The Greatness of Weird Al

July 30, 2014

I wrote about Weird Al Yankovic in the newsletter this week and Galley Friend B.W. emailed in response: Courtesy of a college friend of mine who’s Weird Al’s children’s-book editor: With “Word Crimes,” he’s now had a top-forty hit in each of the last four decades (“Eat It,” 1984, “Smells Like Nirvana,” 1992, and “White […]

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A Philosophical Question

July 29, 2014

‘Murica? Because I have no idea what to make of that. Maybe Bobby Charette can help. (The website is okay, but the promo video on the landing page is insanely NSFW.) Update: Imagine a real-life Kenny Powers. Only lower-class. And drunk. And possibly on meth. With strippers. As part of a circus side-show.

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Trailer City

July 29, 2014

I can’t remember the last time I saw a trailer as visually stunning as the teaser for Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m open to nominations.   Possible contenders: Inception, Matrix: Reloaded

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More on Libertarians and “Desegregating” Sports

July 28, 2014

Pursuant to our discussion last week about the Reason proposal to do away with separate sports for men and women, Galley Friend L.B. left a comment that’s worth posting on its own: A very silly Reason article (but I repeat myself) — thanks for carving it up, JVL. Dumb article aside, if you haven’t seen the […]

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Atlantic Article About Ramadan Answers Itself

July 28, 2014

The Atlantic’s latest clickbait piece is an essay asking “Why Are There So Few Ramadan Marketing Campaigns?” And then, in the third graph, the author answers her own ridiculous question: In the U.S., the growth of the Muslim population is projected to climb from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030. So the reason Ramadan […]

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Show her your “O” face

July 28, 2014

It’s a Comic-Con giant Avengers: Age of Ultron poster. And it is awesome. (Santino deadpanned to me: “Black Widow is punching so hard right now.”)

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‘The Death of Superman Lives’

July 28, 2014

Holy. Fucking. Shit.  

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‘Interstellar’

July 25, 2014

The new trailer for Interstellar was just shown at Comic-Con, and the general impression seems to be that it feels a bit like Contact. Why is it that people don’t revere Contact? For me, it’s one of the two great under appreciated sci-fi movies of the last 20 years. I suppose part of the reason it gets overlooked is […]

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Libertarians on Gender and Sports

July 24, 2014

Reason has a trollish essay up arguing that we should stop segregating sports by gender. Like a lot of libertarianism itself, it’s a superficially interesting argument that would lead to practically terrible outcomes with no actual benefits, to anyone. The piece is hung entirely around the success of a single female contestant on the show American […]

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Great Moments in Law Enforcement

July 21, 2014

Cops defy stated public policy and harass a reporter trying to take pictures of public buildings in the nation’s capital. Awesome.

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Dept. of Bait and Switch

July 16, 2014

Newsflash: 96.6 percent of Americans identify as straight. Which is kind of surprising since America has been told, over and over, that 10 percent of the country is gay. This figure was trumpeted so relentlessly that eventually people kind of thought it was a low-end estimate. Which is why, two years ago, Gallup found that the […]

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Another Data Point on VOXDOTCOM

July 16, 2014

Refusal to correct an “error.” Though in Vox’s defense, it’s really hard to sort out what is and isn’t true if the “facts” aren’t on Google.

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