“The fact that hygge became an American trend, even in bastardized form, was a sign that we perceived something lacking in our culture and longed for an alternative. But even when we acknowledged the intangible properties of hygge, we still assumed it could be obtained with individual consumer spending.”
“Everyone has to do activities in the unhappy category in order to keep their affairs in order. But it makes sense that if you take some of those responsibilities off people’s plate and design the economy to give them more time to do activities in the happy category, they will be more content and lead more enriching lives.
“Many working-class Americans don’t have much time for activities in the happy category, because they work multiple jobs or long hours and also have to keep a household in order without much assistance. Many more are afraid that if they take time away from their stressful responsibilities, they will overlook something important and fall behind, and there will be no social safety net to catch them — a pervasive anxiety that creeps up the class hierarchy. This breeds alienation, not intimacy.”
Discussing with Shelly the things I actually like about Christmas, she made the connection that they were the things clearly of pagan origin.
That made me remember this origin story, that Santa is Odin, the absolute best part being the parallel between Rudolph’s red nose and Slepnir the horse’s “habit of feasting on the entrails of Odin’s enemies,” causing his snout to be bloody and red.
It’s a little different than gettin’ hygge by the fireplace and the Christmas tree in fractal-design sweaters, but with the Nordics you get a pretty wide spectrum, and that’s what I love about it.
Seriously, this is some quality filmmaking here, that happens to also be terrifying. Even my mom likes it.
Some reasons it is awesome:
The shots and culture of Utqiaġvik/Barrow, Alaska.
The vampires are unlike other vampires. They are almost alien and have their own language. “[A] fictional vampire language, with click consonants, was constructed with the help of a professor of linguistics and the nearby University of Auckland. [Director David] Slade explained, ‘We designed this really simple language that didn’t sound like any particular accent that you would be aware of.'”
The graphic novels are also beautiful and horrifying.
Charles Neville – beloved saxophonist, national treasure, and standard bearer for New Orleans culture – is presently battling pancreatic cancer. This special evening is both a musical tribute and a fundraiser featuring guest performances by Aaron Neville, Branford Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Khalif Neville, Mitch Chakour and more.
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.
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?
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.”
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…
Remember Celeste Barbar – the Australian comedian known for amusingly recreating celebrity Instagram pics (previously here, here and here)? Well, she’s back with some new photos, and they’re hilarious as always.
If he hadn’t recently confirmed the Rick And Morty season three premiere, the news that Dan Harmon’s developing another TV series might have had led to a fan uprising (or, more likely, just angry tweets). Instead, we can feel excited and/or cautiously optimistic about the fact that Harmon’s adapting
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.
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:
Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.
Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to…
I just heard about this on NPR. I’m pretty unhappy with it. I will probably be leaving Tumblr.
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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
My domains are expiring and I’m too cheap/broke to renew them, so I’ve moved my web site. Maybe I will update it soon, too.
In other news, I’ve started a new blog. It’s in beta mode right now, so I’m only sharing it with people who are actually interested in reading it. If you are actually interested in reading it, let me know, yes?
Just getting started here. Trying to serve as a local resource for folks interested in practicing a more healthful, ancestral lifestyle. Beyond Gluten Freedom!
Our ideals come from the Primal Blueprint, the Paleolithic “diet,” the Weston A. Price Foundation and Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions,” the locavore movement, the DIY movement, freeganism, and urban homesteading.
We are in the early stages of building a local community to be a resource for folks interested in practicing a more healthful and mindful ancestral human lifestyle. We will share stories and recipes, come together for primal potlucks, go on hikes, swap garden bounty, that sort of thing.
“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.”
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.