LOLCats.com Things Bumbershooters have failed at, according to survey distributed before show:
LOLCats.comThings Bumbershooters have failed at, according to survey distributed before show:
Percent of Bumbershooters who think the smell of failure is burnt popcorn, according to same survey: 42.
Best instance of unintentional humor at Bumbershoot: Cheezburger Network CTO Scott Porad's slideshow on failure at first refused to load.
Most depressing insight into lives of Cheezburger employees: "I don't think people involved in running the site have ever had much success in making LOLcats."
Most intriguing speaker introduction: "This summer she animated small pieces of trash in her van," said of filmmaker Britta Johnson before her lecture on the uncanny valley.
True statement of the day: "Even Tom Hanks without makeup and with a bunch of weird crap on his head looks more human than the animated version" in The Polar Express, said Johnson.
Most useful vocabulary word learned: Neoteny is the scientific word for looking baby-faced. Bonus: Its Wikipedia page compares Pomeranians to fetal wolves.
Most inspired audience question (asked in a totally deadpan tone): "Why der teh LOLspeakz?"
The second installment in the Why This, Why That, Why Now series, "Why Vampires? Why Abe Lincoln? Why Now?" will be today at 2 on the Words & Ideas Stage.