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I did my patriotic duty on this most American holiday week and watched a pirated copy of ‘THE INTERVIEW’.  Movie of the Year. Period.

James Franco and Seth Rogen are equal parts Marx Brothers and Leni Riefenstal and 100% American.

Watch the Triumph Now:

the interview

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This week or so Consumptionblog shall endeavor to lose five things.    All these things to be lost will be digital in nature. Can you lose digital ephemera and will anyone really notice?

After Ello we say goodbye to Boing Boing.

Boing Boing.  I first consumed you in a magazine shop in Hillcrest on University between 5th and 6th along with a copy of Future Sex.  Maybe 1993 or 1994.  I was in high school.  Over the years you explained a lot of things to me.  You helped me discover weirdness and counterculture about tech and internet stuff.

I think this was the issue.

I think this was the issue.

But now we’ve drifted away.  Frankie DuBoyz recently called Grantland the “Geographical Center of the American Middlebrow”.  I guess as an insult.  Most certainly as an insult.  But that is what Grantland is explicitly aiming for and they execute it as well or better than anyone else.  You, Boing Boing – have you found your way to sloppy buzzfeed middlebrow on purpose?  Because that is where you’ve ended up.  One day’s content turns up the usual:

Scratching consumer itches.

w00t!

w00t!

Plausible deniability advertisements. 

It's NOT an Ad!

It’s NOT an Ad!

Bland, orthodox left over left politics.

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

RIYL is a pretty good podcast.

I don’t like your demographic.  Your tee girl says it all.

Doesn't she just scream 'Boing Boing'?

Doesn’t she just scream ‘Boing Boing’?

Boing Boing.  Sadly after over 20 years I officially lose you.

Rant: Medium in 2013

Posted: September 24, 2014 in 2013, 2014, Reviews
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Dear Medium,

Why am I getting coffee and twitter stories from 2013 on Medium? 

Why can’t I simply look at the newest stories and such.  This is the future, not 2013, not my preferences.   I want ‘new’ bent to my preferences.

I might want something outside of a preference for stories on coffee.  Enjoying a cup of coffee in 2013 is so different than enjoying a cup of coffee in 2014.  I grind my own beans in 2014.  I do a pour over or cold brew.  No more 1819. 

cafe-1820

No more 2013.  Reading tweets from 2013 is ridiculous.  Reading tweets from July of 2014 is ridiulous.  There is no such thing as ‘catching up on Twitter’.  There is only two seconds ago, controversy and forgotten about.

DrKlear

The  Lung Cleaner is the first product of its kind. A revolutionary use for the inhaler. Using a mixture of  Eucalyptus, Salt and Water, The Lung Cleaner provides a “Steam Room in Your Pocket”.  Using the powers of Eucalyptus and qualities of Sea Water, the Lung Cleaner is the new innovation deep breathing has been waiting for.

Pyramid Lake, NV (CN) – High Indian winds and all natural sand conspired to slow set up top a snails pace.

Nectar Symbiosis Crew Hits Delays

How will the weather gods treat Symbiosis the rest of the weekend?

 

Pyramid Lake, NV (CN) – Photek has everything going for him.  Not only is he from England, he resides in Los Angeles!  He has a handsome, gaunt, serious face best captured in black and white.

Photek was one of the pioneers of drum and bass; his first release coming out in 1994.   A master producer, he’s done remixes of everyone from Pinch to David Bowie to Roni Size to, yes, Evanescence.  You’ll find movie soundtracks and a Grammy nomination in his CV.  And yet Photek isn’t a headliner; he is in the same milieu as the Venice Beach Dub Kirtanistanis and some dude from Glitch Mob.

Photek represents the tension more mainstream electronic acts have encountering the Burner/New Age festival scene.  He wants to be there, playing to all these dubsmart tribal trendsetters.  If only he could just translate Photek into sanskrit, incorporate some samples of Bulgarian folk music into his set and jingle when he walked he’d be top of the bill.

For all that Symbiosis has it right.

 Photek will probably sell as many tickets and bring as much enthusiasm to the dusty dance floor as can be expected of a DJ listed 21st on the bill.  You wonder if flavor of the month James Blake ain’t exactly selling Symbiosis tickets like honey from a telephone either.

Part of this is Photek’s fault.  He music veers to the minimal, icy matte steel halls of some dystopian Japanese sci-fi flick.

Japanese Sci Fi or 90s DnB?

But give Photek his due – his well crafted tunes play complex, deep and like Burial get under your skin.

If you still associate Photek with 90s DnB hits like Rings Around Saturn (still an awesome track), listen to some of his new tunes like Fountainhead and go check him out at Symbiosis, you may just have your sonic socks blown off.

Photek on Soundcloud May Mix

Twitter: @photek

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