This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Drake helps a blogger hit it big, Nintendo meets Twin Peaks, Ishmael's blog post, Muppets vs. Beasties, and Zelda Williams remembers her father.
1. ILoveMakonnen And So Does Drake
iLoveMakonnen has been trying to build a music career on blogs for a few years now. This week, he got a big boost thanks to Canada’s favorite half-American rapper. The falsettos fly as the two half-rap/half-sing about how they’re too busy to party on weekends. As the song's title suggests, they get their kicks on Tuesdays instead. The looping, droning synth couples with a big bass line to make for some infectious fun. Is it too late for "Tuesday" to dethrone “Fancy” as song of the summer? Hope not.
2. How Do You Say "Twin Peaks" In Nintendo?
What is the ultimate example of early-90s nostalgia on the webs? Recreating the opening to Twin Peaks in vintage Nintendo graphics and sounds is sure a contender.
3.Everybody Loves Ishmael
The Onion's ClickHole has been doing a laudable job of satirizing BuzzFeed and other click-baity blogs for the past few months, but this week the site really nailed it. A post titled The Time I Spent On A Commercial Whaling Ship Totally Changed My Perspective On The World, ostensibly authored by a dude named Ishmael, tells an epic and familiar story of life at sea. All 135 chapters of it.
4. Muppets vs. Beasties
YouTube's isthishowyougoviral has made Muppets sing pop songs before. As this mash-up artist continues to hone his craft, millions of dorkuses like me will never get tired of seeing our childhoods clash so gloriously with our adolescences.
5. Zelda On Robin
As The New York Times noted, it seemed like the entire internet rushed to social media to memorialize Robin Williams. The most moving tribute came from Robin’s 25-year-old daughter, Zelda, who posted on Tumblr:
My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now thats gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While Ill never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, theres minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesnt help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls Ive ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. Well just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.