So Theresa May's given in to the inevitable and resigned. Honestly don't know how I feel about that: there's no relief, given the parade of Dunning-Krugerites vying to succeed her.
We've had the worst prime minister in living memory (Cameron), followed by the worst prime minister in living memory (May). Can't help but feel that whoever's next will be the worst prime minister in living memory.
Thinking about different kinds of animal shit, their colloquial meanings, & what that says about them.
shit (by implication, human): bad
dogshit: really terrible
bullshit: deliberately deceptive nonsense
pigshit: stupid (as in "thick as...")
- Dogs are worse than humans
- Bulls are more disingenuous than horses
- Chickenfeed is worth only slightly more than chickenshit
19th November 1994: Meat Loaf, Cardiff International Arena
Not the coolest opening to a gig history ever, but this was the very first rock/pop concert I went to (at the not-especially-tender age of 15), and I love the original Bat Out Of Hell to this day.
Riding high off the back of Bat Out Of Hell 2, Meat sold out the whole Cardiff International Arena where the previous year he'd only managed the Welsh National Ice Rink.
I wore my black leather jacket. We had seated tickets, but all the thirtysomethings around me & my friend Hywel stood up and danced badly, so we did the same.
The guy could really fucking sing back then.
I'm beginning to suspect that Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 is starting to cater exclusively to me. First they broadcast a mixtape by Sunn O))), and now one by Teju Cole: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004s8h (free to listen worldwide)
Been really spoiled for good music lately, but the Lafawndah album in particular is a fantastic piece of work: https://lafawndah.bandcamp.com
Wild garlic galore, St. Anne's Wood, Bristol. #florespondence
Cardiff civic centre #florespondence
I currently can't get enough of the new Gazelle Twin album. A must-listen for #weirdmusic fans:
There've been a couple of interesting interviews with her lately in the run-up to the release too (warning - includes UK politics discussion):
Daft film theory; horror movie/death mention
The Matrix: You die in the Matrix, you die in real life.
Nightmare on Elm Street: You die in a dream, you die in real life.
Theory: Nightmare on Elm Street is set in the same universe as The Matrix. Freddy Krueger is a rogue virus that's exploiting a bug in an asleep/awake if-statement in the code.
UK pol, trans rights
For UK nationals/residents, there's a public consultation about the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, which would make it easier for trans people to get legal recognition:
I've seen people specifically asking for cis allies to fill this out, to help counterbalance the likely set of responses from those against the changes.
(Apologies if this has already been all over the fediverse, I've not been following things here much lately.)
Long-time lurker on the shop: not so good at an #introduction so instead I'll answer the question "What book do you wish you'd written?"
'Ice' by Anna Kavan, a deeply strange work that keeps pulling me back with the sheer power of its atmosphere. It kind of looks like SF, but it's actually more of a dark recurring dream.
Its opening is one of the most addressing I've read: one line, "Reality had always been something of an unknown quantity to me", practically gives me shivers.
Tell me yours!
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