Sunday, June 26, 2016

"there’s so much more audience, but the audience is largely less invested"


music just doesn’t tie into fan’s identities anymore, beyond fashion at best. At its worst it’s just wallpaper people listen to on Spotify while they’re cleaning their houses or working out.


It used to be a different situation where a musician who was doing something legendary meant something to people, had a resonance to their lives. That same kind of small community of louder-level fans are still important to the process, the level where it’s artists watching other artists still plays a role in tiny clubs and new trends—but by the time an act has had any real level of fame they’ve jettisoned, or been abandoned by, the artistic tastemakers. And so ultimately the audience that matters are these half-interested people who find out about music via commercial outlets, don’t seek obscurity, buy show tickets online after reading reviews online

"EU to launch kettle and toaster crackdown after Brexit vote"


The EU is poised to ban high-powered appliances such as kettles, toasters, hair-dryers within months of Britain’s referendum vote, despite senior officials admitting the plan has brought them “ridicule”.


The plans have been ready for many months, but were shelved for fear of undermining the referendum campaign if they were perceived as an assault on the British staples of tea and toast.

"Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen"

ALJ: Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.


even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training programme in Jordan under tight control.

"Stop Using Google Trends"


But it’s giving plenty of people cover to insult the entire country, when it’s likely just a few people searching for something in a way that they always search for something. It makes “The British are frantically Googling what the EU is, hours after voting to leave it” absurdly disingenuous without better numbers. Update: Remy Smith points out this out: The peak was merely ~1000 people! It’s ludicrous that so few people get turned into a massive story, but it underscores the need for context.

I’m disappointed that this is how data is being used, and really drives home the need for people to understand the data before they use it incorrectly. Google Trends is an interesting tool, but please do a bit more research before using it.

Guitar Hero 4 Guitar Bundle is 69% off

$31 at Amazon.

And other deals:

Lego Jurassic World PS4 download is $16.

Mad Max PS4 download is $16.

Tales from the Borderlands PS4 season pass is $4.50.

"Thousands of Tourists Stranded En Route to Christo's 'Floating Piers'"


Interest in Christo's new project The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in northern Italy has left approximately 3,000 people stranded at a train station in the nearby city of Brescia.


In a statement on his website, Christo assured visitors, “The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting. There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners.


However, organizers announced that the installation will temporarily close from midnight on Thursday until 7:30 a.m. on Friday for essential maintenance work.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Video from the croc-viewing tube

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Batman: Arkham Knight is $12 at Amazon

$12 for PS4, $15 for PC today.

Over a period of 10 months in 2015 and 2016, a robbery ring in Los Angeles "smashed and grabbed its way to $6 million in stolen goods"


we can reconstruct what allegedly happened. We can piece together, nearly hour by hour, how prosecutors say a multimillion-dollar watch-theft ring took shape, its momentum nearly overwhelming the powers of the federal authorities who investigated them.

The group is accused of carrying out a streak of high-velocity heists, from the San Fernando Valley to Orange County, from Malibu to Mission Viejo.

"Overseas buyers race to secure London property bargains after Brexit vote"

"Opportunistic overseas buyers are jumping to buy property in some of London’s wealthiest areas and take advantage of effective discounts caused by sterling’s nosedive after the UK voted to leave the EU."

"The Los Angeles Board of Public Works moved Friday to punish a developer that illegally cut down three trees in Brentwood"


The city’s forestry officials concluded three months ago that the developer had intentionally ripped out the trees to gain easier access to the site. Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the area, said he did not buy the developer’s assertion that the trees were removed in error.


“We’re being unfairly treated, and punished massively disproportionately

S.H. Figuarts Ant-Man (Civil War) and Luke Skywalker (A New Hope)