A Warped Exercise in Listening

Some kid from Australia. Loves music, especially of the electronic variety. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Two students, James and John were given a grammar test by their teacher. The question was, “is it better to use “had” or “had had” in this example sentence?”

The teacher collected the tests, and looked over their answers.

James, while John had had “had”, had had “had had.” “Had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.

welcome to the english language

(via watchtheskyignite)

Had my first group interview today for FBi Radio’s presenter training.

Reconnected with an old friend I’d not seen in far too long. She’s living in Foreigndub’s old warehouse, which is fucking awesome.

Discovered 567 on King St and hung out with the dudes there for a few hours listening to some wicked hip-hop, funk, and motherfucking Leo Sayer.

Shout-outs to the shitty porn blogs that followed me recently.


Sun Ra, 1966


Sun Ra, 1966

(via alarmclockmusic)

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “The Gift From The Sea”

(Source: feminismandfitness, via universalsoup)

Chillin’ in the park at Marrickville. Warm sun, cool breeze, swingset squeaking in the distance.

Chillin’ in the park at Marrickville. Warm sun, cool breeze, swingset squeaking in the distance.

I have taken a distinct liking to this stuff.

I have taken a distinct liking to this stuff.

I also think that “self-improvement” as a dominant cultural narrative and as a product means that we’re drowning in “tips” and “lifehacks” and ways to “optimize” our shit in ways that distract and separate us from deeper engagement with the people and the world around us. And I think that the people who rule this Late Capitalism/Disaster Capitalism/Crony Capitalism/Corporatism/Rule By and For the 1%/Austerity/Eroding of Safety Nets and Public Institutions Like Schools and Roads & Shit What Helps Society Work – whatever you want to call what’s going on in the current political and economic landscape - prosper at our expense when we turn our gaze all the way inward toward what we can do to change & improve ourselves. Because if we blame struggling people solely for their own struggles, and insist that they just need to try harder in order to succeed, we don’t have to face the idea that our own successes were built on more than just our personal exceptionalism. We don’t have to engage with the fact that certain basic shared assumptions about how the world should work are unjust and unsustainable.

Captain Awkward, 'Help I'm Boring'

Sorry for the tangent, Letter Writer, you’ve tapped into something that’s A Thing for me right now at work as I struggle to climb out of adjunct limbo at the day job in an impossible labor market that cannot sustainably employ thousands upon thousands of people who have bought long and hard into the idea that lifelong learning and self-improvement via education is a worthwhile thing even as we sell that thing at a huge markup to the next generation in our classrooms, and at Work as I try to figure out how to help students and readers improve their ability to communicate without falling into the trap of self-improvement vs. self-care or self-discovery or self-expression or self-exploration. As my excellent colleague Megan Stielstra rants here: teaching someone to execute a form without regard to expression or meaning or context does actual damage to their abilities! And damage to the world!”

(Source: tikken, via leadingtone)


 μ-Ziq - Ease Up

Planet Mu // ZIQ130



Clark - Riff Through the Fog

Superscope // WAP363