Being a Monday morning, you might be desirous of a little more caffeine than is on offer here, but watching what is possibly the world’s smallest cup of coffee being prepared, should nonetheless lift your spirits.
To compile this list, I sought feedback from both hardcore Simpsons fans and former members of the show’s creative staff. Still, it was an inherently subjective undertaking. “You could choose every other episode from the first 200 episodes for your top 100 and you wouldn’t be too far off,” one Simpsons writer told me. I don’t claim to be a scientician, but I tried to be meticulous. So crack open a Duff and enjoy.
And in other news, can it really be thirty years since The Simpsons made their debut?
Ikea Heights was a melodrama web series made in 2009. As the name suggests, the show – which is reminiscent of something like Melrose Place – played out in an Ikea store.
While each episode is only minutes long, and the series was short lived, Ikea Heights was notable for the clandestine way it was filmed. During normal trading hours, and without the knowledge of customers, or the store’s management.
1 April, or April Fool’s Day, came and went pretty much unnoticed in my part of the world. For a second, I thought I was being gamed when it was announced the trains were running to schedule, but as it happens, they were.
No sign – yet anyway – of a social media presence though. I expect someone will soon point out to the powers that be of the Trappist 1 system, that this is detrimental to their brand, and inhibits engagement between them and their clients.
Clients? Sure, that would be anyone who intends to colonise the Trappist 1 planets. There’s also – already – some short stories inspired by the system, and a nice collection of posters. I’m impressed, this is a lot of work in a short amount of time.
Colour coded shopping baskets, that let the sales staff at a store know whether you need help or not. A credit card tip jar that allows you leave one dollar gratuities. Elevators with buttons near the floor, in case your hands are full.
Or, microwave ovens with mute buttons, so you won’t wake anyone when fixing a midnight snack. Or stickers that indicate how ripe an avocado is, according to its colour, as pictured above.
Given many Australians don’t recognise the historical figures on today’s notes, Tyler’s designs include slightly more contemporary cultural icons, and personalities, such as lamingtons, utes, red-back spiders, Lara Bingle, and Shane Warne.
It’s a fan made film, so I know you sometimes need to be in the right place, at the right time, to hear about these sorts of things, but I’m still not sure how I missed Star Wars Downunder. Made by filmmaker Michael Cox in 2013, “Downunder” brings a distinctly Australian taste, in the form of beer no less, to the popular sci-fi saga.