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.
You know you can help fund civilian rescue ships in the Mediterranean, right? Since our European government is trying to kill people every day.
Italian government especially hates those ships and constantly gets in their way. Like they blocked a ship recently, ignoring court rulings, because they rescued too many people and things like that. It's going to get worse after the election.
Sea-Watch is preparing another ship and they are not the only ones out there.
musician advice, boosts welcome
my bandmate asked me to investigate putting our music on streaming services. (we don't really use streaming services or know how they work.)
i've been researching the different "spotify providers" listed at . it all feels confusing and predatory (especially given the size streaming royalties).
does anyone have any recommendations? besides "don't put your music on streaming services" (which is still my default position)
“Debut - Sonic Symbolism • Mailchimp Presents”
Gonna have to give this a listen. Björk digs into each of her albums https://mailchimp.com/presents/podcast/sonic-symbolism/
the immediate ancestor of european chess is the perso-arabic game of šaṭranj (شَطْرَنْج), which developed out the indian game of caturaṅga (चतुरङ्ग) probably around the 7th century ce, and crossed into sicily and al-andalus from the maghreb around the 10th century. the name of this game gives the name of chess in the ibero-romance languages eg spanish ajedrez, portuguese xadrez (from old portugues axadrez); typical of arabic loans into ibero-romance, the arabic definite article aš- has been reinterpreted as part of the word. the words in the germanic (english chess, german schach), italian (scacco), gallo-romance (french echeque, catalonian xec), and slavic languages (russian шахматы šakhmaty, polish szachy) instead come from the persian word šâh, 'king', in the expression šâh mât, literally '(the) king (is) amazed' but reinterpreted in arabic to mean 'the king is dead', whence also 'check' and 'checkmate'
@priryo Easy solution: Liverpool hosts, the contestant from a newly independent Scotland wins, Glasgow gets the following year.
Always thought that Liverpool and Glasgow have a lot in common. A merchant class enriched by the slave trade, Irish immigration, proud working class solidarity, hit badly by thatcherist deindustrialisation, denigrated by folk that have never been there.
The two cities have suffered a lot, yet kept their heads high.
I think this could be the final indignity, though.
- 11/10/2022 - @ Maruri (Pais Vasco)
- 12/10/2022 - Gaztetxea Melmak @ Beasain (Pais Vasco)
- 13/10/2022 - Mogambo @ Donostia (Pais Vasco)
- 14/10/2022 - Novo Local @ Bordeaux
- 15/10/2022 - Rurales et Vénères @ Seuilly
Je serai là pour les dates de Toulouse et Bordeaux
On s'y croise ?
I finally listened to Riderless Horse last night and i guess i was reminded by having this sent to me. The album is really strong stuff and I *will* remember next BC Friday so I can get it.
Revisiting Nina Nastasia’s Powerful Discography https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/nina-nastasia-discography-list via @wallabagapp
Her sketch-like folk songs are both perfectly-crafted and keenly observed: dark, playful, and wistfully melancholic.
Heads up translation and literary folks. Have you seen this in LARB? I enjoyed it.
Breaking into English https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/breaking-into-english/ via @wallabagapp
Lily Meyer on the hard work of translators and editors that brings international literature to English-language readers....
"Sanders was a key figure in the spiritual jazz scene. His 1969 album Karma, which incorporated influences from traditional African and south Asian music, is considered one of the major early documents of the form. Throughout the early 1970s, Sanders continued to release records as a bandleader, largely on the Impulse! label. In 1971, he performed on Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda, another milestone in modal and avant-garde jazz."
Timeline cleanser, wildcat kittens.
"Hugely successful first breeding season at Saving Wildcats conservation breeding for release centre
The Saving Wildcats conservation partnership project is celebrating a successful first breeding season, welcoming a total of 22 wildcat kittens who could be among the first of their species to be released into the wild in Britain."