Monday, January 30, 2017

DJ Trump's First Week of Executive Orders

Is nothing sacred anymore?I

Nerds are going to be very mad about this one.

This motherfu--

Now he's already trying to pick a fight with Canada.

I guess he's on the George Lucas payroll now?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Hi! Are you awake? I have opinions about Pavement I didn't get to last night."

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?"

I was sick all weekend and wanted to find out if this adage is true and where it came from. Settle in, because the history of this one is pretty interesting:

(SHORT VERSION FOR LAMERS WHO LACK CURIOSITY: This saying is bad advice. Ignore it.) 

It turns out that this little gem of "wisdom" is actually a dangerous mistranslation of an even more dangerous myth. The earliest permutation of this phrase we can find comes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (~1398 A.D.), which makes this one of the oldest wive's tales still kicking around as common knowledge. It has survived OVER 600 YEARS!

So there must be some truth to it, right?

Well, the phrase as originally written in Ye Olde English was "Fede a cold, starb a feber." (Those aren't typos; the English simply hadn't invented the letter V yet.) Now, it's important to note that "starb" is a verb in Olde English that means "to die." So the translation should be "Feed a cold, die of fever."

In other words: "If you eat when you have a cold, then you will die of fever."

Okay. So that's a little more sinister than the phrase as we know it. What's going on? Well, back in the 14th century, before the scientific method was codified, it was common belief that digesting food raised the body temperature.* So the thought followed that eating when you're feverish would only lead to making the fever hotter.

So people wouldn't eat when they had a cold.

Unfortunately, this led to so many people dying from lack of food when they suffered from a cold, that that earlier weird verb, "starb," took on a new meaning; it no longer meant "to die" but instead specifically "to die from hunger."

And that verb eventually mutated into the modern word "starve" as we know it.

The phrase would eventually be reborn as the one we are familiar with today, "Feed a cold, starve a fever," because of a poor understanding of Old English.

So the original phrase was based on the flimsiest principles of what was considered "science" by 14th century standards, and the modern version is a mistranslation with ZERO basis in science.

For the record, when you have a cold or fever you should eat as usual when hungry. What is important is that you drink as much water as you can. And then some. Keep drinking water.

*N.B. They weren't totally incorrect about digestion raising body temperature, but it is a very slight increase.

Friday, January 20, 2017

DJT: We're going to make America wealthy again!

CROWD: [Huge applause]

DJT: We're going to wipe Islamic terrorism off the face of the Earth!

CROWD: [Huge applause]

DJT: And when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice!

CROWD: [Slight, nervous clapping] Whoa now, buddy.

Friday, January 13, 2017


(Note: Back in December I came into work on a Friday and instead of listening to the news as usual I decided to play music all day and share the list over on the Hosey Facebook page. This particular playlist is from the day of our show at Otto's Shrunken Head on January 13th, 2017.)

Here we  go!

These are the rules: Only albums that are good front-to-back. And I'm playing these at work in an office, so they're also albums that won't get you fired (I hope). No Don Cabellero or Melt Banana, no matter how badly I might want to listen to them.

Music Has the Right to Children

Kicking it off very chill today. A classic instrumental. And it has "ROYGBIV" so... [swoon]


Keeping the "chilled out morning" vibe going with one of my favorite albums from one of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters.


You might hear us cover one of these songs tonight. 

Come On Pilgrim

You will definitely hear us cover a song from this one tonight.

Mountain Will Fall

DJ Shadow's new album is a kind of return to form, and it is very good. 

The Impossible Kid

I'm going to see this guy next week.

The Argument

I think Fugazi's last album was their best. Flawless. And I can't imagine anyone else writing a song about housing development and gentrification even half as good as "Cashout."

Run The Jewels 3

Last one for the day! You cannot deny RTJ. Have fun everyone! I hope I see you all tonight.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017