Linton Weeks http://wuot.org en Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://wuot.org/post/smartsongs-refrains-brain-retains Now that <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/483281985024962560" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="http://www.weirdal.com/" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 22027 at http://wuot.org A Surge In Concierges http://wuot.org/post/surge-concierges Steve Sims is the founder of <a href="http://thebluefish.com/" target="_blank">Bluefish</a>, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 21314 at http://wuot.org A Surge In Concierges Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies http://wuot.org/post/bored-fourth-july-try-these-movies Cinema sites abound with lists such as <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2012/06/30/top-ten-movies-for-the-fourth-of-july/" target="_blank">Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July</a> from <em>Forbes</em> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-fourth-of-july-patriotic-movies-pictures-photogallery.html" target="_blank">12 Patriotic Movies</a> by the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.<p>"Cinematically," says <a href="http://maryfpols.com/" target="_blank">Mary F. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20990 at http://wuot.org Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day http://wuot.org/post/freedom-not-celebrate-independence-day Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.<p>Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.<p>Like William H. Lamar IV. Last year the African-American preacher from Hyattsville, Md., wrote an essay that was carried by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/William-H-Lamar-IV/i-will-reflect-not-celebr_b_3516008.html">The Huffington Post. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20945 at http://wuot.org Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day America's Search For Meming http://wuot.org/post/americas-search-meming One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.<p>A visual meme is more like a snapshot than an "iconic image" — such as <a href="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/848/8f/aed3f1b1dfcfe0db0ec643c6075b3af37310f0.jpg" target="_blank">V-J Day in Times Square </a>-- says NPR photo editor Claire O'Neill. An iconic photo is timeless. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20794 at http://wuot.org America's Search For Meming Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol http://wuot.org/post/why-america-may-be-ready-some-futbol Ante-millennium America was <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&dat=19940623&id=9GQwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6TIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2609,5798188" target="_blank">ho-hum</a> about soccer as a sport, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, international players, loose rules and corruption, low expectations of scoring and an imprecise ending.<p>Post-millennium America may become <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325093814/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-is-soccer-in-the-u-s" target="_blank">fanatical</a> about futbol, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, internatio Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20576 at http://wuot.org Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol The Runner-Up Religions Of America http://wuot.org/post/runner-religions-america Glance at the map above, <em>Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010</em>, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.<p>No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20410 at http://wuot.org The Runner-Up Religions Of America A Native American Take On Tornadoes http://wuot.org/post/native-american-take-tornadoes While tornadoes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/16/322740339/tornadoes-cause-widespread-damage-injuries-in-nebraska" target="_blank">continue to tear across</a> America's midsection — taking lives and destroying property — we continue to search for explanations of the phenomenon, in hopes of developing better warning systems and protection.<p>But after decades of research, funded by decamillions of dollars, the fundamentals of wind funnels remain somewhat mysterious.<p><em>What causes a tornado?</em> According to the <a href="http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/rfl/web Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20193 at http://wuot.org A Native American Take On Tornadoes 5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance http://wuot.org/post/5-tv-shows-deserve-another-chance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAL1yT9ozSQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmtdErxF-Xs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUaGxdJiFZA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZ2G1C47rA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1wUirNlR0U</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZZl4EP67Tw</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 19911 at http://wuot.org 5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance Fashion For The Germophobe http://wuot.org/post/fashion-germophobe Can you feel it?<p>Like discrete clouds beginning to gather before a storm.<p>Not a trend, really. Not yet. But a tendency toward a trend. A trendency.<p>On the subway, on a crowded street, at a concert: a person here and there — a Great Pre-trender — wears a hand-sanitizer vial on a necklace or sports a protective mask. In China, mask mania is taking off. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 19800 at http://wuot.org Fashion For The Germophobe