October 14, 2020

"Always the cowboy, never the cow" 🐄

I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Baby! is a fresh self-launched earworm and fun video by fledgling singer-songwriter (and self-proclaimed "Global Celebrity Teen Pop Sensation From Ireland") CMAT, who describes her musical style as "Dolly Parton meets Weird Al Yankovic, mixed with Katy Perry." [more inside]
posted by taz at 11:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Jonathan Richman in Concert -- An Embarrassment of Riches

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers TopPop Special September 16, 1978

Jonathan Richman Live in Barcelona Spain 1987 Part 1

Jonathan Richman Live in Barcelona Spain 1987 Part 2

Jonathan Richman Full Set Live Stream Capture Burger Boogaloo 2015 [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 11:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Amy Coney Barrett pledges 'open mind' and plays down conservative record

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s nominee to the US supreme court, promised to keep an “open mind” when considering cases before the court during a final round of questioning on Wednesday, as Republicans declared her confirmation all but assured despite Democrats’ forceful opposition.
posted by geoff. at 8:28 PM PST - 308 comments

"It's an interesting flavor profile. It has potential."

"Baking Bad" by heyjupiter: "Jesse Pinkman and his former home-ec teacher Walter White are co-owners of Heisenbrew's Uncertainty, an up-and-coming food truck." A Breaking Bad fanfic with a happy ending, tags: "Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés, Father-Son Relationship, Drug Addiction, Recovery, Minor Character Death, Emotional Hurt/Comfort". Found via capricorn on MeFi five years ago. Also: "Illicit Alchemy" by Eric Lewis (published this year), a short fantasy story about an alchemist who gets way deeper into her employers' business than she wants.
posted by brainwane at 5:42 PM PST - 13 comments

i hugged my dog & cried while listening to this

Twoonty covers popular songs as K.K. Slider, a famous canine musician in Animal Crossing, including The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us! (Sufjan Stevens), No Surprises (Radiohead), and This Charming Man (The Smiths). [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 4:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Dangling Chads

It’s no surprise, then, that we’ve come to relish jokes about men who are totally uninterested in sex, because there’s an element of recognition there. There’s pretty much no surprise or shock value left to wring out of being horny on main now, and like the sexless men of the jokes we’ve come to love, we’re refusing to take the bait. From The Rise of the Unhorny Man [MEL] [CW: NSFW language, racy pictures, dubious links]
posted by chavenet at 2:21 PM PST - 55 comments

ATC: Report, did you remember the milk? Acknowledge.

The old air traffic control tower for WLG is for sale. And it is zoned as a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom residential property complete with street number and letter box. And of course the Air Traffic Control deck with (obviously) quite a view of the runway. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 1:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Tall Man Out

A cultural history of Satyajit Ray’s height
posted by infini at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord

Matthew Desmond (previously, 2, 3) reports: "For years, Jackson, Chacón and other residents of five buildings in the city’s Corcoran neighborhood had been involved in a prolonged battle against their landlord, Stephen Frenz, and his business partner, Spiros Zorbalas. The tenants had mobilized for better conditions, resisted evictions and participated in a rent strike. They had banded together and pushed the City Council to revoke Frenz’s rental license. It eventually did, stripping his ability to collect rent. But Frenz still owned the apartments where Jackson and Chacón lived. He wanted everybody out so he could renovate and sell to the highest bidder. The tenants had another idea: They wanted Frenz to sell to them."
posted by jshttnbm at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Resurrecting a Zombie Comic Strip (Keep the Exploding Boats, Please!)

This week marked the debut of a new writer/artist for "Mark Trail". "Mark Trail" is an American newspaper comic strip that's been running since it was first created by Edward Dodd back in 1946. The new writer is Jules Rivera, creator of "Love, Joolz", and now "the sole daily syndicated female Latinx cartoonist." This might seem like just a mildly interesting, perhaps encouraging development, but in the world of newspaper comic syndicate discussion forums and social media more broadly, there's no story so small that it can't be the cause of crazed over-reactions.
posted by Ipsifendus at 8:47 AM PST - 39 comments

Getting it Hobbit-on

The forthcoming Lord of the Rings adaptation, with five series on order and a budget over $1billion, may, like Game of Thongs, contain nudity and "scenes of a sexual nature". The original Tolkien books, and Peter Jackson adaptation, were bereft of elf-on-orc and similar action (maybe not). However, an intimacy coordinator may have been hired, plus requests for actors 'comfortable with nudity'. Some are not happy, but others are up for a "never before seen" story. Speculation and more and desire.
posted by Wordshore at 5:31 AM PST - 186 comments

Genshin Impact: Paying for love

At the time, mainstream games made money from the hatred between players after a battle. Revenue came from competition among players. We asked ourselves why we would want to pay: it’s because we love a certain virtual character that we become willing to pay for her. This impulse to pay was the opposite of what mainstream games had to offer at the time. [more inside]
posted by xdvesper at 2:53 AM PST - 39 comments

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