Random happenings of psuedo importance

Throwing a line out there-

Due to unforseen (but still pretty good) circumstances I am staying in Boston for another year.

Which means I am entering the apartment-finding situation for September way late in the game and my backup roommate is no longer existing (though still, not for any bad reason)

Stuff is crazy hectic so I’ll settle to fill a room with some craigslist stranger, but throwing it out there if anybody needs to fill a room in the T-accessible area for a September lease, I’m your gal.

(I will also cook for pretty much any diet other than most types of cannibalism, soooo…)

I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.

But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.

The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.

So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.

By Paul Williams  (via albinwonderland)

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When Apple introduced the iTunes store in 2003, sales of singles were only a small fraction of record companies’ already declining, post-Napster profits. Flash forward to the present, with 1.259 billion digital tracks sold in 2013, and it’s easy to see why singles tracks dominated discussions about music rather than albums. There’s an even bigger reason the industry gets so focused on songs when the weather gets hot: Albums don’t sell in the summer. So, when the weather gets warm, the song becomes almighty, and labels enter a fierce competition to win the title. By How big business creates the “Song of the Summer” (via policymic)

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How an 11-year-old girl helped McDonald’s stop gender stereotyping

A Connecticut teenager has forced McDonalds to finally address the casual sexism that has long been a part of Happy Meals.

This impressive narrative comes courtesy of Antonia Ayres-Brown, who first approached the fast food chain five years ago when she was barely a tween. She wanted to know why the chain automatically assumes a girl will want a doll-type toy while a boy will want something more stereotypically masculine, like an action hero. In December, she finally received an answer — from the chain’s corporate office, no less.

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