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Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation

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the inability to understand creativity and the role it plays in society

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skunkbear:

Randall Munroe of xkcd put together an amusing/fascinating set of gifs showing the relative frequencies of various events.  This is just a small sample - see them all here.

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kottke.org: The end of the Waffle House

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From the Indiana Daily Student, the last days in the life of a Waffle House in Bloomington, Indiana.

Most of the students had stopped visiting years ago. The smoking ban forced out the puffers. Many of the regulars grew so old that they died or went to nursing homes.

Once Bud decided to…

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Musically, 2013 was a bad year for me:

The Walkmen began their ‘extreme hiatus’. I saw some reviewer write The National were our generation’s Bruce Springsteen, or at least making a play for that mantle, with their lyrics capturing the ennui of the early part of modern adulthood. This is probably a close enough description for me, and their only real competition is Arcade Fire. Along the same lines, I’d argue The Walkmen should be our generation’s Johnny Cash, full of love and toughness and doing more with an off kilter drum or vocal than most bands can with an orchestra. (In case it is not clear: The Walkmen are probably my favorite band of my lifetime, maybe ever.)

And this is the year I started to lose grip on new music. I used to listen to (at least the first few songs of) any album that was well reviewed by any of the established indie music blogs. Obviously this was a big investment. But current-music radio mostly plays deplorable garbage, and the social media for music sharing has spotty coverage … and recommendations: Lorde? Come on, guys. So, where does everyone get quality recommendations? My friends do a good job with a few good picks each year, but I have my own unique tastes. Does no one else have this problem?

Last year was a shallow year for new releases, but this year was incredible making this year’s list hard to make. I have never before had such well-established indie bands miss the cut for my top tier. Maybe this volume is what’s making it so hard to keep up? 

Anyway here is, without further old-man complaining from me, a list of albums and songs I listened to this year:

Albums, in sort of order:

Reflektor, Arcade Fire

Trouble Will Find Me, The National

The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake

Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack (2012), Various

Ores & Minerals, Mazes

Impersonator, Majical Cloudz

Paracosm, Washed Out

Pedestrian Verse, Frightened Rabbit

Yeezus, Kanye West

We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen

MCII, Mikal Cronin

Dreams In The Rat House, Shannon and The Clams

Night Time, My Time, Sky Ferreira

Vieux Farka Touré, Mon Pays

Songs:

"Shot At The Night" by The Killers

"Teenage" by Veronica Falls 

"Time & Place" by Oak Island

"Terror In The Canyons" by Phosphorescent

"White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane

"My Girl" by Otis Redding

Honorable Mention, in no order: 

Kurt Vile - Walkin On A Pretty Day, Jacuzzi Boys - Jacuzzi Boys, Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities, Pusha T - My Name Is My Name, John Wizards - John Wizards, Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City, James Blake - Overgrown, The Arctic Monkeys - AM, Repave - Volcano Choir, Tides End - Minks, Connections - Private Airplane, Phoenix - Bankrupt!, The Men - New Moon

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Fahrenheit is a scale of zero to 100. Zero degrees is freezing your fucking ass off. It’s the most a typical human being can bear outside. And 100 is unbearably hot.

Zero to 100: super-ass cold; super-ass hot.

Celsius … zero is the freezing point of water and 100 is boiling. Who gives a shit? Who gives a shit about what temperature water boils at?

When you’re talking about the weather, Fahrenheit makes so much more sense than Celsius. Celsius is terrible.

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