Author: MC

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/17/18

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/17/18

BUREAUCRACY Lucy Steigerwald on the bureaucratic protocols that recently sent Hawaii into a state of panic: Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, 86, is best known for the Pentagon Papers leak. However, at the time, he also snatched thousands of documents on nuclear policy, because everything he had learned about it during his career as a civilian …

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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/14/18

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/14/18

  AESTHETICS Photomontages that trace light through overgrown countrysides and abandoned interiors.   BIRDS Australia’s pyro-birds: …firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched. “The …

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ASK AN EXPERT: Ricky Sprague (Getting to Know the World of Comic Books)

ASK AN EXPERT: Ricky Sprague (Getting to Know the World of Comic Books)

Ricky Sprague is a prolific writer, cartoonist, and animator, whose short films have appeared at festivals all over the world. He’s the author of the novels Whimsical Doctor Shoe, Arsole Fantüme: Gentleman Immoralist, and the webcomic Senator Surprise. He gives us the low-down on the world of comic books. Q: Can you explain the difference between …

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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/11/18

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/11/18

AESTHETICS The vintage beauty of Soviet control rooms:   ART Total Disquiet by @eevientan – our first show for 2018 opening February 2 #smallwallproject #newcontemporary #juxtapoz #hifructose #beautifulbizarre A post shared by Outré Gallery Martin McIntosh (@outregallery) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:50am PST   CHINA On China’s “social credit” system: This article wasn’t meant …

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A Butcher Bird Song

A Butcher Bird Song

Lifelong pal Brett Van Donsel, who creates the music for my podcast, has a new song up for purchase: We originally recorded a version of this jam at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago in 2016. On the current version, Brett plays all the instruments himself and puts his multi-instrumentalist expertise on display. Brett’s …

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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18

CITIES London may now be more dangerous than New York City: While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim …

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Radio Cade — Episode 2: Marissa Johnson

Radio Cade — Episode 2: Marissa Johnson

Episode 2 of RADIO CADE features Portland artist, facilitator and politico Marissa Johnson, who also happens to be my fiancee and best friend. We discuss our favorite things of 2017 and look ahead to 2018.     People, places and things mentioned in this podcast include: “Albuquerque: A City at the End of the World” …

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ASK AN EXPERT: Brett Van Donsel (At-Home Music Recording)

ASK AN EXPERT: Brett Van Donsel (At-Home Music Recording)

Multi-talented Chicago musician Brett Van Donsel has been doing at-home music recordings nearly his entire life. He gives us the low-down on some of the basics. Q: For the novice — where does one start? What kind of gear do you need to do the basics? A: You really can do good things with even …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/04/18

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/04/18

  ACADEMIA Portland State University professor Bruce Gilley discusses how many academics and scholars reacted to his paper “The Case for Colonialism”: …it was the intellectual vacuity of the mobs that surprised, and discouraged. The colonial encounter was huge, epochal, varied and complex. To reduce it to a bumper sticker is worse than wrong, it is …

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BATTLES

BATTLES

I’d like to share a new musical discovery that I came upon recently — a New York band called Battles. I first heard of them while interviewing Jose Medeles for a podcast last November. Then, in the past few days, I chanced upon some of their videos on YouTube. Extraordinary stuff. This video in particular …

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2017 Visuals in Review

2017 Visuals in Review

A few favorite personal photos from the past year. Some definite faves come via Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. There are way too many of those to put in one post, but Marissa and I will discuss Meow Wolf a bit more in the podcast we’re recording tomorrow. “Wolf Brother,” says Chip. “Where is the …

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