weekly reel October 14, 2018

Hey frendz. Music, with the Emily Haines-esque raw pop of Kristin Hersh.

Wyatt at the Coyote Palace by Kristin Hersh

Wyatt at the Coyote Palace by Kristin Hersh (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel October 7, 2018

Hola. This week's music is Hampshire & Foat.

The Honeybear by Hampshire & Foat

The Honeybear by Hampshire & Foat (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel September 23, 2018

Bonjour bonsoir, and music with deafheaven.

Ordinary corrupt human love by deafheaven

Ordinary corrupt human love by deafheaven (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel September 16, 2018

Yes! No! Maybe! Hello, friends. Musique, avec un nouveau Grand blanc.

Image au mur by Grand blanc

Image au mur by Grand blanc (bandcamp.com)

On the news:

  • [fr] Standblog : La démission de Nicolas Hulot.

    Au-delà de l’organisation de l’Etat, ce qui cloche, ce qui nous mène dans le mur et que les chefs d’Etat doivent corriger de toute urgence, c’est le modèle économique dominant. Pendant que « la planète est en train de devenir une étuve, que nos ressources naturelles s’épuisent, que la biodiversité fond comme la neige au soleil », Emmanuel Macron, Edouard Philippe comme tous les dirigeants de la planète, pensent croissance, PIB, relance de la consommation…

    Bref, dixit Hulot, « on s’évertue à entretenir voire à réanimer un modèle économique marchand qui est la cause de tous ces désordres ». Et alors que « l’enjeu écologique est un enjeu culturel, sociétal, civilisationnel, on ne s’est pas du tout mis en ordre de marche pour l’aborder comme cela ».

  • Kottke: In praise of public libraries.

    Your time at the library comes with absolutely no expectation that you buy anything. Or even that you even transact at all. And there’s certainly no implication that your data or your rights are being surrendered in return for the services you partake in.

    This rare openness and neutrality imbues libraries with a distinct sense of community, of us, of everyone having come together to fund and build and participate in this collective sharing of knowledge and space. All of that seems exceedingly rare in this increasingly commercial, exposed world of ours. In a way it’s quite amazing that the concept continues to persist at all.

  • [fr] De bons articles d'Agnès Giard récemment :
  • SSC / Scott Alexander: The omnigenic model as metaphor for life.

weekly reel September 9, 2018

Hey ho, long time no see. Music, with the relaxing bleeps of emancipator.

Baralku by emancipator

Baralku by emancipator (bandcamp.com)

Around the wild wild interwebs,

weekly reel August 19, 2018

Hola, frendz! Good 🎵 this week: discovered the bright & spacious jazzy prog of I Think You're Awesome, the Portishead-esque vibes of Oracle Hysterical, and the rhythmic sax of Roller Trio.

Bootlegs No.2 @ Ambassaden 30/04/13 by I Think You're Awesome

Bootlegs No.2 @ Ambassaden 30/04/13 by I Think You're Awesome (bandcamp.com)

Hecuba by Oracle Hysterical

Hecuba by Oracle Hysterical (bandcamp.com)

New Devices by Roller Trio

New Devices by Roller Trio (bandcamp.com)


  • Kottke: The carrot is not important; chasing it is and I've never had a goal.
  • New No’s by Paul Chan, written after US' 2016 election:

    No to racists
    No to fascists
    No to taxes funding racists and fascists

    No mercy for rapists
    No pity for bigots
    No forgiveness for nativists
    No to all those

    No hope without rage
    No rage without teeth
    No separate peace
    No easy feat

    No to bounds by genders
    No to clickbait as culture
    No to news as truths
    No to art as untruths

    No anti-Semitic anything
    No Islamophobic anything
    No progress without others
    No meaning without meaning

    No means no
    No means no
    No means no
    No means no

  • Grandmaster Flash hacked his first mixer using parts from Radio Shack.
  • How would English sound if it were phonetically consistent?
  • SMBC - Reverse Victorianism.
  • xkcd #2033 - Repair or replace on our current attitude towards tech fix-ability.
  • Tech:
    • Neil Postman - Five things we need to know about technological change (original PDF).
      1. All technological change is a trade-off. For every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.
      2. The advantages and disadvantages of new technologies are never distributed evenly among the population. This means that every new technology benefits some and harms others.
      3. Embedded in every technology there is a powerful idea, sometimes two or three powerful ideas. Every technology has a philosophy which is given expression in how the technology makes people use their minds, in what it makes us do with our bodies, in how it codifies the world, in which of our senses it amplifies, in which of our emotional and intellectual tendencies it disregards.
      4. Technological change is not additive; it is ecological. The consequences of technological change are always vast, often unpredictable and largely irreversible.
      5. Media tend to become mythic. Cars, planes, TV, movies, newspapers — they have achieved mythic status because they are perceived as gifts of nature, not as artifacts produced in a specific political and historical context.
    • xkcd#2030 - Voting software.
    • Good comment from HN user notatoad about Google AMP:

      AMP's innovation isn't a way to make pages fast. AMP is a way to sell other stakeholders on implementing technologies that make your website fast. All the stuff AMP does is stuff you could do yourself without the extra request to amp.js and the extra work to amp-ify your pages.

      But imagine you've got an advertising department that wants three different ad networks, a couple different managers that want to see stats from a couple different analytics platforms, and and the designer wants to load a font from fontsquirrel and another one from typekit and another one from google web fonts, and as a developer who wants to keep the site fast you have to fight them every single time they want to add something else that slows your site down. Having the same fight every time, with everybody else saying "oh, it's just one request. and this one is really critical" it's hard to keep fighting that fight.

      It's a lot easier to say "i can't do that, it doesn't work in AMP". If you can find a better way to convince large organizations that page load speed is a valuable metric, and more important that whatever other resource they want to load today, I'd love to hear it. But from what i've seen, AMP is the only thing that's had any success in tackling this problem.

    • There's Waldo is a robot that finds Waldo.
    • James Veitch: More adventures in replying to spam, thx bro.
    • Google data collection research, via DF.

      In “Google Data Collection,” Professor Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, catalogs how much data Google is collecting about consumers and their most personal habits across all of its products and how that data is being tied together. The key findings include:

      • A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google.

      • For comparison’s sake, a similar experiment found that on an iOS device with Safari but not Chrome, Google could not collect any appreciable data unless a user was interacting with the device. Moreover, an idle Android phone running the Chrome browser sends back to Google nearly fifty times as many data requests per hour as an idle iOS phone running Safari.

weekly reel August 5, 2018

Bonjour bonsoir, folks. This week's 🎶 is FAUXE.


I K H L A S by FAUXE (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

weekly reel July 29, 2018

Hola, and music with Consider the Source and Happy Rhodes.

F**k it! we'll do it live - Volume 2 by Consider the Source

F**k it! we'll do it live - Volume 2 by Consider the Source (bandcamp.com)

World war trio (Parts II & III) by Consider the Source

World war trio (Parts II & III) by Consider the Source (bandcamp.com)

War Paint by Happy Rhodes

War Paint by Happy Rhodes (bandcamp.com)

Tidbits for this week:

weekly reel July 22, 2018

Bien le bonjour. Get some radioheadphones, 2+2=5 is 👍 live.

Radiohead - 2+2=5 (Live in Tokyo 2016) (youtube-nocookie.com)

Around the interwebs,

  • SSC / Scott Alexander on navigating our differences:
  • The hotel bathroom puzzle, or a great illustration of the XY problem.
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Ladies & Gentlemen of A.D. 2088, via kottke.

    The sort of leaders we need now are not those who promise ultimate victory over nature through perseverance in living as we do right now, but those with the courage and intelligence to present to the world what appears to be nature's stern but reasonable surrender terms:

    1. Reduce and stabilize your population.
    2. Stop poisoning the air, the water, and the topsoil.
    3. Stop preparing for war and start dealing with your real problems.
    4. Teach your kids, and yourselves, too, while you're at it, how to inhabit a small planet without helping to kill it.
    5. Stop thinking science can fix anything if you give it a trillion dollars.
    6. Stop thinking your grandchildren will be OK no matter how wasteful or destructive you may be, since they can go to a nice new planet on a spaceship. That is really mean, and stupid.
    7. And so on. Or else.
  • Kottke: How to ask a favor.
  • [fr] Grain de philo : Voulons-nous mourir ? et FAQ de la mort !
  • David Cain: There is no right decision.
  • r/PhotoshopBattle: French president Macron celebrating victory, thx Louis.
  • SMBC: The Best.
  • Tech:
    • DF: Kara Swisher interviews Mark Zuckerberg.

      Zuckerberg is so wrong here. It is not hard at all to “impugn the intent” of Holocaust or Sandy Hook deniers. They’re fucking Nazis. The idea that these people are wrong but are making honest mistakes in good faith is nonsense. Facebook’s stance on this is genuinely detrimental to society. They’re offering a powerful platform that reaches the entire world to lunatics who, in the pre-internet age, were relegated to handing out mimeographs while spouting through a megaphone on a street corner.

    • Bloomberg: A global guide to state-sponsored trolling, via jwz.

      In Venezuela, prospective trolls sign up for Twitter and Instagram accounts at government-sanctioned kiosks in town squares and are rewarded for their participation with access to scarce food coupons, according to Venezuelan researcher Marianne Diaz of the group @DerechosDigitales. A self-described former troll in India says he was given a half-dozen Facebook accounts and eight cell phones after he joined a 300-person team that worked to intimidate opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And in Ecuador, contracting documents detail government payments to a public relations company that set up and ran a troll farm used to harass political opponents. [...]

      In response to revolutions and social movements launched on Twitter and Facebook, national governments initially censored content, blocked access to social media and used surveillance technology to monitor their citizens. But it turned out to be far more effective to simply inundate the platforms with a torrent of disinformation and anonymized threats -- what the researchers dubbed a strategy of "information abundance" made possible by the rapid spread of social media. [...]

      Turkey is a prime example, according to Camille Francois, who directed the Jigsaw project as a principal researcher at Google. Since the 2013 protests at Istanbul's Gezi Park, President Recep Erdogan's government has used a combination of online and offline repression to turn social media "into a near dead zone for genuine social protest in Turkey," Francois said. "Five years later, there is very little organically organized activity."

    • xkcd #2021 - Software Development. NOT TRUE, WE DON'T "load 500 of them into the cannon we made and shoot them at the wall", WE LET AMAZON DO IT.
  • 💩😷⚠ Donaldese:
    • Old Steve Jobs on the constructive-destructive axis:

      In return for speaking at the retreat, Jobs got Murdoch to hear him out on Fox News, which he believed was destructive, harmful to the nation, and a blot on Murdoch’s reputation. “You’re blowing it with Fox News”, Jobs told him over dinner. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful”. Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer”, he said. “I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”

weekly reel July 15, 2018

Bonjour, frendz. This week's 🎵 is a fresh new Birds in row.

We already lost the world by Birds in row

We already lost the world by Birds in row (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel July 8, 2018

HelloooooOoooo. Music: Eastern Standard.

Eastern Standard by Leedz Edutainment

Eastern Standard by Leedz Edutainment (bandcamp.com)

On the news,

  • SSC / Scott Alexander on Piketty's Capital in the twenty-first century: book review, highlights, comments highlights.
  • SSC / Scott Alexander - Dissolving the Fermi paradox (paper: arxiv, pdf).
  • [fr] IRIS - Bullshit jobs, brown-out et revenu minimum. Deuxième partie.
  • Good SMBCs: Coupling, Knock knock.
  • jwz - Ben avli(S), awesome.
  • Tech:
    • Cory Doctorow - Zuck’s empire of oily rags. HN.

      It’s as though Mark Zuckerberg woke up one morning and realized that the oily rags he’d been accumulating in his garage could be refined for an extremely low-grade, low-value crude oil. No one would pay very much for this oil, but there were a lot of oily rags, and provided no one asked him to pay for the inevitable horrific fires that would result from filling the world’s garages with oily rags, he could turn a tidy profit.

      A decade later, everything is on fire and we’re trying to tell Zuck and his friends that they’re going to need to pay for the damage and install the kinds of fire-suppression gear that anyone storing oily rags should have invested in from the beginning, and the commercial surveillance industry is absolutely unwilling to contemplate anything of the sort.

      That’s because dossiers on billions of people hold the power to wreak almost unimaginable harm, and yet, each dossier brings in just a few dollars a year. For commercial surveillance to be cost effective, it has to socialize all the risks associated with mass surveillance and privatize all the gains.

      There’s an old-fashioned word for this: corruption. In corrupt systems, a few bad actors cost everyone else billions in order to bring in millions – the savings a factory can realize from dumping pollution in the water supply are much smaller than the costs we all bear from being poisoned by effluent. But the costs are widely diffused while the gains are tightly concentrated, so the beneficiaries of corruption can always outspend their victims to stay clear.

      Facebook doesn’t have a mind-control problem, it has a corruption problem. Cambridge Analytica didn’t convince decent people to become racists; they convinced racists to become voters.

    • Wired - Marketing firm Exactis leaked a personal info database with 340 million records. HN.

weekly reel June 25, 2018

Hey ho! Music, with SEIROM.

1973 by SEIROM

1973 by SEIROM (bandcamp.com)

And little news this week, frendz. Oh well.

weekly reel June 17, 2018

Music: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Armed, thx Sam.

Quarters! by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Quarters! by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (bandcamp.com)

The Armed - Paradise Day (youtube-nocookie.com)


weekly reel June 10, 2018

Hi frendz! This weeks music is Celestial Trax.

Nothing is real by Celestial Trax

Nothing is real by Celestial Trax (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel June 3, 2018

Hi there. Music, with CARROM.

Prehistories by CARROM

Prehistories by CARROM (bandcamp.com)

News news news:

weekly reel May 27, 2018

Guuuten tag, everyone. Music, with Arabstazy / Aya Metwalli.

Under Frustration - Vol. 1 by Arabstazy

Under Frustration - Vol. 1 by Arabstazy (bandcamp.com)

On the news this week:

weekly reel May 20, 2018

O hai, frendz. Music this week with Rev. Lewis and mmph.

Zenith by Rev.Lewis

Zenith by Rev.Lewis (bandcamp.com)

Dear God by mmph

Dear God by mmph (bandcamp.com)

In the papers,

weekly reel May 13, 2018

👋 ! Music: Joachim Mencel Quintet, Gyan Riley, Just Mustard, Jon Hopkins.

Artisena by Joachim Mencel Quintet

Artisena by Joachim Mencel Quintet (bandcamp.com)

Sprig by Gyan Riley

Sprig by Gyan Riley (bandcamp.com)

Wednesday by Just Mustard

Wednesday by Just Mustard (bandcamp.com)

Singularity by Jon Hopkins

Singularity by Jon Hopkins (bandcamp.com)


weekly reel May 6, 2018

O hai! 🎹 🥁 🎶: Steve you are a dick, to my cat-neighbor Steeve with two "e"s, Kikuji, Group Listening, Orquesta Akokán, Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois.

Xave Ruth - Steve you are a dick (youtube-nocookie.com)

Noclu - Folding shadows by Kikuji

Noclu - Folding shadows by Kikuji (bandcamp.com)

Clarinet & piano: selected works vol. 1 by Group Listening

Clarinet & piano: selected works vol. 1 by Group Listening (bandcamp.com)

Orquesta Akokán

Orquesta Akokán (bandcamp.com)

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois (bandcamp.com)

And on the news,

weekly reel April 29, 2018

Hey ho; !@#$% awesome sounds from Höga Nord Rekords.

Labyrint / Felix Culpa by Krater

Labyrint / Felix Culpa by Krater (bandcamp.com)

Fontän by Fontän

Fontän by Fontän (bandcamp.com)

The Overview Effect by Tross

The Overview Effect by Tross (bandcamp.com)