April 17, 2014 / 12:34AM 3,951 notes

theatlantic:

The Quiet Radicalism of All That

The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000), Clarissa Explains It All (1991-’94), The Secret Life of Alex Mack (1994-’98), and Salute Your Shorts (1991-’92)—arguably heretofore unmatched in their clever, un-condescending approach to entertaining young people. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee launched in 1992, and remains to this day one of the only shows on-air devoted to frank, engaging discussions of teen issues and opinions.
But perhaps the program that best embodied the values of Nick in those years was All That, a sketch-comedy show that premiered 20 years ago today. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That ran for an impressive 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The prolific franchise spawned a number of spin-offs (Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show) and launched the careers of several comedy mainstays: Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Taran Killam.
Like Saturday Night Live (which would later hire Thompson and Killam), All That was a communal pop-cultural touchstone. The parents of ’90s kids had the Church Lady, “more cowbell,” and Roseanne Roseannadanna; the kids themselves, though, had Pierre Escargot, “Vital Information,” and Repairman Man Man Man, and we recited their catch-phrases to one another in the cafeteria and on the playground. Although All That was clearly designed as a SNL, Jr., of sorts, it wasn’t merely starter sketch comedy—it was an admittedly daring venture for a children’s network to embark on.
In its own right, All That was a weirdly subversive little show. It never explicitly crossed the line into “mature” territory, but it constantly flirted with the limits of FCC-approved family-friendliness. Take, for instance, the “Ask Ashley” sketch. A barely tween-aged Amanda Bynes (Seasons Three to Six), played an adorably wide-eyed video advice-columnist. Ashley (“That’s me!”) would read painfully dimwitted letters from fans with clearly solvable problems. (Example: “Dear Ashley, I live in a two-story house and my room is upstairs. Every morning, when it’s time to go to school, I jump out the window. So far I’ve broken my leg 17 times. Do you have any helpful suggestions for me?”) She would wait a beat, smile sweetly into the camera, then fly into a manic rage; emitting a stream of G-rated curses, always tantalizingly on the verge of spitting a true obscenity into the mix.
Read more. [Image: Nickelodeon]


fresh out the box
stop, look and watch
ready yet, get set
it’s aaaaallll that
still impressed they got TLC to do the theme song

theatlantic:

The Quiet Radicalism of All That

The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000), Clarissa Explains It All (1991-’94), The Secret Life of Alex Mack (1994-’98), and Salute Your Shorts (1991-’92)—arguably heretofore unmatched in their clever, un-condescending approach to entertaining young people. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee launched in 1992, and remains to this day one of the only shows on-air devoted to frank, engaging discussions of teen issues and opinions.

But perhaps the program that best embodied the values of Nick in those years was All That, a sketch-comedy show that premiered 20 years ago today. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That ran for an impressive 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The prolific franchise spawned a number of spin-offs (Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show) and launched the careers of several comedy mainstays: Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Taran Killam.

Like Saturday Night Live (which would later hire Thompson and Killam), All That was a communal pop-cultural touchstone. The parents of ’90s kids had the Church Lady, “more cowbell,” and Roseanne Roseannadanna; the kids themselves, though, had Pierre Escargot, “Vital Information,” and Repairman Man Man Man, and we recited their catch-phrases to one another in the cafeteria and on the playground. Although All That was clearly designed as a SNL, Jr., of sorts, it wasn’t merely starter sketch comedy—it was an admittedly daring venture for a children’s network to embark on.

In its own right, All That was a weirdly subversive little show. It never explicitly crossed the line into “mature” territory, but it constantly flirted with the limits of FCC-approved family-friendliness. Take, for instance, the “Ask Ashley” sketch. A barely tween-aged Amanda Bynes (Seasons Three to Six), played an adorably wide-eyed video advice-columnist. Ashley (“That’s me!”) would read painfully dimwitted letters from fans with clearly solvable problems. (Example: “Dear Ashley, I live in a two-story house and my room is upstairs. Every morning, when it’s time to go to school, I jump out the window. So far I’ve broken my leg 17 times. Do you have any helpful suggestions for me?”) She would wait a beat, smile sweetly into the camera, then fly into a manic rage; emitting a stream of G-rated curses, always tantalizingly on the verge of spitting a true obscenity into the mix.

Read more. [Image: Nickelodeon]

fresh out the box

stop, look and watch

ready yet, get set

it’s aaaaallll that

still impressed they got TLC to do the theme song

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April 17, 2014 / 12:32AM 34,986 notes

i’m a thumbs down on coffee drinks, but 2 thumbs up for fleetwood mac and puns respectively

i’m a thumbs down on coffee drinks, but 2 thumbs up for fleetwood mac and puns respectively

(Source: unabating, via countlessscreamingargonauts)

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April 17, 2014 / 12:29AM 193 notes
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April 17, 2014 / 12:05AM 63 notes

mattnathanson:

they put these RIGHT next to the “blood” oranges. jesus christ, whole foods… you want a turf war??!!!

mattnathanson:

they put these RIGHT next to the “blood” oranges. jesus christ, whole foods… you want a turf war??!!!

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April 16, 2014 / 8:34PM 921 notes

milkstudios:

Pizza at Coachella
Photo by: Koury Angelo
goldenvoicela
MilkMade.com

really the only important coachella post

milkstudios:

Pizza at Coachella

Photo by: Koury Angelo

goldenvoicela

MilkMade.com

really the only important coachella post

(via coachella)

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April 16, 2014 / 3:02PM

google fiber, the duggar family edition

So goddamn many J names up in here:

  1. Jessi
  2. Josh
  3. Jeff
  4. Jason
  5. another Jason
  6. a third Jason
  7. Julie
  8. Jeremy
  9. Joy
  10. John
  11. Juan

surprised they even let me, a lowly M, onto the team in the first place

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April 16, 2014 / 11:22AM 9 notes

knowwhatsfuckingcrazy:

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Over a period of more than 2 billion years, we’ve somehow evolved from cells, to fish, to mammals, to primates, to apes, to weird-looking human beings, to normal-looking human beings who we live and work and have sex with.

2 billion years to go from a tiny little nothing speck of life, to a…

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April 16, 2014 / 1:19AM 1 note

 reunions withdrawal

 reunions withdrawal

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April 15, 2014 / 11:27AM 29 notes

streetartsf:

ICE Agent chasing Speedy Gonzales.
Unknown.
In The Mission District in San Francisco, Ca

Too real?

streetartsf:

ICE Agent chasing Speedy Gonzales.

Unknown.

In The Mission District in San Francisco, Ca

Too real?

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April 15, 2014 / 11:24AM 189 notes

startupquote:

Solve a real problem. You don’t start a company because you want to be an entrepreneur or the fame and glory that comes along with it. You become an entrepreneur to solve a real problem.
- Aaron Patzer

startupquote:

Solve a real problem. You don’t start a company because you want to be an entrepreneur or the fame and glory that comes along with it. You become an entrepreneur to solve a real problem.

- Aaron Patzer

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April 15, 2014 / 10:59AM 2 notes

I’m convinced that these keychains (sold in official Duke store) are singlehandedly keeping us out of the top 5 in the us news & world report national university rankings

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April 14, 2014 / 7:04PM 2 notes

Not a real workplace

Not a real workplace

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April 13, 2014 / 3:45PM 2 notes

Old and new friends @ duke reunion - class of 94 and class of 09

Old and new friends @ duke reunion - class of 94 and class of 09

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April 11, 2014 / 7:18PM 2 notes

Mid-run shotgun #dukeforward (at Duke Fuqua School Of Business)

Mid-run shotgun #dukeforward (at Duke Fuqua School Of Business)

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