Current Mood

I have no advice for Gladys Berejiklian but I do have some for the media
Kristina Keneally, The Guardian: "Resist the urge to write about – or read about – their shoes, hair, nail polish or jewellery. They will wear the same dress twice, just like male politicians wear the same suit over and over. Deal with it."

Julia Jacklin covers The Strokes 'Someday' for Like A Version

With Sydney finally dead, Mike Baird's work is done
Andrew P. Street, SMH: "Let's look at the legacy of the premier who bravely stood up to the weak and made the state safe for mining, property development, and casinos. Especially casinos."

Let's Talk About The Immense Privilege (And Struggle) Of Doing What You Love
Rebecca Varcoe, Junkee: "This is not an essay about being poor. I’m not poor, I don’t even like saying that I’m ‘working class’ because that suggests in some way that I haven’t been incredibly lucky to be given lots of wonderful opportunities and my life isn’t a shining beacon of insane privilege. I’m being paid for writing an opinion piece for Junkee, which should speak volumes as to how lucky I am. This isn’t about blaming everyone but yourself."

Living In The Beautiful Bubble Of The Not-Quite Internet
Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed: "When I started college in 1999, the digital revolution was in its awkward infancy. That awkwardness gave rise to moments of lovely serendipity - and pockets of blissful ignorance."

Ombudsman launches investigation into Centrelink debt recovery crisis

How government blunderfucked its way into an unholy, disorganised robot-war on the nation’s huddled masses...
Brilliant take on the Centrelink debt-collection debacle from John Birmingham.

A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30
Bess Kalb, The New Yorker: "Started a Bay Area 'summer camp' where exhausted tech bros can 'unplug' for two thousand dollars a weekend."

La La Land is a terrible film, but it will win Best Picture at the Oscars anyway
Lee Tran Lam, SMH: "For a musical obsessed with classics, really it's the Pokemon Go of movie references."

Done & Done-r
The Wrens' new album is finally done?

I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators
Lindy West, The Guardian: "For half a decade on the platform, I have been micromanaged by strangers and neo-Nazis have mined my personal life for vulnerabilities to exploit."

2016

In review.

True crime, comedy and the G-spot: the best Australian podcast episodes of 2016
The Guardian: "From Bowraville to Fiona O’Loughlin’s harrowing tales of alcoholism, it was a great year for the medium."

Centrelink debt notices based on 'idiotic' faith in big data, IT expert says
Christopher Knaus, The Guardian: "The government’s automated compliance system, which began in July, has been the subject of repeated complaints, which stem from its comparison of income reported to Centrelink and information held by the Australian Taxation Office."

A Bigger Problem Than ISIS?
Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker: "The Mosul Dam is failing. A breach would cause a colossal wave that could kill as many as a million and a half people."

How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
David Hopkins, Medium: "I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared."

In 2016, Emo Entered Another Green World
Ian Cohen, SPIN: "Certainly no one foresaw a Massachusetts pop-punk outfit named after an Ataris song making genre-defining masterpieces twice, the second time with a 'Taoist love record.' While 'Home Like NoPlace is There' has been heralded as the peak of fourth-wave emo, the Hotelier's 'Goodness' represents a riskier and thus more rewarding undertaking. While they've opened for scene kingpins like Joyce Manor, PUP and Title Fight in the past year, when given the chance, the Hotelier align themselves with bands from the Epoch or Orchid Tapes, scenes that are adjacent to what's typically considered 'emo' but rarely face the same prejudice. 'Home' had context in which it could be easily understood: at times, it sounded like the Weakerthans, Thursday or Saves the Day and dealt in time-honored topics of suicide, depression and drug abuse."

The Future of Cities
Oscar Boyson, YouTube (via Kottke.org): "What does 'the future of cities' mean? To much of the developing world, it might be as simple as aspiring to having your own toilet, rather than sharing one with over 100 people. To a family in Detroit, it could mean having non-toxic drinking water. For planners and mayors, it's about a lot of things — sustainability, economy, inclusivity, and resilience. Most of us can hope we can spend a little less time on our commutes to work and a little more time with our families. For a rich white dude up in a 50th floor penthouse, 'the future of cities' might mean zipping around in a flying car while a robot jerks you off and a drone delivers your pizza. For many companies, the future of cities is simply about business and money, presented to us as buzzwords like 'smart city' and 'the city of tomorrow.'"

Internet companies forced to block The Pirate Bay, bittorrent websites in Australia, Federal Court rules
Will Ockenden, ABC News: "The Federal Court handed down its judgement yesterday afternoon, also ordering that ISPs block similar bittorrent websites Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and streaming service SolarMovie."

Facebook Steps Up
Jeff Jarvis, Whither News: "In addition to helping to support fact-checking, I would also like to see Facebook take alerts about debunked news from media companies. That is, if The Washington Post or The New York Times reports on a rumor or meme, its stories should appear alongside said lies (as it often will already with the related content links that pop up when you start interacting with an item). Facebook is open to that."

Paradise Daily Records Turns Two: Interview
The Smallest Room, extended version of The Quietus interview: "While fossicking in a recycled garbage shop in late 2014, Sydney’s Jaz Brooking found a cassette duplicator. Brooking played in five or six bands and had a bit of money saved from trading second-hand goods. It was a logical next step to start dubbing tapes of her and her friends’ bands and thus, Paradise Daily Records was born."

Former homeowner facing Christmas in jail after WestConnex eviction
SMH: "Van Ngo, 68, was charged with damaging property and entering a premises without a lawful excuse after he allegedly broke into his former home at 84 Campbell Street, in St Peters in Sydney's inner west, hours after being evicted."

Japandroids @ The Red Rattler
Joseph Earp, The Brag: "Indeed, such creative generosity – such warmth – explains why none of the audience seemed particularly concerned about the two teary-eyed, shirtless, sweaty men shouting along to every bloated chorus. It explains why every hand shot up to support an especially enthusiastic music industry rep as she sorta crowd-surfed, hovering in front of the tiny stage with nowhere particularly go. And it explains why people turned to each other, smiling, strangers nodding at strangers, acknowledging the same ridiculous, vital tunes."

Free Compilation: The Bridge, Class Of 2016
FBi Radio: "Our finest Sydney music nerds have carefully selected their favourite home-grown tracks of the year. Presenters Ryan Saar, Amelia Jenner, Lachlan Wyllie and Tia Newling pulled together a diverse range of tracks from artists all across Sydney. The best part? It’s free! (Or name-your-price, if you’d like to contribute a donation to us here at FBi Radio.)"

Why ‘living within our means’ is a great con
Claire Connelly, ABC News Australia: "The only way for millennials to save, for households to pay down their debts, for all of us to have good job prospects and more security and to avoid that credit crunch, is for the Government to go back on everything they have been saying for years, and to increase its spending."

After the Islamic State
Robin Wright, The New Yorker: "As the caliphate crumbles, rival movements struggle for the soul of Sunni jihadism."

Nike Wants Athletes to Run a Marathon in Under Two Hours, So It's Rebuilding the Race. And the Runners
Ed Caesar, Wired: "The speed required, a little under 13 mph for a little over two hours, is unimaginable for all but a few of the world’s very best marathoners."

Fairgrounds 2016

'2016 in 10 Minutes' by Marc Fennell
"Every year, Madeleine Genner (my excellent wife) and I gather up the sounds of the year and I break out the old ProTools to mix a mashup of the year in news, politics, sport, power chords and dead famous people."

‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’
Daniel Berehulak, NY Times: "The rain-soaked alley in the Pasay district of Manila was my 17th crime scene, on my 11th day in the Philippines capital. I had come to document the bloody and chaotic campaign against drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte began when he took office on June 30: since then, about 2,000 people had been slain at the hands of the police alone."

Pizzagate: From rumor, to hashtag, to gunfire in D.C.
The Washington Post: "What was real was Welch — a father, former firefighter and sometime movie actor who was drawn to dark mysteries he found on the Internet — terrifying customers and workers with his ­assault-style rifle as he searched Comet Ping Pong, police said. He found no hidden children, no secret chambers, no evidence of a child sex ring run by the failed Democratic candidate for president of the United States, or by her campaign chief, or by the owner of the pizza place."

Bloomberg's Pessimist’s Guide to 2017
Crystal ball gaze towards the global impacts of a Trump presidency, including Russia's return and increasingly nationalism across Europe.

Soundcloud - 'Free Cheeseburger if the Sharks Win' by Paul Macadam

Bandcamp - Brightness
Lake Mac pop-slack

Sydney Review of Books - Lebs and Punchbowl Prison
Michael Mohammed Ahmad: "In this essay, I will tell you about the ‘was once’ generation: my generation of young men at Punchbowl Boys High School who the teachers, politicians, community leaders, parents, and local law enforcement decided needed to be locked up, for the safety of our community and for our own safety. I will also tell you about the journalists and filmmakers who believed we needed to be put on the front pages of the newspapers and on prime-time television."

Quartz - Donald Trump, editor-in-chief of the fake news movement

Free Code Camp - The code I’m still ashamed of

SMH - When two boys died, laws changed. But these 32 deaths from domestive violence deserve more
Anne Summers: "Two years ago, the NSW government introduced drastic laws to restrict the sale of alcohol throughout the city after the violent and unprovoked deaths of two young men in Kings Cross in the previous 18 months."

YouTube - A.B. Original ft. Paul Kelly - Dumb Things (Like A Version cover)

Rolling Stone - Tyler Hadley's Killer Party, The Shocking Florida House Party Murders

New Republic - The Last Unknown Man
Matt Wolfe: "He appeared out of nowhere. He had no name, no memory, no past. He was the only person the FBI ever listed as missing even though they knew where he was. How could B.K. Doe remain anonymous in the modern age’s matrix of observation?"

The Washington Post - For the ‘new yellow journalists,’ opportunity comes in clicks and bucks
Terrence McCoy: "At a time of continuing discussion over the role that hyperpartisan websites, fake news and social media play in the divided America of 2016, LibertyWritersNews illustrates how websites can use Facebook to tap into a surging ideology, quickly go from nothing to influencing millions of people and make big profits in the process."

SMH - Malcolm Turnbull must condemn Peter Dutton's unacceptable racism

The Intercept - Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit
Glenn Greenwald: "“Trump vowed to destroy the system that elites love (for good reason) and the masses hate (for equally good reason), while Clinton vowed to more efficiently manage it."

Idiot Joy Showland - How you lost the world

Vanity Fair - Nick Denton, Peter Thiel, and the Plot to Murder Gawker
David Margolick: "Nick Denton, Gawker’s founding rogue, and Peter Thiel, his arch-nemesis, had a more complicated relationship than anyone imagined."

24 KARAT KEV 'Chinatown Champs' Video

Two Thousand - A few totally sane and rational observations about 'The Streets of Barangaroo'

Stereogum - Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life Interview

Lil Packaging - FLP Flatpack
Vinyl packaging.

GitHub - fredwu/jquery-endless-scroll: Endless/infinite scrolling/pagination.

Rational Radical - The facts about houses and avocados (Bernard Salt is an arrogant prick)

Best Music of 2016, Part 6

Shrapnel, Thigh Master, Unity Floors, Julia Jacklin, Bilby and Liam Kenny.

Michael Tsai - New MacBook Pros and the State of the Mac
Extensive link list of new MacBook Pro analysis.

The Guardian - From Black Mirror to Body Melt: the best film and TV new to Australian streaming services this month

The Guardian - Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run
Thomas Frank: "WikiLeaks releases furnish us with an opportunity to observe the upper reaches of the American status hierarchy in all its righteousness and majesty."

Huffington Post - This Is Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense
Linda Tirado: "When I got pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel. I had a minifridge with no freezer and a microwave."

The Guardian - This is the hollowed-out heart of America: pain, rage and Donald Trump
Linda Tirado: "Pomeroy, the county seat, lies just over the river from Mason, West Virginia. Walmart tried to come to Pomeroy but the council voted against it because they didn’t want to lose the small businesses lining the main street. The company went to Mason instead and pointedly positioned its store at the end of the bridge; Pomeroy's intentionally quaint riverfront downtown now features a rundown laundromat, some bars, a liquor store, empty storefronts and a few improbably expensive shops. All the tax revenue from the Walmart goes to Mason."

Bandcamp - 'The White Man Is Oppressor CS' by Liam Kenny

NY Times Magazine - Kesha, Interrupted
"In February, 16 months after she filed her first suit and 38 months after her last album was released, Kesha asked to have her contract, under which she still owed three albums, absorbed by RCA, the label that is the exclusive distribution arm for Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe/Kasz Money, Inc. (KMI). But Sony, which owns RCA, said that it had not been party to the original contract between Kesha and KMI; only Luke, who discovered her and made her famous, had the power to release her."

BuzzFeed News - Inside The Strange, Paranoid World Of Julian Assange

Bandcamp - Vexed Axis Volume 9

The New York Times - The 281 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List

The Guardian - House prices can't keep going up if we want affordable housing
Andrew P. Street: "Morrison needs to magically find a way to make housing cheaper while also still wildly increasing in value, which is irritatingly impossible."

BuzzFeed News - Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate

'Cold Radish Coma' by 30/70 Collective

Slack Bastard - #Northcote (Anti) Social Club : Pay Your Workers!
"Five of Shawn’s fellow workers at NSC have since resigned in protest at his treatment. The ASF also believes that NSC has been illegally underpaying its employees for the last 7 years..."

The Guardian - After China's crackdown, can Packer’s Barangaroo casino survive without pokies?
Francis Markham: "If James Packer’s Sydney Crown casino has to rely on local gamblers to make a profit, it will exact a toll of suffering from the Sydney community."

Newcastle Live - G’day mates, fellow Novocastrians, gig goers and everyone in between
Laura Kebby: "I saw the Smith Street Band last year and came home with a ripped t-shirt and a black eye. Not an accidental black eye. I was punched in the face in the pit. (And this is not the first time)."

SMH - 'Island of despair': Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says major Amnesty International report

Cousin Creep - PISSANT! A Story of 80's Australian Underground
Mixtape + fantastic long read, via Max E.

SMH - Dangers lurk in the march towards a post-modern career
George Morgan: "A bushwalker found his body at the bottom of Govett's Leap in the Blue Mountains in early August. The previous day he'd caught the train from Summer Hill where he lived and travelled to Blackheath. CCTV camera footage showed him with the bicycle and backpack that the police later found locked up at the top of the valley. John – the 'unknown scholal' – philosopher, contrarian, a member of the academic precariat had taken his own life."

The Guardian - I could get outraged by this boomer-millennial war, but I'd rather look at the evidence
Greg Jericho: "Housing affordability continues to inflame debate between the generations. But there’s a glut of city apartments coming, and it could change things."

The New York Times’s Response to Donald Trump’s Retraction Letter

Fox Sports - Wanderers bombshell with captain set to leave

Motherboard - We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things
Bruce Schneier: "Basically, it's a size vs. size game. If the attackers can cobble together a fire hose of data bigger than the defender's capability to cope with, they win. If the defenders can increase their capability in the face of attack, they win."

The Guardian - The way to a better work-life balance? Unions, not self-help
Peter Fleming: "Welcome to the world of 24/7 capitalism, where some people even work in their sleep. Why are we so addicted to work, and what can we do about it?"

The Guardian - Turnbull catapulted into the danger zone after Labor sinks the marriage equality plebiscite
Katharine Murphy: "Moderates have been hoping until the last that Bill Shorten could be persuaded to step back from the brink, but this has been a miscalculation from the outset. Even if Shorten could be convinced, the internal sentiment within Labor, for a variety of reasons, was rapid set against killing the plebiscite."

Soundcloud - 'Fade Away' by Hannah Diamond (PC Music)

Kottke.org - The Choice, Frontline’s program on the 2016 election

The Guardian - A-League opening round starts with a bang, record crowds, and a few red cards

The Guardian - A-League season preview part III: Melbourne City, Wanderers, Victory

White Noise - Brutalism's Aesthetic Legacy
"Brutalism's legacy is one of misrepresentation, vacillating between scapegoat and meme fetish. To appreciate this, we have to accept a self-evident truth that is frequently denied – that space, all space, is political."

The Australian - Soul of rugby league, irritant-in-chief Ennis, will be missed

A Declining Trajectory
Matt Gemmell: "Another year, another OS version, and another batch of broken things that had finally reached a stable state just a few months before. Another set of new things that are of passing interest at most, with their own byzantine quirks yet to be ironed out."

The Hive - What the Twitter Sale Reveals About Twitter, Itself
Nick Bilton: "The plain truth about the struggling social-media company has become clear in its highly public, and theatrical, auction."

Noisey - Why Fugazi's Politics Are as Frighteningly Relevant Today as They Were in 1988

Fox Sports - Ex-Shark Dean Treister travels half way around the world to watch Cronulla in NRL grand final

Rolling Stone Australia - Footy Finals Preview: Fairytales vs. Thuggery
Me: "despite having arguably three of the most hateable in their ranks — Gallen, Fifita and Ennis — Sydney's disdain for the city of Melbourne remains marginally stronger, so they should also be lifted by the crucial crowd majority. A factor that arguably assisted in the impressive and not-soon-enough form return for last weekend's semi final crushing of the defending champion Cowboys."

The Guardian - Cronulla's potential drought-breakers: the NRL grand final fairytale that isn't
Sam Perry: "As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, Cronulla’s rise to the brink of an NRL premiership ranks high for respect but low for genuine romance."

SMH - Why the Cronulla Sharks are ready to beat Melbourne Storm to win NRL grand final
Phil Gould: "Sharks 25 Storm 12."

Bandcamp - 'Dave Dobbyn Wrote Propaganda Songs: Hold Music For Middle New Zealand To Sing Along To' by Centre Negative

Charles Bukowski, poems, stories, essays and interviews - relentless as the tarantula

The Huffington Post - If We Don't Do More, Sydney's Nightlife Is Going, Going, Gone

The Footy Almanac - NRL Preliminary Final Preview, Cronulla v North Queensland
Paul Macadam: "I’ve never seen Cronulla win a preliminary final. ’99 was my first year as a fan. What a cracking side that was. Can still name most of the main 13. Peachey, Rogers, Ettingshausen, Mellor / Richardson, Howland, Dykes, Healey, Stevens, Triester, Lang, Ryan / Long, … McKenna?, Graham. Warm memories of clattering Manly, Penrith, Brisbane at Shark Park. Losing out on a grand final place to the Dragons hurt, but I didn’t yet realise how costly that was. A premiership was just around the corner, obviously. I’d have gotten into golf or tennis had you told eight-year-old me that I’d still be waiting for one at 24."

Rolling Stone Australia - First Listen: Unity Floors 'Life Admin'

What is This?

The Intercept - Nazi Who Originated Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Analogy Was Hanged at Nuremberg

Vibe - 20 Years Later: Tupac Is Hip-Hop's Prophet Of Rage And Revolution (Digital Cover)
Kevin Powell: "I have never met anyone like Tupac Shakur, and I doubt I will ever meet anyone like him ever again. In the past few days I have done a number of media interviews, locally, nationally, and even internationally, that reaffirm why ‘Pac is the most incredible global hip-hop icon we have ever seen, and probably ever will."

The Guardian - Team of hackers take remote control of Tesla Model S from 12 miles away