Here’s a newsletter Kottke put out earlier this year with reader blog recommendations.
For the four years we’ve been doing radio Simon and I have been promising each other a vinyl-only special. It’s finally happening next week. Just spent the afternoon playing records putting it together. Found I had a ridiculous Castle Face *book* of flex pressings that includes Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall doing Bowie’s “Fame.” So we’re playing that, obviously.
(Also yes, I did have to remove the platter on my turntable in order to play this ridiculous thing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
A man is at a friend's funeral. After the proceedings, he approaches the widow and asks if she minds if he says a word. "No, of course not," she replies. So he grabs a glass and taps a spoon against it to get everyone's attention, and when the muttering dies down, he clears his throat and speaks: "Plethora." He puts the glass back down and everyone continues their conversations. The widow turns to him, with a tear in her eye. "Thank you," she says.
"It means a lot."
Hello new friends! Another thing about me is that every week I co-host a radio show here in SF. It's on a wonderful community radio station called BFF.FM and streams from https://bff.fm/@eclectic-kettle. We start with guitars, end with things that go bleep, and @SimonBatistoni@twitter.com and I talk a fair amount of plausibly entertaining nonsense in between.
If you enjouy radio, music, or community arts, tune in! The station has a load of amazing local output and would love your support. ❤️
I’m definitely exhausted of Twitter at present. I think the strange thing about restoring Mastodon to the mix though is that it feels like it’s lowered my engagement in all of it. Set me thinking about addiction, endorphins and inert behaviour. There’s an opportunity to start over. What does it mean to do that? What’s the opportunity in doing so? Is there some realisation here of the value of ephemerality in digital space that The Teens all figured out with Snapchat?
Maybe partly on Twitter it seemed more appealing because there was a large class of “impersonal” accounts operating on the network and seeding news from outside: News organisations, officials, etc. Quoting commentary from such entities feels different from picking apart an individual.
I wonder if there should have been more distinction between “posts” and “comments” — could have distinguished between sharing original thoughts (roots of conversation) vs people’s direct interpersonal discussion.
It’s very interesting to catch up on the Mastodon attitude toward “Quoting” (see: Cage the Mastodon, and @lexi here: https://octodon.social/@Lexi/100530964468843799.) When I was at Twitter I definitely favoured it: A device to add context on *why* you were sharing something, and a way to start new discussions on a tangent. Encouraging the posting of counter viewpoints also seemed positive, since Twitter has a big echo-chamber dynamic.
It’s refreshing to see mechanics like this reconsidered.
#intro Hi, I’m Ben (he/him)
I’m a lapsed software engineer and product manager in San Francisco. I’ve worked on developer communities, the Fire Eagle location service, and spent seven years at Twitter, until last Dec.
I’ve been taking time off to explore the US, celebrate living here for a decade, and spend more time on my radio show that streams on bff.fm/@eclectic-kettle (Tuesday 8pm Pacific.) I also do the website.
I host board game nights and I’ve been working on designing a card game.
One of my recent ambitions since taking time off has been to develop a game. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, making lots of notes and today I finally sat down to start playtesting some of the mechanics. For now it’s constructed out of Bang! and Ticket to Ride cards, which is… cost effective.