A beginner’s guide to Dungeon Synth

23 June 2017

Dirge magazine: What I Like About Dungeon Synth is, primarily, the music and the wide range of emotions it encompasses; the bombast and the subtlety, the melancholy and the fury, the epic and the transient. It blends genres that are dear to my heart, from medieval airs to black metal malevolence, into something that is […]

The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth

20 June 2017

Vann Newkirk on the most famous American emancipation holiday, and why it must be celebrated: Juneteenth, rather, celebrates a belated liberation. Enslaved people in the Confederacy who didn’t manage to escape to Union lines or find themselves in occupied territory were not all made free by Lincoln’s proclamation, and had to await the end of […]

Traces I

14 June 2017

Traces I is the sound of synthesizers wrapped in cheesecloth being broadcast from the last radio tower of a dying world… in the shape of a 5-track pay-what-you-can album on Bandcamp. I’m enjoying it a lot. You can contribute to the artist’s patreon, too.

The Library of Congress is Adding Webcomics

13 June 2017

“Dinosaur Comics!” “Hyperbole and a Half” and “xkcd” are among the initial class of now-nationally-archived webcomics I grew up reading. The Washington Post: The library will announce Tuesday that the Webcomics Web Archive is officially launching at loc.gov as part of its growth in “born-digital” collections. The first phase of the webcomics online collection will […]

You Are Not Google

09 June 2017

A longish read which is better summed up at the very top: […] if you’re using a technology that originated at a large company, but your use case is very different, it’s unlikely that you arrived there deliberately; no, it’s more likely you got there through a ritualistic belief that imitating the giants would bring […]

Motherboard: The Hidden Stories Lingering in RadioShack’s Bankruptcy Auction

08 June 2017

Apparently there are now about 70 Radio Shacks left across America. I’ve scavenged a few closings here in San Francisco. I will cherish those still-overpriced-at-70%-off toggle switches forever: But buried in the recent news about store closings—which have largely decimated a chain of thousands of locations—is the fact that the company is auctioning off much […]

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech

06 June 2017

Kottke: Bob Dylan finally delivered his Nobel Prize lecture in the form of a video (you can also listen to it on Soundcloud). Over the course of just 27 minutes, he talks about his influences, both musical and literary, and muses on the differences and similarities between music and literature. Listening to the speech, instead […]

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