Daily Grind :: Hudson University, The David Spade Index and Every Song Ever
Today's Daily Grind needs Ritalin. It suffers a bit from Attention Deficit Disorder and is a little all over the map. Think of it as one of those brown, paper sack grab bags people used to rope you into buying. We've got coverage of the Farmer Olympics, male urination splashback, why the world is only getting better, fictional Hollywood brands, the David Spade Index, how to deal with stress, great comedies since 2000 and we still had room for "Every Song Ever". Put your head on a swivel and proceed with caution into a new week:
- One of the most memorable scenes in the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer was the gut wrenching, manipulative and cruel interrogation of the kid Brendan Dassey. I'm happy to report a judge overturned his conviction Friday.
- All eyes may be on Brazil during the Olympics, but Vershire, Vermont has the Farmer Olympics which kicked off with the annual playing of the kazoos.
- If the Farmer Olympics aren't enough to brighten your day, try reading this uplifting article with proof the world is actually getting better and better and is decidedly not the hellhole politicians make it out to be.
- And if neither the Farmer Olympics nor the above article made you feel better about the world, I've got two words for you: FRY SAUCE.
- Here's an article telling you to eat more cinnamon if you're experiencing learning problems. Screw college, I'm going to Cinnabon.
- Guys, if it didn't make you feel like such a girl, you could avoid urine splashback by sitting down when you pee. Ohh... The Unfortunate Physics of Male Urnination.
- I love the fact that Idiocracy is on this list of the best movie comedies since 2000, but I hate that The Royal Tenenbaums is #2.
- Hudson University isn't real and neither are these 10 Fictional Brands Hollywood Loves To Use in Movies and TV.
- Actors who are beloved by audiences but hated by critics are on The David Spade Index.
- Maybe ask the wife and kids to go away this Monday and Tuesday so you can enjoy ESPN's two day Fantasy Football Marathon.
- Why reading to your kids is more important than ever.
- Want to be organized? Do these five things every day.
- Too many songs to listen to. That's the problem in the digital age. Thank goodness every music service has thousands of ready-made playlists catered specifically to you. Who makes those playlists? How do they decide which songs to add? How do they know your musical tastes? Go Inside the Music Playlist Factory.
- In a day and age where there are over 30 million songs in the Spotify library, how do we decide what to listen to? Ben Ratliff sets out to arm us with conceptual tools to deal with the overwhelming abundance of available music in his book "Every Song Ever". Don't limit your musical exposure by only listening to playlists created by an algorithm or isolating yourself by a genre label. An interesting read for music lovers feeling crushed by the waves of digital music abundance. There's also a 157-song playlist on Spotify.