Quick Hits: February 15

  • John Oliver and the crew of Last Week Tonight have returned from hiatus and all’s right with the world again.
  • YouTube launched in the US on this date in 2005, so basically, YouTube is old enough to drive now.
  • My husband and I finally started watching The Queen’s Gambit over the weekend, and it is a fucking delight. Anya Taylor-Joy is mesmerizing, and the period details – set decoration, costumes, etc – are exquisite. I don’t understand chess – AT ALL – but it legitimately doesn’t matter.
  • Happy Birthday, Matt Groening!
  • Also in birthdays today, English record producer and engineer Hugh Padgham turns 66. One of the most prolific producers of the 1980’s, Padgham is most well-known for his work with Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and The Police. He and Collins shared the Grammy for Record of the Year and Producer of the Year for the 1985 album No Jacket Required. Padgham is also credited with creating the “gated reverb” drum sound used prominently in the 80’s. For more on gated reverb, please watch this excellent Vox video.

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