Pointless Dicks: @CHVRCHES, Laziness, and Cowards.

Originally posted on Mike Shinoda's Blog:

As we released THE HUNTING PARTY, I spoke on various occasions about the inspiration of the album.  Part of the answer is that the album is a response to a surplus of danceable, safe, indie-pop music that’s taken over “rock”.  A year ago, we knew the indie-pop thing was a style that our band is capable of making.  But we were not interested in pursuing it.  Why?  Because there is a LOT of it out there.  It seemed far more exciting for us to go against the grain.

In interviews like this one and this one I plainly explained that, although I enjoy listening to bands like Haim, CHVRCHES, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, M83, and Phoenix, I felt like the genre as a whole was suffering from a surplus of bands in that vein–bands that, in many cases, came after the ones I mentioned.  And I made it abundantly clear…

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Linkin Park Fans Become #LPBLKMRKT Dealers

Originally posted on Mike Shinoda's Blog:

For all North American Linkin Park fans, we just announced a new campaign unlike anything before.

The idea behind LP BLK MRKT is simple.  We send you a package of stuff, and you get to be an authorized Linkin Park black market dealer.  You sell exclusive merchandise that no one else has, and you will make a 5% sales commission.  Yes, you make money for everything you sell.  You will get a magnetized sign to put on your car with the #LPBLKMRKT logo, and other fans can find you via social media or simply by recognizing the logo.

Go to LPBLKMRKT.COM now to apply.  You don’t need to be a member of the street team or LPUnderground, anyone in North America can apply.

If you’re interested in buying the limited-edition merchandise, watch for #LPBLKMRKT on your social media and anywhere the CARNIVORES tour comes to town…

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“Learning Not To Drown”, Debut Novel by Anna Shinoda

Originally posted on Mike Shinoda's Blog:

I rarely talk about my wife Anna.  But today is a special exception, for a special reason.

Anna grew up in a mountain town so small it only had one stop sign.  He parents grew up during the Great Depression, and they lived in a modest home packed tight with her large family.  As a kid, she used to climb up into trees with books to escape the chaos of being the youngest person in the busy house.

Reading led to writing, and she eventually immersed herself in classes and conferences.  She worked with as many other published and non-published authors as she could.  In particular, she devoted herself to a manuscript that was clearly special.

I met Anna in the late 90’s.  Like most people close to her, I admire her honesty, integrity, generosity, and fierce independence.  A few years ago, after her manuscript got nominated for the…

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Why Are You Here?

Originally posted on Extremely Stupid People:

I ask myself that same question every time I walk into the call center.

Stupid People Say The Dumbest Fucking Things:

Winston: “Ma’am, please calm down.”

Customer: “Don’t fucking tell me to calm down!”

Winston: “Ma’am…”

Customer: “The installer told me he would solve this, and now just look at my bill!”

Winston: “Again, I can’t see those charges on your account; they don’t show up on our end.”

Customer: “I know! That’s why they told me not to call Telescreen.”

Winston: “You mean, the main line here?”

Customer: “Yeah, they said, ‘Don’t call Telescreen under any circumstances’ or they’ll mess up your account! Boy were they right.”

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Get the Most Out of Widgets: Building and Showcasing Your Community

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Last month, we highlighted some widgets and hope you’ve since activated them! Today, let’s continue our widgets tour and focus on several that put the spotlight on the readership you’ve built. Your site isn’t just about you or your organization — it’s very much enriched by the community around you.

Turn visitors into subscribers

The Follow Blog Widget lets your visitors sign up to receive your posts via email — it’s one of the easiest ways to ensure your readers see your new posts. Under Appearance → Widgets, drag this widget to the right. In the settings, you can customize the messages that will be displayed, the text for the “Follow” button, and decide whether you want to show your total number of followers (which is the sum of users following your blog and others connected from Publicize services, like Facebook and Twitter).

Here’s an example of the widget on…

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