"By the way nobody knows. Nobody knows what the f—k is going on. You’re going to die. You’re going to lay next to the people that you know the most in life, the people that you’re going to grow old with. But you’re going to lay next to them in the middle of the night deeply curious about them and who they are, because nobody f—king knows anything."
You know what this summer was? This summer was ISIS, beheadings, missing airplanes, airplanes shot down, religious minorities being persecuted, black Americans being persecuted, militarized police, Iggy Azalea having the “song of the summer,” Robin Williams hanging himself, and finding out Hello Kitty isn’t even a fucking cat. 2014 was the summer of existentialism, and it’s the kind of summer and cultural climate during which we should all discuss the matter of dying sad, scared, confused, and alone more often.
Yes, I’d have to agree: Kristen Stewart has it figured out.
It’s all gonna be OK when we’re dead.
I am a general fan of Kristen Stewart but she should really stop plagiarizing A.J. Soprano at Bobby Bacala’s funeral
MANGORITA DRINKER BUSTED Police arrested 66-year-old Ernest Crews in front of 490 Second Avenue, Kips Bay Court, last Thursday at 9:36 a.m. Crews was allegedly drinking a 25 ounce can of Bud Light Mangorita beer in plain view on a public sidewalk.
I love that Drew Magary saves the Giants for near-last
But this is probably because he saves the Cowboys for second-last and his ‘Skins for the closeout edition.
Edit: SACRE BLEU, how did I forget that Magary merely lives in DC and is actually a Vikings fan, oh wait I forgot because I haven’t read Magary’s stuff on the regular since about 2011 and I have a life
Catching up on all the airplane seat-reclining brouhaha stuff from the last few days… never in my life have I seen so many people have a total mental breakdown over something so trivial + obvious. It’s not that the situation isn’t a problem, it’s that it’s a prime opportunity for so many to show just how irrationally entitled they feel about eliminating anything that causes even mild discomfort. I think all these people should be sedated and thrown in the luggage compartment if you ask me
If there’s one cold comfort to my bike ride organizing job (where volunteers are uncoordinated and nobody listens), it’s that I planned rides over the past three weeks that attracted over 80 potential participants.
Matt G. now has to contend with Prater getting suspended four games (I repeat: he lost his kicker for four games) and Welker being hounded into retirement over concussions, also Jay Cutler is his starting QB - I’m already loving this league year
Tumblr just did one of their “here’s a blog” things to me, and the notable part was that it used a post from a blog that was basically an explainer post for why the author hadn’t been posting to the blog in a while. Uh, cool recommendation!
Announcing that your startup is closing, followed by a reblog every minute of people disingenuously claiming that they’re “sorry to see it go” (after not using it) because I want to read all these meaningless reblogs from tech bros
Setting up some bizarre digital contraption that reblogs a hideous picture of your feet, with no caption or context, every hour for more than 24 hours.
And I’m not vagueblogging because I have something that is running through my mind that I want to keep anonymous, I’m doing it because I’m kind of at the point where I’m plainly sick of everything/everyone with a few personal exceptions, so I just want to cover as much appropriate territory as possible.
The global WordPress development community, while being best-of-breed, really lets far too many snake-oil salesmen have a platform. A lot of “development resources” are little more than content marketing articles from white dudes who once read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. Really feels like staring into the abyss to read some of these people. And then they get all the prime speaking spots at the conferences. Fake it ‘til you make it, eh? These assholes make my skin crawl, I’d take an actuarial job in one of the Dakotas if it meant I didn’t have to see these “experts” again
So yeah, other content publishing development communities are actually worse. Worse than the worst “networking” meeting you’ve ever been to. And no one’s even making money on this.
"When Taylor is in her B-girl outfit, with all the girls twerking around her, it seems like you’re playing around with the notion of how pervasive this imagery has become in pop music over the past few years. But what do you make of it when people like Earl Sweatshirt dispute your intent and claim that you’re simply perpetuating black stereotypes?
I’m a fan of his and I think he’s a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once.) But he stated clearly that he hadn’t seen the video and didn’t even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it’s this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole “controversy.” We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it’s a massively inclusive piece. It’s very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And — let’s remember — it’s a satirical piece. It’s playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and clichés and stereotypes.”
Oh, OK. Everybody can relax, because the white male director says the white girl’s video is “playing with stereotypes” and the dancers were cast “without much regard to race or ethnicity.” And also “I posted a vine to one of his tracks once” is the new “I have a black friend.”
Respectfully, the real point here is that the video is “satirical” of pop video trends. It is not a sendup of black people. It is a sendup of trendy shit from recent decades. There is nothing inherently vicious or condescending about that from a racial perspective. So I’m not convinced this is offensive or worth getting angry about.
There’s a larger discussion about commercial appropriation of hip-hop stylings but in this case it came decades before this, that ship has long sailed. It sucks, but, do you really want to still be involved in anything whose lead tastemaker right now is Eminem?
Definitely in the camp of “do it if you enjoy it!” and the fact that I will judge you for it shouldn’t make you hesitate in the least, especially if you give the $100.
If you feel bullied into it, that’s also ok! Just don’t do it, feel good about that choice, take shit from your friends and don’t worry about it, wait for them to figure out another “me too me too!!” viral video trend where it’s more comfortable for you to participate. Be dignified and give a charity of your choosing some money silently like a real adult does.