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Great job, Paul (77)!

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Thanks to my favorite magazine ever (Entertainment Weekly), I became aware of this great performance: „Stephen Colbert joins Paul Simon for rousing rendition of ‚That Was Your Mother'“

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Soon to be the Biggest Ever YouTube Channel, T-Series May Also Be About to Reshape Global Culture

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India is a problematic market for streaming monetization. It has 1.4 billion consumers but just 330 million of those have smartphones. There were 215 million free streaming users in 2018 but just 1 million paid subscribers despite leading indigenous players like Hungama and Saavn having been in market for years.

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Some time over the next month or so a YouTube landmark will be passed: T-Series will pass PewDiePie as the most subscribed YouTube channel on the planet. As of time of writing T-Series had 75.4 million subscribers compared to PewDiePie’s 76.4 million. (PewDiePie’s lead was narrower but he has mobilised his fan base to delay the inevitable.) But do not mistake this milestone to be a narrow measure of the shifting sands of the YouTube economy. Indeed, it tells us more about the future of streaming as a whole (both music and video) than it does the current status of sweary Swedish gamers.

For those of you who somehow do not yet know who T-Seriesis, it is a leading Indian music label and movie studio – it in fact claims to be ‘the biggest – that is the world’s largest YouTube music channel and before long it will likely be able to drop…

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24. Dezember 2018 at 20:27

R.I.P., Anthony Bourdain! (Obits, videos and my favorite quotes)

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards (Author: Peabody Awards / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

None of the most recent deaths saddened me as much as Anthony Bourdain’s. He was my favorite non-fiction writer and travel show host. I enjoyed his enthusiasm, his humor, his opinionedness and the resulting rants, his love for food and its creators, his curiosity about the culture of the countries he visited, and the empathy and respect he showed towards his interviewees. I’ll miss him.

I first became aware of him in 2000 when he published his powerful book „Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly“ which made me think of him as the Hunter S. Thompson of culinary writing (although Tony probably was more truthful and benevolent). Since then, I have read all of his books and watched pretty much all of his shows.

In celebration of his extraordinary and inspiring talent, I have collected some of the most touching obits and, as a result of regular binge-watching, my favorite Tony quotes (accompanied by videos).

Obits

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The hilarious tweets by Jared Yates Sexton on #TrumpRussia read by Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show

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On Tuesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert had a field day reading hilarious tweets by journalist Jared Yates Sexton who voiced his severe disappointment about Donald Trump Jr.’s damning mails regarding the Trump-Russia meeting:

I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out.


Here is a collection of Sexton’s tweets after Trump Jr.’s providing ’smoking gun‘ evidence against himself:

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Written by Peter Jebsen

13. Juli 2017 at 20:22

Buffy (and Xander) at their best: „Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“

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Screenshot „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ S02E16

After posting my 20th anniversary tribute to „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“, I just encountered my favorite episode in the first two seasons (so far): „Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“ – which starts with this cute dialog (in a graveyard):

Xander: Well, this is new territory for me. I mean, my valentines are usually met with heartfelt restraining orders.
Buffy: She’ll love it.
Xander: I wish dating was like slaying, you know? Simple, direct, stake to the heart, no muss, no fuss.
[Vampire shoots out of grave, attacks Xander, gets slayed by Buffy.]
Buffy: Sorry to say, Xand. Slaying is a tad more perilous than dating.
Xander: Well, you’re obviously not dating Cordelia.

Wikipedia’s synopsis:

In this episode, Cordelia breaks up with Xander after her friends mock her. Xander retaliates by attempting a love spell to „put her through the same hell“, and he gets a little more than he had bargained for.

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Buffy goes to Bollywood: „So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?“

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„Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ turned 20 this March – and, revisiting the first two seasons, I think it has aged quite nicely.

I just ran across a funny exchange in the „Reptile Boy“ episode (S02E05), featuring Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) watching a Bollywood song & dance scene together:

Xander: Is she dying?
Buffy: I think she’s singing.
Xander: To a telephone, in Hindi. Now, that’s entertainment. – Why is she singing?
Willow: She’s sad because her lover gave her 12 gold coins. But then the wizard cut open a bag of salt and now the dancing minions have nowhere to put their big maple fish thing.
Xander: Uh-huh. – Why is she singing?
Buffy: Her lover? I thought that was her chiropractor.
Willow: Because of that thing he did with her feet? – No, that was personal.
Xander: And we thought just because we didn’t have any money or any place to go, this’d be a lacklustre evening.
Willow: I know, we could go to the Bronze, sneak in our own tea bags and ask for hot water.
Xander: Hop off the outlaw train before you land us in jail.
Buffy: I, for one, am giddy and up. There’s a kinda hush all over Sunnydale. No demons or vampires to slay. I’m here with my friends. – So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?
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Written by Peter Jebsen

30. März 2017 at 20:50

Watch this hilarious video: Professor’s BBC interview gatecrashed by children

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This is the funniest clip I have seen in a long time (via The Telegraph):

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11. März 2017 at 22:00

Oh, the passion! (Bollywood rock’n’roll from 1965)

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10. März 2017 at 2:05

Here Are Donald Trump’s Unpresidential Tweets About Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson From 2012 (via Saturday Night Live)

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Donald Trump/Kristen Stewart
As if Donald Trump’s current Twitter ramblings weren’t crazy enough, Saturday Night Live host Kristen Stewart brought a particularly notorious string of tweets back to memory in last Saturday’s opening monologue:

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Video-Download-Tipp: Rolling Stones auf Kuba („Havana Moon“)

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The Rolling Stones at Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee, USA

Photo: Jim Pietryga / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Wie ich in meinem Beitrag über den 3sat-„Pop around the clock“-Tag am 31.12.2016 schrieb, war ich am meisten auf „Havana Moon“ gespannt, den geschichtsträchtigen Auftritt der Rolling Stones auf Kuba. Ich habe ihn gestern gesehen und kann mich den begeisterten Kritikerstimmen anschließen: eine tolle, energiegeladene Show mit gut aufgelegten Musikern, die auch untereinander großen Spaß hatten, und einem unglaublich ekstatischen Publikum. Selbst einer meiner meistgehassten Stones-Songs („I Can’t Get No Satisfaction“) war durch den fetten, vorantreibenden Beat von Charlie Watts erträglich.

Das Video ist noch bis zum 14. Januar 2017 in der 3sat-Mediathek abrufbar. Im o. g. Blog-Beitrag erkläre ich, wie man es mit der kostenlosen MediathekView-Software herunterladen kann.

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