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StreamConNYC 2015!

Kwiddle and Bobidoo are hanging out at StreamConNYC 2015, trying to learn what they can to make better videos! So far, they’ve learned that you need to …

  1. Keep it Real
  2. Create make-up videos
  3. Think about making stuff for families!
  4. Mommy from the Mommy and Gracie Show is really smart!

 

30 Oct 2015
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What it’s like when you’ve got Ulcerative Collitis

TL;DR – Fred Chong Rutherford talks about his perspective on Ulcerative Collitis, and how the disease helped him learn how to live.

I got diagnosed with Ulcerative Collitis in 2001, after a year of mysterious blood and weird pain. After 15 years of the disease, I’ve realized that there is nothing in life that can stop you, only things that can slow you down. Whether you keep going is up to you.

Here’s what this long essay is all about!

  • What is Ulcerative Collitis (aka the UC?)
  • Getting Diagnosed
  • Staying positive when your health is a mystery
  • Side Effects are MEH!
  • Living

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15 Oct 2015
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Thinking about the Mikado: A public vow to rewrite this show in one year

TL;DR – The Mikado is racist. I am writing my own version of the show that jettisons the unstated racism and sexism, and makes them an overt part of the show. I vow to complete the writing of this in one year.

After reading about yet another staging of The Mikado that planned to put people in yellowface, and also reading yet another defense of The Mikado as not really racist, but just a ‘produce of it’s time’ I realized that the thing to do is not to complain about what other people are doing, but realize that I have all the tools and talent I need to make a better version of this show.

Do as my heroes would do, understand the work that needs to be recreated, understand the new thing I’m making, and looking forward to a lot of hard work! This is what this post is all about!

  • Amy Poehler is my Spirit Animal (at least one of them)
  • The Mikado: Racism, sexism, and classism in a story that needs none of these things
  • The Mikado, as it is currently written and typically staged, is also racist
  • Opportunity is another way of saying hard work (But Hard Work is fun!)

(more…)

18 Sep 2015
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4 Celebrity Impressions from the 1980s | Shortles Ep 106!

Be ASTOUNDED at the AMAZING ACCURACY of these 4 (count them FOUR!) incredible celebrity impressions of celebrities who were celebrated in the 1980s!

CREDITS
Featuring: Marmalade
Music: Ambler by Kevin MacLeod | http://www.incompetech.com

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14 Aug 2015
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Arguing | Shortles Ep 105!

Why do we have dumb arguments? Uncle Prunce has a theory that could change your life!

CREDITS
Featuring: Uncle Prunce
Music: Ambler by Kevin MacLeod | http://www.incompetech.com

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07 Aug 2015
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Deep Breaths! | Shortles Ep 104

The most important thing you can possibly learn when a place is out of banana popsicles is the power of simply taking a deep breath!

CREDITS
Featuring: Bobidoo
Music: Ambler by Kevin MacLeod | http://www.incompetech.com

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06 Aug 2015
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Interview with 4 Foam Fingers on Fleecehead.com!

TL;DR – Fred Chong Rutherford talks about why he started the Help Machine and what it has to do with puppets!

Fleecehead.com is a fun website from a guy named Steve all about things pop-culture, including many things puppety! Steve is doing an interview project called ‘4 Foam Fingers,’ wherein the interview subject gets asked 4 questions.

  1. Where did you get your start in Puppetry? Was there a moment where you knew puppets would consume your life?
  2. Do you have a favorite moment in your career, or a project that you feel defines your body of work?
  3. Where do you draw character inspiration from? Do you have a set way of creating or do you allow spontaneity to take over?
  4. Name one tip you would give an aspiring puppet builder / performer?

For the answers, and to check out other interview’s in Steve’s 4 finger series, read the Help Machine’s interview on 4 Foam Fingers!

05 Aug 2015
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Five Amazing Kiwi Fruit Facts! | Shortles Ep 103

Kiwi Fruits are Amazing! How amazing? These five amazing TRUE ACTUAL REAL FACTS about Kiwi Fruits will shock and amaze you with their TRUE ACTUAL FACTNESS AMAZINGNESS!

CREDITS
Featuring: Marmalade
Music: Ambler by Kevin MacLeod | http://www.incompetech.com

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01 Aug 2015
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8 Signs that characters are Doomed! | Shortles Ep 102

If you watch a lot of TV, movie and internet things, you know it’s often totally obvious when a character is doomed! Learn the 8 signs that a character … is DOOMED!

CREDITS
Featuring: Bobidoo!
Music: Ambler by Kevin MacLeod | http://www.incompetech.com

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31 Jul 2015
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Let yourself be awesome! | Shortles Ep 101

Uncle Prunce felt sad until he realized that we all have the power to make the world great! Let yourself be awesome!

CREDITS
Featuring: Uncle Prunce
Music: Ambler by Kevin MacLeod | http://www.incompetech.com

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30 Jul 2015
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