❝I don’t believe our species can survive unless we fix this (social media).
We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.❞
— Jaron Lanier

"content ID will fix the problem of copyright online" except it's an absolute clusterfuck of false claims, bad tech, and censorship-lite... Yeah, that new EU directive is going be just great for music online...

Y'all know I make lots and lots of lovely music right?

Charging £8 an album for it made no sense, but I couldn't afford to keep doing it on Spotify's meagre gruel, so I set up a subscription via (I was fortunate to be one of the first three artists who got to trial the subscription thing, back in 2014.)

The gist of it is loads of music for not much money. Plus video and the occasional eBook :)

Check it out here: stevelawson.bandcamp.com/subscribe xxx

With Bryan Corbett at Tower Of Song in Birmingham. This was a fun gig, last November. I'm back at the same venue in a couple of weeks time, and would love to see some MastoPeople there if any of y'all live nearby :)

and look! We're really smiley! It'll be a fun gig, I promise :D

I've got a v. exciting gig coming up, with saxophonist Pete Fraser. We did an album together a couple of years ago, but he lives in Sweden so we never get to play! A date came up, and we're doing a duo show in on Nov 25th - music.stevelawson.net/merch/st - you can hear the album we did together here: music.stevelawson.net/album/in

No, YOU'RE learning Konnakkol on YouTube when you should be doing PhD research


Preacher-Steve Lawson (one of the other internet Steve Lawsons you'll stumble on if you ever find yourself in the position of having to Google my name) has a popular sermon on YouTube called 'The Great White Throne Of Judgement', which has to be greatest euphemism for a really bad hangover that I've ever heard.

I'm pretty sure that's not what he's talking about, TBF...

Well, that was quite a morning. A routine annual gas check resulted in our cooker, boiler and gas meter being declared unsafe and needing to be fixed. Gas cut off for now. Seems dudes who've done the check for the last few years were incredibly cavalier with what they considered OK... So, good news is we won't die. Downside is we're living on toasted sandwiches for a few days :)

from Twitter user twitter.com/iris__ks - "when i feel bad about my social skills i remind myself how one time rachmaninoff decided he was gonna be pals with stravinsky (who'd casually mentioned he liked honey) so he showed up at his house in the middle of the night with an enormous jar of honey and no explanation" :D

Our amazing 82 year old neighbour just came round to return a blanket that'd blown off our line over her's. Says she's got a twisted knee.

"how did you do that?" asks me.

"playing football" she says!

What a hero. ❤️❤️⚽⚽

Just had a delicious couple of hours playing along to soul/funk/disco classics:

Narada Michael Walden - I shoulda loved you
Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor/Blame It On The Boogie/I Want You Back/Shake Your Body To The Ground
The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On
Shalamar - Night To Remember
Chic - I Want Your Love
Odyssey - Inside Out
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling
Bruno Mars - Treasure

= very happy me :)

Good lord, just clicked on the "NotMyDoctor" hashtag on Twitter - that shit is some kind of honeytrap for garbage humans. Who knew there was such a manifest overlap between the Venn circles of 'people who watch Doctor Who' and 'writhing human shaped masses of bigotry'.

Back from a weekend in Leeds and Newcastle. Both such amazing cities. No idea why anyone lives in London when Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol and Manchester all exist. :)

Just wrote a thing for my students about organising themselves for group projects - share it around if that's useful. stevelawson.net/2018/10/how-to

Ever have those days when your own research makes no sense to you? It's always great* when that day coincides with you having to fill in the annual progression report for your PhD

*not great.

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