Best of Video Downloads, September 1st

If the groundhog is there to help us figure out when winter ends and spring begins, then Jerry Lewis is here to let us know when summer is giving way to fall. As a kid, seeing the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon filled me with a sense of dread that could only be attributed to the beginning of another school year… and since we only had five channels until cable arrived when I was in junior high, there was no escaping him. Nowadays, Jerry’s appearance means that the quasi-reality game show/basic cable summer series portion of the year is ending and TV is kicking back into full swing. But as you fill your Now Playing List with new episodes of your favorite shows, remember to sprinkle in some Video Downloads, which are always in season. Here’s what I’ve been enjoying this week.

  • iFanboy: Y: The Last Man. The guys at iFanboy took a look back at the entire “Y: The Last Man” series and talk about the themes, questions and over-arching awesomeness of the comic book series. Yes, it will someday be a movie, but do yourself a favor and read the entire comic book series first…if for no other reason than the fact that there’s a monkey named “Ampersand.”
  • Diggnation: Live at NVISION 08 in San Jose. Yes, I am a total Bay Area fanboy so there’s no way I could let this go by without mentioning it. Last week, Alex and Kevin from Diggnation did a live show here in San Jose and the nerds showed up in force. It’s awesome to see an online show translate from a webpage to an auditorium full of screaming fanboys.
  • Wine Library: 6 Wines from VA. As I just mentioned, we’re in the Bay Area (home of some of the best wines in the world) but I’m originally from Virginia (home of some of the worst “wines” in the world) so it was great to see Gary V. and the Wine Library team tasting and (for the most part) enjoying wines from my home state.
  • The Totally Rad Show: Geekdipointment. You know a host (or in this case, a group of hosts) has something going for them when you find yourself enjoying something that might normally bore you to tears. That was the case this week as the TRS gang attempted to make their own clever t-shirts. Watching Dan try (and fail, and fail, and fail, and fail) to come up with something funny to put on a shirt was hilarious. It’s amazing what these three can find to compete in.
  • The Onion: Portrayal Of Obama As Elitist Hailed As Step Forward For African Americans. There’s not a lot to say about this other than the fact that there’s nothing more inappropriately hilarious than The Onion. They’re not afraid of anything or anyone and that’s just plain awesome.

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