This year I optimistically ventured into the world of living alone. My first three weeks of this new lifestyle, in what I dub my “Bachelor Sanitary Pad”, has been a rich and sometimes unexpected learning experience.
In 1989, an oceanographic institute working for the US Navy detected a whale call that was unlike any other recorded in history. The call resonated at 52 hertz, far above the range of any other whale in that area, believed to be emanating from one whale in the Pacific. A blue whale’s call resonates at [...]
On March 26th 2000, five executives from Jive Records met at The Palm restaurant in New York to celebrate. They ate lobster. They deserved it. It had been a big year. The third album from the Backstreet Boys—the label’s golden goose—had broken sales records, and the debut album from their latest discovery, an 18-year-old named [...]
It was once the drink favoured by society’s most notorious thieves and brigands—the Cody’s of the high seas. Now rum is enjoying a renaissance as a respectable and classy affair, roughness bought at $60 a bottle.
September 2003: The Pirate Bay is founded by Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm (aka Anakata) and Fredrik Neij (aka TiAMO), members of Swedish anti-copyright group Piratbyrån. The website is launched in Mexico, and is hosted on a server owned by the company where Svartholm worked. Early 2004: The site moves to Sweden, where it is hosted [...]
Pirates didn’t just wear earrings to look cool—it was believed that they could help cure bad eyesight, among other things. It was thought that precious metals like gold and silver had healing powers and prevented seasickness, and that a gold earring would serve as a talisman to protect a sailor from drowning. Pirates may have [...]
Last February, at the last Camp A Low Hum ever, Ian Jorgensen, who goes by the alias “Blink”, woke up to muddy, sodden grounds and the faces of some festival-goers who were clearly not having a good time. “I’m not proud,” he wrote after the event finished, “but at that moment I threw my head back and wept.”
From boy, to girl, to prostitute, to drag queen, to actress, to community worker—Georgina Beyer didn’t exactly follow the typical evolutionary process of a politician.
Jack is an enigma, a prophet, a whirlwind.