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.
Better than I expected an arthouse remix of a giallo to be. Gets rid of the tiresome leering camerawork and makes for a more unsettling watch. Less stabby-stabby but the dance to death scenes are something else, much darker.
May take a rewatch to parse the historical guilt theme / parallel - and the 3 mothers thing - but hardly takes away from the finale.
poll result what I will watch
Since it was a tie, I'm choosing the film where arty boarding school folks get massacred.
Any relation to me having spent the afternoon in Edinburgh city centre at the height of the #festival is purely coincidental, officer.
Current Affairs have the best submission guidelines of any I've read. Even the tone of it gives you a feel for what they commission. And the writing tips are glorious. "Don't write like a grad student." "Writing should convey warmth." I'd copy the whole thing here is I weren't on my phone.
Tails, a live operating system relying on Tor that helps you to use the internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer, turns 10 today.
Happy birthday, Tails 🎂
Interesting article on recent antifascist trends in extreme (specifically, black) metal.
I would nitpick that it's ignored the antifascist / far-left roots of the original mid-80s #grindcore bands. (My introduction to Napalm Death was through their Nazi Punks Fuck Off T-shirt.) Extra strange omission when it mentions the Oi! wars between skinheads & boneheads.
Anyway, a good read:
Life on Mars is one of those songs that makes my breath die in my throat. This version, from the Hours tour in 1999 is really something, though Mick Ronson's arrangements on the album version are unmatched.
I do love that this one closes with the synth sound from Thursday's Girl -- anchors it in time as much as Bowie's hair.
Today is the 200th anniversary of the #Peterloo massacre. On 16th August 1819, 60,000 people gathered peacefully in St. Peter's Field, Manchester to advocate for parliamentary reform when cavalry charged into the crowd, killing 18 people and injuring 400-700. It is one of the defining events in British radical history.