“Fevers of Curiosity”: Charles Baudelaire and the Convalescent Flâneur

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Baudelaire’s birth, the French poet famous for his descriptions of the flâneur: a man of the crowd, who thrived in the metropolis’ multitude. Following Baudelaire through 19th-century Paris, Matthew Beaumont discovers a parallel archetype — the convalescent hero of modernity — who emerges from the sickbed into city streets with a feverish curiosity.


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Poll for Australians who observe daylight saving 

When should daylight saving time have ended in Australia?

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Good news - Andy isn't on his periodic Friday afternoon R.E.M. 'Country Feedback' binge contemplating his own mortality, admiring Michael Stipe's poetic lyrics.

Bad news - Andy is on a Fall binge.

This line from 'Backdrop' seems appropriate

'It's about time you started thinking about the rerun which is your life'
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Somebody was after pictures of phone boxes, can't remember who. Anyway, I stopped beside this one on the way back to Broken Hill today.

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Insidious earworm, pandemic adjacent, YouTube link 

Spitting Image’s Chicken Song (1984) as a metaphor for 2020.

Is sticking a deck chair up your nose a prediction of uncomfortable Covid tests? Who learned to speak Arapaho during lockdown? Are you singing this song for weeks despite hating it? In this essay I will

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@npisanti @neauoire @rek Twenty years from now, kids born in 2025 won't believe us when we tell them computers were inedible once

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Such a brilliant album.

I almost always prefer Peel Session versions of songs.

Really captured the live band sound.

Great to have this in hi-res, after I gave away all my vinyl.

"I'm in love with extreme mental torture..."


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My First Week of Librem 5 Convergence

"I put away my personal Librem 13v1 and tested out whether I could replace it with a Librem 5"


#librem5 #convergence #freedom

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Fediverse friends and followers from around the world, I have a huge favor to ask!

If you are out for a walk or drive and you spot a payphone, would you mind sending me a photo of it? (DMs are always open) I will feature it on my #100DaysOfPayphone thread over on the birdsite and of course give you credit.

When I started this a couple of weeks ago I didn't realize all of my old photos from before 2018 are gone, which means the hundreds of old phone photos I had taken at one point are also gone. But maybe this opens an opportunity to see payphones from around the globe.

This could be a payphone that you spot in the wild that still exists (thank God there are still some of those out there) or it could be a photo you took in the past of a phone that may or may not be there anymore. But please, let me see your payphones!

If you have photos of other cool phone equipment or phones that aren't payphones, they won't work for the #100DaysOfPayphones thread, but I encourage you to send them my way as well. Phone related stories? I'd love to hear them! Please help me spread this around the world!

All payphones are acceptable, but I especially encourage you to send in any photos you have of payphones from countries other than the US or phones that are unique in some way. Also, PLEASE boost this toot and help me get this call for help out there! Thank you! 📞

Ep01 A Two Wheeled Ute

I have recently begun a coffee lent, which means I start the day with a headache. It took a bit of effort to motivate myself to go for a bicycle ride yesterday. The extreme heat of summer has eased off which means I can go outside without getting crispy. Taking plenty of water and a sturdy repair kit I headed out...


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Another cat with no fucks to give..

London Euston cat-astrophe averted for train-surfing puss

It took 2.5 hours to get the cat off the train :angery:


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