This Month – September

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Read – Online

Body UvA student Sumanta Bansi found in Hoorn More about this case here: Judge sentences Manodj B. to 15 years in prison for killing Sumanta Bansi

R. Kelly Verdict Developments: Singer Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Girl, 14, on Video

Settlement Announced in L.A. Homelessness Lawsuit Against County Will this be the beginning of a change?

Just found out that the other location of my favorite Californian restaurant has also closed last year: Saturn Cafe Closes Its Downtown Santa Cruz Location

‘Extremely rare’ Rameses II-era burial cave found in Israel

Listened to – Music

Grace Kelly – We Will Rise (Music Video)

Testify(pts.1&2) – The Isley Brothers (feat. Jimi Hendrix)

Heatwave – Boogie Nights

Listened to – Podcasts

None in English.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

Moonage Daydream The David Bowie experience;

A-ha: True North A combination of a concert registration, a fictional movie and a nature documentary;

Desolation Center “The story of a group of 1980s punk artists who started organizing and playing desert shows that later inspired Burning Man, Coachella, and Lollapalooza”.

Watched – TV and Youtube

The STRAIGHTS are STRUGGLING I’ve been known to ask: “Are the straights ok?” on a regular basis, seeing that I encounter most of the very toxic interactions described in this video. I of course have a 3/4 written blog post about this phenomenon, but I’m not sure when my intense writer’s block will finally subside, so I’m not making any promises;

MO “A comedy drama based on the real life story of Mo Amer, who plays Mo Najjar, a Palestinian refugee who, while waiting for 22 years for his US citizenship to finally come through, straddles the line between two cultures, three languages and “a ton of bullshit.”” The recurring theme of people wearing outdoor shoes indoors had me roaring with laughter, as this is something that I, coming from a “no-shoes-indoors”-culture encounter on the regular.

Miscellaneous awesomeness

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This month – august

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Read – Online

Making Waves: History’s Largest Gathering of Black Surfers

Buying My Girlhood Is Putting Me In Debt, a personal essay by Riley Yaxley;

Issey Miyake, famed Japanese fashion designer, dies aged 84

This woman is the absolute GOAT: Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words

Jeff Bezos’ Monster Yacht Towed to Sea by the Furious Dutch Spoiler: they didn’t have to take the bridge apart, thankfully;

Horniman Museum to return 72 artefacts to Nigeria And rightfully so;

Finally some good news: New Zealand’s rare kakapo parrot sees population boom

True Crime Is Rotting Our Brains Excellent article by Emma Berquist about how true crime, well, rots your brain. Highly recommended, if you only read one article out of this lot, let it be this one;

Nadia de Vries got published on the MIT site: “Porsche Girl”: When a Dead Body Becomes a Meme

Penguin fitted with special orthopedic shoe can waddle in style As a person whose life and feet were literally transformed by insoles in ways I never thought possible, I’m really happy that this penguin is getting the adjustments he needs to fix his bumblefoot issue.

Listened to – Music

Yeasayer – O.N.E (Official Audio)

Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys (Too Many Zooz Cover)

Britney Spears – Toxic (on Devices feat. Epilator)

Sam and Dave – Soul Man

Oasis – Live Forever (Official HD Remastered Video)

Tony Renis – Quando Quando Quando (Subtitulada)

LINKIN PARK – In the End (Performance cut, One More Light Live – 20.06.2017)

Big Freedia “Explode” (Official Video)

Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin (Glastonbury 2022)

Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)

Messer ‘Leather’ lyric video ( Mitch Grassi)

Apple Bottom Jeans – Beach Boys (1964)

Why Tell Me Why – Anita Meyer – 5 mei 2022

The Darkness. I Believe in a thing called love Download Festival 12/06/2022

Cassie – Long Way 2 Go (Official Music Video)

Teddy Swims – Blinding Lights (The Weeknd Cover)

HAIM – Summer Girl (Glastonbury 2022)

The Chats – ‘Smoko’ (live at Splendour In The Grass 2022)

Listened to – Podcasts

THE best podcast episode I’ve heard in a while: Reply-all #158 The Case of the Missing Hit “A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super Tech Support case”;

You’re Wrong About True Crime w. Emma Berquist The same Emma Berquist from the article above.

The Darker Sides of Life – Friendship and Boundaries Food for thought.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

White Berry A Dutch coming of age story about Grace, a young Dutch-African girl with albinism. Based on real life experiences of lead actress Latifa Mwazi, who turns in an amazing performance, especially considering it’s her first acting role. The movie isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects, but is also very funny in a relaxed and natural way;

The most hated man on the internet When Charlotte Laws’ daugther get hacked and her stolen pictures get posted on a revenge porn site, Charlotte decides to fight the owner of the side and his fans, also on behalf of – many! – other victims. While watching this documentary series, I couldn’t help but wonder how this dude’s (yes, also female) fans look back on that period in their lives. I really do hope they are ashamed of their (hopefully past) behaviour, and/or got help for their own issues that made them act in such a selfhating and destructive way, because damn…

Ronnie’s Documentary about the life and jazz club of saxophone player Ronnie Scott.

Watched – TV and Youtube

Songs That Changed Music: RELAX – Frankie Goes To Hollywood with Stephen Lipson

PTX TikToks: Pentatonix Age, sign, childhood trauma Everybody!

Esther (56) wil wereldberoemde DJ worden Her DJ name is DJ Je Moeder (“DJ Your Mom”). How can you not love that?

Inside This Collector’s 70-Piece Comme des Garçons Collection | Devoted | Vogue

Too Many Zooz Crescent Ballroom 10-12-2019

What Makes This Song Stink Ep. 7 – Machine Gun Kelly “Emo Girl”

Daft Punk – Around The World (Official Music Video Making Of) I strongly remember feeling like an inadequate dancer back in the day because I couldn’t reproduce the video choreography as fast in one go. Turns out they sped up the video.

Miscellaneous awesomeness

Gunhild Carling plays for the Swedish king on his 70th birthday w. Hovkapellet

Skinny Dip Ring

The Bloomhouse – Keeping Austin weird since 1973

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This Month – July

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Serial Predator R. Kelly Gets 30 Years for Sex Crimes, Trafficking
Gabby Petito’s Life With—And Death By—Brian Laundrie “Forensically examining Instagram accounts, interviews, and police reports, author Kathleen Hale reconstructs their relationship, and ultimately Petito’s murder”. The fact that it was possible to reconstruct all this from public sources, is… bizarre;
Chloe Sherman has an exhibit of pictures from the LGBTIQA+ community in San Francisco in the ’90;
Vintage Burger King Is Discovered Fully Intact Behind a Wall at a Delaware Mall
Why Are You Stranded? Great essay by Nicole Zhao;
Lofi Girl: YouTube sorry for taking down music stream And rightfully so!
Why life as a millennial is so dull Being young kinda sucks for an entire generation, apparently;
The Problem With Pools The many problems having a pool causes;
The bleak spectacle of the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial “When you hear hooves, think horse, not zebra”, people;
If you sometimes think you’re kinda weird, read this 2 part article, and you will come to the conclusion that, nah, you’re ok: Scene Stealer: The True Lies of Elisabeth Finch, Part 1 en Scene Stealer: The True Lies of Elisabeth Finch, Part 2 Niet ok, dit;
Skin Deep is a database with pictures of skin ailments on different skin tones;
The first paragraph contains everything there is to say about Polanski: Gascón Opens Door for Polanski to Beat Child Sex Rap, Return to L.A.
98 Years Later, Bruce’s Beach Land Returned to Wronged Black Family It’s about time;
Living the Anna Sui Fantasy
MURMURATION WITH RISA MICKENBERG: THE EMOTIONAL LABOR MOVEMENT & HERMETTE: an aspirational lifestyle magazine for lady hermits and the magazine they’re talking about: Hermette Magazine

Listened to – Music

Messer – ‘Leather’ lyric video (Mitch Grassi)
Emily Blue – ‘The Afterlove’ [FULL ALBUM] WHY IS THIS NOT A WORDWIDE, MILLION SELLING ALBUM?
The Breakfast Club – Right On Track (1987)
Yeasayer – O.N.E. (Official Music Video)

Listened to – Podcasts

None in English.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch A Mess.
The Ponds A feel good documentary about a group of outdoor swimmers in London;

Watched – TV and Youtube

Songs That Changed Music: RELAX – Frankie Goes To Hollywood with Stephen Lipson This is SO fascinating!

Miscellaneous awesomeness

Benjamin Li is a Dutch artist of Chinese ancestry. One of his art projects involves him visiting as many Chinese-Indonesian restaurants, a type of restaurant and cuisine that only exist in The Netherlands. This type of restaurant is quickly disappearing due to there not being successors interested in continuing in the restaurant business. With this type of restaurant comes a very distinct visual style, and Benjamin Li’s website is designed to look like a traditional Chinese-Indonesian restaurant menu.

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