Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // May 18, 2018

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // May 18, 2018

Has enough been said yet about Yanny?

What does it say about us if we heard one or the other? What does it say about how pervasive communication failures could be when 50% of people literally hear entirely different words? What does it say about our relationships if one significant other refused to listen to the clip until a full day or more after the other? Would this have been so fun if “Yanny” wasn’t such a hilarious word? We like how this overview of this big internet moment suggests all our experiences of the world: sights, sounds, scents, tastes, etc. are our own personal hallucinations of the world, and by no means needs to match anyone else’s. The sky is GREEN. And I have I’m sorry, I have NEVER tasted a wine with cut garden hose in it.

How Onscreen Sex Sounds Are Made

Onto a more spicy sound-based topic. When an 18-year-old goes to college, there is just no way they are informed enough about the possible jobs that exist in the world to choose which career to pursue. What do you major in to become a Foley artist for sex scenes, for instance? Because per this not-entirely-safe-for-work article it’s a fascinating profession. A lot of wet chamois. You have to wonder what it feels like to date or be married to one of these people. Is there a lot of pausing mid-make out when inspiration hits, driven by a certain sound?

And yes, we’re still talking about Donald Glover

Those of us on the west coast woke up to our phones flooded with news alerts about another bunch of kids getting shot in their school. Half of team PlaceInvaders wants you to think about all the ways Americans are more likely to die than being shot in a school as well as whether the way the media jumps on these stories is warranted. The other half gets this point, but also really wants kids to stop getting shot at in their schools (by young men). While most of the Internet flipped out about Donald Glover’s new video last week, we think the more interesting takes happened this week. In the scenes where the gentle-looking musician is executed and the choir is mercilessly gunned down, DG quickly moves on with his life of shirtless dancing. Maybe there are other shootings we could dwell at least as long as we do ones that happen to take place in schools. One of our favorite podcasts takes a look within this episode that’s well worth a listen.

The Grub Street Diet

There is something so voyeuristically fun about this column, cataloging everything consumed by one debatably relevant human for one week--typically in New York or LA. We’re not really familiar with this author, so you’d think their diet would be less interesting, but it’s a good one. We love how she shamelessly shades a few places, uses our favorite low-and-slow approach to homemade aggs (pro tip! add the yolks last!), boycotts Chik-Fil-A, and goes on a weekend getaway to celebrate her dog’s birthday. Her mid-column analysis of zucchini noodles and how we celebrate women eating foods that are like real foods except without calories is well-worded and right.

Ok so is net-neutrality a thing now or…?

Y’know it really seems like the US government is corrupt but we honestly can’t be positive, right? I mean, It’s not a big deal when the revolving door of lawyers, lobbyists, and congress just keeps on spinning round, spitting people in any direction. When are we going to have an open-carry rally on the mall in DC, demanding that we be represented accurately? I’ll tell you when, it’s never because that’s illegal. If anyone wanted to organize against our government because it willfully neglected the voice of the people, that would be "treason." We used to have rights, until congresspeople decided we should make a bunch of laws to protect our “freedom.” Well, we got our freedom; now we also have “rights.”