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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
1:59 pm
David Sedaris' Audiobook...Oh yeah!!
David Sedaris is hilarious, he's soooo talented. btw...i just found a widget of the "when you are engulfed in flames" audiobook.

You can buy it (yay!) directly from the widget or share it with other peeps by grabbing the code and embedding it on your page.

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
2:18 am

I'm going out on a limb here, but I thought I'd give it a try - advertising my journal to see if anyone will respond. You know, for feedback or something.

I tend to cope with situations by either completely overreacting to or making fun of them. My livejournal is the outlet for some of my creative writing. Mainly, I exaggerate and distort what happens to me in real life situations and twist the events or things people say to make them humorous. I do it purely for kicks, but I'm curious to see if anyone else thinks my little blurbs are funny. So, if you feel like it, stop on by my site and let me know what you think.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
9:43 am
It's not the first, second, or third thing I thought upon hearing about Blacksburg, but yesterday while riding my bike, it did strike me that NOBODY's failing German this year at Va. Tech.
Monday, March 12th, 2007
9:42 am
Here on a dare, it seems

Your member, j_is_for_jihad , has challenged me to take the text of a recent post of mine here for the sake of scrutiny. Although a number of other people in the community got the joke without needing it explained to them, he maintains that the deadpan humour was undetectable, or perhaps merely ineffective. I put it to you for scrutiny. 

For the sake of context, it was posted in the Atheism community, so there's certain assumptions made about the intended audience there.


Subject: Walking a mile in the other guy's shoes... the path to understanding.

Sometimes, we need to step back from ourselves, and our own personal perspective a bit, in order to be able to understand and identify with other people. It's all too easy to judge other people according to the standards of your own life, and your own experiences. This is a bullshit standard to hold people to, though. You need to think about their life experiences, and what factors give rise to their being the sorts of people that they are, if you really want to understant what meanings underly what otherwise might be mysterious actions. 

I had one such experience last night. 

There's this girl I know. A christian girl. The only christian girl I know, actually. Most of them annoy me too much, with their irrationality and tempermental natures. Indeed, last night, I was on the verge of simply chalking her up to being one and the same with this broad classification, and dismissing her entirely. 

See, we've spoken on the phone a number of times (having previously only known her online), and each time we speak, she ends the conversaion abruptly when I raise some point, or use some word or phrase she dislikes. I have come to call these events her "christian hissy fits". Usually, in fact, she hangs up mid-sentence, without a word of warning or explanation. Last night was one such occasion. 

We were talking about raising children, and the lessons you should or should not teach them. I was in the midst of telling her about how children are biologically predisposed towards absorbing anything an elder or authority figure tells them, unthinkingly and unquestioningly, and how, though this is actually a good survival trait for them, it has to be treated responsibly, since if they are treated in an abusive manner early on, they will tend to grow up with abusive mannerisms as their norm. 

About half-way through this, I realized she had hung up on me. I think it was my use of the term "biological predisposition", which, AT THE TIME, I took to be one of the trigger-words for her "christian hissy fits". 

But then I got to thinking. What if I'm just judging her from MY point of view? Perhaps I need to look at things from the basis of HER life experience? 

For example. I know nothing about the emotional benefits of prayer. It's not a part of my life. She knows it and I know it. But to her, I think it's an important experience. What if... in hanging up on me while I was talking to her, she was actually trying to share something special with me? 

Initially, I was angry. I was wasting my time, talking to an empty line, with nobody there to listen to me, nobody there to respond, and no hope of getting anything for my trouble as I basically talked to myself, alone, in my room. THIS, I realized, upon further consideration, THIS must be what it's like to pray!!! An experience she has EVERY day, and which she has now shared with me! I mean, granted, I don't enjoy it or anything, but at least now I'm a little closer to understanding what it must be like to be a christian. With this gift of insight, she has made it that much easier for me to be able to understand HER, which can only be helpful in future conversations... for however long they last. 

And to think. All this time, I've been assuming she was just being an emotionally immature drama queen. What a fool I was!

Listed mood: Enlightened.

Thursday, March 1st, 2007
7:51 pm
Olde English
Has anyone heard of the Olde English comedy troupe? They're a sketch comedy group originally hailing from Bard University. I discovered them two years ago and I really still enjoy them. They weren't really big then but they gained much more popularity recently with the video One Picture Every Day. They've also seemed to join up with the website Super Deluxe with some new sketches/videos, but unfortunately I haven't been able to view them on my computer for some reason. (They should be on the front page, but I think if you just search for "Olde English" they'll pop up). They usually perform in New York City, but I think they are starting to travel a bit more, though it's mainly for big comedy festivals.

Anyway, I am pretty impressed with the group for the most part. They would have their stages where it was a hit or miss, but in my opinion, I really think they have grown as performers and comedians. If you're interested in them, just take a peek in their website http://www.oldeenglish.org. I think their most popular sketches and videos include Gym Class, Food Rap, Adam's Orange Stand, Like Children, Pokemon Day, etc, but I'd definitely check out the others. I'll include a short list of some of my favorites. But if you do watch, please discuss! I would be interested in hearing opinions, positive or negative.

Some personal favorites include:
-Pizza Delivery
-The Robbery (trilogy) 
-Memento (The College Years)
  <--might be helpful if you've seen the actual movie
-Playing Dead
-Dave's Day
-Vassar Protest
-Raizin & Adam Live Together (and if you liked this one, there's the "sequel" Hidden Messages)

Saturday, February 24th, 2007
2:03 am
Cookie Party, Pittsburgh, etc
following the broadcast of the first Sarah Siliverman program, i visited a popular Pittsburgh messageboard to discover how th'Steel City found it. here follows some commentary in concentrated form:

"i loved it, but i fear that Cookie Party will outlast the show itself. i mean, does anybody under 30 remember Tracey Ullman?"
"i hope Sarah Siliverman gets raped!"
"lock thread. now."
"'hi, i'm Sarah Siliverman. i'm so transgressive...' you want to ban me, but defend her. very nice."
"yeah, but she's funny."
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
8:34 am
Dane Cook.

Sunday, February 11th, 2007
7:19 pm
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
10:19 am
We have met the enemy, and a riot they be.
Last night, I was scavenging for abandoned electronics in the building my bands practice in. I found a big tangle of mike and instrument cables and asked the cluster of folks drinking a few feet away if they knew who the cords belonged to. At first, the person I asked didn't know, but then the light of recognition went on in his pointy little head,
"Them are ours. They're all shorted out though, we threw em away. I don't know how they got back up here."
If you want to know how that should sound, say "Them R.R.s", as in
"them abbreviated railroads" and you're in the house.
Ok- I'm already off mission of the community here, because my question is WHY, not HOW, Is That Funny? It's not just the poor english skills, because if he'd said "Those be ours'ns", "We gots those", or "Th' cabbas belong to they peoples", it wouldn't have struck me as funny.
No, there's something deep and philologically more intricate about that pronunciation than any other malediction possible in the situation. Something about "them are ours" is just more...Walt Kelly/Pogo.
We Southern people have the habit of exaggerating our accent even more when we're being sarcastic, or trying to imply we're in on our own stereotype. When you write it down, it almost sounds like that's what he was trying to do, but after a couple more minutes of talking to him, its clear that really was how he talked all the time.
And GOD, it sounded funny! Even if you eat grits. Again, this isn't a "southern people talk weird, ain't it wacky? heewack!" post, but more me wondering why one verbal dysfluency is hilarious, and others, just kinda annoying.
1:06 am
joke pimpin'
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, "Stop! Don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. "Well, there's so much to live for!" "Like what?" "Well... are you religious?" He said yes. I said, "Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?" "Christian." "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?"  "Protestant." "Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?" "Baptist" "Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?" "Baptist Church of God!" "Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?"  "Reformed Baptist Church of God!" "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!" I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off.

-Emo Philips
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