THE UNDERGROUND — ISSUE #129
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: Vice’s chilling mini-doc about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, how to stay in a conversation without skipping a beat, the trailer for Netflix’s The Punisher, and a cool app that allows you to access all of your computer stuff anywhere.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. Vice’s mini-doc from Charlottesville is a shocking reminder of our past. Whenever you hear about a pro-white, KKK friendly, pro-Nazi rally going on in an American city, you can bet that there will be violence. These sick, false patriots came to Charlottesville to speak out about hating jewish people, chant about how white people have it bad, and some other crap that most would laugh at if they didn’t drop out of school in third grade.
What happened was a domestic terrorist attack that left one woman dead and many others injured. The President of the United States took a white to condemn the people responsible by name, only to finally condemn them 2 days later, but then to take those words back in a baffling new conference at Trump Tower, where I assume Gandalf is waiting to be picked up by the birds on its roof.
Vice happened to be there following a couple of white supremacists throughout the rally, but I’m sure they didn’t think they’d be on the ground to witness such insanity. This is one time these white nationalists probably should’ve wore some hoods to hide their faces, because when your face is put on every TV in America, you can bet their employers will probably give them a pink slip. Free speech is protected by the first amendment, but it doesn’t protect you from getting fired from your job by a private business. (*The More You Know flies over*)
I can go on at length about this, but watch the video below. If you claim you aren’t violent, you don’t need to have guns strapped all over your person, dumbass.
2. How to never run out of things to say during a conversation. We’ve all been there, man. You could’ve just spent a week backpacking through Europe, read 5 books, saw 10 movies, met 20 different strangers, but you still have that pause in conversation because you can’t think of anything to talk about. It’s possibly one of the most awkward things to happen in human interaction. It’s even worse when it’s with a girl you’ve been dating for a few weeks. That’s another story…
The video below has 5 great tips to help you fix that brain fart you have when you can’t think of anything to say when you’re trying to have a nice talk with a friend. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how well you know someone, you just might slip, which is why this video is really helpful. I can’t think of what else to say other than to watch this video.
3. The Punisher trailer for Netflix is here and he’s ready to… punish. In case you were busy watching reruns of Malcolm in the Middle, you may have missed the fact that The Defenders has come out in all its gritty, glorious superhero goodness. Now, I’m only a few episodes into that, but so far it’s pretty much what I expected in terms of great TV, but this Punisher is what I really want in my life.
You may remember Jon Bernthal guesting in season 2 of DareDevil, but he was really made to star in his own series about a man who loses his family, and then goes apesh*t on those who killed them. Sure, they’re made movies about the character before, but they’re mostly been terrible. This series looks to be jampacked with action since it looks like the villain will be Jigsaw. No, not that dork from those Saw movies.
Feast your eyes on the trailer below. It looks to be a good series to watch since Game of Thrones won’t be on for like 2 years. Ugh, that sucks.
4. Turn your smartphone into a remote control for your computer with Unified Remote. Sometimes hitting the function button plus another button to stop something on your computer can get annoying. I bought a laptop that literally doesn’t have a mute button. Well, it does, but I have to press the function button plus f10 to mute the sound if I’m working on something and the phone rings. It’s an incredible design flaw made by ASUS. Never again, ASUS!
You can essentially run your entire computer at home or on the go from your smartphone. Since most of us are staring at our phones anyway, why not have access to all our stuff anyway. Just be careful when accessing you search history, you weirdo. I know that weird porn you’re looking at.
You can download the Unified Remote right now for your Android or iPhone. Trust me, it’s worth it when you really wish you brought your laptop somewhere.
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Jeff Sorensen is an author, writer and occasional comedian living in Detroit, Michigan. You can look for more of his work on The Huffington Post, UPROXX, BGR and by just looking up his name.