Weekends are great, but they can also be kind of depressing, which why we at Plucky Media offer our Weekend Mix of content from cool creators that you can experience. Every week, you can find a nice list round up of cool essays to read, videos to watch, TV shows, and even some indie games. Especially because Mercury is in Retrograde right now, it’s a great way to beat the existential angst.
So here are some of our recommendations for September 1st- September 3rd.
What to Read
From the future of Augmented Reality for artists to the history of the tater tot, a feminist take on Sir Mix-A-Lot to remembering the effect of Princess Diana’s Death— these are some amazing end of week stories that I think you’ll love.
Nota Bene: The Taylor Swift article isn’t what you think it is. It’s actually really good commentary: read it.
- Is The Future of Art Augmented? by Tessa Love – The Establishment
- The Tater Tot is American Ingenuity at Its Finest by Kelsey McKinney- Eater
- The Butt Song by Katherine C. Sinback- The Rumpus
- Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” Is the First Pure Piece of Trump Era Pop Art by Mark Harris- Browbeat: Slate’s Culture Blog
- How Older Black Women Taught Me to Love Princess Diana by Ashley C. Ford – Refinery 29
What to Watch
I’m having a real dead week with youtube. Other than the video game streams I leave on, I don’t really have a lot to show you. So, here are some of our favorite shows right now that we’ve been binging, that if you’re not watching and need something uplifting to watch this weekend— here you go.
- The Mindy Project– It’s all on hulu and it’s what me and Sarah have been binging. There’s something about a pre-everything sitcom that’s just wholesome.
- The Bold Type– Also on hulu, but if you have cable, it is on Freeform. It’s about women in working at a Cosmopolitan-type magazine. It’s tbh just so good and empowering and cute. This is actually a CURRENT show on TV and the season finale is NEXT WEEK!
- Steven Universe– I’m being 100% serious when I say that after Trump got elected, Steven Universe taught me and Sarah how to love again. If you haven’t watched it, watch it. It’s so important. Also with Rick and Morty being off for 2 weeks, what else do you have to do?
What to Play
I also don’t have many new games to share this week, but I thought I’d share a couple of interesting indie browser games on itch.io. If you really want to go down a rabbit hole, I definitely recommend trying to make games on simple online editors like bitsy or twine. I love those systems and they have room for a lot of creativity if you want to. If not, here are some interesting games to try.
- NNC News– Part of the #ResistJam earlier this year, this is a free, in browser teleprompter simulation game in which you replace banned words on a teleprompter. That doesn’t sound great but it’s actually a very pretty game and an interesting concept.
- Sort the Court– An interesting and free browser game where you serve as a ruler and say “yes” or “no” to people’s requests. A little repetitive, but as a fan of city management games, it’s pretty fun.
- Grow Your Own Ghoul Girl– A dress up game/clicker where you grow your own “Ghoul Girl” from an egg. It’s short and sweet and has cute graphics.
- Lost Memories Dot Net– Free browser game, actually simulating a teenager’s browser. Very beautiful and interesting story.