Addicted to novelty since 2001

Link Round-Up: Massive Link Spring Cleaning

Here are a bunch of links to sundry things that I’ve meant to mention, but
haven’t found a meaningful way to do say.

9 Responses to “Link Round-Up: Massive Link Spring Cleaning”

  1. Derek

    While I could quibble with some of the other songs on the “Worst 50” list, Starship’s “We Built This City” feels so damn right as the top of the list that I couldn’t help but nod my head when I read it.

    The song has everything: a dumb, clod-stomping beat; banal, faux-antiestablishment lyrics sung to an ultimately corporate-rock sound; crappy mid-’80s production; lousy singing; bad instrumentation; a forgettable, crappy video; and, finally, it is indisputable evidence that a great, innovative band (Jefferson Airplane) can lose absolutely everything that gave it any integrity at all, even while keeping the same lead singer. Oh, and it’s too long.

  2. Rog

    Yeah, I’d agree with “We Built This City” as the worst song ever. Derek already states it well.

  3. alan

    What exactly does “kinda gay” mean? kinda ugly? kinda lame? i didn’t know the word “gay” was such a multi-use synonym.

  4. Darren

    My use of ‘kinda gay’ is meant to mean ‘kind of related to gay culture’. That is, that gay culture tends to celebrate bright, pastel colours, such as purple and yellow. That was clearly implied by my following parenthetical statement.

    I wonder how a regular reader of this site could draw any other conclusion.

  5. alan

    Thanks for clarifying, Darren. I wasn’t sure what to think, but I was looking at it through the eyes of a new reader. I know you’re not like that, what with your big Flowers for Al and Don campaign that you had. But words are powerful, and I just wonder if phrases like that are doing more harm than they are good.

  6. Jack

    Straight culture celebrates many ridiculous things that could be made fun of too. What’s moronic about this posting is that you associate gay culture with “bright, pastel colors, such as purple and yellow.” What a ridiculous comment. I’m gay and I don’t have any of those colors in my wardrobe or my house. Maybe I should associate straight people with Sunday football on TV and trailer park environments.

  7. Darren

    Jack: Let’s look at the popular symbols and images of gay culture: the pink triangle, the brightly-coloured pride parade, camp, etc. Is it a faulty conclusion that associate bright cultures with gay culture, the way I might associate rabid organization wtih German culture? I think not.

    These are stereotypes. I know plenty of gay people who don’t like the bright colour, just as I know a couple of disorganized Germans. But humour (and I was trying to be humourous, given these macho dudes in their yellow and purple jerseys) trades on stereotypes.

  8. Committee for Truth in Posting

    Look, let’s all face it. “Kinda Gay” is supposed to be an insult. It’s got nothing to do with ACTUAL homosexuality, except that homosexuality has traditionally been reviled in junior high, and so something that is “gay”, in this context, is really just something that is “dumb”, except that the word has kind of a pre-adolescent feeling.

    Can we acknowledge that? It’s not politically acceptable, but can we just admit it? I think some of us can: Darren and Alan obviously have their tongues in their cheeks while posting. Jack, by contrast, has his head up his ass.

    Good luck with your new sense of humour, Jack. Hope you get it working soon.

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