This Month – April

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A short list this month, as I’ve been very busy researching and reading for my studies. A separate post about the documentaries I saw during the IN-EDIT music documentary festival is coming up!

Read – Online

Pamela Rooke, punk rock fashion icon known as Jordan, dies aged 66

WeHo Political Donor Ed Buck Gets 30 Years for Drug Poisonings “Drug Poisonings”, that’s a way of describing the absolute horrors that transpired. Note: be careful looking into this case. I have seen/heard Some Shit in my life, but this case is just so horrendous on all levels ;

Garden Visit: The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Musicians want us to pay closer attention at gigs. Let’s do them the courtesy And if you can’t or don’t want to, just turn on Spotify or a streaming video of a show, and stay home. Bonus: you can put your crate of beer next to you, so you don’t have to walk back and forth all the damn time;

The Number of Homeless Men Dying in L.A. Has Exploded My theory for the lack of a decent solution to the homeless crisis in California was, that the fact that it’s sunny over there plays a big role: they’re not freezing to death en masse, so there’s not as much of an incentive to help them. Yeah, that’s BLEAK. Anyway, I’m curious if now that people ARE dying in large numbers, things will improve at a fast pace. I really hope so, but I’m not holding my breath;

Comedian Rebecca Corry on Why the Louis C.K. Sexual Harassment Story is Finally Becoming Part of Her Act Quote: “”This bullshit about the predators being the ones who get canceled is a cute idea, but not true,” says the comic, whose story has come back into focus in light of C.K.’s shocking Grammy win”.

Unsurprising: The gender biases that shape our brains

Listened to – Music

The Bangles – Be With You (Video Version)

Robbie Williams – Lovelight

Listened to – Podcasts
None in English.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix)

Watched – TV and Youtube

Nothing of importance, apparently?

Miscellaneous awesomeness

Randy van Merwijk is de grootste HEMA-fan van Nederland: ‘Mijn verzameling is nooit compleet’ Article in Dutch on Randy van Merwijk, who has a museum sized HEMA collection.

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This Month – March

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Read – Online

Nearly A Year After Skid Row Order, Judge Wants Settlement in L.A. Homeless Suit I’m afraid that this urgent issue won’t be solved within my lifetime; nog opgelost wordt, helaas;

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/the-mountain-lion-thats-haunting-the-hipsters/ Mountain Lion P-22 chills in Silver Lake these days;

‘It’s a miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness Spoiler: they provide people with housing;

Listened to – Music

The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever (Official Video)

Messer – Love Supply (fan made lyric video)

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes (Official Music Video)

ElyOtto – SugarCrash! (Official Video)

Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (Official Video)

Spinvis – Voor Ik Vergeet

Blind Melon – No Rain – Live MTV UK Studio 1993 Stereo

Bjӧrk – Joga (Later Archive)

The HampsterDance Song

Kristin Hersh – Your Ghost (Official Video)

Listened to – Podcasts

None in English

Watched – Films and Documentaries

None

Watched – Films and Documentaries

Duchesnay & Duchesnay (FRA) – 1990 World Figure Skating Championships, Free Dance A perfect example of how sometimes, you don’t win the competition because you’re just too ahead of your time. Anyone who saw this program back in the day, remembers it fondly. Nobody remembers who actually won the competion and nobody really cares.

Hustle Culture is worse than you think…

De geweldige nachtveerboot van Japan 😴🛳 Tokio naar Hokkaido op de MOL-veerboot No clue why I can’t un-automatically translate this title, but it’s about a night ferry in Japan, and it’s AWESOME!

The History of Vivienne Westwood

Big statue returns to Easter Island

My Place: Florence Welch

Goedkoopste privékamer in de slaaptrein van Japan 😴🛏 12 uur durende reis vanaf Tokyo Station And again, the terror of the forced automatic translation strikes! This is a video about a 12 hour train journey in Japan, and it’s again AWESOME! Wish all trains were like this.

Miscellaneous awesomeness

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The Studies (part 2)

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Part 1 can be read here

It didn’t take long for me to realise that “Not doing a damn thing ever again” was harder than it seemed. Especially when it became apparent that this pandemic was going to last longer than the predicted two weeks, I had to come to term with the fact that “Never doing anything again” is just not a sustainable long term plan.

Maybe this would have been different if I had lots of children, a huge extended family and a gigantic amount of friends, but I don’t. Then again, even if I did, most people have other things to do with their lives than entertaining somebody who’s decided to never do anything ever again. If I wanted to or not, I had to figure out what I was going to be doing with my life.

Thinking of something new to do wasn’t easy, as I am a person of limited interests: cats, classical ballet, zines and other magazines, exhibitions, concerts, ceramics, and Funda (an online real estate market place); that’s pretty much it.

What also didn’t help, was me being near-catatonic with fear that I would catch Covid and end up severely sick. Despite all this, I finished up a large work related project, and had a fit of insanity where I joined a writing group. Twice. Let’s just call it a relapse. I also took a couple of online classes to try and keep myself together.

Thirteen months into this two week pandemic, I finally got my first vaccine. Turns out thinking about your future is a lot easier when you’re not constantly fearing for your life.

And so it happened that while reading the weekly ARCAM newsletter, I thought: “If I could do my life over again, I’d become an architectural historian”. Despite being quite certain that you’d have to had studied architecture to be able to do that, I did a google search. It turned out that my English BA wasn’t so useless after all: I just needed to do a minor in Architecture and Construction to be eligible to do an Architectural History MA. Another option was to do a General History pre-master, but I was afraid that that would not give me sufficient specific architectural knowledge to do the MA.

The decision to do the Architecture and Construction minor seems to be a good one: I’ve already passed three out of five classes, currently finishing up class number four before starting class number five in two weeks. This study year is moving at the speed of light, partly because the 8-8-4 system remains a very tight schedule, even part time, but also because… everything is organized? I am not spending 40 to 60 percent of my time trying to manage the logistics of my studies, I can just dedicate myself to the content. What’s also different, is that, after a life of unsuccessful overachieving, I nowadays do the bare minimum. Though that’s still taking a bit of getting used to.3

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