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Apr 8
Things I opted not to spend $20 on tonight: a customized bag of Goldfish with an image of a sad bear sitting in a kiddie pool and the words “OH GOD / NO MORE”; the note on the back would have read “Everyone hates me / Even this pool hates me”

Things I opted not to spend $20 on tonight: a customized bag of Goldfish with an image of a sad bear sitting in a kiddie pool and the words “OH GOD / NO MORE”; the note on the back would have read “Everyone hates me / Even this pool hates me”


Some numbers on the audience for music

The NCAA basketball finals, held last night, were watched by over 18 million people at their peak. That’s 6% of the U.S. population. In contrast, Pharrell’s “Happy,” currently the #1 single in the country, has sold about 3 million copies, or 1% of the U.S. population. (If single sales seem like a poor metric of listenership, the official video has 168 million views.) That’s months after its release, and a clear outlier. The #10 song on the chart this week, “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon (which has been on the chart longer than “Happy”) has sold a million copies (0.33% of the U.S. population), while the #10 movie at the box office, Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop,” has been seen by 10 and a half million people, or 3.5% of the population[1].

More broadly, two-thirds of the adults in the U.S. and Canada go to the movies at least once per year. Only half buy music in any form. When people do buy music, one-half to two-thirds of their purchases are catalog (old) music.[2] Taken together, it seems fair to say that the audience for new music in America is somewhere between 16 and 25 percent of the population, versus 67% for new movies and around 95% for TV.

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Apr 6
Tonight the local news here in Seattle interviewed a florist who did the funeral arrangements for many of the victims of the Oso landslide. He thinks the landslide was sad, and also that flowers are important. What else is there to say, I suppose.

Tonight the local news here in Seattle interviewed a florist who did the funeral arrangements for many of the victims of the Oso landslide. He thinks the landslide was sad, and also that flowers are important. What else is there to say, I suppose.


Apr 4
"That’s the cup of a carpenter."

"That’s the cup of a carpenter."


Apr 3

earlhofert:

I just looked at a room in the house of an artist who appeared to specialize in butts. Like, there were at least three butt paintings there. And some cartoonier looking, Frank Frazetta style paintings. 

(via artyucko)


absurdlakefront:

Lumpy Drag Race 4

I still love these.  I wasn’t going to post this, but they keep getting better.  Lasagna Estranja makes me laugh so much.



Not sure if my beach dining should be at FLIPPERZ or SNAPPERZ


Apr 2
Who do you think won the Beavis and Butt-head Look-Alike Contest? Was it a kid who carefully dressed up in costume and bought special black sneakers and red shorts for the occasion? Or was it a guy dressed in his normal clothes who came into Sam Goody looking for a Pantera maxi-single and all of a sudden somebody handed him a trophy?

Who do you think won the Beavis and Butt-head Look-Alike Contest? Was it a kid who carefully dressed up in costume and bought special black sneakers and red shorts for the occasion? Or was it a guy dressed in his normal clothes who came into Sam Goody looking for a Pantera maxi-single and all of a sudden somebody handed him a trophy?

(Source: fullmetalstarterjacket, via onemanbandstand)