Solar-Powered Low-Tech Website

Love this…

Not because of what it is. But because of what it brings into question. I found the site via an article in Backstage Talks magazine where the founder of Low Tech is talking about how much energy the internet uses.

And of course the more we use it, and the less care we take over how we engineer and build websites and content – the worse it gets.

His response: to build a super lean version of his website that runs on a power efficient computer that’s powered entirely by its own solar panel. So if there’s not enough sun, the site isn’t always there.

Things like this that help us connect with what’s going on behind the curtain feel necessary right now.

The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk

Watch now. Absolute genius new-ish comedy on the BBC. Has the whiff of a cult classic. It’s like The Young Ones crossed with the Mighty Boosh made by people who loved Vine.

It feels like what the world needs right now.

Long Read – The New Propaganda

Long and very bleak but very important piece from The Guardian: Information Trap. My jaw was dropped for most of it.

This blew my mind.

In the case of the vote to leave the EU, Borwick, who seems to approach such challenges like a Rubik’s Cube, claimed that the most successful message in getting people out to vote had been about animal rights. Vote Leave argued that the EU was cruel to animals because, for example, it supported farmers in Spain who raise bulls for bullfighting. And within the “animal rights” segment Borwick could focus even tighter, sending graphic ads featuring mutilated animals to one type of voter and more gentle ads with pictures of cuddly sheep to others.

Tbe Vote Leave campaign were well informed (and open) enough to spot massive contradictions like this in the data, and use it to power their campaign.

We must never underestimate the sophistication of our enemies in the information war.

Billionaires (with cats) vs Psychedelic Freaks

Loved loved loved this quote from Holly Herndon in a print copy of Huck Magazine

Her latest promo (at time of writing) is here:

Tasty Mix

Came across some lovely tracks on Piff Records out of Bristol. Ended up listening to this tasty mix. I’m not all the way through yet. But it’s tickled my fancy. Anything that kicks off with the Hell Interface remix of Midas Touch gets my vote, always. (Hell Interface is allegedly an alter ego of the Boards of Canada fellahs).