“If your main argument for how to grow the economy is, ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors, then you’re missing what this job is about.’”—President Obama hits Romney on his Bain Capital experience. (via think-progress)
“It’s a uniquely American prudishness. You can write the most detailed, vivid description of an ax entering a skull, and nobody will say a word in protest. But if you write a similarly detailed description of a penis entering a vagina, you get letters from people saying they’ll never read you again. What the hell? Penises entering vaginas bring a lot more joy into the world than axes entering skulls.”—Rolling Stone interview with George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song Of Ice And Fire series that Games Of Thrones is based off. Issue date: May 24, 2012 (via mattinreallife)
I think everyone basically shares my opinion of The Colour and the Shape being ranked first. The self-titled is an amazing album, but when I was discovering Foo Fighters it was Colour and Nothing Left that I heard first so I had to go back to the self-titled and it didn’t have as much of an impact on me.
In Your Honor might have been higher if it had been a proper single disc album. There’s just too much filler, so the ratio of good songs to “meh” songs is too low. Not to mention that the acoustic disc is basically all filler. And if they ever put out a proper B-Sides album, it would probably be position four or five; they have some amazing songs and covers that never got released on an album.
Also, Echoes is their number one album on iTunes… what?
“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”—
This wonderful anecdote about Maurice Sendak captures just about everything that made his work and spirit great.
The thing that I most enjoy about all this news though, is the fact that homophobes and bigots have to hear about it all. With Facebook and social media, they can no longer just stay in their little bubbles and avoid things that don’t fit in with their close-minded worldview. With every article that shows up on their news feed, they have to re-affirm their hate-filled beliefs, and continue to feel uncomfortable. Good. Keep squirming. And hopefully someday that squirming will cause the resolve to break and they will realize that hate is a shitty way to live.
I was actually writing up a post on a wish list for the cast of a future Justice League film, but then I realized that I had some general wishes for the any of the future DC films. Here are some of those random thoughts.
Do not attempt an Avengers. Marvel had an endgame in place when Iron Man first debuted. DC has demonstrated that they have a little harder time coordinating like that, and I doubt they have something in place currently for Man of Steel. But cross-film continuity is not necessary right now. Everyone knows these characters, we don’t need a reboot and origin story each time. DC’s animated division is making great movies from single, contained storylines and I think films could work like that as well, kind of like the James Bond series.
When the Justice League movie happens, don’t get greedy with characters. Marvel had already put in place backstories for four of the six main characters, and a semi backstory for Black Widow. And even then, there are few people besides Whedon who can handle an ensemble storyline like that. I would limit a Justice League film to four or five main heroes To me, there are six main players: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Flash. In my opinion, the only one that needs to be in it is Superman, arguments can be made for any of the others to be left out.
Leave Batman alone for a while. Nothing anyone makes in the near future will get even close to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, don’t taint that. I’m okay with Batman having a role in a Justice League film as long as he isn’t the main focus.
Use Kyle Rayner for Green Lantern. Everyone who is at least familiar with DC Comics and/or the Justice League knows Hal Jordan. Jon Stewart had many seasons worth of the animated series, and I don’t think is even that interesting of a character in general. The only other Earth Lantern is Guy Gardner and he’s just a dick and no one likes him. Rayner’s Lantern is much more interesting because he needs to figure out the power on his own without a corps to back him up. Also, there is no need to waste time establishing the rest of the corps and Oa.
Be careful with Wonder Woman. Personally, I would just wait until Joss Whedon is done with his Marvel responsibilities and let him do what he originally wanted to. All of the articles about Justice League casts I read just went straight to a hot actress that had been in previous action films a la Gina Carano, but this is the absolute wrong way to go. Anyone else remember Catwoman? A female superhero needs to be written and performed smartly to be successful. Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 vs. The Avengers is a perfect example. We first see her as eye candy, but she becomes a compelling character with someone better behind the script.
Pay attention to the fans. I don’t feel like DC has paid any attention to their key demographic when it comes to making decisions and it has been to their detriment, besides Nolan’s Batman (he can do what he wants at this point because he had previously established that he knows what he’s doing).
Again, I will use Marvel as the example. These are the ones I thought of off the top of my head:
They put in references to other comics constantly, even when it doesn’t specifically tie in to one of their concurrent films.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick fury.
And the ultimate… Joss Whedon. If we had it our way, he would be behind every comic book film ever and Marvel gave him the chance everyone was waiting for.
“Forget about Kurt Cobain for a second: For kids like me, the Beastie Boys invented the 90s. Technology was changing fast and the world was shrinking rapidly. Between their music and label/magazine Grand Royal, the Beasties showed how to reach out and scoop up all the best parts. New York hip-hop and punk rock, Japanese pop, Jamaican dub— all of it could be gathered and re-assembled into something that reflected who you were. This sort of cultural mixing was nothing new, but the Beastie Boys brought it to the mainstream. They were ambassadors, but their hipness didn’t look down on anybody. It felt inclusive.”—Mark Richardson remembers MCA. (via pitchfork)
If you don’t own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or HTC Nexus One, move along. I guess this app works for other phones in a limited capacity, but from what I can tell I would just as well skip it. However, if you have one of the two mentioned phones, this app is a must.
Light Flow lets you completely customize your build in multi-color LED for notifications. What it does is make sure that the LED blinks a specified color for any notification that your phone receives, that way you can tell exactly what kind of message is waiting for you even with the screen off. It supports all the built in apps like Voice Mail, Messaging, and Gmail, as well as third party apps like Foursquare and Tweetdeck. It can also activate the LED for low battery, no signal, bluetooth connectivity, etc.
This functionality should really just be built in, and is on some custom roms. To me, it is indispensable. You can pick it up in the Google Play Store for $1.99. There is also a "Lite" version that doesn’t have as much third-party app support.
I bought the $80 Kindle as soon as they announced it. I had been thinking about it for a little while, and at that price point I couldn’t resist. It’s been great, and I didn’t mind the ads at first but they started to bug me. I started searching online and found quite a few instructions for removing them but they all only had a partial solution; the ads went away but it would only show the default screensaver and would sometimes display an error message. Then, I found a comment on Geek.com’s tutorial that had a method which basically converted it to a regular non ad-supported kindle; no error messages, and rotating artwork as the screensaver. It worked perfectly on mine, and it also works with the kindle touch as well. Here are the instructions (for Windows, although a similar method probably works on Mac):
Backup Your Files
Connect the Kindle via USB to your computer.
Access the Kindle drive and copy the Documents folder (this contains your books), and any other files you want, on to your computer.
Unplug the Kindle from the computer.
Reset to Factory Defaults
Press the Menu button and select Settings.
In the Settings screen, press Menu again and select Reset to Factory Defaults.
Select ok on the warning popup.
After a few seconds, the Kindle will restart itself.
When the Language Selection screen appears, choose your desired language.
When the Set Up Your Kindle screen appears, stop, and do not go any further yet.
Show Hidden Files and Folders on Your Computer
Navigate to Folder Options. On Windows 7, it’s in the Control Panel.
Click on the View tab.
Click the radio button next to “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”, and un-check “Hide protected operating system files”.
Prevent the Ads
Re-connect the Kindle to your computer.
Access the Kindle drive and put the Documents that you previously copied to your computer, back in to the Kindle.
Open the System folder on the Kindle.
Right click anywhere in the folder and create a new text document. Enter “a.txt” as the filename.
Hold down Shift, and right click. This time select “Open Command Window Here”.
In the command window, type this exactly, “ren a.txt .assets” and press Enter.
Right click on the .assets file and select Properties.
Check the Read-only check box and close the Properties dialog.
Eject the Kindle from your computer and disconnect it.
Complete the Kindle setup.
And that’s it! No ads. You can confirm this just by putting the Kindle in standby, it should show some sort of picture instead of an ad.
Top Artists for the week ending Sunday 29 April 2012
The Used (21)
Good Old War (21)
The Weeknd (20)
Jack White (17)
Still not a huge fan of the new Used album, but it’s growing on me. Jack White’s new stuff is no White Stripes, but it’s decent, not great. And everyone should definitely check out SBTRKT. Saw them at Coachella and their latest album does not disappoint. They also go great in a playlist with The Weeknd.