Rekkids

Some records I’m getting into at the moment. Nothing particularly new, but still pretty awesome. First, the fantastic Sleaford Mods from Nottingham, UK. Soooooooo good. They remind me of a perfect mix of The Goats, 8 bit bip hop, and classic 70s pop punk. If anyone knows Hamilton (NZ) band MSU …they remind me a lot of them in attitude and approach. I have just brought their album Key Markets but here are some newer clips.

And I’ve been listening to the ‘This is Kologo Power’ compilation coming out of Ghana… sooooooo good too! It features, amongst others, King Ayisoba. Think of a kookier, happier, Fela Kuti. Long, fantastic, stories with an irresistible groove. I’m *so* hooked!

On the Bookshelf

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I’ve been eating out at apocalyptic fiction recently. A sign of the times perhaps as it seems this kind of escapism is pretty popular at the moment. Some of it is pretty dark… Just read American War by Omar El Akkad. A slow dystopian end-of-the-world saga. Grim but a good read. My fav line: “Everyone fights an American War”. I think it was a little long, somehow it felt like it had at least two points that could have been endings before it actually finished. But still very enjoyable.

Currently working through the following two books, both of which I’m really enjoying.

Since I also love non-fiction, and generally eat this stuff up as fast as it comes out, on the non-fiction bookshelf I am currently working through Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

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It is about the Osage tribe of Native North Americans that were thrown off their land by the government of the time only to be given (unknowingly) land which was rich in oil. They became the richest people per head on earth. Then, ‘mysteriously’, they started being murdered at an astonishing rate. It is a pretty fascinating part of American history.

Also, to get out of all the gloomy escapism, I decided to try something a little lighter – The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by California’s own Becky Chambers. 1/3 of the way through and it’s awesome! Highly recommended if you are looking for an entertaining and engaging, light (as in mood), read.

Loving this Vid

Call me geeky, but watching these two systems interact makes me happy. Here is a short video of Editoria round-tripping a Word file to INK, where it is converted to HTML, and loaded into Editoria….

It pretty much uses the full stack of softwares we have built including PubSweet, INK, Editoria, and XSweet. Love love love it.

INK Vids

Demos made by Alex Theg as a backup for demonstrations (in case wifi fails etc). They have no sound and merely display the core INK features at work.

Conversion

Creating a Recipe from Existing Steps

INK and Editoria Working Together