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I like Questionable Content

James DeanHave you ever had one of those moments where you take a step back, assess the situation, and realize that you are cool as hell? I’m talking about the kind of moment when you think, “Man, if the cool kids from high school could see me right now, they would totally accept me.” The type of moment when you see your life for what it really is, and you come to the logical conclusion, based on the preponderance of the evidence, that your life–and yourself–is cooler than almost anyone you’ve ever met, even counting MySpace.

Well *confident chuckle*, I have. In fact, I feel that way almost constantly; not in a condescending way, just in a reality way.

The most recent example of this, however, came just a few days ago, when I found myself sitting naked in my bed (I sleep naked and you should too) at four o’clock in the afternoon, having skipped breakfast and lunch for the second day in a row so that I could keep feeding my insatiable digi-crack addiction to the online comic, Questionable Content. It was when I reached strip #350 after reading the comic for those two days straight (and completely disregarding my Greek studies) that I realized that I had just self-actualized and have now reached the pinnacle of my coolness.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Oh my God, Chris, I may not ever speak to you again because you’re coolness could make my head explode.” And if you’re not thinking that, then I still know what you’re thinking, and let me just say: it’s not a porno.

Questionable Content is a web comic about some indie-kid 20-somethings hanging out and doing normal things. Sound exciting? It is! If I try to explain anything more about it, it will just melt your brain, so do yourself a favor and go to the website so you can start catching up. There are 1319 strips to read, so get started. You’ve got all weekend long so you’re good to go.

Here’s a link to Questionable Content Number One: Employment Sucks. If the illustration doesn’t wow you at first, just keep going, it gets much better as the comic progresses.

HT: Mark Traphagen who sent me this strip in which one of the main characters defends the honor of General Robert E Lee.

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I like kinetic typography

Good type is a beauty to look at. To be able to use letters and words as imagery to convey a message through not only the words themselves but the artist’s arrangement of the words on the page is a skill few have. The problem is that because of my overexposure to TV and internet, if something doesn’t move spastically or cut to a different scene every two seconds or less, I’ll fall asleep faster than…well, even faster than I normally do when I’m not being entertained by seizure-inducing Japanese commercials. So words on a page tend to be a problem. But what other option is there for seeing beautifully arranged type?

Enter kinetic typography. Kinetic typography is a kind of animation and graphic design in which a speech or clip from a movie is portrayed using mainly the words being spoken. It’s hard to explain. But it’s fun to watch, and with that in mind I’ve gathered together my “Top 10 Best Examples of Kinetic Typography” *trumpet flourish*.

Here they are, in no particular order (except that these first five are my favorites):

Who’s on First by Jimmy073

Fight Club – Chemical Burn by gordoteins

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by lance15100

Dumb and Dumber by ufnc

Pulp Fiction by chuwichuwi

For the sake of space, I’m just going to link to the last five. Be warned, some of these are a tiny bit vulgar:

Tenacious D: Inward Singing by asivins

Wedding Crashers: The Perfect Girl by daftcain

Dwight’s Speech by RojamNairassoy

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels by varic

McDonald’s Prayer by TheCrookedGremlins

So there you have it. My top 10 list of best examples of kinetic typography. If you find one you like better, link it in the comments.

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