigged game. I learned to wear my irrelevance and exile as a kind of pride: that it is better and more wholesome to absorb a principled loss into your abused heart and keep that faded Dukakis sticker upon your Volvo than to to make the comprises required to enjoy some meaningless, passing triumph.

"I LIKE WINNING" by John Hodgman

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