Earworms of the day: creepy Americana

Two songs which are quite different but just seem so perfect together: the Handsome Family’s “Far From Any Road” aka the theme from the first season of True Detective, and Mark Crozer’s “Live in Fear”, the entrance music for the ridiculously awesome WWE creepy bayou cult leader Bray Wyatt.

Not necessarily ones to get caught humming at work, mind.


Untroll Thursday: UpUpDownDown

Inspired by Megan MacKay, Thursdays are #UnTrollTheInternet Day, when we uplift the positive stuff on the internet to remind ourselves that this amazing global platform we share doesn’t have to be a force for vileness.

I love professional wrestling. I love computer games. I love silly mashups which make you look at people in a whole new light.

So yeah. I’m into UpUpDownDown, the YouTube channel dedicated to the superstars and divas of the WWE taking each other on in pewpew games. Good clean fun brought to you by the wonders of the internet.

Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing as funny as absurdly overmuscled dudes fighting each other through even more absurdly overmuscled computer-generated avatars.


Labour Party conference

I’m off to Palmerston North this weekend, for my sins, to attend the annual Labour Party conference. Should be interesting, if not quite the debauched communist blowout which people like Cam Slater imagine.

communist party
Artist’s rendering.

And it won’t involve all of the front bench making WWE-style references, which is a tragedy because there’s already a perfect one for Annette King …

But hopefully some good times, great karaoke and vigorous discussion. Just not too vigorous.

strangelove war room

Superbowl Monday lunchbreak

Happy Superbowl! May the mighty Seattle Seahawks smash those cheating, ball-deflating Patriots! And even if you don’t give a toss about the NFL, Bap Lip Reading makes everyone smile.


And a special message to Patriots head coach Bill Belicheat and his quarterback Tom Cheaty, from the heels of the WWE: