Midnight Movie: Endless Summer (1966)

Heya BALKERS. I'm filling in for our resident cinema expert, Madame Puddifoot and her marvelous midnight movies. So when I think of the west and cinema, I instantly thought of the classic movie, The Endless Summer, which is available for free on Hulu. In the United States, surf culture became popular in Southern… » 8/29/14 12:00am Today 12:00am

The Bakersfield Sound: California Country Music

In the late 50s and early 60s people who migrated from the Dust Bowl states in the South and Midwest to Bakersfield did, among other things, created a subgenre of raw country music called the Bakersfield sound. It was far less slick and more real than established country music at the time (such a familiar refrain). … » 8/27/14 10:09pm Wednesday 10:09pm

Do you ever have that moment where you pass everything into your school?

And you send them several emails to follow up and then make sure everything is done. And follow up and follow up and follow up. AND THEN AFTER FIVE FUCKING MONTHS, they are like "Well, we don't have this piece of paperwork." And it's because somewhere someone lost your paperwork and said nothing and it falls through… » 8/27/14 4:27pm Wednesday 4:27pm

Fan Fiction Tuesday: We have Questionable Taste


Let's talk fanfiction and in this case, I'll show you what I found when I unfortunately stumbled upon some mpreg LOTR fanfiction back in 2005. We already have a few shared pieces in our original post. Crogues has some of her own there—if you want to read something good! I liked them all, especially the choose your… » 8/26/14 9:49pm Tuesday 9:49pm

What career are you meant to have? A QUIZ

Therapist :You are a caring and selfless individual. Your compassion, warmth, and sensitivity can heal others in the most authentic way possible. You help and inspire others, and can really touch people's lives. You truly understand others and can make them happy by just being yourself. » 8/26/14 8:22pm Tuesday 8:22pm

Backtalk's Semi Regular Post of Posts

I just met you. This is crazy. But here's my kinja. So come by maybe. Last week is smut! This week is the West Coast. Come to Backtalk! Here are some special picks for the groupthink crowd! First of all, yes, some non-West Coast themed stories, these guys can be such jerks, our intrepid reporter, Josie Grossie,… » 8/26/14 7:09pm Tuesday 7:09pm

How serious in the California Drought? Before and After images

2011 vs 2014 and US Drought Monitor showing that 100% of California is caught in the grips of a three year drought, with exceptional drought covering 58.41% of the state. The drought is so bad that the mountains grew a half an inch. » 8/26/14 4:39pm Tuesday 4:39pm

Hey non-Westcoasters? How do you view the west coast?

I mean, we all have these visions of the west coast that are both shallow and iconic. For those of us who are from other countries, the West Coast is as much as an idea as it is a place. I know for most Northeasterners, when they describe California, they say "You can see why everyone is so happy," partly because… » 8/25/14 9:04pm Monday 9:04pm