2016 was a year where a lot of bad things happened.
Like, a LOT of bad things. A lot of really, really bad things.
Some of it consumed us. Some of it flew under the radar, avoiding the headlines.
Many things had never happened to us before and we didn’t know how to deal with them. Many things did happen that we should have remembered from history, but somehow we forgot, and we repeated our great mistakes.
It’s hard to find someone who’d disagree that 2016 was, on the whole, a terrible, terrible year.
But many good things happened. Most of them happened at an individual level, and the country or the world would never know, but YOU know, because they happened to YOU.
Robin Williams once said, “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”
My hope for next year is not that we forget the bad things.
My hope is that we remember the good things as well — and in remembering the good with the bad, we learn to take a more mature, balanced view of the big round world.
This is a post for people who aren’t into Pokémon Go.
I am one of you. I grew up in the 90’s surrounded by Pokémon and, as with the Backstreet Boys and bleached hair tips, I never understood the appeal.
Something has happened. Continue reading “Pokémon Gone”
There’s been a gazillion things written and said in the aftermath of last weekend’s deadly attack on a peaceful nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Here’s one more. Continue reading “Guns & Gays: The Aftermath of Orlando”
A new meme for America: Hillary Clinton, as the devil, holding an aborted fetus head and a bag of money, spewing quotations from Donald Trump.
I’m trying to stir up controversy, but frankly, I have no idea what I’m doing.
Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs have joined folk rock forces–not unlike Voltron–to make a hauntingly beautiful single for their new supergroup. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THIS IS A SUPERGROUP. It’s a supergroup. A transcendental female folk-rock supergroup. Continue reading “case/lang/veirs: the Supergroup We Need, but Not the One We Deserve”
The news broke this week that the Scion brand will fade gently into its parent company, Toyota.
Continue reading “Bland Car Enthusiast: Scion Becomes a Ghost”
Recently I found an artist called Woof. Actually, that’s misleading. It’s more like he found me. Continue reading “New Music Discovery: WOOF.”
Previously I mentioned my Facebook post on the newly-Caitlyn Caitlyn Jenner did indeed take a different direction. We didn’t wind up talking much about the definition(s) of bravery, because the entire chain was hijacked by a Christian troll. We’ll refer to him here as “Sparky.” Continue reading “Caitlyn Jenner: Mutual Respect”
Previously I mentioned my reaction to one set of reactions to Caitlyn Jenner; here, again for posterity, I wanted to paste another reaction to another set of reactions to Caitlyn Jenner. Continue reading “Caitlyn Jenner: Think of the Children”
Immediately after Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover came out, my Facebook feed was filled to the brim with happiness and hope and support and all kinds of wonderful, positive things, among them kudos on the bravery of doing something like that.
Then, shortly after that, I saw half a dozen of those wounded vet memes that throws the word bravery back in our faces. And it disturbed me. So I whipped up a Facebook status update and gave it back to Facebook, and it started a conversation that ended up going in a completely different direction. Continue reading “Caitlyn Jenner: a Different Kind of Brave”
Recent Facebook musings have inspired what may be my best idea ever: the gritty, noir-ish reboot of the McDonald’s universe. I have created an infographic of sorts describing the main characters and some strong supporting characters, and I have whipped up a plot treatment (below the infographic). Continue reading “McDonaldland – The Gritty Reboot”
Austin-based indie rock outfit Cautiontape isn’t famous yet, but don’t be surprised if there’s some serious buzz by the time this band hits the studio for a full-length album next year. These guys possess some serious entertainment bones. Continue reading “New Music Alert: Cautiontape”
Here’s an excellent story:
McDonald’s Asks Indie Band to Play For Free During SXSW. Read Their Fantastic Reply.
Not-yet-super-famous indie band Ex Cops was asked to play SXSW for FREE. By McDonald’s. McDonald’s is a multi-billion dollar company. If they “don’t have the budget” to pay artists, then fuck that company.
Scion has made a sedan and I am so, so, SO happy. I currently have a Scion xD, and I love it, but I’ve always felt that Scion is not a complete brand without a sedan. So there we go. Problem solved. Continue reading “Bland Car Enthusiast: The All-New Scion iA Sedan, Baby!”
Redesigns get revealed earlier and earlier, it seems, especially with Chrysler’s brands, and the 2016 Chrysler 300 is no exception. The 2016 model was revealed in 2014, which left two years’ models in between looking somewhat unstreamlined by comparison. I’ve always been confused as to how revealing the new redesign could possibly boost sales for the older models — unless, of course, the redesign is much uglier than the outgoing model, in which case, yes, you’d want to buy the better looking one before it goes away.
With their new single “Believe” and, presumably, the album that it foreshadows, Mumford & Sons have moved from the barn into the big city. Unfortunately, that big city was London, and now they sound like Coldplay. Continue reading “Mumford & Sons Goes Electric”
Holy shitsnacks, who was this amazing artist and how did I never hear of her until I randomly stumbled upon her works on Pinterest?! Continue reading “Hilma af Klint is My Jam”
Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here are my own, I have received compensation from Standard Motor Products, Inc., to review information.
Making my own fixes to my car is not something I do very often, but when I do, I feel super-manly. I like feeling manly. I also like feeling smart. So – when a mobile app comes around that helps me do both, well, naturally I’m inclined to love it. Continue reading “Bland Car Enthusiast: The SMP Corp Parts App #sponsored”
The word “alright” — and, specifically, the internal struggle whether or not to recognize it as a word — was an easier decision than I ever gave it credit for. One simple Google search solved the problem for me. Continue reading “Alright.”