Not only was fire always dangerous as well as beneficial, so was the wheel. A spear could injure or kill your friends, not only your dinner. With clothes came not only protection but also body lice. With farming came not only a more reliable food supply but also hard, repetitive work – and plunder by hungry bandits.
Every solution creates new problems. But they can be better problems. Lesser evils. More and greater delights.
That’s what progress is. That is what is most visible today. And that is what cynicism must therefore besmirch, obfuscate and argue away if it is to make itself, and pessimism, superficially plausible.
A biblical short story from Adam Roberts.
David Lowery is chronicling the history of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, song by song …with accompanying MP3s. It seems too wonderful to be true
Hillman Curtis's new film about David Byrne and Brian Eno will be premiering at Southby. Should be fun.
The beautiful work of David Maisel, including Library of Dust: â€œ. . . these canisters hold the cremated remains of patients from an American psychiatric hospital. Oddly reminiscent of bullet casings, the canisters are literal gravesites. Reacting â€¦
This is seriously brilliant. Starting from a single URL (adactio.com), a lifestream is creating based on XFN rel="me" links. David Singleton wins the internet.
David has no sense of humour.
A brilliant summation by David Byrne of the possible business models available to musicians today.
David follows up on my talk at St Paul's with cornucopia of thoughts and links that's more in-depth than the talk itself.
This video of David Byrne from Stop Making Sense era Talking Heads is as brilliant and wacky as you'd expect. David Bynre is teh awsum.