Have you ever pondered, “Where did Pantyhose Come From?” or “Can You Marry Your Cousin?” How about “What do Parasites and Razor Burn Have in Common?” or this chart topper “What’s the Scoop on Lady Poop?”
Well you can find the answer to these questions and many others by listening to the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast. The podcast is produced by HowStuffWorks.com, a website that hosts a variety of information including but not limited to etiquette and manners, engineering, zoology, cooking, auto, etc. The best part of the website is the podcasts, hands down.
Stuff Mom Never Told You, happens to top my list. The two intelligent albeit quirky women Cristen and Molly host Stuff Mom Never Told You, in Atlanta, Georgia at the HowStuffWorks studios. The greatest thing about this podcast is that it is entirely dedicated to the subject of women and often includes our favorite friend, hormones. Both Cristen and Molly illustrate their topics in a down to earth manner while combining witty sarcasm and blunt truth on topics not typically discussed.
I’m fairly certain that if either of these women lived in southern Colorado or if I lived in Atlanta, Georgia that we’d be instant, “bosom friends” (thanks Anne Shirley). I have often found answers to my most burning questions like, “Why do women shave their legs?” and “Does perfume really enhance my ability to attract the opposite sex?” with their podcasts. Short, sweet, and to the point Stuff Mom Never Told You manages to find the equilibrium between professionalism, realism, ridiculousness, and humor. I must admit that performing such laborious tasks, as putting on makeup and blow-drying my hair are now educational and fun with these two lovely ladies at my side.
by Genevieve Ackley
Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™
Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.
Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.
Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review
Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy.
What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.”
Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music.
Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves.
Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.
— Rob Donovan