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Tonight’s musical selection is “Conversation 16” by The National from the album High Violet. Kristen Schaal, who plays the POTUS, is one of my favorite voice actors — she is Louise Belcher on Bob’s Burgers and Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls.

Doge on the Internets


Do you know about doge? Doge is the meme of the moment, reports Gawker:

Doge is a meme which, at its most basic, consists of a picture of an adorable shiba inu dog photoshopped onto a scene, then surrounded by a cloud of multi-colored words and phrases. The words are supposed to be the dog’s internal monologue, and the dog is astonished, it seems, by the very fact that it is having an internal monologue. (Dogs aren’t supposed to have monologues, see.) The text consists of short, ungrammatical exclamations of surprise about the situation the dog is in and of which it finds itself suddenly, unnaturally aware.

Like any good meme, the text adheres to an easy-to-follow formula, which starts with “Wow,” then continues something like “Such X,” and “Many X,” “So X,” where X is words related to the background image.

Tech writer Asher Wolfe recently commented on doge’s explosive popularity:

Wow! I’m a month late!

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and