Tuesday, February 13, 2018

*dies* ["Ready Player One"]

The poster for the movie adaptation of "Ready Player One" just came out.

I heard it wasn't a very good book, mostly just nerdporn full of pop culture references. I may be a huge nerd, but it's going to take more than that to-

Wait a minute.


I-Is that... could it be...?

Mother of god.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Video: "Told You So" by Paramore

I've always liked Paramore, though I liked their RIOT! days more.

And then they dressed up like beatniks and my ladyboner pierced the heavens.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Article: Belmont Du Maurier, "5 Ways To Spot An Army Douchebag"

5 Ways To Spot An Army Douchebag

"The men and women of our armed forces are people who choose to serve our country with their lives. They are willing to sacrifice everything for our rights and privileges. Coming from all walks of life, the members of the military are diverse. In my few years of service, I have met and worked alongside many different personalities. There are those I’ve come to respect and admire. Yet there is also a certain other breed which exist within the military.

You can find them at the bar or on the beach with their dog tags hanging out. They’re cruising in Jeeps which cost them nearly two years salary, plastered in yellow ribbons and slogan-bearing bumper stickers (“If you don’t stand behind us, feel free to stand in front of us”). They make every effort to ensure you are aware that they are, in fact, in the military. They’re loud. They’re obnoxious. They are army douchebags..."

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Video: "The Good Ol' Days," Seth Andrews

The holiday season is about good will toward man. Here is a secular approach to that sentiment, one of my all-time favorite speeches. Acknowledging reality while also providing hope — that is the goodness.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Article: Eric Wayne, "Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art"

Very long, but extremely worth it for anyone who is interested in art, is tired of pretentiousness in the art world, or has a problem with more "modern" art.

Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art

"The simple solution to the problem of two branches of art judging each other by their own standards is to stop lumping them together. More often than not conceptual art has far more in common with other traditional art forms than painting. I’ve been saying this master-of-the-obvious trope for years, but I haven’t encountered anyone else saying it. We don’t compare “video” to film, but rather to painting. We don’t compare “performance art” to theater, but painting has another foe. We don’t compare “installation” to other kinds of exhibitions, but rather to painting. We don’t compare “sound sculpture” to music, but to deaf painting. We don’t even compare “text art” to literature, but rather to inarticulate painting. We don’t compare political protest art with agitprop, but rather with politically irrelevant painting. In each case, painting automatically loses, because it can’t do what those other forms can, and they are thus seen as going beyond the boundaries of painting. This is as stupid, if you stop and think about it, as deeming music inferior to painting because it’s blind.

[...] Imagine a gunfighter walks into a Kung fu school and challenges anyone to a fight: their fists versus his bullets.. Nobody will accept the challenge, and he declares himself the fighting master. According to his criteria, he has “checkmated all conventional notions” of fighting arts, but from the perspective of the Kung fu masters, he’s not even capable of a real fight. As long as the gunfighter’s paradigm is paramount, he has a vested interest in martial arts and gun-fighting being lumped together under “fighting arts”, in which case he is the easy victor. But if “gun-fighting” is a separate category, he may not even be exceptional at all against other gun-slinging, quick-draw artists, or anyone in the military. This is the drawback for conceptual art of separating it from “visual art” – it loses it’s easy supremacy it never deserved in the first place. Conceptual art frequently is compared to painting on all the terms in which painting can’t compete, and none of the ones in which it can."