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Death Of An iPod And The Comfort In Specific Objects

Recently Sarah’s beloved sixth-generation black 80GB iPod Classic died.

This wasn’t just a loss because of the difficulty in trying to find some new surrogate device, it was a loss because the iPod represented a specific type of comfort object for her.

Sarah explained why in a piece for Vox’s The Goods section.

To read it go here.

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Tetsuya Naito Is The Ultimate Millennial Hero

Tetsuya Naito

To a certain segment of people — particularly symbolism savvy fans of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the wrestling faction Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) — LIJ leader Tetsuya Naito pretty much represents the struggle.

Naito’s path is a long and complicated one, with high-profile failures, found families and redemptions won in the most unlikely ways. In many respects his journey represents the same twisting, failing, flailing one that so many millennials have experienced.

Sarah explained why Naito resonates so deeply in a piece for Catapult.

To read it go here.

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Writing Explained On The I Never Told You What I Do Podcast

I Never Told You What I Do For A Living podcast

Writing is kinda balls.

Sure, if you’re Rory Gilmore it’s easy and wonderful and all, but for most of the world it’s low-paying, low-reward bullshit.

Why would anyone want to be a writer? Who knows?

But someone, specifically, the I Never Told You What I Do For A Living podcast, asked Sarah what her experience as a writer is like.

To listen to her episode go here.

(It’s also available at many other reputable podcast distro destinations as well if you’re not an Apple person.)

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Samaritan News 19 Pack: Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Ellen, More

David Gilmour, ex-Pink Floyd

Here are 19 pieces I contributed to the charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag:

Lana Del Rey Releases New Anti-Gun Song, Proceeds Will Support Three Mass Shooter Victim Funds

Sonic Unyon, Jillard Guitars Creating 25 Custom Guitars To Support An Instrument For Every Child Charity

WATCH: Roger Hodgson and Young Musicians on Autism Spectrum Perform Give A Little Bit

Gilroy Garlic Festival Has Donated Millions of Dollars Over 40 Years

Tenille Townes’ New Single Supports Homeless Girl Scouts

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Report Reveals Organization Has Supported Reconciliation Efforts In 561 Schools

Grammy Museum Gives $200,000 To Music Science, Archive Projects

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Sells 120 Guitars, Raises $21.5 Million To Fight Climate Crisis

Eagles Rising Billboard Campaign About Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

Taylor Swift Releases Video For Pro-LGBTQ Song “You Need To Calm Down”

Radiohead Use Ransom Threat To Support Climate Crisis Group Extinction Rebellion

Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” Reimagined For 25th Anniversary To Help Find Missing Children

Ellen DeGeneres Backs Virtual Reality Game Used To Protect Gorillas In Rwanda

National Music Centre Unveils Indigenous Music Week Programming and Permanent Exhibit on Musician Activists

Sufjan Stevens Releases Two Songs For Pride Month

Apple Expands Number Of Locations To Recycle Old Devices

Prince Harry and Meghan Do Instagram Purge Then Support 16 Mental Health Causes

Royal Conservatory’s Signature Fundraiser To Honour Rock Legends Lighthouse

Hardcore Punk Vets D.O.A. Declare Time To Fight Back With New Video

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Samaritan News 15 Pack: Ryan Reynolds, NHL, Metallica, More

Ryan Reynolds vs. Hugh Jackman

Here’s a collection of 15 posts I contributed to the charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag:

Vancouver Act Galactic Hobos Donating Proceeds From Two New Singles To Parkinson’s Research

Canadian Music Industry Rallies To Support Veteran Music Journalist Lenny Stoute

Girl Gang Goodies, Tonic Blooms Team Up To Support Sistering Toronto

Stephen Marley Tour To Raise Money For Ghetto Youths Foundation

WATCH: Feud Between Ryan Reynolds And Hugh Jackman Shows How Coffee Company Is Helping People

Grammy Awards Dolly Parton Tribute, Compilation Album, Memorabilia Auction To Benefit MusiCares Charity

Tim Hortons Co-Founder Ron Joyce Leaves A Lasting Charitable Legacy

NFL To Give NFL Award Money To Colin Kaepernick Initiative

Terra Lightfoot, Lindi Ortega And Begonia Tour To Benefit Four Charities

Bell Let’s Talk: What Bell Media Does For Mental Health All Year Round

Winter Sports Camp For Veterans With Disabilities Kicks Off In California

Snowboarder Mark McMorris Directs Proceeds of His Kiehl’s Cream to Kids Sports Foundation

Arcade Fire, Arkells, Dan Mangan, Peaches Among Many Canadian Musicians Supporting Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

NHL All-Star Game Jerseys Will Be Made Of Repurposed Marine Plastics

Metallica To Release Acoustic Live Double Album On Vinyl For Charity

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13 Culture And Learning Stories From Asian World Of Martial Arts


Asian World Of Martial Arts continues to regularly publish a combination of learning and pop culture-related stories by Sarah to help readers understand their world. Here’s a batch:

The Benefits of Boxing For Kids

The Diverse Martial Arts Influences of Netflix’s Wu Assassins

Can You Use MMA Headgear For Taekwondo?

Pro Wrestling Meets Kung Fu In Oriental Wrestling Entertainment

The Basics of Bareknuckle Boxing

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs Japanese Jujutsu

What Is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Star Simu Liu’s Martial Arts Background?

The Tae Kwon Do Fighter Behind The Bottle Cap Challenge

The Best Martial Arts For Self-Defense For Women

The New Mortal Kombat Movie Is On A Talent Search For Martial Artists

A Guide To Buying The Right Boxing Shoes

Teen Kickboxing Star Receives Ringing Endorsement From Her Idol, Jackie Chan

Choose The Boxing Style To Match Your Body Type

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Sigma Derby: The Beloved Mechanical Horse-Race Game That’s Running Out Of Time

2013 Sigma Derby Tournament

One of Sarah’s favourite things in not only Las Vegas, but perhaps the whole world, is a busted old mechanical horse racing gambling game called Sigma Derby.

Unfortunately, over the years these games have slowly broken down and disappeared until the point where there’s only one known working one left situated at The D Las Vegas casino.

Sarah wrote about the game and the culture that’s developed around it in a piece for Atlas Obscura.

To read it go here.

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