The real Lone Ranger was an African American man, and his story is badass.
A guide to the horror movies on Netflix, just in time for Halloween.
This is my Tumblr, and it’s got fun stuff on it!
The Daily Show proves my point about the South wonderfully: sure, some of our policies are ridiculous, but the people themselves are gonna love a gay couple in love. WATCH!
This piece is about people who shake their heads in pity at poor people who spend their money on status symbols. Read it. Here’s a quote from it:
What we forget, if we ever know, is that what we know now about status and wealth creation and sacrifice are predicated on who we are, i.e. not poor. If you change the conditions of your not-poor status, you change everything you know as a result of being a not-poor. You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor. And not intermittently poor or formerly not-poor, but born poor, expected to be poor and treated by bureaucracies, gatekeepers and well-meaning respectability authorities as inherently poor. Then, and only then, will you understand the relative value of a ridiculous status symbol to someone who intuits that they cannot afford to not have it.
Our Indoor Kids merch page got a facelift! Go check it out, donate with our new donate button, and buy out our old merchandise before the new stuff becomes available! Boom!
The genius Rich Juzwiak sifts through Katy Perry’s new album to find the 226 phrases she repeats over and over and over.
This is a list of the 26 fastest-cancelled shows, and it is a painful list to see. And remember, no one even bought the pilot you wrote!
The psychology of online comments. Thanks New Yorker.
A lovely essay about love, dads, alcoholism, and the Legend of Zelda from my pal John Devore.
The men’s rights movement: is it gaining momentum, or is this just the new hot thing blogs like to write inflammatory posts about? YOU DECIDE. It’s a horrifying movement to read about either way!
A fun interview with Chris Kluwe, a badass human being and former Minnesota Viking.
In defense of gamers: it turns out everyone’s an asshole. A solid, if not depressing, read.
David Sedaris has a new essay in the New Yorker, and it’s about his sister who recently committed suicide. Read it.
Great piece in Pacific Standard about the commodification of cool in teenagers, sent to me by Neary.
This made me laugh so hard: Videogum wants to know what your pop culture Halloween costume is going to be.
A lovely interview with Kumail and myself from the floor of NYCC!
RuPaul as a next generation Oprah? Amen.
Another fine collection of photoshopped celebrities.
This is an at times well-written, at times insulting essay at Slate about how we’re sending the wrong message by teaching women that it’s their right as feminists to get hammered at parties. My biggest issue with it is that it’s addressed to just women, and not young men who get hammered and decide that no means yes. However, I also have trouble with the naive idea that a woman should feel safe in public even if she’s completely hammered and alone. That’s not a feminist issue, it’s just a safety issue. No one should feel safe hammered and alone in public. It’s not safe. I’ve always designated a buddy at parties- we always check in with each other throughout the night, and make sure the other person is coherent enough to make decisions before going home with someone random. (One method was making the other person sing “Eternal Flame” before they could skedaddle.) We didn’t do that because we were women, we did that because we were humans and didn’t want to assume we were ever safe while plastered. And you might say “Well, dudes don’t have to think about stuff like that” and really, they should, because way more men than women die from drunken antics, but for anyone, rendering yourself completely unaware of your surroundings is something we should do in safe situations. Period. Should we be able to trust that we won’t get raped in most situations? Sure.
It was so awesome last year that we’re doing it again!
We’re holding a contest to find the best t-shirt/IPhone case/sticker/coffee mug designs for The Indoor Kids podcast!
Here’s what you need to know:
The design can be anything, but it needs to be video game related and it needs to say The Indoor Kids. We like stuff that’s video game referential without being too on-the-nose, and obviously, we can’t feature the names of any video games or anything that would require copyright stuff. Think Mario’s mustache or the Skyrim viking helmet, rather than the characters themselves. We’re also open to stuff about our cat, Bagel, about chicken sandwiches, or anything else that references the podcast. Eight bit stuff is always great.
How you submit:
Submit your designs via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in a form we can open- jpg, bmp, etc. by
UPDATE!! We’ve decided to extend the contest until the November 15th!
We’ll give our favorite design[s] $200, their name credited on our site, and the honor of being an Indoor Kids shirt, mug, sticker, and more!
Here are our current designs!
Great Mario museum at IGN.com, walking you through the history of JumpMan.
This is a music video/commercial for Hot Pockets featuring Snoop Lion and Kate Upton. It’s way more bizarre than it sounds.
Bryan Cranston’s advice for actors is great advice for any creative field. If you’re doing it for the hope of a paycheck, you aren’t doing it.
What science says, and what it means.
Xenophobia, or entitled douchebags? These are actual complaints from people about their vacations.
What it means when various groups of people call you a slut. From VICE, of course.
Get Indoor Kids merchandise, complete with my and Kumail’s faces, here!
This woman, Jessie Kahnweiler, made a satirical film called “Meet My Rapist”, about how the experience of being raped affects her every day, even if she’s not constantly traumatized. It is funny and dark and I am still not sure all the emotions I feel about it. I suggest watching it and then reading this interview with Jessie.
Mental illness’ changing face in television, and how it’s (hopefully) help change stigma.
In preparation for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail coming to TV, we’re doing some road shows where Jonah and Kumail each do a set, and then they do some fun crowdwork with you! (Yes, you!)
Thursday, October 17th, we’ll be at the Backspace Cafe in Portland! Tickets here!
Friday, October 18th, we’ll be at El Corazon in Seattle! Tickets here!
Oh, we’ll also be doing a traditional Meltdown show (with other comics on the bill) as part of the New York Comedy Festival, at The Bell House in Brooklyn on November 9th! Those tickets are here!
Food hacks. Dig it.
The CEO of Barilla Pasta got a bit homophobic last week, so Bertolli Pasta decided to respond with pro-gay ads. Awesomeness ensued.
I was featured on this week’s Harmontown episode in a discussion about morality…. and then we played D&D. Listen here!
L’Inconnue de la Seine: one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.
New Indoor Kids episode up today, with Jordan Morris joining us to discuss this console cycle, as a new one is about to kick into full swing!
I am fully and completely obsessed with this cover of Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right, but It’s OK by CHVRCHES. You should be too.
And speaking of Feral Audio, I also write for their zine, No Information! $2.99 gets you five essays from me and others, including Neil Hamburger!