In HateSong, we ask our favorite musicians, writers, comedians, actors, and so forth to expound on the one song they hate most in the world. The hater: Daniel Lopatin is better known by his moniker Oneohtrix Point Never, under which he’s released three albums of densely layered, dreamily fragmented electronic music, in addition to his work as part of ’80s synth-pop collagists Ford & Lopatin, a collaboration with the likeminded Tim Hecker on 2012’s Instrumental Tourist, and the score for Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. He’s also an impassioned, opinionated guy (witness this Grantland interview about the Boston Celtics), so in a way, perhaps it’s no surprise he responded to The A.V. Club’s request to do a Hatesong by sending us, within the hour, the following screed he wrote about Candlebox. While normally we prefer to speak with the haters, in this case Lopatin’s argument was already so fully formed, he insisted we run it as is. So … [Read more...] about Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin on why he hates Candlebox’s “Far Behind”
When burnt out
Brooke Holden had all but given up on breaking into the video game business. She had gone to university in the United Kingdom to study game development, but realized partway through her degree that she hated coding. Holden had also come across horror stories about labor conditions in the game industry, where employees regularly work 60- to 80-hour weeks, and thought to herself, no way, not me. But one year into a job as an office manager, Holden, 26, was still dreaming about getting into games, maybe applying for some sort of team management position. “Professionally inexperienced but passionate team manager looking for a hobby project to help support and manage,” she posted to a subreddit for assembling game dev teams. It was just a lark, yet a half dozen replies accumulated under the post. One in particular stood out, from an account with an active Reddit history on developer recruitment boards. The poster’s name was “Kova,” and he told Holden that his … [Read more...] about How Over 25 People Got Scammed Into Working At A Nonexistent Game Company
As has already been explained on this very website, hot chocolate and hot cocoa are not the same thing. One is made with melted chocolate, which contains cocoa butter. The other is made with cocoa powder, which does not. One requires patience and care. The other could, in theory, but can also require just hot water and one of those little stirrer straws. This makes it an ideal winter drink for people who like having well-stocked office snack drawers or people who are just lazy. But which store-bought hot cocoa mix is the best? We went to our local grocery, plus Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and grabbed every plain hot cocoa mix we could find. We wanted hot cocoa in its most basic form: no peppermint, no cinnamon, not even marshmallows, because not every brand has marshmallows and that wouldn’t be fair. We ended up with 12 different brands. Then we retreated to the Takeout test kitchen with a dozen paper cups, a Sharpie, and an ample supply of hot water to determine which … [Read more...] about The great store-bought hot cocoa mix taste test
Shifting winds and blazingly hot temperatures are fueling a wildfire in southern California that has now spread to 51 square miles and is now threatening several neighborhoods. The Sand Fire—named for the area’s Sand Canyon—started on July 22 and has now grown to 33,000 acres. This troublesome blaze is currently burning near Big Sur and the Angeles National Forest east of the Santa Clarita Valley, about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Advertisement More than 1,600 firefighters with help from water-dropping helicopters are currently working on several fronts to contain the flames. As of 11:00 pm local time Sunday, the fire was 10 percent contained, but spreading in several different directions owing to variable winds. Five years of drought and a lack of winter rain due to El Niño conditions has set the stage for what could be one of the worst wildfire seasons in California history. “These are not normal times,” noted Los Angeles County Fire … [Read more...] about Thousands Forced to Evacuate as California’s Sand Fire Continues to Spread
All the necessary equipment is there: you've got a nice heat source from the engine and the exhaust, and you've got plenty of time while you're sitting in your commute, or driving to grandma's house. Why not cook with your car? We're looking for your best recipes, both in what you prepare, and how you keep the smell of burnt hydrocarbons from spoiling the food. Please make sure you're a better car chef than Clarkson. Advertisement (QOTD is your chance to address the day's most pressing automotive questions and to experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits, and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good Question of the Day, send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.) … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Recipe For Cooking With Your Car?