Wrestling with Sass

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Friday List

Friday List #14

On a Sunday? Yeah, I’m breaking all the rules/was too busy on Friday to post.

  • Someone mentioned Near Dark to me recently and it looks amazing. A western cult vampire flick? I’m sold. Read about it here.
  • I had never heard of the Kansas experiment, it’s insane a theoretical economic idea can be inflicted on an entire state. Oh, and everyone should subscribe to The Nib’s newsletter because it’s amazing. Read more here.
  • Alice Kyteler was the first person accused of witchcraft in Ireland, her Wikipedia is amazing and I’m amazed a film hasn’t been shot about her yet. Read about her witchy ways here.
  • The New York Times ran an article with the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century – it was controversial to say the list, some films I liked, some I didn’t, most I’ve never heard of and some real, real surprising additions. Judge here.

Friday List #13

  • Read Jay Duplass’ article about having a on-screen romance with a transwoman, the first non-fetishised romance of its kind on Transparent. Read here.
  • Even though Labour made great headway today, the Tories still control a lot of our lives so buy this to remind yourself what we should be doing. Fuck the Tories. 
  • If I could buy everything in the School for Life I would but I really like these confidence cards. Buy here.
  • Even though it was an advertising campaign I’d love to drive the Romantic Road through Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg at some point. Discover here.
  • The most remote and isolated island in the UK is Foula, with only around 30 inhabitants. With a strong sense of Norse tradition they still celebrate the old Julian Calendar with Yule (Christmas) on January 6th and Newerday (New Years Eve) on the 13th. Read here.

Friday List #12

  • There’s an autonomous Freetown in the middle of Copenhagen called Christiania. Previously a military base in the 1970’s through no real organisation it became a hippie commune that practised yoga and people smoked a lot of weed. It’s now a big tourist attraction and is also home to the ‘The Gay House’, a meeting place for LGBTQI and parties.  Read more here. 
  • If I had a stupid amount of money this is the kind of thing I would spend it on, which is ridiculous, I could make this. Here. 
  • Another private 1960’s hippy commune, a couple from New York decided to set up in the Grenadines and built their houses from whale bones. You can rent them out nowadays. It’s called Moonhole by the way. Read more here.
  • You can float around in a salt bath and listen to underwater Techno in Berlin because of course you can. The Liquidrone looks mental but something I will need to try at some point because of reasons. Check it out here.
  • My room is currently very bare and very huge and I’m kind of terrified to do anything to it as I have no sense of design at all. I often read Swoonworthy which is my blog of choice to get a clue for what I want my interiors to look like. Take a look, smart lady




Friday List #11

We’re back!

  • Did you know the Hellfire Club isn’t just an evil organisation in X-Men, it was also a club organised by socially and economically well-off types to look at porn, get wasted and practise occult magic. Sounds cool, you can visit their meeting place as well. Read more about it here. 
  • My favourite part of the Hellfire Club is the organiser Sir Francis Dashwood.

“The downfall of Dashwood’s Club was more drawn-out and complicated. In 1762 the Earl of Bute appointed Dashwood his Chancellor of the Exchequer, despite Dashwood being widely held to be incapable of understanding “a bar bill of five figures”. (Dashwood resigned the post the next year, having raised a tax on cider which caused near-riots).”

  • On the 29th of June the small town of Reus, Catalan hosts a festival of St. Peter where the let off fireworks in the street and have people dressed as giants who dance in the town square. The Wikipedia makes it sound like a mental acid trip. Read more here.

“During the procession, from the bell-tower, the Toc General de Festa (an event in which people ring a big bell) is performed. Afterwards, the Seguici returns to St. Peter’s Priory and at the time the Image enters the church, all festive elements burst into dance at the same time. As a culmination to the festivities, the gegants bicentenaris (“bicentennial giants”) and the Águila (“The eagle”) return to the Square to perform the last dances, followed by a bunch of demons who are in charge of closing the festivity.”

  • It’s Black Lives Matter month in Berlin in June, there’s a lot of awesome things going on, I’m going to try and go see I Am Not Your Negro and Hidden Figures at Freiluftkino Kreuzberg. Full programme here. 
  • In my old apartment on Opplenerstrasse, for some reason when I walked through the courtyard it made the exact same noise of the walking sound in Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines – one of my favourite video games. Felt like my brain was melting but it was a weirdly enjoyable experience every time I noticed it.


Friday List #10

  • Nicholas White got in an elevator in New York in 1999 and was stuck for 41 hours. It nearly ruined his life, old long read from the New Yorker. Read here.
  • David Schwimmer directed five shorts based on real life experiences of harassment from men to women. A difficult watch but an important one. Watch here.
  • I listened to the More or Less, Radio 4 Podcast, on a plane back from Scotland about the Pay Gap and the ‘myth’ around it. I would recommend it, or if you prefer, Elle of all people wrote a great breakdown of how the stats can be used by people with agendas to tell their own story. Read and learn here.

Friday List #9

  • The Tumblr logs the ‘Humanitarians of Tinder’ i.e. people who visit different countries and take photos with children of colour to land dates. Peruse here.
  • Whenever I go ‘deep’ on Wikipedia I usually end of stumbling around articles surrounding the occult and mysticism of the early 21st century. Always an excellent waste of time, I’d love to read some books on the subject. Read about the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn here.
  • Check out some of the images of Japanese public housing estates, interesting the similarity and differences to traditional Western architecture. Look here.
  • I’m moving to Berlin in April, this graphic map of hotspots from Present & Correct is on my list of the many things I need to buy. Buy it here.
  • Another Tumblr worth looking at, this one compiles the best signs in Anime TV and Film. Some strong looks. Look here.


Friday List #8

  • Really enjoyed playing with these visualisations of standard statistical and analysis models. Play here.
  • It was vaguely warm in Bristol this week so make sure when it starts being sunny that you’re in the perfect time and place for it. Use this little tool to find out where the sun is going to be landing. Check it out here.
  • This long read was really interesting about the scattered and disruptive history of the small town of Baiersdorf in Germany. Delve here. 
  • Little White Lies posted the Top 100 films of the 90’s, need to work my way through this. Bookmark here. 
  • Operation London Bridge is the codename for the media when the Queen dies, surreal thing to think that a Head of State hasn’t changed in such a long time, morbid and fascinating here. Become a Royalist here.


Friday List #7

  • If you’re like me and are obsessed with nice looking interiors you’ll never implement because you’re a shitpig of a human being then you’ll like This Old Apartment Tumblr. 
  • I needed a general stock image of a sign recently and ended up pursuing Unsplash’s collection of sign photography, pretty rad. Explore here  
  • Discovered another new phrase in an Alan Patridge episode of all places. ‘Noblesse oblige’  literally meaning “nobility obligates”. It denotes the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such status to fulfil social responsibilities, particularly in leadership roles. Read about it here.

Friday List #6

  • Did you know Black Flag did a bunch of sea shanty classics for the Assassin’s Creed 4 game? I didn’t, listen here. 
  • The Bielefeld Conspiracy (German: Bielefeldverschwörung or Bielefeld-Verschwörung) is a conspiracy theory that originated in 1994 in the German Usenet as a satirical look at conspiracies, which claims that the city of Bielefeld does not actually exist. Read more here.
  • Nikelab has smashed it again with the Dunk Lux Chukka x R.T. I need these in my life please.
  • Love this tapestry. While pretentious I would happily have Urban Outfitters decorate my house.

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