Five for Friday | 五日(星期五) | 금요일에 다섯 가지

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Record Store Day 2019 redux. For various reasons I didn’t do any any vinyl shopping but used The Vinyl Store to compile a list of what I would have liked to buy.

My picks from Record Store Day UK 2019

A few things:

  • Madonna’s True Blue single was one of her classic 12 inch singles. I am less convinced by the fake ‘obi’
  • Cloud One were a studio-based disco production team
  • Jazzanova’s Heatwave was given a 1980s makeover which sounds amazing
  • Lonnie Liston Smith – Space Princess is a great disco cut from the people that brought you Expansions

danah boyd on the current state of play of participatory media. I first met danah back in 2005 at the Yahoo! Campus in Sunnyvale with Bradley Horowitz. She was working on a project for Yahoo! Research back then and has kept close to youth and ‘social’ media since then.

Even if you don’t know eBoy, you’ll recognise their work and its distinctive style. They’re doing a collaboration in customised Swatch watches. The video talks about how they work together, which is an interesting process in and of itself.

Asian Boss have done a collaboration with a documentary maker to bring Crossroads to YouTube. Crossroads is a documentary that shows how the Sewol Ferry disaster shaped modern Korean culture and politics. It was as big as the Poll Tax riots or the Brexit vote in the UK. It pressed the reset button on the Korean public’s relationship with the government captured by chaebol which was business as usual.

And Tomy’s range of mini retro consumer electronics are amazing. I presume that these are all aimed at adults. The level of detail is impressive.