Quick Hits, Vol. 7

Wednesdays mean Quick Hits here at Cosas Totum. For our entire Quick Hits archive, click here. Today we cover free speech, Motown music, and niche tv channels, among other things. Happy hump day, and thanks for visiting!

Quick Hits

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said that there were limits to certain types of free speech, and that one couldn’t yell “fire” in a theater if there was no fire. I wonder how he would feel about yelling “Panic!” at the disco.

I got lucky because the iPhone came out the summer before I went to college and not many people had them. We could throw parties and be stupid knowing that it likely wasn’t on video anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t do anything bad, I just didn’t want videos of me crushing beer cans on my head being seen by my parents because I was 19.

Humans have had terrible vision for the entirety of our existence, but eyeglasses weren’t invented until about 1290 CE. How awful would it have been to have bad vision 800+ years ago, right?

Motown is a combination of “motor” and “town,” which is in itself a variation on Detroit’s nickname, Motor City. But if you say “motor town,” it sounds lame. I guess it was fortunate that the music turned out to be so good.

Standup comedy is one of those things that’s really weird if you think about it too long. I mean, you pay to go see a stranger tell lies in the hopes that they make you laugh. It’s just a bit weird.

It’s lucky Tiger Woods is good at golf because otherwise someone introducing themselves as “Tiger” would probably be considered a douchebag.

Don’t you kinda wish you could see a history textbook like 100 years from now describing the current times? Wouldn’t that be a little fun?

The danger to niche tv stations is if the content shifts. For instance, no one watched the History Channel for history stuff anymore because they don’t really show true history stuff like they used to. Perhaps in the coming months and years we’ll get History: Origins or something that shows actual historical nonfiction content. Same with MTV.

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The best albums to get someone into music from the 1980s are Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms, Prince’s 1999, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Peter Gabriel’s So, and Missing Persons’ Spring Session M.

I’m glad salt and pepper are the customary tabletop spices. It’d be a lot weirder if it was cumin and cinnamon or something crazy like that.

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