Category: This & That

Not Available In Your Area

Miss Mussel can live without Hulu, Pandora, NBC.com, Comedy Central and Spotify (nearly). What she cannot abide is being denied access to the BBC iPlayer. While Miss Mussel resented the shakedown letters that arrived at her televisionless house in Manchester…

Avant et Après

Avant Après Have you met this guy? Let’s hear about it in the comments!

Classic Jeopardy

After watching the extreme nerding-out on Mastermind, Jeopardy’s two-clues-in-every-answer format seems like child’s play. The show’s host, Alex Trabek runs a tight ship, which sadly means the Welkian moral veneer is punctured only occasionally. When the bubble is burst however,…

Sonntagmorgenwaldmusik

The Wiener horn in its natural habitat is truly a glory to behold. The countryside isn’t bad either….you know, if you’re into that kind of thing. Urlicht – Gustav Mahler | Jagdlied – Mendelssohn & Andachtsjodler, a folksong [These are…

Elementary Salome

Here’s the plot of Salome (or at least the story that inspired it) as told by an Irish schoolgirl in the 1960s. The animation house Brown Bag Films, used actual recordings made of children telling Bible stories to make an…

Ben Heine’s Pencil vs Camera

Belgian artist Ben Heine can draw and take pictures. The results of this skillz mashup are unexpectedly touching. Click the image to see more. (via Flavourwire)

How To Set A Table

From, of all places, the Department of Information Services In Kuwait, here’s how you set a table. Just in case, you know, Barry and Michelle or Liz and Phil Windsor drop in for dinner sometime.

Disponible Partout

Miss Mussel finds herself thinking and talking a lot about marketing these days. This video deserves further comment mainly because it gets so many things right – things that are basic to most other industries but seem to still be…

30-Second Rule PSA

Miss Mussel knows that we all like to discuss the finer things – high culture, articles in The Atlantic and T-shirt cannons etc – but sometimes we have to use our platforms to get the word out about new developments…

I V vi IV FTW

We all love to deride pop songs for being banal and derivative mostly because lazy generalizations are easy and also fun. All Miss Mussel is going to say is that Beethoven rocked I-V-I pretty hard and he seems to have…

T-Rex On Dating

The #operaplot cloud has descended here at OM Headquarters. If you hate opera/Twitter/fun/community then you might find the broadcasts over the next two weeks not quite to your taste. Don’t worry – as a former opera-skeptic [value, not existence] Miss…

Miss Manners On Shushing

Busy bees buzzing around OM Headquarters these days. Don’t worry though. Your withdrawal pangs will be worth it. For now, let’s hear from Miss Manners on the issue of shushers. You know who you are and yes that is Miss…

Real Mature

From Miss Mussel’s new favourite time-suck 9gag.com. Image created by the Belgian retouching firm Beefactory.

Just Listen

You’re gonna want the bad-ass speakers for this one. Most of you have probably already heard this, so if you have the disc, pop it on to avoid the soul shattering breaks in the video. Quite simply, this will change…

Premiere

It’s Christmas, 1982 and Miss Mussel is 13 days in to 4 years old. That morning, she received a new purse, a notepad with alternating pages of pastel blue, pink, yellow and green and a pencil. The paper is coarse…

Influential Beards In History

Miss Mussel would have gone for Wagner but does appreciate the difficulty of relaying the full creepiness of a neckbeard when its owner is not in profile. Illustration by Inkspills. Get a copy here.