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Synergy (at Duane Reade)

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I think I found this in the “New Releases on Spotify” playlist. Nice timeless wall-of-sound but vocals-first feel.

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clcero:

i dont even have guilty pleasures anymore i just like stuff and if people have a problem with that they can go fuck themselves

I see this as a “Fuck I’m In My Thirties” phenomenon but I think that’s just cause I’m slow

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ALMOST ROYAL Baseball Teaser - New Original Comedy Series Premieres JUNE 21 on BBC AMERICA

I’m involved in a bit of promotion for this show elsewhere online, so I’ve watched a lot of it in advance, and it’s excellent. So let me just add this unpaid hype here.

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Easter Eggs 2014 — 50 Year Plan

I follow this talented actor/comedian Barak Hardley on Vine, and it’s just the worst that he’s also great at drawing. Each year he makes wish-you-could-keep-them-level Easter Eggs.

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slacktory:

Post-Heartbleed online security tips (by Nick Douglas for Slacktory)

Where I continue my series of standing in front of my bookcase pretending to be someone else so I can make one-liners.

Always calibrating the deadpan vs. the “actually tell people what they’ll get if they click”

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Despite the stereotype, YouTube comments actually aren’t commonly this shitty, especially on videos that are, like the above, pretty innocuous.

But this video has been declared the new “Friday,” and famously bad amateur music videos are like the "most photographed barn in America" in Don DeLillo’s White Noise (or like the Mona Lisa or Statue of Liberty or a bridge full of padlocks): It’s not famous for what it is, it’s famous for the prescribed reaction. People gather to write horrible things to a stranger, not because the stranger’s video is actually any worse than the average shitty video, but because it has been established as the “safe place” for everyone to express hate. Except it’s not safe at all; this is an illusion created by mob action.

DeLillo worried thatan object famous for being photographed would sort of “lose its soul;” it would be impossible to see the barn as a barn and not an object to photograph. I think that’s happened to viral “hatewatch” videos too: Viewers don’t see them as actual things made by people, but as something split from reality, its creators fictional characters that viewers can wish death upon as they would on King Joffrey. And the bar for hatewatching has gotten quite low.

This is bad.

This is why we need more of what Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon do: raise up and celebrate those who express themselves, without expecting them to brush off all hate as part of the game. To set the crowd’s default reaction to “good on you for doing something.” It’s not an “everybody gets a trophy” attitude, it’s a defense of decency that is horribly necessary.

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shelbysbutt:

are there places around new york worth getting out to? Do y’all have camping somewhere? Can I go to Boston or Maine or somewhere really green? Anyone in New York wanna run away from New York during my Run Away From LA trip

It’s two hours by train to beautiful Beacon, NY, a little town of upstaters and gentrifiers. Rach and I spent a weekend there. There’s an art museum (Dia:Beacon) mostly filled with ridiculous ughs, but there’re some giant sculptures worth walking around and through.

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I like to keep track of how much the marquee at my local theater resembles a made-up on in a movie. Currently 6 of 10. (at City Cinemas Village East)

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