This Month – August


Read – Online

De echo van Gay Games Amsterdam 1998 Dutch article looking back on the Gay Games in 1998. Truly the best week of my life;

DJ Casper, who had No 1 hit with Cha Cha Slide, dies aged 58

Listened to – Music

Kesha – Eat The Acid (Live Performance) | Vevo

Blondie – Heart Of Glass

Listened to – Podcasts

You must remember this – Erotic 80s and the season that’s still running: Erotic 90s About sex in Hollywood movies, and how society influenced them, and was influenced by them;

Watched – Films and Documentaries


Watched – TV and Youtube

L’Agence: l’immobilier de luxe en famille (Netflix). The third season of a series that deals with a French realtor family and the fancy homes they sell all over the world;

Understanding Mr. Brightside

18-Year Gay Relationship: ‘My Family Still Doesn’t Accept Us.’

Songs that Changed Music: Just Like Heaven – The Cure

Almost Famous – The Real Lives of Groupies

Stardust ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ | The Making of a Dance Classic

Miscellaneous awesomeness

An old school one.


This Month – July


Read – Online

Dutch King Apologizes for His Country’s Role in the Slave Trade It’s great that he did this, but, as Linda Nooitmeer, the chairwoman of the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery says in the article: “…apologies for the Dutch role in the slave trade are still about “160 years too late.” Also, no sign of even tentative plans for reparations, nowhere;

visit the renewed miffy museum It’s twice as big!

L.A. Homeless Count Climbs by 10 Percent

Marga Minco, Who Chronicled Jewish Life in Wartime, Dies at 103 And also after Wartime: here in The Netherlands, we like to forget that people returning from the concentration camps were more often than not met with outright hostility, theft of their belongings that they had left for safekeeping with friends or neighbours at the time of their deportation. And lets not forget the missed city taxes they were forced to pay once they got back to Amsterdam (this horror was acknowledged officially and “fixed” in 2016, 7 whole years ago);

Creator of the beloved Dutch dish ‘kapsalon’ dies aged 47

Tony Bennett, Master Pop Vocalist, Dies at 96

Finally proof of what every black-wearing person has known since eternity: Wearing white clothing won’t make you cooler in the heat, researchers confirm

The new Barbie movie used so much pink paint on set that it caused an international shortage, according to its production designer And if it’s not true, it’s a good story;

Abortusklinieken zien vaker jonge vrouwen die anticonceptie wantrouwen I’m posting the Dutch article, as I did not find a suitable article about this phenomenon in English. In short: abortion clinics in The Netherlands are seeing more young women who don’t want to be pregnant, but who also do not trust hormonal birth control, the most generally used form of birth control here in The Netherlands. This mistrust ties in with the whole trend of shunning everything that is not “natural”, which completely disregards that not everything that is “natural” is also healthy. There’s quite a bit of very “natural” poisons out there.

And yes, I agree that here in The Netherlands, hormonal birth control is often prescribed as a cure all for all womb related issues, and that that is maybe not the best way to go. Also, there’s a strong focus on particular kinds of hormonal birth control (third generation oral contraceptives and the hormonal IUD) in favor of other kinds that may be more suited for somebody’s particular situation (think birth control shots, or a pill with only a particular type of hormone). This however does not mean that all hormonal birth control is “crap” by definition.

Not wanting any form of hormonal birth control is a choice every person is free to make, there’s many other options, condoms (available in all sizes and materials) are just one of them. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting an abortion, I’d imagine that most people who don’ t want to be pregnant would rather prevent a pregnancy than terminate it, if only for practical reasons. Just remember that Natural Family Planning is cool and all, if you don’t mind running the risk of getting pregnant at any moment: no matter what anyone on TikTok says, the temperature method is best used as a way to try and increase your chances of conceiving. If you don’t want that to happen (right now), you’ll need to find a contraceptive method that actually works;

The ‘night luxe’ aesthetic: Instagram and TikTok’s post-wellness vibe shift It is truly a mystery to me why I’m so attracted to this aesthetic: I don’t drink, I’m a glutenfree vegetarian (vegan when possible), and I don’t smoke or do drugs, and have no plans to change any of these things;

Joshua Trees Inching Towards Endangered Species Protection as Landmark Bill Passes You can only destroy a tree once, people;

SMOOTH CITY IS THE NEW URBAN Amsterdam is truly a very, very smooth city these days;

Americans Head to Europe for the Good Life on the Cheap I wouldn’t call 2500 euros in rent cheap; it’s an obscene amount of money. And by paying these prices, they destroy the housing market for locals. Also, the whole “lives in Lisbon, travels to Florida regularly for work” is truly absurd;

Take a ‘Barbie’ Tour of Real-Life L.A.-Area Locations

Sinéad O’Connor: Irish singer dies aged 56 She closed off Pinkpop in 1995. I was in the second row, stuck between a mass of people, and stood on one leg for an hour to be able to see and hear her. Afterwards, I walked with a limp for three weeks, but it was more than worth it;

Inside the Barbie Dreamhouse, a Fuchsia Fantasy Inspired by Palm Springs * brb moving *

Wildlife Ordinance Passes Despite Intense Opposition from Hills Homeowners Remember the bear:

Listened to – Music

Kreayshawn – Bumpin’ Bumpin’

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Official Music Video)

Messer – Oblivion (Visualizer)

Mas, Que Nada! I’ve only found out THIS MONTH that the version I knew, was a cover and that this is the original. I feel truly cheated because HELLO?! HOW AMAZING IS THIS SONG?!

Sinéad O’Connor – Troy (Live At The Dominion Theatre, 1988)

100 gecs | Boiler Room: Los Angeles Everything I want to be;

Shape of Minlee – The Ultimate Mashup

Listened to – Podcasts

Your own backyard A recap and debriefing of the trial;

ICYMI: The Day AO3 Went Down Panic in fanfic land;

Into It podcast

Decoder Ring – The Great Parmesan Cheese Debate I never knew there was cheese drama;

Scamfluencers – Ben McKenzie Hates Crypto, Too

Dr. Oz: Supplement Spin Doctor I never knew it was this bad;

You’re wrong about: Sinéad O’Connor with Allyson McCabe

Watched – Films and Documentaries

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust: The Global Premiere

Wham! on Netflix

The Bizarre World of 100 Gecs (A Gec Documentary) As a commenter said, they missed out on calling this “A Gecumentary”;

Why Am I Doing This? (A Film About Touring) Touring fucking rules. Touring fucking suck. Often at the same time.

The Nuno Bettencourt Interview

The Snagglepuss Chronicles: The Need to Enter Stage Right


This Month – June


Read – Online

Femicide not taken seriously in the Netherlands, experts say Just the fact that until this month, even the national newssite referrred to the 30+-year-old man who killed 16-year-old Hümeyra as “her boyfriend” or “her ex-boyfriend” says enough. A 30+-year-old adult is NEVER, in no circumstance whatsoever, a 16-year-olds (ex)boyfriend. No, not even when she’s Turkish. Bigoted bullshit;

Astrud Gilberto: The Girl from Ipanema singer dies at 83

Orangutans Can Beatbox, Just Like Humans I’m mostly wondering why we just assumed that they couldn’t?

Listened to – Music

Nu Shooz – TOTP (19-June-1986)

Love Can’t Turn Around – Farley Jackmaster Funk, featuring Darryl Pandy Now that’s a vocal;

Lucky Moon Zooz Tour Anthem – Moon Hooch, Lucky Chops, and Too Many Zooz There’s little I want more than for Lucky Moon Zooz to do a European tour;

Laura Jane Grace – Thrash Unreal (97X Green Room One Night Only)

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes Live in Athens 1987 My go-to video when I’m sad;

Casa De Leones – No Te Veo (Official Music Video)

Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This (Official Video) Dusty.

The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like Or the version I sing: “I know what cats like”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane [Official Music Video] Dave Navarro is an amazing guitarist and his work in the Red Hot Chili Peppers needs WAY more credit;

Helmut Lotti brengt zijn nummer 1 van de Willy 1000: Run To The Hills van Iron Maiden Helmut Lotti is a Belgian singer who usually has a more classical/pop repertoire, think Josh Groban. People are both very surprised and impressed by his interpretation of this song. And they should be;

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Love Rollercoaster [Official Music Video] Best use of a kazoo ever. Also, Dave Navarro is an amazing guitarist. See above;

The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm “The killer in me is the killer in you” is truly a magnificent lyric, only second to “Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage”. Also by Billy Corgan;

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You (Official Music Video) No, this is not Lana del Rey;

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy Everything;

GRAUZONE – EISBAER (remastered) – official video

“Shape of you” Ed Sheeran cover (Anna Straker on Pocket Operators)


Elton John – Rocket Man (Royal Festival Hall, London 1972) This was the first time this song was heard in public;

Nirvana – All Apologies (MTV Unplugged)

Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World (MTV Unplugged)

Nirvana – Love Buzz (Live at Reading, 1992)

Nirvana – You Know You’re Right (LP Version)

Elton John – Rocket Man (Glastonbury 2023)

As It Was X Blinding Lights (Take On Me Remix) Morten Harket rules all, though;

The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star (Official Music Video)

Focus – Hocus Pocus Live ’73

Listened to – Podcasts

Scamanda “Amanda is a wife. A mother. A blogger. A Christian. A charming, beautiful, bubbly, young woman who lives life to the fullest. But Amanda is dying, with a secret she doesn’t want anyone to know. She starts a blog detailing her cancer journey, and becomes an inspiration, touching and captivating her local community as well as followers all over the world. Until one day investigative producer Nancy gets an anonymous tip telling her to look at Amanda’s blog, setting Nancy on an unimaginable road to uncover Amanda’s secret”;

Believe in magic “A teenage girl with a brain tumour starts a charity for sick children. It captures the support of pop megastars, One Direction. But questions arise – is Megan really ill?”

You’re wrong about – Lesbian seagull episode Amazing;

ICYMI podcast, in particular the episode about the Miranda Sings absurdity;

Main Accounts: The Story of MySpace

Watched – Films and Documentaries


Watched – TV and Youtube

Muk van Lil walks the Camino de Santiago

My Response To My Voice Being STOLEN!! Justin Hawkins’ voice has been used for AI. He has an opinion about that;

“Cruel Summer” & Bananarama: How the New Wave Ronettes Dominated The 80s – New British Canon

Watertok, beverage girlies, & food politics – Internet Analysis

Euthanasia, Loss, and Grief of a Companion Cat

Songs That Changed Music: Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles

I secretly learned my mother’s language Heartwarming;

Daði Freyr – Southside, Pinkpop & Hurricane festival vlog

Miscellaneous awesomeness


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