Alright, it’s already Wednesday, long weekends are the gift that keeps giving, because were already halfway to the weekend again! How are things with you? Yesterday I took a mental health day and a break from screens and the news, it was really helpful. I hope you’re taking care of yourself in whatever ways you’ve figured out work for you.
Here’s today’s list of things to check out!
Stream: David Bowie’s LiveandWell.com
If you’re a Bowie nerd you probably already knew that this remastered live album
LiveandWell.com was only available if you subscribed to Bowie’s ISP BowieNet… which now doesn’t exist anymore. Bowie really was an early adopter of the internet (and I’ll get to that in a minute and it miiiiight blow your mind.) Well you can finally stream the first in three remastered live albums to be released on streaming services. This one features live recordings from Bowie’s 1997 ‘Earthling Tour’ and tracks from his solo albums 1. Outside, Earthling and bonus tracks!
Watch: a 1999 interview where David Bowie predicts the internet’s influence
As mentioned, David Bowie was an early adopter of the internet, launching his own internet service provider, BowieNet, a 5G dial up music based ISP/ fan social network, back in 1998! Of course he was a visionary in many ways, but a lot of folks don’t realize technology was one of them. Watch this 1999 interview clip, as Bowie basically predicts the rise and influence of online culture and the “demystification process going on between the artist and audience.”
If for some reason, you don’t want to commit the 6 minutes (go on, watch!) here’s a quote for ya:
“We’re on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying,” “The actual context and the state of content is going to be so different to anything we can envisage at the moment — the interplay between the user and the provider will be so in simpatico it’s going to crush our ideas of what mediums are all about.”
Listen: new Tame Impala “More Year Remix”
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 15, 2020
Look, you might be able to go inside a street level store today, but after two months of isolated times everyone knows you have more attention span than before, including Tame Impala. Check out his 18 minute extended “balearic house reimagining” remix of “One More Year.” It’s psychedelic all right, and also released to help a fundraiser for the Global FoodBanking Network if you can donate. Listen to the track here.
At 22, Marcus Hutchins single-handedly saved the internet. From a bedroom in his parents’ house, Hutchins stopped WannaCry, a self-spreading digital worm that, at the time, was the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen 1/ https://t.co/Jq9jzoZpBH
— WIRED (@WIRED) May 12, 2020
This has been bookmarked on my homepage for a while – a longread about the story of Marcus Hutchins, who, as per Wired “At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI.”
Check out their piece explaining the side of the story of the man known as “the hacker who saved the internet.”
The National Geographic Photographer dedicated to endangered species
We’re celebrating #WorldBeeDay by taking an up close look at a carpenter bee I encountered in Mozambique. Named for their habit of nesting in wood, they solitary, large and loud, but males lack stingers and the risk of being stung by a female is small. pic.twitter.com/UH2RK1WCUe
— Joel Sartore (@joelsartore) May 20, 2020
Nature is beautiful, animals are fascinating and many are going extinct because of human behaviour. For the past 15 years Joel Sartore has been dedicating his time to Photo Ark, an archive and resource of endangered species he’s photographed before they’re gone. There are over 34,000 images to scroll through of fascinating creatures big and small. And if you can, perhaps pick your favourite and donate to a conservation cause to help them. Check it out here.
That’s is from me today, I best get in the studio! Of course I’m back on air 1-5pm, please tune in, say hi via text or call 416-588-0881. I hope you’re feeling well, and if you’re looking for more things to check out, here you go: