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)


  • 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,

weekly reel March 10, 2019

Hello frendz. This week's music is Little People.

LANDLOPER by Little People

LANDLOPER by Little People (bandcamp.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel March 3, 2019

Bonjour bonsoir, folks! Music, with a good'ol'Clues.

Clues - Ledmonton (youtube-nocookie.com)

And on the news,

  • SSC / Scott Alexander - Rule thinkers in, not out, 👍👍👍.
  • Kottke: Cheap TVs and exorbitant education, modern America in one chart, wooooow amazing chart.
  • About face, on rising fascism in 'merica. Via jwz.
  • SSC / Scott Alexander - Wage stagnation: more than you wanted to know.
  • Kottke: The life-changing magic of the $15 minimum wage.
  • SMBC: Douchey Robot Bosses, on human guilt. And ULTRA-LASERS.
  • Tech:
    • Canadians! It's tax season; use SimpleTax, which Isa says is refreshingly simple, pay-what-you-want, and built by a small local team. ❤ Isa.
    • Cooler Screens: Creeping on you in the cold drinks aisle.
    • The Verge - The trauma floor: the secret lives of Facebook moderators in America, to which SSC / Scott Alexander - In mod we trust offers good counterpoints. Also, Guardian - Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws.
    • DF reports on Turnaround Time on Facebook’s Spying: 12 Hours and I'm not even surprised.
    • Cooool lessons & sounds: DOOM: Behind the music. Merci Heinz.
    • Finally, a fascinating piece of politics-around-video-games: "Devotion" game is being review-bombed on Steam by Chinese players (pcgamer article), then removed from Steam rps article on removal. Removal is unlinkable from outside Steam, but reads beautifully Orwellian:
      Due to technical issues that cause unexpected crashes and among other reasons, we are pulling Devotion off from steam store to have another complete QA check. At the same time we'd like to take this opportunity to ease the heightened pressure in our community resulted from our previous Art Material Incident, our team would also review our game material once again making sure no other unintended materials was inserted in. Hopefully this would help all audience to focus on the game itself again upon its return.
      Developer statements: 1, 2 (and 3: removal above, but un-linkable). So, if a couple of game textures vaguely ridiculing a president and taking a stance in a social debate equals "the internets on fire, your publishers dumping you, an explosion of negative reviews, hate messages littering your game page, talks of Steam being potentially banned from the country", I say 👏 pretty amazing yield, Red Candle, you touched a nerve. There's lots to unpack here and most of it is in Chinese, which I cannot read. Hoping for more coverage soon, in the meantime here's a summary from a forum user, edited by me for grammar:

      This incident may give the Chinese government a perfect excuse to block Steam in China, or to force Steam to pull off all Red Candles Game from the store. Summary:

      • At first, the game becomes extremely popular in the gaming channels in Chinese community. Streamers stream the game, millions of viewers watch the game playthrough. Game also receives universal praise from the media, it even becomes a trending topic in Chinese social media. The public gives extremely positive feedback.
      • Then, users from Taiwan PTT and gaming forums post inflammatory screenshots and mock that the game successfully fooled Chinese mainlanders into supporting a game to "mock PRC people and KMT supporters" (who tend to unify with China). It attracts more attention and people dig deeper into the game. Anger transfers to outrage when people discover on the founder / lead designer's social media that he supports Taiwan independence and writes political posts.
      • Except for the photos of Xi, the developers also placed other elements condemning the RPC and mainlander Chinese. Text and images from the game imply that cult in the game is 陆心会 (mainland heart association), which means the association of people are in favor of PRC. The cult leader's name is 陆恭铭/陆公民 ,which means "PRC citizens" in Chinese. The Cult Festival in the game is October 1st to 7th, which is the Nation Festival of PRC. The list goes on. As more hidden messages are discovered, mainlanders start feeling irritated and cheated on.

weekly reel February 24, 2019

¡Hola! Music: SLUGish Ensemble is going places that are fun and bright, No Party For Cao Dong is pretty cool Taiwanese grunge (via the DEVOTION還願 trailer), and Dos Santos makes me like hispanohablante musica again.

An Eight Out of Nine by SLUGish Ensemble

An Eight Out of Nine by SLUGish Ensemble (bandcamp.com)

The Servile by No Party For Cao Dong

The Servile by No Party For Cao Dong (bandcamp.com)

Logos by Dos Santos

Logos by Dos Santos (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel February 17, 2019

Hello, world. This week in my 🔊, Tim Hecker.

Konoyo by Tim Hecker

Konoyo by Tim Hecker (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel February 10, 2019

Hi there. This week's vid/music is something beautiful: Guillaume Néry - One breath around the world.

Guillaume Néry - One breath around the world (youtube-nocookie.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel February 3, 2019

Hello folks. Music, with the !@#$% efficient and pummeling The Armed.

ONLY LOVE by The Armed

ONLY LOVE by The Armed (bandcamp.com)

Weekly interwebs:

weekly reel January 27, 2019

Hey ho, geeks. Music, with Zeal and Ardor.

Stranger Fruit by Zeal and Ardor

Stranger Fruit by Zeal and Ardor (bandcamp.com)

On the news:

weekly reel January 20, 2019

Hello frendz. Music for this week: Windhand and Amnesia Scanner.

Eternal Return by Windhand

Eternal Return by Windhand (bandcamp.com)

Another Life by Amnesia Scanner

Another Life by Amnesia Scanner (bandcamp.com)

And some new interwebs:

weekly reel January 13, 2019

Bonjour bonsoir, interwebs. In my ears this week, Matchess.

The Rafter by Matchess

The Rafter by Matchess (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel January 6, 2019

¡Feliz año nuevo!, folks. And music, with Aaron Martin.

Touch Dissolves by Aaron Martin

Touch Dissolves by Aaron Martin (bandcamp.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel December 23, 2018

Ho ho hey ho, frendz. Music, with grack thany.

ㅂㅂ by grack thany

ㅂㅂ by grack thany (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel December 16, 2018

HelloooOo. Music: David Dominique is amazingly jubilant and whatever and sounds a bit like: "Let's go here. Here too? Sure why not? And here looks fun too, well yes here too then".

Mask by David Dominique

Mask by David Dominique (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel December 9, 2018

¡Hola! y music, friendo. A delicious acoustic Suspiria, Beats & pieces big band, and a new flowy K.A.A.N.

Thom Yorke - Open again (Suspiria Radio Session) (youtube-nocookie.com)

ten by Beats & Pieces Big Band

ten by Beats & Pieces Big Band (bandcamp.com)

Subtle Meditation by K.A.A.N.

Subtle Meditation by K.A.A.N. (bandcamp.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel December 2, 2018

Hello frendz. 🎶 with the fantastic soundtrack of the curious, beautiful & relaxing Engare game, and Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas.

Mim Rasouli - Narenj (Engare Soundtrack) (w.soundcloud.com)

Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas (bandcamp.com)