Currently listening to this https://t.co/2fsHYmI8I4 #tweet
Currently listening to this https://t.co/2fsHYmI8I4 #tweet
An incredible collection, courtesy of the Musicophilia blog and streamable on Mixcloud. The proprietor also more recently posted a set of modern (2007-present) post-punk mixes. Perfect winter listening, both.
An eight-year-old blog post on the impossibility of reasoning with those who hold their positions in bad faith: the racists and anti-choicers and the like who whinge about being on the wrong side of history in the making. But it’s even more relevant today, as upsetting as that is to accept.
The birds seemed really stoked that I restocked the feeders. I was barely in the door before a great tit swooped in for a sunflower heart #tweet
I really like this Escape-ism record. Never cared much for Svenonius outside of NOU but this is exciting https://t.co/oyOffTasGG #tweet
Raw egg in hot rice is pretty good; the Japanese are on to something #tweet
Might actually show up for this year’s Thumped Xmas Party https://t.co/wyEf02x8Cy #tweet
Do take the time to read these various but connected musings on the value of ‘nothingness’, of removal from the noise and bustle of life — and the demands of Work with a capital W — for deeper reflection, within and without, to exist. It's cut with an endearing wit, as per her observation on birdwatching: “Actually, I’ve always found it weird that it’s called birdwatching, because half if not more of birdwatching is actually birdlistening. I personally think they should just rename it birdnoticing.”
That’s my tax paid and filed for the year, so. I even got a tiny rebate. First time that ever happened #tweet
Goldfinches are really beautiful birds, aren’t they? #tweet
It takes a lot to offend me, to really get under my skin, but Ronan Mullen does it every time https://t.co/TB79ugfnRy #tweet
Screw this 280-character nonsense! I hope Tweetbot and YoruFukurou never change (or at least keep 140 as an option) #tweet
Day immediately brightened by a postcard from David in Zagreb #tweet
Turns out, if I did today the same double major* I did for my undergrad, I’d get a BSc instead of a BA #tweet
This one covers all the bases.
Cheap trolling at the expense of women’s real issues does not behove a head of state, Leo #tweet
It’s been a while. Enlarged Heart Radio returns with episode 20, a riff-heavy selection for these cold winter nights.
Using Audacity for the first time in months and it feels so much better now #tweet
I’m about to watch the new Child’s Play movie. Brace yourselves… #tweet
I should be writing about October, but since the first of November has passed, I must note that it’s 16 years since I started this blog. It really doesn’t feel that long; a decade at most. I suppose it’s true what they say about time seeming to go by faster as one grows older.
Anyway, I don’t really have much to say about this anniversary other than I’m glad I picked things up again this year, even in the piecemeal fashion that I have. It’s good to carve out a space for oneself in the increasingly walled garden of the web.
It’s only to an extent, but I can identify with this; I don’t care so much about how others perceive me, but I know I would feel better, holistically, if I can get my head right. And for me, managing what I eat really is all in the head.
It’s revealing to see the data behind this stuff, but also saddening to know that craft and wit take second place to audience-bating cliché. We are — as a whole — predicable, simple-minded folk, aren’t we?
Whoops, slept out the first half hour of Power Struggle #njpst #njpwworld #tweet
Hey a new Dead Rider album came out over a month ago and none of you told me, for shame! https://t.co/M02lzrbx3N #tweet
Seriously, what have the Irish got against pre-made sweet shortcrust pastry? Can’t find it anywhere! #tweet
Today is Stout Day and I have no stout. Pout day, more like #tweet
They’re gonna get the belt off him already, huh https://t.co/hNEkEbxyHJ #tweet
Here’s a good essay from over the summer about an underrated actor, and person, that should get a re-up in this ‘post-Weinstein world’. It highlights how much the system is set against women who try to buck it (and how much it goes out of its way to conform to men who do the same, or worse).
Great recommendations for avant, experimental and heavy jazz here.
I’ve got a free month of Shudder. What should I watch? #tweet
Watching the promoters lug Cradle of Filth’s rider round the back of the Academy. They like cheap lager, it seems #tweet
“For Tinsley, the spiritualist, the metaphor of checkers as a well without end was both poetic and true. But Schaeffer, the engineer, knew that no well is bottomless. And humans will always sound the depth.”
In other news, I found a software synth with a theremin function so I can make lots of beautiful noise #tweet
Started listening to the Hüsker Dü podcast, Dü You Remember, and it’s great stuff so far. Ep 1 is here: https://t.co/cOZfSDF4p8 #tweet
Who sets off fireworks in the middle of the afternoon? Weirdos in Dundalk, that’s who #tweet
Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler has the answer (at least for North America). I lucked out with ‘air guitar’.
Aggretsuko (who is pretty funny, as it happens) represents part of a new wave for the people behind Hello Kitty, with characters that are “more in sync with the ambivalent humor of memes or the antihero characters of prestige television”. Like an egg yolk with ennui.
People doing stuff ‘out of character’ when they’re drunk is only plausible if it happens once #tweet
Oh Kevin Spacey, it’s not about you #tweet
When you combine the refusal to take anything seriously with the refusal to take responsibility, this is what you get.
Shopping for a cheap MIDI keyboard. Anyone I know use an Akai LPK 25? #tweet
Black holes could delete the Universe, apparently. But they’re also the ultimate hard drive. My head is spinning. [c/o Kottke.org]
Two electronic music nerds, geeking out over the artistic possibilities of hardware. See also: CDM takes a peek at Aphex Twin’s use of trackers.
Almost missed the postman despite running to the door but my Savage Young Dü box is here (and the 7” made it intact and all) #tweet
Whenever someone says all music ever is streamable, I remember most stuff released by the biggest US indie label of the 80s is lost to time #tweet
I used to make that Coolock popcorn. And prep the manky butter for it, too https://t.co/SruXrPVqmy #tweet
At that point when my concentration is so shot and my eyesight so messed up that I should really wrap things up for the night #tweet
On a writer who understood wrestling as something greater than a mere ‘fake sport’.
It’s a rare modern wrestler that inspires such emotions.
“More than 90 percent of GoFundMe campaigns never meet their goal.” And for those who are successful, it’s as much a matter of luck as careful planning — even more so for those raising crisis funds, to pay for medical bills and the like.