Rae Sremmurd Joins Captain America

Is daring to posit a black character as the embodiment of patriotism and lawful-goodness in 2014 really an achievement worth taking a victory lap on? Because at the end of the day, what’s Sam Wilson? A ruggedly handsome adult with great references. He can wear the archetype without a lot of alterations. Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee are African-American men aged 19 and 20. This is not a demographic group with a heroic reputation in the popular consciousness; if anything, it’s one that many people learn to fear and distrust on general principles, sometimes with tragic results.

Grantland’s Alex Pappademas takes a deep dive on the latest evolution of Captain America, and it’s unexpected crossover with summer rap sensation Rae Sremmurd

If you’re on alert for examples of the theoretical encroachment upon our freedoms by something people are apparently still calling “political correctness” in 2014, the fact that there’s now a black Captain America — like the presence of a female God of Thunder in the pages of Thor, and a Pakistani American Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel, and a Spider-Man who’s half-black and half-Mexican in the alternate-universe title Ultimate Spider-Man, and the casting of Idris Elba as a Norse god in the Thor movies — is hell-in-a-handbasket stuff.

The United States of Captain America: Rae Sremmurd, the Falcon, and the Endless, Necessary Racial Revision of Marvel’s Icons [via Grantland]

The Absurdity of “EDM Promotion”

Our good friends over at Infernal Techno proverbially “went in” in this well written post about Atlanta’s self-inflicted inability to take it’s electronic music scene seriously.

Our good friends over at Infernal Techno proverbially “went in” in this well written post about Atlanta’s self-inflicted inability to take it’s electronic music scene seriously.

Atlanta is undeniably a music town, and will likely always have a legacy as such but everybody here halfway affiliated with the electronic music scene will attest to a widespread inability to take anything seriously. That being said, I am certain the sentiments raised below are specific to my city alone.

I shouldn’t be paraphrasing here so read for yourself:

Atlanta Dance Music Promoters Are More Irrelevant Than The Crowds They Draw

Without even realizing it, Atlanta promoters single out their crowds, shame their ignorance on musicians and tell them there’s no better place in the city than their parties. This sort of backhanded welcome is embraced by more than just a few promoters; it seems to be an adopted form of advertisement. I don’t know about you, but when I’m told I’ve been sleeping under a rock because I don’t know who Johnny Digital is from Nowhere, USA, I have a lesser interest in finding out.

Top 13 of 2013

1. Mike Will – 23

2. Special Request – Soul Music

3. ft. Juicy J

4. Grand Theft Auto V

5. Complaining about the new Burial

6. ft. 2Chainz

7. Pope Francis’ appointment

8. Edward Snowden

9. Daft Punk album hype

10. gratitude that “Escape from L.A.” and “A Scanner Darkly” were not accurate depictions of this year

11. learning @horse_ebooks was actually Buzzfeed

12. Boards of Canada album hype

13. ft. Nicki Minaj

The Birth of XBox Live

Seeing as I spend a lot of time on XBOX Live lately, this seemed like a timely post. Thanks to Longreads for the heads-up on this in-depth look at J Allard‘s experiment at Microsoft.

In 2001, Microsoft employed tens of thousands of people. Ask most of those where they worked, and they’d tell you “Microsoft.” But if you asked the 30 or so people who formed the core of the Xbox team, they’d say “I work for Xbox.”

“We had a culture that was unique,” says Henson, “but at the same time we weren’t so unique that we went and said, ‘Yeah, we’ll just go reinvent everything.’ That would have just been completely crazy. And it wouldn’t have allowed us to scale the way we did.”

The Birth of Xbox Live (via Polygon)

Post Script:

If for some reason you want to add me on Xbox Live, feel free I am there as icntmx

Capital Punishment Is Stupid

States turning to unregulated compounding centers to get around the supply problems for drugs used in inmate executions

This is not a treatise on the barbaric practices of whatever because that’s already been done a thousand times but the TL;DR here is:

Missouri joins U.S. states getting execution drugs from new suppliers [via Reuters]

 

When Eater.Com Asked Me What's Wrong

Eater.com is basically food.tmz.com – let me explain…

In case you missed it, Eater Atlanta is accusing Yum Bunz of serving frozen pre-made bao. My objection here is not towards Yum Bunz, but instead why a website that considers itself a reputable force in the “restaurant blogging community” (N.B. I just cringed typing that) considers this a news-worth topic. Not to the surprise of anybody reading this, I took the opportunity to let Eater Atlanta know they are finding stories where there are none in a shameless ploy to generate more hits. (i.e. generate ad impressions on their website)

After they started favoriting my tweets but refusing to respond, I turned the screws a bit and was invited by Eater.com to email in my concerns. I have emailed them a copy of this URL because, quite simply, they published their story online, and they want to feign journalistic integrity. In light of both these facts it seemed unfair to take the conversation offline. I stand behind what I publish, otherwise I wouldn’t bother putting it in a public forum. You don’t get to start the discussion in public then take all conversations of it offline when the tenor doesn’t suit you. Sorry, but you’re not getting off the hook that easy.

So without further introduction, I give you my long-awaited treatise against Eater.

 

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Top 17 Reasons I Hate Buzzfeed

It’s been a long time coming that this finally got published in earnest but ladies and gentlemen, without further ado – the Top 17 Reasons I Hate BuzzFeed

It’s been a long time coming that this finally got published in earnest but ladies and gentlemen, without further ado – the Top 17 Reasons I Hate BuzzFeed

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Trayvon Tweets – Statistically Speaking

As we are quickly learning in the information age, things are not always as they are presented.

Floatingsheep recently compiled statistical data around the trial, drawing interesting conclusions.

Trayvon Hashtag MohawkUnderstandably, the George Zimmerman trial received a lot of national attention. As a result, the national conversation quickly became focused on issues of racism, southern identity, and the long-term effects of the acquittal of the accused.

As we are quickly learning in the information age, things are not always as they are presented.

Floatingsheep recently compiled statistical data around the trial, drawing interesting conclusions.

The lifespan of these events in our emotional and internet world is short.

Trayvon imeline

 

All it took was a good night’s rest before everybody jumped back to their normal twitter behaviors, much to the chagrin of Anthony Weiner and a handful of others involved in current events that are not even worth our time.

The South is not as racist as you perceive.

#JusticeForTrayvon Map

Looking at the density of #JusticeForTrayvon tweets across a map of the United States across a two-week period, it doesn’t appear anybody west of the Mississippi perceived an injustice throughout the trial (with the exception of California, which I will attribute to the still salient shooting of Oscar Grant instead of assuming liberal bias.)

Tweeting for Trayvon [via FloatingSheep]

The Best Wrestling Article I Can Remember

Cena’s well-anticipated victory was one of the most anti-climactic passing of the torches I’ve ever witnessed, I had a difficult time figuring out why, perhaps from lack of paying attention to wrestling for the past decade, but the crew over at Grantland presents this article outlining the challenges the WWE faces with Cena quite eloquently.

No qualms over the fact I was a loyal follower of WWF/WWE during the Attitude Era of 1998-2001, I suppose it is out of sheer inertia that I ended up watching Wrestlemania 29 this past Sunday. Having not kept up with professional wrestling the past few years I ended up pulling for who I remembered, Triple H (now aged 43), and obviously The Rock (age 40).

All details aside, John Cena had a well-anticipated victory was one of the most anti-climactic passing of the torches I’ve ever saw, I had a difficult time figuring out why, perhaps from lack of paying attention to wrestling for the past decade, but the crew over at Grantland presents this article outlining the challenges the WWE faces with Cena quite eloquently.

When WWE pretends its narrative is working when it’s clearly not, its dishonesty affects how people view its product. If we can’t even be sure that heroes are heroes anymore, then what’s the point of cheering? [*]

John Cena, WrestleMania 29, and WWE’s Perception Problem [via Grantland]

Mario Batali and Jim Harrison

Mario Batali interviews author Jim Harrison in this piece published in Food & Wine

This interview on Food & Wine between Mario Batali and Jim Harrison is full of gold covering cuisine, criticism, and more.

I have included a short excerpt below but recommend the whole thing – it’s quick.

The Hungry Crowd: Mario Batali Interviews Jim Harrison [via Food & Wine]

B: Do reviews improve anything?

H: I think a couple of times in my career they’ve been helpful. But restaurant critics are a little more honest, because they review the food they ate. Sometimes literary critics review the book they wanted you to write, not the book you wrote, and that’s very irksome. [*]