April 21, 2014

Speaking of being embarrassed about my younger self, here’s a video wolfpartyjoe found online of my old band, Tri State Killing Spree*, playing live in a Philadelphia suburb in 2000, when I was 24. I’m the singer/bigmouth with the mic. Seven songs in 18 minutes, and something like four minutes of that is us fixing a broken string. By the way, sorry for the dumb shit I say starting at 11:55. That story is true, but the conclusions I drew from it were immature and I don’t feel that way anymore. But yeah, if you can forgive that youthful stupidity, you can watch me scream and roll around on the floor and maybe that’ll be amusing for you.

*—did you ever wonder why my username ended with the letters “tsks”? Now you know.

April 21, 2014

This is smarter than what I do, which is try to alienate my band members so we break up
I definitely successfully did this to one of my bands when I was 24, so believe me, I sympathize.

April 21, 2014

isabelthespy:

like, i have zero investment in john green and he skeeves me out in an “i am glad you do not work directly with adolescents, i do not always trust you to use your position of authority and respect among adolescents totally responsibly” kind of way, his books seem above everything like they would just be really unpleasant reading experiences for me personally, and i do not care for what little i have read of his prose, but i don’t really understand this universe i’ve woken up into where it’s automatically bad writing to write literal teenagers saying dumb pretentious shit.

On a similar tip can we talk about how in love everyone in my generation was with Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower back when we were all in high school/college?

OK, I had dropped out of college by then, but STILL, point stands.

April 21, 2014

themodernistwitch:

Split Feet shirts are here, featuring art by our own Melanie Barrows (yes, that’s Tonya Harding and her too-tight skate lace, an American tragedy).

You can order ‘em by emailing us at splitfeetband@gmail.com - $10 + $3 s/h or if you’re in Chicago you can come pick one up. Unisex sizes XS-2XL, fits true to size (super soft too)!

Split Feet are a great band but this gets reblogged because of the artwork tbh

April 21, 2014

The fact that the chorus on Lana Del Rey’s new song quotes from “Edge Of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks seems so in character for Lana Del Rey and I love the hell out of it.

April 20, 2014

Feeling a strong urge to shave my beard and cut all my hair off again like I did a couple years ago. I know it’s a control thing, like, my life is so fucked up right now and there are a bunch of things going really badly wrong kind of in slow motion all around me… that’s the way it always is, really. On a day to day basis there’s very little you can do to fix things, and there’s very little that will happen to dramatically escalate what’s going wrong. But it’s still this looming disaster coming around the bend and I just feel so powerless to stop it. So I want to do drastic things to my appearance as a way of asserting control over my life. I know this is what’s going on and I know it won’t help but the feeling is still there.

April 20, 2014

There’s no difference between guitar-based indie rock and guitar-based mainstream rock anymore. Liking The National is pretty much the same as liking Nickelback.

April 20, 2014
proseandpop:

Why is ABC News running this picture of Posh Spice with this item about Oscar Mayer’s weiner recall? #Journalism #Metadata

Haha I have to deal with facebook’s web-link-preview system every day so I have some idea of how this might have happened. If you look at the original story, there’s no actual image associated with it, so all the images on the page are actually random, in that they’re associated with other stories ABC News wants you to click on next, and not the story you actually came there to read. What facebook’s code does when it’s assembling one of these previews is pull the first image it runs across in that page’s data. I have no idea how it picks the image, and while a lot of times you can find the image elsewhere on the page (even though it has nothing to do with the story itself), I can’t see this image anywhere on the page. Nonetheless, it’s probably buried in the page’s coding, in a redirect code or a widget that the page uses to populate one of the sidebars or SOMETHING.
But yeah, it’s definitely not ABC News’s doing, it’s facebook’s. And believe me, the images facebook picks for your links can sometimes be tremendously frustrating, and there isn’t ever a damn thing you can do about it.

proseandpop:

Why is ABC News running this picture of Posh Spice with this item about Oscar Mayer’s weiner recall? #Journalism #Metadata

Haha I have to deal with facebook’s web-link-preview system every day so I have some idea of how this might have happened. If you look at the original story, there’s no actual image associated with it, so all the images on the page are actually random, in that they’re associated with other stories ABC News wants you to click on next, and not the story you actually came there to read. What facebook’s code does when it’s assembling one of these previews is pull the first image it runs across in that page’s data. I have no idea how it picks the image, and while a lot of times you can find the image elsewhere on the page (even though it has nothing to do with the story itself), I can’t see this image anywhere on the page. Nonetheless, it’s probably buried in the page’s coding, in a redirect code or a widget that the page uses to populate one of the sidebars or SOMETHING.

But yeah, it’s definitely not ABC News’s doing, it’s facebook’s. And believe me, the images facebook picks for your links can sometimes be tremendously frustrating, and there isn’t ever a damn thing you can do about it.

(via katherinestasaph)

April 20, 2014
thecreach:

l0werchelsea:

hotsuburbandad:

distanceetc:

Daily Mail reporter lies to food bank, steals money from the state, and from people who legitimately need it, all in the name of writing a smear article about food banks.
Mind blown.

"No questions asked" apart from all the questions they asked him…..

Well, that is awful. How much do you have to hate the poor to go as far as to steal their food and then try and shut down places that help them? What could you possibly gain from this?

My “favorite” part is the stern, accusing look he’s given, as though he’d caught them selling soylent green.

OK, so one of two things happened: either he made up a bunch of lies when asked about his economic status and reasons for needing food, in which case he should be ashamed of himself, OR the lot of journalists in the UK is bad enough that he really did need all the food they gave him and just didn’t want to admit it so instead he wrote a hit piece.
From my perspective as a working journalist in the US, both scenarios seem equally likely.

thecreach:

l0werchelsea:

hotsuburbandad:

distanceetc:

Daily Mail reporter lies to food bank, steals money from the state, and from people who legitimately need it, all in the name of writing a smear article about food banks.

Mind blown.

"No questions asked" apart from all the questions they asked him…..

Well, that is awful. How much do you have to hate the poor to go as far as to steal their food and then try and shut down places that help them? What could you possibly gain from this?

My “favorite” part is the stern, accusing look he’s given, as though he’d caught them selling soylent green.

OK, so one of two things happened: either he made up a bunch of lies when asked about his economic status and reasons for needing food, in which case he should be ashamed of himself, OR the lot of journalists in the UK is bad enough that he really did need all the food they gave him and just didn’t want to admit it so instead he wrote a hit piece.

From my perspective as a working journalist in the US, both scenarios seem equally likely.

(via piratemoggy)

April 20, 2014

I just stumbled upon this The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die live-in-studio session from about two weeks before I saw them live, and I was so stoked on how well-performed and high-quality the whole thing was that I bought the mp3s of it for $6 which is the kind of thing I NEVER do. You should watch it.