Thursday, November 24, 2022

Sydney College of the Arts: What makes us dance? It really is all about that bass

Our financial tricks and systems created eerie industries:

Uber has no cars. Airbnb has no real estate. Crypto exchanges have no crypto.

Even my French cousin Marie Cecil had the football feet when she played the game under High Tatra shadows

FIFA and referee history - Stéphanie Frappart

What makes us dance? It really is all about that bass NPR 

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Bruce Springsteen Kisses Blue-Collar Brand Goodbye*.

Taylor Swift is only 32, but she’s shrewd enough to take her fans’ side in the latest Ticketmaster imbroglio.

The pop princess raged against the ticketing giant after fans struggled to gobble up passes for her 2023 tour.

“I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could. It’s truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them.”

Bruce Springsteen, a 73-year-old rock legend with decades in the business, had a different reaction when fans balked at the sky-high prices for his upcoming tour.

I’m worth it. And it took him months to say just that.

* I’ll take headlines from 2007 for $500, Alex.

1 December, 6pm
Sydney College of the Arts and Online

At the end of each academic year, we celebrate our graduating cohort and the culmination of their collective research and practice-based outcomes. We invite you to visit us at The Old Teachers’ College to see this year’s Graduation Show and enjoy the work of our students across disciplines.

Works will be on display from studio areas including Screen Arts, Photography, Painting, Printmedia, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery and Object. In parallel with the exhibition, we are excited to be launching our second online showcase of New Contemporaries as a marker of our students’ achievements.

View the 2021 online showcase.

Art before art

Humans have been making figurative art for at least forty thousand years – but we may have been carrying “found” art around for much longer.

Michael Wood · Cage in Search of a Bird: Kafka’s Worlds London Review of Books 

How a lightly-sourced AP story almost set off World War III Responsible Statecraft

Ukraine war: Poland says missile deaths an unfortunate incident BBC. “Dude, how many times do I gotta tell ya? Clear the false flags through the Embassy!” Ha ha, only serious.

Cold, dark confusion grips Ukraine after Putin’s missile barrage Politico

Relative Dominance: Russian Naval Power in the Black Sea War on the Rocks

For Western Weapons, the Ukraine War Is a Beta Test NYT. So we’re using Ukraine just like the Nazis used Spain in the Spanish Civil War. Good to know! Meanwhile, stating the obvious

The Fediverse Could Be Awesome (if we don’t screw it up) EFF: “This post is part of a series on Mastodon and the fediverse. We also have a post on security and privacy on Mastodon, and more are on the way. You can follow EFF on Mastodon hereSomething remarkable is happening. For the past two weeks, people have been leaving Twitter. Many others are reducing their reliance on it. Great numbers of ex-Twitter users and employees are making a new home in the “fediverse,” fleeing the chaos of Elon Musk’s takeover. This exodus includes prominent figures from civil society, tech law and policy, business and journalism. 

 It also represents a rare opportunity to make a better corner of the internet…if we don’t screw it up. The fediverse isn’t a single, gigantic social media platform like Facebook or Twitter. It’s an expanding ecosystem of interconnected social media sites and services that let people interact with each other no matter which one of these sites and services they have an account with.  That means that people can tailor and better control their experience of social media, and be less reliant on a monoculture sown by a handful of tech giants. 

Today’s most popular fediverse service is called Mastodon. Mastodon is a Twitter-like service anyone can host and alter to suit their needs. Each server (or “instance”) can experiment and build its own experience for users, and those users aren’t stuck using services they don’t like just because their contacts are on that service…”

Note: Come on over – the content is informative, expansive and engaging –

No, an indictment wouldn’t end Trump’s run for the presidency – he could even campaign or serve from a jail cell – Donald Trump announced his 2024 run for the presidency on Nov. 15. In his address he railed against what he perceived as the “persecution” of himself and his family, but made scant mention of his legal woes. Confirmation of Trump’s White House bid comes at a curious time – a week after a lackluster Republican midterm performance that many blamed on him. 

Moreover, it comes as the former president faces multiple criminal investigations over everything from his handling of classified documents, to allegations of falsifying the value of New York properties. There is also the not-so-small matter of a Justice Department investigation into the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. 

The announcement has led some to speculate that Trump may be hoping that becoming a presidential candidate will in some way shield him from prosecution. Stefanie Lindquist, Foundation Professor of Law and Political Science, Arizona State University, answers critical questions including: does an indictment – or even a felony conviction – prevent a presidential candidate from running or serving in office?

Our Earth, shaped by life aeon

The Dirt on Pig-Pen Elif Batuman, Astra

What makes us dance? It really is all about that bass NPR 

Michael Wood · Cage in Search of a Bird: Kafka’s Worlds London Review of Books 

Michael Dirda on why we should read the classics and old, forgotten books Washington Post