Showing posts from November, 2018

LGBT grandstanding and whatnot

Back a few years ago, one of my favourite singers, Joyce DiDonato, made a few headlines outside of the classical music world by dedicating her performance at the Last Night of the Proms to the LGBT community.  Over the previous year, the singer had made a few outspoken interviews criticizing the heavy handed Russian tactics against the LGBT community.  She was not entirely alone, but in at least one interview JDD mentioned having turned down offers of work in Russia on the grounds of continued harassment of that community.

The context of the day was of course, also the annexation of the Crimea and ongoing harangue of the Ukraine.  This was prior to the more notorious political meddling in elections in both the UK and USA, with severe repercussions for the future of democracy still playing out.  So it was a very big surprise to hear that JDD is booked for two concerts in Moscow next week, after all of that.

Russian is as much of an international pariah as ever.  However, with a constan…

eBay nonsense

While many are often critical and sceptical of ebay, etsy and aliexress small ads for fake goods or nonsensical crafting, it is by no means the domain of identitarian crafters or Chinese fraudsters.  I found this auction on eBay, from a respectable Dublin based 2nd hand tech dealer, who otherwise seems to be selling respectable items such as power supplies for 10 year old HP servers and the occasional 2nd hand monitor.  As you can see, it appears to be a sale of a batch of empty iPhone boxes.  Which is rather nonsensical as the only possible value in a box is if you subsequently want to sell the phone.  To be honest, even this justification is dubious as many refurbishers sell over the counter these days, and a box isn't particularly relevant.  But hey, the internet is just as dodgy as ever.