Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement speech at the University of the Arts, something as he said he found a bit flummoxing since he’d never been to college. He gave a lovely speech, and not just for those who want to go into the arts:
1) First up, the Minnesota Public Radio show Wits had Neil Gaiman on with host John Moe and at one point, Gaiman called up Adam Savage, co-host of the very fun science show Mythbusters, and got Savage to do his dead-on Gollum impersonation:
2) Keenan Cahill is a teenager with Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome who has become a video sensation for the comic way he lip-synchs popular songs. This has led to him doing videos with the actual music stars and others. This one, set to his pal Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night,” is fun because he’s joined by several cast members of the t.v. musical show Glee — Dianna Agron, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz — clearly in a back corridor of an arena where the Glee folk are doing their summer concert tour, and they got terribly silly. My daughter is a firm Darren Criss fan, so I include it — he’s the one in the pink sunglasses:
3) Funny or Die hits it out again with a fake promo for a fake Showtime show, Dark Ages. You have to doubleclick on this one, but it’s worth it just for the “Take Me” shot. Who here wants this to be a real show?
4) And lastly, it’s the Harry Potter time of year as the movies draw to a close, and so here are two Potter comedy videos, both concerned with the school houses of Hogwarts:
Hogwarts: What House Are You?:
And the music video “Wizard Love” by Meekakitty, featuring heyhihello:
Re the campaign, One Book, One Twitter, to promote literacy and reading, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has been selected by vote to be the first book that Twitter participants are encouraged to all buy and read together. You can read more about it here:
Needless to say, this is a very nice thing, and nice that a SFF novel is the kick-off title. Gaiman was a logical choice as he is already well-known. This will have excellent ripples in the field if it works properly. Also, if Gaiman owes you any money, now is the time to hit him up.