July 30, 2014

Twitter stinks, Indy 500, Cloud Nothings and Blossom Time in Chagrin Falls… While We’re Waiting

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It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend and I feel like a teacher that knows everyone’s mailed it in with their minds on the sunshine and cookouts and cornhole. Anyway, try to stay with me for just another 20 minutes. :-)

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twitter-featured1Twitter stinks… for many many things. The more we’ve become comfortable with Twitter as a communication medium, the more we’ve come to realize its limitations. Twitter and it’s character limit and rapid style make it an inferior method for having any kind of in-depth conversation. It’s a good way to share links and aggregate content and experience events together, but the minute a topic gets even remotely deep, it must be abandoned. Mark Cuban’s comments are just the latest example.

Mark Cuban’s comments got quoted, headlined, and ultimately tweeted and it was a travesty to the conversation. ABC News’ headline was “Mark Cuban Admits He’s ‘Prejudiced, Bigoted’ in Candid Interview.” The Washington Post preferred to comment directly in their headline saying, “Mark Cuban goes ‘full Mark Cuban,’ talks about Donald Sterling, his own prejudices”. And of course, with just that, people started forming their opinions.

Meanwhile, I don’t even know if I’ve seen the entirety of the interview Cuban did yet, but even the longer clip I saw was four minutes long. In our modern age with unprecedented access to information, we’re also given this unfettered access to communicate and opine in public. The ease of opining has now become easier than it is to consume the media. Twitter is the perfect example of this where it’s much easier to spout an opinion even before reading anything more than the headline.

This happened about a month ago with Chris Mad Dog Russo and the Washington Post. Russo got into a conversation with a caller about the lack of diversity on his staff. Over the course of four minutes, he talked on his radio show about the topic, but a writer at The Washington Post decided to post the video and then “summarize” it.

Ugh.

If you can’t bear to listen, the summary is as follows: Russo said there are no black radio hosts “worthy” of doing the job.  He later backtracks and said that no black radio host worthy of doing the job has applied. Needless to say, perhaps, Russo’s slight rewording did little to remedy some of his listeners and, especially, social media’s outrage.

I admit Russo’s comments sounded a bit awkward as he and a caller were talking over and around each other, but in the end, he didn’t say anything close to what people thought he said based on the author’s one word quote.1 Yet there was Twitter for people to consume less than an infinitesimal piece of the story before dropping intellectual bombs.

I love Twitter. I love tweeting. I love communicating with fellow Cleveland fans that way. Still, it’s really important to understand the limitations of the technologies you love.

You can summarize this post on Twitter and in tweets incorrectly by saying CRAIG LYNDALL SAYS TWITTER STINKS.

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indianapolis+500+2014+logoI dislike racing, but I married a girl from Indianapolis… so I’ll be paying a tiny bit of attention to the Indy 500 this weekend. I didn’t get racing at all until I went to an Indy 500 one year. That let me understand just why racing fans love it as much as they do. It didn’t convert me into a racing fan, but it gave me a level of respect for it and allowed me to pretend once a year that I do, in fact, have even a tiny amount of rooting interest in auto racing.

With that in mind, I found Tommy Craggs’ post at Deadspin titled, “How To Watch The Indy 500 If It’s The Only Race You’re Going To Watch,” very interesting.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been an American Memorial Day tradition. Like the Kentucky Derby and horse racing, it’s the one event where people who don’t even care about the sport end up watching. The difference? The damn horses don’t go 240 MPH.

So, yeah, you should watch it. This is easily the most entertaining, accessible, and exciting race to watch on Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the 500 to its fullest.

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Blossom time Balloon Glow

Blossom Time… Of course, if you’re not in Indianapolis this holiday weekend means a lot of things here in Cleveland. For me it means Blossom Time in Chagrin Falls. I split my time as a youngster between Blossom Time and Chesterland’s famous “Wine and Cheese” festival, which they’ve since rebranded in order to de-emphasize the alcohol, I believe. These are some of the initial beacons of summertime though. When you’re in school, it signals the thawing winter and maybe even trying to make new relationships with a girl as you head into a summer of teenage love and dating.

These carnivals actually stink in so very many ways because they’re kind of low rent and the carnies who work them are weird. But it’s not about the rickety rides or the ripoff games that steal half your wallet. It’s about gathering together with your friends, classmates, neighbors, or whatever. I know that’s a really cheesy paragraph, but I couldn’t be more excited for the weekend and all the cheesiness that these carnivals will deliver because I’ll see a whole bunch of people I know and probably some that I haven’t seen since the weather turned to snow last fall.

And who knows? Maybe this is the year where my kids get to learn the tough lessons of life and death via prize goldfish. :-(

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Last but not least, I’m a broken record on Cloud Nothings… I’m still on a music high since I saw Cloud Nothings a couple weeks ago. That in mind, I’m going to include this video because I can’t get this band out of my head still.

Have a great weekend guys! Stay safe!

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Footnotes:

  1. Also, I can’t prove it, but I swear the second part of that paragraph changed from the one I initially read. []

Late Opening Night, Joe Banner’s Office, HIMYM, and Cloud Nothings: While We’re Waiting

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I had a dream last night that the Cavaliers got into the playoffs and beat the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. It was one of those ultra-realistic dreams, too. Like, the kind where even when you wake up and you know it was a dream, you still think it might have been real and you check your phone to see if was actually reality. Well, it wasn’t reality……yet? I guess it depends on what time the dream took place. If it was before midnight, it was still March 31st and I think it was a prophecy. If it came after midnight, though, it would have been April 1st and thus just a cruel April Fool’s prank my body and mind played on me. I guess in a couple weeks we’ll find out if I am a prophet or a fool.

Oh, hey, there was Indians baseball on last night! Too bad I missed most of it….

It’s completely ridiculous for MLB to make an EST team open the season at 10:00 pm – I am absolutely furious about this. I can’t remember the last time I missed an Indians’ opening day game, but I had to miss last night’s opener. My alarm goes off at 5:00 am and there’s just no way I can stay up after 1:00 am on a Monday night. I realize some people can and do, but it just seems like an absolute slap in the face from MLB to make the Indians play their first game at 10:00 on the east coast. If you’re going to make an east coast team open the season on the west coast, at least have the game played at 1:00 or 4:00 local time so all fans can enjoy the game.

Now, having said all that, there’s really nothing like opening day in baseball. Yeah, I love opening night in the NBA, and the first NFL games are always fun. But there’s just something special about the start of the baseball season. It announces the arrival of spring with authority and the romanticized nature of the sport lends itself perfectly to the pomp and circumstance of the moment. [Read more...]

LaQuinton Ross going NBA, Sixers keep losing, and Community: While We’re Waiting

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I’m currently writing this while fighting a fever, so this will probably be a little shorter WWW than I normally write, so please bear with me….

LaQuinton Ross going pro? I heard whispers all season long that Ohio State junior forward LaQuinton Ross would be heading to the NBA after this season. I never really believed it. I believed he wanted to, but I didn’t he was good enough to actually do it.

Well, I don’t know if I was right or wrong on whether he’s an NBA player, but he evidently really is entering the draft. I don’t really get it. I understood why Deshaun Thomas went pro last year. He had probably peaked as a scorer and he was getting in a shallow draft while avoiding this year’s supposedly loaded draft. But Ross lacks the consistency that Thomas showed and he’s entering what some consider to be one of the better draft classes in recent memory. I hope it works out for him, but I really don’t get it at all. [Read more...]

Wooden Shjips, Mansions, Boys on the Radio, Night Terrors of 1927 – Music Podcast – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-16

WFNY Podcast LogoAndrew and I decided to talk about some music after the Cavs podcast last night. There’s been a lot of good new music lately, so here you go!

Wooden shjips and Andrew’s love of the album
San Francisco drone rock. Psychedelic.
PledgeMusic and Kickstarter for rock albums
Speakers vs. headphones and how you listen
How to defeat your OCD
What do you do with CDs?
The future rules and everyone loves it
The 160 gig iPod classic
Grumpy old man Andrew complains about Apple’s business model
Night Terrors of 1927 is accessible and great
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Did Rivers Cuomo make it OK to love pop hooks
What’s Andrew anticipating?
The Cloud Nothings and what their new album might be
Listening to Pompeii

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-12-31 – Top Albums of 2012

‘Tis the season for Year-End Best of 2012 lists. Here at WFNY, we’re doing the Top Sports Stories of 2012, but in today’s podcast, Craig and I veered off sports a bit to talk about some of our favorite music of the year. We recognize that this only reflect our own personal interests, but we hope you’ll find the discussion interesting.

Also, we sincerely want to hear from you guys. What were some of your favorite bands and artists of 2012? Let us know in the comments below.

I’ve also included a Playlist I made of some of my favorite songs from some of my top albums of the year. I hope everyone finds something they enjoy on the list.

Craig gave his nod for two of his favorite albums of 2012. One of them is a band called Now, Now and their album is “Threads” and the other one is Of Monsters and Men – “My Head Is An Animal”.

I discussed my Top 5 albums in the podcast, but if anyone wants to see my Top 20 through 6, I’ve listed that below as well. Enjoy!

20. Frank Ocean – “channel ORANGE”
19. Nadja – “Dagdrøm”
18. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
17. Freshkills – “Raise Up The Streets”
16. A Place To Bury Strangers – “Worship”
15. Ty Segall – “Twins”
14. Passion Pit – “Gossamer”
13. Deftones – “Koi No Yokan”
12. Gallows – “Gallows”
11. Bob Mould – “Silver Age”
10. Sleigh Bells – “Reign of Terror”
9. Dirty Projectors – “Swing Lo Magellan”
8. Ceremony – “Zoo”
7. Mark Lanegan Band – “Blues Funeral”
6. Titus Andronicus – “Local Business”

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