Watched Things

The A.V. Club on TV

Please watch my husband on TV tonight! John is hosting the new show The A.V. Club, airing Thursdays at 9pm on Fusion. It’s a smart show for pop culture lovers like you! I’m so excited I just had to knit something.

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What I’m Knitting To: RuPaul’s Drag Race

It’s summer, it’s Friday, no one with any sense is on the internet, so I’m going to talk about RuPaul!

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I started watching (and knitting to) RuPaul’s Drag Race a few years ago after a friend recommended it to me. It took me about three episodes to get hooked, and my love for the show and its creator have only grown stronger as the seasons have continued. (Season six just ended, and the show has been renewed for season seven.) I’m convinced it’s the perfect reality show: drag is all about artifice and drama, after all, so Drag Race is non-guilty pleasure to watch, a joyous winking celebration of show business in its high and low forms.

And RuPaul is a guru under all that glamour—one of his great sayings is “we’re all born naked, and the rest is drag,” meaning that whoever you are, what you project to the world is something constructed by yourself and your culture, so no one can really claim that their style, lifestyle, or gender is more authentic than anyone else’s.

RuPaul is everywhere these days, from NPR to the New York Times to Marc Maron’s podcast, and he now has his own podcast in which he gossips with Michelle Visage, his best lady friend. Amidst the talk about wigs and juicing and other things I can’t relate to at all is a lot of wisdom about being true to yourself and aspiring to create something original and meaningful.

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I don’t generally get too excited about celebrities or even dresses and high heels, but I find myself making an exception for RuPaul and the other talented drag queens that have been on Drag Race. Some full episodes from the latest season are on the Logo website, and you can also purchase (gloriously un-bleeped) episodes via Apple TV.

And now I would love to turn the question to any of you who happen to be on the internet this Friday: What shows, podcasts, audiobooks, etc are you knitting to these days?

Bunny Carnival Ad will Melt your Heart

I simply can’t not share this ad that I spotted in a friend’s Facebook post yesterday. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve built up a tolerance to cute stuff, but then I see bunnies playing carnival games and I know that everything is going to be OK!

Conor Finnegan’s Fear of Flying

Here’s another video I’m loving this week: a short animation called Fear of Flying, made by Dublin-based Conor Finnegan. The animation is fantastic and the characters and sets are adorable!

I was just puzzling over how it was made, with its apparent combination of stop-motion and computer animation, when I found this little “making-of” clip.

Via The Fox is Black.

(The arcade game is coming along—I’ll have an update on that soon!)

Dan Deacon’s Visual Telephone Game

Time for some creative inspiration! One of my favorite music makers, Dan Deacon, made this neat video last year in which a brief scene with props is recreated, telephone-style, by many teams who each had just watched the previous team’s scene once. It’s a crazy, messy creative experiment that I just can’t stop watching.

The music is great too! It’s from Dan Deacon’s 2012 album America.