weekly reel May 22, 2022

Hello, nerdlordz. Damnit, this week was chock full of excellent new electro, with fresh stuff from Moderat, M.O.O.N., Wilma Vritra, Four Tet.

MORE D4TA by Moderat (bandcamp.com)

Come! See!! by M.O.O.N. (bandcamp.com)

Grotto by Wilma Vritra (bandcamp.com)

Only Human by KH (bandcamp.com)

News

[fr] Gaël Giraud @ Sismique podcast, excellent comme d’habitude.

These photos of the Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson reminded me of Koyaanisqatsi.

Tech

People Make Games: Making sense of VRChat, the “metaverse” people actually like. Wow; I’m generally skeptical about the whole thing, but this looks fun and goofy. Great documentary too.

... which made me discover other videos from People Make Games, who produce videogames commentary / documentary that resonates with me. In particular, on the topic of receiving and listening –or not– to player feedback in games: Why Subnautica owes its success to this button and Why the sound of a gun had to be nerfed in Wolf: ET.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Nicholas Weaver: All cryptocurrency should die in a fire.

weekly reel May 15, 2022

Hi geeks, and music with new Esmerine, and Totorro (merci Laurie).

Everything was forever until it was no more by Esmerine (bandcamp.com)

Come to Mexico by Totorro (bandcamp.com)

Tech

Charity Majors @ WTFisSRE: It is time to fulfill the promise of Continuous Delivery. Techies, this is a must-see talk that will give you hope and ammo to go push for more CD at $job, and save your sanity. Thx Ian.

weekly reel May 8, 2022

Woop. On the music side, PIANO CHAT / Marceau Boré is awesome. Also, new old Tellier.

Ours Molaire by PIANO CHAT (bandcamp.com)

NOUS by PIANO CHAT (bandcamp.com)

Lands by PIANO CHAT (bandcamp.com)

Schoon Donker by Marceau Boré (bandcamp.com)

La Ritournelle EP [New edition] by Sébastien Tellier (bandcamp.com)

News

Stereogum: Why are musicians expected to be miserable on tour just to break even? and Adam Neely of Sungazer on their tour expenses. Via waxy.

Kevin Kelly: 103 bits of advice.

SMBC: Finite, Robot.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Scott Alexander: Every Bay Area house party.

weekly reel May 1, 2022

👋 geeks, and music with Plastikman & Chilly Gonzales.

Consumed In Key by Plastikman & Chilly Gonzales (bandcamp.com)

News

[fr/qc] Caribou: Qu’est-ce qu’un prix juste ? Merci Berthe.

SMBC: Stages of life.

Tech

It’s union time at/around U.S. software bigcorps: Raven software QA, Dragon Age QA, a second Amazon warehouse, Apple Retail.

Shitty tech ℹ️

[fr] Arrêt sur images : Elon Musk ne vous veut pas du bien.

Ross Scott: “Games as a service” is fraud.

weekly reel April 24, 2022

Bonjour bonsoir frendz, and music with new King Gizzard.

Omnium Gatherum by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (bandcamp.com)

News

Kottke: The bagworm caterpillar is quite the animal architect. THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING. More photos.

Ottoman leaf calligraphy, via Nelson.

Kottke: The mass delusion of the pandemic being over.

Tech

“Just listen to Jaron Lanier talk about social media” is my new go-to answer to why I’m not using them: Who is civilization for? , HOPE 2020 keynote, How the internet failed and how to recreate it. Thx James.

MIT Media Lab: λ-2D: An exploration of drawing as programming language, featuring ideas from lambda calculus.

Magnetron the GPT3 AI. Via Nelson.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Vice: Leaked “shill price list” shows wild world of cryptocurrencies promos.

Axie Infinity collapses.