6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World |

Shared this on Facebook, and I’m sharing it again here because it’s brilliant.

6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World |

Remember when Cracked was just a silly Mad clone? Now its editor writes something that recasts violence not as us against them but all of us against “Team Violence.” David Wong starts by changing the “scoreboard” view of things. It’s no longer, “We kill one, you kill one — we’re even.” If we both kill one, then we’re losing 2-0.

Brilliant. Optimistic. Wonderful. Read.

comedy, creativity

SNL and future success: Hope for John Milhiser

Stardom on Saturday Night Live doesn’t necessarily equal stardom after leaving 30 Rock. Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond were made for SNL but aren’t likely to be in Hollywood blockbusters. (Except Wayne’s World, of course.) It’s easy to forget that Joe Piscopo was once huge.

A lot of players who are busy on SNL carve out nice niches for themselves. Or end up in the Senate.

What about those who go from SNL obscurity to success elsewhere? Splitsider, which covers and analyzes SNL in vivid detail (but is too harsh about last season), came up with a fun list: Eight ‘SNL’ Cast Members Who Went from Sidelined to Success.

You could nit-pick a little with Chris Elliott — like Janeane Garofalo and Michael McKean, he was already established but was shoved into a cast in which the long-serving Chris Farley, Adam Sandler and David Spade were simply ruling the roost and doing their worst work on the show.

I might add Jay Mohr, Gilbert Gottfried, Casey Wilson and Damon Wayans.

creativity, music

Vulfpeck 1, Spotify 0

I love Spotify as a consumer. But frankly, I’d be willing to chip in a few more bucks.

Given the current system, I have to admire the creativity here:

A Scrappy Young Band Just Outsmarted Spotify for $20,000 to Give Their Fans Free Concerts – PolicyMic.

They uploaded several tracks of silence and urged fans to listen on repeat while they slept.

Seems to me the simplest solution would be to start charging listeners the 10th time they play a particular song. That gives you all the serendipity and browsing you want, but it makes you pay to make a song a permanent part of your “record” collection. Still much cheaper than CDs.

creativity, music

Sting and the rise of book-learning

Did Sting’s literate rock help usher in a new age in which esoteric intellectuals like Malcolm Gladwell and Neil deGrasse Tyson could become celebrities?

Or did he at least help rock critics resolve their internal conflicts between their academic backgrounds and the authenticity of rock and roll?

The smart critical establishment of the day had and, to an extent, still has a complicated relationship with the idea of book smarts. Rock critics — many of whom were themselves bookish youths — had an investment in the image of rock ‘n’ roll as a blue-collar vocation. For them, “authenticity” was the coin of the realm, and their notions of rock authenticity were constructed from the template of the hard-knock, half-educated bluesmen and hillbillies who had so electrified them when the music was born. Rockers were supposed to be truth-tellers; but their truths came from personal experience, tough living, and the streets, not secondhand from the pages of books. Eggheads were not to be trusted.

via PopSmarts: Sting’s Library | Popdose.