long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different
This is an archipelago.
It's not one place but a series of islands of differing sizes and closeness. You've landed on the shores of one of them that you like and set up camp. You can always hear what your neighbours are talking about and you get parcels full of the messages sent out from neighbouring islands.
If it seems too quiet, you can venture out to look at some of the other islands. They each have their own unique culture. Some speak languages you don't understand; some speak your language but use it in ways you don't understand, yet. Some places they seem to talk of only machines, or politics, or music. In others they make art for their neighbours to enjoy. Some are ruled over by a laird, others are democracies. All islands display their rules clearly; most enforce them justly.
You're not tied to the island you're currently on. You could set up a home on another island, many other islands if you please. Perhaps here you will write poems, while over the horizon you will learn how to repair a broken computer. Argue vigourously on one island, return to another to enjoy the views of your neighbours' gardens.
All these places are accessible to you. You can befriend people on any island and receive visitors or not, as you choose.
This is our achipelago. It is Free and you are welcome.
Where to find people in the developing world who like to write about the economy, politics, etc.?
We at Mutual Interest media #coop would love to have more writers from outside the West.
Here is more information about us:
offtopic, Covid, pubs, snark
""I also love the sound of the sign because then people know what they are getting when they enter and can't complain."
Like really, owner of MacSorley's, you don't need a sign to tell us that your pub is a manky, disease-ridden pit that only the daft or desperate would go to. We've seen it.
offtopic, Covid, pubs, snark
Oz Bar, MacSorleys and The Dome
Looks like all the least appealing, pack-them-in-so-they-can't-fall-over pubs in #Edinburgh are excited about reducing the "safe" distance from 2m to 1m.
Yiddish pandemic music anyone?
Mentshn-Fresser (1916 Yiddish Pandemic Ballad) feat. Sveta Kundish & Daniel Kahn
Written by Solomon Small (Smulewitz), 1916, Hebrew Publishing Co. Click CC or Options to turn on English, German, or Yiddish subtitles DI MENTSHN-FRESSERS: S...
Haha just saw that Frozen 2's premiering here or something.
I promise I'm not paid by Disney. We are not paying them, either ☠️
Youngest's choice on #movie night so it's Frozen. And being honest, the only thing I dislike about it is the character design, Elsa and Anna look like Barbie dolls. (I *really* dislike that.)
Let It Go is a legitimate banger. And, as you do, I was wondering what it would sound like if the angst and rejection of the world were given the #metal treatment. Nothing new under the sun, apparently this was even a thing on X Factor or whatever but now I'm at risk of spending my Friday rating death metal covers of Let It Go. This one blows it at the chorus, for example:
When it comes to radio etc, what is there to read/listen/watch?
I know there's nation.cymru irregularly has articles in Welsh and that S4C exists too. I know very little else, to my shame.
Guess I'm trying to ask, how is Cymraeg-based culture kept current?
Feel free to tag people in who may be able to help add to this
I liked this from the LRB on #choral #singing in isolation.
"Because it isn’t the same at all, singing by yourself to a recording, or a click track, or a YouTube video of someone conducting enthusiastically to a smartphone. The whole point of choral singing is that it’s something you do – in time, in tune – with other people."
"I also got a bad taste in my mouth from Twitter supporting kinds of speech that I don't particularly agree with, and I began to feel like putting my toys and art there was just adding value to the network. For a while I felt that the tradeoff was that the art I published there still enriched my life and the lives of my friends. At some point, though, I started to feel like the balance got out of whack, and I could do more good by putting my work on alternate networks and giving people a reason to get off Twitter. "
All cultural producers with some degree of audience and influence should really think about this: what structures do I validate by my presence? What and whose structures do I reinforce? What other places can I advantage?
For anyone who likes to run/jog/walk 5Ks, here's one that is virtual and proceeds go to various non-profits here in solidarity with #BLM: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/YourTown/MarchforMovement5kRunWalk
You can complete it any time this month, and you get a t-shirt and medal. Win-win!
Does anyone here have a basic understanding of German temporary residence processes/requirements? I’m looking a year or more into the future, but basically I’d like to spend several months living in Germany to immerse myself in the language and culture, and bring my family for part of that time. Income won’t be an issue as my job is 100% remote and they don’t care where I live, but ideally I’d want to also work part time tending bar or something to have a broader range of interactions.
Just looking for some more information about what kinds of things I’d have to plan for, etc. if I want to make that happen
Boosts for visibility would be a big help!
Hi! I'm new here, so let me introduce myself. I'm an academic who now works in publishing - a career that I love. I'm married with a 4 year old, and have a cat named Blue. Baking and cooking are my main creative outlets, and I'm thinking about food all the time. I'm always looking through my cookbooks or online, looking for inspiration. I'm technically pescatarian, but eat mostly vegetarian and vegan food. I gravitate towards comforting, nourishing food that's in season. #introductions
Funeral music mention, not personal
Oh nice. Bruce #Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark.
I like the line, "I ain't nothing but tired," a lot.
But... "Can't start a fire without a spark," lands... differently, hearing it from a crematorium.
I like to think of the deceased as affectionately teasing their relatives with choices like that.
So, um, how are freelancers finding work right now?
I've always found it through word of mouth, but covid has tanked all my usual contacts, and my need for some new work is pressing, and I honestly don't know where to start looking.
Anyway, I'm an experienced programmer, writer, and editor. Most recent work as been tech writing and full stack web stuff.
justice for Sheku Bayoh
just over a week remaining to contribute to Sheku Bayoh's family's legal case:
Folk in the mood for slabs of finely-wrought(*) #metal might like this new release from Wren. Gizeh Records bringing the black & silver handsomeness again, too. Might make this my payday treat...
(*) -- this is a silly mixed metaphor, isn't it? Never mind, call it an alloy.
If you're in the UK you can get tickets to the digital edition of this years Sheffield Doc Fest https://selects.sheffdocfest.com/ there's still two weeks left and the prices aren't too bad. always a great programme