Michael was no stranger to trying to make sense this kind of tragedy nor was he unfamiliar the emptiness felt in the wake of a senseless, random death. After all, he’d already learned about it the only way he ever deemed acceptable for a non hack: first-hand. In the course of his reporting he figured this lesson out again and again in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the United States, and part of his passion stemmed from a desire to make everyone else wake the fuck up and realize the value of the life we’re living.
He did: He always sought out the hard stories, pushed for the truth, let it all hang out on the page. Looking back on the past ten years is tough for anyone, but looking back on Michael’s past ten years and you begin to understand how passionate and dedicated to this work he was, a passion that was only equaled by his dedication to his family and friends, and how much more he lived in thirty-three years than most people live in a lifetime. That’s part of what makes this all so tough: exiting, he leaves us all with little more than questions and a blank sheet of paper. Maybe that’s challenge to continue to use it to write the truth. I hope we can live up to that. He was a great friend and I will miss him terribly.
- Matt Farwell on the death of Michael Hastings (via soupsoup)
“The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Tuesday awarded its first Grand Prix in the innovation category, which was just introduced this year. The category was created to honor pioneering forms of technology that have made ideas possible, and the top prize was awarded to Cinder, a software developed by Cheil-owned digital agency The Barbarian Group. What it is: “Cinder” is an open-source platform for creative coding. It’s free to use, and so is the recipe that makes it. Created for “hardcore developers,” it runs on Mac OS X, the iOS and Windows, and was originally created to serve the VFX industry. It is a “toolbox” that lets you program graphics, audio, video, networking, image processing and computation geometry.”
Coding Platform ‘Cinder’ Gets First Innovation Grand Prix | Special: Cannes 2013 - Advertising Age
This is amazing. Congrats, guys. I remember when Cinder was but a wee glimmer in the eyes of Robert, Keith, Andrew et al. SO EXCITING.
Low performed a divisive and droning 27-minute-long version of “Do You Know How to Waltz?” to an outdoor festival crowd this past weekend in its hometown of Minneapolis.
Hear the full set at The Current.
Photo: Nate Ryan/The Current
After the song ended, Alan said “Drone not Drones” and walked off stage.
I love this band. Psyched to see them Wednesday. I would be completely okay with a 27 minute version of this song.
Little known fact: I helped with the 1988 release of their live album “One More Reason to Forget,” released by my friend Mike, recorded by my friend Y Mike, dedicated to the memory of our friend Phil. The version of Do You Know How to Waltz on here was 17 minutes.
Excited to see this come to fruition.
My future bride and her future bridesmaid. (at vacation club 2013)
Happy flag day (at vacation club 2013)
Affordable higher education should be a right for every American—and that’s why we can’t let student loan rates double on July 1st.
We can’t? But we already have.
DJ @seandrinkwater on the decks in Miami at Purdy Lounge. (at Purdy Lounge)