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  • Uncle George Takei - say it ain’t so!!

    Here’s his response he posted to Facebook:


    I'm writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Brunton. I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them.

    The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do. But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.

    Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.

    Brad, who is 100 percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than 30 years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times.

    Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust. It means so much to us. 

    Yours in gratitude,

  • Make a Musical Noise Here

    I haven’t put it on yet, but this playlist seems like a good one!

  • Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

    I had a similar reaction to you @aberry89 the first time I saw it as well. I found a lot of the scenes really entertaining, but felt that the whole was less than the sum of its parts. But, I almost always like their films more on repeat viewings, even the ones I loved the first time around, so I knew I'd be giving it another shot. 

    And this time around, the things I liked, I still really liked: the dialogue and wordplay, the performances, and the craft of it all. But I also went into this second viewing with this review in mind, and I found the whole made more sense to me. Now I can also see people not entirely buying her arguments, and even if you do, it may not make you like the film any more than you did the first time around, but I found her arguments really compelling and it helped me appreciate the film much more on this watch. Still, I don't think this is one that will ever make me feel much, even if I find it entertaining and see a lot to appreciate in it.

    Also, I completely agree with you on Inside Llewyn Davis. I love it and have revisited it many times. The soundtrack still gets regular play in our household. 
  • Make a Musical Noise Here

    @Travis Yeah let me know if you end up doing a track 3s one. I’d totally be interested.

    Glad you’re liking John Henry so far. There are some really cool memorable songs on there. I’ve been through a few TMBG phases over the years (mostly middle school, high school, and some in college.) so I used to be really up on their albums. Not so much in the last ten years or so though. Another album I loved as a teen was “Factory Showroom”, but I don’t know how it holds up.

    Re: Justin Vernon and Kanye, besides the sample on “Lost in the World” my favorite of their collabs is “Hold My Liquor” off of Yeezus.

    Other tracks he’s been on:
    “Dark Fantasy” The bridge.
    “Monster” Intro and Outro
    “I am a God” Outro line
    “I’m in it” (I love this song musically and Justin Vernon is awesome on it, but there are a few cringe-worthy lyrics you have to get past. I do think there’s a lot of depth when you place it in context on the album and also in some of the lines.)

    Some of these songs play much better in the context of the albums they are on as they function as part of larger narratives, but they still stand alone too.

    Justin Vernon always seems to function as the internal more introspective, vulnerable voice breaking through some of Kanye’s outward over-the-top braggadocio and worst impulses and I love the counterpoint, texture and depth that he brings to those tracks.
  • U.S. Politics the Third

    I can't get the quote system to work right on my phone but in response to Anubis21 talking about how it's dumb to give non-citizens voting rights, I have to say that I don't think it's dumb at all.

    I've been living in Japan for ten years, have permanent resident status, pay all of my taxes, both national and local, have a Japanese wife, two children who are both citizens of both countries, and have a vested interest in the decisions that are made by the government as many of those decisions affect me in some way. Yet I cannot vote because I'm not a citizen.

    I am a citizen of the USA and have the right to vote in Washington State even though I haven't lived there in ten years and no longer have an address there. Yet every local election get a ballot, which will not affect me in any way. But an immigrant who is living there, paying taxes and such and is affected by local elections cannot be involved in the decision-making process?