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It’s happened again. Your favorite TV show (or graphic novels or movie franchise or podcast) is headed down the tubes. The shark has been jumped, and now there’s no looking back.
What does it mean for a series to be in decline? What does it look like? And why does it happen? I intend to find out, with the help of Arthur Fonzarelli, Steve Urkel and Fast Eddie, creator and administrator at tvtropes.org.
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This is the season finale of Sounds Familiar, a podcast by friend of the Compass and Instruments Band member, Blake Cooper. We’ve linked to Blake a couple times, maybe even this podcast, but I’m reblogging it again.
One, this episode is very interesting and such a great subject to look at considering a vast majority of people consume this kind of media. Two, Blake’s work on this podcast has been solid on every episode.
With my daily commute to work, I’ve been listening to A LOT of radio after getting bored with my cycle of CDs. Lots of NPR and sports radio, two very different animals. If the radio show isn’t just somebody riffing for hours (sports radio), or interviews (Talk of the Nation), this mini podcast format is generally the bulk of the show. Which is great for me because sometimes I don’t have time to sit in my car and listen to the rest of a story and there is a shorter period of time to concentrate. And honestly, if I heard one of Blake’s stories pop up on the radio, I wouldn’t be surprised. Well at first, I would be like “HOLY SHIT I KNOW THAT GUY,” but I wouldn’t feel like it was out of place at all. The production and presentation of his podcast is stellar and he finds great sources to add to his already interesting subjects.
So check it out, as you’ll notice, this is the season finale, but you can check out the rest of the episodes at http://soundsfamiliarpodcast.tumblr.com/ If you want to help Blake out, he’s looking for feedback on the show and has a link up to a short survey to improve the podcast, you can take that here.
Quality stuff and I can’t wait for him to start up again.
Lights Out: R.I.P. MCA.
I still think this the greatest video of the ’90s.
At Universal Studios, they have a roller coaster that allows you to pick a song to play in speakers behind your head during the ride. James and I both picked “Sabatoge,” because there is no other song in the history of recorded music that is better suited for a crazy roller coaster than “Sabatoge.”
I own no Beastie Boys albums and only really know their singles. But over the years, I’ve grown to respect them as musicians I know that I should respect simply because other people hold them in such high esteem.
We at The Compass must recognize the loss the creative world has suffered. But, much more importantly, humanity has lost someone devoted to making a better world.
Above is a sneak(er) peek into a project we’re working on called In Their Shoes.
We’ve joined forces with Converse & Sharpie and over the course of this year we’ll be approaching a whole bunch of international and local music artists, arming them with a pair of plain white Converse and a stack of Sharpie fabric markers and giving them full artistic licence to do what they want with them, creating unique one of a kind works of art.
Later in the year we’ll be auctioning off the shoes online with all proceeds raised going to various different charities that each artist/band will choose.
So be sure to keep your dial locked to www.coolaccidents.com for more info and to have a chance at owning some pretty sweet music memorabilia once it goes to auction.
Saw this a neat little project awhile ago and figured I would share it. This should give Paul plenty of joy and may rob him of any savings if any of the shoes are from his favorite bands.
This also makes me want to buy blank Converses to decorate myself.
Below was a piece that The Daily What posted earlier this week in response to recent news about Rhianna and Chris Brown. Seemed like a good article to end the week. As we started with a controversial topic, so shall we end with a controversial topic. What are your thoughts?
On Abuse of the Day: Many different thoughts were shared in the notes of the post about Rihanna’s attempt to reconnect with Chris Brown despite their troubled — and troubling — history.
Victims of abuse came forward to share their stories and talk about what it means to get past the pain and the trauma of an experience that often requires a complete rebuilding of one’s life.
People with entrenched opinions on the matter expressed emotions that ran the gamut of every shade on the grayscale.
Responding to each remark individually would be an impossible task, and an unnecessary one. However, there was one recurring theme that does deserve addressing: The idea that the post was in any way an attempt to blame Rihanna for what happened.
Anyone who has read The Daily What for any length of time knows precisely where the site stands on issues of sexism, bullying, and victim blaming. It has taken vehement, unequivocal stands in the past against slut shaming, fat shaming, misogyny, and other social ills that do harm to women.
That a post published on the site is being perceived as insinuating that the victim of abuse is in any way at fault for that abuse is extremely upsetting. However, there is no doubt many did perceive it as such, and for that an apology is most certainly due.
In denouncing disagreeable language, however, it is important not to lose sight of what is being said: Something indescribably horrible took place that night, and the person who did that horrible thing has shown not one shred of unrehearsed remorse.
And why should he? He is being welcomed back into fame and fortune by his fans, and his famous friends, and yes — even the victim of that horrible thing.
However Rihanna chooses to deal with her abuse is her choice and hers alone. But looking back at the comments made by many in objection to the post, it’s hard to overlook another recurring theme: Rihanna is over it, so we should all get over it as well.
That, at the end, is the message: Chris Brown beats a woman to within an inch of her life, does nothing to apologize for it, tells critics of his Grammy appearance to “f*ck off,” and gets a free pass for all of it because the woman he beat up forgives him.
But does that mean the rest of us must? Does that mean nothing can ever be said or written about the terrible lesson being taught to impressionable young fans — that all abusers should ultimately be forgiven, even if they show no contrition whatsoever?
I will absolutely apologize to anyone who felt the tone of the post was disrespectful to the victim, or in any way reminiscent of victim-blaming, but I will not apologize for hating Chris Brown, for hating domestic abuse, and for hating forgiveness that has not been earned.
(P.S. As I was writing this, the Chris Brown remix of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” leaked. In it, Brown croons “Girl I wanna f*ck you right now. Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body.”
You tell me: Is it all right to hate this?)