“This was maybe music writing’s last chance to reach a mass readership, and do what it was meant to do: circulate some bright ideas, awaken sensibilities, encourage innovation. Britpop is what happened instead. And not by mistake – the press went chasing after that shiny bauble as fast as any loser band. And it was so fucking gleeful. Word counts were cut; analysis gave way to mindless boosterism. I remember an NME Glastonbury supplement claiming that Sleeper were “driven by an obsessive hatred of mediocrity at all levels”. It was beyond parody. I remember gasping in horrified disbelief, again and again, at decisions being made around me. Looking back – and it’s not often I say this of my younger self – I was absolutely right (though not wholly innocent, I’ll admit, in case anyone has back issues to hand). If anything, it was this abrupt shift in the tone of music writing, this kind of failed populism, which led casual readers to decide they could get all this elsewhere. And certainly, it drove away the hardcore.”—I don’t think this was JUST Britpop’s fault, but it certainly was this point of time things took an even swifter downturn, criticism-wise. A British Disaster: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di & The 1990s
“Gaster insists that the Divvy usage data reflects traffic patterns for all cyclists, despite “a common misconception that Divvy bikers and people who own their bikes are separate groups.” “I own a bike, and I also Divvy,” Gaster said. “I think that what’s amazing about Divvy is it’s not a replacement for owning a bike, as far as I see it — it’s a supplement. It’s like a bicycle that fits in your pocket” for cyclists who want to make one-way trips on their preferred mode of transportation.”—Gabriel Gaster to DNAinfo Chicago in Divvy Map Shows How Commutes Vary in Chicago’s ‘Hoods You should read the whole article.
“Points that were previously far apart on public transportation are really close because of Divvy. Divvy allows you to travel through the grid of the city much more directly.”—Gabriel Gaster to DNAinfo Chicago in Divvy Map Shows How Commutes Vary in Chicago’s ‘Hoods You should read the whole article.
“The indie acts complain louder than anyone. They’re passionate about what they do so they believe everybody else should be too. They just can’t understand why they can’t get paid. They work so hard, they’re getting screwed by Spotify, they yearn for the pre-Internet era, not realizing in those years they wouldn’t be allowed to play at all, recording would be too expensive and they wouldn’t be able to get distribution into physical retail. Just because you’re on iTunes that does not make you an act worthy of attention.”—Sometimes Lefsetz gets it right. Especially in those last two sentences. [via The Tiers | Lefsetz Letter]
“Weissmann: The more time I’ve spent going through this process, the more crazed it all seems! I mean, as a culture, we expect young people to start their lives by burning money on a piece of jewelry that could easily equal a down payment on a car. Then you spend money to entertain the people closest in your life, rather than stash cash away for the life you’re about to attempt to build together. Even when the parents are footing the bill, we’ve decided that an elaborate act of conspicuous consumption should be Step 1 for starting a family? It’s just kind of strange.”—Exactly. This drives me nuts. Guys and wedding planning: Grooms debate nuptials.