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.

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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.”

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