No Complaints #29: Cassettes, Cows and Catfishing

Apart from having such terrible heat-induced insomnia this week that I resorted to using E L James' Grey as a send-me-to-sleep tool, I also started my very own podcast! It's called SRSLY, and you should sign up for it now.

Things to read

Where, I ask myself, did all the egg whites go? Where did any of the great artists' egg whites go? Such luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Botticelli were among those who mixed yolks to make tempera even after oil painting had become the vogue, appreciating how opaque and luminous it made their subjects' flesh, and how quickly it dried.

Since reading Ali Smith's How to be both, I've developed an obsession with the mechanics of art in the Renaissance, and this hits that spot perfectly. I mean, who knew court chefs were inventing recipes specially to use up all the egg whites discarded by painters? Email to Pocket.



“'The funny thing about Blosom was how unaffected she was by all the attention that seemed to surround her,'  said Patty Meads-Hanson, who has owned and cared for Blosom since she was an 8-week-old calf, upon learning the news. 'As long as she had her oats, and daily chin rubs and ear scratches, life was good.'”

The world's tallest cow has died, after a lifetime of being accused of being photoshopped. No, really. Email to Pocket.



“I can’t tell you how many healthy cookbooks I was given, how many conversations I got caught up in about eating chicken raised with hormones, how I was told to forego chemo in favor of a juice cleanse, how many implications were made to me that somehow I ate the wrong thing and brought this upon myself. I get it. Cancer is scary and people want to feel like there’s something they can do to prevent it.”

Lauren Alix Brown writing brilliantly about her breast cancer and the shame of being a woman without breasts. Email to Pocket.



Cassette lovers, old and new, assert that tapes have something that online music lacks — a tactile physical presence. The benefits of cassettes haven’t changed: They’re cheap to make, pocket-sized and lightweight, and easy to mail. Cassette tapes still offer do-it-yourself musicians, who otherwise couldn’t afford to press a vinyl record, an affordable way to make an analog album they can hold their hands. And music lovers willing to make the effort to find a tape deck can amass a physical collection of underground music without breaking the bank.”

Forget the vinyl revival. It's all about cassettes now. Again. Email to Pocket.



“Ann Pragg was a character that was based on a girl I was in a relationship with but we broke up. So it was a mix of her and myself. It came from a real place. She was based on someone I love and still miss now. All of this was a way to keep her alive. If you liked Ann Pragg, then you liked the person I cared for. In a way it was a tribute.”

This man handled a break-up by making the internet believe in a fictitious female esports reporter. Next level catfish. Email to Pocket.


Things to listen to

Mystery Show has only just started, really, but it promises to grow into something really compelling. Starlee Kine is solving mysteries, one per show, big and small - the only criteria being that they can't be things you can find out if you google hard enough. I really enjoyed her first one, where she tracked down an inexplicably disappearing video rental shop, but didn't get properly hooked until I heard this one, where she finds out for an author why Britney Spears was photographed holding her very unsuccessful and hard-to-obtain book. This podcast also gets extra points for its excellent use of music.

+Bonus thing: Did I mention I have a podcast now? Follow it on Twitter, why don't you.

Things to watch

In Karachi, X-Files was real.

Why more women don't headline music festivals.

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly.

Compulsory medieval thingamabob

"No, I've never let being a rat hold me back in my music career."

+Bonus thing: the top ten life lessons from books of the past.

The guest gif

You and me both.

THE END. See you next time*!
*Next time will probably be next Friday. If you want to suggest things I should include in the next one of these, please do reply and send me links.