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Widge's Favorite Music of 2012, Part 2: The EPs
Posted on 01.27.15 by Widge @ 11:54 pm

Seven Lions

Yes, I know, this is even more insane to post this now considering I posted Part 1 back in July. However, two things: one, 2014 was...problematic at times to say the least. Some days, music is all that kept me from jumping out of my office window. Considering I work in a basement office, that would have simply been confusing and messy. Second thing: I am still finding music from all eras that I've never heard before. The other day I discovered a fantastic track only to discover it was from 2005. Or there's the compilation Those Shocking, Shaking Days which consists of badass Indonesian music from the 1970s. So I figure there's gotta be something in this mix of stuff you haven't heard. And, if nothing else, hey, it's an experiment. Read all about it in the first post.

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Your Weekend Justice #230: Following John Cleese to the End of the World
Posted on 01.24.15 by Widge @ 6:25 am

ham

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that didn't mean to make some sort of weird John Cleese callback to the Outtakes episode, but did so anyway.

(Note: I apologize that I'm a bit robo at the beginning but it somehow inexplicably improves shortly thereafter. My actual voice, though, remains as grating as always.)

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Your Weekend Justice: The 2014 Outtakes Edition
Posted on 01.23.15 by Widge @ 7:46 am

Cutting Room Floor

It's Weekend Justice: the podcast that defeated 2014 by throwing it out of an airlock while in the vacuum of space. This podcast was engineered--some might say over-engineered--by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. Especially so given this year-end, outtakes episode. Which contains more references to matriarchal taxidermy than should have ever occurred. This outtakes episode is shorter than usual because, well, we didn't cut a lot of stuff out last year. But the best of what we did...is here for you.

Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good.

As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this.

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Boy, Have We Got a Series For You: Westworld 2.0
Posted on 01.20.15 by ScottC @ 4:00 am

WESTWORLD gunslinger

As most of you are aware, Game of Thrones will be starting its fifth season on HBO. Usually this means a series' expenses start growing ever faster and the quality is in danger of sliding downward. Now, Thrones may be the exception that proves the rule, but HBO is looking for the next big hour-long series. Like everything else in Hollywood, it will be based on an existing property. And since this is HBO, it should have plenty of sex and violence. So, the network is taking the over 40-year-old sci-fi classic Westworld and turning it into a series. I imagine many of you out there only have a vague idea of what Westworld is, so I thought I give you a brief primer on the film (yes, this is one case where we're simply not telling you to ask your parents) and what HBO could perhaps do to make it a continuing series.

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David Bowie Is… Invades The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Posted on 01.14.15 by Rob Levy @ 3:56 pm

David Bowie Is

Once in a while, a museum exhibition comes along that simply wows you with a sense of "I must see this!" glee and excitement! Like a Van Gogh retrospective or the Tut Exhibition from back in the day, the MCA's David Bowie Is was such an experience.

Created by London's Victoria & Albert Museum, this exhibition is the first to examine Bowie as a powerful figure in music, art design, theatre and film. It also emphasizes his impact on contemporary culture through the lens of his creative process and multiple collaborations. The exhibition, which opened on September 23, 2014 and closed on January 4, 2015 was a pretty big deal. The MCA Chicago was the only American venue for David Bowie Is, making it the epicenter for music freaks, artists and pop culture junkies.

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Your Weekend Justice #229: A Do-Si-Do in Hell
Posted on 01.01.15 by Widge @ 4:41 pm

Rox of Spazhouse Holiday Special

(Widge's Note: Sorry for the delay on this one, I'm in deadline hell and having to work on this when the files I'm editing are busy saving and whatnot. So consider this our Christmas and New Year's special. The Outtakes episode will follow and we will resume in a bit.)

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is like a fruitcake in that it's not pleasant if you ingest it and it lasts for years.

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Relieve Your Christmas Anxiety with Black Phoenix
Posted on 12.24.14 by ScottC @ 1:28 pm

Krampus: Black Phoenix 2014

Ah Christmas (or alternative winter festival of your choice) time. An occasion where all are united in that most special and glorious of emotions: Fear.

You thought I was going to say joy or happiness, didn't you? Now, joy is there, don't get me wrong. But if we are honest with ourselves, Christmas is almost as scary as Halloween. Think about it. As a kid, you were terrified that Santa would judge you as naughty and what's worse, now kids have to worry about that fucking Elf On A Shelf. Seriously, why don't they just make the Sugar CCTV Fairy? As an adult, you fear forgetting getting a gift for someone or getting the wrong gift. You're afraid of what the holiday season is doing to your bank balance and credit rating. You're afraid that your aunt will get drunk and try to molest you or your uncle will argue that Obama is a atheist Muslim lizard Illuminatus or whatever he picked up from talk radio.

As always, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is here to help you embrace the festive fear instead of being overwhelmed by it with aromatic perfumes that will help you face your fears and permit it to pass over you and through you. Only you will remain. Well, you and the extra pounds would get from the Christmas spread but you can deal with that in the New Year. But at least you'll smell nice!

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Starbucks Opens Theme Park in Seattle
Posted on 12.18.14 by Widge @ 3:58 pm

Starbucks Roastery

Okay, not technically an actual theme park. But goddamn, it sure looks like it. And I know some people dislike Starbucks for varied and sundry reasons. Me, I'm an equal opportunity coffee drinker. I just need the liquid sleep and 99.8% of the time, I don't care where it comes from.

Let's set all that aside for just a moment. Forget for a second that this is about Starbucks at all. Let's just focus on the coffee aspect of the following setup. In fact, do me this favor. Start the first video...and watch the second video muted. There may be ads preceding one or both, we can't do anything about that...but just...do this experiment. Sync them up as best you can and then see if it doesn't make you a little misty-eyed. If you don't, then I must question your true love of coffee.

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Your Weekend Justice #228: The Further Adventures of Lucky Goldstar
Posted on 12.07.14 by Widge @ 10:41 pm

Hickory Farms

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is gigantic compared to Leigh. But then again, most things are.

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And Now... All Skate
Posted on 12.06.14 by Widge @ 11:09 am

Welcome to the fun of roller skating

Apologies for the recent madness. I've been moving the site to a new server set up. We have close to 200 GB of images, podcasts, and other miscellaneous content that had to be ferried from one place to another. I have a degree in English. If you are thinking to yourself that this sounds like a great pitch for a new, darkly humorous sitcom...then you are correct.

I will spare you the full details of the reasons for the move, but suffice it to say that the old home was very old. and one of the things that you run into with an old server home are people trying to break in. if you run a WordPress site, I urge you to install some form of Limit Logins Plugin...because as I learned from one of Tim Ferriss' posts, native WordPress will let you try passwords all day long, making a brute force entry quite easy. And once you set this up and get notifications or view the log, I think you'll be amazed some bot hasn't already hacked you.

Also, on the new server, WordPress actually comes up without me having to go get a sandwich while I wait. So that's cool. Plus: that new server smell!

Some things may still be broken: like the ability to play podcasts direct on the site, since the plugin we were using for that is no longer kosher. If you spot something broken, feel free to email me or leave a comment here and I will add it to the list.

Anyway, enough with boring webmastery bits. We will shortly be back with slightly more regular (from a scheduling sense) content, and a new look for the site which will incorporate a mobile version. And then hopefully some ways to make the site more sustainable so I can afford to work on it more often.

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