“But of the Big Three kids’ cable networks, one doesn’t seem keen on playing the fame game. Cartoon Network—which has seen double-digit growth in the last year and ranks no. 1 with boys age 6 to 11 on all of television—boasts lots of wacky animation and fantasy-rooted live-action shows. No secret stage identities or synth-heavy dance numbers here. Instead, you’ll find a shape-shifting dog named Jake living in a post-apocalyptic world in the cartoon Adventure Time and a portal that sends videogame characters into reality in the live-action Level Up. Also: a Looney Toons reboot and the latest Pokémon series. There’s also The Amazing World of Gumball, starring a mischievous cat and his pet goldfish, which grew legs after radiation exposure. Finally, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, based on the Internet meme of an anthropomorphic citrus, debuted earlier this month, winning Cartoon Network the primetime 8:30 p.m. slot’s highest ratings among all boys, plus all kids age 2 to 11, 6 to 11, and 9 to14.”—Bryan Lufkin, “The ‘Hannah Montana’ Effect: Why Are So Many Kids’ TV Shows About Fame?”, The Atlantic(I want to watch ALL OF THESE.)
Randomly ran across this song for the first time in a while today…and it still KILLS. I remember seeing The Roots covering this live at UCLA as part of a hip-hop medley, and ?uestlove was just slaying that drumbeat. Enjoy.
“New research suggests plants not only respond to sound but communicate with each other with ‘clicking’ noises.
It is yet more evidence that while they appear to be passively swaying in the breeze, plants are in fact actively communicating with each other in a constant chatter.”—from an article in The Daily Mail(So long as they keep it down when I’m trying to sleep, I’m OK with this. Might have to start giving them more water to prevent their muttering, though - lazy bastards won’t go serve themselves for some reason.)