the Weekly Town Crier

London's Town Crier copyWhy hello there. How are you? How was your week? Open any good cans of worms? I mean, come on, what fun is life unless you really think deeply about issues and discuss them with people who might disagree with you? Don’t we all get better when we humble ourselves to consider other people’s opinions?

I mean, something weird and unexpected and less preachy.

Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. This is where I collect links I found interesting throughout the week. I pass them along for your consideration and then we come back to discuss. It’s all really good fun when you think about it.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

It’s the most wonderful time of year: year-end list time!

  • Browse American Songwriter’s picks for the “Top 50 Albums of 2015.”
  • Browse Design Week’s picks for their favorite album covers.
  • Browse Flavorwire‘s picks for “The 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015.”
  • Browse as the KEXP DJ’s make their picks.
  • Browse as Pandora reveals the top 100 “thumbed up” songs of 2015.
  • Browse Piccadilly Records‘s choices.
  • Browse Rough Trade‘s picks for their favorite albums of the year.
  • Browse Stereogum‘s picks for their favorite new bands of 2015.

Browse other random lists:

  • Browse Dazed‘s picks for “Ten artists you should be listening to in 2016.”
  • Browse NME‘s picks for the “100 Best Songs Of The 00s.”
  • Browse Pitchfork‘s 2015 Holiday gift guide.

Listen to Amazon‘s playlist: “Indie For The Holidays.”

  • Browse The Portland Press Herald‘s list of “Five Christmas albums that pluck heartstrings without fraying nerves.”
  • Download “Relevants” Christmas playlist.

Read as Christianity Today asks four questions to determine: “What Is an Evangelical?”

See “Rock Stars And Their Cars” at NME.

Read as BBC reports on a new trend in British law enforcement/civil rights: “Subculture abuse classed as hate crime.”

Read as NPR wonders “Why Do Young People Like Socialism More Than Older People Do?”

Watch Tony Hawk skate the first ever horizontal loop.

See a map of America’s favorite swear words by region.

Read/listen to NPR’s profile of Sam Phillips: “The Man And The Mistakes That ‘Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll’.”

Read FACT”s report: “Wu-Tang Clan have sold Once Upon A Time in Shaolin to a “private American collector” for a price “in the millions.”

Read the Daily Beast‘s report: “Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana.”

Oregon joins Northern California state parks in offering free entrance on Black Friday.

Learn from Paste‘s suggestions: “How to Sleep in Your Car (with Pictures).”

Read “True Myth,” Pitchfork‘s conversation with Sufjan Stevens.

Read as Salon considers “Thomas Jefferson vs. the Bible: What America’s founding father really thought about religion.”

Read Rolling Stone‘s piece: “Pope Francis Calls Christmas ‘A Charade’: ‘The Whole World Is at War’.”

Last week belonged to A Tribe Called Quest. Apparently, this week belongs to Star Wars:

  • See “A Japanese Star Wars knock-off almost as weird as the original.”
  • Ever wonder “What It Would Look Like If David Lynch Directed Star Wars”?
  • Read Boing Boing‘s piece: “Alan Moore‘s brilliantly bonkers lost 1980sStar Wars comics.” Have you seen them?
  • Read as George Lucas says: “I’m done with ‘Star Wars'”.

Remember “When Meth Was an Antidepressant?

  • Do you know “How LSD Microdosing Became the Hot New Business Trip”?
  • Read as Boing Boing considers “Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!)”

Read Pitchfork‘s piece: “Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy Working on Memoir.”

Read Alana Massey’s beautifully written piece: “Theological Scars”.

Read The New Yorker‘s Piece: “Unfollow: How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.”

Read as The Washington Post considers: “NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it.”

Read FACT‘s piece: “The biggest album of all time is now intrinsically worthless” and download Michael Jackson‘s Thriller for free in the process.

Read AV Club‘s report: “Innocence ends for good as Winnie The Pooh’s skull goes on display.”

Browse as the New York Public Library recommends “31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers.”

Browse LitReactor‘s picks for “10 Albums Based on Books and Literature.”

Browse Time‘s suggestions for “The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health.”

Browse The Telegraph‘s picks for “The 10 most overrated films of all time.” What do you think?

Ever wonder “How to make facial hair grow faster”? Browse these “tips, tricks and myths”?

See  the “Amish man wearing his full traditional clothing” who “clocks great time in marathon.”

Read The Atlantic‘s piece: “Donald Trump Threatens Religious Liberty.”

  • Read Boing  Boing‘s report: “Donald Trump confirms, then denies, his father’s arrest at a KKK rally.”
  • Read as CNN considers “Why some conservatives say Trump talk is fascist.”

Meet “the man who’s been photographing David Bowie for 40 years.”

  • Trace David Bowie’s musical evolution through his hair.”

These portraits show the dramatic effect of good lighting on changing perceptions of people’s appearances.”

Meet the “Florida cop fired for joining a death metal band on stage.”

Browse Paste‘s picks for “7 Thanksgiving Beers Without Pumpkin.”

  • Browse SF Gate‘s list of “11 beers you think are craft but have ties to big breweries.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that John Carpenter is developing four shows for TV.

Consider “The Uphill Battle for International Acts Touring in America.”

See “The Entire History of ‘Doctor Who’ Illustrated as a Tapestry.”

Read as NPR considers “Justin Timberlake And The AC/DC Rule.”

Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “Robert Carlyle Talks ‘Trainspotting 2′”

Read as Hypebeast considers “Are Expensive Running Shoes Really Better for You?”

Read as Sojourners considers “Pixar‘s New Film Takes Gamble on Hindu Theme.”

Read as Apple Music’s “Jimmy Iovine thinks finding music is too difficult for some women.”

Read as Christianity Today considers “What ‘The Hunger Games‘ Taught Three Millennials.”

Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “Tom Petty to Curate Own SiriusXM Channel.”

Read as The Atlantic considers why it’s so difficult to know who really writes pop music hits.

Browse Flavorwire‘s picks for “10 Perfect Books to Cozy Up to As You Cook, Eat, and Drink This Thanksgiving.”

Read Paste‘s report: “Frank Miller on Dark Knight IV Details: “It’s none of your damn business.”

Read NPR‘s report: “Evangelical Groups Tell Political Leaders: ‘Jesus Was A Refugee'”

  • Read NPR’s piece: “What Does the Bible Say About Refugees? Depends Who You Ask.”
  • See the photo series “Where Syrian Refugee Children Sleep.”
  • Ever wonder “How ISIS Got Its Flag”?
  • Read as “Stephen Colbert cleverly points out the obvious Christian flaws in the GOP’s opposition to Syrian refugees” according to The Week.
  • Read as NPR offers “4 Things To Know About The Vetting Process For Syrian Refugees.”
  • Browse “What The 2016 Candidates Would Do About ISIS, In One Chart.”
  • Read as Slate wonders: “Why Are People So Scared of Syrian Refugees?”
  • Read the CATO Institute‘s report: “Syrian Refugees Don’t Pose a Serious Security Threat.”
  • Read as The Washington Post considers something apparently no one has ever thought of before: “Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims.”

Read as The Gospel Coalition considers “One Trait that Set Apart the Earliest Christians.”

R.I.P. The Microsoft Zune.

R.I.P. “Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co-Founder of Sly and the Family Stone.’

See “The nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno recreated in Lego.”

  • See “12 Works of Literature Recreated in LEGO.”

Meet “A bookstore built on a concept: 100 of the world’s most engaging people each choose their top 10 “desert island” books.”

Browse Time‘s list of “10 Things Millennials Won’t Spend Money On.”

Browse “17 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Bill Gates” at Time magazine.

Read as Justin Taylor considers “What To Do If You Are Offended or Confused by Flannery O’Connor‘s Stories,” because it’s going to happen at some point.

Browse “The FOODBEAST Guide to In-N-Out Burger’s Menu Hacks.”

See “The best way to explain to your kid why there’s a limit on “screen time.”

Read Stereogum‘s piece about the Pogues‘ Shane MacGowan’s Dental Work that’s Coming This Christmas.

Read as The Washington Post considers: “Is Stephen Colbert too liberal for his own (ratings’) good?”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s opinion piece “Why holograms are the future of live entertainment.”

Read as Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke says the British government tried to bribe him.

See “The pen that can mimic every colour in the world.”

Read as Smithsonian considers “Why a Yam Is Not a Sweet Potato.”

Read as The Atlantic wonders “Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids.”

Read Boing Boing‘s report: “LAX to build terminal exclusively for celebrities and generic, boring rich people.”

See “55 Vintage Book Covers Brought to Life.”

Read NME‘s report that Ringo Starr will auction the “first-ever copy of The Beatles‘ ‘White Album‘ ”

Preview Eagles Of Death Metal’s First Interview About Paris Terrorist Attack.”

Read Salon‘s piece: ““It’s unacceptable to give religious privilege only to those who believe in the supernatural”: The Satanic Temple challenges the religious right.”

See illustrations that “perfectly capture what real love looks like.”

Consider with Noisey “How Freaks and Geeks Predicted Our Adult Personalities.”

Browse “The John Waters Guide to Holiday Party Etiquette.”

Read Christianity Today‘s report: “How 1,000 Women Who Aborted Feel About the Local Church.”

Read The Guardian‘s profile of Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Browse Noisey‘s picks for the “Ten Strangest Bands From TV.”

Consider “A Brief History of the Government Suppressing Music” at Noisey.

Revisit David Lynch’s Twin Peaks-themed Japanese coffee ads from the 90s.”

Read NME‘s report that Morrissey has proof his record label blocked the release of a single in honor of the Paris attacks.

Read AZ Central‘s report that hosting the Super Bowl was a flop for Glendale, AZ.

Browse this list of 16 People Sharing “The Best Thing They’ve Ever Heard A Child Say”

See “3D Printing Classical Paintings for the Blind.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that “John Frusciante just gave away a boatload of music for free download.”

See “New Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” at Lost at E Minor.

Hear the previously unreleased demo for R.E.M.’s classic track “Fall On Me”.

Read about the Georgia sheriff who paid out of his own pocket to place a sign urging people offended by right-wing-whack-jobism to not visit his town. OK.

Read about the artist who has created a “synthesizer using his own stem cells.”

Read Time‘s report: “Watches Are Bad Investments—With One Notable Exception.”

See Colossal‘s post: “Art Meets Cartography: The 15,000-Year History of a River in Oregon Rendered in Data.”

Read as Noisey considers “How A Kid Running An Obscure Music Forum Became The Target of the UK’s Biggest Ever Piracy Case.”

the Weekly Town Crier

Town CrierSo there I was, knee-deep in the fog and quagmire and you’ll never guess what I came across . . .

Wait, where was I?

Oh yeah, here are a bunch of link that I have found interesting for one reason or another. You may or may not find them as equally interesting. That’s your problem, not mine.

Whatever. Links. Interesting. You get it. Or then again maybe you don’t. Either way you don’t have to be rude about it.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Large Hearted Boy’s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

It’s the most wonderful time of year: year-end list time!

  • Browse Design Week’s picks for their favorite album covers.
  • Browse Rough Trade‘s picks for their favorite albums of the year.
  • Browse Stereogum‘s picks for their favorite new bands of 2015.

Read as Noisey offers: “How to Show Off Your Great Taste in Music With a Perfect Year-End List.”

Understand “Socialism Vs. Capitalism” according to The Onion.

Browse Noisey‘s list of “The 25 Albums Found at the Bottom of Every Used CD Bin.”

Apparently, this is A Tribe Called Quest’s week:

See North Korean interiors that look “Suspiciously like a Wes Anderson Film Set.”

Read a consideration of “Why Science Needs Metaphysics.”

See “Disturbing Vintage Medical Illustrations.”

Consider Ozy‘s piece: “What If Cancer Simply Can’t Be Cured?”

Read The Guardian‘s profile of The Melvins.

See “The Daily Life of Darth Vader.”

Read Paste‘s report that Kurt Vonnegut‘s Cat’s Cradle will be made into an FX miniseries by TV’s Fargo creator.

Watch as Alan Moore gives advice to unpublished writers.

Read Christianity Today‘s report: “Evangelicals Lag Behind Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses on Church Involvement.”

Inspired by REI, California State Parks Free on Black Friday.”

Read BBC Earth‘s report: “We Know The City Where HIV First Emerged.”

Read as The Atlantic considers why so many men do not seem to like funny women.

Read the Atlantic‘s report that men overeat in front of women to impress them.

Read Clickhole‘s piece: “Jim Henson’s Newly Discovered Journal Reveals The Muppets’ Fascinating Backstory.”

Read AV Club‘s profile of Malcolm In The Middle.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that Val Kilmer is confirmed for Top Gun 2.

Find out “How to Build a Home Climbing Wall.”

Read “Relevant’s” piece: “Horror’s Most Influential Filmmaker Is a Committed Christian.”

Read about the Dad  who “Found a Wonderful Use for Restaurants’ Leftover Crayons.”

Read The Wire‘s piece: “The Most Likely Person to Read a Book? A College-Educated Black Woman.”

See advent calendars for book lovers.

Read as Vogue considers Instagram’s impact on book sales.

Browse this list of “10 Reasons Not To Read American Books On Leadership.”

Read as The Guardian profiles (the artist once again known as) Prince.

Listen to Marc Maron interview Elvis Costello.

Hear Bob Dylan‘s phone calls.

Read Christianity Today‘s piece: “Christian Community Doesn’t Require Our Blind Trust.”

Read The Guardian’s report: “‘Young earth’ creationists making $90m full-scale ark to ‘bring the Bible to life'”

Read Okay Player‘s report: “Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins National Book Award For ‘Between The World And Me.

Read as NPR considers “Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000?”

Read as Time considers the 30th anniversary of Calvin and Hobbes.

Read AV Club‘s piece: “Calvin And Hobbes embodied the voice of the lonely child.”

Read as AV Club considers “How iTunes is increasingly alienating actual music nerds.”

Read as the New York Times wonders how those penny book sellers on Amazon make any money.

Read Slate‘s piece: “An Oral History of the Nerdier Half of Freaks and Geeks.”

Watch a macro video of how a ballpoint pen rolls across the paper.”

Read about the “Unseen Charlotte Brontë story and poem discovered.”

Browse “7 Southern murder ballads and outlaw folk songs based on true stories.”

Browse Paste‘s picks for “The 12 Best Neko Case Songs.” What are your picks? And read Rolling Stone‘s profile of Neko.

Read about “Wes Anderson’s Love Affair with Literature.”

Read/listen to NPR’s piece on a “New Album Of Previously Unheard Jeff Buckley Recordings.”

Read/listen to NPR’s profile of Stan Lee.

Browse The Phoenix New Times‘s picks for “The 25 Best Songs About Metro Phoenix.”

Read as Entertainment Weekly considers “The surprising similarities between Dostoevsky and Vonnegut.”

Browse Design Weekly‘s picks for “The 50 best record sleeves of 2015.”

Browse Paste‘s picks for “10 Country Albums For People Who Don’t Like Country.”

See “Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails.”

Read as “President Obama reassures anxious nation that he’s not the singer from Korn.”

Read as “Kendrick Lamar imbues a root vegetable with literary meaning” at AV Club.

Read “The story of the surgery that made Ben Carson famous — and its complicated aftermath.”

Browse the Art of Manliness’ tips for “How to Be an Awesome Uncle.”

Read Flavorwire‘s piece: “Aziz Ansari and Mindy Kaling Have Very Different Approaches to Indian Identity — and There’s Room for Both.”

Read about “The reason the Star Wars movies were released 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3.”

Read NME‘s piece: “Paul McCartney says John Lennon‘s ‘whole life was a cry for help’.”

Read as “A Psychologist Faces Her Own Anxiety.”

See “every Harry Potter move reenacted with kittens.”

Read “12 People On The Kindest Thing A Stranger Ever Said To Them.”

See Hayao Miyazaki‘s Princess Mononoke remixed as an 8-bit video game. See Studio Ghibli Characters as traditional Japanese wood-cuts.

Read as Alister McGrath guest blogs for NPR: “Like It Or Not, We May Be ‘Meaning Junkies.'”

See the “Unnerving Photos Depicting Our Obsession with Digital Devices” by French artist Antoine Geiger.

Browse “7 Artists Who Paint with Everything (Except Paint)” at The Creator’s Project.

Meet the Artist Behind the Eiffel Tower Peace Sign” at Slate.

Read: “Chance, By Design: The Scientific Concept of Randomness Is Consistent With Divine Providence” at First Things.

Read as The Atlantic considers “When Empathy Becomes a Meme.”

Read as The New Yorkers asks: “Can Reading Make You Happier?”

Read The Telegraph‘s piece: Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease.”

Browse Noisey‘s list of “11 Albums That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype.”

Read “Copyfraud: Anne Frank Foundation claims father was “co-author,” extends copyright by decades” at Boing Boing.

Read Smithsonian‘s report that “Whisky Grains and Coffee Grounds Could Help Clean up Nuclear Waste.”

Read Paste‘s piece: “Trying to Understand ISIS? You Need to Read These Six Stories.”

Read The Art of Manliness‘s piece: “How to Handle Being Out of Your Depth: 6 Tips from a Con Man.”

Read about the Memento re-make we’ve already forgotten about.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that Ryan Gosling has been confirmed for the Blade Runner sequel.

Read The Atlantic‘s report: “Exercise Is ADHD Medication.”

Read BBC‘s report: “Anonymous ‘declares war’ on Islamic State.”

Read Mother Jones‘s profile: “Yo La Tengo Is Here for the Long Haul.”

Read Sojourners‘ piece: “Beyond Bathrooms: Christians Need to Get a Clue on Transgender Issues.”

Do you know: “What are the seven wonders of the world?”

See “How Shia LaBeouf Reacted to Every One of His Movies” at Slate.

See “All the Bacteria Growing on a Child’s Hand.”

Browse 22 Words‘s list of “37 Embarrassing Things People Wish They Had Learned a Bit Sooner.”

See at The Creator’s Project: “Street Artist Paints Murals onto Melting Icebergs.”

Read Reuters‘s report that Anonymous has declared war on ISIS.

See all 82 of the failed businesses next door to Bob’s Burgers.

Watch the Second Democratic Debate in Under Four Minutes.”

Read as Sessions X considers “Why CBGB Was Insanely Important.”

See coconut lamps.

Read as Slate wonders “Does Apple Still Deserve Its Reputation for Brilliant Design?”

Read ProPublica‘s piece: “What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much”.

Read Rolling Stone‘s report that the Star Wars movies will apparently last forever.

Read Colossal‘s piece: “Artwork is Work, Supporting the Arts Means Paying the Artists.”

Read Newsweek‘s report: “Coffee Lowers Overall Risk of Death by 15 Percent, Study Says.”

Read about the “transdimensional” thief who claims to have traveled to another dimension and brought back an unreleased album by the Beatles.

Read as VinePair considers whether or not the craft beer bubble is about to burst.

Read/Listen as Christian McBride compares bassists to football’s offensive line.

the Weekly Town Crier

Town CrierWell howdy do Scooby Doo? What’s up Buttercup? Hope to sure by golly that you’re having a heckuva day. If not, why not? What’s got you so blue, Sue? Turn that frown upside down. Because, you know, things aren’t usually as bad as they seem. Except for then they are. Then that sucks. I’m sorry for you. Is there anything I can do to help?

In the meantime, here are a bunch of links I’ve found interesting. Maybe that will help? Maybe not. Either way.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

See the first pictures from the set of the new Clash biopic.

Ever wonder how much the Pentagon paid your favorite sports team for its patriotism?

See the personal tattoo machine.

R.I.P. Gunnar Hansen, the Original Leatherface from ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’.

R.I.PAllen Toussaint.

R.I.PMotörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.

See “Fordite: a rare mineral only found in old Detroit auto-painting facilities.”

Browse Phoenix New Times‘s picks for the 20 best kids’ movies of all time.

Browse “A History Of Insane Art Prices.”

Watch David Lynch perform ‘Polish Night Music” with Marek Zebrowski.

Read Laughing Squid‘s report that Youtube has released an app dedicated solely to music.

Read/listen as NPR considers the process of editing tracks for airplay.

Read as The Atlantic urges: “Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God.”

Read about the woman who “shredded $1 million before death to spite relatives”.

Read as Trevin Wax asks Christians: “Does Your Facebook Rant “Honor Everyone?”

See an art instillation made from thousands of dead bugs.

Read The AV Club‘s report: “Sony to stop making Betamax tapes decades after everyone thought it did.”

Read as “Talib Kweli reviews Pitchfork‘s review of Talib Kweli.”

Follow “The Strange Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe‘s Hair” at Atlas Obscura.

Watch “Veterans Talking About How They Felt About Killing Someone.”

Browse as 20 musicians pick their favorite music memoirs.

Read/listen as Gordon Lightfoot tells Steve Earle  how/why he “wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Browse this visual collection of 15 beautiful turntables.

Read as U2‘s Larry Mullen says ‘the music industry is broken’.

Learn how to make a “terrarium in a coffee pot.”

See “Typewriter portraiture.”

See Bill Nye get gritty Photoshop makeovers.

Listen to “Steve Albini and Ian MacKaye Interview Each Other.”

Browse Time‘s list of “The 5 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You.”

See “Willy Wonka cast members reunited after 43 years.”

Peep The Creator’s Project‘s piece: “Fibonacci Sequence Makes “Perfect” Celebrity Portraits.”

See restaurant that “only serves food from countries the US is in conflict with.”

Read about the recent study claiming to find that “religious” children are more selfish.

Read The Denver Post‘s report that Adidas is offering to help high schools eliminate Native American mascots.

Read The Atlantic‘s piece wondering if “Dorms for Grownups” could be a solution for lonely “Millennials”.

Read Christianity Today‘s piece on the Southern Baptist Convention: “The Southern Baptist S(p)ending Crunch.” The missions agency of the largest US Protestant denomination faces a $21 million deficit. Could it spell the end of the fulltime missionary?”

Watch a man interview himself . . . 38 years later.

Read as The Atlantic considers Albert Mohler and “Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer.”

Read as Pitchfork remembers Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous.

Browse Lost at E Minor‘s collection of “Movies and their colour palettes.”

Read as Paste interviews Son Volt‘s Jay Farrar.

Read Arizona Central‘s report: “Mormon church issues rules aimed at gay members, their kids.”

Read The Atlantic‘s report: “Karl Marx’s Resting Place Has an Entry Fee.”

See the Japanese restaurant where you catch your own fish.

Ever wonder “What people talk about before they die”? A hospice chaplain shares.

Read Reuters report that Apple employees must submit to bag searches.

See a machine that visualizes the wi-fi waves surrounding us.

Watch NOFX get lectured on selling out.

Read Salon‘s piece: “Our stuff is burying us alive: Hoarding and the mountains of garbage we call “collections”

Read Newsweek‘s report that Sea World is phasing out its killer whale performances.

Read “The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Succeed” at Entrepreneur.

Read as Aziz Ansari talks to Pitchfork about the music on his new show, Master of None.

Read BBC Earth‘s report that dogs can tell if you’re untrustworthy.

Read The Gospel Coalition‘s piece on “Why Denominational Identity Still Matters.”

No friends? No problem. Japan’s Moomin Cafe has stuffed toys to keep you company.

Read about the UK couple being fined after installing an anti-child noise repellant outside of their home.

Read bout the who spent time alone in caves as part of an experiment on the effects of isolation.

Hear the “Aztec Death Whistle” used to intimidate enemies.

Read Vanity Fair‘s piece: “On the Existential Beauty of Peanuts.”

Read Time‘s report: “Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged Sweater Sells For $137,500.”

Get the clip on manbun at Groupon.

Read The New Yorker‘s piece on “The Curious Persistence of Poetry Shops.”

Read FACT‘s report that vinyl sales have had another record-breaking year.

Read as The Washington Post considers “The problem with following your passion.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that (the artist again known as) Prince once fires Questlove from DJing to show Finding Nemo instead.

Experiment with the “Bob Ross lorem ipsum generator.”

Read Time‘s report that “Early Morning is Actually the Worst Time to Drink Coffee.”

Read as “Relevant” wonders “How Much Should I Care About Ethical Food?”

Read Pitchfork‘s report: “Michael Stipe Opens for Patti Smith With Covers Set.”

Read AV Club‘s Character Study piece: “With Lady Eboshi, Princess Mononoke presents something more subtle than a villain.”

Read reports that Joe’s Crab Shack has become the first US chain to do away with tipping.

See an octopus typewriter.

Read as “Spotify names its most streamed track of all time.”

Read about the voice of Charlie Brown who is being charged with an assassination plot on the sheriff of San Diego.

Browse Paste‘s list of “15 Really Polarizing Foods.”

See the very cool photo series The Mystical Origins of Fruit and Vegetables by Maciek Jasik.

See “The loneliest whale in the world.”

the Weekly Town Crier

Town CrierWell I don’t know why you have to get all snippy about it, there Snoopy. I mean, come on. It’s not like it’s really a big deal. Chillax already, yo.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Watch a short documentary about an evangelical Christian who has left the Republican party over gun rights.

Read as The Gothamist talks to Anthony Bourdain about “Sushi, Tipping & His New Graphic Novel.” Also read as Bourdain says: “‘Every Restaurant in America Would Shut Down’ if Donald Trump Elected‘.

Hear a clip of James Franco narrating Slaughterhouse-Five.

Browse “Vintage mug shots of iconic actors and musicians.”

Read Hypebeast‘s report that “Vice Media Is Working With Disney to Have Its Own TV Channel.”

Read as The Guardian wonders whether or not the Star Trek television reboot can “live long and prosper in the Netflix era?”

See the “Henry Rollins Driving App” that “Tells You How Hard It Would Have Been to Get There in the 80’s”.

Read as The New Yorker considers “Humans of New York and the Cavalier Consumption of Others.”

Read Time‘s report that Seattle’s famous “gum wall” will soon be scraped clean.

Read FACT’s report that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks reboot has been delayed until 2017.

Read Time‘s report that “Ireland Plans to Set Up Heroin-Injection Centers.”

Read The Telegraph‘s piece: “Bearded men ‘more likely to be sexist’.”

Ever wonder “Why You Can’t Draw a Perfect Circle?”

Read as “Relevant” considers “The Problem with Saying ‘All Lives Matter’”.

Read reports that The Greatest American Hero is returning to television.

See the $43 million gas station the U.S. military built in Afghanistan.

Read as Phoenix New Times profiles Huss Brewing Company.

See the world’s most expensive cocktails.

Read Stereogum‘s report that “Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged Cardigan Up For Auction.”

Read as “Relevant” wonders: “Is Technology Killing Relationships?”

Read as “Students in public school say Christianity is being forced on them.”

Read about “The scientist who transplanted monkey heads.”

See a new-fangled contraption that lets you bicycle and ski at the same time.

Apparently Subway‘s footlong subs are now a foot long.

Browse “8 Pearls of Wisdom from Hayao Miyazaki” at the Creators Project.

Read as Christianity Today considers “Why Guatemala Elected an Evangelical Entertainer as Its New President.”

R.I.P. ‘Happy Days’ Star Al Molinaro.

R.I.P. Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator and actor.

R.I.P. noted intellectual René Girard.

Read as Salon considers “The frightening effects of indoor pollution on our brain function.”

See a  “Living, Hearing Copy of van Gogh’s Ear.”

Praise the  “Return of the Flying Toasters”!

Read Salon‘s piece: “Too poor for pop culture.”

Read FACT‘s report: “Napster returns in Canada as music streaming service.”

Listen to Animal Collective’s 24-minute improvised jam “Michael, Remember

Read as Rachel Dolezal admits: “I Was Born White.”

See a squirrel feeder that turns unsuspecting hungry little critters into Cybermen.

Read as José González tells Salon: The most interesting music isn’t on the radio.”

Read as The Atlantic considers “The Decay of Twitter”.

Read/listen as PRI considers “Why we may be headed to a completely cashless society.”

Read about Willie Nelson‘s crusade against corporate influence on the ever-growing likelihood of legalized marijuana.

Hear “Musical Illusions” at RadioLab.

Read as the Guardian reminds us that “There’s more to life – and people – than academic skills.”

Read Boing Boing’s report of the new Marwencol book.

Read Interview‘s profile of Laurie Anderson.

Read about the night David Letterman devoted to just one guest; Warren Zevon.

See Sennheiser’s new $55,000 headphones.

See “random splash of seawater, magnified 25 times.”

Browse the Telegraph‘s list of “The world’s most ‘hipster’ neighbourhoods.”

Read as Pitchfork considers the link between punk and country: “Why So Many Punks Grow Up to Be Cowboys (and Cowgirls)”

Read “Bernard Sumner on Ian Curtis and His Joy Division Bandmates.”

Read as The Village Voice‘s attempt to interview Jonathan Richman is met with a hand-written letter.

Watch Danny Elfman Play Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” For The First Time In 20 Years.”

Hear Mariachi covers of Morrissey.

Read as Christianity Today tries to come “to Terms with a Post-Christian World.”

Read NPR’s report that Amazon has opened a bookstore in Seattle.

Read as Slate talks to Sarah Vowell about her new book Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

Read Paste‘s report: “Kenny G Wants to Break His World Record of Holding a Single Note on the Saxophone.”

Read about Jon Stewart’s new deal with HBO.

Read as The Atlantic wonders “Is It Harmful to Use Music as a Coping Mechanism?”

Read Time‘s report that “Guinness is Going Vegan.”

See the “Library where you can check out dead animals.”

Read The Washington Post‘s report: “Google confirms it will launch a drone delivery service in 2017.”

Read about the backlash against Manhattan’s decaf coffee shop.

Read Paste‘s report: “Activision Buys the Makers of Candy Crush Saga for $5.9 Billion.”

See Istanbul’s Breaking Badthemed cafe.

Read The Atlantic‘s piece: “The Closest Look Yet at Gentrification and Displacement.”

Browse “The Popularity of Music Genres, 2005-present.”

Read NME‘s report that Steven Moffat has said that Doctor Who will last at least five more years.

See “Every Watch James Bond Has Ever Worn.”

Read Time‘s profile of the documentary What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy.

See “how Richard Scarry books have been updated for more P.C. times” at the AV Club.

Read as “J.K. Rowling Reveals the American Word for Muggle.”

Read Alternative Press‘s piece: “These songs are the most effective at getting you out of bed in the morning, according to science” to help you get your daily groove on.

Hear T.S. Eliot reading from his last major work

Read NME‘s report that James Franco has signed a record deal for an album and film derived from poems he’s written about Smiths songs. The album will feature Smith’s bassist Andy Rourke.

See the 67-year-old woman who fronts a grindcore band.

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Yeah, whatever, nevermind. Where is my mind?

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Read the New York Times‘ piece “Independent Musicians Find Unexpected Rewards in Streaming.”

Watch Keith Richards Teach Matt Sweeney Some Acoustic Licks” at Stereogum.

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood” at Colossus.

R.I.P. Joe Moss, manager of the Smiths and Johnny Marr.

See “Dually Sinister and Playful Solarplate Etchings by Jaco Putker”.

Read Time‘s tips: “How to Avoid Having Your Posts Show Up in Facebook’s New Public Search”

Browse Consequence of Sound‘s “Brief History of Prince the Weirdo”.

Read as Clickhole asks “How Many Of These Hayao Miyazaki Films Have You Seen?”

See the “new Super Mario Bros. speedrun record.”

Read Slate‘s piece finding that “Highly Religious People See Little Conflict With Science”.

Read Smithsonian‘s piece finding that “27 Percent of U.S. Adults Didn’t Read a Single Book Last Year.”

Read about the upcoming tour of Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx holograms.

Read Uncut‘s piece: “The story of Television, by Richard Lloyd”.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Anthony Bourdain to open giant Blade Runner-themed food market in New York City”.

Browse CNN‘s collection of “7 terrifying airplane seat patents.”

Read Vox‘ piece: “The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained.”

Read AV Club‘s report: “Wes Anderson would like to make a horror movie”.

Read as Consequence of Sound reports “Maynard James Keenan wants nothing to do with Tool, or their fans” and Phoenix New Times‘ report: “Maynard James Keenan Has Two Things On His Mind: Puscifer and Wine. Tool Fans Will Just Have To Wait“. Also Read NME‘s piece: “Tool frontman labels band’s own fans as ‘insufferable retards.’ And don’t forget Keenan’s response to the hoopla surrounding his original remarks: “Our core fanbase aren’t fanatics. They’re music lovers & artists & good people. Its the fanatics that are insufferable,” Maynard James Keenan says.”

See “Newly Digitized ‘Phenakistoscope’ Animations That Pre-Date GIFs by Over 150 Years”.

Read KTAR‘s report that Phoenix has been named one of the top pizza cities in the country.

Ever wonder “What Happens When Your ‘Jeopardy!’ Response Goes Viral.”

Read as Aquarium Drunkard interviews Phil Cook.

Read as Paste reports that “Ballast Point is Going Public”.

Read as NPR considers the enduring appeal of Dungeons and Dragons after 40 years.

Watch free documentaries.

Read/Listen as NPR wonders “Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?” and read as the Atlantic wonders “Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?

Browse “Augustine’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers”.

Read Food and Wine‘s report that Canada has a burger stuffed with peanut butter cups.

Read “A Deeper Look Into The Life Of Mansa Musa – The Richest Human Being Who Ever Lived.”

Read Wall Street Journal‘s piece “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.”

The Keurig of Home Brewing Batches Craft Beer at the Push of a Button.”

Take “A 13,235-Mile Road Trip for 70-Degree Weather Every Day.”

Listen as Terry Gross talks to Carrie Brownstein about her new memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl. Also read Noisey‘s interview and read Spin‘s interview.

See a $39,000 knife.

Read Stereogum‘s interview with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. Also read amNewYork‘s interview.

Read as the Daily Beast speaks with Ta-Nehisi Coates on “Why Whites Like His Writing”

Read as the Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Stephen King.

Read PopMatters‘ interview with Kurt Vile.

Read/Listen as Gloria Steinem speaks with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.

Read about the French vending machine that will print you a short story.

Read Relix‘ interview with Jason Isbell or read The Planet Weekly‘s interview.

Read/Listen as NPR talks with Elvis Costello about his new memoir Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink.

Read as James Franco speaks with Variety about adapting William Faulkner’s The Sound and Fury for the screen.

Read Rolling Stone‘s report that Phil Collins is unretiring.

Read Paste‘s report of the new (unauthorized) Beastie Boys musical, Licensed to Ill.

Read BoingBoing‘s piece: “The more unequal your society is, the more your laws will favor the rich.”

Read Steve Martin‘s picks for “5-10-15-20” (featuring “people talking about the music that made an impact on them throughout their lives, five years at a time”).

Read Hi Fructose‘s profile of Mark Mothersbaugh.

Read as Consequence of Sound’s report: “Study suggests Spotify doesn’t have a negative impact on record sales.

Read as Richard Mouw considers the ever-growing Christian opposition to Halloween.

Watch the trailer for the upcoming Dave Navarro documentary detailing the murder of the Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist’s mother.

Read FACT’s report “Jimi Hendrix’s London home to open as museum.”

Read Pitchfork‘s report that Digable Planets are reuniting for a Seattle show.

Browse “the 9 rarest plants in the world.”

Read The Guardian‘s profile of Mark Hogancamp, subject of the fabulous documentary Marwencol.

Read Hypebeast‘s report: “Apple Records Largest Profits in Corporate History.”

Read as NPR considers Ben Carson’s Seventh Day Adventism.

Read about the Hatian roots of zombie myths.

Read Salon‘s report about Katy Perry campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

See a “floating” record player.

Read about the Japanese manga series revolving around a cast on unemployed men who decide to become great housekeepers to attract women. The series was pulled by the author after several men complained.

Read about the sock company making a point about differences through mismatched socks.

Read as Techly wonders if the music you listen to is having long-term effects on your brain.

Read a profile of the “hyena men” of Nigeria.

Watch an animated Bill Murray interview from 1988.

Read The Guardian‘s report that Anonymous plans to release the names of approximately 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members.

Read The Stranger‘s interview with Richard Bishop about the reissue of Sun City Girls’ class Torch of the Mystics.

Read this report that Goonies 2 has been confirmed, including the full original cast.

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Town CrierEver wonder Whatever Happened to Gus (Guru Re-Mix)?

No, well, here we are again. With that same old song and dance again. I say this, you hear that and ’round we go into oblivion.

Or, welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. It’s the online place where I collect links of interest and pass them along for your interest. Do enjoy.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

See Sony’s new lightbulb that’s also a Bluetooth speaker.

Celebrate the anniversary of Fine China‘s Jaws of Life with a vinyl reissue.

Read The Independent‘s review of PJ Harvey’s new poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand.

Read as Elvis Costello talks books with the Boston Globe.

Hear John Lydon On World Cafe.

Browse as Mojo makes their picks for the  “Top 20 Albums Of 2015 (Q3)”

Browse the finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards.

Read Billboard‘s report that Grateful Dead founding member Phil Lesh has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

See Larry David impersonate Bernie Sanders.

Browse as Pitchfork considers “A History of Sleep Music”.

See “Napcabs,” rentable napping spaces in the middle of the airport.

Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “David Lynch to Publish Quasi-Memoir ‘Life & Work’ in 2017.”

Read as The Quietus reviews the new documentary about a lesser-known guitar legend: “Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho.”

See Salvador Dali‘s illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.

Read as the noted theologians at Salon  consider whether or not Jesus went to Hell.

Read as Slate considers how a crappy patent melted the Eskimo Pie company.

Read about the “1,200-year-old Viking sword discovered by hiker.”

See the work of “Heavy-Metal Quilter Ben Venom.”

Read Mental Floss‘ report: “Dick Cheney Once Complained That Donald Rumsfeld Drank Too Much Coffee.”

Read/Watch at Stereogum as “Chilly Gonzales Uses Music Theory To Show Why The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” Is So Appealing.”

Read the AV Club‘s piece “Digging up the origins of the “Indian burial ground” trope.”

Did you know that “You Can Hire a Personal Instagram Photographer to Travel with You”?

Read NBC‘s report: “The Big Lebowski 2 Announced: Filming Begins January 2016.”

Read Pitchfork‘s piece: “Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Cash and the White Fantasy of the Black Outlaw.”

Read as Digg asks: “Will We Recognize Alien Life When We See It?”

Browse as Stereogum makes their picks for the “50 Best New Bands of 2015”. What do you think of their picks?

Read/Listen as Fresh Air interviews singer/songwriter Iris Dement.

Watch “The Very First Episode Of Bob Ross’s ‘The Joy Of Painting'”.

Browse “A listener’s guide to the Drive-By Truckers, the definitive modern Southern band.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s interview with Lemmy.

Browse the 2015 “gorilla vs. bear halloween mix”.

Read as Paste interviews Sarah Vowell about her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

Read as members of Erasure consider their own discography with The Quietus.

Browse as SXSW releases its first round of players for the 2016 festival. Too soon?

Read Brooklyn Vegan‘s interview with Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller.

Listen to Bret Easton Ellis interview Kim Gordon.

Browse as the AV Club collects cover versions of Bob Dylan’s classic “Like A Rolling Stone”.

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Town CrierI’m in Boston town, in some restaurant
I got no idea what I want
Well, maybe I do but I’m just really not sure
Waitress comes over
Nobody in the place but me and her

It must be a holiday, there’s nobody around
She studies me closely as I sit down
She got a pretty face and long white shiny legs
She says, “What’ll it be?”
I say, “I don’t know, you got any soft boiled eggs?”

She looks at me, says, “I’d bring you some
But we’re out of ’m, you picked the wrong time to come”
Then she says, “I know you’re an artist, draw a picture of me!”
I say, “I would if I could, but
I don’t do sketches from memory.

Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. A weekly world wide web page where I gather links of interest for your interest. Please show your interest by browsing.

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Read as Quora wonders “Why Do Car Buffs Dislike Tesla?”

Read as Ozy considers the cost of weddings: “the more you spend, the shorter your marriage is.”

Read as CNN wonders about “How to think straight in the age of information overload” and why so many smart people wear the same outfit every day.

Read Smithsonian‘s piece: “Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle And Minneapolis.”

Read as the New Yorker considers Max Richter’s new eight-hour album: Sleep.

Browse Paste‘s list of “10 Hip-Hop Albums For People Who Don’t Like Hip-Hop.”

See “Gorgeous animated pixel-art depicting everyday Japan.”

Read The Art of Manliness‘ piece “The Lost Art of Cheap Recreation.”

Read as the AV Club reports: “Joss Whedon made more money from Dr. Horrible than the first Avengers.”

Read Pitchfork‘s report that “St. Vincent Working at New Dallas Restaurant.”

R.I.PThe Stooges‘ Steve Mackay.

See The World’s Largest Man-Made Wave.

Read Atlas Obscura‘s piece about “The Doomed Effort To Make Videos Go Vinyl.”

Read as Slate wonders how to “Become More Articulate in Everyday Speech?”

Read as The Atlantic considers: “The Cheapest Generation Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy.”

Read The Daily Beast‘s piece: “Lou Reed “was a monster”

Read Fast Company‘s piece: “Getting More Done At Work Won’t Make You As Happy As Just Working Less.”

Read as First Things considers whatever happened to liturgy in gathered worship.

Read as American Songwriter considers “Lucero’s Never-Ending Tour.”

Read the New York Times‘ report that “Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found.”

Read IFL Science‘s report: “Study Claims People Who Like Their Coffee Black Are More Likely To Have Psychopathic Tendencies.”

See “A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source.”

Read as The Atlantic considers “Twilight of the Headbangers How long can the legends of heavy metal keep on rocking?”

See a “Bicycle That Lets you Play Records On Its Wheels.”

Read as Draft Magazine considers “Why the DOJ is investigating AB InBev” (SPOILER: It’s their war on “craft” beer).

Read Stereogum‘s report that Urban Outfitters will now carry cassettes.

Watch/read as AZ Central considers the “Day of the Dead” ritual.

See tattoos made from one continuous line.

Watch First Teaser for Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas” at Paste.

Read about the move “to put DRM in JPEGs.”

ReadRelevant”‘s piece: “Playboy’s Move Away From Nudity Is Actually a Bad Sign.”

Help your kids discover punk music with this new new children’s book.

Watch Natalie Prass cover Slayer.

Read as the Guardian profiles Kristin Hersh’s new book on Vic Chesnutt: Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt.

Browse this list of “The ten best rock docs of all time.”

Browse this list of “must-read books by musicians.”

Read/Listen as NPR’s Fresh Air talks to Berke Breathed about the return of Bloom County.

Browse as Pigeons and Planes makes their picks for “2015’s top indie music labels.”

Read/Listen as NPR‘s All Songs Considered profiles Elvis Costello’s memoir: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

Read as Paste profiles singer/songwriter Josh Ritter.

Browse years and years and years’ worth of KMart muzak.

Browse “a primer to the works of Flannery O’Connor.”

Read ABC‘s report that Phil Collins‘ “autobiography will be published in October 2016.”

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Town CrierI don’t know about you but sometimes a gentle walk among the flowers is just what you need. And sometimes it isn’t. I don’t know. Maybe you don’t like flowers. Maybe you do. Maybe you’re allergic. Maybe you’re not. You don’t have to get all cranky about it. Walk in the flowers if you want. Don’t if you don’t.

Whatever.

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Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

See “Artwork showing Sylvanian Families terrorised by Isis banned from free speech exhibition.”

See “A Full Scale RGB Book Valued at $3 Million.”

Read the Evening Standard‘s report: “Banksy’s Dismaland ‘to move to Calais to provide shelter for refugees'”

Watch the new two-part trailer for new season of The X-Files.

Browse the Art of Manliness‘s tips for “The Art of Conversation.”

Browse Time‘s list of “13 Valuable Skills That You Won’t Learn in School.”

Read as the New York Times reviews Elvis Costello’s new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

Browse 20 submissions for the “Laziest Things That Students Have Ever Done.”

Read Pitchfork‘s piece: “Brian Eno Delivers John Peel Lecture On “the ecology of culture”.

See “The Nameless Paint Set.”

See Colossal‘s profile: “Enchanting New Light Box Dioramas by Hari & Deepti Tell Stories of Exploration, Travel and Adventure.”

Read/watch as Ben Carson discusses Kanye West’s possible political future and read Pitchfork‘s report that Kanye is expected to perform at the Democratic National Convention.

Ever wonder “Which Companies Guarantee Their Gear (And Really Mean It)?” Outside magazine offers some suggestions. Have others?

Read/listen to NPR’s story about the Turkish town that communicates by whistling. They even play the telephone game. With a phone number.

Browse as Paste profiles the winners at the Great American Beer Festival.

Watch Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in first teaser for Miles Ahead.”

Read at NME as “Keith Richards criticises ‘hollow’ Led Zeppelin and says The Who are ‘all flash'”

Read The Verge‘s piece: “All the best apocalypses: a retrospective from the end of the universe.”

Read Digg‘s piece: “Uncovering The Secret History Of Myers-Briggs.”

Read the Guardian‘s piece considering the current glut of expanded, box-set reissues.

Browse “Relevant‘s” list of “Netflix Documentaries That Will Challenge the Way You See the World.”

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TownCrierAnd then they lived happily ever after. Except there was this pesky little feeling that they were missing something, they had forgotten something. One night, as sleep evaded them, they whispered to one another: we forgot to check the Weekly Town Crier . . .

This is where I collect links of varying degrees of interest for various reasons.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Paste‘s list of “8 Beer Hacks.”

ViewErnest Hemingway‘s life through his mementos.”

See images from visual artist Eduardo Terrazas‘ first solo exhibition in the UK.

Read as Paste argues: “Anthony Bourdain Is Still the Best Critic We Got”. Thoughts?

See photos of “people devoured by nature”.

Browse a visual list of “The 50 best-selling albums ever”.

Take “a look at Taco Bell’s first alcohol menu”.

Read Salon‘s profile of Memphis’ Lucero in honor of their terrific new album All A Man Should Do.

R.I.P. Phyllis Tickle.

R.I.P. Yogi Berra.

R.I.P. Jackie Collins.

Read as Drowned in Sound considers “the Ineffable Joy of Pop” as they talk with Carly Rae Jepsen.

Read as Ryan Adams talks about his album of Taylor Swift covers.

See the art of 10 serial killers.

See “Kintsugi, The Japanese Art of Fixing Broken Pottery With Gold.”

Browse as the Huffington Post makes their picks for Fall book releases.

Read Pitchfork‘s report of the posthumous release of “Over 40 Rare Instrumentals” by Dilla.

See the “New Caption That Works for All New Yorker Cartoons.”

Ever wonder why you can’t print without color ink?

Listen to Johann Johannssen‘s score for the film Sicario at Noisey.

Browse Paste‘s list of “7 Hotels for Artists and Art Lovers.”

Read reports that Kenny Rogers will quit touring.

Browse as the Orange County Register picks their favorite surfing books.

Read as the Guardian examines “the history of feuds between pop stars and the press.”

Read as Rolling Stone talks to Kurt Vile about his fantastic new album: ‘B’lieve I’m Goin Down…

Read as Kim Gordon interviews Kurt Vile.

Morrissey has released his debut novel and the reviews are not good: “It is an unpolished turd, the stale excrement of Morrissey’s imagination.”

Read as the Guardian examines John Peel’s lasting musical influence.

Read as Ivan and Alyosha pick their favorite music to listen to while touring.

Read the New York Timesreport that Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a Black Panther comic for Marvel.

Read as Literary Hub considers the convergence of books and music festivals.

Read as the AV Club considers the history of music bootlegging and browse as they make 15 “essential” picks.

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YeOldeTownCrierSometimes . . . well, you know . . . OK, maybe not.

Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier, a (mostly) weekly post in which I reproduce for you links that, for one reason or another caught my interest this past week. Hopefully they will interest you as well.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

See Classic Green Army Figures Practicing Yoga Instead Of Holding Guns.

See a collection of a journalist’s four-year journey to chronicle India’s disappearing stepwells.

R.I.P. Wes Craven.

R.I.P. Oliver Sacks.

R.I.P. Dean Jones.

NOT R.I.P. Charlie Watts.

Read as Aquarium Drunkard interviews Yo La Tengo about their new covers album, Stuff Like That There.

Play an Iron Maiden video game in preparation of their new album.

See the “Tesla” watch.

Read Salon‘s pice on the “insipid” VMAs: “There is nothing so tame and boring as someone hungrily shoving their edginess in our faces…”

Read Time’s article: “Canadians Are Cutting $20 Bills in Half to Make Two $10s”.

Read Consequence of Sounds report that “David Bowie to write songs for SpongeBob Squarepants musical”.

Read about the shoes banned by the NBA.

Read as NPR’s Good Listener explores the relationship between music fans and their favorite bands’ side projects.

Speaking of side projects, read Paste‘s report that Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes just released an album with hers, Thunderbitch.

Read Outside’s report that President Obama will appear on “Bear Grylls” to highlight climate change.

See “Centuries-Old Woodblock Prints” updated as GIFs.

Read this piece arguing: “Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money.” Thoughts?

Read as Paste wonders why Hulu thinks they can charge more for an inferior service. Thoughts? Do you use Hulu?

Read the profile of the “The homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging.”

Read as the Atlantic asks: “Is Gentrification a Human-Rights Violation?”

Read as Paste laments the current state of country music: “The Ladies Used to Love Outlaws, Now The Ladies Are Outlaws”

Customize your space with huge Lego blocks for adults.

Read FACT‘s report that Panasonic is reviving the classic Technics turntable.

See Slate‘s map wondering: “If every state had an official word, what would it be?”

Watch “Watch ants weirdly circle an iPhone when it rings.”

Read Vox‘ piece: Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets.”

Watch Jimmy Kimmel Explain the Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj Feud Using Emoji.”

Ever wonder what it might be like if Batman fronted a metal band?

Read what it might mean if the sound of chewing bothers you.

Read Pitchfork’s report that Neko Case is set to release a career-spanning box set.

Read as Cat Power discusses her role in the new Janis Joplin film.

Read as “Keith Richards calls Metallica and Black Sabbath rock music’s “great jokes”