December 2, 2018
It's that time of year again, to share the clip of cybergoths raving to Christistmas music (related, previously). And this isn't dance-shaming the fact that goths can dance to anything around 160 BMP (The Verge), but a goofy intro to gothic music for winter holidays. Happy Gothmas! Top 10 Goth Christmas songs (Houston Press). Post-Punk dot com has more Christmas songs for Goths, while Darklinks provides Dark and Dreary Goth/ Industrial and Steampunk Songs for a Macabre Christmas Holiday Season. Or skip the descriptions and justifications for song selections and enjoy a YouTube playlist of 50 Gothic Christmas music tracks/ videos plus some bonus links to albums and compilations.
New Mexico's statehood questioned during marriage license application in the District of Columbia. [more inside]
1962 saw the release of a truly classic Holiday album -- The Glorious Sound of Christmas, from the Philadelphia Orchestra [44m]. Lush playing under Eugene Ormandy and creative arrangements by Arthur Harris lift the familiar carols well above most holiday fare that has come before or since. With the Temple University Concert Choir. Side A: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Joy To The World, Oh Holy Night, O Come O Come Emanuel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Ave Maria [more inside]
One reason City Ballet’s 1954 production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” remains enchanting has to do with the delightful children who appear in it: 126 students, ages 8 to 12, from the City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet are participating this year. They all carry their share of responsibility - but here's what it's like to be the Nutcracker Prince, and Marie in New York City Ballet's Nutcracker.
For anyone not completely swamped by climate change news, Michael Ranney, professor of Education at the University of California, created this informative website with a series of short videos explaining the basic mechanisms of global warming. As explored by this article , misinformation, along with ulterior motives, selective evidence scanning, and an overly fatalistic mindset, is one of the biggest reasons some still deny climate change is happening.
The rising tide of fascism cannot be defeated through liberal reformism. We will win the battle for our lives, our dignity, and our planet by coming together as working people to form a global movement -- a new popular front -- to end capitalism once and for all. Video (Via Means Of Production) for The Progressive International.
Thanks to tireless work by the Moscow Museum of Design, a forgotten institute’s lost work is being introduced to a new generation of designers.
Creepbay: the weird side of online shopping. “Sometimes, with an emphasis on actual creepy and scary stuff. If it is creepy, fantastic, weird, crazy, stupid, hilarious, or strange, and it is for sale, we are all over it. The awesome stuff too. We also explore weird paranormal news.”
Despite rink closures, the mostly black skate scene thrives underground. [NYT] “Skating goes deep for us,” said Brandon Young, 27, a custodial worker in the Newark public school system, who skates at Branch Brook most Sundays and who teaches others the form. “It’s a whole culture.” The connection between African-Americans and adult skate nights is deeply linked to the country’s wrenching history of segregation. That relationship, which includes racist policies and the rich culture that rose up in reaction, is the subject of “United Skates,” a documentary that opened this weekend in New York and Los Angeles and will be shown on HBO in February. [more inside]
Left-wing Critics of Mass Immigration Have a (Weak) Point - "Mass immigration creates problems for the left. Tighter borders can't be the solution." [more inside]