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The Man. The Myth. The Meme. Ron Swanson.

Holly and I had this video recommended on YouTube, and we were not disappointed (warning: 32 excellent minutes).

While Ron Swanson might be an exaggerated character, he’s one of a type you don’t see often in media: a consistent libertarian. It’s just not a caricature that gets portrayed often, or well. Ron Swanson was so successful because he succeeded at just that.

A ton of his lines (and excellent camera-stare facial expressions) have been turned into memes, as well as a lot of memes of course superimposed over him. Those are of varying quality. The thing is, you don’t really need to add a lot to Ron Swanson: they’ve really already done the work for us.

What are your favorite Ron Swanson moments? And have they been turned into memes? Let us know!

Parks and Recreation, with Gifs

I absolutely love Parks and Recreation. For anyone who knows me, the first conversation I had with my husband when we met was about Parks and Rec. I had just started watching it recently, and had actually watched some with the friend who introduced us, so it came up.

Mostly what came up was the awesomeness that is Ron Swanson. Interestingly enough, though he became one of the most popular characters from the show, he was only meant to be in the first season. One of his best contributions? The Swanson Pyramid of Greatness:

Swanson-Pyramid-of-Greatness

But really, the show isn’t carried by just one or two characters, and that’s what makes it amazing.  Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope is fantastic as a feminist, driven civil servant who cares maybe a bit too much about everything. Honestly, if the show had just focused on her, I’m not sure how well it would have done. It really is the ensemble cast that makes the show what it is.

One thing that constantly strikes me as amazing, and what stuck with me when I just watched the series through again, was how the romances are handled.

Spoilers, I guess… Continue reading