Been a good week since list time we spoke. Got most of my veggies out in the garden last weekend and i’m about to go outside and get a bunch of salad seeds in trays.
Seen a bunch of friends including Alex Fradera (who has just compiled the last decades of blogs into one place and started blogging again), had a few beers with Mr Benedict Singleton, and also local friends yesterday and I’m a bit fluffy today.
I also had a bunch of calls with people catching up. Its so much nicer to speak to someone on video chat you haven’t spoke with in a long time for 20mins than spend a couple of hours chatting to them over text.
So today we found out ABBA are back together. This is awful news.
Can you imagine the world being over joyed in 1972 that a band from 1926 had got back together? No I cant either. Fuck Abba. The best wedding reception I’ve ever been to was the one where it played drum and bass all night.
The ABBA news further strengthens my opinions about the stagnation of popular culture around us. Im not sure historians will look back and call this era ‘The Long Emergency’ it’s probably more like ‘The Dithering”. Maybe Fukuyama was right. Even Black Panther is from 1966. Anyway its 2018, K-pop is reaching the cultural zenith of perfected pop. Who needs ABBA when you’ve got Red Velvet ? I also BET that K-pop bands will still put up bigger numbers on their newest MVs than ABBA will.
I’m also secretly hoping that the new ABBA will be only slightly better than shit, and boomers will have a Ghostbusters/Starwars “you’ve ruined my childhood” backlash moment.
Episode 6. A quick chat about how I’ve been making this thing, My up coming talks in Berlin May 5 and Rotterdam May 10-11 , GoogleDocs Dictation Feature and thats about it.
There’s about 50 people listening to it now which is a reall nice surprise thank for you listening if you are.
My close friends think I’m mad and haven’t listen to it but hey they speak to me IRL all the time.
Dipping the stacks
peer to peer web Berlin walk is done, i just have to make a few slides better but i’m happy with it and i suppose i should practice it.
Rotterdam talk is about half done i know where its going but i think i’ve pulled to much material from the Uber deck/book plan to fit into 25 mins so i need to rethink that.
Got a few work calls next week before I head off, and also need to catch up on a few things that I’ve let drop off the radar.
Work wise things really are getting more tangible in terms of what I want to do this year and routes to getting it done. Which is good because we are 1/3 of the way though. I’ve also been throwing the dice on the medium term in my mind a lot this week as a result. I wonder how its all going to work out.
Im thinking of getting a rescue time app as i’m still wasting way to much time on youtube and its depressing.
Still reading Retrosuburbia its massive.
Not new, but new to me:
Twice have catchy new single out, if your following along with the K-POP thing. The video is full of easter eggs for the TWICE fandom.