Apple Music’s Archaic Album Categorization→
Benjamin Mayo sums up one of the most annoying features of Apple Music: the way the service thinks everything is an “album”, making it extremely inconvenient to find what you’re looking for. These artefacts of compact discs show up again when looking at an artist page. And this, amongst other reasons, is why I use Spotify.
Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20
In 2013, Jason Kottke wrote a prediction for Nieman Lab’s year-end roundup: “The blog is dead, long live the blog.” Kottke was then (and still is) owner of one of the longest continuously running blogs on the web: kottke.org, founded in 1998. “Sometime in the past few years, the blog died.” Pffffttt, he’s only a year or so ahead of me (although his is a ‘true’ weblog, not this ramshackle nonsense)
The Breakup Museum
It’s a simple necklace: a tiny, brown-striped clamshell tied to a black leather cord. The shell was gathered from a beach in Italy, and attached to the cord by means of two holes drilled into the shell with a dental drill. It’s always the little things, found one such item myself just this past week. *cries a river*
My Ready Meal Is None Of Your Fucking Business.
Tonight, scrolling through Twitter, I came across a frankly audacious message sent from the ‘Bath Conservatives’ account, that had tagged me in. Jack Monroe in wonderfully scathing style. They are mighty.
I didn’t start my journal with the idea of recording my progress toward the ultimate truth. I was nowhere near bombastic enough to think I had anything important to say, even to my future self. So many reasons to keep a journal.
I have forgotten how to read
Author of Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World and The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in an Age of Constant Connection. Turning, one evening, from my phone to a book, I set myself the task of reading a single chapter in one sitting. Simple. But I couldn’t. Wow this sat down HEAVY.
Hundreds of rough sleepers in Scotland to be offered homes
At least 600 of Scotland’s most vulnerable rough sleepers are to be provided with homes and the continuing support they need to sustain their tenancies, in the largest commitment of its kind in the UK. Proud to be Scottish (and proud to have contributed).
Japan’s Stock Market Got You Confused? Try Analyzing Eyebrows
With Japan’s stock market having slipped away from strategists’ targets set at the start of the year, investors seeking alternative analysis could consider studying eyebrows. Because I’m not confused enough about the ‘magic marker’ eyebrows already??
Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight
A unicorn, a monster, a phoenix, a machine, a heavyweight fighter, an astronaut, a superhero, a thoroughbred, a home-run hitter, a waitress juggling “16 entrees, 42 starters, 16 desserts,” a jazz virtuoso, LeBron James, Magellan, Snuffleupagus. Mild Lady Bird spoilers, which you should go and see because Metcalf is mesmerising.
From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower
In late October 2017, when I went to visit Kai-Fu Lee, China’s premiere artificial intelligence (AI)-focused venture capitalist, I entered his office complex from the back side of the building. My prediction: The war is coming, ideologies will build on the back of such achievements, they always have. Tech is the new battleground.
At Japan’s suicide cliffs, he’s walked more than 600 people back from the edge
Almost no one jumps on rainy days. They jump when the sun returns and the masses step outside, reminding them of their misery. They jump during financial crises and in the early spring, when Japanese schools open and the pressures of life converge. It is always, ALWAYS good to talk. Even a few words can change a life. You have no idea the impact your words may have with others. Don’t be scared to reach out.