Here’s a round up of links and culture from  the last week. As ever I’m always debating whether I should share links and finds one by one like a Tumblr or just put them all in one post in a more of a newsletter type format, like this, often coming to the conclusion that this way is less annoying for the reader, in that it’s more easy to ignore in one go.

I want to blog more. This is me blogging more.

The above moving image was auto-generated for me by Google Photos.

It begins after the break.







  • BBC To Increase Children’s Spending By $44 Million Through 2020
    “In the face of heavy competition from American streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and web/mobile-based video platforms like Youtube, the BBC has decided to make its biggest investment in children’s content in a generation. The broadcaster announced on Tuesday that it will invest an additional £34 million (US$44 million) over the next three tv seasons.”
  • Three synched performances of Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
    “Radiohead has performed Fake Plastic Trees at the Glastonbury Festival three times: in 1997, 2003, and 2017. This video synchs all three performances into one, with the audio switching between the three.” 


  • Every solar eclipse in your lifetime
    The continental United States gets a total solar eclipse on August 21, so Denise Lu for The Washington Post mapped out every total solar eclipse that will happen in your lifetime. Enter the year you were born and see the paths on the globe.



  • Tumblr’s Unclear Future Shows That There’s No Money in Internet Culture
    “Earlier this month, Verizon completed its acquisition of Yahoo, incorporating the internet-portal pioneer’s slate of brands under a new umbrella corporation named, ominously, Oath. Among those Yahoo brands is the website Tumblr, a blog-based social network that you either know well to the point of obsession, or find completely incomprehensible. As Verizon completed its acquisition, a number of Tumblr employees, as well as those at other Verizon-owned properties, like the Huffington Post, were laid off.”
  • Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian
    “The resulting biological annihilation obviously will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.”
  • Elon Musk’s big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world | Tim Hollo | Opinion | The Guardian
    “Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South Australia isn’t just an extraordinary technological breakthrough that signs coal’s death warrant. It’s potentially a game changer in the way we do politics, reinserting the importance of basic reality into a debate which has been bereft of it for too long.”
  • Tesla to build world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia – BBC News
    “An Australian state will install the world’s largest lithium ion battery in a “historic” deal with electric car firm Tesla and energy company Neoen. The battery will protect South Australia from the kind of energy crisis which famously blacked out the state, Premier Jay Weatherill said. Tesla boss Elon Musk confirmed a much-publicised promise to build it within 100 days, or do it for free.”
  • Mars surface ‘more uninhabitable’ than thought: study
    “Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria. In lab tests on Earth, the compounds known as perchlorates killed cultures of the bacteria Bacillus subtilis, a basic life form, a research duo from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy reported. Perchlorates, stable at room temperature, become active at high heat. Mars is very cold. In the new study, Jennifer Wadsworth and Charles Cockell showed the compound can also be activated by UV light, without heat, in conditions mimicking those on the martian surface. It killed bacteria within minutes, said the team, implying the planet was “more uninhabitable than previously thought.””
  • The future we’re building — and boring | Elon Musk
    “Elon Musk on mars, solar roof, artificial intelligence, tunnel, motivation, “The boring company” and technology.”
  • Hike Founder: ‘Apps Will Be Dead in 5 Years’
    “One big issue has been hanging over this year’s Web Summit, the tech cornucopia that inspired over 70,000 investors, corporate giants, and startup hopefuls to flock to Lisbon this week. No, it’s not the specter of a Donald Trump presidency. Instead, it’s the sudden decline of apps, which casts a cloud over the optimistic pitches that tech companies like to tout with every mobile release.”
  • This Man Is Trying To Rebuild A Library Burned Down By ISIS”
    “The central library at the university contained hundreds of thousands of books in Arabic and English, historic maps and periodicals from the Ottoman era, and ancient Islamic manuscripts, including a ninth-century Qur’an.”
  • Inside Peter Jackson’s New Augmented Reality Studio
    “At Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, one of the stand-out demos was from Wingnut AR, the augmented reality studio started by director Peter Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh. On stage, Wingnut AR’s creative director Alasdair Coull demonstrated a tabletop ar experience made using Apple’s upcoming augmented reality developer kit called ARKit and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. The experience blended a real world environment – the tabletop – with digital objects, in this case a sci-fi location complete with attacking spaceships, while being viewed live, on an iPad.”
  • From Genocidal Organ to Your Name: Japanese anime‘s new golden age
    “In 2013, Hayao Miyazaki faced a packed press conference. He said: “I’m really serious this time … My era of animation is over.” Could it be true? The 76-year-old film-maker, creator of cherished classics from My Neighbour Totoro to Spirited Away, is virtually a living god in his native Japan. Had his career come to an end? Actually, no, it hadn’t. As he has done many times before, Miyazaki came back out of retirement this year and is working on a new movie. But still, the end of the Miyazaki era is surely drawing closer.”


  • Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies – Vox
    “I’m going to make you work hard,” a blonde and perfectly muscled fitness instructor screamed at me in a recent spinning class, “so you can have that second drink at happy hour!” At the end of the 45-minute workout, my body was dripping with sweat. I felt like I had worked really, really hard. And according to my bike, I had burned more than 700 calories. Surely I had earned an extra margarita.”
  • This 55-Second Video Might Explain David Lynch’s Entire Career – VICE
    “In 1995, David Lynch was given something he rarely had: rules. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lumiere brothers’ first “motion pictures,” two filmmakers—Sarah Moon and Philippe Poulet—invited 39 directors from around the world (including Wim Wenders, Spike Lee, and Peter Greenaway) to participate in an experiment. Filmmakers were given a reconstruction of the old camera that the Lumieres used, with the only difference being the coating on the film was acetate instead of nitrate, as well as three rules: The short could be no longer than 52 seconds, there could be no synchronized sound or unnatural light, and filmmakers had only three takes.”
  • The writing of J. G. Ballard’s Crash: a look under the bonnet – English and Drama blog
    “Shock greeted the publication of J. G. Ballard’s Crash in 1973. Cult status quickly followed. Today, the novel is widely considered to be a modern classic, a novel that speaks both of its time – the darkening close of a decade of colourful liberation – and speaks dystopically to us today, connected yet disconnected as we are in a time of digital narcissism, detached 21st century voyeurs of pleasure and horror at the touch of a screen. Meanwhile, traffic increases – hurtling towards the limits of catastrophic systems failure – by road, and by what used to be called the information super highway. Is Ballard’s novel a Swiftian satire, a ‘cautionary tale’, as the author suggested, or is it, as he also characterised his novel – as if to evoke de Sade – a ‘psychopathic hymn’? Ballard maintained both positions at different times. The novel’s enduring qualities are connected to its moral ambivalence, an ambivalence that is deeply embedded in a richly layered text that resists closure.”


  • Visual Thoughts III – Anja Uhren’s Charming Slice-of-Life Comics Are the Highlight of this Bumper Sketchbook Showcase
    “One of our 2017 ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch‘ at Broken Frontier, Anja Uhren has a lyrical artistic style that lends itself to all manner of genres and subject matter. Visual Thoughts is her bumper annual collection of sketchbook pages and shorter work which reaches a third edition this year. And when I say bumper I really do mean bumper! This thick volume comprises almost 200 pages and is not so much a taster of her gorgeously rendered illustrative style as a sumptuous visual banquet.”



Peter Look – Night Clipper

Cuando Calienta el Sol – Tito Puente

“Jake Summers” by Fight Like Apes

Ngoma likembe – Francis Bebey

Here It Comes Again – The Amazing Snakeheads

(As always playlist regularly updated at the Listening Booth)


A Clash Of Kings by George R R Martin

Split edited by Katie West (purchase)

Dubliners by James Joyce

Drawn and Quarterly: 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning

The Essays of Montaigne Book One

Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande

Recently Completed

The Iliad by Homer

Captain Marvel Vols 1-3 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Soy, Rios, Elson, Kesel & Barrionueva


In Conclusion

Was that worth it? Maybe. Let me know if it was. More next week perhaps.