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At instances, Taylor Swift can seem to be a 5-foot-10 piece of capitalist machinery, comprised of varied cynical components which have been welded collectively by a publicist and a supervisor to maximise income and enhance reputational scores. And, who is aware of, perhaps she is! But considerably out of line with that model of the pop star is Swift, defender of fellow artists ― the Swift who sometimes makes use of the large leverage she holds over her trade to attempt to negotiate higher phrases for artists with corporations like Spotify and Apple. And that Swift got here roaring again this week when she introduced a brand new document cope with Universal Music Group and Republic Records.
Per Rolling Stone, the deal features a provision that would put cash within the pockets of artists of all success ranges on the firm:
As a part of her joint contract with the label, UMG should promise at hand over to artists, on a non-recoupable foundation, a portion of the windfall from its Spotify shares sooner or later.
Swift’s deal on Monday specifies that the hypothetical fairness sale will lead to funds to Universal’s artists no matter their account standing, which means they’ll obtain cash even when they’re within the pink with the corporate for unrecovered advances.
This is the very best model of Swift. The “labor radical” model, as Matt Bruenig put it. And it deserves to be celebrated, even whether it is a part of a stealth PR marketing campaign born out of a method assembly through which the conclusion was made that solidarity is in. Progress is progress, rattling the unknowable explanation why. ― Maxwell Strachan
Sleeping As Much As You Want
I’d like to say the explanation that I’ve nothing to put in writing about at present is as a result of it was a brief week, however that may be a lie. The actual motive is that I slept principally all weekend. I went to mattress early Friday. On Saturday I had a household occasion to attend, and once I received again at round 6 I instantly fell asleep on the sofa. At midnight I received up and went to mattress, then slept till noon on Sunday. I napped all through the afternoon, then went to mattress at a standard hour and slept straight by till Monday. Not a lot time in there for watching groundbreaking TV or studying groundbreaking books, you’ll discover!
My sleep schedule is a operate of my many privileges. I’ve a salaried job, no youngsters and the apparently uncommon skill to sleep by almost something, together with a number of loud alarms and my cat’s hysterical pre-meat-chunk morning screeches. But I do know lots of people who even have good jobs and no youngsters who really feel guilt about sleeping this a lot. I say deal with your self! I don’t at all times sleep all weekend, however in the event you can, and also you wish to, I like to recommend simply letting your self do it every now and then. It provides your physique and mind time to heal from the stress of recent dwelling. It nips that creeping head chilly within the bud.
Many Americans may have additional day off this weekend. If you’re a type of lucky souls, use that point to provide your self somewhat staycation within the land of desires. ― Claire Fallon
Alfonso Cuarón On Netflix
Netflix retains a good grip on its unique films, insisting they hit the streaming service the identical day they’re launched in theaters (in the event that they’re launched in theaters in any respect). Not so for “Roma,” which opens in New York and Los Angeles this week after which expands to extra cities earlier than Dec. 14, when folks can press play and ignore it whereas wrapping Christmas presents. It’s pure technique on Netflix’s half, an try and legitimize the movie inside this 12 months’s Oscar derby, the place it stands an opportunity at a greatest image nomination.
For higher or worse, the scheme works to our profit, at the least for individuals who stay in one of many cities that can venture this magnificence on a giant display screen. Its director, Alfonso Cuarón, boasts some of the compelling careers in Hollywood, having made “A Little Princess,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity.”
With “Roma,” he’s crafted one other jewel, this time telling the story of a housemaid named Cleo (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) in early-1970s Mexico City. The film, shot in luscious black and white, looks like Cleo’s diary. She works for an adoring middle-class household, appearing as a surrogate mother or father when divorce intervenes and bigger sociopolitical tensions hover within the background. But what Cuarón reveals within the ever-mild Cleo is a lady with a wealthy inside life knowledgeable by her previous and beholden to her current.
“Roma” is private for Cuarón, impressed by the nanny who helped increase him within the titular neighborhood. But that is hardly “The Help”; the supporting characters are interchangeable, bringing Cleo to the middle in a approach that underscores their class variations with out studying like an upstairs-downstairs morality play. Cuarón finds the class of Cleo’s life, in addition to the despair, generally in the identical breath.
If ever the corny descriptor “love letter” had been relevant, that is it. Whether you catch “Roma” in theaters (extremely beneficial) or on Netflix (please don’t wrap presents whereas watching), its grace will wash over you want an impressive ocean. ― Matthew Jacobs
Working From Home In Your Sweatpants
We stay in a merciless world, and one in every of life’s best pleasures is pure, lazy consolation. This is a type of nice items obtainable to anybody who is ready to work remotely frequently, or, ya know, those that take a half day throughout a vacation week like this one. The curmudgeonly 1 % over at The Wall Street Journal would really like you to consider that leaning into this consolation is a nasty factor. Instead, you must work remotely sporting $1,400 earrings and $645 loafers. I say, fuck that wealthy nonsense. Not solely is it absurd to imagine that anybody’s workwear consists of equipment that value greater than a grand, however throughout these darkish instances, all of us need to have our occasional laziness celebrated. Wear your sweatpants with delight, or higher but, put on no pants in any respect. Who can inform behind your laptop computer? ― Emma Gray
The Scientists Who Stuffed Balloons Into Dead Wombats To Find Out Why They Poop Cubes
This week, I realized that wombats produce as much as 100 cubes of poop every evening and use that dice poop to create rank border partitions that preserve the opposite near-blind, nocturnal rodents within the neighborhood out of their dens. Scientists had been beforehand not sure of how precisely wombats make these smelly bricks till a group led by Georgia Tech postdoctoral fellow Patricia Yang stuffed some balloons into roadkill to check the irregular strain exerted by their intestinal partitions.
Biomimicry is loopy, of us. ― Katherine Brooks
The new She-Ra doesn’t appear to be the outdated one. And that’s fantastic — she’s not made to be a carbon copy of the voluptuous, skimpily dressed 1985 heroine, who was as a lot a product of her time because the 2018 model is.
The Netflix and DreamWorks reboot of “She-Ra,” which dropped a full first season on Nov. 13, maintains the pink cape and flowing mane of our titular heroine whereas including some notable adjustments in look. Her superhero uniform covers a bit extra — this time round, she has bike shorts as a substitute of a skirt, which appears a dumbfoundingly logical selection — and her construct is extra athlete than bombshell.
Of course, She-Ra’s look isn’t an important factor about her — nevertheless it was a wearying lightning rod when a vocal minority of critics decried early paintings from the collection as dumbed-down, sexless and, principally, not scorching sufficient. But She-Ra’s practical proportions and apparel are a testomony to the present’s developed tone, one which speaks to inclusivity and variety.
The characters within the collection are a variety of physique varieties, orientations and ethnicities. It’s clearly an intentional transfer however doesn’t really feel compelled or stuffily “woke”: Strong girls of all sizes and backgrounds is just an accepted truth of the universe somewhat than one thing the collection shoves in your face.
The heroine’s origin story stays largely the identical: Before she acquires the flexibility to rework into She-Ra, our fundamental character is just Adora. She was raised on Etheria by the Evil Horde to combat towards the Rebellion, believing that the magical princesses who stay within the land’s numerous kingdoms are horrible beings meant to be stopped in any respect prices. Antics whereas on an tour together with her frenemy Catra — one of many collection most attention-grabbing characters — finally lead Adora to a magical sword that transforms her into She-Ra.
With this new skill, Adora, together with new associates Glimmer and Bow — a princess who can weaponize sparkles and her skilled archer buddy — seeks to reunite the highly effective princesses all through Etheria, strengthening the Rebellion and placing up a combat towards the encroaching Horde. Meanwhile, Catra is promoted as Adora’s substitute and continues to obtain verbal abuse from Shadoweaver, the shadow-wielding sorceress who raised them each, as she fails to recapture the defected Adora.
One notable absence within the collection is He-Man, who was She-Ra’s twin and the one who led her to the sword within the unique collection. Perhaps it’s as a result of this time round, ladies run this world. From the highly effective princesses to the Evil Horde members, girls fill a majority of the primary roles.
The present is a joyful hero’s journey that doesn’t require information of the unique so as to recognize it. Of Adora’s new crew, Bow is a standout character who gives levity and self-aware humor that might be appreciated by viewers past the present’s goal demo. The power of She-Ra is that, whereas its message of empowerment is obvious, it doesn’t take itself too significantly. And that makes it a significantly enjoyable collection to look at. ― Jillian Capewell
Ralph, He Who Breaks The Internet
Ralph’s about to interrupt the field workplace. Whether Disney is poking enjoyable at itself for killing off all of the mothers of its much-loved princesses or taking well mannered jabs at followers who know somewhat an excessive amount of about Marvel, “Wreck-It Ralph 2” is like the proper subtweet of a film, which everybody in on the joke can take pleasure in. Honestly, simply the princess scene alone is value going to see. Does the web site product placement appear somewhat a lot at instances? Sure. But the film was by no means hiding that. Ralph’s breaking the web in spite of everything, reduce the dude some slack. Plus, a child in entrance of me noticed Snapchat talked about and saved saying, “Oh, my God! It’s Snapchat!” Which led me to assume, “Oh, my God, someone’s still using Snapchat!” ― Bill Bradley
My choose this week is the film “Widows,” a movie that’s as entertaining as it’s thought-provoking, stars a black lady in her 50s and is well higher than the final, I don’t know, 15 films Mark Wahlberg has made, beginning with “Instant Family.” ― Zeba Blay