There was a Pre-Kanye. Never an Old Kanye

There was a Pre-Kanye. Never an Old Kanye

Editorials, Music
In the film Her, Joaquin Phoenix develops feelings for an operating system. It appears mutual so they start a relationship. One day he boots up and finds that the OS is leaving him to go be young and free with other OS's.  Fellow fans, fans in spirit, fans technically, that's us. We're Joaquin Pheonix about to get ghosted by Scarlett Johanssen. It's time we begin to admit that culture is outgrowing its use for us. [caption id="attachment_49684" align="alignnone" width="300"] This was us[/caption] We need a contingency plan for remaining cool or failing that, giving off the appearance that we still are. A few suggestions: Move climate change closer to the top of your list of concerns where it belongs Adopt an aspiring tik-tok teen Retweet every bad millennial take that…
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Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots: Episode Rankings

Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots: Episode Rankings

Television
Yesterday, I fired up Netflix intending to either catch up on the latest season of Better Call Saul or continue my Star Trek TNG rewatch but decided instead to give something called Love, Death & Robots my trademark ten-minute-trial. Already, we were on shaky ground. "Love, Death & Robots" has to be one of the laziest titles you can conceive for a show. It's an h2 title at best under a much stronger h1. Irrationally, I blame Topher Grace for the naming choice. He turns up in episode 16 for a nice and interchangeable performance as guy peeking into his freezer. The remaining creative decisions look to have been handled by David Fincher and the guy who directed Deadpool so that inspired enough confidence that I decided to extend my…
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Off Topic Celebrates Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew

Off Topic Celebrates Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew

Off Topic
Bitches Brew by Miles Davis turns 48 years, 7 months, and 14 days today. To celebrate, a quick primer on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QCOJo9YH9M Released on Columbia Records, Bitches Brew marked a continuation of Davis's experimental jazz-rock phase which he began with In a Silent Way. While critical reception at the time was mixed, Bitches Brew garnered Davis his first certified gold record. Bitches Brew would go on to influence many other genres and artists, including the likes of Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. During recordings for Bitches Brew, Davis would often toss his studio musicians behind the recording booth with no direction as to what they would be recording but instead a few words on the mood or tone he wanted to capture. Notable artists who contributed to…
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Remembering Iain M. Banks

Remembering Iain M. Banks

Arts and Entertainment
Today marks five years since Iain Banks, known to fans of his science fiction novels as Iain M. Banks, died of cancer. By the time of his death, he'd become one of the most respected authors in the genre. His series of novels set in the Culture universe pushed the envelope for what utopian futures could be imagined to look like in a time when dystopian futures continue to be more popular in fiction. Using his novels, he examined everything from interventionism to isolationism to communism to feudalism through the perspectives of his marquee Culture citizens and an assortment of characters living on the fringes of the meta-civilization. He was born in Fife, Scotland in 1954. His mother was an ice skater and his father worked in the Navy. Early…
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