2018 recommendations

October 10, 2018: Keeping It Real

Like, I think, most of us, I’ve found the news from the last several weeks…troubling. I thought writing about some things I’ve enjoyed recently might lighten my mood a bit. I don’t have a real theme this time around; there’s no particular connection among these things, so this is more like the recommendations posts as …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for July 18, 2016

#agir Recommendations for July 18, 2016 It’s been a while, and I have quite a bit of stuff this time around. I’ll start with a few connected things, and finish up with some random bits. Unintentional Conversation: “Cities Will Have to Be Redesigned to Confuse Invading Robots”, by Geoff Manaugh, “Deep learning is Creating Computer …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for May 8, 2016

This post is more than a bit overdue, and some of these links have been sitting in my text editor ready to go for quite a while now. I’ll start with some music to listen to while you read: Song/Video: “Castrati Stack” by Tim Hecker Tim Hecker’s new album, Love Streams, has been out for …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for March 5, 2016

I have a mixed bag this time around. I’ll start with this video, which isn’t really a video but a sound file with an image attached so that somebody could put it on YouTube. Because of a film I watched recently, I’ve been listening to Chinese music played on theguqin, a seven-stringed zither played seated; …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for February 20, 2016

Playlist: “Dissecting” by CFCF “Urchin” by Arca “Now is Not the Time” by Babe Rainbow “4101” by Roly Porter “Battery” by Fatima Al Qadiri I didn’t post a lot of music here last year. That wasn’t a deliberate decision, just how things worked out; 2015, in fact, was not a big year in music for …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for August 23, 2015

Song: “KYBM” by Tunde Olaniran A producer/rapper/singer from Flint, Michigan, of all places, Tunde Olaniran is pulling together all kinds of different sounds on his debut album, which is one of the most interesting things I’ve heard this year. This track is fairly representative, to the extent that any one song could be.   Article: …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for July 26, 2015

Kind of a long one this week, so lets get right into it. Fist, while you’re reading you can listen to… Mix: FACT Mix 505 by Alessandro Cortini I’m not sure exactly how much of his own imprint Cortini is putting on the tracks here, though I think it must be quite a bit. In …

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Recommendations for July 19, 2015

Obviously, it’s been a while, so this one is a little long, and it goes back a little further than usual to some stuff I’ve had queued up for a while. Article: “To Build a Better Language” by Sam Dean A short history of the artificial and proposed “universal” language Esperanto, occasioned by the availability …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for May 17, 2015

I’ll start things off this week with some music for you to listen to while you read the rest: EP: Strings of Gold by I Will, I Swear I don’t know anything at all about this band, and I continually mix up the name of the band with the name of the record (doesn’t “Strings …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for April 20, 2015

Big conference this weekend, at which my panel presented to an empty room. Now that all of that is done, here are some new things to read and look at. Song/video: “The Rest of Us” by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Colin Stetson has made some of my favorite albums of the last few years. …

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