Highlights from Metacritic’s top albums of the year (only sampling albums I hadn’t heard of before because I don’t pay attention at all): Unto The Locust (metal) Vacation (punk) Celestial Lineage (“atmospheric black-metal”) This Is Our Science (Minneapolis-based hip hop) Space Is Only Noise (electronic) Russian Circles (instrumental metal) What Were You Hoping For?...
"Read" the Voynich Manuscript free online →
Written in Central Europe at the end of the 15th or during the 16th century, the origin, language, and date of the Voynich Manuscript—named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912—are still being debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text. Described as a magical or scientific text, nearly every page contains...
Anonymous asked: Why do you suck?
People still trying to discredit climate science... →
John C. Reilly, that John C. Reilly, singing...
When in doubt, make out. When in fear, drink beer....
Literary Genre Translations →
Original Text “I ate a sandwich and looked out the window.” Sci-Fi “I placed the allotted nutrition capsules on my tongue bed and looked to the Nahin VI-8373 space podhole.” Fantasy “My dragon, Ralfarus, and I, Genflowfla’ii, choked down the hardened cheese curd and two-part-moons-old bread as we peered out of the meeting cavern.” 19th-Century British Romance “Being but a governess with...
me: So people are starting a thing about the TV show Friends? I have some unpopular opinions about WKRP in Cincinnati I'd like to get out there as long as we're doing this
John: ok grandpa
me: The Bob Newhart Show? He's not even a real psychologist!
me: I'm just glad we can hit these subjects at the peak of their relevance
me: Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place was about more than just those three people
John: Seinfeld? That show was about something
me: yeah, consistently
me: Clarissa wasn't around long enough to actually explain it all
Learning About Work Ethic From My High School... →
Most people have jobs where being a “moral idiot,” as Crocker puts it, won’t kill anyone. Should we really demand that the guy who checks ticket stubs at the movie theater hones his craft? Well, yes. No job is too low to not warrant care, because no job exists in isolation. Carelessness ripples. It adds friction to the working of the world. To phone it in or run out the clock,...
The Ultimate Hunger Games →
It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work...– Wendell Barry, “Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms,” 1982, from Standing by Words: Essays (Saw this quote in my Tumblr feed this morning, broken up into verse, and titled “The Real Work.” The quote, like most quotes, is much, much richer in context.)
Depressingly Realistic Sexual Role Play Scenarios →
Naughty Schoolgirl and Teacher who is frustrated because of the budget cuts and the increasing pressure to teach toward standardized tests.
jasencomstock asked: Write something about an Aaron Sorkin script for a "West Wing" for Wall Street, what b-list actors are in it. what is the dramatic hook?
What Happens If I Eat Silica Gel? →
Now you know.
nebraska-admiral: Drinky Crow Gets a Job