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.
Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?
because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon
As I left the pub last night I was reminded how much I hate the fucking Offspring. Some of it is personal - a girlfriend (who was cheating on me, but hey) used to really like them and sing that "pretty fly for a white guy" song. Badly. But the pub was playing this:
...and it's just the shittiest unthinking 90s apolitical lyrics where you look back and think "how on earth did we let this pass itself off as rebellious or #punk?!"
I'd wiped it from my memory, happily, but hearing it again reminded me why I used "pop punk" as a derogatory term for the first 15 years of this century.
Hey! We're running a festival/exhibition/thing in Bristol in June! Do you like art and tech, but in a ~c r i t i c a l~ way? Do you like being paid for your work? Then please submit something to our open call! https://www.control-shift.network/call/
"Reading Colonialism in Parasite" -- Parasite (definitely spoilers); American imperialism in the Korean Peninsula
This is a very VERY good. I recommend that everyone read it if you watched Parasite.
in retrospect it was fucking reckless to enter a dangerous ruin during a storm but I was so glad we did. Piercefield is a huge neoclassical house, entirely gutted. SAVE FOR these iron staircase brackets by Bonomi. I'd lived in Chepstow all my life but never managed to see them til yesterday. it is completely wild to me that these things still live there. you could literally make your fortune with them (tbf the whole effing thing would fall down if removal was attempted)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Velocette formed when Comet Gain split in two - and here's their wonderfully pop moment 'Get Yourself Together' taken from the 'Fourfold Remedy' album in 199...
A genealogy of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood’s "Some Velvet Morning", and its curious afterlife:
An unusual coincidence. In the comic, "Asterix and the Chariot Race", the name of the Roman Chariot racer was Coronavirus.
Photo taken from a friend's post on Facebook.
Punching Down: On Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” - Los Angeles Review of Books
Some interesting analysis of how Parasite is in many ways counterproductive to the left politics it seems to espouse
(I disagree with this analysis but still think it's worth reading)
band turns broken piano into 20 instrument contraption
this is super fucking cool. i wanna get close to this thing and see how they looked everything up
Manufacturing plant fire threatens worldwide vinyl record supply
(submitted by gscott)