Plutonic Rainbows

808 State Return

It’s thirty years since they broke out with their album ‘90’ in 1989. The album contained the stunning ‘Pacific State’ which became an instant classic. They finally return on October 11th with ‘Transmission Suite’, their first new album in almost twenty years.

You can watch a video for one of the tracks, ‘Tokyo Tokyo’ here.

Guardian Firewall for iOS

Guardian Firewall, a brand new VPN that claims to be the best iOS firewall on the market. It’s proved useful so far but who would ship a product that has a broken subscription sign-up panel? Hope they get that fixed asap.

Update: The subscription issue has been fixed but two problems are now quite pressing. Firstly, the settings tab is empty which is not good at all. Secondly, Guardian is setting my host server to somewhere in the US so this is playing havoc with streaming services that I use - Amazon Prime, Netflix, Apple TV etc.

Instagram Sharing

Looks like Instagram have removed the option to share with the iOS share sheet and consequently the ability to run shortcuts from within their app. It’s still seemingly available if you try with Safari. Now when you try to share, you are presented with a list of the people you follow and nothing more.

This has now been fixed. The share sheet option has now been moved to a different place in the menu.

Current Listening & Reading

At the moment, I am listening to Cyclob’s Sulphur-Tarot-Garden, the excellent In, Demons, In! By Jim O’Rourke & CM von Hausswolff.

I’m also enjoying some (fairly) old Vaporwave from Midnight Television and Palm Grove Galleria. All good albums that I totally recommend.

I’m still reading the new Thomas Harris novel, Cari Mora. I’m currently waiting for a signed US edition as well as a rare UK slipcase edition from Goldsboro books that was limited to 150 copies. This was out of stock quickly but I see Goldsboro have managed to find some more copies and are now offering them at twice what was originally asked.

Theresa May Resigns

From her departing speech:

“Compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.”

Fennesz - Agora

Four tracks of stunning beauty and life-affirming sounds to get lost in. Available from tomorrow here.

Apple Credit Card

Apple getting into credit cards. I feel deeply uneasy about this but I don’t know exactly why. I think it’s an uncomfortable look for them but hey, it’s yet another potential revenue stream and money is what matters - don’t let Apple ever convince you of anything else - despite all the empty platitudes and virtue-signalling at their events. Also don’t be fooled by the Apple privacy hype. Goldman Sachs are apparently being trusted with all the information.

The Verge:

Similarly, Apple’s approach to data privacy differs from other credit card companies: Apple is banking on Goldman Sachs to secure users’ credit card data, which also means that Apple won’t be the one held responsible in the event of a breach. Again, Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

I don’t think this is going to be anywhere near as exclusive as all the Apple fans would like - despite the Titanium design. American Express and Chase Sapphire (among others) are where the (relative) exclusivity lies with ownership fees as much as $550 just to own the card for one year. This is more like a tier 2 card rather than a 4 or 5 offering.

In addition, metal cards are very much a USA/Canada thing; Europe not so much. Amex in the UK don’t offer any cards in metal despite the sky-high ownership fees. I would not be surprised to see this launch in the UK as a plastic version. Hope I’m wrong as it will probably force Amex to up its game.

Introduction to Loops

A simple script for displaying how loops work.

i = 0

numbers = []

while i < 8:
	print "At the top i is now %d" % i
	i = i + 1
	print "Numbers now:", numbers
	print "Number at the bottom is now: %d" % i
print "The numbers:"

for num in numbers:
	print num