The radical digital reimagining of nearly every aspect of modern life has been underway for a few decades now, proceeding at such a clip that we hardly stop to acknowledge the massive disruptions to our daily habits and tastes.
While MP3s changed the music industry for consumers, sweeping digital innovations were also changing the way music was made. And if technology and music have become irreversibly intertwined, it’s because we tend to instinctively associate recorded music with the era it came from.
The 80s had giant goofy snare drums, the 90s machine-driven club music. The sound of the current moment is usually tied to the state of the current technology.
As often as people complain about the overuse of CGI in movies, it’s also true that most successful digital rendering goes unnoticed. For every fake-looking space monster, there is a glorious, near-impossible sunset on an empty beach.MORE from Penthouse
There’s so much we loved about Stanton, the Kentucky-born World War II veteran who discovered his love of acting in a college drama class. A notorious lone wolf on-screen and off, Stanton seemed to be everywhere all the time, appearing in more than 200 films and TV shows in his 60-year career. Yet somehow, we never got tired of him.
“Play yourself” was the advice Jack Nicholson gave Stanton when he wrote a part for him in the 1966 outlaw film Ride the Whirlwind, and that’s exactly what he did — for the rest of his career. Stanton’s naturalistic technique made him the perfect fit for all his roles, and that’s saying a lot. Here’s a look back at some of our favorites.MORE from Penthouse
When you write a sports book about a team’s previous season, as I did in 2009, telling the story of the 2008 Green Bay Packers, you have to make judgments about players that get set into the cement of printed pages and which later, depending on how the players do career-wise, can make you feel lucky, or dumb as hell.
I got lucky with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (perhaps you’ve heard of him), and wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Rodgers replaced living-legend Brett Favre in 2008, and though neither he nor the team had an especially great season (Rodgers threw 13 interceptions, a career high through 2017; the Pack went 6-10), the former Golden Bear displayed lightning footwork, moments of uncanny accuracy, a quick brain, and a cannon disguised as a human arm that saw him launching the rock on 60-yard arcs to receivers running go-routes.
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And university administrators don’t have the guts to confront this issue directly because it would make them unpopular with students who regard the right to get drunk and “hook up” as fundamental to the college experience.
Many if not most of the she-said-he-said controversies about whether a sexual encounter was consensual involve one or both parties being drunk. In these situations, memories are blurred and the woman is almost always believed. Moreover, women aren’t charged when they have sex with a drunk man. It’s a one-way street.
Colleges that knowingly permit drinking by underage students are not only morally complicit, they may be legally complicit. They claim they can’t stop it. They are lying. It wouldn’t be easy to stop all illegal underage drinking, but it would certainly be possible to reduce the incidence of drunkenness among students.
Colleges could have a zero-tolerance policy toward underage drinking: If you’re caught, you’re automatically suspended.
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Happy New Year, everybody. Hope it’s a good one for you. It probably won’t be. Actually, it almost certainly won’t be. Look, it won’t be. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but with the way things are going, each of us is likely to be trolled by the president on Twitter, somehow connected to a sex scandal, and sustaining ourselves on recycled urine, all by early March.
But here’s the good news: You can use your New Year’s resolution as a distraction from the horror of life. You can set your sights on bettering yourself, in that one seemingly minuscule way, as a means of focusing on a small positive instead of the gargantuan negative.
I know, I know. Most of us are lousy at keeping those optimistic promises we make ourselves every January 1st, but that’s where more good news comes in. I have a resolution for you that will be incredibly easy to honor. In fact, it takes zero effort and you won’t even need to act on it for another three years. Don’t vote in the next presidential election. That’s it. MORE from Penthouse
Winston Churchill’s massive consumption of alcohol is well-documented. And these days, given the seriousness with which we view problem drinking, few of us looking back at
The Bulldog’s boozing are all like, Hip hip hooray, way to pound, Church! That said, given the man’s historic role in World War II, most of us might also lean toward cutting him some slack.
As drinkers go, this Brit got a lot done, on a big stage — as large as they come. Murderous racism and petty misogyny aside, Winston Churchill helped defeat Hitler and, according to my Twitter feed, at least 70 percent of us still dislike that bellowing, genocidal fascist. In a world of irony and gray zones, killing Nazis still counts for a lot, and even if revisionist killjoys are now trying to downplay the portly prime minister’s Johnny Walker intake, Churchill’s functional overseeing of an empire-in-decline staving off the one ideology that makes good guys of us all is a noble standard. Especially for those of us who think way too much about how to meet a simple deadline when the Adderall and whiskey balance has been misjudged.
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I was nineteen when the Minneapolis band the Replacements were at their modest peak. In the 1980s, college radio had begun to emerge as a commercial force, as future behemoths like R.E.M., XTC, the Smiths, and the Cure found a collective niche apart from Top 40, in what would soon be called “alternative rock.”
You could write a book about the explosion of innovative music that ensued in the short period between alt-rock’s onset and its eventual subsumption by the very corporate entities it had once stood against. Nowadays, when nearly everyone you know has put out a record, it seems quaint that new music was once a scarce physical product and as such a valuable commodity. It’s hard to say collectively what set the acts of that era apart from the mainstream. They looked different for sure, and a lot of them were playing with brand-new technologies, but as a whole, the word “alternative” pretty much summed it up: a genre defined by what it was not.MORE from Penthouse
Fall brought its usual bounty of blockbuster games that you simply had to play right now. But those big titles that were so hot straight through the holidays are now beaten and boring, gathering dust behind the couch. Never fear, though, because you can revitalize those binged games with these add-ons, and cure that holiday-gaming hangover.
— South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass — Ubisoft
(Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The funniest South Park roleplaying game since, well, the last South Park roleplaying game, The Fractured But Whole packs an absurd amount of fart jokes and social commentary into its tidy 16-hour playtime, but Cartman and company’s wisecracks don’t stop when the end credits roll. Players who sign up for the $20 season pass gain access to two new story episodes — including a battle against a demonic presence in a Mexican restaurant — along with a host of exclusive costumes and ability-enhancing artifacts.
— Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Season Pass — Bethesda Softworks
(Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC)
Set in an alternate history in which the Germans won World War II, Wolfenstein 2 takes the surreally controversial stance that Nazis are anything but “very fine people.” In these three bonus chapters, series hero William “B.J.” Blazkowicz takes a backseat to new heroes — including a black former pro quarterback and a female ex-OSS agent — of the anti-Nazi resistance. Missions have you infiltrating the Third Reich’s bunkers in California, sabotaging a Nazi operation in Alaska, and dismantling the Führer’s Final Solution using satisfying tactics ripped right from Inglourious Basterds.
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The first time I heard “Forever War” was back in 2006. I’d just assumed my role as platoon leader for a cavalry scout platoon based out of Hawaii, and was trying my best not to be that lieutenant. So basically — don’t be a jackass, watch, learn to see how it’s done.
Such is the life of the butterbar.
After a training mission, the topic came up of what the end goal of our upcoming tour would be. I recited some battalion talking points about stability and economic growth, a return to normalcy, blah blah. Our platoon sergeant did something similar. Then one of the Joes raised his hand and said, earnest as a sculpture, “I really don’t know what that means, though.”
“Christ, Private,” said one of the platoon’s section leaders, a staff sergeant built like a bulldog who spoke with a deep cotton twang. “This be the Forever War, son. It’s gonna go for…you guessed it, forever. So we go in there, make it a little better for the next guys. That’s it. That’s the job.” MORE from Penthouse