The best part about the SOPA blackouts? Watching people on Twitter flip the hell out.
Mid to late January is good for one thing only: waiting for February, which itself is only good for contemplating suicide. So here are some links to take your mind off the fact that you’re not being showered in gifts and egg nog at the present moment.
- Is it funny that I’m posting this on SOPA blackout day? I mean I think it’s funny that I’m posting this on SOPA blackout day. How to access Wikipedia on SOPA blackout day. Also: the R.I.A.A. is still staffed by total dicks (even when it isn’t SOPA blackout day).
- Fake product reviews are the glue that hold internet comedy together.
- Did not wearing a helmet save Gene Hackman’s life when he was hit by a car while cycling in Key West? Of course not, but assuming that helmets are the one-size-fits-all answer to bicycle safety only creates a false sense of security, argue the folks over at Lovely Bicycle.
- Between the Republican Primary catfights and football, there have been a lot of non-story stories going around. To that end: Tim Tebow exists, and people write godawful crap about him.
- Related, sort of not really: G.O.P.-Friendly Super PAC or Mary J. Blige Album?
- The Story of my Life, bro.
- Tax season is more or less upon us and yet again I seem to be the only person I know who actually does their own return. If you can add and you actually care about people, AARP is still accepting volunteer applications for their Tax-Aide program. I’ll be writing about my own experiences doing volunteer tax prep shortly.
- I’m going to go on record and say that the last Magnetic Fields albums was farcically disappointing. “Oh you people like goofy pop songs? Well here’s 30 minutes of overproduced chamber music. Hope you like harpsichords!” Anyway, people seem to have high hopes for the next album Love At The Bottom Of The Sea, the first single for which is streaming online now. It features guys in drag and is woefully short. Fun!
- In closing, someone needs to get Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd on the phone.
In case you missed the opening of Sections at General Practice yesterday, make sure to check out the show tomorrow at Roofless Records’ first fundraiser on NYE at the space.
Also, last night there was more sweaty dancing and delightful hip hop at The Garret’s first night at Grand Central Peachfuzz, so hit that up next Friday.
I happened to be over at Miami Art Museum the other day, and Michael Balbone, who you might know from Less Concept More Action or because he creates amusing and amazing works of art, has revamped the museum’s gift shop. It’s now filled with items that your family will want, well, your family that knows the Miami art scene or has a stellar sense of humor. Check out this madness here.
We love everything Bleeding Palm does over here at THL. We’re super creepy mega-fans, and that’s the honest truth. We like them better than we like ourselves. That is why I wrote up a post about their newest site on the Florida Turnpike for the Miami New Times. Make sure to click on it and poke around and appreciate Bleeding Palm’s sick mind(s).
The story of Pinochle written by KT Kieltyka for The Hairpin reminds me so much of my own delusional yet magic filled youth. I can’t even begin to tell you the things I believed for too long. I hope I have kids one day that trust the lies I tell them till they’re in middle school. Life’s too short. Enjoy.
According to this recent Herald article on the “brain drain” of young professionals leaving South Florida, the top 5 cities with the greatest net loss of 25 to 34 year olds are L.A., New York, Chicago, Detroit and Miami. In other words: 3 places with traditionally high ebbs and flows of residents, one dying industrial city, and then Miami. Not sure what to draw from this except to say it apparently sucks to be young and in SoFla and thus the obvious answer is to build a casino. Or something.
So, I saw The Cost play a while ago at Bar. I thought they were pretty good for dudes who, I don’t think, actually knew how to play anything a few weeks prior. They’ve gotten better since and I will say, I honestly think they’re like worth seeing. I interviewed them boy band style for the Miami New Times. Check them out this Saturday opening for the Jacuzzi Boys, Holly Hunt, and Honey Train at Churchill’s.
The Miami New Times’ annual People Issue will probably be stacked in green metal boxes all over town by tomorrow, but today, it’s up online. Read about Jimbo Luznar of Jimbo’s, activist Vanessa Brito, and Oba Ernesto Pichardo. I mention them in particular because they’re interesting people, and, of course, because I wrote those. Enjoy!
If you watch just one minute of Patrick Swazye at a disco with a PBR today, make this that minute.
Here’s my review of opening night of Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale. They have a good selection and it’s super chill. Even Miami people should bravely cross county lines to check it out.
It’s been said before but it bears repeating: modern Journalism needs to stop screwing itself.
I spent the night on the lawn outside of Government Center in solidarity with the Occupy Miami movement. I also wrote up a log for the Miami New Times describing my experiences out there. I’m obviously in support of the movement, but some of the other occupiers left me mean, bitchy comments implying that I am an asshole, which I am, but only out of love. I wanted to be honest and had to be a little jokey about the experience. What’s happening out there is mostly beautiful – community building, political discussions, people learning about democracy, I love it – but it is sprinkled with bit of a-hole bullshit. Any group of people working together for a common goal will have its downside and usually it’s battitudes. Anyway, read it, and go out and support.
Books and Books in Coral Gables is hosting a reading of Tigertail’s 9th literary annual Florida Flash. Editor of this year’s book Lynne Barrett gave each author a 305 maximum word limit. How could you not love that idea? The reading starts at 8 p.m. tonight and a few THL writers and friends are featured in this wonderful anthology, including Peter Borrebach, JJ Colagrande, Denise Delgado, J. David Gonzalez, Dave Landsberger, and Yaddyra Peralta. I’ll be occupying Miami later, but I’ll be with Tigertail in spirit.
As of about an hour ago, Miami is now part of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement! Protesters gathered outside of the Torch of Friendship earlier, marched to Government Center, and came to the consensus that they’re setting up shop there indefinitely. Read about it on Miami New Times’ Riptide 2.0. Wow! What a day!