The Flash is terrible

Ok, The Flash is terrible, it's stupid, it's poorly written and I have no sympathy for any of the characters, BUT, the stupidest possible thing about it is that we're to believe that these three pinheads -- who barely seem like they could manage to get their algebra homework turned in on time -- are somehow managing to run a solitary-confinement supermax prison all on their own in the basement of their office building.

Even aside from the fact that that's so creepy and torture-y that even Batman would probably say, "Dude, that's pretty fucked up right there," how are we to believe that they're pulling this off?

Who is feeding those people? Who is emptying the shit-buckets? (Because I'm pretty sure the conveniently prison-like cells inside their magic "particle accelerator" don't have toilets.)

One of their prisoners turns into poison gas. What does the... uh... precipitate... of that even look like?

God I hate this show.

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Another hard day at the orifice

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Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

SodaStream. 20 pound CO2 tank.

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This battle station is now fully operational.

Scores of Birds Killed During Test of Nevada Solar Death Ray

On January 14, during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada, biologists observed 130 birds entering an area of concentrated solar energy and catching fire.

The test started at 9:00 a.m. on January 14. By 10:30, biologists working on the site began noticing what have become known as "streamers," trails of smoke and water vapor caused by birds entering the field of concentrated solar energy (a.k.a. "solar flux") and igniting.

[...] at least one of the birds injured was a common raven, which -- in the words of our source -- "turned white hot and vaporized completely." Asked to confirm that report, the BLM's Evenson said that his office didn't have a list of the species affected, but added that "that's what streamers are."

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Tomatan

A wearable robot that feeds you tomatoes as you run.

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"That's 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back arguing that vaccines don't cause autism with Deuce Bigalow, male gigolo."

State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said Rob Schneider threatened her reelection.

According to Gonzalez, Schneider threatened to spend a lot of money against her in her next election, so Gonzalez called him back.

"He just has faulty information," said Gonzalez. "I told him I'd be more than happy to look at any study that's a peer-review study, that's scientific, to suggest the things that he was talking about. The problem is they don't exist."

The assemblywoman then posted on her Facebook page, "That is 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back arguing that vaccines don't cause autism with Deuce Bigalow, male gigolo."

Rob Schneider is best known, of course, for his role as the guy from whom I bought DNA Lounge.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein dazzle is very in right now:

Happy Fangs shot a music video in the Dazzle Room for their song Raw Nights a couple of weeks ago, and it's awesome!

This is actually the second music video that this very stripey band has shot in our very stripey room, but the director of that first one just up and disappeared. I guess some people have the sorts of problems with directors that we have with sticker vendors and sign makers.

Best conversations overheard at the Valentine's Day Bootie:

"How old are you?"
"Twenty-six."
"Wow, you look a lot older than that!"
"So... are you saying that to get rid of me... or......"

And:

"I thought you didn't like him?"
"I don't, but I didn't want to be alone on Valentine's Day, so maybe I'll just blow him."

Keepin' it classy.

Best line I've read in a review of one of our shows in a while: "As the stench of fresh roadkill was slowly making it's way through every inch of the venue, the lights dimmed..."

And, photos:

Bootie: NYE Do-Over

Bootie: Sacred Silversexual

So Stoked

White Light Monorail + Vicereine


Mayhem + Watain

Bootie: Cookie Dough Benefit

John 5 & The Creatures

Hubba Hubba: St. Valentine's Day Massacre

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Gang of Four^H^H^H^H Two^H^H^H One

There is so much snark in this article:

Andy Gill busting on Dave Allen, 2015:
Gang of Four Have Been Taking the Piss Out of Pop Culture Since 1979:

"His main point is that he doesn't think musicians should get paid," says Andy Gill, laying into his ex-bandmate turned digital music guru Dave Allen, now an artist relations specialist at iTunes. "He thinks music should be free. And when you actually push him on that, he comes up with things like, 'Earn some money on ringtones.' Literally." Sniggers ripple across Andy's new band members. "So what better person to work for Apple, having come from Gang of Four," he concludes of his ex-comrade, "although so briefly."

To be fair to Dave Allen, that last "briefly" dig at him lands slightly off the mark. The bassist, who quit suddenly during a 1981 US tour, played on both Entertainment! and Solid Gold, the two Gang of Four records the world at large cares about.

Ooh, burn!

Andy Gill busting on Dave Allen, 1982:

The press response was predictably confused: 'XTC meets G4NG' should mean herky-jerky agitprop or a bleak industrial take on the Beatles, surely? Not this understated, deeply arty, bottom-heavy and lyrically inscrutable piece of weirdness, edging -with 'here comes my handclap' -into avant-garde difficulty.

An hilarious flame-war took place in the NME between Dave and Andy Gill (shades of me and Andy Partridge). Dave had accused the G4NG -in one of the recent articles, and in response to the inevitable 'why did you leave?' question, of lacking ideological commitment.

When 'Tench' came out, of course, Gill retaliated: 'Dave dares to raise the banner of ideology then releases an album about a fish' he fumed. The Two Headed, Revisionist Running-Tench that he clearly was.

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Dolores Killdozer S'Mores!

Vandalism could delay reopening portion of Dolores Park

"I'm infuriated, I'm angry," San Francisco Recreation & Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg told KTVU Tuesday. "Over the weekend, some idiots broke into the construction site and did about $100,000 worth of damage."

Ginsburg said intruders stole a construction cart, hotwired it and did donuts on a newly sodded field, damaging a new irrigation system.

Vandals also tagged the cement roof of the park's new storage facility and even lit a campfire in a corner of that facility to roast s'mores, leaving behind marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.

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SXSW 2015 torrent #1 is up

844 files - 5.41 GB.

I'm not going to SXSW this year for the reasons I outlined in my SXSW RIP post. TL/DR: much worse curation, worse scheduling and massive price increase means it's not worth my effort and time.

As such, I'm not sure I'm even going to bother doing the deathmarch through this pile of MP3s this year, since I expect that rather than finding new artists from all over the world (like it used to be) I'm instead going to find a bunch of established, signed artists from LA who already have soundtrack and TV commercial deals (like last year).

Interestingly, the creators of the torrent found it less difficult to create this year, because unlike last year, SXSW is back to posting MP3s instead of hosting everything on Soundcloud, wrapped in tasty DRM for your protection and convenience.

Why might that be? Might it be because someone stopped paying? Might it be because this year, Soundcloud is no longer on the "Super Sponsors" list on their front page? Hmmm?

McDonald's Esurance AT&T By Southwest.

If you're going, you might find my SXSW Scraper useful, though I haven't tried it against the 2015 web site. It will probably require patching.

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