Do You Remember? A podcast about Hüsker Dü

A five-episode documentary podcast exploring Hüsker Dü’s formative years. Includes an additional mini-episode eulogizing drummer Grant Hart.

January 16, 2018

“this” in JavaScript

Cool overview of the different contexts of the this keyword in JavaScript. (Spoiler: there are six of them!)

January 15, 2018

Medieval Fantasy City Generator

So cool!

January 12, 2018

Annihilation trailer

I wasn’t sure how well Jeff VanderMeer’s surreal cli-fi story was going to translate to the big screen, but it’s been adapted by Alex Garland, who wrote Ex Machina and Sunshine — surreal is kind of his thing.

January 11, 2018

Kickstarter: The Art of Creature and Character Design Volume 4: PROCESS

This looks AMAZING. Insta-backed.

November 14, 2017

She Walks in Shadows: modern Lovecraftian horror stories by women authors

Hell yes we’re doing this:

Women from around the world delve into Lovecraftian depths, penning and illustrating a variety of Weird horrors. The pale and secretive Lavinia wanders through the woods, Asenath is a precocious teenager with an attitude, and the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Nitocris has found a new body in distant America. And do you have time to hear a word from our beloved mother Shub-Niggurath?

November 13, 2017

Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

A long read at the Verge about Patreon and founder Jack Conte. A bit of insight from deep in the article:

Unlike their predecessors, internet celebrities thrive on a radical accessibility. [Peter] Hollens, for example, has built his current a cappella career on subverting the rock star mystique. He’s got an easy answer for why there are so few fellow musicians topping Patreon’s charts: “Musicians are a product. We have a difficult time conveying to the audience that we’re people,” he says. “I’m a person first and a musician second, because that’s the best angle to take to succeed in the future as a musician. It’s very difficult to have that come across when you have, like, a slick produced audio and visual thing.” His music videos are complex and stylish, but he ends each one by earnestly addressing the camera, breaking the fourth wall between him and his audience.

In this system, it’s almost impossible to separate a work of art from its creator — or, at least, its creator’s public persona. Is there a future for someone who wants to be a musician, but not a personality? “No. I don’t think so,” Hollens says. “I don’t think the reclusive thing is going to happen anymore. That’s not the world we live in. Like, the Brad Pitts of the world” — distant celebrities who are loved from afar — “are losing value.”

November 10, 2017

21 Tomorrow: a collection of African speculative fiction, free online

The Manchester Review collects 21 African science and speculative fiction stories, including everything from cyberpunk to apocalypse to interstellar travel.

November 9, 2017


Jason Bieler, formerly of the band Saigon Kick, regales us with stories of his waxing and waning fortunes in the 90s music industry. So great.

wrap up the clearly stellar presentation and Andy says a few very kind things about the music and the ideas and then finishes with…this is awesome and we would love to have you on board, unfortunately WEA just shut down new label acquisitions for remainder of the year and we have no clear indication when we will be able to do this, or if we will at all in the future.

What…who…I don’t…spinning, vomit rising…do not pass out. I think I muttered a few things like a guy who was punched so hard his brain had not yet told him he had been knocked the fuck out…so he stumbles around for a few secs before he hits the floor. Great, thanks, brilliant no no this is perfect thanks again, I shake a few hands and leave.

I remember pulling on the handles of the large glass exit door the wrong way and it making a cacophonous horrible sound that alerted everyone in the office DEAD MAN WALKING.

November 8, 2017

About that Boston album cover…

A short, amusing history behind the cover art of one of the most successful rock albums ever.

That album cover went on to influence future techies and software for decades. Lots of 3-D color blends and stylistic elements in design came from that album cover. As Paula Scher mentioned in her book Make it Bigger “I’ve often thought that the entire point of computer programs like (Adobe) Illustrator and Photoshop, based on the way they are advertised, is to enable anyone to create their own Boston cover.”

November 7, 2017
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