The Null Device
Human psychology in action: It appears that voters choose whom to vote for according to whether they appear to be "heroes" or "villains". In short, who controls the narrative decides the election.
To make up for the recent lack of new content, here's a link to something older, namely a quite interesting article on The Cure in Spin. It's some months old, so has nothing on the anticipated solo album from Robert Smith, but does have a good amount of background.
I just received the most recent Wicked Beat Sound System CD, Inna Styles in the mail (it was a promotional copy, sent as a bonus to subscribers to local music-gear magazine NextMusic). I'm pleased to report it's quite good; alternating between laid-back breakbeat grooves and soul/funk songs (think Mantronix or somesuch, not top-40 R&B), with touches of drum & bass and trip-hop. There's also not much in the way of embarrassing wiggaisms; no weak braggadocio raps, or paeans to marijuana delivered in faux-Jamaican accents (as there was on the first CD).
Say what you will about goth clubbing, it's probably more justified than baby seal clubbing. Which brings us to this page on Goth Hunting. (via Galeanthropy)
Faced with a critical shortage of skilled workers, the British government is now contemplating allowing more skilled immigrants in.
Strange bedfellows: Neo-Nazis are surreptitiously infiltrating animal rights groups, looking for new members. Some espouse vegetarianism and oppose cruelty to animals (though presumably not people) in the name of Hitler. Most conceal their true beliefs as the leftist types who abound in the animal rights movement would not be sympathetic. (via Leviathan)
Not much to say today, as I've spent all day either putting things into a truck, taking things out of a truck or doing battle with a proliferation of boxes. It's almost 4am, and I've finally got my room set up so that I can use the bed and the computers (though not at once, in case you're wondering). The stereo is still in pieces (my Mac has been doing CD player duty), my synths are all in boxes and my CDs are all over the place, but it's a start. And then there's the matter of removing the flotsam and jetsam from the old place, cleaning it up as much as possible and handing the key to the agent... Isn't moving fun?