Portishead – Roads


Amazing. Perfect, from start to finish.

This excerpt from Stephen Dalton’s review of Portisheads 1993 debut, Dummy, hits the nail on the head.

This is, without question, a sublime debut album. But so very, very sad.

From one angle, its languid slowbeat blues clearly occupy similar terrain to soulmates Massive Attack and all of Bristol hip-hop’s extended family. But from another these are avant garde ambient moonscapes of a ferociously experimental nature.

Portishead’s post-ambient, timelessly organic blues are probably too left-field, introspective and downright Bristolian to grab short-term glory as some kind of Next Big Thing. But remember what radical departures Blue Lines, Ambient Works and Debut were for their times and make sure you hear this unmissable album.

Unmissable definitely sums it up.

Emily Dickinson

I felt a Cleaving in my Mind—
As if my Brain had split—
I tried to match it—Seam by Seam—
But could not make it fit.

The thought behind, I strove to join
Unto the thought before—
But Sequence ravelled out of Sound
Like Balls—upon a Floor.

– Emily Dickinson

I’m reading Driven To Distraction, by Edward M. Hallowell. Dr. Hallowell presents this poem, by Emily Dickinson, as an unintentional, but perfect description of the ADD mind.

I can’t say I’m any sort of poetry expert, but this is beautiful and I absolutely relate to the ADD comparison.

Lukewarm Apple Music Review on Ars

Sam Machkovech reviews Apple Music on Ars Technica and isn’t very impressed.

Personally, I’ll admit I was kind of blah on the idea but after 2 days of using the service, I’m smitten. Maybe my expectations aren’t very high but it was cool to listen to old Death Cult, Mad Professor, and MC 900 Ft. Jesus tracks on a whim yesterday.

Sure, other services offer the same but I’m one of those rare people who likes using iTunes. It’s nice to have everything in my go-to music app. Also, I’m only on day two, but I’ve also found the curated playlists seem to improve the more I listen.

I’ll probably sign on after my trial ends. I’m also looking forward to T-Mobile adding Apple Music to their Music Freedom service.

Safari is the new IE

Read the Tea Leaves

Last weekend I attended EdgeConf, a conference populated by many of the leading lights in the web industry. It featured panel talks and breakout sessions with a focus on technologies that are just now starting to emerge in browsers, so there was a lot of lively discussion around Service Worker, Web Components, Shadow DOM, Web Manifests, and more.

EdgeConf’s hundred-odd attendees were truly the heavy hitters of the web community. The average Twitter follower count in any given room was probably in the thousands, and all the major browser vendors were represented ? Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera. So we had lots of fun peppering them with questions about when they might release such-and-such API.

There was one company not in attendance, though, and they served as the proverbial elephant in the room that no one wanted to discuss. I heard them referred to cagily as “a company in California”…

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