Good morning, ding-dongs! Has anybody else been watching the basketball? The actual most ridiculous thing happened last night. Like, I’m completely unaffected by it, had no stake, but here I am in the morning completely incredulous that it happened. This isn’t even a setup for a bad joke about something like my alma mater winning/losing a game — just that a tiny honors university that’s an extension of a state university system did something that was supposed to be impossible, and with players who all looked like they just started to shave.
Oh, and Trivago was finally, mercifully really eliminated from the WACK audition. I think. Is she back yet?
I’ll of course be all over the ongoing drama as the auditions, the Tournament and the Corenament move on today, and it’s St. Patrick’s Day, upon which the not-Irish masses all use that one Scots-Irish great grandparent to present highly racialized caricatures, most notably drinking themselves blind. It’s a mess! This is why, as sensible people, you should play the Fun, do the dang Corenament, and focus on all of the good things that are presented to you below.
Good morning, my lovely people! You’ll have to forgive the slightly later-than-usual arrival of ye olde Weekender, as your friendly neighborhood Maniac has had less challenging Fridays-that-turn-into-Saturdays. There’s a lot going on. Our most immediate past is the Fun, which you should go play. The next most immediate thing, with much more info to follow tomorrow, is the Corenament; the Bracket Bosses are poised to make their selections, based on the community’s input, which you can still provide for a couple of more hours or so.
Otherwise, spring is in the air, pounding is in my head and this house ain’t gonna clean itself. Have at it!
It’s kind of subdued around Maniac Mansion again, you guys, seeing as how easily I am manipulated by tributes to my heroes, and I think it’s appropriate to take one more day in honor of the GOAT — there’s a lot of stuff to go over, but we can wait a day or two, right?
If you were personally thinking about something Pour Lui-centric as she has her final live appearance with the monster that she created, there’s always the Fun to play, or add a comment on the “DiPROMiSE” post … or stay tuned, because you know that we like to do mass-support campaigns at the momentous … moments; Lui’s final-final farewell is March 31.
The Following Things Aren’t the Same Anymore
I seem to remember Kit Cat being more interesting:
Good morning! How is everybody’s weekend so far? I somehow managed to finagle an effective day off for the last meaningful day of Olympic action, which is easily the most exciting personal thing in a while. Here’s a tip, kids: Don’t do DIY unless your personal degree of self-loathing is high enough to blunt the loss of genuine personal life.
I’m going to go enjoy myself, in fact, and you should, too. Play the Fun like you know you should (it’s been an active one!), and, after the Fun, you also really need to go and involve this in your life:
Hello friends! I hope you, too, can feel the creeping onset of spring while still enjoying the Winter Olympics, which are almost the best Olympics (the best being Idolympics). Your friendly neighborhood Maniac will be enjoying this … uh, chilly and rainy day. ISN’T FEBRUARY THE WORST?
You know the drill, right? First things first, you’re going to go play the Fun. Then you’re going to strap in for one of the weirdest Weekenders yet!
Good morning! That was a weird week in idol, wasn’t it? Like, not active per se, but what did happen was pretty significant. And we ain’t done yet! Plenty of things crammed into Friday and are leaking over into the weekend. Which is great for me, as it means … scheduling posts ahead of time! Also just wait for a 2& Day recap.
Also, I may as well warn you: Tomfoolery is afoot.
For now? You know the drill. Play the Fun, enjoy yourself some random here in the Weekender, and have as good a time as you can!
This Looks Like a Lot
Mani, child, you need to remember to scrub off your shopping list before you go on stage:
Happy Saturday, you bunch of weirdos! The other day, I completely skipped out on the ol’ site. Why? Because nothing was going on. Or so I thought! This is going to be a weekend of things that actually did happen, are too good for the dang Weekender, and are things that you should get up some care about. Also, at some point later today, I’m going to be celebrating something, so … well, I do dumb things when I’m a few sheets to the wind and in a good mood. Could be fun!
Speaking of fun: Play it. Also think about what lies ahead from Homicidols.com. Could there … could there be some new music? New video? NEW IDOLS?! It’s gonna be a good weekend, is what I’m saying.
You’re Such a Tease
EMPiRE interview series: MiDORiKO because spelling!
Happy Saturday! Are we getting into another little idol lull? Maybe somewhat. This is usually more Announcement Season than Release Season, anyway, but I feel like there’s less going on this winter than in past years. Which is fine! As long as what comes out is good. We may however, be approaching some kind of situation:
Apparently Juice=Juice is disbanding and rumors (on Facebook lol) that this is Morning Musume’s last year. HelloProject is in shambles and 48G is following soon lol. The end is near.
Now, even Amina declaimed any responsibility — she was talking about the rumor, not endorsing it — but imagine a world where this is true, (Kerrie, cover your ears) where H!P and 48g and Big Corporate Idol in general goes back to being a sideshow over the next couple of years. Rise of the underground? Or would even chika idol take a hit? Frankly, I have no idea.
And now that you’re adequately prepared for the depths of winter, enjoy!
How Can You Say Things Like That at a Time Like This?
Our pal Osie Reyes has a really nice message following the MNL48 audition:
I usually skip over BiSH interviews on the grounds that we’ve done most of that already. Hashiyasume, though:
We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today. Noel, Mike and Fergal
Hello my friends! And also detractors and possibly enemies! How are you? I recently did a number of things that I’d never done before (home repair and maintenance stuff) and, while a few of the tasks were a struggle at first, I found them settle into a comfortable groove and and was able to not just get the job done, but now I’m kind of hankering to do more of it. Unfortunately, the thing about plasterboard walls, for instance, is that you shouldn’t just up replace panels because you’re bored or want more practice. The same can be said for bathroom tile, laminate flooring, etc.
The best exception to the rule? Paint! You can change the look of a room in a comparable hot minute with just a handful of tools, a gallon or two of pigmented latex and the time and willingness to do the job. I’ve been painting for years, but these latest projects have me trying out new techniques and trying to get more creative with borders and alternating panels and the like. It’s in the details that the difficulty comes in, like when you get it into your head that the walls of your finished basement should bear some … well, I’ll show you when it’s done, which could be a while.
But the point! It’s the weekend. It’s usually a great time for DIY projects, but forget all that. Let’s have fun instead. You, you can decide on what’s fun for you, but I hope it includes playing the Fun (which I haven’t even gotten to yet!) and giving some of the items below a crank. You owe it to yourself!
He’s a DIYer Now?
For real, pour one out for one of the guitar kami, Fujioka Mikio:
The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.
I think I’m going go step away from idol for the rest of the day, you guys. I’m not that shook by Lui’s graduation announcement — frankly, it was inevitable on a constantly shrinking span of time — but just out of respect. Idols come and go, but legends, true legends, very rarely come back. I got into idol just as the original BiS was becoming nothing more than a memory, and seeing what they’d accomplished was a powerful motivator; that she brought BiS back to life was such an incredible watershed moment for the scene that she’d created. I feel honored to have been able to see Lui and her creation perform (live, at least, though not in person), and I even feel honored to have been stood up for that interview that never happened.
So. This is a hell of a Weekender, anyway, and all I wanted to do this morning was put the finishing touches on it, so have it. And yes, play the Fun, which is now bizarrely and somewhat disturbingly appropriate.
Just Looking at This Weekender Scares Me
May the gods help us all, DAIDAIDAI is finally releasing an almost-album:
Leaving aside the fact that this tale is basically horror story fodder for people who think that idol is a unique evil in the world, and that the manager was in a relationship with a girl since she was 16, this is an example of how not to be a fan. Also, that fans are terrible.