One of my favorite bands, Anathema, just released their latest effort, titled The Optimist. I’ve starred it on Spotify, but haven’t really had time to listen to it. (A cursory once-over got my hopes up, though.) As it happens, I’m old-school and like support the artists I like and to own my music, but what I’m not is a purist about formats. I figured I’d buy it digitally. However, once I got to their web store, I found I couldn’t. In 2017. Now, obviously there’s Amazon and iTunes, to name but two purveyors of lower-quality MP3 files, but still … why couldn’t I buy the digital edition directly from the band? Again: in 2017.

11.06.2017 • Permalink

In light of recent events, here is The Beautiful South with Manchester.

24.05.2017 • Permalink

Dead at 52, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden (and Audioslave, I suppose) fame.

18.05.2017 • Permalink

I get the worry that computers far more intelligent than any human will kill us all; more, though, should be concerned about the imminent creation of a world that makes huge swathes of people redundant. How many will care if artificial intelligence destroys life if it has already destroyed meaning? Ben Thompson, Stratechery

09.04.2017 • Permalink

Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures.The administration also wants to subject more visa applicants to intense security reviews and have embassies spend more time interviewing each applicant. The changes could apply to people from all over

Oh well, who wants to visit the US anyway? (Source: WSJ)

04.04.2017 • Permalink

Like the fundamentalist muslims he wants to destroy, Christian dominionist and US vice president Mike Pence can’t be alone with a woman who is not his wife, for religious reasons. Twitter reacts.

Starvation is is, then! Other things to ponder:

Hm. Dan Hon figures out why conservatives don’t want women leaders:

For some reason, Twitter remains unable to make money. Enjoy it while it lasts.

31.03.2017 • Permalink

Så blir man stadig eldre.

31.03.2017 • Permalink