Taxonomy of a Twitter Meme’s Intent

Today, one of my favorite twitter follows, @cher, posted a meme that only a 71-year old pop super star would tweet out: Nuf said pic.twitter.com/LByOrc0Xob — Cher (@cher) December 18, 2017 with this picture: I was immediately captivated. There’s just so many things slightly off here: the artifacted-to-shit image, the neutral quotation mark at the… Read more »

17 songs, 2017

Foreword: One of my favorite parts of every year are the year-end lists that media commentators come out with in December of every year. It’s kind of a stupid system especially with these mid-year lists that are happening with ever-more-frequency. But I like it! I like lists. I love lists. I’ve done music lists in previous… Read more »

Project Highrise: Simulators and Difficulty

This past Thanksgiving weekend I finally broke down during the Steam sale and bought a game I’ve had on my eye for a while: SomaSim’s Project Highrise. As a huge 90s sim game fan, the aesthetics were immediately familiar to me. Highrise is an homage to an old favorite, Maxis’ SimTower. Project Highrise lives up to its successor–or at least… Read more »

Destiny 2 Sucks.

I only own a PC, so by default I am a PC gamer. I’m avid, though–I’m into it. So I watched the original Destiny release from afar with a kind of detached curiosity. The game was popular, well-reviewed (I think?), and some friends liked it–even a few friends who rarely played shooters. It kinda looked like… Read more »

Quick Thoughts: Search Party

With the start of TBS dramedy Search Party beginning season two, I thought I’d record a quick thoughts on the show’s first season. I had it on my list forever and finally got around to it last week and I really liked it! I now regret not watching it when it came out last year–but then… Read more »

Quick Thoughts: The Good Place

As a fan of all things Mike Schur, I approached The Good Place eagerly when I heard about it. And I liked it! Season 1 was great, and I’ve since caught up to the ‘fall finale’ of season 2. (Damn what’s with these months-long breaks network shows do in the middle of seasons–lookin’ at you, Brooklyn Nine-Nine!!!) It’s… Read more »

R&B of the Aughts comes to 2017

Rina Sawayama, London musician, has released RINA, her first EP. It’s a short little thing if you’re not counting interludes, just six tracks. But it’s a whopper! It’s a fun EP of R&B that would have sounded at home (if a bit experimental) in the late 90s/early 00s. I can’t get enough of it. I think… Read more »

An Exploration of a Generation’s Ills

Kids These Days from Malcolm Harris is a much-needed look into way the political economy of the United States shaped and formed the oft-maligned Millennial generation. The book takes the reader on a journey through the aggregated life experiences of Millennials (thus far), starting from the pressures placed on us in elementary schools and onward… Read more »

Nathan For You Blurs Reality TV and Reality Itself

Nathan For You, Nathan Fielder’s terrific mock business reality show just aired its season 4 finale last week. “Finding Frances” focuses on washed-up Bill Gates impersonator Bill Heath’s regrets over a lost romance and the search for a woman he hasn’t seen since the late 50s. It’s illuminating, hilarious and compellingly human, and it’s perhaps… Read more »

Blue Planet II Has Begun.

In the past year I’ve gotten super into all things David Attenborough. The man is a living treasure and the moving pictures he talks over are quite nice. Last year saw the issuance of a sequel to Planet Earth, a classic weedsmoke-and-gaze show from my college years. Planet Earth II was incredible. Better than the first,… Read more »