Happy Friday, everyone. We’re catching up on two weeks’ worth of news stories today, so let’s get started, and you can get a nice, shiny sense of somewhat informed accomplishment.
We all hoped he’d be immortal on Earth, but alas, David Bowie returned to the universe this week.
It is Friday once again, friends, and lots has happened. Click on through for Ferguson updates, some science news, obituaries, and more.
Though I have a few other news stories of note that I will cover in a separate post, the past two weeks have been all about reading up on Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths and the abysmal stats and stories from around our country that clearly say these two men are not isolated cases. If these links have been covered elsewhere, fine. Look again. Keep looking and listening so that we might incrementally stop the systemic racism people experience every day. I don’t know anyone who expects change overnight, but that’s still no excuse to pretend that it doesn’t exist. Let’s get started.
Would you believe that this is only the second Neil Gaiman book that I’ve ever read? I know, I am disappointed in this reading gap too, as it has happened for no good reason. I enjoy Gaiman’s writing immensely, and his new novel, The Ocean at The End of The Lane did not disappoint.
Would it really come as a big shock to you that someone who uses “F**king” as a middle name would end up causing a whole lot of controversy in the music world? Probably not. And that’s pretty much what Amanda F**king Palmer (not her legal name) did last year when she used Kickstarter to raise money for her latest album, Theatre is Evil, and its accompanying art book and tour. Actually, it’s not how she raised the money that became an issue; it’s what she did with it. Read More Women Who Rock: Amanda F’in Palmer
Last weekend, two of my friends and I packed all our things into my tiny car and drove out to Madison, Wisconsin for Teslacon. For the record, Teslacon is easily my favorite fan convention, and I’ve already bought my tickets for next year, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. Read More The House on the Rock: A Detour Worth Making
Theme songs are tricky things. I don’t mean television or movie themes, but rather those songs that come to hold an important place in your mind at a specific point in your life. This happens to everyone, right? A certain song gets, well, scratched into your soul. (I could try and write this entire piece solely in song quotes, but that would be silly.) Read More Wanted: A Theme Song for 2012