Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Unisphere : Biggest World on Earth - 1964 World's Fair - Promotional Film from US STEEL Corporation
The fiftieth anniversary of the sixties is well underway. Starting, I suppose, with last year's 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights march on Washington and then the Kennedy Assasination, followed by the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and the signing of important civil rights legislation by Lyndon Johnson in early 1964. As these events are observed, we're starting to get a real-time demonstration of just how fast events followed one another during those days.
This week was the anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World's Fair, which was certainly a big deal at the time, though I was six at the time. The symbol of the fair was the Unisphere. You saw it everywhere back then, a huge stainless steel globe. It's still there, in Corona Park, in the borough of Queens. It was restored in the early nineties. Not long ago it was used as a location for an episode of Law and Order Criminal intent, and the scene of a murder.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, and an eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold's stage production of Macbeth was filmed for television at the end of 2009 with Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as his scheming wife.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Can someone love Catie Wayne TOO MUCH? Ask anyone who knows me. The answer, clearly, is "YES", but fuck it. Some things are worth being the fool.
I may love Catie on this channel (she's got six now) most of all. It's fast paced, it's structured, it's funny, and it's not cute like WGB, which I also love, but I love this more. You watch a bunch of WGBs in a row, it feels like she's doing a shitick, but Catie on Anyhoo is just good material done right. This is so perfect that I can't stop watching it.
It may be neglected with all the attention given to her other channels, with the big rollout of Fandom Beat tied to a Brony Convention, and the popularity of Weird Gross, and Beautiful. Also, this isn't exclusively her channel, so finding the videos with Catie on them may be a chore for her fans.
I think this is more scripted than her "Weird, Gross, and Beautiful" animal vlogs, and if it's not her that's writing it, it's someone who knows how to write for her. Next time I get to ask her a question, it'll probably be about how these are written. I was apprehensive about Catie signing with a network. You hear horror stories, and I hope she got lawyered up, but it seems she's definitely making the most of it. She's far more prolific. Now it seems like she's putting out MORE than a video a day. Compared to the surprising stuff she that was doing last year, there's something raw and intimate that's lost in these polished professional videos, but there's plenty that's gained. She's still the same girl, she'll be able to draw on that powerful personal connection later, and she's left behind a wealth of material in anewhoppeee. Like the early Boxxy, like the old hairstyle, people say they "miss" the homemade Catie, but she's still right there in youtube where she's always been. Catie's learning how to be professional now, and as she would say, she's NAILING IT! Three years from now she'll be 25, which is still really young, and she'll be doing something completely different, with completely different hair. People need to stop wish she was still doing the last thing, and wait for the next wonderful surprise.
Regarding her recent hair change. The previous hairstyle was great, it was distinctive, it was a signature look, I'm glad it made the T shirts, but o god she looks so CUTE now!
Monday, April 21, 2014
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
The cutest girl on the internet is also one of the smartest. Except that she's a woman, derp.
Sure, her liquid brown eyes and ever-changing face make my heart hurt from time to time, but that just proves I've got a heart. The main reason why I'm obsessed with Catie Wayne is because I'm obsessed with the internet! I don't know of a better internet story, and it's still unfolding. It was the saddest story I'd ever heard, but now it's a happy story, because of Catie. Once upon a time, I wanted to help her, and i would have done anything to be her hero, but she became my hero, and that worked out a whole lot better all around, except then she became my heroin.
Back in the bad old days of 2010, somebody wrote in Boxxy's youtube comments: "I go to school with this girl, and believe it or not, in real life, she's incredibly mellow". And though back then, "Boxxy" was just a sad beguiling mystery (I may not have even known her name) it struck me as something someone wouldn't make up. Now that I sort of know Catie Wayne, the two words that describe her best to me are "Quiet authority." She never reacts, she always acts... at the right time and in the right way. There's nothing about her I admire more. Everybody on the whole fucking internet is a compulsive reactor.
Anybody who really wants to understand this statement need only take a close look at "Catie Reacts to You Tubers React to Boxxy" which was released a year ago yesterday. In terms of her career on youtube, this is her most important video on the anewhopeee channel. It was Catie's big break, but it wasn't just handed to her. It was the perfect example of "luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity." And a big part of that was recognizing the opportunity when the Fine Brothers released YouTubers React to Boxxy.
As a fan of Catie, the "Youtubers React to Boxxy" video really pissed me off. Let's face it, for most people, early Boxxy is difficult content, and most of these youtubers didn't know what they were looking at, and some of them chose to mock here lest they appear unclever. It was another adult fan of Catie, @rxcd, who summed it up perfectly for me: "It made you want to punch some people". He didn't mention any names, but I would have mentioned Tay Zonday and Shane Dawson. Tay Zonday's remark about "Sexual attractiveness minus quality content" wasn't offensive to me because he didn't like Boxxy. To be honest, I didn't like Boxxy the first time I saw her, but the way he talked about sexual attractiveness, almost as if it was part of a conscious formula, was not only dismissive, it was stupid. People had dismissed Boxxy's magic as being mere sex before, but this was a girl in a shapeless black T-shirt, being shot from the neck up. I'm not saying that she wasn't sexually attractive, but if she was, as modest as she was, it was for reasons having everything to do with quality content.
I posted an essay in my BOXXOLOGY blog about how the YOUTUBERS REACT series was a prime example of the mediocre crap that is destroying YouTube. Luckily, no one ever read that blog, because YOUTUBERS REACT was about to get better.
That was me... REACTING.
The title may have been "Catte Reacts", but Catie didn't react... she acted. She didn't worry about petty nonsense. She knew what she wanted, and getting mad at Shane Dawson wasn't going to help her get it. She'd been preparing for two years. Her first videos, after coming out of hiding, had always been charming, but they had been occasionally awkward, but she'd started making a video a week, and she'd gotten really comfortable with the camera, even her mistakes were gorgeous, in April 2013, preparedness met opportunity, and she had seen the opportunity right away.
Catie aimed this video straight at the Fine Brothers, and their huge audience, and it flew like an arrow. She knew that her video would show up in the related videos for the Fine Brothers video, which would get millions of views right away. And she knew she would be noticed. The irrefutable evidence that Catie made this video with the Fine Brothers in mind is the fact that in postproduction, she bleeped out the word "FUCK" out of her rant at the end. She's never bleeped out anything on the anewhopeee channel before or since, but she did it here... because that's what the Fine Brothers do. She knew exactly what she was doing throughout. She wore lipstick, but little or no eye makeup, so people wouldn't mistake her for Boxxy. Instead of responding to the insults, Catie kept it light. She laughed off a few of the insults, and talked over or simply edited out the rest, which was a classy way to handle it. In one stroke, she made half of the celebrities on YouTube look like fools-- not by calling them fools, which is what I would have done, but by being classier, and by being the one who knew what she was talking about. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is quiet authority.
In depth, on video, for the first time. For everyone who was curious, that was like catnip. It had been two years, and she hadn't much talked about it on video. I'd assumed she didn't want to talk about it, but she was just waiting for the right time, when it would do her the most good. Stuff like this, you can never tell whether Catie is being so very smart out of decision or intuition. Is it a plan or instinct? She's still a beguiling mystery to me, but it isn't sad anymore.
Not being dummies, the Fine Brothers started putting her in videos, withing a few months.
And now it's been a year, and now she makes videos as a full time job. Catie's work with Animalist and other channels is bringing polish and professionalism to her work, and I love that, but I look forward to the day when she will grace us once again with some personal work. It's going to happen. She doesn't stand still.
I made the following video in December, expressly because I wanted to put my admiration for this one master stroke in perspective, by naming it number one epic Catie event of the year. I was a little tired by the time I got tol the end. I don't think I really succeeded in explaining how brilliant this was. maybe by writing this blogpost, I finally nailed it, which is what Catie would say.