I don't create much, but I do consume a lot - these are my favorite things I read, watched or listened to this week:Read More
Podcast: TEDtalks (video)
If a Story Moves You, Act On It by Sisonke Msimang
Sisonke is a storyteller and an activist from South Africa; her writing has been published by for The Guardian, The New York Times and Newsweek. In her talk she calls for us to dig deeper into the stories we love. Find the real truths of the people whose lives our favorite books and movies are based off of.
Music: The xx and Coins
I See You, by The xx
The xx finally released another album - their third. It's been 8 years since their amazing self-titled debut and 5 since the follow-up Coexist.
I See You separates itself from their first two LPs early on with a dance beat that seems to continue through most of the songs, like the heart-beat in Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. This is probably most noticeable on Dangerous and On Hold. We did hear a little of the dance-y sound on Coexist with Chained and Swept Away, so it's not a complete departure - but they're undeniably shifting direction as a band.
This album was just released on Friday so I haven't completely picked it apart yet - so far my favorite songs are Brave For You and Replica.
You can read a more detailed review of this album over at Mikey's Sidebars and Tag Lines blog.
(unrelated to the album, I just like their cover)
Daft Science, by Coins
The description on the Bandcamp site gives you all the info you really need to know: "A FREE album of Beastie Boys remixes, using only Daft Punk samples." It is insane how well this DJ from Toronto is able to match these two bands up. There are a few tracks towards the end that I don't care for as much, but as far as remixes go overall I think this is brilliant.
Movie Trailer: Untitled
I've been saying for a couple of years that A24 is the most exciting film company since Miramax in the early '90s. There's something so fresh and honest about them and the films they distribute. Since being founded in 2012 they've released some serious gems: Under the Skin, Obvious Child, Ex Machina, Room, Swiss Army Man, The Witch, Lobster, Moonlight and 20th Centery Woman - just to name a few. While the rest of the movie world is reaching back, trying to duplicate yesterday's successes, A24 is blazing forward and they're wonderful for it.
This week they released a trailer (?) to their newest project. I assume it's a film but I don't know because there's nothing in the trailer to tell me that. No title, no cast or crew member's names, not even a release date. The description under the YouTube video simply says "In our near future." They're known for their unorthodox marketing campaigns - ahead of the release of Ex Machina they created a Tinder profile for the robotic protagonist Ava, with no additional information about the movie.
I've done many Google searches for leaked information or even just rumors but haven't had much luck yet. The Hollywood Reporter supposes it could possibly be a TV show or BitTorrent related project, but as of yet nothing official.
Dotsies is a space saving font created by Craig Muth, meant to be optimize of the alphabet for reading. The general idea is each letter of the alphabet is replaced by five dots - each of the five dots are either white are black depending on whether they are on or off (binary, like computer code)
Click the link to go to the site and see how far down the page you can read. There's learning tools and you can download the font, too.