Dock, Dew and Walter White

What do you know about Dock Ellis? If you live at the intersection of sports and the internet, you probably know that he threw a no-hitter while high on LSD.

That video is brilliant, and the perfect way to learn about interesting things in 2012. It’s 4:23 of flashing lights and funny soundbites put together with excellent editing and design. It makes you laugh, and you will tell your friends about it and revel in the Dock Ellis as people in the know.

There is something about Dock that gets people excited, even to this day. That he did something so incredible under remarkable circumstances. That he was a bit of a rebel and had some style that still resonates with people in 2012. He becomes a bit of a benchmark for that era, an era of substances so different from the one we live in today.

Patrick Hruby’s Outside the Lines piece about Ellis is something else entirely. Hruby goes far beyond that one day in San Diego back in 1970, and it’s a wonderful story. It also features some of the best art direction and story layout I’ve ever seen online. The whole thing is just a mess of fun.

Ellis’ folk legend is enough of a legacy, but it’s a piece worth reading if you want to get to know the real story of his life. It makes you wonder just how much we know about any athlete these days. There was a whole lot hiding behind a good YouTube video.

In a podcast a few weeks ago, I mentioned how Here Comes Honey Boo Boo would become the biggest thing in pop culture in about a month.

We’re getting there.

Once a trashy reality show reaches a cultural tipping point the think pieces flow like Mountain Dew, but I thought this one at Slate was particularly interesting. The last time I wrote about the things we watch I decided there is always a reason people like it, even when it is terrible. Looking into those reasons seems more interesting than predicting which reality show will spark the oncoming apocalypse; which is the popular thing to do, it being 2012 and all.

Remember when you saw The Matrix and thought to yourself, “Man, that was a good movie. I hope the people that made that movie make another good movie.”? Then they went and made two pretty mediocre movies, right?

Well, apparently the Wachowskis made another pretty good movie. The New Yorker has a long piece about how Cloud Atlas got made and why the Wachowskis aren’t brothers anymore. It’s worth a read just to know their struggles to find financing for a movie most people thought could never get made. At the very least, it made me want to read the book.

Every post has to have some sort of sports in it, so here’s a cool way to show every sports championship ever. Hey, I didn’t say every post was related to Buffalo, did I?

Speaking of never winning anything, CraftBeer.com has a beer guide for fans of each NFL team. Buffalo, of course, gets Flying Bison and Community Beer Works, which I’ll be visiting for a growler full of beer for Sunday’s game.

Breaking Bad’s final episode of this half-season aired on Sunday. While ending things just before the start of football season is definitely a positive, I can’t say I’m thrilled I will go without Walter White and the blue meth for almost a year.

I’m a recent convert to the show that caught up via DVDs, but it’s easily one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. That means I’ll read just about anything that gets printed about it. Well, except the few hundred thousand recaps that get pooted out early on the Monday morning after it airs.

Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt had a great piece on the show that’s now available online. It has a great look at Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, the show’s main actors, while giving a few hints about what’s to come next year. If you’ve been left endlessly wondering about this season’s opening minutes, well, you’re going to want to give that a read.

Going a layer deeper, Fast Company has an excellent look listen at the sound used in the show, while Wired had a piece about the cinematography. With a show as calculated as Breaking Bad, it’s worth it to dig a bit deeper and find something you may have missed. I have a feeling I’ll be watching more than a few old episodes before next summer.

And finally, fancy death toll infographic!

3 Comments

  1. Mike

    More like the Wachowski’s made two HORRENDOUS movies that made people doubt how they could ever pump anything redeeming out of the first. Which I never got anyway. The Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta always seemed like stylized half-baked anti-corporate pablum with Rage soundtracks.If I was to characterize Wachowski movies, they’re loud. They’re pretty to look at. But that’s it. People I love a lot like them, but I hate them.
    What pretty much said it all was that I saw the third Matrix movie in a DC theater when it came out. During Trinity’s death scene an audience member loudly encouraged Trinity to just die. His remark got more of a positive response from everyone than anything in the film which I don’t think the Wachowskis were going for.

  2. Mike

    Ha! Well sadly, although I was in high school when The Matrix came out, I’m now almost old enough where more of my life has been post high school rather than pre high school, so maybe your tastes are just more mature than mine.