Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.

Date: October 2012

Converge reviewed

Cover of Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind

Two more reviews from me are up now on Thumped: Year Naught Doom from Mayo quartet On Pain of Death, and the new Converge record All We Love We Leave Behind. I’m also hoping to have an interview with Converge ready to go before their Dublin gig next month.

Elsewhere, my second contribution to Burning Ambulance is my review of the first record from Nazoranai, a ‘free music’ trio comprising Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))), Oren Ambarchi and improvised rock legend Keiji Haino.


From books to infrastructure

An illustrated report on Amazon's evolution from online bookstore to a whole new way of structuring, well, nearly anything: information, production, whathaveyou. #link


Codecademy and the Future of (Not) Learning to Code

A critique written before some improvements were made, but the main point still stands: Codecademy is rubbish for learning to code, because it presumes too much rote knowledge on the part of the learner. Give me an O'Reilly book anyday (in fact, I just took delivery of Learning Javacript). #link


The Color of Noise

A documentary on the noise rock label Amphetamine Reptile that will hopefully soon see the light of day after reaching its funding target on Kickstarter. Looking forward to it. #link