23 Most Interesting Things On The Internet This Week :: Ventipop #236

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If you’re not ready to find exceptional things, you won’t discover them. — Avi Loeb
— Avi Loeb

In this week’s edition, learn all about The Sex Button, Smart Beds, Deadheading, Drinkable Chips, Magnet Fishing, The Period Game, My New Theme Song and the Best New Songs Out This Week


Culture Vulture

  • TV - Want more free tv options? Fast Company put together this list of 20 free streaming services.

  • Sex - There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for a device called LoveSync. It’s a $57 button that silently lets your partner know you want sex. The Sex Button.

  • Science - “For many scientists, the resonant mystery is no longer which animals are conscious, but which are not.” Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition

  • Personal Theme Song Discovered:


Getting people to put the word ‘orgasm’ on a billboard in New York City was nearly impossible. We got turned down by tons and tons and tons of out-of-home vendors.
— Tara Lynch of creative agency Vitro, talking about a campaign for Astroglide personal lubricant

Snaps & Buckles & Things

  • Don’t Deadhead. - All the bad things about Uber & Lyft in one simple list.

  • Only in Florida - A couple was “magnet fishing” in the Ocklawaha River near Ocala, Fla. — using a magnet to try to locate “precious metal.” After their venture, they put their finds into a five-gallon bucket, put the bucket in the trunk, drove to a nearby Taco Bell ...and only then called police to report that their haul included a World War II-era hand grenade. The restaurant was evacuated while the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded. Bomb techs “determined that the firing pin mechanism on the grenade did not appear to be functional,” but they removed the grenade for destruction at another location. The Taco Bell was closed for over an hour while the grenade was dealt with.  Taco Bell…always explosive.

  • PopQuiz, Hotshot! - What do morticians do with all the blood they take out of dead bodies?

  • Go With The Flow -The Period Game is a new board game about menstruation.

  • Serving two addictions - A Drinkable Potato Chip so you can have the other hand free to use your phone.

  • Space Invaders - Making marriage counselors everywhere nervous; Ford has created a smart bed that rolls selfish sleepers back into place:


Life is like a box of timelines. You feel me?
— Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) invokes Forrest Gump in Netflix Russian Doll

22 New Songs We Love This Week

Spankin’ new songs we love this week include tracks by Dale Watson, Ashe, Over The Rhine, The Regrettes, Nick Waterhouse, Rosie Flores, The Cactus Blossoms, Hayes Carll, Ider, Caroline Spence, Anna Tivel, Yann Tiersenn & More


Recommendations

  • Book - Stephen King had this to say about Don Winslow’s The Force: “Think THE GODFATHER, only with cops. It's that good.” Even though I have no idea who I’m rooting for as I read it, I’m enjoying the ride. And damn, can Don Winslow write.

  • Movie #1 - A Norwegian disaster movie makes the list of recommendations this week. The tension in this movie is relentless and sustained from beginning to end. Had my kids screaming, “RUN!” at the top of their lungs. It’s overdubbed in English on Netflix; wish they would have just left it with subtitles. It’s a thoroughly fun, heart-pounding movie that moves briskly by at a mere 105 minutes.

  • Movie #2 - Well, actually only the trailer is out for this one, but I have incredibly high hopes for this because it’s from the writer of Love Actually and my favorite movie of all-time About Time. This one is called Yesterday:

 
 
The Force: A Novel
By Don Winslow
 

It’s A Small World After All…

  • London - Cecil Court, the real life Diagon Alley for book lovers.

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  • New Zealand - In America, you get a fake plastic peach in your Happy Meal or some other worthless piece of crap. In New Zealand, kids are getting Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach or other Dahl classic at McDonald’s.


Laugh or Cry, Man...Laugh or Cry


Encore :: Closing this one out with a joke…

Robert and Peter, are sitting at their favorite bar, drinking beer. Robert turns to Peter and says,"You know, I'm tired of going through life without an education.Tomorrow I think I'll go the community college, and sign up for some classes." Peter agrees that it's a good idea, and the two leave.

The next day, Robert goes down to the college and meets the Dean of Admissions, who signs him up for the four basic classes:Math, English, history, and Logic.

"Logic?" Robert says. "What's that?The dean says, "I'll show you. Do you own a lawn mower?" "Yeah." "Then logically speaking, because you own a lawn mower, I think that you would have a yard." "That's true, I do have a yard." "I'm not done," the dean says. "Because you have a yard, I think logically that you would have a house." "Yes, I do have a house" "And because you have a house, I think that you might logically have a family." "I have a family." "I'm not done yet. Because you have a family, then logically you must have a wife." "Yes, I do have a wife." "And because you have a wife, then logic tells me you must be a heterosexual."

"I am a heterosexual. That's amazing, you were able to find out all of that because I have a lawn mower."

Excited to take the class now, Robert shakes the Dean's hand and leaves to go meet Peter at the bar.He tells Peter about his classes, how he is signed up for Math, English History, and Logic. "Logic?" Peter says, "What's that?"

Robert says, "I'll show you. Do you have a lawn mower?"

"No."

"Then you're gay."


Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

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By Design, 27 Best Things on the Internet This Week :: Ventipop #235


IN THIS DESIGN-CENTRIC GRIND POST, SEE RYAN REYNOLDS AND HUGH JACKMAN STRIKE A “TRUCE”, READ HOW THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS USE MUSIC TO GAIN YET ANOTHER ADVANTAGE OVER THE COMPETITION, DISCOVER A BOOK THAT SHOULDN’T BE A BESTSELLER…BUT IS AND BE INSPIRED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST CREATIVE & TALENTED DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS.

AND PLEASE REMAIN STANDING UNTIL YOU’RE SURE THE HOUSELIGHTS AREN’T COMING ON..ENCORES ARE SO CHEESY…BUT STAY TIL THE END ANYWAY FOR OUR FAVORITE NEW SONGS OF THE WEEK.


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Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.
— Frank Chimero

Joy To The World

Truce?

Micromosaics :: How Was It Made?


Culture Vulture

  • Journalism - If you only read one thing all week, it should be Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ astonishing tell-all blog post in which he details the National Enquirer’s attempt to extort him by threatening to publish his intimate photos (including a "below the belt selfie.") The Amazon CEO went public with slimy emails he says he received from the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc. No thank you, Mr. Pecker

  • Streaming - Why isn't PBS available in live TV streaming services such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue? Turns out, it’s pretty complicated. But there are answers and alternative methods to watch all your favorite PBS shows. Here’s the why and the how.

  • Technology - Technology has made it easier and more convenient than ever to purchase groceries online. We buy everything online, so why not food?

  • Technology Deux - Listening to news articles? Audm makes that possible. Also curio. I had no idea this existed.

  • Sports - Besides collecting many of the best players, the Golden State Warriors also credit music as a key advantage when it comes to their basketball success.

“You’ve got to have young guys. Otherwise, guys like me are going to play Hall & Oates or something.”
— Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr
 


The Joy of Marriage In A Single Pert Conversation

I did laundry. Folded some clothes. A few of my wife’s things remained piled on the bed for a few days before this exchange occurred:

Me: How many days in a row can you go without putting those clothes away?

Wife: I like them there. Easy to find if I need them. (Giggles)

Me: it’s answers like that…accumulating over a 20 year marriage…that eventually escalate into a 911 call.


Modern Day “Bragging”?

I find stuff pretty good on there.
— My Older Brother referencing his awesome skills at finding things to watch on Netflix

Artistry & Design

  • Materialistic - its 2019 and we’re still discovering new materials. How graphene is about to change the face of fashion and metallic wood is as strong as titanium but five times lighter.

  • Here are a few kitchen and bath trends sweeping 2019.

  • MY MOM IS SO GETTING THIS. Korean company Pet Ping has invented a cat treadmill with built-in LED lights, designed for kitty cardio.

  • See all ventipop featured artists here.

  • Chuck Hoberman's eponymous sphere is one of the best-loved toys of the last quarter century. But it's only one example of his incredible work in transformable design. From adaptive nanotech to flexible building materials, Hoberman has created surprising and inventive designs at every scale:

  • Chuck Hoberman has nothing on five minute crafts youtube channel. How to easily hang a picture with a fork:


Masterpiece: The Making of Migrant Mother

At the end of a long day in March 1936, Dorothea Lange stopped in a migrant workers camp in California for just 10 minutes and took six photos of a woman and her children. The final photo, known as Migrant Mother, became one of the most iconic photographs of the Great Depression. Read more on Kottke.org


Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Pet Shop Boys, Flora Cash, Fiona Apple, Henry Jamison, Better Oblivion Community Center, Paris Youth Foundation, Garbage & More…


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Ventipop #234 :: Right On Cue, Sugru & Douchecanoes

If You’re Not Seeing Anything Interesting, You’re Walking Too Fast.

HERE ARE THE MOST INTERESTING, HUMOROUS AND INSPIRING THINGS I FOUND ON THE NET THIS WEEK. IF YOU ENJOY, IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF YOU WOULD HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT VENTIPOP AND SHARE WITH A FRIEND.


Joy To The World


Culture Vulture

  • Technology - Alexa is spying on you. Here’s how to stop your electronic devices from recording you.

  • TV - Stephen King’s The Stand is being adapted as a limited-series event. That’s the good news. The bad news? I have my doubts as to whether or not CBS All-Access is the network to do it justice.

  • Books - Speaking of The Master of Horror, Stephen King announced his new novel and offered a sneak preview of The Institute on EW. The Institute drops September 10, 2019.

  • Streaming - Here's a rundown of what's coming to Netflix in February.

  • Music Tip - Maybe everyone already knows this, but you can ask Siri on your phone to identify music playing in the background. No need to load an app; similar function is built in to Android, too. Also awesome, if you go into the iPhone’s iTunes Store app, tap Menu upper left, then tap Siri, you get a list of all your queries so if you want to buy the music, there it is.

  • Podcasts - The best podcast search engine that actually works: Listen Notes

  • Fake Reviews - Sad. We live in a world where even reviews are fake. Fortunately, there’s Fakespot, a search tool that determines the trustworthiness of reviews using artificial intelligence

  • Science - Cool Vox video detailing how your body is a result of evolution:


It’s A Small World After All


Dad Joke of the Week

It turns out that Mr. Spock has 3 ears: the left ear, the right ear, and the final front ear.


Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.

Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.


Closeness Lines Over Time

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Snaps & Buckles & Things

Years ago, I was working in a dive shop when this little old lady with a British accent came into the store and asked if I could direct her to the craft store located in the same shopping center. I told her where it was and after a brief back and forth, she thanked me and in her thickest Hogwart’s sounding accent said this very line: “Well, I’m off for some snaps & buckles & things”. I’ve been quoting it ever since.



Strangest Reader Submission of the Week :: Thanks Reader Doug Chaziel for submitting The Rectal Toolkit.

Yep. You read that correctly.


We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
— Goethe

Recommendations

This Spotify Ad:

 
 

Kraft WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook

Love the simplicity of this grid paper notebook which fits perfectly in front of the keyboard from Kikkerland.

Swiss Miss

Readers ask me all the time where I find content. Whelp, if you like most of the quotes I post on Venti, you’ll love Tina Roth Eisenberg’s site Swiss-Miss. It’s a constant source of inspiration I’ve linked to many times over the years. Please, check it out if you’re seeking more sites like Ventipop.


Mental Yoga :: A Couple Enjoyable Longer Reads

 
 

Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Craig Finn, Billie Eilish, Iron & Wine, Lucy Dacus, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, The Faint & More


When you say goodbye, please whisper it.
Better still, say nothing and just tip toe quietly out of my life.
— Michael Faudet, "Goodbye"

Ventipop #234

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Ventipop #233 :: Kinky Karma, Nordic Noir & The Prison Inside Me

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
— Sagan

HERE ARE THE MOST INTERESTING, HUMOROUS AND INSPIRING THINGS I FOUND ON THE NET THIS WEEK. IF YOU ENJOY, IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF YOU WOULD HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT VENTIPOP AND SHARE WITH A FRIEND.


Joy To The World


SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO VENTIPOP THIS WEEK:

BRYAN JAMISON, LAYDON MCGUIRE, EDNA SIGORSKY, ANTNY HARRISON & LISA MCCADE

Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.

Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.


It’s A Small World After All

  • South Korea - For the past five years, a mock prison facility in Hongcheon, South Korea, has been locking up paying “inmates” for brief stays in simple cells where mobile devices are prohibited, talking with other participants is not allowed, and no clocks can be found. Welcome to The Prison Inside Me

  • Ancient Rome - "Evidence from an archaeological dig has found," wrote Telegraph science correspondent Richard Alleyne in 2012, "that legionnaires wore socks with sandals" — ancient Roman legionnaires, that is. "Rust on a nail from a Roman sandal found in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire appears to contain fibres which could suggest that a sock-type garment was being worn."

  • Japan - In Japan, the swastika still appears on maps and buildings, in its original unflipped form, as a way of designating a variety of positive meanings including good luck, prosperity, and eternity. For Westerners, the swastika induces feelings of disgust and remorse; the tacit acknowledgement that we must not let evil consume us again. Japan is the host country for the 2020 Olympics. Should Japan modify how it culturally displays swastikas before taking the world stage? The debate is on.


If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
— Abraham Lincoln
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Snaps & Buckles & Things

Years ago, I was working in a dive shop when this little old lady with a British accent came into the store and asked if I could direct her to the craft store located in the same shopping center. I told her where it was and after a brief back and forth, she thanked me and in her thickest Hogwart’s sounding accent said this very line: “Well, I’m off for some snaps & buckles & things”. I’ve been quoting it ever since. Sometimes it’s ok if you’re the only one that gets the joke. After all, if you can’t make the audience in your head laugh, it’s gonna be a long, lonely life. Now, “snaps & buckles & things” are the links to the small stories that also make me laugh.

 
 

Strangest Reader Submission of the Week :: Thanks Reader Tony Clayton for submitting The Cleverlys performing “Gangham Style”.

I will sing nothing else all week.



I don’t really go out at all.
— Jack Kerouac

Culture Vulture

Dry
By Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman
The Bomb Maker
By Thomas Perry

Recommendations

True Crime TV :: 3 Excellent docs To Watch

1) The Staircase :: Streaming on Netflix - Accident or murder? Author Michael Peterson claims to find his wife’s bloody body at the bottom of the staircase inside their home. The police arrive and immediately become suspicious. The events of this documentary take place between the years of 2001 and 2018. I couldn’t decide the entire time watching this doc whether or not the accused, Michael Peterson, was someone I should feel sorry for or someone I should be scared to death of.

2) Making A Murderer, Season 2 :: Streaming On Netflix - Like everyone else who watched the first season of Making A Murderer, I was pissed off on behalf of the accused. I thought the defense team did a pretty decent job on behalf of Steven Avery, but he was convicted despite their efforts due to a corrupt justice system in the state of Wisconsin. However, after watching an even more infuriating season two of the series, Avery’s new attorney, Kathleen Zellner makes it clear just how incompetent Avery’d defense team were and presents a very logical alternative explanation to the crime and those involved in the ongoing coverup.

3) The Jinx :: Streaming on HBO - This is one of the craziest docs you will ever watch. The story delves into the strange history of real estate heir Robert Durst, long suspected in the still-unsolved 1982 disappearance of his wife as well as the subsequent murders of family friend Susan Berman and neighbor Morris Black. It features an extended, revealing interview with Durst himself. He’s hard not to watch. The final moments of this doc are guaranteed to leave you sitting there with your mouth agape.


Some Long Reads


Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Over The Rhine, Jenny Lewis, Florence + The Machine, Lady Lamb, Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst & More


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Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #20-1

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


20.  “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times, I fear myself

19. “What Do You Want” by Nico Vega

You can go ahead and hate me
For bringing in news

18. “Heavy” by Birdtalker

If your face is down
Take a look around
Do your fingers move?
Do your lungs inflate?
Are you tired are you weary
Of the hidden hate you’ve been holding?

17. “Me & My Dog” by boygenius (Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus & Phoebe Bridgers)

I didn’t wanna be this guy
I cried at your show with the teenagers
Tell your friend I’ll be all right
In the morning it won’t matter

16. “Mariners Apartment Complex” by Lana Del Rey

I fucked up, I know that, but Jesus
Can’t a girl just do the best she can?

15. “Summer’s End” by John Prine

Well you never know how far from home you’re feelin’
Until you’ve watched the shadows cross the ceilin’

14. “Geyser” by Mitski

Though I’m a geyser
Feel it bubbling from below
Hear it call, hear it call
Hear it call to me
Constantly
And hear the harmony
Only when it’s harming me
It’s not real, it’s not real
It’s not real enough

13. “The Right Time” by Ural Thomas and The Pain

Ural Thomas could have been a crooner, a funk singer, a smooth R&B artist. He could have bounced between Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. Instead he disappeared for decades. Fortunately, his reemergence shows roots across the R&B spectrum, but isn’t indebted to any of them. Instead of a throwback to a given line, we get simply Ural Thomas in the present, something that’s easy to dig.
— Pop Matters

12. “Neon Moon” by Cigarettes After Sex

There’s a rundown bar ‘cross the railroad tracks
I’ve got a table for two way in the back
Where I sit alone and think of you

11. “Come Out And Play” by Billie Eilish

But I love it when you’re awfully quiet

10. “I Only Dance When I Want To” by The Spook School

You say “it’s my favourite song”
You said that about every one
And you’re reaching for my hands now
But I don’t wanna dance now

09. “The Hype” by Shopping

The drums wallop, the guitar skitters, and bassist Billy Easter’s corkscrewing bass urges the track forward, lending extra oomph to their provocations. Around the halfway mark, Aggs lets loose with a brash guitar solo that explodes like a piñata. “The Hype” is Shopping at its best.
— Pitchfork

08. “The Wish” by Bruce Springsteen

Well, last night we all sat around laughin’ at the things that guitar bought us
And I laid awake thinkin’ ‘bout the other things it’s brought us
Well, tonight I’m takin’ requests here in the kitchen
This one’s for you, ma, let me come right out and say it
But if you’re lookin’ for a sad song, hell I ain’t gonna play it

07. “1933” by Frank Turner

If I was of the greatest generation I’d be pissed
Surveying the world that I built slipping back into this
I’d be screaming at my grandkids: “We already did this”

06. “Is That Alright?” by Lady Gaga

Nothing you say wouldn’t interest me
All of your words are like poems to me

05. “You’re Somebody Else” by Flora Cash

Well you look like yourself
But you’re somebody else
Only it ain’t on the surface
Well you talk like yourself
No, I hear someone else though
Now you’re making me nervous

04. “New Birth In New England” by Phosphorescent

The most significant things can happen at the most insignificant moments. With a sultry swing, and a relatively joyous piano melody, the track chronicles Houck meeting his new love in a random bar in New England.
— The 405

03. “Normal” by Sasha Sloan

Keep on playing that song that I don’t like
I just wanna feel normal for the night

02. “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

What Gambino put together is a true picture of America, where so many of us get to dance and sing and laugh and create. All the while others are largely ignored and trapped in the background, struggling and sometimes dying in a sea of ugliness that many of us would rather not acknowledge, knowing it would ruin the pretty pictures we’d rather focus on. By the end, Gambino’s carefree dancing becomes a full sprint from the madness. He couldn’t escape the reckoning. Neither can America.
— CNN's Issac Bailey

01. “Seventeen” by Welles

In our heads we’re like winners
Though we’re just beginners
At some miserable game

I’ll take you out to Ar-kansas
Where there’s beer and molasses
We’ll let the times fly on past us
The whole world, kiss our asses
Through red trees and white trashes


2018 Favorite 100 Songs :: SPotify Playlist

2017 Favorite 100 Songs :: Spotify Playlist


Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #40-21

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


40.  “Autumn Town Leaves” by Iron & Wine

Some get rain and some get snow
Some want love and some want gold
I just want to see you in the morning

39. “YO! MY SAINT” by Karen O & Michael Kiwanuka

For the music, I immediately wanted to do melodramatic and romantic and with lots of yearning and high stakes—all the good stuff that’s in any Korean soap opera.
— Karen O

38. “What’s Your Hurry” by Hush Kids

We’ve all got distractions
Our heads up our asses
Stare at the clock
Miss the world as it passes

37. “Drowning In The Sound” by Amanda Palmer

And now I can taste it coming
I can taste it with my tongue
And my children are so heavy
But I pick them up and run
And I know I’ll have to swim soon
When the water gets too high
I’ll keep on holding them above me
I’ll keep on holding them and crying

36. “The Opener” by Camp Cope

It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up the room
It’s another man telling us to book a smaller venue
’Nah, hey, cmon girls we’re only thinking about you’
Well, see how far we’ve come not listening to you

35. “I Don’t Want Your Voice To Move Me” by Laura Gibson

I don’t want your voice to move me
I don’t want to be cracked open
I don’t want the knot to loosen
In my throat, to place a landmine down a rabbit hole
I am no pale faced saint
I am like a dog always barking at a ghost

34. “The Big Unknown” by Sade

We are all Viola Davis, staring out of a window, crying and listening to Sade.
— NPR

33. “Cash For Gold” by Cut Worms

The 27-year-old’s debut LP, Hollow Ground, crackles with the heat of a love-struck nostalgia, woven together with a palpable Everly Brothers’ influence and retro sound. It reaches back into decades of plainspoken, unfussy, and squarely American storytelling and pulls it forth into 2018.
— RoughTrade.com

32. “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor” by Neko Case

In the current of your life
I was an eyelash in the shipping lanes

31. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde

But when the lights come up
And I hear the band
And where they said I’d never be is exactly where I am

30. “Leave Us Alone” by Amy Shark

Amy Shark smokes, puffs, and breathes her effervescent vocals like steam radiating warmth upon heartbreak.
— Diandra Reviews It All

29. “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae

It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional sexual bender

28. “She Remembers Everything” by Rosanne Cash & Sam Phillips

She remembers everything
I don’t know her now
My bitter pill, my broken vow

27. “Small Talk” by Courtney Barnett

I fast forward, get busy pretending that, well I’ve seen everything
Can I get you anything? A soda? Campari? With lemon? Well, you got it

26. “Scary People” by Georgi Kay

We live for the scary time, scary place, scary people

25. “Chevrolet Van” by The Nude Party

...I said thanks for the cigarette but I think I know the rest...

24. “Be More Kind” by Frank Turner

In a world that has decided
That it’s going to lose its mind
Be more kind, my friends, try to be more kind

23. “Sober Up” by AJR & Rivers Cuomo

We smile at party time
But soon we forget to smile
At anything else

22. “Galveston” by Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers

The waitress keeps makin’ it weird
I wish she wouldn’t call me “big brother”

21. “Running Up That Hill” by First Aid Kit (Kate Bush Cover)

We started listening to Kate Bush pretty recently and thought the song’s fantastic melody would suit our voices and signature folk rock sound.
— First Aid Kit


Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #60-41

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


60.  “How Much” by Tiny Ruins

Your planet’s reeling
Your footprints on the floor
Can’t help the feeling of wanting nothing more

59. “Fast Talk” by Houses

And maybe god is just a cop that we can fast talk
So if you’re guilty and you know it, put your hands up
’Cause karma’s just a different word for bad luck
And what if death is just another pair of handcuffs?

58. “Best Friend” by Sofi Tukker

Yo, you wanna meet me at the bar? YAWP!
Yo, you wanna meet me at the lounge? YAWP!
Yo, you wanna meet me at the club? YAWP!
Yo, you wanna meet me downtown? Okay!

57. “The Shadow” by Millie Turner

Forget the sticky floors and the irritating bar queues in your local club – there’s nothing quite like that blissful moment where a song finds itself commanding a dancefloor without really trying. Millie Turner’s ‘The Shadow’ is that song.
— NME

56. “Damage” by Rachel Wammack

I’m a bartender, best friend pretender
I make drinks to help forget and help remember
Beautiful humans, I am a student

55. “Oil In The Water” by John Joseph Brill

Oil in the Water is about the inextricable relationship between love and loss… does the finite nature of an experience undermine the validity and the intensity of that experience?
— John Joseph Brill

54. “Quiet, The Winter Harbor” by Mazzy Star

You’re like a villain
In some old film
Walking in the dark
In somebody’s room

53. “Talking To A Girl” by William Michael Morgan

I’m walkin’ her to the door
We’re standin’ on the porch
We’re both wantin’ more
But I ain’t goin’ in

52. “Be Alright” by Dean Lewis

I know you love her, but it’s over, mate

51. “Cool Generator” by Bad Moves

It’s completely charming indie-pop with good harmonies, which frankly should be enough for the likes of you. But no, they had to spoil us by making it a song about something too. (Listen close.)
— FUTURESOUNDOFDISCO.COM

50. “Black Sheep” by MILCK

The house you build that will be safe and be full of light and space

49. “Nice To See You” by Vansire, Floor Cry

Nice to see you...How you doing

48. “Got My Named Changed Back” by Pistol Annies

Well I’ve got me an ex that I adored
But he got along good with a couple road whores

47. “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood” by Destroyer

Now let me tell you about the dream
I had no feeling
I had no past
I was the Arctic
I was the vast
Spaces
Without reprieve
I was a dreamer
Watch me leave.

46. “Can’t Knock The Hustle” by Weezer

My manager’s slacking so I gotta’ move quick
I’m lacking in natural gifts

45. “Judy Blume” by Amanda Palmer

Well, the great thing about playing this song live is that the subject doesn’t reveal itself until well into the song when I say her name. Then there’s this moment where everyone in the audience, if they’re American, wildly applauds because they didn’t see it coming.
— Amanda Palmer

44. “Born A Worm” by Dan Reeder (WARNING: THIS SONG WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUR HEAD ONCE YOU HEAR IT)

What the fuck is that about?

43. “Choirs” by Ashe

In the champagne drought I lost my mind
So I started smoking cigarettes with boxed wine
When I made a sound, my neighbors cried
Said all my songs sound just like drunken lullabies

42. “Get Out” by CHVRCHES

So do you want to turn it around?
And do you want to show me how?
You are a kaleidoscope
You are a kaleidoscope

41. “Sometimes” by Gerry Cinnamon

Sometimes, just sometimes
Maybe more than some of the time
I’m on a false ego trip
Insecurity is rife
I’m not the ideal person
To be lecturing of life

 
 
 
 

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Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #80-61

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


80.  “You Get” by Cat Power

There are two things I know for certain and that is my words — my songs — and my son. I am a reflection of those two things.
— Cat Power

79. “Milk & Coffee” by NoMBe

Will you still love me in the morning?
Will you stay for milk & coffee?

78. “Be The Change” by The Wild Reeds

I’ll be the change when I wanna be
Leave it unexplained how I act this way

77. “Leaving The Table” by Leonard Cohen

Was he, in the end, a musician or a poet? A grave philosopher or a grim sort of comedian? A cosmopolitan lady’s man or a profound, ascetic seeker? Jew or Buddhist? Hedonist or hermit? Across his 82 years, the Montreal-born Leonard Cohen was all of these things
— The Guardian

76. “Witchcraft” by Graveyard Club

And the last of love that’s in your heart is about to crumble now

75. “Crack The Case” by Dawes

Ignoring all of the remedies
Believing all of the rumors
With their endless database
I wanna sit with my enemies
And say, “We should have done this sooner”
While I look them in the face
Maybe that will crack the case

74. “Move” by Milo Greene

I want to...Be the one that can change up the pace of the room

73. “Family Tree” by Priscilla Renea

Pain carved its name
And my heart froze like winter
And the splinter kindled embers

72. “Jeannie Becomes A Mom” by Caroline Rose

Moving outside Topeka
Jeannie gonna buy her a big house there
Split level, a cul-de-sac
Jeannie gonna get her some big hair, yeah

71. “Heaven’s Got A Back Door” by Dead Sara

I’ve never been your perfect song, your favorite daughter

70. “No One Changes” by Conor Oberst

Sitting here speaking Greek to a college blog
Every sentence is the same it’s just talk, talk, talk

69. “Weatherman” by Victory Boyd

And I said no sir, ‘cause I’m doin’ just fine
The sky is clear and I can feel the sun shine
And he said let me know if you change your mind

68. “Groceries” by Gia Margaret

Though it’s not easy to see
There’s always glimmer

67. “Real Life (Trump Era)” by Maria Taylor, Lester Nuby III & Louis Schefano

A collection of songs like a rising tide to raise the ships that we have found ourselves adrift in for the past 18 months or so.
— Paste Magazine

66. “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga

You found the light in me that I couldn’t find

65. “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” by The Smashing Pumpkins

Rule like a tyrant
Make like a valentine

64. “Mansion Door” by Shakey Graves

Fire burning
Clean-cut flowers in the yard
Daylight turning
All the sleeping statues into girls
I feel nothing
Sleep is never coming
I hear laughter from afar
Must be the song of a lonely star

63. “Time We Made Time” by Mandolin Orange

It’s time we made time just for talking

62. “On The 5” by Winnetka Bowling League

Certain songs and certain places
Remind me of certain faces

61. “Wide Awake” by Parquet Courts

The title track is Eighties Mudd Club boogie-in-the-wreckage punk-funk, complete with cowbells and referee whistles.
— Rolling Stone

 
 
 
 

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Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #100-81

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


100.  “Anybody” by Dead Sara

I’m lost, you’re lost, but you know we’re not lonely

99. “Younger Years” by The Milk Carton Kids

The love inside our hearts
Is the only kind of savior we’ve been sent

98. “London” by Enola Fall

London is a song about how a piece of music, or a taste or a smell can send you straight back in time.

97. “Make The World Go Away” by Ruen Brothers (Eddy Arnold Cover)

Make the world go away, Get it off my shoulder

96. “Shame” by Elle King

I can make you shake, Rattle your bones

95. “Love And Lies” by Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Palley & Fred Armisen

I have no idea if you’ve gained a pound or two
And even if I did I would not tell you

94. “Plastic Skeletons” by Jealous of the Birds

Do you wanna meet on the cold concrete
Outside our favourite diner?
Do you wanna wrap me up in suede
Smudge off my black eyeliner?

93. “Older” by Sasha Sloan

I swore I’d never be like them
But I was just a kid back then

92. “Only You” by Alistair Griffin (Yazoo Cover)

All I needed was the love you gave

91. “9/10” by Jeff Rosenstock

Every vacant moment you’ve exhausted all the options
That you thought could fill the hole
Every star you’re wishing on
Just hoping for a little self-control

90. “Graffiti” by CHVRCHES

We wrote our names along the bathroom walls
Graffitiing our hearts across the stalls

89. “My Girls” by The Vanjas

Danger, pain, trouble – come at me. Everything’s easy, as long as you’re with your crew. The song is about a girl who’s waiting and wishing to be with her friends. She knows what it’s like to be alone, but her friends are arriving soon and she knows fun times are ahead. ‘My girls’ is a soundtrack to hanging with your crew.
— The Vanjas

88. “Party Line” by The Surfrajettes

Psychedelic instro surf band from Toronto, Ontario.
— Bio

87. “Etta James” by Brian Fallon

Now Etta James, hit that symphony
’Cause she drips through my blood like a remedy

86. “Gran Canaria” by La Lusid

Stuck inside a dream, never want to leave

85. “Welcome Home” by Joy Williams

It’s so good to see your face
Welcome home

84. “Die On A Friday” by Son of Caesar

It’s Friday and you’re in love with the blue sky above...

83. “The Lifeboat” by Frank Turner

There’s a shadow across the land
There’s a hatred and a hunger, and it’s hard to understand
How we fell so far from where we began

82. “Friend of Mine” by War Is Over

I’m broken, don’t touch me

81. “Helpless” by The Regrettes

Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume
 
 

 
 
 
 

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Ventipop #232 :: Twitterific…The Best Christmas Tweets & Happy New Year

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Here are a few of my favorite twitter posts from Christmas. from a 3-year-old david byrne aficionado to MY New Favorite Baseball Player to THE Best Brother and Father Around. Enjoy This Weeks Edition.


Burning Down The House

 

Her Favourite Holiday Pastime

 

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal

 

Rock N Roll

 

First Class Father

Christmas is usually a time for family - and for one father in the United States, this meant booking multiple flights across the country so that he could spend time with his flight attendant daughter. Pierce Vaughn, an air stewardess on Delta Air Lines, had to work on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so her father, Hal Vaughn, decided to join her on her flights, UPI news agency reported. Their story was revealed by Mike Levy, a passenger on board one of those flights, who took a photo of father and daughter.

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Let’s stay home and play old records
Our future’s bright, the past is checkered
What do you say we lift a glass
Toast the ghost of another year past
— Over The Rhine, "New Year's Song"

As Long As You Believe in Santa…

 



Paid In Full

 

Not A Creature Was Stirring

 
 

Rookie of the Year in December

 

Get Carter

 

“I Really Miss My Dog”

 

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

 

…And To All A Good Night

 

A Long December and there’s reason to believe...maybe this year will be better than the last.
— Counting Crows

Thanks so much for being a Ventipop reader. Grace and love to you and yours in the new year.

Jay

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Ventipop #231 :: Glitter Bombs, Best TV, Calm, De-Clutter & Merry Christmas

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
— Henry David Thoreau

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO VENTIPOP THIS WEEK:

Edie McCaffrey, Lionel Simmons & Adrian Pergola


Package Thief vs Glitter Bomb Trap


Circle Yes If You Like Me (AKA Recommendations)

TV :: Patriot (Seasons 1 & 2 Streaming on Amazon)

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed binge watching this show over the past week and a half. So different, so funny, so intelligent…did I say how different and weird? So weird. Give it three minutes and if you don’t love it, it’s not for you. If you do enjoy the first three minutes, then you’re cool. Ok? Ok.

20 Favorite tv shows watched this year

Full disclosure, there are few shows on everyone’s best of the year list that I haven’t watched yet but intend to at some point. These shows include: Succession (HBO), Homecoming (Amazon), Sharp Objects (HBO) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 (Amazon). The shows I have selected are the ones I enjoyed viewing the most this year.

  1. Killing Eve (BBC America)

  2. Billions (Showtime)

  3. Forever (Amazon)

  4. Barry (HBO)

  5. Patriot (Amazon)

  6. Mr. Inbetween (FX)

  7. Bodyguard (Netflix)

  8. The Kids Are Alright (ABC)

  9. Better Call Saul (AMC)

  10. Atlanta (FX)

  11. Making It (NBC)

  12. The Terror (AMC)

  13. The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)

  14. Little Drummer Girl (AMC)

  15. Dogs (Netflix)

  16. Crashing (HBO)

  17. GLOW (Netflix)

  18. Ozark (Netflix)

  19. Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix)

  20. Rewatched Series of the Year: The Sopranos (HBO)


Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.
— Voltaire

Feel

’The only disability is a bad attitude’: Syracuse recruit lets friend with cerebral palsy take center stage:


For the Love of God!


Snaps & Buckles & Things



I like to play chess with old men in the park. But it’s so hard to find 32 of them.
— Emo Phillips
 
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Video Killed The Radio Star

Behold the best news bloopers of 2018:

Adam Sandler took a somber tone on Tuesday to remember the late comedic actor Chris Farley on the 21st anniversary of his death (NSFW):


Calm

It’s a stressful time. The presents. The wrapping. The decorating. The cooking. The baking. The dressing up. The grooming. The cleaning. The traveling. The hosting. The attending. The relatives. The worrying. Luckily, there is Calm. The #1 app for meditation and sleep. Voted by Apple as the 2017 App of the Year. Get it for yourself or give as a gift:


Master Class In Determination & Appreciation


A Little Kick in Your Life in 1971

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“Kindness is a bridge between all people…”

Merry Christmas, Grace & Peace To You & Yours,

Jay

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Ventipop #230 :: Ba-Nonna & Punkin’, Sex Dust & Cheerful Despair

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The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
— David W. Orr

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Andy Hileman, Lisa McCade, Deb Seahorn, Manford o’Braun, Cecila Finch & Edie Mccaffrey


BA-NONNA & PUNKIN’

The following video proves we stress out way too much about what to buy one another:


Recommendations

 

12 Favorite Books Read This Year

 
  1. City of Thieves by David Benioff

  2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

  3. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara

  4. Lethal White by Robert Gailbraith

  5. Charlesgate Confidential by Scott Von Doviak

  6. The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

  7. Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

  8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson

  9. Elevation by Stephen King

  10. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

  11. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

  12. The Chalkman by C.J. Tudor

Elevation
By Stephen King
The Chalk Man: A Novel
By C. J. Tudor

A Song - “No One Changes” by Conor Oberst

Coming Soon Ventipop’s Favorite 50 Songs of 2018


Interview of the Week :: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

‘Frustration, I Love You’—that’s going to be the name of my book.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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The Necessary Joy of Fucking Up

"I am, by nature, a socially awkward human being who has ruined many a party for my long-suffering wife, but there’s something about presenting work to a client that brings out the dreadful show-off in me. According to my mother, I was a horribly precocious child who would dance in front of the telly when Top of the Pops was on, shrieking "Look at me! Look at me!" at the top of my voice. For some reason, client meetings bring out this delightful side to my character.

And so I stood up on my chair to give Jill the most vivid impression I could of what it would be like to witness the full technicolour glory of Brian May paying electric homage to her new burger.

"SESAME SEED BUN!" I roared, miming a powerful guitar chord: "THWAAAANG!"

This extraordinarily moving performance was met with an unexpectedly deathly silence. From the corner of my eye, I could see that Jim had turned bright red and was looking fixedly down at the table in front of him as if there was something really fucking important going on there that he had to pay attention to right this very minute or the world would come to an end. I looked up at Jill."


Snaps & Buckles & Things…

  • Long Term Parking - “It turns out that a long, happy marriage resembles a slow-moving rom-com, one that plays out over decades. The first few years of a marriage are rife with conflicts, but the emotional weather eventually changes, according to a new study by psychology researchers at UC Berkeley. In time, humor—friendly teasing, jokes, and silliness—becomes more prevalent, and bickering and criticisms decline.”

  • Christmas Jeers! - “This is what happens when a Christmas movie plot unfolds in North Idaho: It's a story that involves armed "patriots," secret recordings, Fox News, claims of anti-Christian bigotry, reports of vandalism, a lawsuit, a countersuit, depositions and even — a la Miracle on 34th Street — Santa Claus on the witness stand.”

  • More of things like this: You Are Magic

  • Cheerful Despair Badge of Honor

  • Sprinklers as huts.

  • Psst. There’s this thing called Sex Dust.

  • “She isn’t mad at you. She just seems like it because she’s been “on” all day, and you are the only one she can take it out on because she knows you’ll still love her in the morning.” - 21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Girls


Classic Skit


Food & Stuff

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.
— David Mamet

When slicing soft or slippery items — like cheese or raw bacon — pop them in the freezer first + 11 Other Insider Secrets from Restaurant Kitchens (That You Can Use at Home)

Curl Up in Front of a Fried Chicken-Scented Fire This Winter, Thanks to KFC — Ever wanted to make your house smell more like a fast-food restaurant? Probably not, but nonetheless, KFC has unveiled fried chicken-scented firewood KFC’s 11 Herbs & Spices Firelogs are now available online for $18.99 — (UPDATED: I Don’t know what says more about our society; The fact that these exist or the fact that they are now sold out)

Behold the world’s most expensive bento box — Here’s the perfect, ridiculous gift for the one-percenter who truly has everything: A $2,500 cow-shaped bento box filled with 10 pounds of Japan’s finest wagyu beef. it holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive bento box

The Butterfinger You Know And Love Is About To Change

here’s a simple “Apple pie jaffle” recipe that’s both weight watchers & waistline friendly

The New York Times Most Popular Recipes of 2018

did you know there are now ‘food holidays’ every day of the year? here are december’s upcoming food holidays. get a bib and go celebrate accordingly


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You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.
— Joan Miro


Auctioneers of Fine Art

I’m sold on this fine art auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen ad that in and of itself is a work of art:


Finally…Art For All

Art for all is the affordable art print shop we’ve all been searching for


Forgery Experts At Work

Forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor are often called upon to authenticate purported paintings by well-known artists. Using a drip painting resembling Jackson Pollock’s work, they show how they use historical research, hardcore science, and good-ol’ human observation.


 

O’ Human Tree, O’ Human Tree (NSFW)

If you're annoyed by all the holiday cheer in Christmas ads, how about a dark Christmas ad about a world in which Christmas trees chop down humans, decorate them and then discard them when the holiday is over. Ad Age's Alexandra Jardine calls it a "twisted, dark tale that will appeal to those with a sick sense of humor. Guess that’s me.


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Ventipop #229 :: A Glimmer, The Study of Dreams & Windex Tears

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Laugh. Think. Feel.


2 Patrons…and Counting

You may have noticed, I removed all ads from Ventipop when I rebooted the site last month. So…the only revenue I receive is from “Buy Me A Coffee” link on the homepage and the “Become A Patron” link on the top of every page of Venti. Last week, I received a coffee and gained my 2nd Patron which is a monthly contribution. (Thanks Lisa!) I don’t expect it, but it sure is appreciated and good people affirming when it happens. If you can click one of those links and give even a little, it helps offset the costs associated with the site.


Working in a mirror factory is something I can totally see myself doing.
— Anonymous

Ask For Rick Astley…and Ye Shall Receive


Recommendations

Charlesgate Confidential is terrific.
— Stephen King

Book Recommendation - Charlesgate Confidential by Scott Von Doviak

A breathtakingly clever, twist-filled narrative that moves from 1946 to 1988 to 2014 and back again. Charlesgate Confidential is a tremendous modern-day pulp story that combines fact, fiction, legend, and baseball. It reads like an unassisted triple play and is so fun.

I’m not usually attracted to this genre, but even the Wall Street Journal gave it a good review so I decided to check it out. Read it in almost one sitting. Von Doviak does a fantastic job of creating setting, tone, dialogue and characters for each distinctive decade. From the 40’s rat-a-tat-tat rapid fire made-guy dialogue to the 1980’s record shop, big hair-trying to get laid in college narrative to the present day detective looking for treasure storyline, Charlesgate Confidential is a throwback and a flashforward joy of a read all-in-one.

 
Charlesgate Confidential
By Scott Von Doviak
 

Album Recommendation - There’s Always Glimmer by Gia Margaret - Official Site, Featured Song “Groceries”


…The Best Tradition of All


Giving the Gift of Gift Guides

I used to put out a Ventipop Gift Guide, but then I decided my gift to the world would be to stop putting out another gift guide into the world. There’s already way too many of them. But here are my favorite go-to Gift Guides:


Tom Cruise & Christopher McQuarrie Explain The Proper Way To Watch Action Movies On Your TV


Movie Trailer of the Week


Inappropriate Non-PC Comment of the Week

This little gem ran through my brain as I was attending my daughter’s choir concert tonight: “I'd like to start a choir that stars only kids with speech impediments.”

Sway bells wing, aw you wistenin’?

In da wayne, snowis gwistenin’…

Seriously, who wouldn’t be entertained by that?


Pause-vertising

Pause-vertising is the latest attempt by advertisers to get tv viewer’s eyeballs and ears on their commercials. Ads that only run when you pause a tv show while streaming. "Imagine an ad for soda or beer that comes on the screen just as you decide to stop the action during a run of an episode of Black-ish on Hulu to go to the kitchen for a snack, or a pitch for toilet paper that begins to move in the moments before you choose to halt the video stream for a bathroom break," reports Brian Steinberg. "And yet, there’s no guarantee viewers will welcome 'pause-vertising' any more than they do the current crop of 30-second pitches." Read more about Pause-vertising…here.


Snaps & Buckles & Japanese Things…


Science, Bitch!

JAXA new research center

JAXA new research center


Interview of the Week

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel started season two this week. Here’s an interview with the starring actress Rachel Brosnahan. “[Frances McDormand] said something to me that I will never forget, that there seem to be 27,000 new products a day out there to alter your face… but that your face is a road map to your life and to everything that has made you who you are up until that point. And why would you ever want to erase any part of that? That every line on her face is every smile she’s ever smiled and every tear she’s ever cried and frown she’s ever frowned. And she wears them with pride.”


Fall Asleep In Two Minutes

This military secret formula for falling asleep in two minutes is said to work for 96 per cent of people after six weeks of practice.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Relax the muscles in your face, including tongue, jaw and the muscles around the eyes

  2. Drop your shoulders as far down as they’ll go, followed by your upper and lower arm, one side at a time

  3. Breathe out, relaxing your chest followed by your legs, starting from the thighs and working down

  4. You should then spend 10 seconds trying to clear your mind before thinking about one of the three following images:

  • You’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you

  • You’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room

  • You say “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” to yourself over and over for about 10 seconds.


A Beautiful Thing

Can a Windex ad move you to tears?

Nah.

Um.

Maybe.

In a world that has decided that it’s going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend. Try to be more kind.
— Frank Turner

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