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Jul 5
A spambot generated the Twitter username “Kennedy Crunnk” and so I think everything is working fine on the internet

A spambot generated the Twitter username “Kennedy Crunnk” and so I think everything is working fine on the internet


Jul 4

Kanye West has signed a sponsorship agreement with the American Dairy Council. In the first spot, he uses real Wisconsin cheddar to make cheese puffs in his home kitchen, a custom-designed dome in which all of the appliances are robots with stern personalities. After taking the puffs out of the oven, piping hot, he turns to the camera and delivers the campaign’s tagline: “Cheesus just rose again!”

(Source: purpleheartsaint, via defjamblr)


Happy fourth

Happy fourth

(Source: barthel)


Happy fourth

Happy fourth


Happy fourth

Happy fourth

(Source: barthel)


I watched a TLC show about a real estate agent who sells houses exclusively to nudists. I don’t think you need to ask how it was.

I watched a TLC show about a real estate agent who sells houses exclusively to nudists. I don’t think you need to ask how it was.


Jul 2

I saw a job listing for a data analyst at Etsy and was immediately struck by a very specific vision of what being a data analyst at Etsy involves: everyone forced to wear green eyeshades handmade from upcycled lighting gels and cable ties cut from the wrists of wrongfully arrested protesters, reports printed on handmade paper and decoupaged onto shoes, bank records bound in moleskins, mobile meetings on penny farthings, only using pre-1973 statistical models, and so forth and so forth and so on and so on.


Jun 30

Just FYI, remember if you want your donations to go to directly fund the medical care of low-income women, you need to donate to your local Planned Parenthood chapter or other local women’s health clinic. If you want your donations to fund lobbying, especially on the national level, you should donate to Planned Parenthood USA; donations to the national organization mostly won’t fund medical care.


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Jun 27
Robyn & Royksöpp @ Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA, 6/26/14
Is Robyn consciously pulling a “Soon as they like you make ‘em unlike you” move with the influx of new American fans bestowed upon her by Girls? At the very least, her set last night focused on a particular range of sounds that would have been just at home on her 1997 debut Robyn is Here as they are on her current collaboration with Royksöpp: dark, throbbing electro and post-rave bang-ups. In practice, though, that meant leading with her more obscure tracks, like “Stars 4-Ever” and ending the night with “None of Dem,” her previous collaboration with Royksöpp—not surprising, given the collaborative nature of the concert, but not exactly a high note to go out on. Even some initial nods to more well-known tracks seemed like provocations, like starting her set off with “Be Mine!” (still maybe her best song) to a decidedly muted crowd response. (Did people go back and listen to Robyn after getting Body Talk?) While the songs from the EP with Royksöpp were done well, with an appropriately overwhelming light show, and she eventually brought out the biggest of the guns (“Dancing,” “Call,” “Heartbeat”), the night seemed low-energy for an artist that left a capacity crowd breathless when I saw her four years back. Maybe it was the venue: Marymoor Park, an outdoor space in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, was a fantastic place to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last summer, but happening less than a week after solstice and with a curfew of 10 pm, the majority of Robyn’s show took place with the sun still up, a nearly fatal blow for a dance show. Nevertheless, it was hard not to detect some provocation in her choice to avoid her more crowd-pleasing album cuts, and to perform “Call Your Girlfriend” as a remix that ditched the rousing sixteenth-note pulse for an eighth-note stomp. (Plus a bunch of new tracks.) Robyn clearly wanted the mainstream success she’s managed to achieve here (no one solicits a Snoop guest verse for artistic purposes), but now it seems like she’s pursuing the dance-pop artist’s version of going back to her roots. Does she mean to test her audience? Regardless, that seemed to be the effect last night.
Photo by Jennifer Mortensen/@ttuesdayy

Robyn & Royksöpp @ Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA, 6/26/14

Is Robyn consciously pulling a “Soon as they like you make ‘em unlike you” move with the influx of new American fans bestowed upon her by Girls? At the very least, her set last night focused on a particular range of sounds that would have been just at home on her 1997 debut Robyn is Here as they are on her current collaboration with Royksöpp: dark, throbbing electro and post-rave bang-ups. In practice, though, that meant leading with her more obscure tracks, like “Stars 4-Ever” and ending the night with “None of Dem,” her previous collaboration with Royksöpp—not surprising, given the collaborative nature of the concert, but not exactly a high note to go out on. Even some initial nods to more well-known tracks seemed like provocations, like starting her set off with “Be Mine!” (still maybe her best song) to a decidedly muted crowd response. (Did people go back and listen to Robyn after getting Body Talk?) While the songs from the EP with Royksöpp were done well, with an appropriately overwhelming light show, and she eventually brought out the biggest of the guns (“Dancing,” “Call,” “Heartbeat”), the night seemed low-energy for an artist that left a capacity crowd breathless when I saw her four years back. Maybe it was the venue: Marymoor Park, an outdoor space in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, was a fantastic place to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last summer, but happening less than a week after solstice and with a curfew of 10 pm, the majority of Robyn’s show took place with the sun still up, a nearly fatal blow for a dance show. Nevertheless, it was hard not to detect some provocation in her choice to avoid her more crowd-pleasing album cuts, and to perform “Call Your Girlfriend” as a remix that ditched the rousing sixteenth-note pulse for an eighth-note stomp. (Plus a bunch of new tracks.) Robyn clearly wanted the mainstream success she’s managed to achieve here (no one solicits a Snoop guest verse for artistic purposes), but now it seems like she’s pursuing the dance-pop artist’s version of going back to her roots. Does she mean to test her audience? Regardless, that seemed to be the effect last night.

Photo by Jennifer Mortensen/@ttuesdayy