These books, written in the early days of the internet, illustrate how technology shapes the way we see the world.
Today I’m joined by a journalist of such lethal cunning… Chris Hewitt - news editor for film journal Empire Magazine and host of their massively popular podcast - joins me to talk about an overlooked classic in the catalogue of Georgian alt-rockers REM - 1996′s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’.How does the near death of drummer Bill Berry hang over the atmosphere of the album? How did Michael Stipe’s vocal style evolve from Murmur to this album and beyond? Why does Chris think Ringo Starr is the worst drummer in rock history? What was the REM’s controversial original name? How did the band end up outlasting some of the acts it influenced? and most importantly - which members of the Avengers cast will play REM in the movie that tells the story of their reunion to take down President Donald Trump?
Oh Mercy, aka Melbourne singer-songwriter Alexander Gow, joins me for our first examination of one of Australia’s most beloved bands, the Go-Betweens, and their album ‘Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express’.Alex talks about discovering the Go-Betweens in high school as he was just starting to write songs, their ‘inviting, un-elitist’ magic, Lindy Morrison’s amazing atypical drumming, the thread between the Go-Betweens and Burt Bacharach, whether Alex is a Grant or Robert guy, the influence of the humor and literary quality of Go-Betweens lyrics and the best thing about imitating greatness unsuccessfully.Plus, we talk about how he comes up with the unique titles of his records, why he still issues his albums on vinyl and what it’s like to have your records reviewed by your musical heroes.Oh Mercy’s latest album ‘Cafe Oblivion’ is out now.
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Geena Davis on Gender Diversity, Archery and Quieting the Inner Critic
Geena Davis has made a lasting impression as an actress both on film and television in her roles in "Beetlejuice," "Thelma and Louise," "A League of Their Own," "The Accidental Tourist" and "Commander in Chief." Her performances have resulted in acclaim and a lengthy career both in front and behind the camera. It’s also garnered her a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
Davis is just as committed to her work for gender awareness and diversity in film and television. She founded the research-based Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, to educate, and influence, the entertainment industry with regard to gender representation on screen. Davis also founded the Bentonville Film Festival, which showcases films featuring minorities and women in both cast and crew and which guarantees distribution to the festival’s winners.
Geena Davis joined Jesse on Bullseye in 2016 and spoke about gaining confidence in voicing her opinions on set, how she feels about being recognized in public and how quieting her inner-critic helped her to almost qualify as an archer for the Summer Olympic games.
Today, her work at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is still going strong and they’re doing a lot of really insightful, fascinating work. You can also see Geena Davis on the new season of "Grey’s Anatomy" on ABC.
Click here to listen to
Geena Davis’s interview on YouTube.
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Humorist Jack Handey confirms that yes, he is a real person
Make a few clicks on the internet and you’ll run across ten fake "Deep Thoughts," and if you’re lucky, a few real ones. Our guest Jack Handey created the seminal "Saturday Night Live" interstitial segment and authored several book collections of the material.
He also wrote numerous other classic Saturday Night Live sketches, from "Happy Fun Ball" to "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer."
writing in The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs section, and these writings, plus work for Outside Magazine and other publications, have been collected in the hilarious "What I’d Say To The Martians: and Other Veiled Threats."
We spoke to Jack in 2008. What’s he up to lately? Jack is still writing for The New Yorker, still putting out books, too. His latest book is
"Please Stop The Deep Thoughts,"
which just came out last year.
Click here to listen to Jack Handey’s interview on YouTube.
The Outshot: Zombo.com
Jesse on the lingering amusement provided by the absurd and simple website,
Click here to listen to Jesse’s Outshot on Zombo.com on YouTube.
James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti join Jimbo to celebrate the all conquering Torino team of the 1940s, which won 5 straight scudetti before being tragically killed in the Superga air disaster….
Kottke.org is a website. It is not an app. It is not a product. It is simply a static website, updated daily, running some rickety old blogging software. As of March of 2018 it’s been consistently updated for twenty years. It is largely the product of a single mind: Jason Kottke. Kottke.org has shaped the way many of us have thought about news, blogging, and linking. On Margins talks with Jason about his two decades of blogging, influences in his life that shaped how he works today, and what kottke.org would look like were it a book. Show Links:
kottke.org kottke.org — 10 years old
kottke.org — 20 years of gratitude and acknowledgements kottke.org — twenty
Nieman Labs: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 Noticing — the kottke.org newsletter written by Tim Carmondy kottke.org memberships
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/005/
Jason Kottke, of kottke.org fame, was one of the early bloggers, one of the first bloggers to go pro, and one of the few solo bloggers still going. If you know Kottke.org, then you love it. How could you not? If you’ve never heard of it, you can thank me later. This episode examines what it means to be a publisher on the web for 20 years as well as the discipline required to find cool stuff on the web every single day (almost).
Merlin Mann joins Brett once again to discuss—in typically humorous
fashion—dogs, personal digital assistants, Apple tech, productivity hacks,
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Melvyn Bragg examines the attempt to reconcile Quantum Theory and classical physics.
Melvyn Bragg examines the physics of reality. When Quantum Mechanics was developed in the early 20th century reality changed forever. In the quantum world particles could be in two places at once, they disappeared for no reason and reappeared in unpredictable locations, they even acted differently according to whether we were watching them. It was so shocking that Erwin Schrodinger, one of the founders of Quantum Theory, said "I don’t like it and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it." He even developed an experiment with a cat to show how absurd it was. Quantum Theory was absurd, it disagreed with the classical physics of Newton and Einstein and it clashed with our experience of the everyday world. Footballs do not disappear without reason, cats do not split into two and shoes do not act differently when we are not looking at them. Or do they? Eighty years later we are still debating whether the absurd might actually be true. But why are features of quantum physics not seen in our experience of everyday reality? Can the classical and quantum worlds be reconciled, and why should reality make sense to us? With Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University; Fay Dowker, Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, Queen Mary, University of London; Tony Sudbery, Professor of Mathematics, University of York.
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