The Simple Pleasure of Throwing a Pizza

When your life flashes before your eyes, I'll bet there is one moment that you didn't realize made an impact. 

If I had to guess, mine might be Jared Leto as the Joker, dressed in an all-white tux, slamming the roof of his purple super-charged sports car in the new Suicide Squad trailer. 

Hyper-stylized cinematic moments give me goosebumps and sometimes you just need to gawk and appreciate the super-cool details. 

I'll need to remind myself of that the next time an old, grumpy man walks into my job and replies to "Good morning" with "What's so good about it?" Oh, I don't know, you're breathing and you could be filling your face with ice cream!

It's easy to forget. If you're like me, you're often trying to sprint toward success with the running question "What's next?" But then you're training your mind to think life is a series of tasks and not everything else.

It is a whirlwind of things. Relax. Breathe. Enjoy.

Avoid the 5 Regrets of Dying

No one wants regrets on their deathbed. But Bronnie Ware heard plenty of them first-hand working as an end of life caregiver. She wrote a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. I'm sharing Aubrey Marcus' review here for that and one simple phrase - "Win small battles". Life doesn't need to be so serious. Or else you might end up regretting it.

Here Comes A Pizza! 

A minute and a half of guaranteed laughter, or I'll give you your money back. A fan interferes with a foul fly ball at a Red Sox game and another decides to punish him for it - by throwing a slice of pizza at him. The commentators review the footage like it's an actual play and lose their minds cracking dad jokes. They ask the only possible question - "Why did he do that?"

Defining Privacy

Everyone has their own thoughts on what should and shouldn't be private. Technology is making those waters muddier every day. Two interesting details made it more interesting this week: The FBI Director admitted he puts tape over his webcam and the terrorists responsible for the Brussels attacks were found to have had a file folder on their laptop marked Target.

Adult Swim - The History of a Television Empire

Adult Swim defined my college years. Saturday morning cartoons as a kid became late-night hangouts as an adult. Under the influence or not, Family Guy, The Boondocks, Tim and Eric - they were all just fun. Kaptain Kristian clipped together a gorgeous presentation of the significance and defiance of the television channel. More than show after show, it was the details that made it special. It was an experience.

When I Was Done Dying

Want to experience a quick hit of Adult Swim? Watch Dan Deacon's music video "When I Was Done Dying". The song is melodic and catchy, and the video flows through the styles of multiple animation artists seamlessly. Your mind will be melting, sober. Sometimes the detail is just a tease for more.

Honorable mentions:

Like the idea of surviving the apocalypse?
Check out Michael Reynolds' off-the-grid Earthships.

Like absurdity? Like throwing a pizza at someone? Watch Kurt Braunohler explain 3,000 Things Absurdists Love.

Like mind-bending music? Did you know the patriotic anthem Yankee Doodle was originally a diss track? 

A Life Less Serious with Super Soakers, Greeting Cards, and Lapdances

When I was younger, my writing was serious. Younger as in weeks ago. I've been trying so hard to figure out this thing called life because, you know, an unexamined life is blah blah blah.

But pushing too hard hurts. And in the process, you could miss something extremely entertaining. Philosopher Alan Watts had this to say - "Don't make a distinction between work and play. Regard everything you're doing as play and don't imagine for one minute that you have to be serious about it.

But he might have drank himself to death, so... 

Let's just have fun here, shall we?

Kurt Braunohler on Transforming Expectations

April Fools continues! Comedian Kurt Braunohler thinks life can suck so hard that we need to find ways to make it more absurd, unpredictable, and hilarious. He does it in the sneakiest of ways.

Little Esther & Angela Trimbur Discuss Spanking

Cocktales with Little Esther is a sex-positive talk-show with female comedians. If you couldn't guess by the name, it's probably NSFW. And funny. Can you be this honest?

Inventing Weapons for Adults and Kids Alike

Sometimes setting aside the heavy stuff leaves room for water gun fights. Working on top-secret government projects, serial inventor Lonnie Johnson accidentally transformed the summers of 90's kids. Also, check out these kid gangsters from the 1991 Super Soaker commercial.

The Onion on Problem-Solving

In it's infinite brilliance, The Onion offers a quick solution to most of life's problems: stop and think. What are you rushing to fix?

Until next time...
I explode into space.