Tuesday Tunes‬ #199 – 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Vienna2015_logo Well that is the Eurovision Song Contest over for another year. Did you survive your drinking games? “And our 12 points go to … Australia!” – thanks to Sweden, Austria and the United Kindom.

Yes, we know it’s a song contest but it’s impossible to take the politics out of Eurovision – that’s part of what makes it so interesting. Neighbours will always vote for neighbours (unless they’re at war) as their musical affiliations and histories are intertwined – no sense booing that. We expect the Scandinavian, Baltic, Eastern European and Balkan nations to vote for those nearby but at the end of the day good songs always rise to the top. ❞ — [SBS]

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Towel Day 2015

Don't Panic Towel

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
— HHGTTG, Chapter 3

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This weeks links (2015-05-25)

In brief:

* The road to ORA 2015: Inside the outdoor retail industry (2015-May-25) [Wild]

* 10 Running Must Haves (2015-May-27) [Run, Selfie, Repeat]

Cycling:

* Ask The Pros – Life On The Road | Giro D’Italia 2015 [GCN]

Some reading/listening:

* Inkshares Sword and Laser novel contest
To debut the Sword & Laser Collection on Inkshares, we will publish the five science fiction and fantasy projects with the most pre-orders by May 31st, 2015. Sword & Laser will choose their personal favorite from the top five and make it the debut book in their Collection.
The Sword & Laser Collection Contest [Inkshares] – ENDS: May 31, 2015

* 9 Great Science Fiction Books For People Who Don’t Like Science Fiction (2015-May-21) [io9]
So there’s someone in your life who doesn’t like science fiction. Nobody’s perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there’s almost always a little corner of it where even the most science fiction-averse person can curl up and enjoy themselves. Here are 10 science fiction books for people who don’t like science fiction.

Something from Bandcamp:
EUROVISION by Albert Road

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Wednesday WIN (2015-May-20)

Mean Teddies

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#portegate

Pro cycling certainly has strange and inconsistent application of its rules.

If that’s not Aussie mate ship them what is?
Mateship ✔ Sportmanship ✔ Meeting UCI Rules ✘
The Commissionaire jury cites rule 12.01.40/8.2 and Porte gets 2 minute penalty, drops to 12th on GC (3’09” down) “Art. 12.1.040. Non regulation assistance to a rider from another team, stage races. 200 CHF fine and 2’ penalty”

12-01-40

ref: 12-DIS-20150101-E_English

“Obviously as the director of the Giro d’Italia, I have to say that I’m sorry about this because it’s a further burden for a rider who hoped to do something important at this Giro, but this doesn’t mean that he can’t still do that,” Vegni said. “But clearly there was little to be done, rules are rules, and I think rules have to be respected for the credibility of this sport and, in this case, the credibility of the Giro d’Italia.”
— Giro director Mauro Vegni cyclingnews]

I think rules have to be respected…” Apparently only when it suits the narrative. Multiple riders break the rules by riding in front of a speeding train at this year’s Paris-Roubaix? (rule: 12.01.40/16) According to the UCI Commissionaire jury, nothing to see here; the UCI rule application appears to be totally arbitrary.

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #198 – B.B. King

BB-King B.B. King (1925-2015)
BB King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname ‘King of the Blues’, has died aged 89.
While he had spent the better part of 70 years on the road, playing gigs in pretty much every corner of the world, when he died, the blues guitarist, singer and iconic figure did so at home in Las Vegas.
His lawyer, Brent Bryson, said King died peacefully in his sleep. Mostly likely, the latest version of his trademark Gibson guitar, all of which were called Lucille, was not too far away.
[SMH]

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This weeks links (2015-05-18)

In brief:

* Makey Makey GO [Kickstarter]
This project will be funded on Sat, Jul 11 2015 1:00 AM AEST.
Makey Makey GO is the World’s First Invention Kit that goes with you everywhere. Makey Makey GO catalyzes the same creativity and ingenuity in creators as the original, award-winning Makey Makey Classic and gives today’s tinkerers, dreamers, and makers even more mobility—allowing them to invent anytime, anywhere.

* This ex-Apple engineer’s new app turns your iPad into a second display for your Mac or PC (2015-May-13) [Business Insider]

Cycling:

* Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stages 8 & 9 [OGE]

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
RipTide by Dirtwire

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