No Complaints #105: Mandy, Money and Mush

I'm sending this two days late this week; sorry. I've been very busy trying to watch as much of Twin Peaks as possible so as to fine-tune the questions for the quiz I'm hosting on Tuesday - do come along if you are able! Details at

Things to read

“Think of Mandy Moore’s 'Can-day,' Britney Spears growling 'oh bay-bay bay-bay', Gwen Stefani chanting 'hey bay-bay hey bay-bay HEY'. The trend to turn the 'ee' sound into 'ay' continued for years, maybe most memorably in Gnarls Barkley’s 'Crazy'. (Cray-zay, really.) This isn’t one guy’s vocal quirk: this is a trend, maybe a virus. Why did all these singers change their vowels in that particular way?.”

An excellent question with a very detailed answer. Email to Pocket.


“It’s a uniquely modern problem because we don’t grow our jaws long enough to accommodate our teeth. It turns out that nature has selected our jaw length on the basis of what it expects us to be doing during the period of time the jaw is growing. The more frequently you put force on the jaw, the longer the jaw grows. Nature has to guesstimate how long your jaw should be for teeth of a given size. Today we don't achieve that because we’re eating mush as kids.”

Essentially, we are doing teeth wrong. Email to Pocket.


“I didn’t put anything aside, ever. Money came in, money went out. I was always a paycheck behind, at least. I usually owed my chef my paycheck: again, cocaine. Like I said, until I was 44, I never even had a savings account. ”

Anthony Bourdain on doing money very wrong, and then doing it right. Email to Pocket.


“I'm not afraid of power. And I'm not afraid of money. I like them both. Does that make me sound like an asshole?”

An interview with Jenna Weiss-Berman, one of the biggest players in the US podcast scene. Email to Pocket.


“Still, a great deal of the business’s endurance has come from the core customer base in Alaska, primarily made up of older people. Alaska ranks high in disposable income among the states, due to good-paying jobs, exceptionally low taxes and payments from reinvested oil savings.”

Blockbuster survives in Alaska - this piece explains why. Email to Pocket.


Things to listen to

I've been completely gripped by the new adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale - we discussed it on the latest episode of my podcast, SRSLY, so I won't go into much more detail here about the show. But, I am really enjoying all of the commentary around it, including The Red Center, a podcast that is following the TV series episode by episode. It's co-hosted by Rose Eveleth of the excellent Flash Forward podcast too - well worth a listen.


Things to watch

Happy eagle.

All of The Joy of Painting.

An elderly piano.


Things to attend

An upcoming IRL thing I’m doing:

9 May, London – Did I mention there's a Twin Peaks quiz this week? You should come. More details and tickets here.


Compulsory medieval thingamabob

Bunny and Clyde.


The guest gif

Be honest, we all dream of this happening.


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