Best safety video ever

In-flight safety videos are usually ignored. In fact, people go out of their way to ignore them. I mean, a video that wastes time showing you how to fasten your seat belt? C’mon!

Virgin America has solved that problem with a video and a song that will stick in your head all day. And they’ve helpfully put it up on YouTube:

Watch Star Wars bloopers while you can

Watch rare Star Wars bloopers while you can, before Disney forces YouTube to take it down.

(Note: the first 50 seconds or so are silent.)

Read more about them here.

Costumed animals spotted in my neighborhood

It’s Halloween and that means pet owners can’t resist the urge to force their animals into costumes. Here are a couple spotted in my neighborhood:

Yodadog and Vaderdog, complete with lightsabers:

“Dogyear” puppy blimp pilot:

My cat Cecil is already in costume — James Bond in a tuxedo.

There is something seriously wrong with me

I’ve had weird dreams… and then I’ve had WEIRD dreams. The one I had last night qualifies as the latter, not just because of what happened in it but also because it worries me I’m dreaming about coworkers.

Shannon Farren was there. Bill Carroll was there. Gary Hoffmann was there.

In the dream, Shannon challenges Bill to an arm wrestling match in the KFI talk studio. Right as they start, Bill suddenly has a heart attack, and somehow I get it in my head that Shannon deliberately caused it through some kind of evil magical trickery.

While Bill is still on the ground, she then challenges Gary to a match. I start screaming, trying to warn Gary that Shannon will kill him with a heart attack.

He doesn’t seem to hear me and sits down to start arm wrestling her. Suddenly, Gary’s mouth opens wide and he EATS Shannon, head first, all the way down to her feet, swallowing her whole. He looks over at me and burps.

It was only at that point that I said to myself, “Oh, this must be a dream.” And that’s when I sat up in bed and yelled, “What the H?” like Tim Conway Jr.

Pumpkin Spice Apocalypse

After all my ranting about being surrounded by pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, someone gave me some pumpkin spice coffee.

You win.

But I’m still ending it all the second I see pumpkin spice cat litter.

This video will melt your brain

Here’s a video that shows you how little you can trust your own eyes.

Here’s the article on Slate that explains exactly why this video melts your brain, and a few more optical illusions in case you think you’re still sane.

Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam is back with a new album this week, Lightning Bolt, and it’s in the same vein as 2009’s Backspacer, and that means shorter, punchier songs that invite repeated listening and stick in your brain longer. The band is doing nothing but getting straight to the point on each track, and that’s a very good thing.

“Mind Your Manners,” the lead single, brings back mosh pit memories, featuring some of the punk energy PJ has often flirted with in the past, but this time it feels more like putting on comfortable shoes than stomping on broken glass.

The standout track is “Sirens” and it’s got “classic” written all over it, but not forced at all. It’s easy, it sneaks up on you and stays with you for days. You’ll find yourself humming it next week.

The album closes with “Future Days,” featuring some pretty piano by producer Brendan O’Brien and a nice, Americana feel.

The musicianship is top-notch, which isn’t surprising since the band has been sounding tight and focused since Backspacer. Vedder’s singing is as good as it’s ever been, maybe even better.

Lightning Bolt may not break any new ground, it may default to midtempo rocking more than Backspacer did, and Pearl Jam is definitely in the comfortable sweater phase of their career, but it sounds great and you can listen to it over and over again.