Category Archives: Cute

The Panda Cams Are Back!

A government shutdown. A polar vortex. An Academy Award Best Picture nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The year is off to a terrible start, but here’s a bit of good news.

Since the federal government has re-opened, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Panda Cams, which feed live, 24/7 coverage of the zoo’s three giant pandas, are back in service. Now you can once again watch America’s favourite (rented) pets—like the one pictured above, in warmer, happier days—without leaving the comforts of your expensively heated home.

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Panda from the National Zoo, as He Eats Shoots and Leaves.

Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Bei Bei,  the Zoo’s resident giant pandas, don’t seem to mind the cold.

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Shocker: Happy College Girl Dances with Friends!

I generally avoid politics on this blog, for a whole bunch of reasons, but this is irresistible.

At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Back in 2010, when she was a student at Boston University, she and some friends made a video in which they matched dance moves from the 1980s movie, The Breakfast Club, to the hit song, “Lisztomania”, by the French band Phoenix.

A few days ago, a sad little right-wing troll attempted to embarrass  Ocasio-Cortez by posting parts of the video, along with a rude and spiteful description. Emphasis on “tried”, because the attempt backfired spectacularly when virtually all the people who commented on the clip found it to be various shades of bright, cheerful, and endearing.

Judge for yourself. Here’s the full video:

Having unwittingly boosted the name-recognition and popularity of the new member of Congress, the troll deleted his account and scurried back to wherever it is that humiliated trolls scurry when they just want to pull the covers over their heads and hope nobody will find them. (Hint: If you ever visit Ann Coulter’s house. Don’t Go into the Basement!


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Of course, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only political figure to give a fresh interpretation to a pop song by using it as the basis for a new video. While researching this article, I found another politician who added an entirely new dimension to “Once In A Lifetime”, by the Talking Heads.

In the interest of equal timing:


And now I’m off. I’ve heard that there’s a video of Ted Cruz lip syncing “Closer”, by Nine Inch Nails, somewhere out there on the Internet. Gonna find it if it takes all night.

Just Another Drama Club Kid Being Driven to Rehearsal by His Mom….

This glorious video deserves a Special Tony Award.

Colin O’Leary presents “O’Leary Car Ride: Showtunes 2018”, and gives us a brilliant and hilarious treat to end this less-than-brilliant and hilarious year.

I’m absolutely in awe of this kind of talent and originality and pure charm.

In addition to that Special Tony Award for Colin, his mother and grandmother should share an award for Best Supporting Actress.


Colin’s YouTube channel helpfully lists all the Broadway musicals captured in the video.

Through the Looking Glass — Kevin Parry Dazzles, Again

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I posted an earlier mind-bending video by the amazingly creative Kevin Parry last year.

Parry, who accurately identifies himself as a “Stop-Motion Animator + Video Wizard”, recently returned to his native Toronto after working on Laika Entertainment’s Kubo and the Two Strings and The Boxtrolls in Portland, Oregon.

He went the long way, traveling 5000 miles in three weeks. You can follow along with this video of the “Portland to Portland (Teleporting Across America)” tour, as he tries to get that one perfect tourist picture.

Doesn’t he seem like someone who would be fun to hang out with?

One final video:

What the Well-Dressed Manneken Pis Will Wear

Garderobe MannekenPis

A few blocks away from the famous Manneken Pis statue and fountain is a little one-room museum dedicated to the toddler’s extensive wardrobe. It contains about a hundred of the costumes that have been presented to Manneken Pis over the last three centuries.

What Started It All

This is a replica of the gentleman’s costume that King Louis XV sent to Brussels after French soldiers stationed in the city tried to steal the statue of Manneken Pis. The King also made Mannekin Pis a Knight of the Order of Saint Louis, which meant that French soldiers had to salute the statue when they paraded past the fountain.


I also found this video, which shows the statue in action, dressed in dozens of its colourful costumes.