As the year draws to a close and a weary world takes stock of the past 12 months, let us distract ourselves from the whirling sea of shit we continue to endure with a frivolous list of goofy band names. Because just as the sun rises and sets every day no matter what, creative people will always start bands with questionable names. I took a solemn oath in 2005 to compile them in a continually updated Evernote. Eleven years in, the standard caveats remain: These aren’t necessarily bands that formed in the past year, but bands I encountered for the first time. Inclusion on the list isn’t a slight against the band’s music, but it’s not an endorsement, either. I generally exclude bands that are pushing a decade or more old, but I make the occasional exception. Finally, some 2017 names came from commenter recommendations last year, so thank you for those. And now, cue up “Pomp And Circumstance,” for it is time to present the class of 2017. Animals … [Read more...] about And, of course, Anal Trump: The year in band names 2017
Hundreds of so-called “mindfulness” apps already clutter the web. Now Apple is integrating such an app into its watch, and pitching it with a quote from new-age garbage peddler Deepak Chopra—just a few days after Chopra introduced his own mindfulness app. During WWDC yesterday, Apple introduced Breathe for the Apple Watch. By reminding users to take deep breaths throughout the day and leading them through simple meditation exercises, Apple—via Chopra—claims Breathe can help alleviate anxiety. “Taking a moment each day to do some deep breathing can reduce stress,” claimed a quote from Chopra that was read aloud during the keynote. Advertisement The digital pursuit of mindfulness is the basic idea behind Chopra’s own app, Jiyo, which debuted on iOS and Android last week. Although Chopra doesn’t want to call it an app—he prefers, ahem, “wellbeing partner”—it has similar features to Apple’s Breathe, … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s New Meditation App More Full of Shit Than Deepak Chopra?
More than 60 countries are attempting to cut down on environmentally hazardous plastic bags, either by making customers pay for them or banning them outright. Australia is the latest to join this growing list, but some customers are less than thrilled. NPR reported this week that the Australian states of Queensland and Western Australia, and retail chains Coles and Big W, have placed new restrictions on these bags as of July 1, and that on June 20, Woolworths said it had removed single-use plastic bags from all its stores. Plastic bags were already banned in Tasmania and South Australia. According to Deutsche Welle, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association took a survey of 132 members, and “57 said they were abused by shoppers over the ban.” One customer even put his hands around a woman’s throat at a Woolworths. Other shoppers “vented their anger by shouting ‘money-grabbing scum’ at staff or throwing food at them.” The … [Read more...] about Australian customers rage at grocery-store staff over plastic-bag ban