Joe Deez is a globally published writer, professional comedian and obsessed retro gamer. He founded the non-profit organization Humor Association and spends his free time operating his pop culture cricket website 365notout.com.
Celebrate Judy Garland's 100th Birthday by Experiencing a Pink Floyd Double Masterpiece
To celebrate the 100th birthday of Judy Garland, movie theaters in all fifty states will be screening the original 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz this June. But for pop culture fans there is an added bonus to this monumental occasion. That bonus being many of us for the first time in our lives will be able to experience the mind altering experience of playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in conjunction with the famous film in an actual movie theater setting. And with the invention of cell phones and streaming apps we don’t even have to bring a Walkman - or its 1990s skipping counterpart the Discman – into the theater to make it happen. These days all we need is a smartphone, some earbuds and an app like iTunes or Spotify to lay back, chill and have our brains explode to this masterclass of audio visual experiences.
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The Inaugural (…and Presumably Ultimate) Gathering of the RMS Titanic’s Gentlemen of No ClassRunner-Up in Ship of Dreams Challenge
Bertram, a slim and handsome man, embraced his family one last time before members of the Titanic’s exasperated crew lowered the lifeboat into the icy ocean below. Through tears but with confidence, brave Bertram vowed to reunite with his beautiful wife Eva and their lovely children; nine-week-old Millvina and her older brother who could barely walk but proudly bore his father’s given name.
Zuri sat with her ankles crossed and hiding her scuffed Nike sneakers under the church pew as mourners passed her father’s open casket. She nodded with a tight, somber smile as they shuffled over to her one-by-one offering condolences. Ever the brave twelve-year old girl, Zuri never shed a single tear throughout the service; even as elderly strangers squeezed her thin arms and told her how great of a man her father was. That great man was once a promising computer science professor at Purdue University. But lying dead in a polished casket now he was nothing more than collateral damage during a late-night shooting gone wrong. Dr. Francis Fairchild Lawson had been startled by a man hiding in some bushes on campus when a police officer rounded a corner and fired two shots. The first hit the man in the shoulder, spinning him around. The second went straight through Dr. Lawson’s heart and stopped it immediately.
Against the Storm
Her mother told her to stay nearby for fear of the storm rolling in. But Zara couldn't resist chasing a nibbling bunny rabbit out down the meadow and into a lonely, old barn. It would hop. Then it would stop and scan the area. Zara would pop back into its view and it would scurry off again much to her delight. Hop. Stop. Scan and scram. Hop. Stop. Scan and scram. All the while, the storm clouds moved in over them the way the first scoop of ice-cream turns over itself in a fresh container.
Why You Should Play Old School Donkey Kong Again
Nintendo’s 800-pound gorilla in a 300-pound cabinet arrived in arcades across America forty years ago this summer. And by 1981’s end, Donkey Kong had hoisted the Japanese electronics company on his broad shoulders and carried Nintendo to the top of the North American video game industry. Forty years later, DK still holds up and it’s worth another play when you have the time. Or if you have Billy Mitchell kind of time then go ahead and try to break the current record score of 1,272,700. There are plenty of free Kong sites and online emulators for you to determine how high you truly can get.
The Woke Laws
The "Woke Laws" were a series of bills making it a crime to publicly accuse anyone of unprincipled behavior without irrefutable proof. Under the Woke Laws, if a black man was shot by a white police officer and the officer wasn’t a lifelong bigot, then anyone claiming race was a contributing factor would face jail time. If a woman who claimed sexual assault failed to prove that she was not a willing participant then she would be the one who went to prison. Unsurprisingly, these bills narrowly passed legislation in the usual gerrymandered partisan fashion and, once they did, the Woke Laws destroyed society.