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Zach Sherwin’s Serial Rap Sums Up How We’re All Feeling About The Podcast

Really'll/Serial = GENIUS

Rapping comedian Zach Sherwin released a rap about Serial over the show’s theme song yesterday, just in time for the show’s finale on Thursday. (It’s a great idea — the song makes for an awesome beat!) Sherwin addresses most of the conversations that have surrounded the podcast: The exploitation of Hae Min Lee’s death for entertainment, how much more informed host Sarah Koenig has been than the audience and what her strategy has been in releasing the information she has, and the fact that the show has barely touched the issue of race despite the fact that most of the people discussed on the show are people of color from diverse backgrounds. And, of course, the fact that the show is totally engrossing and addictive – goodness knows, listening to it has been one of my white-guilty pleasures for the last three months.

Regarding the note that Sherwin ends on: We really don’t know what’s going to happen during the show on Thursday, and I’m anxious that it’s going to end without a real conclusion. What do you think? Speculate in the comments! [YouTube]

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The New Zelda, The Future Of Video Games, And Empathy

EPIC

Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them — I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Awards on the 5th of this month until yesterday. Forgive me, Frisky readers, but I need to nerd out about this for a second. When my boyfriend showed me the preview, I was sitting on the couch with my jaw on the floor grinning like an idiot for four minutes while we watched the clip, and then afterward I launched into a short lecture on player demand for realism in the Zelda games and the compromises Nintendo is making to have a realistic-feeling game without sacrificing the fantasy-inspired design the series has always embraced. Keep reading »

Watch Chicago Band Firago’s Touching Plea For The Bears To Get Rid Of Jay Cutler

"I'm in Orton withdrawal..."

Chicago band Firago has covered A Great Big World’s “Say Something (I’m Giving Up On You)” to express their deep, deep discontent with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Chief among their complaints is that he sucks and he’s overpaid. To give you a picture of how heartily Chicagoans and football fans everywhere agree with Firago, it’s worth mentioning that the video had 8,000 views when I heard about it three days ago and is, as of right now, pushing 90,000 views. I’m assuming Cutler and his family are the people accounting for those 15 thumbs-down. [Deadspin] Follow me on Twitter.

Weekend Worksheet: See “Wild,” Listen To VÉRITÉ & Roast Some Parsnips

Got some free time this weekend? Here are some suggestions for how to spend it… Keep reading »

I Love David Bowie, But He Is Unbearably Pretentious

I love David Bowie so, so, so much. SO much. There’s a David Bowie colony in my heart that takes up most of the left ventricle. I am awed and inspired by his body of work, by the flexibility of his mind, and by his prowess as a performer and as a businessman.

That all being said, he is sometimes unbearably pretentious. Take, for example, his responses to a Proustian personality quiz given to him by Vanity Fair in 2009: Keep reading »

Listen To DJ Earworm’s Mashup Of 2014′s Biggest Pop Hits

Heavy On Taylor Swift, Blessedly Light On "Happy"

DJ Earworm has released his annual year-end pop hit mashup for 2014, “United State of Pop: Do What You Wanna Do,” and it’s — well, it’s pretty much as catchy and vapid as all the rest of his year-end mashups. Seriously! Go back and listen to them. They’re all about dancing and partying and listening to music. It just goes to show that pop hits have more sentimental value to the listener than actual, objective substance. That’s cool, though, we all need to dance sometimes. [YouTube]

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