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Monthly Archives: November 2012

366 Songs 335: Lazy Line Painter Jane

In a strange way, this song reminds me of McAlmont & Butler’s “Yes” – It’s the jangly guitar and the fact that this song just builds, just grows into an epic that’s irresistible and so exuberant and filled with a … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 366 Songs ,

Journalist as Human

Working between the crowd and the algorithm in the information ecosystem is where a journalist is able to have most effect, by serving as an investigator, a translator, a storyteller. Without leveraging the possibilities of either the crowd or the … Continue reading


366 Songs 334: Yes

The song that returned the concept of the Wall of Sound to pop music in Britain in the mid-90s, McAlmont and Butler’s “Yes” was a glorious rejection of the jangly-guitar, Smiths and Beatles-obsessed aesthetic at the core of Britpop right … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 366 Songs ,

Devil in Disguise

From the Guardian’s 24 Hours in Pictures collection: Mumbai, India: A man wearing devil horns sells toys on a beach. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters I love the colors in this picture, and the man’s expression as he stares upwards.

The Ethics of Nostalgia

The way we represent history on screen and on blogs has very little to do with the way ‘it really was’, but with the way we want it, and need it, to be. A few months ago, a new television … Continue reading


366 Songs 333: I Don’t Know What’s Happened To The Kids Today

Based on the lyrics alone, I feel like I should hate Labi Siffre’s “I Don’t Know What’s Happened To The Kids Today.” It is, after all, the rantings of a confused and angry old man who doesn’t get the kids … Continue reading

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He’s Been Here For Years

This week’s Time piece is something that still feels a little unfinished, as if I’m writing around the subject as opposed to about the subject, if that makes sense? I didn’t quite find the magic bullet that allowed me to … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 Writingthoughts

We Really Can’t Be Beat/Warm Us Up And Watch Us Blow

From the Guardian’s Photo Blog: Waves crash over lava as it flows into the ocean near Volcanoes National Park in Kalapana, Hawaii. A volcano on Hawaii’s largest island is spilling lava into the ocean, creating a rare and spectacular fusion … Continue reading

Platforms Are Important

What the findings suggest, Holton said, is that the news platforms a person is using can play a bigger role in making them feel overwhelmed than the sheer number of news sources being consumed. So even if you read The … Continue reading

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366 Songs 332: We Are The Pigs

Another song that has emotional sense memories that threaten to overwhelm the actual music, “We Are The Pigs” has two lives for me; the song itself, with Bond theme-esque spider guitar and horns (Not to mention one of my favorite … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 366 Songs ,