Ian Robinson's Weekly Digest - 9th May 2021

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Ian Robinson's Weekly Digest - 9th May 2021
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Another music heavy weekly post. There has been a lot of good music releases in there last few weeks. A silver lining of musicians not being able to tour? Who knows. In any event, it’s great! This weeks post also has seven other items if the music doesn’t interest you. As usual, contact me on Twitter with feedback or if you have any questions.

Technology
Nuclear Power: Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl - AAAS Science - Link
Joy. Thirty-five years later, and Chernobyl is still smouldering.
Content Creation: AnyImage.io - Turn Any Image into a Clickable Link! - AnyImage - Link
A tool to create clickable images for social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook). Which you can’t do natively on those platforms. Well, the first two anyway. I don’t know about Facebook as I don’t use it. I’ll be using it on Twitter and Linked in for this post. So if you are reading it from there, you’ve seen AnyImage in action!
Science
Astronomy: The 10-parsec sample in the Gaia era - Galaxy Map - Link
Stunning paper and 3D-maps showing all the stars within 10 parsecs (33 light-years) of the Solar System. Using data from the Gaia satellite mission. Fabulous. And a boon for anyone writing a Space Opera novel.
Culture
Films: Go Into The Story Resource: Guides to Classic Movies - Go Into The Story - Link
Scott Meyer’s Go Into The Story website is a must-read for anyone interested in films and scriptwriting. These guides to classic movies are brilliant.
History: Lithuanian diplomat Vincas Balickas and his 53-year stint as Ambassador in London - Dr Francis Young - Link
A Twitter thread outlining the remarkable story of Lithuanian diplomat Vincas Balickas who was the Ambassador to London in 1940 when the Soviet Union invaded Lithuania. He was relieved in 1991 when Lithuania regained its independence.
Athletics: I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike - NYT Opinion - YouTube Link
Mary Cain gives a pretty damning indictment of the Nike backed training centres run by Nike’s Oregon Project. Worth 7 minutes of your time.
Office Politics: The story of Basecamp’s disastrous policy - The Verge - Link
My overriding feeling after the fallout at Basecamp was disappointment and sadness. I was all-in on their collaboration tools and new Hey email service. But the fallout from the events outlined in these four articles led to over a third of the company leaving. They only had 57 employees, so losing that many must put a major question mark over future availability. I’ve moved to Asana to collaborate with the companies I work with, and back to Microsoft 365 for email.
Music: New music I discovered this week
Birdy - Young Heart (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Electric Looking Glass - Somewhere Flowers Grow (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Roisin O'Hagan - Girls Like Me (Single) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Evolfo - Strange Lights (Single) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Benjamin Taggart - Magi’s House ft. Jack Davies (Single) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Yonaka - Call Me A Saint (Single) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Dodie - Build A Problem (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Weezer - Van Weezer (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Bebe Rexha - Better Mistakes (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Beka - I’ll Be There (EP) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Ashe - Ashlyn (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Aly & AJ - a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun (Album) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Saint Nomad - Closer (Single) - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Here are Apple Music and Spotify playlists with all the singles and one selected track from each album. In no particular order. Play them on shuffle!
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