best of 2013

Though I didn’t vote in Pazz and Jop, ballots are going around lately, which reminds me that I never got to my top 10 of 2013. 

Albums

1. Paramore, Paramore
2. Bottomless Pit, Shade Perennial
3. Carcass, Surgical Steel
4. Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
5. So So Glos, Blowout
6. Baptist Generals, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart
7. Weed, Deserve
8. Drake, Nothing was the Same
9. Kvelertak, Meir
10. Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt

Singles:

1. Bunji Garlin, “Differentology”
2. 2 Chainz ft. Pharrell, “Feds Watching”
3. Margaret Berger, “I Feed You My Love”
4. Paramore, “Still Into You”
5. Radkey, “Cat & Mouse”
6. Selena Gomez, "Come & Get It" (Go-go Remix)
7. Mariah Carey ft. Miguel, “#Beautiful”
8. Ciara, “Body Party”
9. Daft Punk, “Giorgio by Moroder”
10. Dismemberment Plan, “White Collar White Trash”

Was listening to Big Business and clicked on this to see what it was all about, have to say this is pretty nice, my new favorite Christmas song

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Personally, I like to think that this is all a very subtle attempt at clowning people who’d knowingly move into one of those sub-Meridian condo/dorm things they saw in the Metro “Ready to Rent” guide in the first place.
(via New Columbia Heights: “Metro Rider’s Guide” in the Express is the worst map of all time) (h/t Vicky)

Personally, I like to think that this is all a very subtle attempt at clowning people who’d knowingly move into one of those sub-Meridian condo/dorm things they saw in the Metro “Ready to Rent” guide in the first place.

(via New Columbia Heights: “Metro Rider’s Guide” in the Express is the worst map of all time) (h/t Vicky)

Supremÿa “the supreme anti-aging skin care.” Sisley is a French brand, but ÿ isn’t French; it’s sometimes used to transcribe the Greek letter upsilon, but here I believe it represents B.S.
Friends and colleagues will tell you that I’m a funny, humble and honest loving individual. But, if you try and take advantage of that, you’ve basically put yourself in the box.
In 1997, high winds pushed the Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamppost.[33] The falling debris struck a parade-goer, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for a month. Size rules were implemented the next year, eliminating larger balloons like the Cat in the Hat.[34] The same high winds also caused the New York City Police Department to stab and stomp down the Barney balloon over crowd concerns. They also stabbed a Pink Panther balloon for the same reason. Neither of the last two balloons actually caused any injuries.[31]
When the clock read 00:00 and the Eagles had “won” 351-19, the Kevins marched on City Hall and captured it easily. The lawyering Kevins, for a brief window, diverted significant portions SEPTA revenues to small pubs in Philadelphia’s Old City, Beard/German Village, Cathedral Goiter, and Grumptown neighborhoods. Many pub owners received new carpeting, others drapes. No games have been played on Thanksgiving on the East Coast ever since.
BabelStone: What's new in Unicode 7.0 ?

LINGUISTICS ROUNDUP: the upcoming 2014 release of Unicode 7.0 will solve two of the most pressing issues relevant to my life.

1. U+1F595! Finally, a universal single-character replacement for the reliable ol’ ASCII middle finger. (My many letters petitioning for a Unicode entity of the “watch and ring” version have been thus far unanswered.) 

2. Linear A! Finally, one can live the life of a minor character in a Donna Tartt novel by murdering a local dairy farmer easily expressing one’s Bacchanalian urges in a heretofore untranslated ancient Cretan writing system.

"[This] may be the first undeciphered writing system to be encoded in Unicode (depending upon whether the symbols on the Phaistos Disc, encoded in Unicode 5.1, represent writing or not)."

So how did Tendulkar become, as a former South African cricketer phrased it, “Maradona and Pele put together”? In India, we have arrived at a kind of retrofitted narrative to explain why he came to loom so large in our obsessions. He burst into cricket just as the country began to reinvent its economy and its spirit, and Tendulkar was already everything that India had started to dream of being: competitive, assured, hungry, world-beating. The delights and disappointments of his career can be overlaid almost perfectly upon India’s: the golden promise of the early nineteen-nineties, the soaring successes later that decade and early in the two-thousands, the consolidation and the insecurities thereafter, and the distressing wane of faculties in the past few years. Tendulkar was not so much an athlete as a projection of his country’s psyche.

This narrative sounds all right, but I’ve come to dislike it. It makes too little of the fact that in sport, and in life, we often give our hearts in mysterious ways that don’t reward profound analysis. It also shrinks Tendulkar’s mastery over his game, a timeless expertise that should evoke a sense of amazement in any country and any era. My favorite genre of Tendulkar anecdote involves other top-drawer cricketers talking about him, recounting instances of his consummate skill, expressing baffled awe about how he did what he did. How he had eons more time—some microseconds—to play the ball than any other batsman. How he could read a bowler’s mind. How he seemed faultlessly engineered to bat. Every sport seems basic in the range of its mechanics, requiring only that you hit a ball hard, or kick it accurately, or run really fast. You wonder how much better something so basic could possibly be done, until Tendulkar or Roger Federer or Usain Bolt shows you, and then you feel nothing but comprehension and gratitude.

All hail Mecha Mummy.

(Source: youtube.com)