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1  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Kanye West Thread on: February 09, 2015, 02:35 pm
I want to clarify that I am FULLY in favor of Kanye coming on stage to correct awards shows missteps, though. He's the People's Voice.
2  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Kanye West Thread on: February 09, 2015, 02:30 pm
The video at Vulture has been taken down, but it's all here:
http://gawker.com/kim-smiles-nervously-as-kanye-delivers-his-full-beck-ra-1684611748

I am obsessed with trying to read Kim's expression when he says "The Kardashians wouldn't be famous if beauty wasn't important."

I love Beck but was pretty bored by Morning Phase, I don't think it was award-worthy. But I think Kanye would be a lot happier if he took awards shows less seriously? His ire is justified but his targets make no sense- it's not Beck's fault that the Grammys are decided by a bunch of old dudes or that hip-hop and R&B are frequently overlooked for AotY. The solution isn't making poor Beck or Taylor Swift give up their awards but like, not participating in awards shows or not using them as any kind of credible measure of artistic achievement, because they aren't, and never have been.

I love his righteous condemnation of branding, but network advertising is probably the least insidious, and that's who's giving him his platform in the first place, and then he just uses the opportunity to show off Kim's outfit. I guess his argument there would be that fashion is art, rather than advertising, which, eh. I feel like he's always on the right track and generally has good points, but gets flustered trying to say everything he wants to say in the couple minutes of airtime he knows he's limited to.

Also his performance of Only One was great:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRisdzyIECA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRisdzyIECA</a>
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Kanye West Thread on: February 09, 2015, 11:51 am
Ah, excellent.
4  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Kanye West Thread on: February 09, 2015, 11:22 am
I love how much Kanye loves Beyonce.

JRB- I didn't watch the Grammys- what's happening in that GIF?
5  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anonymous Facebook Status Thingies on: February 07, 2015, 06:32 pm
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Holy crap, a talking fetus!"
6  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Creative Works on: January 15, 2015, 03:29 pm
This is only partially my creative work- I helped to shoot, and subsequently edited, this video of a dude you guys may know as Camerhil performing Billie Holiday's Lover Man:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUgk0XUjwJQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUgk0XUjwJQ</a>

We're hoping to shoot more videos in the coming weeks- some more covers, but especially some original songs that nobody's heard yet, which are really very good.
7  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: December 05, 2014, 07:40 pm
Hmm yes *strokes beard* this seems very good and true
8  Forum / General Discussion / Re: When work attacks. on: December 02, 2014, 03:55 am
Who's got two thumbs, is still work at four in the morning, and is about to fall face-first onto her keyboakldsfkldjrggggggggggggggggggg
9  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: November 23, 2014, 11:39 am
This is my new favorite blog. Here he reads a study about mutual appreciation and acknowledgment between partners and turns it into a scoring system for women's submissiveness. I love picturing him sitting in a living room with his girlfriend (who doesn't exist) while she's reading or something and he's just asking her inane questions every four minutes and taking notes on how she responds. And when he finally realizes it MIGHT be a two-way street:
Quote
Acknowledging her bids and participating in what seems like mindless, pointless discussion is actually re-affirming and validating your interpersonal attachment to each other.

Awww romance isn't dead
10  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: November 09, 2014, 01:05 pm
I'm sure it depends on the university, but my ID didn't have my date of birth on it, and some people aren't yet 18 when they start school. And for people with limited ability to get a drivers license, state ID, or passport, a university ID is possibly even less accessible. Depending on your brother's state laws, it's possible that it was just up to the pollworker to accept his ID, and discrimination could play a factor in how that played out for other people as well.
11  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: November 02, 2014, 05:44 pm
Strange Days (1995)

What a mess! Has roots as James Cameron's film response to the Rodney King verdict and the LA riots (all of which is handled pretty well and much more directly than it would be today, and it is all still super relevant because our cops are still racist murderers) but gets swamped by Ralph Fiennes being a bit camper than he can really pull off and a plot with Juliette Lewis as an aspiring singer that is really only tangentially related to the heart of the story. Somebody could do a cut of just Angela Bassett's scenes (because she really should be the main character) and it would make 50% more sense, be a tidy 90 minutes long, and be much more politically and emotionally effective. A lot of bits and pieces are great and inventive and provocative, but ultimately it's too unwieldy and doesn't cohere.
12  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: What is the Best Nut? on: October 27, 2014, 06:48 pm
I'm only linking to this as an example of how to rank nuts completely and utterly incorrectly.
13  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: What is the Best Nut? on: October 27, 2014, 01:21 pm
Pistachio got my vote, not just for their salty deliciousness, but because you can pretend the discarded shells are your fingernails, which is VERY fun.
14  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: October 26, 2014, 11:30 am
:(
15  Forum / General Discussion / Re: EASTFEST 2015 on: October 11, 2014, 02:16 pm
Tim and I could get down to DC area for a weekend for sure; this sounds rad.
16  Forum / Linkies / Re: POLITICAL ADs on: October 07, 2014, 08:52 pm
Somebody had an iStockPhoto discount.
17  Forum / General Discussion / Re: my dick works on: August 24, 2014, 02:18 pm
Congratulations!
18  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: August 24, 2014, 02:08 pm
I watched a six hour marathon of Nathan for You and now I'm in love with Nathan Fielder; is this normal or did I somehow brainwash myself.
19  Forum / The Futuredrome / Re: I'm Fucking Wasted! (The Drunken Gibberish Thread) on: June 14, 2014, 05:33 pm
I just had a very fancy 14 course meal and had the wine pairings so had too many glasses of fancy wine to count and now i'm drunk ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
20  Forum / Food / Re: The Fucking Vegans on: May 18, 2014, 11:33 am
My mom sent me a recipe for some sweet potato quinoa chili that is also vegan. I made some tweaks to it and wound up with this; it is delicious and hearty as SHIT.

This is a biiig recipe and makes about 8 servings. It keeps well in the freezer, though!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow/Spanish or white onion, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can Italian style diced tomatoes
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
1 cup dry quinoa
2 15-oz cans or 1 32-oz carton of vegetable broth
1 small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
chili powder
cumin
cayenne pepper
lemon pepper

In a large stew pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, cook until soft and they start to turn brown (about 7 to 10 minutes). Add garlic, cook for another minute or so. Now add sweet potatoes, a couple dashes of cumin and lemon pepper, both cans of beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and vegetable broth. Add 4-5 dashes each of cumin, cayenne, chili powder, and the lemon pepper. That's probably all the cayenne you need, but the lemon pepper is nice and citrusy and I love cumin so add a little more down the line, usually. Chop up just one or two (at the MOST) peppers from the can of chipotle peppers, and add that to the pot along with a little of the sauce. The rest you can put in a ziploc bag and freeze for the next time you use it. This stuff has a really nice smoky flavor and a fair amount of spice that really sets it off.

Bring all of this to a boil, and then add the quinoa. Keep it simmering for about 30 minutes. It's ready to serve when the sweet potato is tender, but of course the longer it simmers the better tasting it gets.

I love topping it with avocado chunks, saltines, and shredded cheddar, but I think cilantro, sour cream, maybe chopped white onions would all be great too. Obvs cheddar or sour cream make it no longer vegan, but maybe there are substitutions available?
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