What’s the point of OK? Well, what’s the point of anything?

February 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm (commercials)

Picture it: it’s 1993. Grunge is in full swing, apathy is at an all time high, people won’t shut up about Generation X. This moody country deserves a soda from the fine people at Coca-Cola.

We got OK Soda.

OK Soda was tested in 1993 in several major cities with four different cans, designed by artists Dan Clowes and Charles Burns.


The can art is actually an amazing idea, but the incredibly patronizing ad campaign, designed to hit slacker youth in their wallets, was spotted a mile away, and slacker Gen-Xers stayed away in droves. Take a peek at some of their “anti-slogans” (from the Wikipedia page):

  1. What’s the point of OK? Well, what’s the point of anything?
  2. OK Soda emphatically rejects anything that is not OK, and fully supports anything that is.
  3. OK Soda says, “Don’t be fooled into thinking there has to be a reason for everything.”
  4. OK Soda does not subscribe to any religion, or endorse any political party, or do anything other than feel OK.
  5. OK Soda may be the preferred drink of other people such as yourself.

Somewhere, there was a Reality Bites sequel made about this very ad campaign. It’s hilarious and sad and desperate-seeming, sure, but look around you and make sure that a company you don’t use all the time (ahem… Apple) isn’t doing the same thing to you.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

February 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm (gynomite's reading room)

TV newsflash for you: the second week in February, Judge Judy posted her highest ratings ever. 11.91 million people watched her show every day that week. Sure, there was winter weather and people were off of work and school, but hot damn.

Hey Austin and SXSWers- we’re going to be doing both a Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and The Indoor Kids are going to be hosting a panel for TellTale Games! Come!

You guys, Alec Baldwin has just cemented his place as the biggest and whiniest piece of shit in New York… or LA?

Kumail and I were on The Adventures of Danny and Mike, the podcast from the grown-up stars of The Adventures of Pete and Pete. This was an insane dream come true for me.

After 20 years, this concrete statue of Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown. And yes, it’s crying.

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February 11, 2014 at 11:23 am (gynomite's reading room)

This is a goldfish that can steer a car by swimming around.

New Indoor Kids merch is on sale! Go get some!

Similar to the Dumb Starbucks story but less for a TV show, this restaurant put up a Burger King sign and a Burger King menu, but isn’t Burger King.

Birds descended from dinosaurs, and if you don’t believe it, watch this video of birds walking with weight on their butts.

If someone told me that this video ended so abruptly because the kangaroo killed the family filming it, I would believe it.

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January 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm (gynomite's reading room)

All of the computers from Law & Order through the years: AN ART INSTALLATION THAT I MUST SEE.

Genuinely great life advice: five weekly emails that will improve your life.

The worst vibrators in the history of mankind.

How to wash your vagina.

TSA’s annual list of the weirdest weaponiest things they’ve found in luggage.

Agee sent this to me, and it’s amazing.

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January 21, 2014 at 10:57 am (gynomite's reading room)

In my own hometown, the KKK is putting lollipops alongside their stupid flyers in people’s driveways. Fucking ridiculous.

Songwriters have a life filled with anxiety and uncertainty- just ask the folk behind Eminem and Ri-Ri’s Monster.

We all know the Grantland Dr. V’s story. Here’s what Grantland says it got wrong. And here’s a letter from their editor. For my friends and I, this has brought up the debate of whether or not we should applaud a tiny step in the right direction, or if we should just critique them for not stepping far enough. Regardless, a woman is dead. A quote:

But that speaks to our collective ignorance about the issues facing the transgender community in general, as well as our biggest mistake: not educating ourselves on that front before seriously considering whether to run the piece.

This study on the psychotic behavior traits of comedians was well done, but when you look at the actual traits that comedians scored high on, they aren’t crazy traits. They are traits that either drive someone to comedy, or traits that develop as you do comedy.

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Is this real life?

January 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm (Uncategorized)


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January 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm (gynomite's reading room)

The best parts of Jerry Seinfeld’s AMA!

This is a must see: Tig Notaro’s new webseries for Entertainment Weekly, Up Close with Tig Notaro.

This is an amazing essay in Esquire about how the Internet has ruined reporting.

Disney Princess themed lingerie because of course it exists.

Dick Clark: Not so fond of the gays.

I disagree with a lot (A LOT) of what this post has to say, because it seems to be fighting fire with name-calling/shaming/shitting on fire (come on, is it a good idea to write a post where you shame Jezebel for mental illness shaming, and then call Jezebel writers sociopaths?), but I do think this line rings true:

These days, feminism is more about hurt feelings and trigger warnings, blogs about rape jokes, ironic racism, and fat shaming. It used to be about the pill and the right to be a female priest. Now it’s about outrage and clickbait.

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How to deal with cops.

January 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve mentioned this on a few different podcasts, so I don’t mean to repeat myself, but good lord do I wish we spent time teaching kids how to deal with police. So many times clients/friends/coworkers of mine have gotten in way more trouble than they deserved from yelling at or fleeing from police. Here, in a handy infographic from BusinessInsider, is a good primer on dealing with police.

The main thing that I remind people is that, in dealing with cops, you will not win. You will not outwit them, you will not out-brutal force them, you will not shout them down. They are cops, and much of the time they do great stuff, but sometimes they are abusive of their power and shitty to people, especially if they aren’t white. Acquiescing to a cop’s demands isn’t selling out or being a bitch, it’s keeping yourself out of jail. Period. Here’s how to acquiesce without losing your rights or your dignity.




A quick note from Vincent Kirk, a friend of mine who is also a cop.

So, me being me, I have thoughts on this. For the most part, this is great. The biggest thing that I think is good for people to know is the different between a consensual encounter, a detention, and an arrest. When I was training at the Academy, so much time was spent on the intricacies and differences of each of these, so it’s good for the public to be very aware of these. One should always be comfortable with clarifying which situation they’re in while dealing with a Peace Officer.

“Never answer questions” is a little problematic. Answering questions helps get you on your way. It’s not at all as simplistic as “If you don’t have anything to hide, you shouldn’t have a problem talking”. There are definitely issues and questions that are better left unaddressed if you’re nervous talking to a Peace Officer; however, “never answer questions” makes an encounter instantly confrontational and that’s bad for everyone. Law Enforcement is just like any other business – civility is met with civility, and rudeness is met with rudeness. It’s true of how you interact with wait staff, customer service, and so forth, and it’s certainly true of cops.

Also, and I think this is very important to understand: in California, you cannot refuse a sobriety test without consequences. When you receive your driver’s license, you agree to something called “implied consent”. That means that if you are asked to submit to a sobriety test by a Peace Officer, you’ve already consented to do so. You can refuse a breathalyzer in favor of a urine or blood test, but that’s as far as that goes. While refusing a sobriety test is not a crime, the DMV penalties for refusing to take a blood, breath, or urine test begin with a one-year suspension of your license.

Like I said, a ton of this is great, and I’m really happy Emily posted this. Definitely pass it around. But there are enough things that are problematic that I thought I’d say something.

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January 3, 2014 at 9:51 am (gynomite's reading room)

Holy shit Cindy Crawford looks good.

Ballroom Battle- men vogue it out and you vote on the winners. More fun than I can express.

One of the many reasons why LA Weekly is pretty awesome- they tracked Trent Reznor’s anger levels over his long career, via his music. Some great early live performances here too.

Clay Aiken may run for Congress in NC. Shit’s so fucked in NC that this actually seems like a great idea to me!

Chris Kluwe breaks his silence about why he was fired from the Minnesota Vikings.

Is superfandom ruining the shows we all fell in superfanlove with? The Independent ponders.

“Ooooh, swish!” Imagining fashion in the year 2000 way back in 1939. From Mental Floss.

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January things to do all over the US of A!

December 27, 2013 at 10:20 am (Comedy)

As we prepare for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail TV show, we have some dates to get the show, Jonah, and Kumail ready, which means we’re coming to your [maybe] town!


January 10th- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail/Grawlix Crossover Show Denver, at The Bug. This show will be Jonah and Kumail hosting a few amazing standups that are also part of The Grawlix comedy crew. This one is sold out, but we may have tickets at the door.

January 17th- An Evening with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray, Arlington Draft House, DC.  This show will be Jonah and Kumail each doing a set and then doing some duo stuff as well. This is not The Meltdown.

January 18th- An Evening with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray, The Prince, Philadelphia. Again, this show will be Jonah and Kumail each doing a set and then doing some duo stuff as well. This is not The Meltdown.

January 19th- An Evening with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray, Great Scott, Boston. Again again, this show will be Jonah and Kumail each doing a set and then doing some duo stuff as well. This is not The Meltdown.

February 1st- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Cobbs Theater, San Francisco. This show will be a badass Meltdown road show, and our final one before we start taping the TV show.


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