January 22nd, 2016. Vic on the Park, Marrickville. Support from Wintah Thompson and King Tears Mortuary.
January 22nd, 2016. Vic on the Park, Marrickville. Support from Wintah Thompson and King Tears Mortuary.
Independent Australia - Malcolm Turnbull, Nick Ross and the sad story of a broken ABC David Donovan: "I love the public broadcaster – like everyone who comes from the bush does – so the gutting and ripping into the heart of this invaluable Australian institution really does break my own."
Medium - The Sad State of Web Development Drew Hamlett: "2015 is when web development went to shit. Web development used to be nice. You could fire up a text editor and start creating JS and CSS files. You can absolutely still do this. That has not changed. So yes, everything I'm about to say can be invalidated by saying that."
The Guardian - Courtney Barnett review – urgent songs that work better in headphones Shaun Prescott: "At the sold-out Enmore Theatre on Saturday night, Courtney Barnett has her audience waving cigarette lighters wistfully to a song about real estate. To anyone familiar with Depreston, a highlight from the Melbourne artist's breakthrough 2015 LP Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, that won't come as a surprise. Many in Barnett’s audience can relate to a sad song about negotiating Australia's prohibitively expensive urban property market. Finding a decent place to live doesn't feel like something that sad Australian songs ought to be about – and yet it seems pertinent."
First trip out with new camera (Fuji x100t) on the Canoelands Ridge walking track.
ABC Radio National, Afternoons - I'm Here Now: Episode 1 Featuring Matt Kennedy from Kitchen's Floor, East Brunswick All Girls Choir and Robin Mukerjee from TV Colours.
The Guardian - How Reddit’s Ellen Pao survived one of 'the largest trolling attacks in history' "Ellen Pao was at the heart of two of 2015’s biggest feminist news stories: her discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins; and her resignation from content-sharing site Reddit, after weathering what she later called 'one of the largest trolling attacks in history' – death and rape threats, racist abuse, libel, her home address publicised online – from Reddit users unhappy with Pao’s efforts to crack down on hate speech and revenge porn."
Chart Attack - The founder of Pirate Bay built a device that costs the music industry $10 million a day "Peter Sunde has created a device called The Kopimashin which, according to RIIA estimates, costs the music industry $10,000,000 per day."
Idle Words - The Website Obesity Crisis Brilliant presentation by Maciej Ceglowski on the decline of web optimisation: "What do I mean by a website obesity crisis? Here's an article on GigaOm from 2012 titled 'The Growing Epidemic of Page Bloat'. It warns that the average web page is over a megabyte in size. The article itself is 1.8 megabytes long."
The New York Times - The Trump Effect, and How It Spreads "He is the leading Republican candidate for president. He has been for months. The things he says are outrageous, by design, but they were not spawned, nor have they flourished, in isolation."
The Guardian - Football Federation Australia backs down over bans on A-League fans "FFA agrees fans can view evidence against them before any proposed ban is implemented, after unprecedented meeting with supporter groups"
Daily Life - Does the internship culture favour the privileged? Maeve Marsden: "While many are ready to pile on and point out that hard work is good experience, that people need to harden up and take opportunities when they arise, that 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' attitude fails to acknowledge that some people's bootstraps are longer than others."
Gizmodo - This Australian Says He and His Dead Friend Invented Bitcoin "A monthlong Gizmodo investigation has uncovered compelling and perplexing new evidence in the search for Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. According to a cache of documents provided to Gizmodo which were corroborated in interviews, Craig Steven Wright, an Australian businessman based in Sydney, and Dave Kleiman, an American computer forensics expert who died in 2013, were involved in the development of the digital currency."
'Places Lived' is a new series I'm doing for PAN Magazine on places and times.
Part one, Illawong:
The house where my mother died. The house where I saw my father cry for the first—and last—time. Hunched over, alone, standing in the formal sitting room. His once intimidating 183 centimetre frame just one light shove away from collapse, his stature further dwarfed by the room’s double-height ceilings. Unnecessarily grand. A design luxury leftover from the decadent decade of the house’s completion (the 1980s) and/or an architectural response to the vicious slope of the land.
Future Perfect - Can Zoltan Istvan beat Hillary, Trump, and Death itself? Elmo Keep: "Imagine our world characterized not by scarcity, but by abundance. In a future, not too far from now, hunger, disease, war, poverty, aging, and death itself will be things of a barbaric human past. Environmental degradation will be solved, and climate change will be nothing to worry about. Work too will become a thing of the past, as intelligent machines allow us to indulge our dreams and live with absolute, unbounded freedom."
Says.com - What No One Is Telling You About Mark Zuckerberg Donating 99% Of His Fortune To "Charity" Sadho Ram: "Mark Zuckerberg will transfer ownership of his Facebook stock without paying capital gains taxes. He will also benefit from the possibility that his foundation will live beyond him, with his heirs and their heirs at the helm, untouched by estate taxes."
Foxtel lays out 2016 timeline for site-blocking court case Records labels suing Napster, part 2.
Swallow the bile and get some perspective in A-League crowd violence debate Craig Foster: "Football doesn't stand idly by any more, we fight for what's ours and what we have built, of which everyone is proud."
Similar typefaces, font size and layout. And, while the slogans themselves took vastly different tacts — ranging from mathematical ("No Fans = No Football") and alliterative ("terraces, not terrorists") to the easily easily misinterpreted ("we stand by the 198") and beautifully poetic ("don't bury your heads in the sand, we've listed our demands") — there remained one common voice. It wasn't that of a solitary person yelling. They also weren't setting fire to anything with a flare or even standing on an almost indestructible stadium seat and clapping enthusiastically loud (probably too loud). No, it was a calm voice. And consistent. With just a slight hint of concern: "hey FFA, what the fuck are you doing?"
Last weekend's A-League protest was unprecedented. Across every game of the round (yep, all five of them) fans voiced their concern about the lack of action from the sport's governing body — the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) — in regards to the recent naming, shaming and terrorism accusations of the nearly 200 fans currently barred from attending games.
Initially, the fallout focused entirely on the actual publication: it's legality — some of those named were under the age of 18 — and the author, Rebecca Wilson. Thy beloved Wanderers hit back with one of their best banners in a long time: "Rebecca Wilson: worry about an RBT not the RBB", in reference to Wilson's Wilson's multiple past drink-driving charges.
Of course, quicker than you could say "pen pals forever", shock-jock radio host, Alan Jones, jumped at the opportunity to leverage the illiberal article for his own agenda — presumably the threat soccer poses to his beloved league and union codes. Last week, during an interview with Wilson he put forward the question: "Is this like terrorism in Paris?"
Sure, it's the kind of insane bigoted demagoguery we've come to expect from Jones. After all, this is same idiot who played a pivotal role in inciting the 2005 Sydney race riots by reading text messages on air encouraging people to "get down to North Cronulla to support the Leb and wog bashing day". Yet, Jones' flame-feeding comparison between the devastating recent events in France and the actions of a few supporters was evidently the final straw for the active supporter groups.
At some stage towards the end of last week, representatives from Western Sydney's Red and Black Bloc and Melbourne Victory's North Terrace — two of the biggest supporter groups in the league — hosted private discussions for amalgamated plans of protest. Sworn enemies since the introduction of the Sydney side in 2012, they now both claimed boasted of a "united in justice" bipartisanism, releasing a joint statement on Saturday which outlined their primary focus was not with the inflammatory article, but the fact it highlighted an ongoing issue with the FFA and the absence of any clear appeals process for banned fans.
In the Facebook post, the RBB explained that: "The countless letters and emails written to the FFA by unjustly banned football fans that have been ignored by the FFA, suggest overwhelmingly that the organisation has no interest in giving accused football fans a fair hearing."
The North Terrace fans walked out at the 30-minute mark during their away fixture in Adelaide, an action mirrored by the RBB the followed afternoon in Gosford. The rival fans in both games applauded the action, holding supportive banners and also taking a vow of silence. Even the Central Coast brass band paused from the usual routine - which includes a brilliant rendition of the Game of Thrones theme song — to stand united with the RBB as they quietly left the ground, watching the remaining hour of the game at a nearby leagues club.
The reaction was swift, yet completely misguided. A-League boss, Damien De Bohun, in an interview after Sunday's game, simply repeated the previous statements that if fans could prove they had been wrongfully banned, then their ban would be overturned. It was a clear sign that De Bohun and Co. weren't listening, missing (or choosing to overlook) one of the key arguments from fans during the week, where they highlighted the problem with the process being they didn't have access to the evidence (in most cases CCTV footage) that could potentially prove their innocence. FFA chief executive, David Gallop, further infuriated fans yesterday when he did little more than repeat the current guidelines - we won't prove your guilt, you will prove your own innocence, without access to any of the evidence.
And upon this further inaction, naturally, the fan's threats had only one option — raise the stakes.
Active supporter groups, including staunch rivals Sydney FC's The Cove and the RBB, have already announced that they'll boycott this weekend's matches entirely. Further still, they're calling on all fans to do the same.
In their latest press release, the RBB labeled Gallop's most recent statement as "shambolic", adding that the protest of non-attendance "is the only way to continue sending a strong message to the FFA that we will not stand for their inept administration of our game. The FFA cannot use the fans as a marketing tool but then continually mistreat them, while asking them to help grow the game. It is counter intuitive and hypocritical."
The Cove followed shortly after with their own response, echoing the same requests for a fair and transparent appeals process, as well as adding that "the FFA’s unwillingness to [take a stand] compromises their right to claim leadership". The Cove closed out the statement by also calling on their non-active fans to join the protest, or at least allow the strong message of an empty behind-the-goals area to be clearly presented. "We respect the rights of every fan group to decide how they wish to protest against fans treatment and we respect the right of every fan to decide whether to participate", the statement reads. "However we ask that those Sydney FC fans who do not wish to participate not undermine our protest and to leave our active bays empty."
More than anything else, its this unified response from the opposing fan groups that is most encouraging.
Rivalries empower the sport, but its enlightening to see these temporarily set aside when issues of more significance surface. For too long, the FFA has attempted to please all sides. Luring families to the game by presenting a no-tolerance front, a reactionary exercise in response to exaggerated media reports that clearly aim to align the game's most passionate supporters with an unsafe environment. While also frequently celebrating the same fervent fans in promotional material for the league, utilising the atmosphere created by these active groups as a way to entice sponsors. You can't have it both ways. And lets be perfectly clear — without the RBB, The Cove, North Terrace, the Mariners Marching Band and anyone else that chooses to cheer loudly rather than politely sit and clap, the game is a mere whimper to the spine-shivering roar it can so often be. Something that we'll all witness this weekend.
The Message - Our Internet ResolutionsJessamyn West: "If you want to make resolutions without crowdsourcing your compliance, keep them offline."
Frightened, Ignorant and Cowardly is No Way to Go Through Life, Son John Scalzi: "This has been a bad week for the United States, folks. France was directly attacked by terrorists and its response was to promise to house 30,000 Syrian refugees; we weren’t and one branch of our government fell over itself to put the brakes on accepting a third of that number. France is defying the very organization that attacked it while we, on the other hand, are doing exactly what that organization hoped we would do. We’re being the cowardly bigots they hoped we would be, and as loudly as possible."
Github - NARKOZ/hacker-scripts "OK, so, our build engineer has left for another company. The dude was literally living inside the terminal. You know, that type of a guy who loves Vim, creates diagrams in Dot and writes wiki-posts in Markdown... If something - anything - requires more than 90 seconds of his time, he writes a script to automate that."
Medium - 5 things the media does to manufacture outrage Parker Molloy: "Is the world more easily “outraged” than it used to be? I don’t think so, but then again, there’s no real way to tell."
The Fader - Zayn Malik's Next Direction Duncan Cooper: "So far, Zayn’s has been a story about how your life gets boxed in by other people’s perceptions of you, and how easily that can spiral out of control. This happens to everyone, but in a famous boy band, the gulf between who you are and who the rest of the world thinks you are is tenfold. As the band’s only person of color, and the West’s single most prominent Muslim celebrity, Zayn has faced misunderstanding to an unimaginable degree."
Observer - We Are All the Road Crew Tim Sommer: "I did not know Nick Alexander. But I know his brothers. And next time you are staring at a stage, next time your feel your chest vibrate because of the humping, humming low end throttling out of the speakers, next time you look through the haze of the smoke and the lights to the dreamers on stage singing the words that express your thoughts even better then you can express them yourself, please see Nick in the lights, hear him in the music, feel him in the hiss and holler of the amps, and be aware that his brothers and sisters are in the room, too, making it all happen."
GQ - NBA Star Thabo Sefolosha Tells His Story of Assault by the NYPD "I had surgery in Charlotte a week later. They went in and reattached the ligaments with a wire. They told me it would be months before I could go back on the court. For a time I couldn't even go upstairs and put my kids to bed. I had nightmares. I would wake up sweating in the middle of the night. I was dreaming not necessarily of that exact moment but more of the whole feeling about it—half scared, half nervous."
Daring Fireball - The iPad Pro John Gruber: "First impressions last a lifetime, goes the adage. You’re going to have to forget your first impressions of the iPad to understand the iPad Pro."
The Guardian - A bonfire of hate in a pagan, polluted England Stewart Lee: "Have you ever looked into the eyes of a hedgehog and known that it wanted to die? I have."
Pitchfork - The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous "And upon hearing that Tom Waits liked Sparklehorse, Linkous worked up the courage to cold-call his hero, knocking back a few Wild Turkey shots to calm his nerves."
The New Yorker - Humans of New York and the Cavalier Consumption of Others "HONY joins organizations like TED and the Moth at the vanguard of a slow but certain lexical refashioning. Once an arrangement of events, real or invented, organized with the intent of placing a dagger—artistic, intellectual, moral—between the ribs of a listener or reader, a story has lately become a glossier, less thrilling thing: a burst of pathos, a revelation without a veil to pull away. 'Storytelling,' in this parlance, is best employed in the service of illuminating business principles, or selling tickets to non-profit galas, or winning contests."
Hobart Pulp - When People Say 'Fun Fact' I Interrupt And Say 'You're Never Going To Own A House' Fantastic new short story piece from Oliver Mol.
The Atlantic - How to Protect Your Personal Data (and Humanity) From the Government "As government agencies and tech companies develop more and more intrusive means of watching and influencing people, how can we live free lives?"
Medium - Friend of the Devil "102 minute read" by Aaron Gell: "Ten years ago, an acquaintance committed one of the most nefarious crimes in New York history. Then he helped me try to understand why."
The Guardian - Foxtel loses English Premier League broadcast rights in Australia to Optus "Broadcaster Foxtel has lost its longstanding exclusive broadcast rights to English Premier League football in Australia to Optus after the multimedia company agreed an exclusive three-year deal to show all 380 matches from next season."
He loves a sip. Don't get me wrong, you/me do too. We've sipped ourselves to success, but this guy. Oh, this guy can sip with the George Best of them. And, moments before he hits up the mates down at Medicare for a New Liver, we'll have a few. A few more than just a few TBH.
But, mathematically speaking, we'll get out of sync. It's much like that classic SATC episode, but we won't leave any mates behind. No sir. Instead, we'll have a little cheeky in-betweener. Something to tie us over between rounds, shouts and/or trips “back to the bar”.
In this world, isolated to such exclusively, this side-project sip is called a Wedge.
It's a procedure that shares its name with this new digital cassette from the Gents over at Strong Look Records. Just a lil' thing to tie you over before we ramp up for summer like The Big Bash (did you hear they're using ramps this year? Yeah, I know, right? Who really cares about 1000 years of Bothams, Boons and Baqa Jilani's when you've got dudes doing kickflips while cannons shoot pink cricket balls at them?)
Less obsessed with such fanfare and sacrilege behaviour is the boys over the Strong Look Palace. So this whole thing is purposefully understated and available for the exact monetary value you expect from such an endeavour ($0-or-donation).
The aim of this tape is not only to prove we're still alive, but also to introduce you to some old friends and some new people we're tentatively labeling “pals”. It's like a border, Allan if you will, but a meaningless line nonetheless - between way back there and what we've done (and not done) and whatever is up there.
Featuring some previously released classics from Weak Boys, Marky Vaw and Solid Dad (RIP?), as well as some offcuts from the Disgusting People s/t cassette, a never-before-heard Tropical Strength (RIP?) demo/gem and an unreleased snippet from ROMI-4-REAL's comedy set at the historic Weak Boys Official Sydney Album Launch (Some Backyard, NSW). Sliced in-between and all-around those magical moments is the new stuff, featuring the “saddest power forward” in the game (Norfolk Wood), mysterious hip-hop duo Spinsterella & the Judge, a satanic part-time dad (Cut Stevens) and an introduction to our next official release, the long-awaited debut LP from Sydney producer The Seaport & the Airport.
Strong Look Records | STR0000006
Medium - Goodbye Popcorn Time "Piracy is not a people problem. It’s a service problem. A problem created by an industry that portrays innovation as a threat to their antique recipe to collect value. It seems to everyone that they just don’t care."
The Guardian - Social cohesion binds Australia stronger than ever even as Tony Abbott came unstuck David Marr on the recent Scanlon Foundatio report: "The country has survived the Abbott years bruised but with its best instincts intact. Despite the fear campaigns of the last few years, Australians remain tolerant, proud, resilient and overwhelmingly optimistic."
The L Magazine - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (by Scott McClanahan) "Then I asked her why she believed in GOD. I told her this god she believed in must be a madman. I told her this god was really shitty at what he did, or maybe he was just something else. Maybe he was just lazy as shit and incompetent. Sarah shook her head and smiled. Then she asked me, 'You want to know what nurses spend their money on?'"
The Huffington Post - So, Tsu Me: Why Facebook Is Terrified of This Virtually Unknown Competitor and What It Could Mean For the Future of the Internet "Think about all friends you told to join Facebook at the beginning. The posts you've shared, all the pages you've liked, and all the groups you've joined/started since creating your Facebook profile. Now, imagine how much revenue you've generated for Facebook. Now imagine how much you could have generated for yourself. Revenue that, with just a click of a mouse on Tsu, could be shared with the charity of your choice. No personal bank info needed."
Medium - The Stack That Helped Medium Drive 2.6 Millennia of Reading Time Inside the architecture of Medium.
UPDATE: October 28, 2015 (3:40am(?)). Pedestrian write post which is pretty much the same as what you're looking at right now, except with more 'OTT' and 'ICYMI'.
Being the timely sons o'bitches they are, Brown Cardigan posted the video to their Instagram hours before Fairfax had likely even caught a glimpse of it, let alone published it themselves.
The Guardian - Turnbull defends purchase of $14m worth of copper to deliver NBN "The prime minister has defended the national broadband network's purchase of 1,800km of copper to deliver his vision of fibre to the node."
The Independent - 'Springfield and Shelbyville are warring brains': Guy spends 2 days taking LSD and watching The Simpsons, documents his revelations "A man went on the marathon viewing to end all marathon viewings this week, apparently watching The Simpsons for over two days whilst eating LSD in the hope of finding a hidden truth to the series."
The Guardian - Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police 'disappeared' 7,000 people "From August 2004 to June 2015, nearly 6,000 of those held at the facility were black, which represents more than twice the proportion of the city’s population. But only 68 of those held were allowed access to attorneys or a public notice of their whereabouts, internal police records show."
The New York Times - Jonathan Franzen's Crackling Genius "He likes women from California, at least that is what he always says, and he is someone I could telephone in consternation, in need of advice, and have done so. But he would not want to hear from me every day, and this has also strengthened a mutual trust, both of us being people who want brief social engagements and then to return to nurturing a productive alienation or joy and either way conduct life with a limited amount of interaction, at least with other writers."
The Guardian - All of Australia's national security changes since 9/11 in a timeline "We've collated all the additions to national security laws, and introduction of new powers, in this interactive timeline. You can filter the timeline by clicking on the coloured categories in the menu. For example, filter by ‘police powers' to see how the time people can be held without charge has been increased several times."
Medium - Why Twitter's Dying (And What You Can Learn From It) "To understand what really happened, let's examine what didn't. Competition. From the new startup du jour. They are marginal contributors at best to Twitter's sudden decline for the simple reason that people do not use them enough to attribute said decline solely to them — and the larger reason that they are not substitutes for, but complements to, micro-messages."
Practical Ethics - Why It's OK to Block Ads "Arguments against ad blocking tend to focus on the potential economic harms. Because advertising is the dominant business model on the internet, if everyone used ad-blocking software then wouldn't it all collapse? If you don't see (or, in some cases, click on) ads, aren't you getting the services you currently think of as 'free'—actually for free? By using ad-blocking, aren't you violating an agreement you have with online service providers to let them show you ads in exchange for their services? Isn't ad blocking, as the industry magazine AdAge has called it, 'robbery, plain and simple'?"
It's been a while. Before outcomes and associated pauses of reflection.
It started back when I had that Nokia 3310 with the thick Cronulla Sharks protective case and the "I Ain't Mad at Cha" ringtone (mono) with the cutting edge vibrate feature that would not only provide a lazy source of several smutty 18-year-old jokes, but also prove to be violent enough to routinely cause the phone to throw itself off the small circular tables at the local Catholic club. Baptism not required for entry, just a relatively sober start and either an address outside the allocated five kilometre members radius or a $5-a-year members card.
We'd budget it precisely. One chicken schnitzel in the bistro and four quick schooners of Tooheys New or Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught in the little corridor space between the pokies and the TAB. There's a jukebox there, which if you fiddle around with the hidden volume knob at the back can successfully drown out the euphoric yelps of the frequent features on the nearby Queen of the Nile machines. It's long before beer taste buds have formed. It's all just paint-stripper. We'll have four schooners of whatever is the cheapest. Four rounds. All even.
If the courtesy bus is running we'll stay for an extra one. Nobody's shout, we'll all just chip in. If not, we'll get the guy working the front desk to book us a cab. He's familiar. Maybe two years above us at school. Dropped-out or expelled during that police investigation into car stereos or drugs or whatever it was. Now he's all neatly dressed, with a waistcoat and a thick blanket of pot odour. Saving money two ways working on the Saturday night, soon will have enough to repair his Commodore's fan belt.
It's 10:30pm, precisely. We'll take this carefully orchestrated operation to the nearby disco, 90 minutes ahead of when the watered-down $2 spirits have their price bumped up to $3.20. We'll fill a table with drinks, get told off by a staff-member mindful of their recent RSA issues and, hopefully, find a rush within the balanced mix of syrup cola and alcohol by the time midnight hits. We'll stagger out onto a nearby dance floor, a seven-square metre hardwood area separated from the surrounding stained carpet by a small array of podiums. We'll shuffle our feet without correlation to the stereo output, most likely the fifth or sixth single from Nelly's 'Country Grammer' album.
We'll stay late, until we can't calculate the value of the coins in our pocket, or there's no items requiring addition. We'll stumble out into the colder pre-dawn air, the sweat sticking on our arms and immediately forming as the jumper we forgot to bring. Or lost at some point. Definitely not enough left to pay a jacked-up, post-midnight taxi rate, so we're forced to walk the 10 kilometres home. Maybe pool our last few dollars and split some re-heated 4am option at the service station. Duck over the freeway to avoid walking past the government housing block, our drunk minds calculating 110km/h cars are easier to dodge than someone looking for an easy target to roll.
Saturdays are a swirl of shit-talk and little consequence. Sunday mornings are non-existence and swiftly followed by evenings that are the polar opposite of the previous 24 hours. Just regrets and uncomfortable paranoia. Despite a head-throbbing weariness, there's little chance of sleep. At least right now. It's unsettling, yet temporary enough to not hinder the chance of a repeated ritual in a mere six days time.
ESPN The Magazine archives - David Fleming's Tao of Poo "After racing nearly 140 miles, first through the ocean, then across the blackened lava fields of Kona, Hawaii, Julie Moss crested the final hill of the 1982 Ironman Triathlon alone in front, hovering near delirium. She was also about 45 seconds from becoming, as she remembers it, 'the ultimate, giant, chocolate mess.'"
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Now on Netflix Australia. Synopsis: "Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26."
SMH - Sam de Brito: the writer, the philosopher, the friend I could call at 3am Adam Gibson: "Sure we talked about footy and women, but that was always secondary to the search for something more interesting, something more important, something to make life worth it."
Blerg - Why Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s return is so important to the Australian music scene Ahead of their long-awaited return at Golden Plains X, Ryan Veal analyses the Melbourne band's significance: "..Eddy is coming, Eddy is coming. That’s the point that drives home the love for Eddy Current fans: the guarantee of their shows. Always lively performances that matched the raw energy of the albums and, perhaps most distinguishing of all, you knew that you were seeing and hearing an Australian act. They are nothing if not uniquely that."
NY Times - A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna Miranda July: "Rihanna hugged me hello and we sat down in front of two glasses of white wine. 'Your eyes are amazing,' she told me, pulling her chair closer. 'I'm staring at you and I feel like my eyes are gonna blur because all I can see are those tiny dots.'"
Films for Action - The White Man in That Photo The story of Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter who features in the famous 'black power' salute photo of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
My boy Nathan Wood interviewed Marc Maron for RS:
Maron's fear of inevitable failure has always been a running part of the narrative of his best-known work - the immensely popular podcast WTF With Marc Maron. Since its debut in 2009, the twice-a-week, part confessional, part interview show has opened with the veteran alternative comedian, a self-described neurotic mess of a man, monologuing about his latest worrying concerns, including health scares, relationship problems, issues with his family, and an ever raging struggle to manage an army of domestic and feral pet cats.
However, it's that neuroticism that has charmed a massive audience into following his every move over the years, as he's gradually grown in confidence, dealt with the pain of two failed marriages and a longtime struggle with drugs and alcohol abuse (he's been sober since 1999), and eventually learning to cope with an ever-increasing momentum of present day success.
First you get the fame, then you set up a label and put all your mates on.
While this has served as an almost compulsory path for hip-hop artists (hell, even DMX briefly ran his own imprint), the rappers-to-label-bosses transition has consistently been utilised as a graduation program, ensuring both a continual guard-change and the genre's creative evolvement.
For Australian rapper Briggs, the decision to set up his own label, Bad Apples, is something he simply says was the "next logical thing for [him] to do", yet he's also quick to point out it serves primarily as a reaction to the local scene becoming a bit of an echo chamber.
The New York Times - Yogi Berra, Yankee Who Built His Stardom 90 Percent on Skill and Half on Wit, Dies at 90 "The character Yogi Berra may even have overshadowed the Hall of Fame ballplayer Yogi Berra, obscuring what a remarkable athlete he was."
Medium - Ad Blocking and the Future of the Web Jeffrey Zeldman: "Your site may soon be collateral damage in a war between Silicon Valley superpowers. By including ad blocking in iOS9, Apple isn’t trying to take down your site or mine — just like the drone program doesn’t deliberately target civilians and children. Apple is trying to hurt arch-rival Google while providing a more elegant (i.e. more Apple-like) web experience than user-hostile ad networks have previously allowed. This is a great example of acting in your own self-interest, yet smelling like a rose. Will independent sites that depend on advertising be hurt along with Google?"
Vice - How Drake Found Himself in Future's Shadow on 'What a Time to Be Alive' Try nice, but nope.
Lefsetz Letter - Ad-Blocking "It’s like there are two internets. One of skeptical consumers doing their best to navigate their lives and the other of scumbag providers doing their best to win through subterfuge. Then again, in a world where brands are revered and Volkswagen cheats why do we expect people to bend over backwards for businesses?"
My grandfather, Desmond "Roy" Nail, was a semi-professional footballer who played for St Blazey and Plymouth Argyle in various South-West England post-war leagues. He died aged 52.
Several decades later my uncle died, also 52. Two years earlier my own mother had passed away at the exact same age.
Each had their own particular vice: alcohol, tobacco, lard. Unhidden weaknesses, but inflated to main stage prominence upon this final act.
Selfishly, I've at times viewed this purely coincidental pattern exclusively with a competitive eye, sparing the genetic flaws against my own free will. Measuring my own life decisions against hypothetical scenes starring those handpicked from my family tree. And then patting myself on the back after minor personal successes, as if I was defying some sort of genetically inherited curse.
Ironically, it's a pessimistic perspective owed, at least in part, to my mother's own contradictory belief system - borrowed equally from religion and science. She would talk at length about the unfathomable wonders of heredity, in awe of its traceable logic, whereby recessive human traits are forced into extinction by dominant opponents, while equally valued attributes fight in a mathematical battle of probability. She'd also been raised under a strict Roman Catholic doctrine, empowered by its misguided master plan of "whatever will be will be" and a deeply held belief that an all-controlling Man In The Sky was gifted with the ability to override any proven human discovery.
With a weakness for dramatic consequence, I've welcomed the burden of both sides - defined by inescapable genes and punished for an eternity by the resulting actions.
Deadlines. That squad of project managers have already scheduled those top floor meetings, editors have archaic real estate to fill and armed with those powerful binoculars we can just make out that distant border between an understandable existence and one our tiny minds will never be able to comprehend.
Taken as an inflexible - however, arbitrary - endpoint, deadlines are intended purely as motivational devices. There's nothing on that other side. Whatever happens between here and there is all that counts.
Between here and there.
Here there's temptations, an inescapable, genetic disposition. An instinctual feeling that some impulses are worthy of all unkind consequences.
But here there's also kilometres. A quiet night, early morning. Leichhardt to Beverly Hills. Stanmore to Sutherland. Woronora Cemetery to be precise. And just like that parable - maybe from the Old Testament - of two boys swimming out into the ocean and back, testing each other's willpower and endurance: "don't save anything for the trip back". You'll make it. You always make it. Let your mind wander away and those calf muscles - earned from countless, similarly punishing teenage treks up Old Ferry Road - take the load from here.
It's barely at the point where assholes buy sports cars, fuck trophies and search for justification within the 'crisis' chapter of their new-age guides. It's a fair distance from superannuation payouts and grandchildren. Before your own children transition from subordinates to stakeholders to custodians. Before any of their notable achievements, their first crowning moments. Long before the point of reconciliation or understanding of everything that was done. For them. By you.
It's hardly out of the blocks. It's thirty years short of the age proudly proclaimed by that guy at the starting line of every marathon. Bill Bailey, Phil Bailey, Grant Denyer, the white-toothed, cookie-cut cunt privileged with hosting such a mediocre media moment, passing time by questioning the guy that has done this 100 times already. "What’ll be different this time?".
What'll be different this time?
Previously: Part One
Gizmodo - The Ashley Madison Hackers Just Released a Ton of Stolen Data "Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters."
Medium - From The Streets Of Compton To Tom Brady And Gisele’s Old House Byron Crawford's ridiculously thorough history lesson. "'Niggaz4Life' is a difficult album to defend, because while obviously N.W.A. doesn’t advocate putting a shoe on a woman, it was released during a time in which Dr. Dre did in fact put a shoe on a woman."
Rolling Stone Australia - Royal Headache 'High' Review by Darren Levin
Github - yabwe/medium-editor Source for the Medium editor
Adam Briggs (SMH) - Adam Goodes deserves far better than this "How does a four-time All Australian consider hanging up the boots not on his own terms? I'm now asking myself this question in disbelief. An empathetic and endearing heart is a given when you grow up in an Indigenous community. So when I hear that one of my heroes doesn't feel he can take the field amid racial tension, the concern is not just for Goodes. It's for my whole community. We draw from our heroes, to find our own comfort, strength and guidance."
Shaun Prescott - a quick description of how i felt seeing Royal Headache last night "It’s no accident that Royal Headache can sell out large venues now, because they offer something very few others seem capable of. They push back against the darkness of our age while indirectly channelling it. At a time when it feels like any happiness is undeserved this painful happiness is exactly what I need. When I’m absorbed in the music of Royal Headache I don’t feel like I’m hiding in it. The desire for happiness, and our responsibility to acknowledge darkness, meet in no man’s land. That’s why they’re perfect for me, and evidently lots of other people."
Medium - Never Read The Comments "If I were a dude, this commenter probably wouldn’t have looked me up on LinkedIn to check what I majored in."
Medium - Fairly Random Thoughts on Ashley Madison & the Swiftly Moving Line "No one should should offer up their private information to a giant centralized service that helps them achieve secret sex goals. But tens of millions of people apparently did. Because they were told, and believed, that their information would be handled securely. As a result, there are a lot of dudes looking in the mirror today and practicing the words, 'I was just curious! I was just poking around!'"
NME.com - To The Readers: Editor Mike Williams Introduces A New Era For NME And A New Free Weekly Magazine "So what we’re giving to you is a major brand transformation that will deliver on all of these things. A brilliant new free weekly magazine that will reach more than 300,000 people each week, a new look NME.com that will bring you closer to the stories that you care most about, some shiny new digital products which I’ll be able to tell you more about very soon, plus more live events, new video series and more interaction with you guys on new social platforms."
Quartz - To save its stock markets, China is putting its whole financial system at risk "In recent days, the Chinese government unfurled a series of measures to stop its stock markets’ free-fall the scale of which has never before been seen. It is essentially giving investors a 'Xi Jinping put,' as Joyce Poon of Gavekal Dragonomics calls it (referring to Mario Draghi's European Central Bank put) in a note today—meaning, the government is assuring investors it will do what it has to to keep the market aloft."
The NY Times - Zane Lowe, the D.J. Scratching Out Beats 1 for Apple "A friend said, 'Why would you leave XFM?' and I said, 'Because at Radio 1, I can play records to the nation.' It's the same thing 12 years on: Maybe I can play records to the whole world. It's hard not to get excited by that prospect when you love being that bridge between music and an audience."
must be an eastside thing
all our drinking holes end with the word
and start with the name of a former prime minster / balmain fullback
via T.J. Allen
Only ones with the unmistakable audible sounds of withheld tears and moped shoulders.
Be ready with the right responses.
Share that ill feeling for a second. Not for the particular subject of the phone call and the news itself, but for the scene at the other end. And all the memories from similarly presented past acts.
But it's OK. Are you OK? It'll be OK.
I'll be down on Sunday and we'll not talk about it then.
Instead we'll just chat about the increasing property prices in your suburb and the increasing chasm forming between the two major political parties. It'll all be OK.