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Maximum Fun Fantasy Baseball League


Two owners were last-minute dropouts in the Maximum Fun Fantasy Baseball League.

This means two owners will have the chance to join!

If you're interested, here's the league page. Email commissioner Zach L. at zachlinder at gmail.

Ready, steady... GO!

Anne Beatts joins the Project Breakout panel!


As some of you know, I'm one of the judges for the first-ever comedy contest hosted by our underwriter Project Breakout. Biz Ellis of Sketchfest NYC is also on the panel.

But I'm really excited to announce the third judge... original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts.

Anne's been teaching comedy writing at USC, along with private sketch writing workshops, for some years now. Besides writing for SNL, she also helped create the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and is one of the all-time greats of sketch writing.

If you do comedy, enter a video into the competition at You could win an all-expenses paid trip to NYC to participate in Sketchfest NYC... not to mention a three-day mentorship from the team at Sketchfest NYC, who'll help you learn the ins and outs of the comedy biz.

This American Life Preview


Above: a segment from the new television version of This American Life, which premiers on Showtime March 22nd. The animator, as I'm sure you can recognize, is Chris Ware.

In case you missed it, here's our interview with Julie Snyder, This American Life's senior producer. Julie talks about the process of adjusting to a new medium.

Well here's some encouraging news.


Quoth Variety:

"Knocked Up" is uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory. Indeed, even more than the filmmaker's smash-hit sleeper "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," his new pic is bound to generate repeat business among ticketbuyers who'll want to savor certain scenes and situations again and again, if only to memorize punchlines worth sharing with buddies. Currently set for a June 1 release, this hugely commercial comedy likely will remain in megaplexes throughout the summer and, possibly, into the fall.

Full review here.

(thanks Lindsay!)

Jacobus of the 14th Century: Faeries Dispute


Vlogger Jacobus of the 14th Century discusses a dispute with his compatriot Reginald on the topic of Faeries.

More Jacobus here.

On the Forums!


There's still room on the Robin Thicke bandwagon.

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Yes, Robin Thicke is white. Yes his dad is Alan Thicke. Deal.

kelefa sanneh breaks down the Thicke phenomenon in his great review in today's New York Times:

In 2003 Mr. Thicke — calling himself simply Thicke — released “A Beautiful World” (Interscope), a breakout album that wasn’t, quite. When he resurfaced last year with “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” (Star Trak/Interscope), it seemed possible that Mr. Thicke would remain a secret, beloved by a few R&B fanatics (“Have you heard ‘Shooter,’ his sublime collaboration with Lil Wayne?”) and ignored by their skeptical friends (“Slow jams from the son of the guy from ‘Growing Pains’? No thanks”).

Now, he's #1 on the urban charts (something that Eminem and JT have never done) with "Lost Without U," which deserves the distinction.

Listen: if you like R&B or soul music at all, you owe it to yourself to cop Robin Thicke's first album, which can be found in cut-out bins across this great country. It sounds like Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five, with a little dash of the Beatles and a modest helping of contemporary R&B. It's not as good as those things, but it's really great. Maybe my favorite R&B record of the 21st century.

And if you like slow jams, the new record is for you.

Here's one of my favorite tracks off the first record, which for some reason I always hear when I'm shopping at the Nordstrom Rack.

High Five Contest: Ends 3/31

Wii-me Jordan and Wii-me listener Rachel

The time comes for all contests to end, no matter how awesome that contest might be.

So far, we've received over THREE HUNDRED high fives in our high five contest. They've come from all over the country and all over the world. They've been airborne, adorable and amazing. I love them.

March 31st, however, will be our cutoff. That means you have just two short weeks to take pictures of yourself high fiving, upload them to our flickr group, tag them "awesomehighfive," and thus share them with all of us. The top three high fivers will recieve TSOYA t-shirts, and our grand champ will get a huge prize pack including an SCTV DVD set, a Stephen Colbert / George Bush "We're not braniacs on the nerd patrol" t-shirt from sneakmove, and much more.

But two weeks is all it takes! Grab a camera and get to work!

Old Fashioned Fun!


Thanks to The Coming for this one... The Human Giant show is fast approaching, and I couldn't be happier for those guys. We'll get them on our airwaves, don't worry.

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