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.
Took a hike up to Cunswick Fell today for our 1-per-day allotted outdoor exercise time. Shed loads more photos of the gorgeous views here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2020/3/28/pandemic-peregrinations-cunswick-fell-cumbria-spring 👍
re: covid, corona, food buying, youtube
#Bandcamp Shares Results Of Fee-Cut Day
"[Bandcamp] reports that fans bought nearly 800,000 items, be that physical music and merchandise or digital downloads. This amounted to total sales of $4.3 million.
This is a significant contrast to an average Friday, Bandcamp says, with around 47,000 items typically being sold on that day."
The liner notes for Role Playa by Cex are in the form of a #DnD character sheet. Seems like folk here might be into that.
STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE PREVAILS AS FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN DAPL PERMITS
Victory: Decision cites risks of pipeline spills to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
If you like the interesting time between the late 1800s and emergence of jazz, when popular music was getting looser and fun but still had a certain composed formality about it, you must listen to Aaron Jonah Lewis' "Mozart of the Banjo: The Joe Morley Project", on which he performs 12 banjo tunes composed by Joe Morley, who was an absolute giant of the 5-string banjo in his day.
Before it was adopted by folk/country/bluegrass music, "classic" fingerstyle banjo was tremendously popular, and a totally different beast.
Housebound advice from a long-term housebound person, boosts ok
I'm going to post a long thread on how to cope better if you're stuck indoors at the moment. I've been housebound by disability for a long while now, and sporadically housebound due to depression and agoraphobia before that. These are things that have improved how I deal with that. This is not gonna make houseboundness painless for you but it might help you cope. Disabled comrades are welcome to share their own advice to this thread.
Video of the walk my mum took yesterday, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales :)
She usually leads a walking group once a week but obviously they've cancelled, so she's enjoying longer walks by herself (the group don't go that far or as fast as she likes XD)
Liverpool libraries are still open. On reduced opening. Number of available PCs has been cut down to enforce spacing. Liverpool provides Libby app and Overdrive for devices not compatible with Libby. Also Pressreader for newspapers and magazines. Access if for Liverpool residents only, check with your local authority to see if they provide similar resources.
If you do have access to those resources but don't know how to get in (some of them are a little user-hostile) please hit me up. I'm always happy to help and have nothing else to do.
Despite there being some opening, the have suspended all fines.
I have a 505 page biography of Franz Fanon in my pre-virus haul so I think I'll be fine for now.
merzbow | noise | capitalism
Japanese Noise master Merzbow meditating on his aesthetics:
"Noise was an idea about capitalism: the overload of capitalism, that kind of consumer overload. For me, it’s a consumer sound. . . It’s very difficult to escape from our system. We’re already involved in the system. So if I can put something into the system, I want to change its direction to one kind of way, a private way."
Morning! Reminder that horror film soundtracks used to be weird.
The Blob: https://youtu.be/eo4V-8GlPpQ
An early outing for Burt Bacharach
🌏 Now Streaming ‘After Scarcity’ by Bahar Noorizadeh on http://DIS.ART 🌏 a sci-fi video essay that tracks Soviet cyberneticians (1950s – 1980s) in their attempt to build a fully-automated planned economy.