Bone Music

Incredible video of a rescue in deep snow (via Mefi) and an interview with both men. What an amazing video to have: the moment you saved a life, or were saved from certain death. I’m in awe of the rescuer’s presence of mind.

This list of the best debut albums ever (via Mefi) is a better read than most. I can forgive his omission of Please Please Me, because his criteria would otherwise have required him to omit Plastic Ono Band, which would have been worse. I was struck by this observation about Nick Drake:

It’s not just his first record that came and went upon release. The three studio albums he put out before taking his own life in 1974 sold a grand total of 4,000 copies during their initial run. Let me repeat: 4,000 copies combined of three masterful British folk records that have since enchanted millions of listeners. A rounding error for Harry Styles was Nick Drake’s whole career. If I feel super depressed pondering this, I can understand why it also took a toll on Nick.

Information could be the fifth state of matter.

Bone music.

How Iceland got teens to just say no.

Torrents of Antarctic meltwater are slowing the currents that drive the oceans. Climate change is destabilizing the insurance industry. How Shell downplayed early warnings over climate change. Big Oil’s favorite way to lie.

White migrants from America’s South turned its northern politics to the right.

Impressed by recent AI developments? Many experts think there’s a significant chance things are going to get bad. Extremely bad.

Can’t let this year’s April Fool’s pass without noting this excellent effort by the British kids’ comic The Phoenix.

9 April 2023 · Weblog