Ten reactions to the band thing, and mine: 10

Ten reactions to the band thing, and mine:
10. Everyone’s doing this, so I’m not.
9. Everyone’s doing this, so I’m not, but I’m going to let them all know I’m not.
8. Everyone’s doing this and they’re fucking lemmings, so here’s a .GIF of Molly Ringwald in Chechnya oozing with non-conformity.
7. Fine, I’ll do it too, but I’m not happy about it.
6. Fine, I’ll do it too, but only with a sarcastic twist.
5. Christ, now I have to waste an hour thinking about shows I barely remembered the next day, let alone a decade later.
4. Fine, but now I have to waste an hour wondering if I should lie about bands I’ve never actually seen in order to appear more culturally nuanced while posting on a site that I’ve just spent the last twelve hours (logged onto) while slagging as derivative.
3. Holy shit, I forgot about so many of these! Remember Meat Puppets in ’89? And Richard Thompson in ’95? And, oh, wait, when was that Tom Waits show? God, we were so drunk that night you got beat up at Kvelertak!
2. I miss you, Dan. You too, Tina. And Psycho Bill! Remember how we used to walk the streets until dawn and crash warehouse parties and drink cough syrup and get tossed out of that bar for playing the Ramones too many times in a row on the juke? But most especially Gloria, who I quietly stalk on this site even though we split up fourteen years ago. Yeah, I never quite got over you, Gloria. Holding hands at the Psychedelic Furs on New Years eve at the Trocadero was probably the best night of my life.
1. That was fun.

Ten reactions to the band thing, and mine: 10

Ten reactions to the band thing, and mine:
10. Everyone’s doing this, so I’m not.
9. Everyone’s doing this, so I’m not, but I’m going to let them all know I’m not.
8. Everyone’s doing this and they’re fucking lemmings, so here’s a .GIF of Molly Ringwald in Chechnya oozing with non-conformity.
7. Fine, I’ll do it too, but I’m not happy about it.
6. Fine, I’ll do it too, but only with a sarcastic twist.
5. Christ, now I have to waste an hour thinking about shows I barely remembered the next day, let alone a decade later.
4. Fine, but now I have to waste an hour wondering if I should lie about bands I’ve never actually seen in order to appear more culturally nuanced while posting on a site that I’ve just spent the last twelve hours (logged onto) while slagging as derivative.
3. Holy shit, I forgot about so many of these! Remember Meat Puppets in ’89? And Richard Thompson in ’95? And, oh, wait, when was that Tom Waits show? God, we were so drunk that night you got beat up at Kvelertak!
2. I miss you, Dan. You too, Tina. And Psycho Bill! Remember how we used to walk the streets until dawn and crash warehouse parties and drink cough syrup and get tossed out of that bar for playing the Ramones too many times in a row on the juke? But most especially Gloria, who I quietly stalk on this site even though we split up fourteen years ago. Yeah, I never quite got over you, Gloria. Holding hands at the Psychedelic Furs on New Years eve at the Trocadero was probably the best night of my life.
1. That was fun.

All the William & Mary traditions packed in a whole year: Orientation

All the William & Mary traditions packed in a whole year: Orientation, Convocation, The Yule Log, Kings and Queens Prom and now Ring the Bell at Wren for the Last Day of Classes!
Thank you so much William & Mary for this amazing ride! An incredible year in one of the best institutions of the United States, at the historic College of William & Mary!

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And… France just qualified for the final of the Euro soccer Cup, hosted in France this year!
There are a few days left until Sunday night and the final against Portugal but… ALLEZ LES BLEUS !! 2016, c’est la bonne ! <3

Congratulations to Paul Roberts for this excellent piece on (among other obvious things) China’s buying up of Vancouver, BC, real estate, and warning…

Congratulations to Paul Roberts for this excellent piece on (among other obvious things) China’s buying up of Vancouver, BC, real estate, and warning that we southern PNW residents should be watching for signs of same … if you haven’t already noticed this at a lesser level. Paul doesn’t publish a word he hasn’t thoroughly researched, and he’s a great storyteller. Evan Anderson Mark Anderson

Young Man Ray returns home on a school break and somehow convinces his unbelievably patient but shy mother to linger among the German Expressionist…

Young Man Ray returns home on a school break and somehow convinces his unbelievably patient but shy mother to linger among the German Expressionist shadows for a few rolls of Tri-X. Long before Photoshop, it was all about hours in the darkroom and the beauty of the model. Happy Mother’s Day Chris Beaudoin. xxo.

I rarely plug games, but I do want to highly recommend The Long Dark as one of the best full immersion survival game experiences I’ve had

I rarely plug games, but I do want to highly recommend The Long Dark as one of the best full immersion survival game experiences I’ve had. Lost in the Canadian northern wilderness with only what you had on you when your plane crashed, you have to find food, shelter, warmth, and clothes while fending off wolves and bears.
No zombies. No other living humans. No working electricity.
It’s the perfect introvert game experience — and the sound, visuals, and sense of desperation make it intensely personal and intimate. There’s beauty, fear, and triumph. And it’s really just you against everything.
It’s currently on sale on Steam for $9.99. Check it out.

Burning Man was, in short, the most amazing experience of my life

Burning Man was, in short, the most amazing experience of my life. Intensely difficult, as well as breathtakingly beautiful. I danced, laughed, ran, jumped, screamed, listened, cried, smiled, learned, and loved harder than I ever have before. I am absolutely blown away by this worldwide community of unique individuals. Thank you so much to every one of you who came to Burning Man with your eyes wide and hearts open. This past week has been the most transformational…. EVER. Never have I felt more at home. I am so happy and grateful to have finally made it to the Playa.
The week before leaving for the Burn was the exact opposite of happy…. I lost my job, and my car was totaled in a hit and run collision. I felt as if I had lost everything, and my normally optimistic view on life was smothered. Frustratedly I felt that life was being cruel and unfair. After working so hard, why had this happened to me? My outlook on the future was dismal, my fear of uncertainty massive. It was hard to be excited for my first Burn. It seemed to be a frivolous cause… I was faced with difficult questions: how would I survive upon return? Shouldn’t I be staying home and figuring out my next move?
With the help of some beautiful people, I made it onto the Playa. And boy am I happy I did. I couldn’t have asked for a better camp than Camp Charlie, thank you for unicorning so hard!! The friends I made, the conversations had, the wonders I saw, and the lessons learned mended my aching heart and faith in the Flow.
I trust that life always has a way of working in your favor, whether obvious or not. I believe that losing my foundation was really a blessing in disguise. I may not know how I will pay rent next month, but now I have room to grow and carve my life’s path in the way I choose. I’ve now seen what I’ve always believed: that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. The space exists for me to manifest my own destiny. And for that I am forever grateful.
TL,DR: Thank you universe for sending me on this cosmic roller coaster! Burning Man has been the best inspiration and I intend to continue spreading the magic even further. Stay tuned for bigger and better things. I love you!
Photo by Myriam Abdelaziz

When I hear journalists refer to Donald Trump as a master of media manipulation I wince

When I hear journalists refer to Donald Trump as a master of media manipulation I wince… because I don’t think it’s true. What do you do?
Well, now you have a better option: my new post. It looks at ten examples where journalists describe him as a media genius, only to ask: is there anything masterful going on here? Here’s the link: http://pressthink.org/…/getting-granular-claim-trump-media…/
The title is: “Getting granular with the claim that Trump is some media wizard.” It includes an argument I had on this subject with Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, who has covered Trump for 20 years. And it concludes this way:
“When journalists testify to Trump’s genius as a mover of media they are bragging in a way they don’t quite realize. For they are implicitly saying: genius is required to manipulate us. Sorry, it’s not. Anyone in a position of power willing to float a false accusation can get you to cover it— and subvert your intention to cover something else. Anyone eager to make a spectacle of himself can create lurid headlines. Anyone smashing to bits norms of democratic governance will dominate the news agenda.
“If you are a man, and you bite a dog, that does not make you a master of anything. But it does make of you news.”
Here’s that link again: http://pressthink.org/…/getting-granular-claim-trump-media…/ If you want people on Facebook to see this post you know what to do: Like it, comment on it, or share it. All those gestures signal to the NewsFeed gods that something is up. Thanks, everyone.

The most basic tool a critic has is not to complain or object, but to describe

The most basic tool a critic has is not to complain or object, but to describe. Here is my latest attempt to describe what is going wrong in the press treatment of Donald Trump. I wrote it as a Twitter thread — a series of connected thoughts — on the occasion of his first 100 days.
The title is: “The everyday language of news distorts the reality of Trump.” For among my conclusions from watching press coverage of the first 100 days: Normal language will be used for what it is not in any way normal. Ready? Here goes…
On day 100 of Trump-in-power a thread about failed descriptors that keep the press from rendering the situation in its various extremes.
Forced to choose between inventing a language for a presidency without precedent and distorting the picture by relying on normal terms, the newswriters have frequently chosen inaccuracy by means of a received language, even though they know there’s nothing normal here.
With no details — and no evidence of planning or deliberation — calling a page of bullet points his tax “plan” misdescribes what he did.
It might seem harmlessly routine for PBS Newshour to announce a look back at Trump’s “foreign policy accomplishments and setbacks,” except there is no evidence that he HAS a foreign policy, and lots of evidence he does not.
The most you can say is: stuff happened, and he reacted.
It goes further. Even to say the president has views is a distortion. There are particles and waves but these do not amount to “positions.” Every report on his ‘flip-flopping’ suffers by the implication that he had some sort of position in the first place. Nope. He just said stuff.
Talk of “a steep learning curve” credits him with learning. Got any evidence of that? Reacting, yes… but learning?
My point is the press is running into trouble with basic description because the thing being described violates baseline expectations.
Now flip it around. Just as thoughtless use of normal terms distorts an extreme situation, using accurate terms may sound ‘too extreme.’ An example I’ve used: many things he does can only be explained via Narcissistic Personality Disorder. But that is off limits to newsrooms.
As Josh Marshall has written, “He is not only ignorant but clearly unaware of his level of ignorance.”
When extreme facts about a president cannot be rendered in news space without the speaker sounding extreme, the facts had better watch out. And it’s this dynamic that creates ‘normalization’ by news: an accurate account feels less believable because the reality is so whacked.
But all is not lost! Here, NBC’s Chuck Todd describes an extreme situation with Trump, but stays within the language of news. Watch the clip: it’s way better than you might think. pic.twitter.com/AeqaCv5kH2

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