A tale as old as time.
Please stop hiding behind "WTNV is free". WTNV stopped being non-profit a long long time ago, and they way they go about live show announcements is classist. "Hey you wanna support us and see us live? Better hope you have $50 to drop on a ticket that is going to sell out in 2 minutes". I call bullshit on WtNV not knowing how many tickets theyre going to sell, they have never taken more than 15 minutes on any show to sell out, as per usual as soon as they saw fans money its all they cared about.
Handsome Baby Answer:
oh my god calm your entitled ass down
I just want to add something to this that people might not necessarily think about -and thank you to everyone for the supportive responses so far. Putting on a WTNV live show isn’t just a matter of showing up at the theater and taking people’s money. When we are on tour we have to pay for airfare, hotels, food, throat spider treatments, and so on. The last two episodes of the podcast (which were released for free) were recorded live at Town Hall, and WTNV had to pay the venue for the privilege of recording there, even though it was Joseph Fink who did the actual recording and not the venue’s staff.
But mainly I want to explain my own part in this because it’s true that I used to release all of my music for free, and now I don’t.
For 9 years, Disparition was a project I did in my spare time while I worked a number of dayjobs ranging from shipping clerk at a wine distributor to digital marketer at a book publisher. A year ago the publishing house I was working for was falling apart, I decided… fuck it, why not try to do what I actually love for a living?
So, I quit and started doing music full time. Consequently, I changed the “free download” status of some (but not all) of my albums… although they are still streamable on Spotify and Soundcloud for free.
Luckily, about a month after I quit my publishing job is when Night Vale started to really take off which has certainly helped out quite a lot with the album sales, but I’m still relying partly on savings and still trying to figure out how to make this thing work. While WTNV is now very popular and this is awesome, I’m still doing everything with no label or distributor or studio, making albums in my apartment and doing all of my promotion myself. Even so, I still give all of my albums away for free periodically and you can still stream them for free on Spotify or Soundcloud or Bandcamp. Plus, three of my albums are *still* freely downloadable from my site.
I know this might come across as a bit defensive and, well, I suppose it is. But I felt I should offer a bit of explanation from my side, especially since I know it says in the early episodes that you can download my work for free, and then at a certain point that message goes away. And I know that’s disappointing to some, but I really am doing what I can to make my music as available as I can while still being able to pay the rent. This community has been so amazingly supportive and this whole thing has completely changed my life. I owe that not only to Fink&Cranor but to everyone who listens to the show.. so I wanted you all to know a bit about where I am coming from.
The creative people involved in WTNV are astounding, and this is the dumbest fucking anon I’ve seen in a long time.
1. a dreamlike, romantic, or uncritical sense of well-being.
2. a naively romantic and optimistic quality.
3. a cluster of stars too distant to be seen individually, resembling a dimly luminous cloud of dust. Not in scientific use.
4. minute particles of matter that fall to Earth from the stars. Not in scientific use.
Etymology: star (from Middle English sterre > Old English steorra; cognate with Old High German sterra; akin to Old High German sterno, Old Norse stjarna, Gothic stairno > Latin stella > Greek astḗr, > Sanskrit stṛ) + dust (from Middle English > Old English dūst; cognate with German Dunst, “vapour”).
5. One half of a celestial convergence
"Titus O’Neil was honored at The Rainbow PUSH Trailblazer Awards and Sports Events July 1 in Chicago. The Superstar received the Humanitarian & Community Service Award, which recognizes his significant contributions to the sports industry."
I’d just like to point out that Titus took Batista as his +1
I don’t know the wrestler equivalent of “hyperactive primping in the bathroom mirror” but I’m going to go ahead and assume Dave and Titus did it before this event or at least before this photo op
guess who’s back
tell a friend
A brief sampling of WWE Talent Arrest Records:
Kenneth Cameron: Assaulting an officer, drunk and disorderly —> promoted to corporate.
WWE Diva Cameron: DUI, offered a $10K bribe to the arresting officer —> active and in good standing.
Jack Swagger: DUI, drug possession —> Getting a face push, active and in good standing.
Santino Marella: DUI —> active and in good standing.
Mike Tyson: Convicted rapist —> WWE Hall of Famer
Emma: Held several hours after allegedly “shoplifting” $20 worth of merchandise after a Walmart self-checkout malfunctioned —> RELEASED FROM THE COMPANY WHAT
I am SO GLAD the universe used its powers for good this time, instead of just starting up a CM Punk chant, and the instant fan outcry forced the company to retract Emma’s release. But the fact this is even how it went down in the first place is a really ugly blot on WWE corporate. Emma’s one of the most genuine and talented Divas currently in the ring, and she’s busted her ass to get where she is! It’s really frightening that a couple of fickle old men at the top of the chain can kneejerk like this and potentially ruin a career with so much potential.
Also look how goddamn cute she is.
LOOK AT HER.
A gay character that is both open and is integral to the plot is ‘not necessary’ in Star Trek 3, according to the director.
Roberto Orci has spoken about the follow-up to the adventures of the USS Enterprise, last seen in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
But even though the film will take place over 200 years in the future, Orci said he has doubts we will ever see a character having a same-sex relationship.
‘It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang,’ he said on the Humans From Earth podcast.
‘It doesn’t have to be like South Park, like “what have we learned today”.
‘It can be so normalized that it just exists. I agree it can’t be shoe-horned in. And it is not necessary for it to be the whole point of the thing.
‘It is an ensemble and there is lots of people to represent so no one point of view should hog it.’- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/star-trek-3-director-open-gay-character-not-necessary270614#sthash.wCLDXC0c.dpuf
Translation: “Depicting same-sex relationships will make Star Trek 3 ALL ABOUT SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS, so we won’t depict them at all. However, we will still make sure a male lead surprises one of their female peers in their lingerie at least twice.”
Translation: “We can’t make a gay character objectively impactful to the plot because then they’d just be gaying it up all over the place. If it makes you feel better you can just pretend it’s there where you can’t see it.”
Orci you fucking schmuck.
I’m like most of you. School shootings stay with me for a very long time. I get sick and numb and useless. I see on the news that another kid took a gun and pointed it at a bunch of other kids with hearts and squeezed the trigger again and again, and then my brain short circuits. Then I call my Mom because she’s the smartest person I know, and even if SHE can’t explain with this happened, at least we can be upset together at the same time.
Then I read everything. Everything. Every expert in psychology who wants to figure out the shooter, every random person with an opinion, every woman sharing her story about the abuse and assault they had to live with. I read the articles saying “This happened because of [X]” and “This wouldn’t have happened if not for [Y]” and I just say OK to each and every one of them, because I never know WHAT shootings mean or how you can ever get enough distance to THINK it means anything. I don’t know how strong you have to be to see mass, school shootings as anything other than sad, just that I’m not that strong.
Another little boy got upset that the world wasn’t behaving the way he was told it would so he shot some other little boys and girls and now they’re all gone.
Six or seven years ago, I wrote and released an online, action-comedy novella called The Bartender. It was supposed to be a very long love letter to my two best friends and my older brothers, and then a few thousand people read it, which was nice of them. There was drinking, action, jokes and sex. It was the kind of story that I grew up reading and watching. The kind of story I grew up loving, the kind of story that got me interested in making stories in the first place.
It’s also a story where a bunch of guys save the day by pulling out lots of guns and firing until all of the problems go away, and it’s a story where the only female character in the entire book functions as, at one time or another, the nag, victim, sex object, traitor and eventually corpse.
So I’m getting rid of it. There are enough stories where the guys with the most guns win, and there are enough stories where women are underdeveloped sex props and target practice. We don’t need mine. And I don’t want anyone else to stumble on a story where a bunch of guys shoot a bunch of other guys as an answer and think “COOL!” So I’m deleting it, and it’s a very easy decision. I’ll leave it up through June 30th, as a courtesy to the people who are reading it currently, and then it’ll be gone. It won’t be re-released later, I won’t revise it. It’ll be gone because it should be gone.
I’m not a politician or a lobbyist or a teacher or a parent or a smart person. My function here—my contribution to society—is jokes and stories. That’s the only small thing over which I have any control. Previously I would have looked at how small my corner of influence was and dismiss it as too small to make a difference in anything, but I want to try… not doing that, anymore. I want to try to make this a world where my grandkids don’t pick up guns and kill someone else’s grandkids, and that means every single one of us needs to look at whatever small things we control— whatever tiny corners we influence—and ask ourselves “Could this be part of the problem?”
It means I can’t call myself “one of the good ones” on the justification that I’m not as bad as men who beat women. That’s the mentality I used to have, and it’s one that immediately stifles self-reflection and growth. Once I tell myself “I’m a good feminist because I would never hit a woman” or “I’m a good person because I would never stab another person,” I am instantly giving myself permission to not go through my past and investigate the subtle ways in which I might be contributing to this problem. No one should let themselves off the hook that easily. Self-reflection is a good thing, always. Always! Even acknowledging that you are or were part of the problem is good, because it means now you know how to be part of the solution. We made a world that is toxic and it’s going to take everyone to fix it. It’s going to take everyone looking at EVERYTHING, at all of their corners of influence and behavior and seeing how and if that behavior might be part of a problem that is bigger than all of us. Maybe one day I’ll be a politician who can change big things with rousing speeches but, for now, I’m a small person who can only change small things, but that’s what it takes, because if enough small people change enough small things, eventually it will look like a big change, and that’s what we need. Unless you think what we have now is fine. Unless you think this world we built where kids kill other kids is acceptable.
For my stupid part, it means re-examining my relationship with women and destroying a book I loved making, and that’s alright, because that means there will be one less book where heroes solve problems with violence instead of thoughtfulness and where women exist to be either lusted after or threatened depending on what the plot needs. It means that I won’t get to write the stories that I grew up reading. It means I won’t get to make the movies that got me interested in making movies in the first place and that’s okay, because those movies and stories helped shape our current society, and our current society is one in which our babies keep killing each other. I will never get to write Die Hard, a movie where the straight, white man is so good at killing weird-sounding bad guys that he gets rewarded with sex. And that’s fine. I’ll take that loss, because me training myself to think and write differently isn’t even a loss.
I don’t think a movie or all movies made some child kill a bunch of other children, but I do know that movies are part of our culture, in the way that books and music and sports and art and advertising and literally everything else are part of our culture. That, at least, is undeniable. And when our culture is one wherein kids kill other kids, it means to me at least that the culture is broken and that it’s worth considering how my tiny, corner of influence might be contributing.
No one wants to think they’re part of the problem or that they need to change, especially when there are so many clear and obvious monsters out there for comparison. Everyone’s knee-jerk reaction to being told to change is defensive; “Fuck you, I’m a good person, I’d never hurt anyone and I voted for [X Legislation that means I’m progressive and open-minded].” Because it feels like an accusation, and life is hard enough for everyone as it is that no one wants to be told they’re part of a problem. I understand that. And I understand that it’s hard. And I understand that change is hard, but it’s not as hard as watching kids get shot.
It’s hard to get my head around this. I’ve had to sacrifice massive chunks of creative product in the past, due to circumstances going south, and it’s ripped my heart out.
The sheer amount of integrity it takes to look on a finished piece and willfully choose to eliminate it is equally bewildering — but if there’s any reason at all to do such a thing, this is a damn good one.
You’re a good human, Dan.