A certain Norwegian Blue parrot is still dead, nearly 44 years after it shuffled off its mortal coil and joined the choir invisible in a famous television comedy sketch. But there is life yet in Monty Python, the singularly influential British troupe, whose surviving members are to announce this week that they will join together for their first live performances in more than a decade.
Everybody expects the announcement of a Monty Python reunion after several public remarks made and hints dropped recently by the comedy team, which first appeared in 1969 in the BBC comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” and which went on to create and star in feature films like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.”
Terry Jones, a founding member of the group, told the BBC on Tuesday, “We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real.”
So, how much do you guys think tickets will cost? We’re thinking somewhere between “laughably expensive” and “impossible to afford”, but we’re pretty excited about this regardless.
16:16 // 10 months ago
Multiple users, multiple machines. Apparently a manufacturing failure was the culprit. One of the greatest customer support threads ever. (ht Hacker News)
23:37 // 10 months ago
Slate, the masters of what-if journalism, write in a what-if style:
Six years into his rule, Obama’s position can appear confusing, even contradictory. Though the executive retains control of the country’s powerful intelligence service, capable of the extrajudicial execution of the regime’s opponents half a world away, the president’s efforts to govern domestically have been stymied in the legislature by an extremist rump faction of the main opposition party.
The current rebellion has been led by Sen. Ted Cruz, a young fundamentalist lawmaker from the restive Texas region, known in the past as a hotbed of separatist activity. Activity in the legislature ground to a halt last week for a full day as Cruz insisted on performing a time-honored American demonstration of stamina and self-denial, which involved speaking for 21 hours, quoting liberally from science fiction films and children’s books. The gesture drew wide media attention, though its political purpose was unclear to outsiders.
Everything about this. EVERYTHING.
18:31 // 11 months ago