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*from the title of a review of Arthur Koestler's Arrival and Departure by Michael Foot, Evening Standard, Nov. 26, 1943.
Apr 18
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Life Without Buildings - ‘Sorrow’ (Any Other City, 2001)

like an even more minimalist Velvet Underground (especially ‘Sunday Morning’) except Sue Tompkins is both Lou Reed and Nico, and that troublemaker John Cale isn’t around (okay, I like the drone stuff, but the laid-back feel of the latter two VU albums with Doug Yule is - almost - equally sublime)

also, “eyes like lotus leaves, no not even like” is possibly my favourite line of theirs, in that it’s an energetic, skipping alliteration and a profound quasi-Buddhist truth.

no, not even like.

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Apr 17

tomewing asked: IDK, it doesn't take much digging on that blog to realise that it's pretty venomously transphobic (along what I'd guess are fairly standard TERF lines) - so while I haven't dug into the specifics myself I'm certainly not LESS suspicious of a "debunking" which seems obviously agenda-driven. And not even in a liberal finger-waggy "using distorted figures does your cause no favours" way but in a way that barely masks a more general attack on the legitimacy of trans* experience.

I considered adding a caveat, but I think the specific post is relatively straightforward, i.e. there’s an argument there on the figures to counter, even if the conclusion is rather forceful. As for the rest of the blog, I actually read quite a few of the posts and while I definitely twigged the radical feminist part, my previous experience is that I have a hard time reading them, so I found it surprisingly thoughtful by comparison. I’m not particularly well-read in trans* issues/debates - I had to look up TERF - so I can’t judge whether or not it’s transphobic or trans-erasing (or at least that’s my Pontius Pilate internet-discourse position). 

There are other sources querying the veracity of the statistic, I just chose the most obvious and concise one. That debunking is no less ‘agenda-driven’ than the original context of the statistic, which appears unsourced wherever a (valid) point about violence against trans* people is being made - and I think more than liberal finger-wagging is applicable given how emotive it appears as against the complexity of working out what it actually signifies. Insofar as I do understand the specifics, this is flat wrong:

"On average, you have a 1 in 18,989 chance of being murdered

A trans person has a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered”

Regardless of whether the second statistic is correct or not, it’s not the correct comparison to the first - if it’s a lifetime risk, then the average American has approximately a 1 in 150 risk of being murdered (i.e., out of a 100% risk of dying). That figure is also calculated as about 1 in 50 for black men. Plausible arguments are made for why the existing statistics on murder of trans* people do not support a higher risk than that, and there is no solid source for believing that they do. 

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On average, you have a 1 in 18,989 chance of being murdered

A trans person has a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered

The average life span of a cis person is about 75-90 

The average life expectancy of a trans person is 23-30 years old

75% of people killed in anti LGBT hate crimes are poc

Think about this the next time you go crying over “cisphobia” and “reverse racism”

I’ve actually always meant to find out what the average cis/straight person’s chances of being murdered are compared to a trans person.
I knew it would be BAD, but fucking hell…

The statistics of lifetime chances, etc., make my head hurt, but this seems to be a pretty convincing rebuttal. Which I found by Googling the last time I saw this statistic here, because if something on Tumblr seems unbelievable… it probably is. 

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Adolph Vollmy’s woodcut engraving of the 1833 Leonid meteor shower (After Karl Jauslin), c. 1889.


Adolph Vollmy’s woodcut engraving of the 1833 Leonid meteor shower (After Karl Jauslin), c. 1889.

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Apr 16
For Jace Clayton, as digital files give way to streams—dictated as much by the everyday activities of fans and artists as well as the top-down logic of the corporation—music is returning to its originary, pre-industrial form. “What we saw in the 20th century was an anomalous blip when music had a physical form,” Clayton surmises. “That was very unusual in the course of human history and it will soon be very unusual again. Music has this intrinsic pull towards the dematerial, towards the unbuyable. It’s a slippery, ghostly thing.”

PItchfork - Streaming Pasts and Futures

This is a very good piece, but this point - which I’ve seen made elsewhere a few times - got me wondering, are people really thinking this through to what seems to me to be a logical conclusion, that either this is a kind of meaningless point or lots of modern life might well be considered ‘anomalous blips’? Things like labour rights, mass literacy, much of women’s liberation, a broad franchise - innovations for the most part of the 20th century, or at least the ‘long century’ back to 1870 or so. Most aspects of modernity are ‘very unusual in the course of human history’ - that’s why it’s called modernity. Is there a difference, though, in how we think we about social/political and technological change in terms of inevitability, or of conscious, collective control? Are optimism and pessimism applied differently to each on the assumption that progress in one can be objectively measured and referenced, even if its ultimate effects lie in the same subjective sphere that constitutes human relations? Does it make sense to say that we have a ‘choice’ to pursue liberal democracy as much as we have of using digital media, or does each represent a change in an overarching structure that determines the superior course of action?

I guess the standing point of techno-optimism is that the capabilities engendered by technological change sooner or later, and to a greater or lesser degree of predictability of outcome, override political or social inertia. But what is perhaps less considered is the extent to which social and political factors warp technology, determine the form of our engagement with it, and produce a hybrid result (implicit, indeed, in the first sentence of the quote above). All of which is by way of saying that, although I’m not really opposed to the broad shift away from physical media, its existence purely in the period of late industrial capitalism is a pretty weak argument for its distinctiveness, and an even worse one for accepting its disappearance as an inevitability. Because if something else starts disappearing, something you really want to hold on to, there needs to be a better justification available for its continuity than just ‘it existed before the gramophone’…

can you tell I'm reading William Gibson? internet history
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Apr 15

Sheila Fell - Haystack In A Field (1967)
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Sheila Fell - Haystack In A Field (1967)

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Apr 14
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Sea swans! (and heron)

(Five minutes later, passed by an American man who dismissed these “swans in the ocean” in a condescending-sounding twang to the woman he was with who seemed to have pointed them out. Philistine! I mean, okay, they’re always in the Claddagh harbour, which is technically still in the river, but it’s rather nice to see them serenely float around a particularly calm bay)

galway photography
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