weekly reel March 04, 2018

Bien le bonjour. This week's 🎶 is a new Imarhan, and Mint Field.

Temet by Imarhan

Temet by Imarhan (bandcamp.com)

Pasar de las Luces by Mint Field

Pasar de las Luces by Mint Field (bandcamp.com)

And little news this week:

weekly reel February 25, 2018

Hola. Music with Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, thx Ali.

Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou ‎– Éthiopiques 21 : Piano Solo (youtube-nocookie.com)


weekly reel February 18, 2018

Bien le bonjour, beautiful human being. 🎶 with Todd Terje.

Todd Terje - Preben goes to Acapulco (youtube-nocookie.com)

On the news,

weekly reel February 11, 2018

Heeeey ho. This week music is Land of kush.

Land of kush - The pit (w.soundcloud.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel February 04, 2018

O hai, frendz. Music, with new Nils Frahm smoothness.

All Melody by Nils Frahm

All Melody by Nils Frahm (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel January 28, 2018

Music, with Powder Surf 101 on Debussy's Clair de lune. Thx Rufin for making me notice he's not riding a snowboard, but an Äsmo surf 🙂.

Claude Debussy - Clair de lune (Powder Surf 101) (player.vimeo.com)


  • Reality has a surprising amount of detail, 👍. HN.

    It’s tempting to [dismiss these carpentry details] as incidental or specific to stair carpentry. And they are specific to stair carpentry; that’s what makes them details. But the existence of a surprising number of meaningful details is not specific to stairs. Surprising detail is a near universal property of getting up close and personal with reality.

    You can see this everywhere if you look. For example, you’ve probably had the experience of doing something for the first time, maybe growing vegetables or using a Haskell package for the first time, and being frustrated by how many annoying snags there were. Then you got more practice and then you told yourself ‘man, it was so simple all along, I don’t know why I had so much trouble’. We run into a fundamental property of the universe and mistake it for a personal failing.

    If you’re a programmer, you might think that the fiddliness of programming is a special feature of programming, but really it’s that everything is fiddly, but you only notice the fiddliness when you’re new, and in programming you do new things more often.

    You might think the fiddly detailiness of things is limited to human centric domains, and that physics itself is simple and elegant. That’s true in some sense – the physical laws themselves tend to be quite simple – but the manifestation of those laws is often complex and counterintuitive.


    Before you’ve noticed important details they are, of course, basically invisible. It’s hard to put your attention on them because you don’t even know what you’re looking for. But after you see them they quickly become so integrated into your intuitive models of the world that they become essentially transparent. Do you remember the insights that were crucial in learning to ride a bike or drive? How about the details and insights you have that led you to be good at the things you’re good at?

    This means it’s really easy to get stuck. Stuck in your current way of seeing and thinking about things. Frames are made out of the details that seem important to you. The important details you haven’t noticed are invisible to you, and the details you have noticed seem completely obvious and you see right through them. This all makes makes it difficult to imagine how you could be missing something important.


    If you wish to not get stuck, seek to perceive what you have not yet perceived.

  • Sivers: Art doesn’t end at the edge of the canvas.
  • [fr] Turquie : Des éboueurs créent une bibliothèque avec les livres jetés à la poubelle. Via Nouveau Projet.
  • [fr] Être huttérite en 2018. Via Nouveau Projet.
  • David Cain: If it’s important, learn it repeatedly.
  • Kottke: Tango, an inventive time-looping animated film.
  • Cyanide & Happiness 2018.01.27: Dickman.
  • Tech:
    • 10 Laws of UX, digested. HN.
    • Stephanie Hurlburt answers "What are your work hours like?", via Julia Evans. Travel, business dev, software dev; 5 hours workday.
    • Microservice madness. HN, where user shitloadofbooks posts a 👍 comment:

      I think "microservices" is so appealing because so many Developers love the idea of tearing down the "old" (written >12 months ago), "crusty" (using a language they don't like/isn't in vogue) and "bloated" (using a pattern/model they don't agree with) "monolith" and turning it into a swarm of microservices.

      As an Infrastructure guy, the pattern I've seen time and time again is Developers thinking the previous generation had no idea what they were doing and they'll do it way better. They usually nail the first 80%, then hit a new edge case not well handled by their architecture/model (but was by the old system) and/or start adding swathes of new features during the rewrite.

      In my opinion, only the extremely good developers seem to comprehend that they are almost always writing what will be considered the "technical debt" of 5 years from now when paradigms shift again.

    • Linus shouting at kernel dev, Episode XXVI: shitty meltdown patches. HN.
    • jwz: Stay klassy, Bezos.

weekly reel January 21, 2018

Buongiorno, friends. 🎵, with a sexy as ever Liima and a peaceful Mammal Hands.

1982 by Liima

1982 by Liima (bandcamp.com)

Shadow Work by Mammal Hands

Shadow Work by Mammal Hands (bandcamp.com)

Aaaaaaand news!

weekly reel January 14, 2018

Well, hello there. Have a sip of Dominique A.

Dominique A - L'Océan & Eleor | A Take Away Show (youtube-nocookie.com)

On the news,

weekly reel January 07, 2018

Bonjour bonsoir, les amis. Chopinons quelques notes ensemble.

Chopin - Nocturnes (Brigitte Engerer) (youtube-nocookie.com)

Meanwhile, on the news,

weekly reel December 31, 2017

¡Feliz año nuevo, frendz 🙂! And music with The Touré-Raichel Collective, merci Marianne.

The Paris Session by The Touré-Raichel Collective

The Paris Session by The Touré-Raichel Collective (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel December 24, 2017

Ho ho ho, friends. Music, with a 👍 new Cabaret Contemporain.

SATELLITE (EP) by Cabaret Contemporain

SATELLITE (EP) by Cabaret Contemporain (bandcamp.com)


Rest of the news:

weekly reel December 17, 2017

Bonjour frendz, long time no see. What about a little Pink Floyd?

Pink floyd - Shine on you crazy diamond (youtube-nocookie.com)

On the news,

weekly reel November 26, 2017

Bonjour bonsoir. Music, with Thor & Friends, merci Sam.

Thor & Friends - The subversive nature of kindness (w.soundcloud.com)

Around the interwebs,

weekly reel November 19, 2017

Music: joni void is (👍 Berthe), FKL is good deep electropop, Annie Hart is sensual.

Selfless by joni void

Selfless by joni void (bandcamp.com)

Out of Tune by FKL

Out of Tune by FKL (bandcamp.com)

Impossible Accomplice by Annie Hart

Impossible Accomplice by Annie Hart (bandcamp.com)

News news news newwwwwwwssssss:

weekly reel November 12, 2017

ATTENTION Benjamin derrière toi c'est affreux. Aaaaand music: fucking awesome Irreversible Entanglements, a "free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD", 👌 Bertrand. Also, Ben Frost.

Irreversible Entanglements by Irreversible Entanglements

Irreversible Entanglements by Irreversible Entanglements (bandcamp.com)

The Centre Cannot Hold by Ben Frost

The Centre Cannot Hold by Ben Frost (bandcamp.com)


  • Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens, already mentioned here but reposting as this thing is pure batshit crazy.
  • Atlantic: The booming Japanese rent-a-friend business, via waxy.
  • Scott Alexander:
    • Concept-shaped holes can be impossible to notice.

      Maybe there are fields doing the intellectual equivalent of gaslighting, insisting they have really profound points when they’re just vapor. But err on the side of caution here. Most of us have some hard-won battles, like mine understanding atomization. Where after a lot of intellectual work, a concept that seemed stupid suddenly opens up and becomes important. Sometimes it’s about anarchism, or reactionary philosophy, or privilege, or religion as benevolent community-building institution. Erring too hard on the side of “that’s dumb, they’re probably just gaslighting” closes off those areas to you forever.

    • Does age bring wisdom? , wherein Scott turns 33 and asks good questions about society ↔ personal change ↔ conformism ↔ conservatism.

      All these seem like convincing insights. But most of them are in the direction of elite opinion. There’s an innocent explanation for this: intellectual elites are pretty wise, so as I grow wiser I converge to their position. But the non-innocent explanation is that I’m not getting wiser, I’m just getting better socialized. Maybe in medieval Europe, the older I grew, the more I would realize that the Pope was right about everything.

    • ... which taught me about Chesterton's fence:

      Chesterton's fence is the principle that reforms should not be made until the reasoning behind the existing state of affairs is understood. The quotation is from Chesterton’s 1929 book The Thing: Why I am a Catholic, in the chapter, "The Drift from Domesticity":

      « In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road.

      The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, "I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away". To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: "If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it". »

    • Ars Longa, Vita Brevis, good story.
  • Paradise Papers: Dear Tim Cook, open letter on tax evasion. Via HN. Different angle: Fortune - To understand the benefits of tax reform, start by understanding Apple's taxes.
  • Cory Doctorow: How to do everything (lifehacking considered harmful): "Optimization is a form of calcification."
  • [fr] Anne Archet : Banalités de base sur le fascisme découpées en bouchées faciles à mastiquer, mais malgré tout parfaitement indigestes.
  • A garden path sentence is "a grammatically correct sentence that starts in such a way that a reader's most likely interpretation will be incorrect; the reader is lured into a parse that turns out to be a dead end or yields a clearly unintended meaning".
    • "The old man the boat."
    • "The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families."
    • [fr] Et tristement, les exemples sont difficiles à trouver en français, où les mots à la fois nom et verbe sont rares.
  • Half bakery is "a communal database of original, fictitious inventions & ideas, edited by its users. It was created by people who like to speculate, both as a form of satire and as a form of creative expression". Via HN.
  • Tech:
    • Computer Science courses that don't exist, but should (HN). Lovely:

      CSCI 2100: Unlearning Object-Oriented Programming
      Discover how to create and use variables that aren't inside of an object hierarchy. Learn about "functions," which are like methods but more generally useful. Prerequisite: Any course that used the term "abstract base class."

      CSCI 3300: Classical Software Studies
      Discuss and dissect historically significant products, including VisiCalc, AppleWorks, Robot Odyssey, Zork, and MacPaint. Emphases are on user interface and creativity fostered by hardware limitations.

      CSCI 4020: Writing Fast Code in Slow Languages
      Analyze performance at a high level, writing interpreted Python that matches or beats typical C++ code while being less fragile and more fun to work with.

      CSCI 2170: User Experience of Command Line Tools
      An introduction to UX principles as applied to command line programs designed as class projects. Core focus is on output relevance, readability, and minimization. UNIX "ls" tool is a case study in excessive command line switches.

      PSYC 4410: Obsessions of the Programmer Mind
      Identify and understand tangential topics that software developers frequently fixate on: code formatting, taxonomy, type systems, splitting projects into too many files. Includes detailed study of knee-jerk criticism when exposed to unfamiliar systems.

    • jwz: Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers (HN), and Facebook shadow profiles with jwz linking to Schneier's congressional testimony on Equifax. 👍.

weekly reel November 05, 2017

Bonjour bonsoir, et musique : David Peacock's Disasters for piano inspired by Disasterpeaces's video game pieces, Penguin Cafe Orchestra smoothness, Marcus Marr funky beats, 👌 new Rone (merci Rufin), and a solid new Rat & Co.

Disasters for Piano by David Peacock

Disasters for Piano by David Peacock (bandcamp.com)

Union Cafe by Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Union Cafe by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (bandcamp.com)

High Times (Single) by Marcus Marr

High Times (Single) by Marcus Marr (bandcamp.com)

Mirapolis by Rone

Mirapolis by Rone (bandcamp.com)

Third Law by Rat & Co

Third Law by Rat & Co (bandcamp.com)


/books November 01, 2017

Howdy, friend! Glorious blog has a new glorious "books" section, containing a first note on my recent 10 day Vipassana course. Go have a look, I'll wait.

These are not book reviews but reading notes, to fixate thoughts, with pg’s "keeping a trace of previous brain compilations" mindset, and in Derek Sivers’ style. As described by Sivers, they're absolutely not reviews, but instead tools to help internalize knowledge. I like his approach, so I'm copying it.

And as any good abstraction, it leaks: the first note is not about a book, but rather about my recent experience of a 10 day Vipassana course. Regardless, I keep preferring /books/ to /experiences/ (which is too long and reads like you can conveniently order meth from me, which you cannot –yet–), or /notes/ (which sounds bland). So /books/ it is!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying what noting brings me 🙂; feedback and 📕 suggestions welcome. Take care, take care, take care.

weekly reel October 29, 2017

Hi there. Music, with Alien Sunset.

Alien Sunset by Cut Worms

Alien Sunset by Cut Worms (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel October 22, 2017

Music: Gil Scott-Heron, thx Barak for reminding me about him. And more JOY.

Gil Scott-Heron - Your soul and mine (youtube-nocookie.com)

Joy - Mirage (youtube-nocookie.com)

And a meager newsnewsnews week; more next week!

weekly reel October 08, 2017

Hey ho. Jazz, with Theon Cross and Tori Handsley Trio:

Aspirations EP by Theon Cross

Aspirations EP by Theon Cross (bandcamp.com)