The Twitter listening party thing’s gone crazy. What’s been brilliant is getting artists to join in and comment along, although some musicians are quite rightly a bit nervous of Twitter. There’s been lots of great ones – New Order, Dave from Blur and Bonehead [Paul Arthurs] from Oasis pitching in – but the listening party to this was really special for me. Appetite from this album is my favourite song of all time, and I love Wendy Smith from the band – she’s sung with me and the Charlatans a lot. She took it to another level, tweeting pictures and memorabilia, and I found it really emotional. … [Read more...] about On my radar: Tim Burgess’s cultural highlights
Which culture is more rigid with time
Ocarina of Time remains eminently playable today because so many of the things it invented became standard for any 3D game that came after it. All Link’s various actions can be performed with one or two buttons, greatly simplifying the act of interacting with virtual worlds. Even games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 use some version of Z-targeting. Navi the fairy provided a contextual hint system, as well as some company while Link made his lonely way towards his destiny. (Her desertion of Link at the end of the game, after he has saved the world and returned to his child’s body, seems sadder and sadder the older I get; the fairy is, after all, the only one who knows what he has accomplished.) … [Read more...] about Zelda: Ocarina of Time at 20 – melancholy masterpiece changed games forever
The consequences for stumbling in the court of public opinion are loud, swift, and severe, and the cabin fever everyone is experiencing in quarantine has ratcheted tensions up to ten. Suddenly, everyone has time. This does not bode well for anyone who speaks in error or out of turn or without a filter. Traversing the internet as a public figure means creating an image for yourself, whether you intend to or not. People watching your moves from afar create a profile in their heads, like detectives. Lana, whose tiff with Ann Powers centered around the singer’s insistence that she isn’t consciously playing a character, is seen as no-nonsense and outspoken, a firebrand who “won’t not fuck you the fuck up” for crossing her, who once led her following in a mass hex against the president. But in her eyes, the Instagram post that got her in trouble was her first declarative statement on the internet. Doja Cat is an internet humorist who is present as a celebrity as … [Read more...] about Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.
Sen, quoting Immanuel Kant, argues that the key ethical issue is the relationship between duties and consequences. It is always tempting to see finance in its "immediate appeal" and value short-term gains over long-term stability. The usual thinking is that duty and consequences are independent, but they are not and one has to eventually pay for any duty not conducted ethically. He picks a case of insider-trading where the usual thinking is that it impacts only traders. However, it clearly has much wider ramifications on the confidence in the financial markets once the case is revealed to so-called outsiders. Even those who choose to run banks only for shareholders profit maximisation have a fiduciary responsibility towards depositors. … [Read more...] about Opinion | The role of culture and values in financial crises
These are the findings from Stack Overflow's latest survey of 65,000 software developers from 186 countries around the world, fielded in February 2020. Enterprises are split on their dedication to DevOps. About 44 percent report they have at least one dedicated employee handling DevOps, versus 44 percent who did not. This ambivalence toward DevOps is not seen among developers, however -- they are behind DevOps all the way. When asked about the importance of DevOps to scaling software development, close to 80% believed that DevOps is at least somewhat important, with almost half of the respondents, 48 percent, noting that it is "extremely important." … [Read more...] about What do developers want? A chance to learn, and a decent corporate culture