5 Quick Things: May 2020

Welcome to 5 Quick Things that I saw since last month that I thought were interesting enough to share with you. None of them are particularly timely so feel free to just enjoy 🙂

>Number One<

Promises, Promises

Now that we’re almost a few months into this thing I am starting to get my feet about it (I think) and when I look outside of my hidey hole it seems like a lot of people are more disappointed than anything else and that’s pretty curious to me except that popular media (especially in the past decade) as exclusively focused on societal collapse as the narrative for an “apocolypse“. But we already know that’s not what happens and people who stock piled guns and powered foods and gold are feeling a little cheated. I think this is a good time to explore why we wanted those narratives and why they’re probably not coming and most importantly, how to deal with the problems we actually have.

>Number Two<

Not a Flying Car

The idea of a flying car has been in the public consciousness for about a century, possibly even longer. Henry Ford himself made a prototype flying car only to find himself grounded spectacularly. Anyway, this isn’t a flying car because technology at this time isn’t particularly geared to make those types of technological leaps. What technology IS really good at though is taking a large set of a data and attempting to combine it in novel ways which may or may not produce an outcome that humans can interpret as meaningful. What I mean to say is that this website is a meme / shitposting generator and while it mostly produces your average neural net trash by jamming a bunch of typewriters together to make nonsense, sometimes it does a funny.

>Number Three<

Glorious Lifestyles (Pandemic Remix)

If you’re seeing the hashtags on insta about how to make art and mimic only the most beautiful things in the world during your self isolation time, it might be time to really step up your game and become a full of dandy. Dandyism is basically set to make a full blown comeback in the next decade (you can quote me on this when it happens, I was here first). I think you can argue that many Instagram influencers are modern versions of dandies but I won’t go too far down that rabbit hole right now. Instead please enjoy this article about how to go from a sloth to a beautiful decadent rhinestone encrusted sloth during this strange times.

>Number Four<

Doctor Who Meets Pulp Covers

I love sci fi art from the pulp era. If you’ve been following my 5 Quick Things for the past year you probably know that because I’ve linked several things about old book covers, fantastical pulp art, and so on but it’s important to know that people still make art that is inspired by that era but wholly new. Doctor Who Poster Project is a fantastic example of this, the creator goes through every episode of Doctor Who and creates beautiful, strange, imaginative, and sometimes downright hypnotic posters relating to the episodes. All of them are available for purchase for your beautiful walls but at the very least you can give them a follow on Instagram and see cool art every week.

>Number Five<

Maybe Now Isn’t The Best Time For A Crisis

So. I really liked the reply to this question about a woman who can’t find the meaning of life and/or what she wants to do with her life. You know, the easy questions.

I kind of see this reply as slightly inappropriate for the actual question asked, honestly I know the column is called Captain Awkward but is there anything more socially awkward then someone asking you a question and you taking that as carte blanche to run off an talk about whatever burning thing you wanted to talk about? Except in this case the answer really spoke to me and I’m definitely slightly less mad when that happens?

Your mileage may vary but I’ve found that very few things have made me feel not terrible about being alive during these times and this is one of them so I figured I’d go ahead and share it – even if on some strange level it is bad advice but this is 100% not what this person was asking.

Alright folks, that’s it for this month, see you see month!

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