Friday Tunes: ‘Blank Space,’ Taylor Swift

“Blank Space” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth studio album 1989 (2014). It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 following “Shake It Off.” Swift became the first woman in the Hot 100’s 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and was shot over three days at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. (Wikipedia)

Y’know, Taylor Swift catches a lot of hell, but I loved this song. Probably because it was practically the theme song for at least a dozen different waitresses I’ve known over the years.

Good lord, what a week, eh? It did have some bright spots, though. We had a nice Valentine’s dinner with Jim’s sister and went for a pokéwalk the next day, and we got an excellent episode of Arrow and Supernatural this week. I mean, you have to take your wins where you get ’em. Continue reading Friday Tunes: ‘Blank Space,’ Taylor Swift

Friday Tunes: ‘Tubthumping,’ Chumbawamba

“Chumbawamba were a British alternative music band that had, over a career spanning three decades, played anarcho-punk, pop-influenced music, world music, and folk music.” (Wikipedia)

“The term ‘tubthumper’ is commonly used for someone, often a politician, seeming to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ with a populist idea. The liner notes on the album Tubthumper, from which ‘Tubthumping’ was the first single, put the song in a radical context, quoting a UK anti-road protester, Paris 1968 graffiti, details about the famous McLibel case and the short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.'” (Wikipedia)

I remember being told this song was some sort of sports anthem back in the day. You can check the lyrics out here.

I occasionally include stuff in the Weekend Reading List that I’m not sure I agree with, or that’s more of an opinion piece, or from sources I’m not 100% sure of. It’s basically a pile of stuff that I found interesting over the week.

For example, I have a couple of blogs included this week with opinions I’m not sure I agree with, but that did provide some interesting reading. Also, I’ve got an article from a source I can’t verify (I pointed that one out). So, remember to read critically, is I guess what I’m saying here. 😀

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An End-Of-The-Year Linkdump

Why am I sharing the above video? It’s part of an interesting series of three that covers user behavior, SEO and fake news, done by Matt Patt, one of the guys behind the Game Theorists and the Film Theorists, a couple of great YouTube channels. See the whole series here.

Below I have a bulleted list of stuff I think you should at least scan through. The first section is stuff I stumbled over today while sorting my RSS feeds for the year. The second section is a handful of links from my Fodder bookmarks folder, links I intended to share but never got to for some reason. Check ’em out.

And Happy New Year. I hope.

Most Recently

  • TPM: Office Of Government Ethics Head Was Behind Trump Divestiture Tweetstorm – “The director of the Office of Government Ethics himself was behind some pointed advice the federal agency gave President-elect Donald Trump about his business conflicts by way of its Twitter account in November, according to records obtained by NPR under a Freedom of Information Act request.”
  • Council on Foreign Relations: Why Exposing Putin’s Wealth Would Be Obama’s Best Revenge – “The Obama administration continues to search for some sort of payback against Vladimir Putin, so that Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election will not have been completely cost-free for the Russian president. Yet, by all accounts, President Barack Obama has rejected the idea of trying to expose the hidden wealth and financial shenanigans of the Putin inner circle.”
  • Foreign Policy: The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017 – “It’s time to start setting priorities for the coming year of war and conflict.”
  • New York Times: Why Netanyahu Will Miss Obama – “Even before President Obama’s decision last week to abstain on a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, it was safe to assume that the Israeli government was eagerly awaiting his departure. In the eyes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Obama — who skipped Israel on his first trip to the Middle East and later undertook secret nuclear talks with Iran — seemed unable to appreciate the depth of Israel’s security needs or the difficulties of Mr. Netanyahu’s domestic politics.”
  • Torrent Freak: 2016 Was The Year Torrent Giants Fell – “2016 has been a memorable year for torrent users but not in a good way. Over a period of just a few months, several of the largest torrent sites vanished from the scene. From KickassTorrents, through Torrentz to, several torrent giants have left the scene.”
  • Gizmodo: That ‘Fake Plastic Rice’ in Nigeria Was Actually Something Much More Depressing – “Last week, Nigerian officials seized over 100 bags of what was claimed to be plastic rice. Lab tests have since shown the product isn’t fake, as Gizmodo and other outlets reported. But it is badly contaminated rice that’s unsafe for human consumption.”
  • The Whoppers of 2016 – “A year ago, we broke with past practice and named Donald Trump our first ever ‘King of Whoppers.’ This year, the reigning champ defended his title well – once again dominating our annual review of political whoppers.”

Cleaning Out My Linkdump Folder

  • – Remember that Google Docs guide to resisting the Trump Administration that was going around a couple of weeks ago? It got so much traction Google Docs couldn’t keep up, so the writers built a website where you can get the guide.
  • Vox: The voting rights manifesto: a state-by-state plan to defend democracy – “Progressive activists and Democratic politicians must coalesce around a proactive voting rights agenda that they can act swiftly on whenever they get the chance.”
    Vox: A better way to manage your passwords, explained with a cartoon – “After every big hack — like when Yahoo announced last week that 1 billion accounts were compromised — experts tell us to stop using the same password for every website. In fact, they tell us to stop memorizing our passwords altogether.”
  • Gizmodo: What It’s Like Being a Sane Person on the House Science Committee – “The GOP’s shenanigans get the headlines, but what about the other side of the aisle? What is it like to be a member of Congress and sit on a science committee that doesn’t seem to understand science? What is it like to be an adult in a room full of toddlers? I asked some of the adults.”
  • Cracked: 5 Reasons Fake News Killed Facts In 2016 – “…I hoped my humble contribution would be joined by an internet-wide embracing of reason. You can imagine how 2016 has been for me.”
  • Buzzfeed News: The Most Moving Personal Essays You Needed To Read In 2016 – “Here are some of the most beautiful and insightful personal essays that BuzzFeed staff and contributors wrote this year (in the order they were published).”

“A decent breakdown of all things real and fake news.”

No one seems to be exactly sure where this graphic came from, but it’s pretty legit. Click to view it full-sized in a new browser tab.

A decent breakdown of all things real and fake news.

#YouTubeIsOverParty has been trending all day.

YouTube issued some updates to its alert system that notifies creators when their videos have had ads removed, and that’s causing a ruckus.

Variety has all the details, and the video above, as well as this one, cover the issue.

#YouTubeIsOverParty has been trending all day on Twitter because of the situation, but it’s mostly devolved into squawking about censorship and snarking about “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings,” which is annoying because that doesn’t have anything to do with the issue.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hermine is aiming at Florida, which I only mention because doesn’t that make four hurricanes happening right now? There’s Madeline and Lester headed for Hawaii, and isn’t there a Gaston out there somewhere, too? That just seems like a lot of hurricanes all at once, is all I’m saying.

Guccifer 2.0, the hacker that busted the DNC and others, has been arrested.

And that’s pretty much it. Nobody’s talking about much because we’re all getting ready for our long weekend (and holy poop, am I ready for it). Is it Friday yet?