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"Saturday Night Live" cast member Brooks Wheelan's video documenting his past year as he went from L.A. engineer to SNL star.
New "Saturday Night Live" featured cast member Brooks Wheelan decided early last year to start keeping a video diary, recording one second of video a day of something interesting and putting it all together into a music video at the end of the year, which he posted earlier this week. He started the year as an engineer who did comedy at night in Los Angeles, and ended it living in New York City and working on SNL.
It's not an original idea — people have been doing photo a day journals for a while now, and the video idea has gained more prominence in recent years as shooting video gets built into our phones and other devices. Wheelan himself notes that he stole the idea from fellow comedian Rory Scovel, who did a similar video in 2012.
Wheelan describes the experience:
"I picked a very lucky year to film. I started it off as an LA stand up comic with an engineering day job, and through a crazy turn of events, I ended it working at Saturday Night Live. This was a very fortunate year."
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Meltdown Comics' store manager tallies up a Bitcoin order using a Bitcoin merchant application on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Meltdown Comics started taking the buzzworthy currency of the moment, Bitcoin, at its store on Thursday, joining the growing but still small in number ranks of physical stores that take bitcoin.
Bitcoin is a "cryptocurrency," essentially serving as digital currency that's protected by cryptography. It's been tied to illicit activities due to the ability to bypass traditional routes that could lead to transfers being tracked, but it's also been gaining some mainstream acceptance.
While comics have been sold on online sites for bitcoin, Meltdown says that it's the first brick-and-mortar comic book store to accept bitcoin.
The first purchase via Bitcoin was "The Death-Ray" by Daniel Clowes (who you may remember being in the news lately after getting allegedly ripped off by Shia LaBeouf), purchased by a correspondent for Bitcoin site Spelunk.in who was also a longtime customer who convinced the store to take the currency, according to an interview on the site. That same correspondent went back for another purchase later, which included an "Adventure Time" trade paperback.
Get your tissues ready, celebrity cat lovers.
Beloved Internet-famous sourpuss, Colonel Meow, has died. His keeper, Anne Marie Avey, announced his passing Thursday via his Facebook page:
Believe it or not, before he became a famous cat, Colonel Meow was homeless in Seattle. Luckily, he was rescued by the Seattle Himalayan and Persian Society, who put him up for adoption in 2011.
That's when Avey, strolling through her local Petco, happened to catch a gray fur ball in the adoptable cats section. She was drawn to Colonel Meow (before he was named Colonel Meow), and after watching him claw and meow at her through the glass, she decided she had to have him. Avey and the Colonel later moved to Los Angeles.
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Video: Toyota ad starring Terry Crews and the Muppets.
The Super Bowl is Sunday, and we know many of you just watch the show for the commercials, some of the funniest or fanciest that the ad industry creates all year.
Advertisers pay $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the Fox broadcast, expected to draw up to 100 million viewers in the United States. But you can see them many of them for free right here, days before the game itself. (Plus a couple you won't see.)
Companies looking to jump the gun and take advantage of Super Bowl advance hype to hype their own products have posted a number of ads already — though the game itself will likely have some big ads we don’t get to see until they hit the airwaves. Los Angeles is home to the shoots for a number of these ads, so keep an eye out for any locations you recognize.
1. Budweiser: “Puppy Love”
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Jay Leno talks about his relationship with his soon-to-be-former employer, NBC, with "60 Minutes."
Jay Leno is retiring from late night after leaving "The Tonight Show." Really this time, according to a new interview he gave to "60 Minutes," despite saying previously that he was considering his options and speculation that he could jump to another network.
Leno says in the interview that he can't recreate the "Tonight Show" with a new show, the Associated Press reports, so he'll be leaving late night to successor Jimmy Fallon.
He tried once before. Leno faced a backlash after staying on the NBC airwaves after he left "The Tonight Show" in 2009 with "The Jay Leno Show," before returning to "Tonight" at 11:35 p.m. and ousting his attempted successor, Conan O'Brien.
Leno tells "60 Minutes" that he was "blindsided" by being told by NBC that he was out and would be replaced by O'Brien, and that it felt like having a girlfriend break up with him.