What's more Portlandia than teasing the season 4 premiere of the show via Instagram? Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and crew posted this clip this morning to announce the show's return to IFC on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00PM. Along with the announcement comes a huge list of new and returning guests including Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, k.d. lang, Maya Rudolph, Dan Savage, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Tweedy, Kumail Nanjiani, and of course Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor.
This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff is joined by the creator of Snood, David Dobson. They talk about how he got into programming and video games, how Snood became so popular and went "viral", and what the poems in Snood were for.
"I applied my limited artistic ability to Snood and people said 'oh this is so retro and cool', and I was like 'this is the same crappy style I was making for my other games' but I think it fit this style of game better. People expected the space games to look really cool, but this artistic style fit the casual game or puzzle game better." – David Dobson on the graphics in Snood.
"I was just looking for something that wasn't a trademarked name of another game, and that sounded kind of goofy. So I just picked it because it was in my head at the time and it seemed like another game for it." – David Dobson on how he picked the name Snood.
"If you were in college at that point, only maybe a quarter of the people had computers, so people would rely on going to a computer lab or borrowing someones computer. So computers were much more communal. So people would see someone else play Snood on their computer, and then go home for break and install it on their home computer. It really spread like that, we had no marketing budget." – David Dobson on how the game spread.
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Last night, Snoop was generous enough to give Conan one of his own Snoop Dogg brand G Pen Herbal Vaporizers, and the two talked shop about their favorite kinds of "oils" and "spices" to enjoy via the device, from the standard cinnamon and eucalyptus to the more adventurous bubble gum and Girl Scout cookies. Nothing unexpected from Snoop here, but it's worth the watch to hear the way Conan asks "What kind of oils do you, uh, enjoy to vaporize?"
Last night on Letterman, Stephen Colbert showed up dressed as a sockless dandy beggar (and undercover rich man, if you watched The Colbert Report) and announced his Where’s Waldo-like appearance in the new Hobbit movie, which comes out in theaters this Friday. Colbert didn't give away his exact role or location in the film, but he did do his pointy ear pop trick again, which never gets old.