re: the “downcast euphoria” of Burial

I liked the old tunes, properly darkside like finding a body in a lift shaft: dank moody tunes, suburban tunes. I want to go back to that hardcore era of darkside someday, which would be rugged, film samples just pitched up and down with strings. It wasn’t just that pure monochrome thing, it was something else, it sounded like tearing through an empty building…I always liked deeper nighttime tunes, a bit more rolling – garage, dubstep is half pulse, half sway, so it sounds good in a car at night. I wanted to make a half euphoric record…In London, there’s a kind of atmosphere that everyone knows about but if you talk about it, it just sort of disappears. London’s part of me, I’m proud of it but it can be dark, sometimes recently I don’t even recognize it. It’s about being on a night bus, or with your mates, walking home across your city on your own late at night

Via an old Mark Fisher interview

Recommended via Fred Scharmen aka sevensixfive here


re: effective meetings

Again: the single most useful training you can give an adult is how to run a meeting and how to participate in someone else’s. The world is mostly run by lawyers, MBAs, and military officers because they’re taught this as a first-class skill.

1. Decide if there actually needs to be a meeting. If the only purpose is to share information, send a brief email instead.

2. Write and circulate an agenda. If nobody cares enough to do this, the meeting doesn’t need to happen.

3. Include timings in the agenda to help you keep the meeting moving.

4. Prioritize. Things that will have high impact but take little time should be done first.

5. Put someone in charge. This doesn’t mean doing all the talking, any more than being a referee means kicking the ball the most.

6. Require politeness. No one gets to be rude and no one gets to ramble (because the purest form of politeness is respecting others’ time).

7. No technology. Insist that everyone put their phones, tablets, and laptops into politeness mode (i.e., closes them).

8. No interruptions. Participants should raise a finger or put up a sticky note if they want to speak, and the chair should handle sequencing.

9. Record minutes. Write down the most important pieces of information that were shared, every decision that was made, and every task that was assigned to someone.

10. Take notes. While other people are talking, participants should take notes of questions they want to ask or points they want to make. (You’ll be surprised how smart it makes you look when it’s your turn to speak.)

11. End early. If your meeting is scheduled for 10:00-11:00, you should aim to end at 10:55 to give people time to get where they need to go next.

As soon as the meeting is over, the minutes should be circulated so that people who weren’t at the meeting can keep track of what’s going on.

This also lets everyone check what was actually said or promised. More than once, I’ve looked at minutes and thought, “Wait a minute, I didn’t promise to have it ready then.”

And circulating minutes means people can be held accountable at subsequent meetings.

Via Greg Wilson explained further here