Owner of NYC bar Flaming Saddles, Chris Barnes, leveraged his musical talent and location during a recent festival. Accompanied by Dana Fuchs and Alicia Collins, Chris' band The Bad News Barnes record their opinion of the Westboro Baptist Church!
Essentially, Jesus says there are always gonna be trolls but these Westboro guys are real assholes.
"I thought, what if Billie Joe was gay, and he jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge for bullying?" Barnes says. He wrote his song a year ago, and after several fits and starts, he and his band, the Bad News Barnes, recorded it with Dana Fuchs, who played Sadie in the 2007 film Across the Universe. In May, Barnes took advantage of his bar's Hell's Kitchen location and set up a spot to record a music video during the Ninth Avenue Avenue International Food Festival, featuring himself, Fuchs, and Felicia Collins from the Late Show band.
In addition to his bar and music, Chris is a fantastic improvisational comedian and a good friend to have.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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