I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.
Reporter Kashmir Hill spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. Here’s what happened.
internet  commerce  capitalism 
18 hours ago
Glassine’s “Éxodo” shares the story of a Guatemalan mother who sought asylum in the U.S.
All proceeds from Glassine's track will go toward the Otay Mesa Detention Resistance.
immigration  music  politics 
3 days ago
Ashley Feinberg: Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants (Huffington Post)
A Q&A with Twitter's CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he'd do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists.


The reason his impassioned defenses of Twitter sound like gibberish is because they are.
twitter  internet  politics 
5 days ago
Hussein Kesvani: When YouTube Red-Pills the Love of Your Life (MEL Magazine)
What it's like to watch, terrified and helpless, as your partner becomes radicalized by hate on the fringe right.
youtube  farright  politics  internet  relationships 
5 days ago
These replacements for Illustrator and Photoshop are very loved.

"The fastest, smoothest, most precise professional creative software."
app  graphics  mac  photos  software 
12 days ago
Donate Your Books to Prisons: What, Why, and How (Book Riot)
Don't want your books anymore? Somebody else does. Here's all you need to know about how to donate your books to prisons.
books  prison 
12 days ago
John Notarianni: Murder Stats: Mapping The Influx of Roosting Crows in Portland (OPB)
Thousands of crows flock to Portland's park blocks each winter, darkening the sky at dusk and roosting overnight in the city's trees. Much about the crows' habits is unknown.
crows  birds  nature  portland 
17 days ago
Kill the Noise: Ableton Shreds
This is the funniest thing I've ever seen.
in case u nerds wanted to know what ur missin in able10
video  music  software  humor 
18 days ago
Samples used by The Field
WhoSampled for some reason decided to get rid of the list of samples used by The Field, so I'm taking matters into my own hands. The way I'm ordering this is by album and then by the song or songs sampled on the tracks in the album. Any additions or criticisms are welcome, so long as you can back it up with the times in the song where the samples are.
music  sampling 
26 days ago
Simini Blocker #The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Sissix and Rosemary, again from Becky Chambers’ ‘The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.’ I finished the second one last week as well, which has another cast of excellent characters. I love how cozy and lived in these books feel, while still being really thoughtful on challenging your perspective—it’s not something I’d come to expect from science fiction.
art  scifi  literature  fandom  fanart 
26 days ago
ASL Training Center: Dear ASL Hero
ASL is not English on the hands. It uses a different grammar system. Some people confuse ASL with "Signed English". Much of the vocabulary is different. They are two separate ways of communicating. Some people who think they are signing ASL are actually using Signed English.
27 days ago
Vincent Bevins: Stuck in the Shopping (Popula)
I would do anything to meet the architects that designed these places, and to confront them. I’m fully able-bodied, and even at my most spry, these kinds of spatial tricks make me more infuriated than anything else that has happened to me in the last ten years. You can shoot at me, rob me, shut off my electricity for a week, and at least I will get it. None of that enrages me as much as making me take those extra steps across a part of a building that shouldn’t exist at all, that was built poorly on purpose, with human blood, sweat, and tears, in the attempt to make me give in and waste my money and harm my body with something that shouldn’t exist, either.
globalism  commercialism 
4 weeks ago
Sarah Vitak: Portland’s Crows Are Back. So Are the Laser-Guided Hawks That Scare Them Off. (Portland Mercury)
From Granger and Provorse’s perspective, the hazing is unwarranted: The crows’ droppings, they say, are barely noticeable, usually gone within a few days due to rain, and that hazing only shifts the location of the droppings to another part of the city. They also feel that the crows deserve to use the city to their advantage and that preventing them from roosting at their chosen sites may be detrimental to the health and survival of the crow population at large. But overall, they object to the hazing not “because we claim to have solid evidence that hazing the crows harms them,” Granger says, but “rather because there is no evidence at all in either direction.”
birds  portland  urbanplanning 
4 weeks ago
Emily Heller: GOTY 2018: #5 Celeste (Polygon)
Then, one day, I calmly quit. I realized that I had learned all the wrong lessons. Celeste Mountain isn’t literal — it’s a metaphor for overcoming the lies your brain tells you. I didn’t need the cliché triumphant moment, I just needed to sit down with the scary parts of myself and tell them to stop being so hard on my friend Emily. Me.
videogames  criticism  mentalhealth 
4 weeks ago
Alexis C. Madrigal: No, You Don’t Really Look Like That (The Atlantic)
Since the 19th century, cameras have been able to capture images at different speeds, wavelengths, and magnifications, which reveal previously hidden worlds. What’s fascinating about the current changes in phone photography is that they are as much about revealing what we want to look like as they are investigations of the world. It’s as if we’ve discovered a probe for finding and sharing versions of our faces—or even ourselves—and it’s this process that now drives the behavior of the most innovative, most profitable companies in the world.
photography  technology  apple  google 
4 weeks ago
WordPress Theme Directory: Gridbox
A good simple WordPress theme. Good for art portfolios.
Gridbox is a clean and solid WordPress theme featuring a three-column grid-layout for posts. The theme works out of the box and does not require any complicated setup. It is perfectly suited for a simple magazine, blog or portfolio website.
5 weeks ago
Aaron Bady: Back On It (Popula)
Power produces bad writing and bad thinking; this is both. This is worth saying, even if nothing else is.
trump  politics  twitter  writing 
6 weeks ago
Laurie Penny: Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche (Breaker)
Reading this makes me viscerally angry.
It’s only my first day, but it’s clear this is not the Burning Man-style celebration of the liberatory potential of decentralization I was promised. This is a locked-room, hard-sell pitch session to a literally captive audience of high-roller crypto investors, whose only escape is the lifeboats. The whole place smells of aftershave and insecurity. But if you want to know how power actually operates in any community, watch the women.
crypto  misogyny  class  money  government 
6 weeks ago
Aimée Lutkin: Nine Encounters With Birds (Popula)
One day, when we are gone, another form of dinosaur will soar over our compressed bones.
nature  birds  writing 
6 weeks ago
Jenny Odell: How to Do Nothing
This is real. The living, breathing bodies in this room are real. I am not an avatar, a set of preferences, or some smooth cognitive force. I’m lumpy, I’m an animal, I hurt sometimes, and I’m different one day to the next. I hear, I see, and I smell things that hear, see, and smell me. And it can take a break to remember that, a break to do nothing, to listen, to remember what we are and where we are.
silence  quiet  society  peace  work  time 
7 weeks ago
Jenny Odell: A Business With No End
Where does this strange empire start or stop?
amazon  business  crime 
7 weeks ago
Merriam-Webster: Rack vs. Wrack
In short, the “correct” word is ‘rack,’ but of course they should just be treated as spelling variations at this point.
Probably the most sensible attitude would be to ignore the etymologies of rack and wrack (which, of course, is exactly what most people do) and regard them simply as spelling variants of one word. If you choose to toe the line drawn by the commentators, however, you will want to write nerve-racking, rack one’s brains, storm-wracked, and for good measure wrack and ruin. Then you will have nothing to worry about being criticized for—except, of course, for using too many clichés.
words  language  english  spelling 
7 weeks ago
Dudley Storey: 5 Powerful Tips and Tricks for Print Style Sheets
Print continues to be treated somewhat cursorily by most Web designers, who tend to be obsessed with pixels rather than printers. In the real world, a significant portion of people rely on pages printed from websites for reference: there’s still something about having a physical sheet of paper in one’s hands, even in this age of digital saturation.
css  webdevelopment 
7 weeks ago
Manuel Matuzovic: I totally forgot about print style sheets
A small collection of useful CSS techniques and a quick reminder that print style sheets are still a thing.
css  webdevelopment 
7 weeks ago
Rachel Andrew: A Guide to the State of Print Stylesheets in 2018
We have covered print stylesheets in the past here on Smashing Magazine. In this article, Rachel Andrew takes a look at the state of printing from the browser today.
webdesign  webdevelopment  css 
7 weeks ago
Katie Notopoulos: What If Amazon.com Actually…Is A Horrible Website? (Buzzfeed)
Looking at the big picture, these are all tiny things, mostly harmless. Considering the amount of harm Amazon does to the environment and the people who work for them, it’s hard to give much of a shit about whether or not there’s a Subscribe & Save option for a bassoon harness. But these little things matter when we’re putting massive amounts of money, personal data (including our kids’ data), and faith into a company that’s falling short of its basic business: running a website that sells stuff.
amazon  business  internet 
7 weeks ago
Matthew Singer: Did a Rave Review Really Shut Down Portland Burger Bar Stanich’s? Maybe It Was the Owner’s Legal Troubles. (Willamette Week)
For almost a year, the sudden and unexplained closure of one of Portland's favorite burger joints has baffled the city's food scene.

Last week, a freelance food writer claimed responsibility—saying he had "killed" Stanich's on Northeast Fremont Street by naming its cheeseburger the best in America on the website Thrillist.

The confession went viral. But it wasn't the full story.

In fact, court records show that owner Steve Stanich's personal life had been spiraling into chaos long before his restaurant landed on the national radar.
restaurants  metoo  portland 
7 weeks ago
Humanizing a Monster II
A look at how Spencer Krug portrays the Minotaur in the Moonface album ‘This One’s For the Dancer.’
The Athenian children are victims, but so too is the Minotaur. This is far more representative of many real conflicts than the standard good vs. evil narrative – insulated potentates have orchestrated a scenario in which there are no winners, only victims, in the attempt to keep the political machine grinding on.
history  mythology  music 
8 weeks ago
Dan Nosowitz: The Long Linguistic Journey to 'Dagnabbit' (Atlas Obscura)
This piece of pseudo-profanity is what’s known as a taboo deformation—a word we say when we don’t want to say the word.
language  religion  culture 
8 weeks ago
Sarah Jaffe: Nationalize Amazon (The Outline)
Is this a realistic demand? Perhaps not yet, but that’s the point.

Amazon gets what it wants by being so big and powerful that it can bring state governments to heel. No one company should have all that power.
america  capitalism  business  industry  government  taxes 
8 weeks ago
Ask A Fuck-up: I’m ashamed of being so broke (The Outline)
Try to remember that your financial and emotional anxiety is a necessary aspect of an economic system that excels at both producing and consuming it: more anxiety means more work for less money... which means more anxiety. It’s a beast that eats its own shit. The fact that you “knew what you were signing up for” by going into a sometimes-noble profession does not make any of this your fault, or in any way diminish your right to feel awful about it. There is no job that grants nobility to economic precarity — struggling does not build character, it serves no one save those who profit from our immiseration.
money  america  capitalism 
8 weeks ago
Kanishk Tharoor: Walls Against Heaven (Popula)
Such walls are built because they can be, because a ruler can make the implausible real.
government  politics  world 
9 weeks ago
Tom Scocca: These Are the Bad Times (Hmm Daily)
The Resistance and the Democratic Party say “Vote,” but the voter purges have already been done, the polling places restricted, the prohibitive I.D. laws put in place. The national press is writing about it after the fact and before the election, when they can seem to take it seriously without changing anything.

For the press do anything more would mean moving beyond its crabbed sense of “politics,” to engage with the reality of the situation. The legacy media have been browbeaten into a perpetual terror of being seen as serving as partisans for the Democratic Party, until those are the only terms on which they understand the world and the work they’re doing.
government  politics  journalism 
9 weeks ago
City of Portland: Central City in Motion
Central City in Motion is PBOT's effort to plan, prioritize, and implement transportation improvements in the city’s core. Eighteen projects are under consideration. They include new pedestrian crossings, bus lanes, and bikeways.
portland  bicycle 
9 weeks ago
Kevin Alexander: I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It. (Thrillist)
If there was one main negative takeaway from the raging fires of food tourist culture and the lists fanning the flames, it was that the people crowding the restaurant were one time customers. They were there to check off a thing on a list, and put it on Instagram. They weren’t invested in the restaurant’s success, but instead in having a public facing opinion of a well known place. In other words, they had nothing to lose except money and the restaurant had nothing to gain except money, and that made the entire situation feel both precarious and a little gross.
consumerism  food  journalism  writing 
9 weeks ago
This Is All Donald Trump Has Left (Deadspin)
His politics, to the extent that they’ve ever been legible, have always been off-the-rack big city tabloid bullshit—crudely racist exterminate the brutes/back the blue authoritarianism in the background and ruthless petty rich person squabbling in the front. His actions since becoming president have been those of a dim, cruel child playacting at being a powerful man—giving orders without quite knowing what they mean or how they might be carried out, taunting enemies, beating up the people he can afford to beat up without having to be called to account for it, lying as needed or just for yuks. He hasn’t changed a thing since graduating from punchline to president. It’s been clear for decades that Trump was both an asshole and a dummy; this is now a problem not just for the odd unlucky cocktail waitress and his staff of cheesy apparatchiks but for literally every person on earth.
trump  america  culture  politics  government  media 
9 weeks ago
Discover Art & Artists | The Art Institute of Chicago
52K+ high-resolution pieces of art, just made available.
Discover art by Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol & more in the Art Institute's collection spanning 5,000 years of creativity.
art  history  images  free 
10 weeks ago
Walt Hickey: The Ultimate Halloween Candy Power Ranking (Five Thirty Eight)
Can we build the perfect Frankencandy based on this information?

On one hand, no, that’s a ridiculous oversimplification of a somewhat scientific process and is likely to result only in an abomination.

On the other hand, that exact ethical dilemma did not stop Dr. Frankenstein, and ’tis the season!
halloween  food  candy  statistics 
12 weeks ago
Detect Adblock
is the easiest & most effective way for detecting visitors to your website who are using an adblocker. And best of all, it's completely free.
october 2018
Free public domain audiobooks. Read by volunteers from around the world.
audiobooks  books  reading  free 
october 2018
Robin James: The Other Secret Twist: On the Political Philosophy of The Good Place (LA Review of Books)
Eleanor recognizes that only in The Bad Place would people be forced to treat others as disposable…so they must be in The Bad Place. And when she makes decisions on the assumption that she isn’t in an ideal world, this throws a wrench in Michael’s plan. He has to reboot that world because Eleanor’s behavior has become incompatible with it. Eventually (in “Team Cockroach” S2E4) Michael joins them, realizing that he needs their help if he himself is to escape the ultimately punitive and carceral regime of which he is a part. That’s what the show spends the rest of season 2 doing: season 2 is about mostly white women and people of color (and one white male accomplice who literally is a mostly(?) reformed demon…plus Janet, who I’ll get to later) collectively practicing philosophy on the assumption that the world they live in is not in fact equal but designed to harm and oppress them.


Beginning from the assumption that everyone’s on more or less an equal playing field and thus entitled to equal weight in the conversation (and that people generally want to do the right thing, which Mills calls the assumption of “strict compliance”), this is the same “both sides” liberalism that Mills critiques as ideal theory. Despite what Schur tells us the show’s message is, season 2 shows us a very different message, one about the importance of beginning from the assumption that you—especially if you are a white woman, person of color, or non-human person—are in The Bad Place. And you’re there not because of anything you did, but because White Men engineered it that way for their benefit.
television  philosophy  politics  ethics 
october 2018
Howard Zinn: Don’t Despair about the Supreme Court (The Progressive)
It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds.
activism  america  law  democracy  politics 
october 2018
Maria Bustillos: How Staying Small Helps New Directions Publish Great Books (The New Yorker)
The size of the company, which is held in trust, is dictated by the terms of Laughlin’s will. There are, and will be, just nine employees, and the number of books the company may publish each year is also fixed. Profits are generally reinvested, and the relatively low salaries paid to staff are balanced out by policies like an annual bonus system—which alone might make up ten or fifteen percent of a year’s earnings—and a retirement savings plan. These constraints were baked into New Directions’ business model in the interest of quality and longevity. “We’re expected to make our own way financially,” Epler told me. “The trust is just how he left it to make it safe, so we couldn’t be bought by a larger corporation.”

As intended, those constraints have factored deeply into the company’s acquisition strategy. Its employees leverage connections, taste, a worldly sensibility, a capacity for risk, and thrift in order to bring revenues to the company and fine new books to a global readership.
literature  business 
october 2018
Lacey Donohue: Against Their Will, Men Learned Something Yesterday (Hmm Daily)
On men’s reaction to the Kavanaugh hearing.
Yesterday, many women wept and tweeted about weeping, but the men seemed to be taking it even harder, to be shaken by it, broken even.

And they seemed to be broken because, perhaps, for the first time ever, they had to face the reality of what existence is like for all the women in their lives. They had to understand that every bit of progressive advice they’ve given women at bars, over dinner tables, in annual reviews, or under covers didn’t fucking matter. It meant that those firm conversations filled with directives—we all know what they sound like—to just “ask for that raise,” or just “go to HR and tell on your boss,” or “OK, if I’m being honest, what’s wrong with you is that you apologize too much” actually carry no weight.

Because yesterday, the liberal men saw that a woman can take their advice, march into a room, and tell her truth, and she can walk out of the room
october 2018
David Dudley: Against Leaf Blowers
But let’s be honest: We as Americans have set certain landscaping expectations for our office parks, our median strips, and our suburban yards, and it involves blowing. Ours is a nation too vast to be groomed by hand tools. So we must learn to co-exist with these man-machine hybrids, the Blower Guys, as they roam the grasslands, blasting organic debris before them with their mighty nozzles. (A little-discussed complication to the arguments of anti-blower partisans: Like ripping an awesome burnout or firing a machine gun at a roadside gun range in Las Vegas, wielding a pro-grade leaf blower can be a wasteful-but-satisfying projection of power. It’s akin to being some kind of ancient wind deity.)
noise  pollution  landscaping 
october 2018
Briahna Gray, Camille Baker: The Unbearable Dishonesty of Brett Kavanaugh (The Intercept)
Importantly, having “no recollection” of the night in question, or no “knowledge” of the alleged events is not the same as saying it didn’t happen — especially since Ford never alleged that anyone but Kavanaugh and Judge witnessed the assault. So why would a judge, someone presumably familiar with the implications of what it often means when a witness avers they “do not recall,” so grossly mischaracterize the nature of those statements?
politics  news  assault  rape  fucktheseguysstraighttohellforever 
october 2018
Robin James: Toned down for what? How 'chill' turned toxic
Like its ancestor cool, chill does double duty as a prestige marker. On the one hand, in the post-#MeToo era, chill masculinity seems infinitely preferable to so-called “toxic masculinity”, which is predatory and self-destructive. But even though Sheeran’s tame romanticism may feel less toxic than the slightly skeevy masculinity of bro-step, chill is less a step towards equality and more an update on gender and race stereotypes.
music  gender  pop 
september 2018
Kath Barbadoro: I Think About This a Lot: Salman Rushdie Calling a Woman ‘Gorgeous and Hottt’
It doesn’t matter who you are, horniness makes fools of us all. In the right context, the revelation of that vulnerability can be almost sacred in its intimacy. But in a society that unconditionally gratifies powerful men and derides sexual women, it’s easy for that desire to get turned inside out, to become weaponized against its object.
sexism  fame  celebrity 
september 2018
Tara Brach: Guided Meditations
Guided meditations are offered freely by Tara Brach, Ph.D, psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening.
meditation  free 
september 2018
UCLA Health: Guided Meditations
For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, stream or download the guided meditations below. Recorded by UCLA MARC's Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.
meditation  free 
september 2018
Sam Worley: In the Dismal Swamp (Popula)
Though Donald Trump has made it into a catchphrase, he didn’t come up with the metaphor “drain the swamp.”
history  trump  language  capitalism  imperialism 
september 2018
Ross Perlin: The race to save a dying language
The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community?
language  asl  hawaii 
september 2018
Alice Bolin: The Ethical Dilemma of Highbrow True Crime (Vulture)
The “true-crime boom” of the mid- to late 2010s is a strange pop-culture phenomenon, given that it is not so much a new type of programming as an acknowledgement of a centuries-long obsession: People love true stories about murder and other brands of brutality and grift, and they have gorged on them particularly since the beginning of modern journalism.
crime  culture 
september 2018
Scott Patterson and Alexandra Wexler: Despite Cleanup Vows, Smartphones and Electric Cars Still Keep Miners Digging by Hand in Congo (Wall Street Journal)
Supply chains at Apple, VW and others still include the owner of a mine where workers produce cobalt without safety equipment
apple  capitalism  labor 
september 2018
Becky Ferreira: Climate Change Exacerbates Hurricane Florence as America Becomes World’s Leading Crude Oil Producer
Hurricane Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas on the same day the US Department of Energy announces that the US has likely surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude oil production.
climatechange  oil 
september 2018
Pseudo-nature Photographers
Nature photographer should capture the true essence of wildlife, not forcing the poor animals to hold an umbrella, dance or do kungfu. The nature is beautiful and interesting as it is. We believe in the true beauty of nature, not fabricated, posed photo at the expense of animal rights.
photography  animals 
september 2018
Jesse Dorris: The Prodigy — The Fat of the Land (Pitchfork)
Today, The Fat Of the Land is easy to swallow, even if mix of party-on and patriarchy leaves a strange taste in the mouth. As usual, Kim Deal knows the score. “Firestarter” was, after all, built on women’s work: that charmed and pissed-off “Hey!” throughout belonged to Anne Dudley, one of the virtuosos behind Art of Noise; the song’s raucous guitar line belonged to Deal, whose Breeders track “S.O.S.” birthed it. “Since I own, like, a quarter of [”Firestarter”]…I root for them since they used a song of mine,” she told the A.V. Club in 2009. “It’s like I’m in the biology club and they’re in the football team, you know?” With The Fat Of the Land, they packed the stadiums.
music  culture 
september 2018
Aaron Hanlon: Postmodernism didn’t cause Trump. It explains him. (Washington Post)
Academic theorists weren’t looking to destroy truth, but to diagnose its collapse.
trump  theory  philosophy 
september 2018
Taylor Link: Andrew Sullivan plays himself, proves “racist” tweets by New York Times hire were innocent (Salon)
In a column Sullivan cited a tweet by Sarah Jeong as an example of racism, failing to realize she was parodying him


When it comes to racism targeted at people of color, Sullivan insists both sides need to be heard. When it comes to "racism" targeted at white people, you better damn expect a 1,200 word screed attacking the speaker.
racism  journalism 
august 2018
Thread by @nomadj1s: "RE Sarah Jeong: I am not a white person & I don’t know how it feels to you when people of color (POC) generalize about white people But…"
Equating generalizations made by POC about white people & those made by white people about POC strike me as disingenuous at best. they’re informed by very different lived experiences (see above) & have very different material implications (see above)
racism  journalism 
august 2018
Trevor Alixopulos: I Make You a Cocktail: Luna Negra (Popula)
A new song, a capital S Song that persists through your life, is magic. It’s not so much like having a new dish or drink and more analogous to discovering a new color or flavor. My sight feels altered permanently, things are recontextualized.
cocktails  culture  music 
august 2018
ClickRepair: Audio Restoration
ClickRepair is a mature, well-tested, application for declicking and decrackling audio in uncompressed audio files. It has been developed over a period of many years. There is an extensive user manual that is part of the download package. ClickRepair will not operate on compressed audio files, such as mp3, and there are no plans to incorporate such a feature.
audio  software 
july 2018
A “Bike Fun Library” is in the works, just in time for Pedalpalooza
This story was written by Portland bike fun enthusiast and Shift volunteer, One Hwang.


Members of the public could more easily organize their own Pedalpalooza ride if they had access to a bike ride equipment library, where they could borrow for free a flat bed trailer, sound system, disco ball, batteries, and radio transmitter. Furthermore, if they receive training on how to welcome women and other underrepresented groups, they could help create a more inclusive bike community and address factors that discourage these groups from participation.
portland  bicycle 
july 2018
Automatically delete your old tweets with TweetDelete.net
A service that automatically deletes all your tweets older than a specified age. Allows you to mass delete tweets all at once with no fee required.
july 2018
Set your Slack status and availability
How being available/away works in Slack.
july 2018
Elizabeth Newton: The Next Big Thing in Music Theory (Popula)
Whether conscious or compulsive, whether musical or otherwise, the counting seems likely to continue. We will go on quantifying everything from our garbage to our daydreams, calculating what can’t be separated, let alone captured and kept. But we are also beginning to acknowledge measurement’s externalized costs. Music reminds us to redirect resources beyond the confines of measure. Not because the measurements don’t matter, but because we have yet to account for the movements between.
music  musictheory  business 
july 2018
Eric Harvey: How Smart Speakers Are Changing the Way We Listen to Music (Pitchfork)
Indeed, many of the most pressing issues of the streaming music economy—artist compensation, statistical transparency, sexism—remain untouched, if not deepened, by the rise of the smart speaker. Moreover, as Amazon, Apple, and Google continue to carve out their spaces in the voice marketplace, music consumers and musicians alike will continue to fight against the companies’ preferred walled-garden approach to exclusivity. And though there’s no real reason to sympathize with Tidal or Spotify, the idea that the smart speaker industry might become the exclusive province of massive firms with enough capital to experiment (and huge captive audiences to use as guinea pigs) is significant reason for pause, no matter how little one is interested in owning the devices. A world in which three of tech’s “frightful five” become the equivalent of the major labels, with exclusive holdings in hardware and software, and plenty of incentive to lock competitors’ products and content out of their systems, is a chilling idea, and not as far-fetched as it might seem.
musicbusiness  amazon  apple  spotify  music 
july 2018
WP Media Folder
This is a good plugin for media management.
Create folder to order image in your WordPress media manager. WP Media Folder also provides a importer, a gallery manager, media replacer and more.
wordpress  _wordpress-plugins 
july 2018
Music Review: C. Spencer Yeh — The RCA Mark II (Tiny Mix Tapes)
The machine cost $250,000; it stood at a forbidding seven feet tall and stretched the width of the room; it could take up to 12 hours to re-calibrate if a mistake were made. The user would control for pitch, timbre, volume, and envelope for each note individually with a typewriter-like hole-punch, creating a paper script to be fed into the machine. Only the machine’s designers and engineers were even vaguely comfortable with it, and only the most intrepid of composers dared use it.
music  history  synth 
july 2018
Thread by @RinChupeco: “Speaking as someone born in the last years of a dictatorship, you Americans are already several steps in one.”
[The Philippines’] Ferdinand Marcos' greatest trick was convincing people all protesters were communist animals, so when they went missing, few cared. Even after bodies were discovered.

These white people & journalists talking about being civil? These were the rich people, the Fil-Chinese, the mestizos in the Philippines who knew they won't be affected by many of Marcos' policies, and therefore could ignore them even as the killings started.

Marcos was also adept at convincing regular Filipinos that "as long as you don't commit crimes I won't come for you. I'm only getting rid of the 'filth'." He lied, of course. He jailed his most vocal opponents, people whose businesses he wanted to confiscate for his use.
politics  dictatorship  government  democracy  trump 
june 2018
David R. MacIver: On Not Quite Fitting
Centering gender and sexual politics and discussion on the people most strongly affected is absolutely the right thing to do, but I think it’s still useful to be aware that this spectrum exists and literally everybody is somewhere on it (that’s why it’s a spectrum).

This is important for a number of different reasons.

The first is simply that I’m pretty sure that it’s true. It’s good to believe true things. The world makes more sense that way. This model of how people are behaving is (as far as I can tell) extremely consistent with both the data and many many quiet conversations I’ve had with friends about their experiences.

The second is that I think it is extremely helpful to people to understand this about themselves, especially if they are in a boundary area. Stressing about the question “Am I bisexual or am I just faking it?” seems to be an almost universal bisexual experience, and that’s not surprising given this dynamic! When most of what you hear is from people whose sexual identity is burned into their very soul, “I don’t know what’s going on but sometimes I feel like it might be nice to be able to kiss boys??” feels fake in comparison.

It’s also useful from a political point of view. There is strength in numbers, and understanding that the range of experiences includes a much more broad base of people who would experiment if given the option significantly increases our numbers. I’d much rather describe my sexuality as “Look over there!” followed by dropping a smoke bomb and escaping in the confusion, and my decision to identify as bisexual instead is in no small part a political one. I suspect there are quite a lot of others out there who could usefully do the same.


When most of what you hear is from people whose sexual identity is burned into their very soul, “I don’t know what’s going on but sometimes I feel like it might be nice to be able to kiss boys??” feels fake in comparison.
sexuality  identity 
june 2018
Alex Zielinski: ICE Continues to Deny Immigrants Their Legal Rights in Oregon Prison (Portland Mercury)
"They've been defeated. They have fled terror in their home country only to be welcomed to this country with more terror," Garcia said. "What the government is doing is accomplishing what the cartels never could, which is separating these men from their families."

Philabaum says prison staff have also kept faith leaders from visiting men who've requested their presence. According to ICE's own "detention standards," immigrant detainees must be granted at least some weekend visiting hours from family members, faith leaders, or legal counsel. Those standards also grant detainees free calls to legal counsel, along with a list of free legal aid programs they can call. The detained men have been denied all of these rights.


"It's important to remember, the law never required these men be detained. The law never required these men be separated from their families," said Philabaum. "And the law definitely never required they be placed in a federal correctional institution."
immigration  humanrights 
june 2018
Portfolio by Renee Gladman (BOMB Magazine)
Renee Gladman is the author of ten works of prose and poetry, most recently *Calamities*, a collection of essay-fictions. Her first monograph of drawings, *Prose Architectures*, was published by Wave Books in 2017. She lives in New England with the poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.
book  drawing  art 
june 2018
Lewis Gordon: The Rise of the Ambient Video Game (The Outline)
‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and its contemporaries are sensory soothing software several decades in the making.
june 2018
Conbini Creations: Super Easy Matcha Ice Cream
I made this green tea ice cream on June 10, 2018 and it turned out really well!
food  recipes 
june 2018
Jeremy Larson: Eminem — The Marshall Mathers LP (Pitchfork)
American culture allowed Eminem to freely negate any kind of identity he wanted to, as was his inherent privilege. But, as the critic Hilton Als wrote in his 2003 essay “White Noise,” it didn’t matter to Eminem. “Mathers never claimed whiteness and its privileges as his birthright because he didn’t feel white and privileged,” Als wrote. It’s interesting, though, that Eminem never negated his masculinity or heterosexuality, two identities that were and, more or less, remain intrinsic to the success of male rappers. His privilege meant that he could shed his racial signifiers and become a ghost, a psychopath, a loving father, a bigot, a clown. So why do fans believe any of this? Why, when they listened to Eminem rip his vocal cords open and disconnect from reality and mimic slitting the throat of his wife while he screams at her to “bleed, bitch bleed” do they take him so seriously?
june 2018
Annalee Flower Horne: How “Good Intent” Undermines Diversity and Inclusion (The Bias)
The harm is that telling people to “assume good intent” is a sign that if they come to you with a concern, you will minimize their feelings, police their reactions, and question their perceptions. It tells marginalized people that you don’t see codes of conduct as tools to address systemic discrimination, but as tools to manage personal conflicts without taking power differences into account. Telling people to “assume good intent” sends a message about whose feelings you plan to center when an issue arises in your community.


If you want to build a culture of “assuming good intent,” start by assuming good intent in marginalized people.

Assume that they already tried being nice. Assume that their feelings are valid. Assume that, after a lifetime of practice, they are responding to harmful behavior in the way that is safest for them. Prioritize that safety over the momentary discomfort people feel when they realize they’ve done something hurtful.

Culture-setting documents like your code of conduct and corporate values should be designed around protecting marginalized people from harmful behavior. Leave out “assume good intent.” Instead, create a culture that recognizes and pushes back against the ways that marginalized people are dehumanized. Expect people to demonstrate their good intent by treating people with respect.
inclusion  diversity 
june 2018
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