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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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Heems, née Himanshu Kumar Suri,  just released his first studio album, Eat Pray Thug. The Queens-based rapper first came to fame as a member of Das Racist, then went on to create a number of solo mixtapes. This is his ...
Music, Race, and Religion in a Post-9/11 USA

Listen to: Heems, ‘Eat Pray Thug’

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Heems, née Himanshu Kumar Suri,  just released his first studio album, Eat Pray Thug. The Queens-based rapper first came to fame as a member of Das Racist, then went on to create a number of solo mixtapes. This is his first foray into the studio world. When challenged by his label to create a radio-friendly [&hellip
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The left ridiculed President George W. Bush’s intelligence. The right derided President Bill Clinton’s philandering. The left accused President George H.W. Bush of going to war over oil. The left said President Ronald ...
Hail to the Chief?

This President

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The left ridiculed President George W. Bush’s intelligence. The right derided President Bill Clinton’s philandering. The left accused President George H.W. Bush of going to war over oil. The left said President Ronald Reagan was out of touch with the average American. The right said President Jimmy Carter was mean-spirited. We could g
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In the fourth episode of This Week In Jackassery, Adrienne Boettinger and I discuss Florida Governor Rick Scott, a University of Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant, Hillary Clinton's email scandal, new music from Florence ...
Jackassery, Florence and the Machine, Apple Watch, and Politics Drives Us To Drink

This Week In Jackassery, Ep. 4

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In the fourth episode of This Week In Jackassery, Adrienne Boettinger and I discuss Florida Governor Rick Scott, a University of Oklahoma fraternity’s racist chant, Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, new music from Florence and the Machine, the Apple Watch’s reflection of societal problems, the controversial letter from GO
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After a seemingly endless hiatus since 2011, Florence and the Machine are slated to release their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, on 29 May. At a recent concert at the Dome in London, lead singer Florence ...
Yes, the quality is shitty. But the songs are good.

Listen: Florence and the Machine Debuts 2 New Songs

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After a seemingly endless hiatus since 2011, Florence and the Machine are slated to release their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, on 29 May. At a recent concert at the Dome in London, lead singer Florence Welch debuted three new songs, “St. Jude,” “What Kind of Man,” and “Third Eye.” You
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Ah, Florida, we’ve missed you! What with states like Missouri and Wisconsin shooting unarmed African-American teens, everyone’s favorite wackmobile state has managed to stay out of the headlines. Until now. That’s ...
When Political Correctness Means Scientific Incorrectness

Fun With Science

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Ah, Florida, we’ve missed you! What with states like Missouri and Wisconsin shooting unarmed African-American teens, everyone’s favorite wackmobile state has managed to stay out of the headlines. Until now. That’s because of a story on March 8 from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting on an unwritten rule in the Florida De
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Recently I’ve been swept up in the of the activity tracker craze. My initial question once I purchased my Fitbit was, “why 10,000 steps?” Unfortunately the reasons I found were not so much scientific as they were a ...
Why?

10,000 Steps

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Recently I’ve been swept up in the of the activity tracker craze. My initial question once I purchased my Fitbit was, “why 10,000 steps?” Unfortunately the reasons I found were not so much scientific as they were a holdover from a study done by a Japanese Doctor in the 1960s. More recent studies and Doctors [&hellip
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As I browse the internet for new and interesting music, in the corner of my eye, I see the words Kill Lincoln. "OK, I'll bite," says the back of my head, "their cover seems interesting," and I find myself listening to the ...
Good Riddance to Good Advice by Kill Lincoln Review

Kill Lincoln: A Li’l Something to Shake You Up

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As I browse the internet for new and interesting music, in the corner of my eye, I see the words Kill Lincoln. “OK, I’ll bite,” says the back of my head, “their cover seems interesting,” and I find myself listening to the album titled Good Riddance to Good Advice.  Strong beat, good riffs, saxophone, that&#
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We learned in part 1 that we've still got plenty to be angry about when it comes to women’s rights but we’re currently on a cocktail-glass-half-full type kick, so let’s explore the many and varied ways humans have made ...
It's Hard To Believe But Everything Isn't Total Crap

Women’s History Month Part 2: Hope

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We learned in part 1 that we’ve still got plenty to be angry about when it comes to women’s rights but we’re currently on a cocktail-glass-half-full type kick, so let’s explore the many and varied ways humans have made enormous strides in terms of gender equality. 1. You Down With RBG? Women of the Court [&hellip
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Like a lot of Apple fans, I had started today with an extra spring in my step, eagerly looking forward to the live stream of Apple's latest event for showcasing new products. New MacBooks! Finally, details about the Apple ...
I Feel Yucky

Gnawing on Apple

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Like a lot of Apple fans, I had started today with an extra spring in my step, eagerly looking forward to the live stream of Apple’s latest event for showcasing new products. New MacBooks! Finally, details about the Apple Watch! After weeks and weeks of rumors, the big day was here. When the clock struck 10am [&hellip
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Hearing some asshat snicker about Women’s History Month really got my nylons in a twist; then I made the tragic mistake of going on the Interwebz to do some research for this article and really thought I was going to have ...
You're Gonna Hear Me Roar

Women’s History Month Part I: Rage

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Hearing some asshat snicker about Women’s History Month really got my nylons in a twist; then I made the tragic mistake of going on the Interwebz to do some research for this article and really thought I was going to have a rage stroke. To be clear, we are talking about one freaking month out [&hellip
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Let’s be straight right outta da gate. I’m whiter than Wonka. I grew up with white privilege—honestly, I grew up with most of it. Like 60% of it was mine. I got anything I wanted whenever I wanted. It was thoroughly ...
Am I emojing right?

Frustrated Face, Thinking Face, Sad Face

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Let’s be straight right outta da gate. I’m whiter than Wonka. I grew up with white privilege—honestly, I grew up with most of it. Like 60% of it was mine. I got anything I wanted whenever I wanted. It was thoroughly good. But like every spoiled kid, there were some terrible side-effects. Mine being that [&hellip
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When the words most often used to describe both the movie and book, 50 Shades of Grey, are ‘boring’ and ‘meh’, you really gotta start to worry. It was about beyond the pale sex of the bondage-discipline-sadomasochism ...
Or What About Turning It Into A Musical?

Spicing Up 50 Shades of Grey

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When the words most often used to describe both the movie and book, 50 Shades of Grey, are ‘boring’ and ‘meh’, you really gotta start to worry. It was about beyond the pale sex of the bondage-discipline-sadomasochism variety. It was supposed to shock and titillate us tired, timid suburbanites and first-world-problem-havers. But si
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Testbild! is one of those bands whose members went through quite a few adventures, before ending up together. The biography of the band is quite long: "Originally Testbild! was the brainchild of a Swedish scientist, who ...
Belka and Strelka Come to Life

Testbild! — A Band With a Story to Tell

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Testbild! is one of those bands whose members went through quite a few adventures, before ending up together. The biography of the band is quite long: “Originally Testbild! was the brainchild of a Swedish scientist, who wishes to remain anonymous (…) Wishing to communicate his ideas about the world and the nature of reality i
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