weekly reel September 8, 2019

Hi frendz. This week's 🔊🎵🎶 is: new bright and green Four Tet, björk-esque goth pop from Ioanna Gika, and chill clarinet jazz from audace.

Anna Painting by Four Tet

Anna Painting by Four Tet (bandcamp.com)

Thalassa by Ioanna Gika

Thalassa by Ioanna Gika (bandcamp.com)

laperirostum by audace

laperirostum by audace (bandcamp.com)

News news news:

weekly reel September 1, 2019

👋 geeks. And music, with the !!! native american vocals of Jeremy Dutcher.

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa by Jeremy Dutcher

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa by Jeremy Dutcher (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel August 25, 2019

Long time no see, friends! Music, with buttery smooth Nérija.

Blume by NÉRIJA

Blume by NÉRIJA (bandcamp.com)

And around the interwebs,

weekly reel July 31, 2019

Hellooooo and music, with a pretty cool live from Four Tet, and new Lingua Ignota. Also, Montréal frendz, Godspeed play in November at La Tulipe, so this is your reminder to buy tickets and listen to their latest stuff, LOUD.

Live at Alexandra Palace by Four Tet

Live at Alexandra Palace by Four Tet (bandcamp.com)

CALIGULA by LINGUA IGNOTA

CALIGULA by LINGUA IGNOTA (bandcamp.com)

Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel July 21, 2019

Hi geeks. Music: hey, I had missed new Gonzo!

Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III - Pretenderness (youtube-nocookie.com)

News:

weekly reel July 14, 2019

¡Hola! Music, with Yoann Bourgeois dancing to Vanessa Wagner's piano.

Vanessa Wagner & Yoann Bourgeois - The heart asks pleasure first (youtube-nocookie.com)

On the news,

weekly reel July 7, 2019

Hi frendz. Music, with Yonathan Gat, merci Marianne.

Universalists by Yonatan Gat

Universalists by Yonatan Gat (bandcamp.com)

Director by Yonatan Gat

Director by Yonatan Gat (bandcamp.com)

Physical Copy by Yonatan Gat & Gal Lazer

Physical Copy by Yonatan Gat & Gal Lazer (bandcamp.com)

Iberian Passage by Yonatan Gat

Iberian Passage by Yonatan Gat (bandcamp.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel June 30, 2019

Bonjour bonsoir, friends. These weeks music is: Flavien Berger, new Thom Yorke, Angel Bat Dawid, Raven, Jesus Horse, and Shh...Diam!

CONTRE-TEMPS by Flavien Berger

CONTRE-TEMPS by Flavien Berger (bandcamp.com)

Thom Yorke - Not the news (youtube-nocookie.com)

The Oracle by Angel Bat Dawid

The Oracle by Angel Bat Dawid (bandcamp.com)

Theta OSC 03 by Raven

Theta OSC 03 by Raven (bandcamp.com)

It Was The Blurst Of Times by Jesus Horse

It Was The Blurst Of Times by Jesus Horse (bandcamp.com)

Eat Your Local Fruits by Shh...Diam!

Eat Your Local Fruits by Shh...Diam! (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel June 16, 2019

Hi friends. Music, with Radiohead minidiscs (faq with timestamps) and Eerie Family.

MINIDISCS [HACKED] by Radiohead

MINIDISCS [HACKED] by Radiohead (bandcamp.com)

Eerie Family by Eerie Family

Eerie Family by Eerie Family (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

  • Tech:
    • Maciej Cegłowski: The new wilderness, on why Google / Facebook need to be regulated like tobacco / oil companies. 👍👍👍.
    • Google captchas in Firefox vs. in Chrome. Fuuuuuu Google. HN.
    • CNBC: Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels: "Google spent $21.7 million on lobbying in 2018, up 38% from two years earlier".
    • Drew DeVault: My personal journey from MIT to GPL. HN.
    • American Affairs / Hubert Horan: Uber’s path of destruction is an interesting perspective on Uber's assholery, because it offers an almost strictly economical / capitalist "for investor / analyst consumption" overview, with very little ideology. And even then, Uber is a grab bag of the most society-and-investor-noxious that today's tech ecosystem can bring. Via Kottke.

      Uber’s investors never expected that their returns would come from superior efficiency in competitive markets. Uber pursued a “growth at all costs” strategy financed by a staggering $20 billion in investor funding. This funding subsidized fares and service levels that could not be matched by incumbents who had to cover costs out of actual passenger fares. Uber’s massive subsidies were explicitly anticompetitive —and are ultimately unsustainable— but they made the company enormously popular with passengers who enjoyed not having to pay the full cost of their service.

      The resulting rapid growth was also intended to make Uber highly attractive to those segments of the investment world that believed explosive top-line growth was the only important determinant of how start-up companies should be valued. Investors focused narrowly on Uber’s revenue growth and only rarely considered whether the company could ever produce the profits that might someday repay the multibillion dollar subsidies.

      Most public criticisms of Uber have focused on narrow behavioral and cultural issues, including deceptive advertising and pricing, algorithmic manipulation, driver exploitation, deep-seated misogyny among executives, and disregard of laws and business norms. Such criticisms are valid, but these problems are not fixable aberrations. They were the inevitable result of pursuing “growth at all costs” without having any ability to fund that growth out of positive cash flow. And while Uber has taken steps to reduce negative publicity, it has not done—and cannot do—anything that could suddenly pro­duce a sustainable, profitable business model. [...]

      In reality, Uber’s platform does not include any technological breakthroughs, and Uber has done nothing to “disrupt” the economics of providing urban car services. What Uber has disrupted is the idea that competitive consumer and capital markets will maximize overall economic welfare by rewarding companies with superior efficiency. Its multibillion dollar subsidies completely distorted marketplace price and service signals, leading to a massive misallocation of resources. Uber’s most important innovation has been to produce staggering levels of private wealth without creating any sustainable benefits for consumers, workers, the cities they serve, or anyone else. [...]

      In the early 1990s, a coordinated campaign advocating taxi deregulation was conducted by a variety of pro-corporate/libertarian think tanks that all received funding from Charles and David Koch. This campaign pursued the same deregulation that Uber’s investors needed, and used classic political propaganda techniques. It emphasized emotive themes designed to engage tribal loyalties and convert complex issues into black-and-white moral battles where compromise was impossible. There was an emphasis on simple, attractive conclusions designed to obscure the actual objectives of the campaigners, and their lack of sound supporting evidence.

      This campaign’s narratives, repeated across dozens of publications, included framing taxi deregulation as a heroic battle for progress, innovation, and economic freedom. Its main claims were that thousands of struggling entrepreneurial drivers had been blocked from job opportunities by the “cab cartel” and the corrupt regulators beholden to them, and that consumers would enjoy the same benefits that airline deregulation had produced. In a word, consumers were promised a free lunch. Taxi deregulation would lead to lower fares, solve the problems of long waits, provide much greater service (especially in neighborhoods where service was poor), and increase jobs and wages for drivers. Of course, no data or analysis of actual taxi economics showing how these wondrous benefits could be produced was included. [...]

      Developing powerful competitive breakthroughs is hard. Figuring out how to generate strong positive cash flow from them while fighting established incumbents is even harder. Uber’s innovative strategy was to skip all this really hard stuff. The company’s strategy was to use an unprecedented level of investment funding to bulldoze its way directly to industry dominance and exploitable market power, and create a growth trajectory that would allow it to demand an Amazon/Facebook-caliber equity valuation. This strategy was bolstered by a hyperaggressive, monomaniacal, growth-at-any-cost culture, by PR techniques that masked Uber’s losses as well as its lack of competitive advantages, and its open pursuit of unregulated industry dominance.

weekly reel June 9, 2019

Bonjour bonsoir, geeks. This week's music is Jessica Pratt and The Armed.

Quiet Signs by Jessica Pratt

Quiet Signs by Jessica Pratt (bandcamp.com)

FT. FRANK TURNER by The Armed

FT. FRANK TURNER by The Armed (bandcamp.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel June 2, 2019

¡Hola! Music, with Itamar Borochov, Panda Bear and Dave Harrington Group.

Boomerang by Itamar Borochov

Boomerang by Itamar Borochov (bandcamp.com)

Buoys by Panda Bear

Buoys by Panda Bear (bandcamp.com)

Pure Imagination, No Country by Dave Harrington Group

Pure Imagination, No Country by Dave Harrington Group (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel May 26, 2019

Hi frendz. This was a rich music week, with LE RETOUR DE RIEN sous le nom Division Nuit, merci Berthelette, un fucking bon nouveau Jean Leloup, and a humbling new Siskiyou.

Division Nuit. by DIVISION NUIT.

Division Nuit. by DIVISION NUIT. (bandcamp.com)

L'étrange pays by Jean Leloup

L'étrange pays by Jean Leloup (bandcamp.com)

Not somewhere by Siskiyou

Not somewhere by Siskiyou (bandcamp.com)

News:

weekly reel May 12, 2019

Hola. Fine music tip from Kassa Overall: Go get ice cream and listen to jazz.

Go get ice cream and listen to jazz by Kassa Overall

Go get ice cream and listen to jazz by Kassa Overall (bandcamp.com)

And on the news,

weekly reel May 5, 2019

Hello, humans. Music, with Vanessa Wagner.

Inland by Vanessa Wagner

Inland by Vanessa Wagner (bandcamp.com)

News:

weekly reel April 28, 2019

HelloooOOOooo. Your week's music is Croatian Amor.

Isa by Croatian Amor

Isa by Croatian Amor (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel April 21, 2019

Hi friends. Music, with awesome new Four Tet, extra chill Mammal Hands, and poppy Lip Talk.

Teenage birdsong by Four Tet

Teenage birdsong by Four Tet (bandcamp.com)

Becoming by Mammal Hands

Becoming by Mammal Hands (bandcamp.com)

D A Y S by Lip Talk

D A Y S by Lip Talk (bandcamp.com)

News:

  • Carl Kinsella: Reaction of the rich to the Notre Dame fire teaches us a lot about the world we live in, via Kottke.

    It would be incredibly cheap to suggest that it is in some way wrong to give money for the restoration. There is a value that transcends simple economics in restoring testaments to civilisation. Better that Notre Dame remains a symbol of European history than €300 million rests in a billionaire’s bank account.

    But the immediacy and magnitude of their response tells us something very important about the society we live in.

    If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300 million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system.

    The failure to do so comes from our failure to recognise the mundane emergencies that claims lives all around us every single day. Works of art and architectural history and beauty rely on the ingenuity of people, and it is people who must be protected above all else.

    Brick and mortar and stained-glass might burn, but they do not bleed, and they do not starve, and they do not suffer. Humans suffer. Everywhere in the world, from Paris to Persepolis, people are suffering. But their suffering is every day. It does not light up a front page, and it does not inspire immediate donations from the world's wealthiest men.

  • [fr/qc] IRIS - Liberté 85 : comptez-vous vivre longtemps après le travail ?
  • Tech:
    • Cloudflare: Announcing AMP Real URL. This is Google horseshit of the highest, purest, undiluted grade. To quote hipsternews,

      This is a "solution" to a "problem" that AMP itself created. And in the process it creates additional complexity and a new potential revenue stream for middlemen providing a service that shouldn't be necessary in the first place. Astounding. And oh yeah:

      "AMP Real URL is only supported in the Chrome browser at this time, but we are optimistic it will be supported more widely as its benefit to Internet users becomes clear."

      Mozilla has currently marked this proposal as "harmful". It seems to me as though Google may be ramming this one through despite objections.

    • [fr] Nitot : En vrac du jeudi, 👏👏👏 semaine de vomi Facebook, oui.
    • Stumbled upon Gall's law in a HN thread.

      "A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system."

      This law is essentially an argument in favour of underspecification: it can be used to explain the success of systems like the World Wide Web and Blogosphere, which grew from simple to complex systems incrementally, and the failure of systems like CORBA, which began with complex specifications. Gall's Law has strong affinities to the practice of agile software development. Although the quote may seem to validate the merits of simple systems, it is preceded by the qualifier "A simple system may or may not work.".

weekly reel April 14, 2019

Hi geeks. Music, with a new Atsuko Chiba!

Trace by Atsuko Chiba

Trace by Atsuko Chiba (bandcamp.com)

On the news news news,

weekly reel April 7, 2019

Hello interwebs, and music, with Daniel Brandt.

Daniel Brandt - Daze (youtube-nocookie.com)

In the papers,

weekly reel March 31, 2019

HelloooOOOooo ladies and gentlemen. Music, with Wand, merci Sam !

Wand - Golem (youtube-nocookie.com)

On the news,

weekly reel March 17, 2019

Hi there. Music this week with Daniel Herskedal, thx Rufin.

Slow eastbound train by Daniel Herskedal

Slow eastbound train by Daniel Herskedal (bandcamp.com)

On the news,