Remember when albums mattered? That bygone era when artists would write and record a set of songs, and fans would listen to the whole thing? I miss that. I think about it a lot. I think about how there are now entire generations that will never passionately argue about album covers, read liner notes or find the great deep cuts that casual fans miss. Sadly, it seems that the ubiquity of music… Read More
Apparently Facebook is developing a “Dislike” button. This should be fun. Just imagine how the self-absorbed, selfie-taking masses will react to having their duck-faced visages given the “thumbs down.” I predict it will take less than a week for coddled narcissists to consider any “Disliked” status update to be a form of bullying. Personally, I plan to make liberal use of it every time someone posts about their workout.
I’ve heard people say that we need a sarcasm font, or some sort of new punctuation mark to denote satire. Seems reasonable in the internet age, right? Wrong. The idea that we can no longer distinguish between sarcasm and sincerity, between satire and veracity without help should be deeply troubling. The idea is called Poe’s Law. Here is the definition according to Wikipedia: An Internet adage which states that, without a clear… Read More
I think a good barometer for the collective intelligence of a society might be the number of cartoon characters in advertising. Let me be clear, I’m not talking about marketing to kids. An animated rabbit is understandable if you’re trying to sell sugary cereal to an 8-year old. I’m talking about products that are strictly within the purview of adulthood. Think about it, how many car insurance commercials have you seen that… Read More
In 1981 AC/DC released For Those About To Rock (We Salute You). While no one would ever describe AC/DC as “thought provoking,” the title of that album has always vexed me. I don’t really know what it means to “rock.” If I called you on the phone and asked what you were doing, and you replied, “I’m about to rock,” what exactly are you about to do? Seriously, I have no idea. Also,… Read More
I think maybe the best barometer for the size of a person’s ego is the hotel bathroom telephone. Hear me out. Before the mobile phone revolution, many nicer hotels had telephones in the bathroom. Right next to the toilet actually. Some still do. Every time I see one I have the same thought: I will never be important enough to make or receive a hotel toilet call. But that’s just my low… Read More
Welcome to the X! Friends, the revolution is over. WEAX won. To celebrate I’ve done a little “remodeling,” and this week is the big reveal. There’s a new logo, new website (obviously) and a blog. You might notice that the playlist is a little different too. It’s been trimmed, modernized and lightened up a bit. Also, I finally let that delightful British woman go back home to England (loyal WEAX listeners know… Read More