- The story behind that photo of the Pinto in front of the Mt. St Hellens Eruption | Hemmings (dunno how reliable this is, but hey)
- Tucows closes its once-popular software download site | Engadget. End of an era. They handled it very well though.
- 51 Brutalist House Exteriors That Will Make You Love Concrete Architecture
- Kerry O'Brien rejects Australia Day honour in protest against Margaret Court's award | Honours system | The Guardian
- Anger management: study suggests lack of fans has made players calmer | Football | The Guardian:
On average, the study found that there were 19.5% fewer “emotional” incidents, such as arguments or altercations, in matches without fans. The results also showed a stark decline in interactions involving the referee.The lack of crowd also reduced the "home advantage" and changed how many goals were scored.
- What is GameStop, where do the memes come in, and who is winning or losing? | Stock markets | The Guardian
- White supremacists chanting in The Grampians draws the anger of locals - ABC News
- 'In digital, the right-wing material is 24/7': How Sky News quietly became Australia's biggest news channel on social media | Business Insider
- Box seat: scientists solve the mystery of why wombats have cube-shaped poo | Animals | The Guardian
- NRL will not rush to follow AFL's lead on stricter concussion protocols | NRL | The Guardian:
despite growing pressure on sports administrators to act, the NRL has refused to follow suit for now, expressing concern over the potential for players or coaches to cover up any head injuries in a bid not to be forced to miss any action
- Local workers are taking up farm jobs as Queensland farmers are forced to pay higher wages - ABC News:
Critical labour shortages are forcing Queensland farmers to pay higher wages and provide better conditions to attract local workers.
- US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds | US policing | The Guardian:
The researchers found that the vast majority of the thousands of protests across the United States in the past year have been peaceful, and that most protests by both the left and the right were not met with any violent response by law enforcement. [...] The Guardian compared the percentage of all demonstrations organized by leftwing and rightwing groups that resulted in the use of force by law enforcement. For leftwing demonstrations, that was about 4.7% of protests, while for rightwing demonstrations, it was about 1.4%, meaning law enforcement was about three times more likely to use force against leftwing versus rightwing protests.
- What are sea shanties and why are they going viral online? - ABC Everyday
- He Created the Web. Now He's Out to Remake the Digital World. - The New York Times
- Bumble removed its political filter after people said they used it to lure conservatives who were at the Capitol riot into sending incriminating evidence | Business Insider
- Old Concept Cars - Concepts cars of the past
- Do 'elder Goths' hold the secret to aging successfully? – FREEMEDIA
- Regain smell after COVID: A biology professor's genius trick helped reawaken my senses, and more.
- The Wheelie Bin Radio Telescope | Spaceaustralia
- A majority of Australians would welcome a universal basic income, survey finds - ABC News:
Nearly two-thirds of Australians say they would support the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), according to a new poll.
- You know the outbreak is serious when... Sydney to Hobart yacht race cancelled due to NSW coronavirus outbreak - ABC News
- Inside Ballarat's tunnel gallery, where great art and high risk collide in the dark - ABC News
3D printed building that reached full certification in Germany (note - video sponsored by the builders, so you know, grain of salt with the big claim)
- Cyberpunk 2077: how 2020's biggest video game launch turned into a shambles | Games | The Guardian:
Cyberpunk 2077’s creators have issued a series of apologies and promises to make things right. It might seem impossible that a game this prominent, that’s been in development for this long, with such a lot of money behind it (game studio owners I’ve spoken to estimate that it cost more than £300m to make), could launch in such a state. It certainly points towards problems at CD Projekt, whose staff must surely be exhausted after months of overtime during the pandemic; the game had already been delayed twice since April to allow more time for improvement.Anyone who works in software can tell you how this tune goes. There was a deadline, it wasn't ready, they launched anyway.
- Exceptionally well-preserved snack bar unearthed in Pompeii | Italy | The Guardian:
Researchers said on Saturday they had discovered a frescoed thermopolium or fast-food counter in an exceptional state of preservation in Pompeii.
- Ten reasons we got Covid-19 vaccines so quickly without 'cutting corners' | Coronavirus | The Guardian:
some are about good planning, some good science and some just good luck
- Feel drained after a year of Zoom meetings? There's brain science behind that fatigue - ABC News
- U-Haul Has A Thing For Renovating Historic Buildings Into Giant Storage Complexes, aka 'adaptive reuse'.
- Robin Williams's widow: 'There were so many misunderstandings about what had happened to him' | Film | The Guardian:
After Williams died, it was widely reported that he had been suffering from depression, alcoholism, or both. To Schneider, this shows “how we as a culture don't have the vocabulary to discuss brain disease in the way we do about depression. Depression is a symptom of LBD and it's not about psychology – it's rooted in neurology. His brain was falling apart.”
Now in YouTube and Spotify flavours, noting each platform is missing a different track.
Background if you care:
- Play Dead - Björk. I discovered that this track was a bonus track added to the Australian re-press of Debut. Despite it also being the third single released 'off the album', when I shared this on teh socialz a few people said they'd never heard it. It amazes me that this wasn't part of the original album, it fits so well. Though I like The Anchor Song, it's a challenging track to finish an album. Play Dead though... those soaring strings, big vocals and deceptively tricky drum line... what a finish. It's one of my Bjork favourites and I'm glad I got the allegedly obscure edition of Debut that included it.
- Pneuma - TOOL. Tool turned out to be my only gig of the year, thanks to the covid lockdown. First time I had properly seen them live - despite seeing them at Alternative Nation in '95, I knew them but wasn't a fan yet so that didn't really count. It was a great gig :)
- Catch 22 - Butterfingers. New album with an ecclectic mix, oddly this was the track I got stuck in my head the most (it was going to be this or Dem Billz for the mix tape).
- (not in youtube playlist) The House - Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer. Mr.B dropped perhaps the most-2020 album of 2020 with A Very Modern Existential Crisis. Songs of isolation, garden envy and the social minefield of Zoom calls.
- Inside - Moby. Having my own modern existential crisis, stuck at home, I went back to a fair bit of older music. This one's almost meditative.
- Skyhigh - Yan Cook. Yan Cook was both a new discovery and my most-listened artist of the year. Drawn in by some cool tutorial videos he's made about music production, I listened a live set mix and I just haven't enjoyed a mix as much as that in a long time. So this track stands in for a whole lot more.
- The Business - Tiësto. Not sure how I ran into this one, think it was a YouTube or Spotify recommendation/autoplay. At a tiny 2:41 it feels like a sketch for a full track that got cut off early, but the goofy film clip (zombie breakup song? why not I guess) and weird vocals got stuck in my head so here it is.
- Avenue - Paul Van Dyk. Another one from the vaults, turns out I'll never tire of Out There And Back (2000). I love the big sweeping lines of this track, but most of all the chirpy/bleepy bridge at around 4:15.
- Get Smart - Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Another YouTube discovery. It's just fun. I mean, why NOT do a ska version of the Get Smart theme?
- Sad but True - The Hu. I think we can all agree now that Metallica just wasn't Mongolian enough.
- Mad Poet - Phunkey Rhythm Doctor aka Cari Lekebusch. Somewhere along the line I got into a big 90s techno kick. As in, the actual genre Techno and not just 'some people call all electronic music techno'. A lot of this stuff is tenuously hanging on thanks to perilously-copyright-infringing YouTube rips of obscure limited-press vinyl. Some stuff is in Spotify/iTunes/Bandcamp though. Also I figure 14-20min tracks don't work well in the middle of the mix tape. So this is another kind of 'stand in' track for a whole lot of other stuff.
- (not in spotify playlist) Goth Night (2020 mix) - Cari Lekebusch, Krister Linder. Another Lekebusch track, although I didn't know it when I first picked these two so it stays in ;)
- The Blame Game - HVOB. This is used heavily in the soundtrack for Pikes Peak: On The Edge. So this track got in my head alongside images of cars ripping up the mountain, and it all just works together. Plus it's a weird crossover style of electronic and guitar, so I actually thought it was parts of two different songs until I gave this a listen. When you hit the change at 2:30 you can probably see why.
The Mr.B album isn't on YouTube, but you can listen on Bandcamp and Spotify:
The Yan Cook mix - my reaction to this is a bit complicated. Somewhere between wanting to dance in a very dark room, and feeling like I'm wrapped up in a warm blanket.
Whole playlist of 90s techno:
Honourable mentions to Leo's cover of Walk Like An Egyptian...
...and to The Police, think I need to spend some more time on their back catalogue.
Labels: mix tape