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Meet @Netty_Mac, TikTok’s Queen of Karaoke
The devil works hard, but @netty_mac works harder. With nearly 18,000 followers and 495,000 likes on TikTok, @netty_mac has established herself as an icon in the online LGBTQ+ community by covering decidedly-queer music. Her version of Ayesha Erotica’s “Literal Legend,” which amassed hundreds of thousands of views, blew me away. …
I’m laying on my back, my torso is sticking out of the small MRI machine. My lower half is inside, currently covered by a miniature towel that seems useless at this point, as the radiation techs have already gotten a full, in-real-life view of all of me, as well as …
As another All Stars season draws to a close, it’s time for RuPaul’s Drag Race to rethink its lipstick-elimination format and let the queens lip-sync-for-their-lives again. In 2016, All Stars 2 premiered with a shocking twist: instead of RuPaul, the winning queen of each episode would eliminate a competitor in …
Kool Stuff: Unfulfilled Nostalgia: Diamond Select Toys' Mortal Kombat Collectibles, Part 2
Diamond Select Toys's artists walk us through the making of its gallery diorama statues of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, and Kitana.
Kool Stuff : Unfulfilled Nostalgia: Diamond Select Toys' Mortal Kombat Collectibles, Part 1
Diamond Select Toys discusses the intersection between comics and collectibles, how the company chooses what types of collectibles to support in each line, and each product's multi-step process through design, sculpting, painting, and prototyping.
Kool Stuff : Bad Science - Hacking Mortal Kombat for Sega Genesis
I talked to the four developers of the Mortal Kombat Arcade Edition ROM hack to learn how the project started, what their contributions entailed, what tools they used, and what gave them the most trouble along the way.
Kool Stuff : Chasing Scores with Outworld
I talked to Mortal Kombat world record-holder Outworld about how he manipulates Mortal Kombat's AI, his strategies for the game's toughest match-ups, why he plays on player two's control panel, and more.
Menger's Principles in Plain English
Carl Menger, William Stanley Jevons, and Leon Walrus are considered to be the co-founders of the “Marginal Revolution” in the field of economics. With his book Principles of Economics, Carl Menger introduces the concept of marginal utility as major shift in the way economists of the time viewed the value …
The Ten Most Notable Replacement Signings This Week (December 17-22)
With more and more players entering Health and Safety Protocols, NBA teams have had to sign a flurry of replacement players to ten-day hardship exceptions in order to meet the minimum requirement of rostered players needed to play games. This has led to various G-League call ups and returns for …
No Coffee, Just TV
I’ve never had a problem with drinking. I drink, but, as I say when the doctors ask me how much I drink, I drink socially. I don’t drink alone. I don’t really drink during the week at all. I don’t count how many drinks I have per week, though, because …
The Way We Talk
There’s no good way to be told you have cancer. Some ways are definitely better than others. Some ways are definitely worse than others. But there’s no good way. Granted, I haven’t heard every way of being told you have cancer, but the way I was told I have cancer …
Think About Direction
Queens of the Stone Age’s 2002 album Songs for the Deaf is gapless, meaning each song blends into one another. But unlike other gapless albums where the instrumentals of one song give way to the instrumentals of the next, many of the songs are tethered together through radio vignettes meant …
Big Sale @ PEMF devices, up to 45 pc off 🤩; New articles and studies
So many of us are still coping with the stress, anxiety, and grief that disrupted our lives last year, as well as with challenges that are unrelated to the pandemic: chronic illness, family drama, financial troubles, you name it. And yet while we manage the stressors in our personal lives, …
Healing Power of Molecular Hydrogen Inhalation
H2 is key to ATP production within the mitochondria. It is the mother of all other elements. Hydrogen, along with oxygen, has been intrinsically involved with the evolution of life. The extremes of oxygen and hydrogen provide a balance between oxidation and reduction, vital to life. There is no toxicity …
To you, my friend
Another friendship day descends upon us as the years turn their pages. For everyone out there celebrating somebody, loving somebody, missing somebody, grieving someday and remembering someday; I send you warmth and love.
„Eichel? Kdo to je?“ Aneb příběh Ahtiho Oksanena před příchodem do Hradce Králové
Medailonek a pohled na Ahtiho Oksanena krátce po jeho příchodu do Mountfieldu HK.
Tuning Out the Fake Ideas
How Hurry's Matt Scottoline shook off self doubt, and summoned confidence to try new things (and embrace old things) on his new album, "Fake Ideas."
New Year, New(ish) Ganser
Ganser took that time where they were supposed to be touring and not only wrote new music for their next release, but used these special relationships they made with likeminded artists to create something unique, something that the band thinks might not have been possible had they and their colleagues …
You Guys Like Ska?
Over the last couple years, one guy has been doing the detective work for us, weeding through public figures to ask one simple question: Do you like ska?
Odchod Radovana Pavlíka z Hradce? Smutný příběh odchovance a varovný prst pro klub
Pohled na odchod Radovana Pavlíka z Mountfieldu HK.
Money for Something
How Patreon has saved musicians during the pandemic, the new roles artists play in their own creation and marketing, and the questions over the platform's future in music
Slaughter Beach, Dog: Truly At Home
Jake Ewald addresses the audience in the room. There isn’t anyone there. Jake Ewald is alone. That’s the irony of the opening track on his new album under the Slaughter Beach, Dog moniker – At The Moonbase. That bit continues throughout the album, where he regularly breaks that fourth wall, …
A Night In with Tigers Jaw
The first time I saw Tigers Jaw was in 2010 at The Fire in Philadelphia. It was about a month before they released Two Worlds, they were still pretty firmly a Scranton band, I was a freshman at Temple University, and the thing I remember most was that the tiny …
Bartees Strange At the End of the World
We’re all just doing the best we can right now. It’s not easy waking up every day to face the apocalypse and carry on with some semblance of normalcy. We will ourselves to be productive, whether that’s working, folding laundry, exercising, being creative—anything. Bartees Strange, the D.C.-via-Brooklyn-via-Oklahoma singer/songwriter/producer/what-have-you, is battling …
'You Can Actually Hear Action' - Will Yip on Experiencing Rock Music in Surround Sound
More than a year after its 2019 release, Grand Rapids, Michigan’s La Dispute announced that it would release a special Blu-Ray edition of Panorama, mixed by producer Will Yip in 5.1 surround sound. Panorama is such a cinematic album for La Dispute, so this decision makes sense. It was partially …
'The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show' at 20
When you look at the all-time best live albums, the general consensus are things like The Last Waltz, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The Who’s ‘Live at Leeds’ and Nirvana’s Unplugged. Curiously, Blink 182’s The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) is conspicuously missing from most lists …