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Is it weird to ask for a moment of silence? Michael Seman announced that he’s headed to Denver to join the University of Colorado Denver, where he’ll be the director of Creative Industries Research. He’s been a senior research associate at the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research. Seman, a member of noise-rock band Shiny Around the Edges with his wife, Jenny, has written, thought and talked a lot about the commercial impact of Denton’s music and creative scene. He’ll be missed. But what you really need to know is that Seman had a hand in writing a song titled “Socially Awkward.”

Our readers are keeping us on our toes as per usual. We wondered about the butter bars Angela Paxton brought to Denton when she and her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, had dinner with the Briggle family in Denton. The Briggles invited the attorney general to share a meal and meet their young transgender son. Reader Carlos Omar Jimenez told us the bars aren’t just a sweet treat: “Butter bars are military slang we enlisted use to describe a second lieutenant.”

The Denton City Council budget discussions overheated badly enough Tuesday you could have made a drinking game out of phrases like “hijack the tax rate,” “holding the budget hostage” and “penny-pinching.” Council member Sara Bagheri called foul.

Ten years ago, University of Minnesota sociologists researched a long list of racial and religious minority groups and found that atheists were the most disliked group of people in the United States. Last month they followed up with new research that shows Americans still don’t think much of atheists and the non-religious. Anti-Muslim sentiments reared their head, too. The dry, scholarly article is available online, if you feel like starting a Facebook war with your Midwestern family or falling into a deep sleep: http://bit.ly/2cYaZsP.

City Council member Joey Hawkins wants high-speed Wi-Fi at Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village already. Don’t believe elderly Denton residents can figure out technology? Dare you to make the case with Hawkins.

“I wanna go to Flower Mound/I wanna go to Flower Mound/I wanna go to Flower Mound with you.” So goes the unlikely but terribly catchy chorus of Lost Balloons’ “Flower Mound.” It’s on the self-titled debut record from the band, a collaboration between Denton regular Jeff Burke and Brooklyn-by-way-of-Japan musician Yusuke Okada (Suspicious Beasts). Burke is best known for the hook-filled punk songs churned out by his bands Radioactivity and Marked Men, but you wouldn’t file this recent release under punk. It’s almost sweet and singer-songwriter-y. Maybe even garage folk.

Audition notices can be pretty random and specific. Take, for instance, the Dallas Opera’s audition notice for Moby Dick (composed by former UNT artist-in-residence Jake Heggie). The company is looking for extras who are “athletic, agile, adventurous and unafraid of heights.” Sounds like they want someone to emote from the crow’s nest of a ship to us. If this sounds like a job for you, email mobydicksupers@dallasopera.org by noon Oct. 1.

J&J’s Pizza on the Square is now open from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Oh, and they have kept up the live music, only upstairs in the restaurant. The staff has been calling them “lobby shows.” J&J’s does not and has not ever had a lobby. This just means someone might be playing music right at your elbow. Enjoy.

Oh, good grief. You know that old, old story about the UNT mug that looks like a rude, anatomical euphemism because of the handle? It was referenced again, this time in an article on the British newspaper The Guardian’s website, under the headline “Am I a hipster? You asked Google — here’s the answer.”

U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, R-Pilot Point, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, attended the grand opening of the North Texas Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in Denton last Friday. Burgess praised the United Way of Denton County and the taxpayer clinic for their work in meeting the tax needs of the low-income population..

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.