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This month – April

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Read – Online

If you thought a job in academia was a great and secure thing, think again: The Death of an Adjunct: Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar. And then she got trapped in academia’s permanent underclass.

On a happier note: The Adult Brain Does Grow New Neurons After All, Study Says.

Why Excessive Consumption Limits your Creativity.

I’m apparently not the only person who dislikes support groups: When Support Groups Make You Feel Worse.

Impressive: Sarah Mirk is Making 365 Zines in 365 Days.

11 Unproductive Habits You Want To Quit

“The Modern Paradise – Los Angeles, LA” .

Peter Doherty: ‘If I was drug free, I’d be a force to be reckoned with’

A Grande Dame of the Perfume Industry Turns Ninety-Five

The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over.

Listened to – Music

Listened to – Podcasts

Hiplet: can hip hop save ballet? In the world of classical ballet, black dancers are conspicuous by their absence. Eric Underwood, a former soloist with The Royal Ballet, wants to understand what might be restricting their participation.

Pentatonix: The Art of A Cappella – Broken Record. Malcolm Gladwell, along with guest-host, Daisy Rosario, talks with the five members of Pentatonix from GSI Studios in NYC.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

The white crow. Not a documentary, but an entertaining interpretation of what happened to Rudolf Nureyev in 1961 in Paris.

Watched – TV and Youtube

Darude Sandstorm on Boomwhackers!

The Story of ‘Sandstorm’ by Darude.

Immortalized in Ink: The Tattoo Artist with Terminal Cancer.

Leena Norms’ The truth about ‘YouTuber Burn Out’.

Avocado Toast Soap

If I lived in San Francisco, I would definitely get out of retirement and join this class: Adult Beginner Ballet.

I Built a Guitar Out of 8 Mega Jawbreaker Candies.

Kondo-Culture: The Fall of the House of ‘Stuff’, a video essay.

Miscellaneous awesomeness

The phenomenon that incompetent people think that they are super competent apparently has a name: Dunning-krugereffect!

This month – March

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Read – Online

The Dutch language department at the VU University in Amsterdam has ceased to exist. Emma van Meijeren advises the faculty to look inward to understand why this has happened.

Keith Flint passed away.

Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files.

An interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of the book Daisy Jones & The Six, that I finished in one day earlier this month.

An Echo Park Man Is Taking a Stand Against People Who Are Bad at Street Parking.

Arabelle Sicardi writes about How our online beauty buys are being used to identify us as customers and criminals.

A new month, a new scandal in beauty land: Kat von D’s attempt at damage control is highly unsuccesful.

One of her ex-boyfriends who is a member of Mötley Crüe, tries a similar thing: “Nikki Sixx on Rape Story in Motley Crue Memoir: ‘I Have No Clue Why It’s in There’“.

And finally: Netflix’s Mötley Crüe movie ‘The Dirt’ highlights why a musical #MeToo reckoning is so difficult. And no, I haven’t seen the film, nor am I going to.

Listened to – Music

“Shape of you” Ed Sheeran cover (Anna Straker on Pocket Operators).

Storytime with LP: once upon a time a very very long ago, I found myself by myself on the dance floor of a mediocre club during a high school party. As in: I was literally the only person on the dance floor, the rest of the attendees were getting their liquor on at the bar. #thispartysucks Anyway, I was busting some moves when all of a sudden the best track EVER was played. For years and years I’ve tried to find it, and now I have. Have a listen and go bezerk: Chicken Techno

Mark Ronson, just drop the rest of this demo, ok? It must have been an illusion. To compensate for that godawful cover of “Bongo Bong” you produced. #neverforget

Listened to – Podcasts

It was a month without podcasts.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

The Matrix.

Watched – TV and Youtube

The Broken Formula of Music Biopics

IKEA Hacking: Upcycling a Drawer Unit (Moppe)

Food for thought: Y’ALL, THESE BRANDS ARE R*CIST ON PURPOSE… A RANT

Inside Japan’s Chicano Subculture. Strange. Very strange.

Antiqueseller Alex buys an entire and very full house. Of course this is only the beginning of an amazing story, which he shares in his The Potters House series.

Hasan Minhaj takes a look at the iconic streetwear brand Supreme.

DIY Old Farmhouse Using Cardboard Boxes.

Miscellaneous awesomeness

Alice Potts makes art out of sweat. Yes, this sentence is correct.

Cane walking (part two – public transport)

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Travelling by public transport while using a cane is quite an ordeal here in The Netherlands. To get into a tram, bus or train I have to hoist myself into the carriage, as there’s usually steps. More often then not this hoisting is preceded by a jump, as the platform and the carriage do not line up. Arrived at my destination, I then have to find a way to get out of the vehicle. This “getting out of the carriage”-motion can only be described as “ejecting”: I have to throw myself out and hope that I manage to land safely on my “good” leg, at the risk of breaking said leg, my cane and/or landing face forward onto the pavement/bike path/road. Back in my competitive figure skating days, I could have never foreseen that those years of training would ever come in handy in a completely different setting, but they do.

Seeing that getting in and out of carriages is a nightmare, changing vehicles or modes of transportation is pure hell. After ejecting myself out of the bus/tram/train, I need to first fight my way through the people blocking the exit. For the non-Dutch: this is a Dutch thing. The people who want to get on the vehicle, all huddle together right in front of the exit, despite it being obvious that there’s people who need to get out first. I know, it makes no sense, but they almost all do it. I’ll make a short documentary about it one day. So yeah, after fighting my way through the huddle, I have to barge through a herd of people who are in a hurry to catch their connection. In the mean time, I have to hope/furiously check if the vehicle I need to change to hasn’t changed platforms. Having found my new tram/bus/train, I again have to hoist myself inside, and hope there’s a place where I can sit. On the train, the designated seats for the elderly/handicapped are wonderful, but on the bus they’re often really high up, forcing me to hoist and jump again. The person who designed these allocated seats has clearly never thought about the physical state of the people who need them.

Another reason why changing vehicles is hell, is that I often miss my connection. I am unable to eject myself from one train, then limp my way from platform 20 to platform 3 and then hoist myself into another train in 6 minutes. Which means that I have to leave home earlier and that my journey takes longer. A lot longer: where cane-less I usually get from a particular A to a particular B in 50 minutes, with my cane it takes me 1 1/2 hours. Times two, this amounts to 3 hours of travel instead of my usual 1 hour and 40 minutes. It’s exhausting. And this is when all goes well. I haven’t counted the times I had to cripple myself up and down stairs while crying in pain because of elevators that were “Out of order”, making me then miss yet another connection, making my journey even longer.

On the other hand, I must admit that most people were very friendly and helpful as soon as they saw that I was using a cane. In the entire period there was only 1 asshole who almost body checked me off the escalator with her bag. Everybody else was super nice: people gave up their seat, asked the bus driver to wait for me, carried my bag or held the door for me. Also, the cane proved a great conversation starter: I have never had so many interactions with strangers in public. Some people just said “Great cane!”, others cautiously inquired about “the leg”. One lady told me her sister had the exact same cane, and a gentleman of around my age told me the story of his paralysed arm.

Despite my aversion to the whole “Suffering is a learning experience!” way of thinking, I must admit that this experience has given me insights that I didn’t have before. Sure, I knew that walking around in this world is a lot harder when you have mobility issues and that there’s still a lot that can and should be done to make this easier, but I had severely underestimated the extend of it. The fact that I, with what in the grand scheme of things is a temporary, minor injury, have had SO MUCH TROUBLE getting from A to B, means that there is a truly HUGE group of people who are currently shut off from (travelling by themselves by) public transport, which is effectively shutting them off from a part of society. And that is, again, most definitely Not Ok.

Here are some links to Dutch organisations who are working hard to change this: