Listen to Stoners on Stoner

Aaron Lammer’s new podcast, Stoner, is a wonderful little snack of a listening experience. Clocking in around 20-40 minutes per episode, each one features interviews with creative professionals who also smoke a lot of weed. It seems like it’s been done before, but never quite in this way.

Some of you might recognize Aaron Lammer’s engaged and chronically stuffy-nosed voice from the Longform podcast, which interviews journalists and nonfiction writers specializing in longform content. Longform has long been a staple in my audio diet, and having heard about Stoner, I correctly guessed it would appeal to the same part of me that likes Longform.

Here’s Episode 09, my favorite thus far. It features an interview with Francis Farewell Starlite, a musician who discovered weed during a period of depression in his 30s and who has worked with Drake, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper, and others. His band is known as Francis and the Starlites.

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New Blade Runner Short Film Helps Fill in the Blanks between 2019 and 2049

Denis Villeneuve’s new Blade Runner film takes place 30 years after the events of the first movie, meaning that there’s a lot of history that must have happened in the Blade Runner universe. Luke Scott directed this short film to help fill in the blanks.

Jared Leto does a fantastic job as the creator-as-creepy-god archetype that can be found regularly hanging out in sci-fi flicks. Just because its an old trick doesn’t mean it’s not a good one, and this clip looks as though Leto’s going to nail it.

The dialogue in this quick film also gels with  Trailer 2 and the timeline revealed by the creators during Comic-Con:

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Stock Photo People Are Definitely Human?

Any self-respecting mechanic will have a wealth of tools in his workshop and wouldn’t be caught dead without a wrench or some duct tape. Similarly, any self-respecting individual working with digital media wouldn’t be caught dead without access to stock photos of a man pooping and eating ice cream:

This is what stock photographers think of us

or of a fedora-wearing murderer trying not to smile while being restrained from murder by an older woman, also trying not to smile.

Stock photo models conveying emotion like people do

I couldn’t call myself a blogger if I didn’t have access to this horrible, horrible image:

This is the worst

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Season Finale of Game of Thrones: A Win for Not Being/Having a Dick

It’s been a short but sweet season of Game of Thrones, although short definitely doesn’t apply to the season finale, which clocked in around an hour and twenty minutes. In an episode where calling bluffs and gauging deceptions played a prominent role, honesty and trust acted as necessary foils for the more Machiavellian characteristics that have produced the winners in the game of thrones (so far). Read more Season Finale of Game of Thrones: A Win for Not Being/Having a Dick

Watch Brightly Colored Words via Hexagon in Beck’s New Music Video “Dear Life”

Beck has released a new song, “Dear Life,” and a colorful, goopy, and geometric music video along with it. It’s a pretty nice take on the lyric video. The art direction was done by Jimmy Turrell, whose site I’m very much enjoying poking around on.

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New Joker Movie Tells Origin Story in 1980s Gotham

DC’s whipping out a new IP-concoction to compete with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe: currently, there’s talks between DC and Warner Bros on filming a stand-alone Joker movie that will focus on the origin story of one of America’s favorite villains. My prediction: After a devastating failed audition for RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Joker affirmed that he would commit robberies so heinous in makeup so bold, they would all have to recognize him as the starlet he knew he was born to be. Read more New Joker Movie Tells Origin Story in 1980s Gotham

Episode 6, Season 7 of Game of Thrones: Tedium at Winterfell But Romance between Blood Relatives

There were some problems this episode, which others have discussed already, like here and here. However, I think there was actually quite a lot of important things coded in the episode.

First, let’s get the crap out of the way: there are some issues with the narrative arc that took place beyond the wall. Why should the dead care about falling in a lake? The most terrifying thing about the dead and the White Walkers are that there are so many of them, and they cannot die from conventional means, e.g., drowning. Why not just Day-Z it and build a bridge out of the dead who fell before them?

How did Daenerys find Jon so quickly? How did Gendry get back to the wall so quickly? How did Jon get back to the wall so quickly? And, more important than these points that, admittedly count as quibbling and failure to suspend disbelief, why did all of this happen in one episode? Read More

Capitalize on Being a Hip Nerd and Get Vicarious with D&D

After 3 years and 69 episodes (nice), The Adventure Zone has finished its first campaign. Fans of Dungeons & Dragons already know about the difficult-to-describe sense of community and engagement that comes with playing the game. If you’re a D&D fan, you’ll probably be a fan of this podcast as well. The Adventure Zone does a stellar job of encapsulating all those moments you might have sitting around a table with your friends, some beers, and a twenty-sided die. Read more Capitalize on Being a Hip Nerd and Get Vicarious with D&D

Why Work When You Can Work on Acid?

The worst part about wondering where your keys are when they’re in the hand is the fact that you’ve been let down and maybe betrayed by your own brain, the thing that knows you the best and, confusingly, is you. Of course, you’ve “found” your keys now and can go on about your day, which is a relief, and it can end there. You could also consider that you slipped up, in a minor way, but you still slipped; you were imperfect and fallible. Read More

David Tennant to Terrify Plants in Amazon’s New Good Omens TV Show

Good Omens is about to be TV-ified by Amazon, which is fantastic news. For those of you unfamiliar with the book; shame on you. Good Omens (full title: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch) is a comedy about the apocalypse and the Antichrist. Our protagonists are the angel Aziraphale, to be played by Michael Sheen, and the demon Crowley, to be played by the perfectly cast David Tennant. Our two protagonists have grown accustomed to life in England, and very much want to prevent the End Times by keeping an eye on the Antichrist. To give you a taste of our characters, here’s Crowley practicing botany: Read more David Tennant to Terrify Plants in Amazon’s New Good Omens TV Show

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