On The Lotanything good comes out of Hollywood? It was encouraging this week to hear that two contestants will be cut for each of these next two rounds, but that's still going to leave six contestants behind, and likely another month-plus of mediocrity and malapropisms. (The latter coming from both Garry Marshall and Adiana.) What may be the most frustrating aspect of On The Lot isn't the creative bankruptcy of the actual films, but the fact that Hollywood could've used the sensibility of an unknown plucked from outside the showbiz bubble; and yet, all of these contestants are trying so hard to be what they think Hollywood wants that none of them are bringing any personality or regional specificity to their work. (The closest may be the Christian action movie dude.) What a waste. Anyway, I can't abandon On The Lot for good without noting this week's catastrophe by Shalini: a preachy short about magical glasses that help a shallow shop-bot chick learn what really matters in life. … [Read more...] about Your Weekly Summer Reality TV Roundup – 07/13/07
I have loved cars since I could talk, and I’ve loved Subarus almost as long. I love them so much that I daily-drive one of the wildest and worst Subies in New York—a bagged and stanced 2005 Baja Turbo. But when I talked my way into a brand new 2016 WRX STI, there was only one question. How does a modern, proper, unmolested Subaru compare to my monstrosity? Yes, I’ve gone off the deep end. This is happening. Yes, That Is My Daily-Driver Advertisement Photo Courtesy of Jacob Tompkins Hi, my name is Jared. I currently suffer from the “Stance Life.” Yo. I also happen to be one of the video creators for Jalopnik’s YouTube channel. Ever since the Fast and the Furious movies (as well as my discovery of the Long Island Subaru Club and NASIOC) back in the early 2000s, I’ve been into modifying Subarus. As you’ve surely seen in our season finale of Worst Car Stories, my mother bore witness to my Subaru addiction and ill-fated attempts at … [Read more...] about My Stanced And Bagged 2005 Subaru Baja Is Almost As Awesome As A 2016 WRX STI
Dear Lifehacker, Thanks, Dear Bitten, Advertisement 1. Calculate How Much You'll Need to Cover Operating Costs Salary: How much do you want to earn (pay yourself)? You might take a look at your current salary or check out a site like Salary.com to find comparative wages. Let's say, for example, you want to take home $45,000 a year. (If you were to hire someone to help you, also add a line for that employee's salary, but for the sake of this example we'll just stick with one staff member—you.) Taxes: When you're self-employed, you'll need to cover your own taxes. The IRS has helpful information on self-employment and taxes, including a worksheet (PDF) for calculating estimated taxes. As a rule of thumb, though, you can simply add a factor of 15% to your salary to cover tax contributions. In our example, 15% times the $45,000 salary is $6,750. Adding these together, our new salary with taxes is $51,750. Monthly overhead: Overhead costs are those that you'll incur just in … [Read more...] about How Much Should I Charge for My Freelance Services?
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
Punk vets Against Me! have a new album coming out this month. But while Shape Shift With Me won’t be out until September 16, the band has released a new music video for the album today, giving fans another glimpse of its latest stylistic shift. Directed by Say Anything star Ione Skye, “333” is a plum little piece of sexual psychodrama, starring Skye’s old friend, Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne, as a ’60s-style housewife trying to keep herself some semblance of sane. Co-starringBates Motel’s Andrew Howard, it’s a stylish backdrop for Laura Jane Grace’s screaming vocals and the band’s driving percussion. Meanwhile, Grace’s memoir, Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, is out on November 15, and the band is about to head on tour, both for headlining dates, and with Bad Religion, starting today. You can see the tour dates—and the track listing for Shape Shift With … [Read more...] about Natasha Lyonne and