Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

The Monday Morning Digest

Camden Crawl’s Dublin outpost managed to hook plenty of music fans in the capital at the weekend. It’s a litmus test for the Crawl, and feedback and experiences were largely positive even if crowds were at time patchy for lesser …

Mon, May 14, 2012, 09:52

   

Camden Crawl’s Dublin outpost managed to hook plenty of music fans in the capital at the weekend. It’s a litmus test for the Crawl, and feedback and experiences were largely positive even if crowds were at time patchy for lesser known acts. Interestingly, on average, the biggest crowds were for Irish acts, showing again that local bands have fostered large fan bases, that people hitting a city festival might prefer to stick to what they know instead exploring I-think-I’ve-heard-of-them acts, and that put any popular Irish bands right now on a bill next to anyone and they’ll still shine. I hosted the Mercantile on Saturday night, and my highlight from that was spoken wordsmith Polarbear. Here’s a vid of him in action somewhere else:

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How about the football yesterday? Sometimes, you really couldn’t make it up.

Still on soccer this is a great piece by Malachy Clerkin on Saipan 10 years on.

Some festivals make a big deal out of their stages, things built out of bamboo, arena-sized marquees, big tops, small yurts, walled gardens, massive expanses hugged by screens, giant claws, Gaga castles. But Bloc wins this year by hosting gigs and performances in the Stubnitz, a gigantic deep sea fishing vessel.

Urs ‘Blo’ Blaser talks about his creation here:

Here are 25 web shows you should watch.

I interview The Minutes in today’s paper.

The inevitable happens as Whitney Houston’s family get their own reality show.

Now you can buy clothes based on what others think of them, as Facebook ‘Likes’ become embedded in hangers.

Remember Wolfenstein 3D? Arguably one of the most influential video games of all time, 20 years on you can now play it here. I spent many MANY hours as a teenager hooked up to it in the ‘computer room’ in my parents’ house. Hours and hours of addictive spacebar slamming fun.

And via Dvice, one of its creators John Carmack talks about its inception in this video podcast:

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Let’s meet Jessica ParĂ© aka Mrs Don Draper.

What the hypothetical iPhone 5 might hypothetically look like.

Does Lisa Marie Pesley’s new song mean she’s done with Scientology?

Tom Gabel from Against Me! comes out as transgender

Here’s a list of 22 main film characters casually dismissed in sequels. Can’t believe they left out Vanessa Kensington from Austin Powers though.