Random Nerds' Massive, Meandering List of Article Ideas
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Television/Film/Comic Books
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Writing out our favorite Modern Seinfeld tweet plotline into an actual episode script
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When it pays for TV shows to turn on their own (e.g. Winston from New Girl, Marnie from Girls, Brita from Community, Ross from Friends)
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An Oral History of Clone High
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"Batman vs. The World" -- a look at all the times Batman has faced someone ridiculous (e.g. Predator, Terminator, etc.)
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Breaking Character: writing about performances that went against an actor's established type
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A Beginner's Guide to Cerebus the Aardvark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebus_the_Aardvark)
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The Highest Rated Episodes of the Truman Show of all time (the time he awkwardly loses his virginity, the time he...)
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Remembering the The Hawkeye Initiative
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The "How Did They Not Make It?" Club (Alicia Silverstone, Brendan Fraser)
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An in-depth discussion of how awesome the show "LoveLine" on MTV (/some radio stations) was
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Hogwarts Online - going to school
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The television shows of the future will involve characters taking a selfie and having it post to Instagram IRL, tweets will go on a feed, etc. (THIS EXISTS IN SWEDEN!)
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The Existential Angst of Garfield Minus Garfield (http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/)
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Something about "Pete and Pete"
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Looking back at the 90's comic-book-inspired animated series book "The Maxx" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maxx, Aeon Flux)/all the X-men ripoffs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_C.A.T.s)
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Something about PBS Idea Channel (maybe just an interview?) (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/pbs-idea-channel)Lindsay
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The Forever Empty - (See: Louis CK quote)Bryce
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Politics
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A Chronological History of The Failed Attempts to Mobilize The Youth Vote
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There Should Be A Level Of Money You Could Give To Opt Out Of Donation Ematils For An Election Cycle
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Establsihng the "Tiers of Outrage" (an immediate direct threat to your well-being is a 1; something that sort of offends a religion you only kind of believe in is a 32)
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A summary of who The Weathermen were (with an angle on how much their ethos might align with current milennials)
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A Recap of Who's Stood and Who Hasn't During Certain Moments for each SOTU
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Borrowing "The Stool" theory of the ACA explainers to breakdown Lincoln's famous "Of the people, by the people, for the people" phrase/concept (i.e. highlighting how we keep all three stools the same height)
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A Tournament To Determine Which State Is Doing Least For The Country
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Terrible Political Fundraising Emails/Ploys of the Week/Month
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The Well-Hid Elitism of SoFi (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SOFI_STARTUP_BANK_UTOL-)
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Moving Election Day to a WeekendBryce
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Death of an Ad Man: The BMW South Carolina plant commercial is theri version of "Most people don't know" Bryce
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Music
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A look at the impact of Nicolas Slonimsky's "Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns" (the book that everyone from Coltrane and Frank Zappa used for inspiration)
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"Forget Me Not" - listening to, and looking into, Forgotify
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Celebrating the best non-actual word vocal parts in music (e.g. Blur's "Song 2"; Led Zepplin's "Immigrant Song," Better Than Ezra's "Home")
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The Most Unsung Band Members of All Time
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A Music Fesitval Decider app
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Going to stay with the band Zammuto for a week (we have this as a standing offer)
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Did the Beastie Boys really coin the term mullet (http://genius.com/Beastie-boys-mullethead-lyrics/)?
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Best Acoustic Version of Dance/Pop Songs (i.e. Dirty Vegas)
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A collection of all the weird words Eminem has used as exclamations ("gadzooks," "zoinks" etc.)
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I Hate Narduwal
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"Free Samples" - taking samples from hip-hop songs and analyzing how the original relates to the song sampling it
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Mike Eizenger of Incubus. Remember That Guy?
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Apparently there are companies that make pre-arranged care packages for prisoners and they're getting sued for making hip-hop mixtapes: http://time.com/3662643/universal-sues-mixtapes-prison/
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An App that Removes Big Sean from Songs
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A deep dive on the Red Bull Music Academy - the king of sponsored content
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How to talk to Music PR people
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Chiptune (or, why this guy has 1.43 million followers: http://www.benlandis.com/)
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Singers taking on affectations, and why we let some people get away with it and some no (Billie Jo Armstrong, Keith Urban, Mumford and Sons)
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The positive impact Lil Wayne had on a young Nikki Minaj, as it relates to teaching her how to 'change' her voice to make different 'characters' in one verse
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Totems at Festivals - deep diveLindsay
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"Why is X band playing at Y venue?" - a look behind the scenes of talent buying and venue shitLindsay
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Band names as genres to describe all copycats (e.g. Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, etc.)Lindsay
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A petition asking 9:30 Club to be the first venue to ban cellphone cameras on the first floor (http://www.overyondr.com/) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/smartphones-at-concerts_n_6123606.html?utm_hp_ref=technology) Bryce
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Whenever outlets start dropping anniversary pieces en masse, we pick a different anniversary and write about that (for instance: instead of hopping on the "20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction" train this year, we would've done "17th anniversary of Jackie Brown")Lindsay
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3 Bands, One Story (Editors, Cut Copy, New Order) (America, Hot Hot Heat, Future Islands) Lindsay
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Gaming
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A look at "in-game artists" (and their work) (https://kotaku.com/grand-theft-photo-why-these-gta-shots-look-so-damn-goo-1823743440)
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The etymology of video game character names (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, etc)
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What makes a good fighter game good? (i.e. "It's not just button-mashing...")
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The storylines of games as movies on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=carYYHxvPMg) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmIVUwZ-wwc)
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Console input methods, examined
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Video game plots explained in a tweet
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Free will in video games (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/115766/Analysis_Would_You_Kindly_BioShock_And_Free_Will.php)
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Boure, the card game that has torn NBA teams asunder ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourr%C3%A9)
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Something about this mass of MS-DOS video games: https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games/v2
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An Explanation of Zonk
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When approaching tentpole franchies (Zelda/Mario/____), where should one start?
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ToeJam and Earl, an oral history
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Something about this Hot Pocket dispenser that attaches to Xbox Controllers (http://www.slashgear.com/xbox-360-controller-hot-pocket-dispenser-revealed-26210937/)
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Monster Rancher, the video game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Rancher). What the hell was it?
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A better version of "Prescription" may be the future of medicine (https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/25/16019760/prescription-video-games-brain-next-level-video)
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Celebrating the best sound bytes in video games
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Tech
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Revisting Ello
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Remembering the Tech Mascots We've Lost (Jeeves, the Lycos dog, helpful paper clip)
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The Wonder of 1Password
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Razzies/Awards for Worst Websites by Category (Least Transparent Sponsored Content; Most Eye-Rapey; Most Evil, etc.)
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How much you'll spend on gadgets in your lifetime
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Something about this: "A Bot Bought Illegal Drugs And No One's Sure What to Do About It" (http://internet.gawker.com/a-bot-bought-illegal-drugs-and-no-ones-sure-what-to-do-1679448057)
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Celebrating the most recognizable sounds in tech (e.g. the Apple start screen, "You've Got Mail," etc.)
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A look at the unique take on 'showing' technology/social media in Netflix's "Girlboss"
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Google Feud (http://time.com/3745641/google-family-feud/), WikiWars, and making the internet one big game Bryce
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Social Media Like Currency (my mom has deflated her Like value by Liking too many things)Bryce
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Literature/Art
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Was Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" and its enduring fandom the first emo movement (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorrows_of_Young_Werther)?
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Mail Art (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_art)
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Interviewing people that write pre-arranged obituaries
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