Playlist: Hard, Loud & Fast

I’m going to need a lot of noise to get through this Friday so I made a playlist.


Now that I’ve sat with DFA 1979’s new album for a week or so, I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite releases all year.  I am just so excited they didn’t come back after all that time and totally flop, and that was the jumping off point to put these tracks together (specifically “You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine” from the first album).  I wanted a lot of guitars and a lot of drums and a lot of songs I like to dance to.

Then I realized how exhausting it is to sit through a couple of hours of loud guitars and screaming, so I broke it up with some bands like Paramore and Head Automatica and Jimmy Eat World.  Actually, if y’all have anymore suggestions for bands that are more poppy but still pack a punch, I’ll take em as long as it’s loud enough and fast enough.  I ran home from work to this playlist yesterday and I’m sure I made it home in half my usual time.  (No I didn’t, but it didn’t feel as long.)

Hard, Loud & Fast.

Tracklist after cut for non-Spotify users.

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15 Most Toxic Places to Live: Earth’s Orbit

Space contains copious amounts of pollution. An estimated 4 million pounds of space debris — nuts, bolts, metal and carbon, even whole spacecraft — currently orbit the Earth, threatening satellites, communication and even the lives of our astronauts. This computer-generated NASA graphic shows objects of space junk in Earth’s orbit that are currently being tracked. 

The Origin Of Ocean Garbage Patches


by Patricia Waldron, Inside Science

If you toss a message in a bottle into the ocean, instead of washing up on a distant shore, it will probably end up in one of the world’s five major floating garbage patches — but which one?

By using models of ocean currents, researchers have calculated the boundaries of each section of the ocean, which can extend beyond the traditionally defined borders. In the process, they found that they can predict which garbage patch will receive a piece of plastic depending on where the litter is tossed. The research may one day pinpoint areas where wildlife interacts with the moving trash. It may also help identify the biggest plastic polluters, which contribute to garbage patches that some researchers estimate to be twice the size of Texas.

"We’ve redefined how one should draw the borders of the oceans," said coauthor and mathematician Gary Froyland, at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. "It’s more scientifically meaningful to draw the boundaries according to where the water moves as opposed to just the legal, geographical boundaries."

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Composting—like jam-making—is one of those activities I tend just to read about. Nice idea, but too much hassle to actually carry out.

Until I somehow became one of those people who processes kitchen waste on her balcony, producing nutrient-rich soil and saving the environment one banana peel at a time.

I am not an urban hippie or a even a DIY type, much less a person with any sort of practical skills. Instead, my worm-filled adventure started (as these things often do) with guilt. I read too many articles about how choking landfills with organic matter is terribly harmful for the environment.

I finally caved and bought a cute composting crate (bag of worms sold separately). Composting doesn’t require worms, but vermicomposting sounded like less effort, as it does not require you to regularly aerate your pile of kitchen refuse. My modest goal was to collect just my food scraps and let them rot in a semi-responsible fashion.

A charming essay: My Misadventures in Urban Composting - CityLab