My new Monday evening routine seems to have become:
1) pour bourbon over big ice into pint beer glass
2) add some seltzer
3) watch last night’s Venture Bros.
It’s a good routine. :)
Prostitution was pervasive in the European theater. One Army report estimated that 80% of single men and 50% of married men would have sex during their stay in Europe. And the U.S. military did not really care. What it cared about was venereal disease, which soon after the GIs’ arrivals in France began to soar.
Top Four Podcasts of 2013
I used to listen to a lot of 5by5 and TWiT — no more.
Now it’s just:
Accidental Tech Podcast
Marco Arment & John Siracusa talk smartly about the world of technology. Some nameless third wheel dullard interrupts them regularly but that’s what the 30-sec skip button is for.
Talk Show w/ John Gruber
He’s letting internet-fame go to his head a bit, says the same things each week, and doesn’t seem too prepared anymore, and he does FIVE MINUTE AD SPOTS, but for now he remains in my queue if nothing else comes up.
Four friends banter about movies but unlike most “bantering friends” podcasts, these guys keep it brisk and entertaining, with a decent balance of knowledgeability and humor. And it’s not all film-schooly elitist like a lot of movie podcasts, it’s much more populist.
Slate’s Culture Gabfest
Professional, professorial pop-culture analysis. Always at least one cool thing I’m interested in and one thing I’m not (but eager to learn about). Stephen Metcalf is a brilliant vocabularist, teaches me a new turn of phrase every week. But he hasn’t been on for a couple weeks now. :(
The Bridge (Bron|Broen) (2011) is a nice, crisp, desaturated Nordic crime drama, ten one-hour (not 42 minutes — a whole hour) episodes, centered around two detectives, one a womanizing Dane, the other an attractive blonde Swede somewhere high up on the autism spectrum (no I am not making this up).
Wonderful character development and visually it’s like an issue of Dwell.
The first five episodes took me a couple months to get through, then the last five (as the climax approaches) I devoured in a week (with no Walking Dead or Justified to distract me)… just finished the last episode now and MAN.
There’s a second series in production right now, and FX is remaking the first series for American audiences (set in Mexico) which I’m sure will lack the feel that this one does.
Make sure you watch it with the legit (non-fansub) subs!
Kuroyume “Like @ Angel” OA - Pop Jam 1996