Albums of the day/month/year… From The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show and Jalapeno Records… As usual… At least until Smoove and Turrell’s new one (feat Izo FitzRoy) comes out! 😃🕺
Fellow Americans: Get them:
The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 5 by Various Artists, released 08 December 2017 1. The Traffic – Super Freak 2. The Allergies – Love That I’m In (feat. Andy Cooper) 3. The Andy Tolman Cartel – You What! 4. Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra – (Everybody) Do the Watusi 5.
or iTunes or Amazon
George Clooney will direct and star in a six-part limited series based on Joseph Heller’s landmark novel Catch-22 for Hulu, the streaming service announced Sunday. Clooney, who will play the role of Colonel Cathcart for the adaptation, will also executive produce the series about the book that gave birth to the paradoxical “Catch-22.”
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.
I happen to be rereading the book right now. Let’s relive some beautiful moments, shall we?
from the book:
“They were the most depressing group of people Yossarian had ever been with. They were always in high spirits. They laughed at everything. They called him ‘Yo-Yo’ jocularly and came in tipsy late at night and woke him up with their clumsy, bumping, giggling efforts to be quiet, then bombarded him with asinine shouts of hilarious good-fellowship when he sat up cursing to complain. He wanted to massacre them each time they did. They reminded him of Donald Duck’s nephews. They were afraid of Yossarian and persecuted him incessantly with nagging generosity and with their exasperating insistence on doing small favors for him. They were reckless. puerile, congenial, naïve, presumptuous, deferential and rambunctious. They were dumb; they had no complaints. They admired Colonel Cathcart and they found Colonel Korn witty. They were afraid of Yossarian, but they were not the least bit afraid of Colonel Cathcart’s seventy missions. They were four clean-cut kids who were having lots of fun, and they were driving Yossarian nuts.”
from the 1970 movie starring Alan Arkin (also yes):
Dobbs: You don’t really love her. You only think you love her.
Yossarian: How can you tell the difference between loving her and thinking he’s in love?
Dobbs: You have to be objective.
Yossarian: Who’s objective?
Dobbs: I am.
Dobbs: ‘Cause I’m not in love with her.
Yossarian: You mean you think you’re not.
Dobbs: That’s right.
Yossarian: So how can you tell the difference?
Thirty years later, Ash Williams — demon hunter par excellence — is back to battle a new Deadite plague. He may have lost a hand, but not his touch.
Do yourself a favor and watch this. Especially season 2 phwoar.
Netflix : For Netflix to stream Northern Exposure
Sign the petition! This came from Darren Burrows himself so it’s legit. 🙂
“Northern Exposure was a beloved show with a mega fan base. After the series ended, where’d it go? It’s like it never existed. No reruns? No streaming? Who even owns the rights to it is a mystery. WELL, we the fans, would love to relive the show we once loved and perhaps binge watch on a rainy day on a streaming platform such as Netflix.”
I knew probably most of these… but not all!
Bruce Campbell has been killing it as the iconic Ash Williams on the Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. But before the TV show, there was the Evil Dead trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi. Today, we’re talking about 10 random facts you may not know about the second Evil Dead film, starting with…
BILL SKARSGÅRD AS THE CLOWN WHAT
The first trailer for the latest version of Stephen King’s It has landed, suggesting that yet another generation of children will be haunted by visions of an evil, sewer-dwelling clown. It’s the first of a proposed two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel that was originally turned into a mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a clown that kidnaps and eats children.
A lovely tribute to Chuck Berry—short and sweet—kicks off the second half of the The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show House Party on BBC Radio 2.
Craig Charles provides your ultimate Saturday party playlist with fab funk and soul tunes.
Being a horror fan isn’t easy. You fall in love with a no-bullshit, nightmare-inducing killer, then the next thing you know he’s in Manhattan, going to hell, or bumbling around in space. It was probably never John Carpenter’s intention to have the ultimate opponent of Michael Myers be Mr. Break Ya Neck, either.
This is a fascinating and almost entirely well-researched piece with a huge error.
I hate to be the pedant here (though really I love it) but it did NOT start with Nightmare (however it did start with Wes Craven).
Sam Raimi explains the true origins here, in this video I’ve seen just once or twice, starting at 4:14:
Sam Raimi Rules Of Horror with Stephen King intro from “This Is Horror”
Generation Catalano: The generation stuck between Gen X and the Millennials. – Slate Magazine
This urge to define generations is also about a yearning for a collective memory in an increasingly atomized world, at least where my generation is concerned. Indeed, where the Millennials tend to define themselves in terms of the way they live now, people in my cohort find fellowship more in what happened in the past, clinging to cultural totems as though our shared experiences will somehow lead us to better figure out who we are. The Internet is littered with quick-hit nostalgia websites like I’m Remembering, which posts pictures of toys and TV characters and old photos from the ‘80s and ’90s. Certainly, discovering that someone else also had a Cabbage Patch Kid does immediately create a sense of shared history, no matter how superficial. This aligns us more with Gen X, which has also always bonded through nostalgia. Millennials, on the other hand, seem to be always looking forward, imbued with a sense of optimism and hope that to us reads as naive.
Margins of Thought: (Anti?) Feminism
“My issue with feminism is not in its belief in the equality for women, but in the focus on equality for one group over and against all the other groups.”
Many, if not most forms of feminism these days absolutely *do* concern themselves with the oppression of other marginalized groups, in particular with intersectionality (the relationships between different forms of marginalization, among individuals and communities). Not knowing this shows an incredibly outdated–or lazy, pop-culture-informed–knowledge of feminism. Educating yourself about contemporary feminisms, through even the most cursory Google search of popular feminist blogs, will show you the diverse, thoughtful, and ever-changing approaches to feminism today.
Declaration of Independence
“He [the present King of Great Britain] has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.”
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Virago Press: Fifty Shades of Feminism needs you!
“Last week we announced the news that next March we will be publishing Fifty Shades of Feminism, an anthology that will bring together fifty women – from writers to politicians, from actors to scientists – as an antidote to the idea that being a woman is all about submitting to desire.
"And we want to hear from you! We are running a competition for one lucky feminist to have their work included in the book. See here for details of an amazing opportunity.”
What Should We Call Paleo Life
what the world needs: paleo comedy
Eating grains could be “tearing holes” in your gut
“In the United States, we’re told that grains (especially whole grains) are an important part of a balanced diet, necessary for obtaining our daily requirement of healthy nutrients and fiber.
"However, according to a growing number of experts, including Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, humans are NOT designed to eat grains, and doing so may actually be damaging to your gut.”
“’There’s no human requirement for grains. That’s the problem with the USDA recommendations. They think we’re hardwired as a species to eat grains. You can get by just fine and meet every single nutrient requirement that humans have without eating grains. And grains are absolutely poor sources of vitamins and minerals compared to fruits and vegetables and meat and fish.‘”
“Ironically, since we’re often told that whole grains are the best for our health, the high-fiber bran portion of grain – a key part that makes it a whole grain — actually contains many of the anti-nutrients. But the problem isn’t only that there are superior sources of nutrients; grains actually contain anti-nutrients that may damage your health.”
Natural Weaning Age for Humans
Archeology and anthropology show that what we now call “extended” breastfeeding was unequivocally the vast majority of practice throughout the history of humanity (regardless of abundance of nutrients in available foods).
When mothers couldn’t or chose to not breastfeed, children often died. Now, there are other options, which allow these children to live.
The point is, there is not always an easy blanket right-or-wrong. As a culture, we apparently cannot deal with a range of options, of practices, without assigning good or bad, right or wrong to them (ahem, violent hierarchies). We decide on a norm, and demonize everything else, ignoring context.
But maybe, as individuals, we can try to overcome that and be at least a little bit nuanced and careful with our thinking.
Is Eating Meat Ethical? | Mark’s Daily Apple
“[Are meat-eaters] unethical? Only if anyone who eats anything whose production resulted in the death of animals is also unethical….
"And indeed everyone has blood on their hands as a direct or indirect result of their choices, consumption habits, and dietary practices. Everyone steps on someone else’s toes or hooves or talons or cute little paws or flippers or probosci or roots for ‘selfish’ reasons – even vegans. If meat-eaters are unethical by virtue of their meat-eating, so too is the vegetarian whose grain-based meals came from farmers whose tractors crush small mammals and whose cropland disrupts entire ecosystems. I don’t think either person’s actions are unethical, but I fail to see how someone could think the former was unethical without also taking issue with the latter. If you’re going to indict eating meat because it kills animals, you also have to indict other dietary practices that also kill animals, like grain – even if those deaths are ‘unavoidable’ or ‘accidental.’ Sure, the farmer may not gleefully set out to murder field mice with his tractor (although the rodenticide used in grain elevators might raise a few eyebrows), but does it matter if the end result – a bunch of dead animals – is the same?”
“Is living in an apartment or a house built on the former homes of a dozen different species, several ant colonies, and the site of an indigenous people’s encampment from a hundred years ago ethical?
"Is wearing clothing made from conventionally grown cotton that required the use of chemical fertilizers whose runoff pollutes rivers, lakes, and oceans, thus hurting marine life ethical?
"Is eating pseudo-burgers made of soybeans that hail from monocrop farms whose owners razed the land on which they grow, killing families of groundhogs and field mice and trillions upon trillions of essential microbes that compose the topsoil ethical?”
The White Savior Industrial Complex
"[I] disagree with the approach taken by Invisible Children in particular, and by the White Savior Industrial Complex in general, because there is much more to doing good work than ‘making a difference.’ There is the principle of first do no harm. There is the idea that those who are being helped ought to be consulted over the matters that concern them.“
”[T]here is an internal ethical urge that demands that each of us serve justice as much as he or she can. But beyond the immediate attention that [Kristof] rightly pays hungry mouths, child soldiers, or raped civilians, there are more complex and more widespread problems. There are serious problems of governance, of infrastructure, of democracy, and of law and order. These problems are neither simple in themselves nor are they reducible to slogans. Such problems are both intricate and intensely local.
“How, for example, could a well-meaning American ‘help’ a place like Uganda today? It begins, I believe, with some humility with regards to the people in those places. It begins with some respect for the agency of the people of Uganda in their own lives. A great deal of work had been done, and continues to be done, by Ugandans to improve their own country, and ignorant comments (I’ve seen many) about how ‘we have to save them because they can’t save themselves’ can’t change that fact.”
“Let us begin our activism right here: with the money-driven villainy at the heart of American foreign policy. To do this would be to give up the illusion that the sentimental need to ‘make a difference’ trumps all other considerations. What innocent heroes don’t always understand is that they play a useful role for people who have much more cynical motives. The White Savior Industrial Complex is a valve for releasing the unbearable pressures that build in a system built on pillage. We can participate in the economic destruction of Haiti over long years, but when the earthquake strikes it feels good to send $10 each to the rescue fund. I have no opposition, in principle, to such donations (I frequently make them myself), but we must do such things only with awareness of what else is involved. If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement.”
The 11 Healthiest Foods in the World
Spoiler: fish, kelp, mushrooms, coconut, watercress, wild berries, wild rice, wild game, maple syrup, honey, and nuts. More points for the primal/paleo/caveman/ancestral/Weston A. Price mores.
Musings on Specialization and Self-Sufficiency in the Modern World | Mark’s Daily Apple
“‘A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.’”
“[S]pecialization is as much a product of the Neolithic Age as farming was. Ten thousand years ago we started eating new things but we also saw a major revamping of social structure and human labor. Hunter-gatherers (ancient and present) knew nothing of specialization. It’s inevitable that some folks in a band were better at certain things than others, but subsistence (and all the other basic necessities and pastimes of life) was the stuff of community obligation. Everyone contributed at some point or, well, you better go find yourself some other band to take advantage of.”
“Enter the Neolithic Age, with its focus on settled life, stored supplies, and larger, denser communities, and you have the start of a whole new ball game. Suddenly they were feeding and protecting a pretty massive group of people (relatively speaking for their time). Human social structure needed roles it never did before. Enter specialization.”
“[O]ur shift from hunter-gather life and settlement in large communities has changed the way we fulfill our need for what he calls ‘affect hunger,’ the genetically based instinct we have to seek and create connection with others. For adults, Goldschmidt suggests, this hunger plays out two ways – ‘by belonging and by performance.’ The Neolithic Revolution and resulting specialization tipped the scale toward performance, he says. Our ‘peer group’ is no longer our intimately known and reciprocally committed band members. It’s more our ‘occupational colleagues.’”
How Agriculture Ruined Your Health (and What to Do About It)
“Right around 10,000 years ago, when former hunter-gatherers began growing grain seeds in neat, organized rows, something happened. Population exploded, because we now had a steady source of calories. Villages and cities sprang up, because we no longer had to follow our food. We could simply grow it where we lived. Those sound like pretty good things, at first. More food and shelter sounds good, right? Well, something else happened, too. Those early farmers were shorter than the hunter-gatherers they replaced. They didn’t live as long, and they had smaller brains. They got a lot more infectious diseases and more cavities. In short, they were not as healthy as the hunter-gatherers.”