bg5000:

My fav so far.

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Just North of Something Important: Good lord, a mixed-race person who is president of the United States...

barthel:

Good lord, a mixed-race person who is president of the United States just endorsed gay marriage several years after passing health care reform. Do you know how many of those things were inconceivable 5 years ago? You can be happy about this without having to be happy about everything else the man or the country does. Tomorrow morning we should certainly go back to being unhappy about drones and torture and global warming and everything else, but for today, let’s not pretend this was inevitable. This moment is a reasonably big deal. It’s a good thing, and it didn’t have to happen, but it did. The fact of its happening can be good without saying anything about the goodness of the person doing it. There’s still a ways to go, but this had to happen before we got there, and now it has. Hooray. Have a small drink.

This, this, this, this, a billion times this, Award For Accuracy.

Madonna has been in the game since 1983. She practically invented the game, as it currently exists for pop artists. There are literally academic programs based on her career and its messages. Madonna has no business singing things like “good girls don’t misbehave, but I’m a bad girl anyway,” not because women shouldn’t sing about sex and definitely not because older women shouldn’t (I can already picture the YouTube comments and snarking squawking heads, and they make me want to yank my brains out through my forehead), but because she’s been past this since she devised her persona. It’s like a groundbreaking female artist deciding to finger-paint Tijuana bibles of herself for no reason except that’s what the market wants, and y’know, it’s not so bad, it’s easy work.
It’s not that Chris Brown is categorically unforgivable. It’s more that he’s no longer an acceptable vehicle for corporations to use to sell products to young adults. On a human level, I’m more than willing to eventually forgive Chris Brown, once he seems genuinely remorseful and changed (which, at this point, he definitely does not). But there’s no obligation to continue supporting him as a pop star. Chris Brown would not exist without millions of dollars of production and marketing and styling and whatever else. He’s not some troubled genius that exists on his own, creating pop music in a corner. He’s just a handsome and fit guy who can dance and sing pretty well. There are plenty of other people who are more than capable of filling that role and who haven’t beat a woman into a state of unconsciousness. Why not give one of them a chance to be rich and famous instead?
HelloGiggles – I’m Not Okay with Chris Brown Performing at the Grammys and I’m Not Sure Why You Are

I assume most of you have read this by now, but I’m just reblogging it to indicate my 100% co-sign. He’s made some good records since The Incident, but I honestly have a hard time listening to them, and I really was and still am sickened by how many members of the music industry rushed to his defense after it happened. The whole thing is just sad and disgusting. (And holy fuck, Ken Erlich needs to get fired for that quote.)

tomewing:

toffeemilkshake:

Winner of the award for tech banner that looks most like an ad for euthanasia services via @pinboard

Actual LOL award.

Award for Accuracy.

tomewing:

toffeemilkshake:

Winner of the award for tech banner that looks most like an ad for euthanasia services via @pinboard

Actual LOL award.

Award for Accuracy.

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barthel:

I’m sure you’ve all watched this video of Nicki Minaj meeting the two tiny girls who became a viral sensation singing “Super Bass,” because it is great. But I wanted to point out two things.

  1. The little girl’s reaction to Nicki is to scream “You’re real! You’re real!” This is a totally reasonable reaction for anyone to have upon meeting Nicki Minaj.
  2. Nicki tells the little girl to “stay in school,” like she’s a joke in a sitcom about what famous people say to kids. This is great! Fuck telling them to follow their dreams or some shit. Stay in school! Damn straight.

My current understanding of Nicki Minaj is as the Dolly Parton of rap, btw.

Award for Accuracy.

Eventually, the country will have to confront the deficit we have, rather than the deficit we imagine. The one we imagine is a deficit caused by waste, fraud, abuse, foreign aid, oil industry subsidies and vague out-of-control spending. The one we have is caused by the world’s highest health costs (by far), the world’s largest military (by far), a Social Security program built when most people died by 70 — and to pay for it all, the lowest tax rates in decades.

It’s easy to look at the stream of people cursing out “The Suburbs band” and think it represents some kind of real community. When of course it’s not: It’s just a bunch of data spun to make you laugh and feel better about the music you like. But this is the power of aggregation— it puts flesh on straw men, creating imaginary communities to rail against as well as pulling together real ones.


If you’re a kid in a world like this, what’s it like? Analysts talk glibly about “digital natives,” and parents focus on the stuff that matters most to them, like predators and privacy. I’m no expert either— but my guess is that the struggle to define yourself is as much a part of school life as it ever was, and the web is a powerful weapon in this. A teenager with a Tumblr, or Formspring, or Facebook account becomes a kind of living filter, using the vast resources of the net as a way to perform a self under the peculiarly intense spotlight of adolescence, on a stage filled with real-life friends, enemies, and consequences.

Autostraddle — If Perez Hilton Wants to Save Gay Teens from Gay Bullies, He Should Quit Being a Misogynistic Gay Bully

I am thinking of retiring the Award For Accuracy after this one, because I’m not sure anything can ever be more accurate. Paging Maura. (Via @krisvire)

With his tailored suits, gold rings, and bad-hombre mustache, he has become our most dapper weirdo, a Don Draper for people who don’t get up before sunset.