long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different Show more
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.
Jenny Hval ‘s new, as yet untranslated into English, book, “Girls Against God”, sounds interesting: apparently it reimagines Norwegian black metal if it had evolved in a different direction, into something not too far from riot-grrrl, or something like that
This is scary as hell but "the ice sung to us in warning" is fucking incredible tho https://i.stuff.co.nz/science/108026617/the-eerie-song-of-antarctica--melting?cid=app-iPhone
A cougar (mountain lion) chasing a coyote, seen on a wildlife camera in Alberta, Canada, by @firstname.lastname@example.org
From Saturday -- some of my gram's music collection.
So, fedipeeps, myself and possibly @kyzh will be down in London on the 31st Oct to join Extinction Rebellion in their declaration in Parliament Square. Anyone else want to go, and support the fight for our planet? Civil disobedience starts in less than two weeks now. Join us!
self-promotion, poetry Show more
If by any chance you're going to be in Glasgow on December 8, come along to my poetry chapbook launch, where I'll be impersonating a poet.
"Cartoon" Kate Evans has made a childrens book :)
"Call me ‘Astronaut’ or ‘Journalist’ or ‘Brain Surgeon’ or ‘Teacher’
Or ‘Carpenter’ or ‘Pastry Chef’ or ‘Play Worker’ or ‘Preacher’.
Women do all kinds of things while wearing lovely clothes
But please, don’t call me Princess, cos I’m never one of those.
My mum is not a Queen, you see. My dad is not a King.
Instead of being a Princess… I can be ANYTHING!"
Minority history Show more
So, my family has a sort-of mythology about Turkey as safe haven for Jews. I say "mythology" because over the past few years I've been learning more about the ways it was a pretty imperfect haven. But I also say "sort-of" because it was a damn sight better than any of Christendom from La Reconquista until... I would guess the 1970s, to be perfectly honest.
But because of that caveat, we've tended to not discuss the shortcomings enough.
Gardening and DIY are important not just because it gives people more independence and saves them money, but because it de-alienates them from their labor. There are few types of propaganda more potent than excitedly checking your peppers several times a day and thinking to yourself, "what if all work was this fulfilling"
I've never heard of Hanns Eisler before. This seems like a good introduction to his life, lacks links to the songs though.
"When the chief investigator, Robert Stripling, was asked what the purpose of reading so many quotes from Eisler’s songs, interviews, and articles may be, he retorted arrogantly “The purpose is to show that Mr. Eisler is the Karl Marx of communism in the area of music.” Eisler responded laconically: “That would flatter me!”"
This article about an audit of NYC's venues / nightlife has maps and an "experimental output" metric.
RIP, Anthea Bell. In her honor I just re-read one of the many Asterix books she translated, and it's still wonderful. All those puns she either managed to translate from French or came up with even better English counterparts.
Does anyone already started a project to duplicate events from Facebook to any other public tool out there?
I mean, something like demosphere, but for every kind of event. 🤔
UK cis folks: PLEASE go and fill out this survey before the end of the week to help out our trans siblings.
Should only take you twenty minutes or so, if you're writing your own answers, but you can copy paste the examples.
It's really important to send a message to the UK government that simple changes in our legislation can make the lives of trans people infinitely better.
Its 50 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the Olympic podium and raised the Black Power salute for human rights https://cubicgarden.com/2018/10/16/1968-black-power-salute/
Jocelyn Bell Burnell will use the $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics money to set up a special scholarship fund to counter "unconscious bias" in the physics community by making it easier for women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become researchers.