Nicholas Taliesin Barrett

22 Added | 1 Magazine | 13 Likes | 2 Following | @NTBarrett | Eclectic music writer on 'Voices of Women'. Keen cinephile and reader - favourite author is Ursula K Le Guin. Covers Africa news at AFP (part-time).

Why you should always wear sunscreen on a flight

Most window seat enthusiasts admiring the serenity beneath them have probably not given a second thought to the dangers of the sun peering down from above.<p>But air passengers face exposure to more harmful rays and a greater risk of skin cancer than anyone on the ground, with those seated near the …

Skin Care

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? 50 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SUMMARIZED IN ONE LECTURE (VIDEO)

Nikola Tesla once said that, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the …

Consciousness

Ursula K Le Guin, sci-fi and fantasy author, dies aged 88

The multi award-winning writer of The Left Hand of Darkness and A Wizard of Earthsea has died at her home in Portland, Oregon<p>Ursula K Le Guin, by Margaret Atwood: ‘One of the literary greats of the 20th century’<p>The literary universe has been rocked by the death of Ursula K Le Guin, the American …

Literature

Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy

Module pushes out false story about Fox’s Megyn Kelly, offensive Ann Coulter headline and a story link about a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich<p>I worked on Facebook’s Trending team – the most toxic work experience of my life<p>Just months after the discovery that Facebook’s “trending” news …

Adele's 25 goes on sale – with no queues outside record shops

The days of the megastores opening overnight to sate the appetites of fans have been killed by downloading – and it’s rather a shame<p>The old days have not completely disappeared. There will be a record shop opening at midnight for fans who want to experience the fevered excitement of queueing in the …

Watch Courtney Barnett cover Patti Smith

It's from her celebration of Smith's Horses album<p><b>Courtney Barnett</b> took part in a special performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of Patti …

David Lynch and Marek Zebrowski Reissuing Polish Night Music, Share Track

<i>Photo by Dean Hurley</i><p>In 2007, David Lynch released a collaboration with the Polish composer/pianist Marek Zebrowski as a limited edition CD. On November 13, <i>Polish Night Music</i> is getting reissued on vinyl courtesy of Sacred Bones/Sunday Best. Check out the track "Night (A Landscape With Factory)" …

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Mac App Store

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon review – self-indulgent but sophisticated third album

(Interscope/Polydor)<p>The fruition of Honeymoon smacks of strict creative control: there was minimal press – one notable interview with friend/superfan James Franco – the album’s public playback took place at Urban Outfitters, and the production team was confined to Del Rey herself, long-time …

Our viral ruin: Our thirst for maximum “likes” is killing live shows and pop music

This year’s VMAs felt like a clickbait fest run amok—but it’s a symptom of a larger problem in entertainment<p>There were so many problematic things about this year’s VMAs, it’s difficult to know where to start. Still, the avalanche of nuanced think pieces that sprouted up in the show’s wake certainly …

How have you used Netflix this long without knowing these 10 tips and tricks?

Netflix is a game-changer. You know it, I know it, and the pay TV industry certainly knows it. The cord cutting trend is accelerating and study after …

iTunes Is Dead To Me

Consider this an obituary for iTunes. The death comes just weeks after the arrival of Apple Music, its apparent heir, which was not well received by …

Smart TV

Music discovery app Pause now offers more 'magazines'

Last time we caught up with music discovery app Pause, it had just arrived on Android following its iOS launch. It was evolving into a music magazine, with the promise of platform supporting a range of publishers. Now that platform has arrived.<p>In practice, that means there’s now more content on …

Wu-Tang Clan

10 Mysterious Or Misunderstood Musicians We’d Love To See Documentaries About

It’s been a huge 12 months for music documentaries: Amy was a powerful indictment of all who wronged Amy Winehouse or took her talents for granted, …

Lana Del Rey

The vanished streets of Old Paris

Lost streets of Old Paris<p>Eugène Atget's record of a city about to be swept away<p>1902<p>1902<p>Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt …

France

London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

England

How Female Rockstar Autobiographies Are Furthering The Fight Against Music World Misogyny

Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein has just released the artwork for her forthcoming memoir. On a stark black page sits a monochrome photo of the …

Listening to 'extreme' music makes you calmer, not angrier, according to study

Rather than inciting people to anger or violence, research has found that loud and chaotic music such as metal and punk is ‘a healthy way of processing anger’<p>Heavy metal is more commonly associated with headbanging, satanism, moshpits and the decapitation of small mammals. According to a new study, …

Meg Baird: Don’t Weigh Down the Light review – unceasingly calm and atmospheric

(Wichita)<p>“Freak folk” never did justice to the decade-plus-old US project to reinhabit ancient song forms. There is little of the wild-eyed outsider artist to former Espers mainstay Meg Baird, originally based in Philadelphia, now of San Francisco. Her third solo album is unceasingly calm and …

Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material review – a cheerful rejection of the male country establishment

(Decca)<p>If the burden of expectation hangs heavy over <i>Pageant Material</i>, the follow-up to Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy-winning breakthrough, she doesn’t seem to have noticed. Her country pop remains warm and easy-going, her vocals relaxed and her most likable quality, a perky, faintly provocative wit, is …