Category: Music

An act of defiant grace

Came upon Stoop app for reading newsletters and was intrigued until I saw the bit that says “trusting an algorithm with deciding what you read is like trusting a nutritionist who gets paid based on how many chips you eat”. Uhm, no? If you want to use the nutritionist analogy, pretty soon you are going […]

Allegro con brio

I was never a musician, and was never trained as a musician. Which is why when I heard about the word allegro con brio today, which means ‘at a fast tempo, and with spirit’ (literally, ‘with brilliance’) my heart swells. It is not because it is a foreign word, although I have an affinity to […]

We are all a library

I have been hesitating for a bit, but finally got myself a copy of Normal People by Sally Rooney today. This was because almost all of the ‘so far’ lists (for examples this, this, this, this, this, and this) would have it in one of the upper levels of the charts. So naturally I got […]

Concerto for philodendron and pothos

It’s official. On top of my infamous role as a cat lady, I am also a plant lady. After various unpleasant experience with having succulents (they never lived!) and literally looking online using the keywords “indoor plants that communicate what they want”, I decided to get not one, not two, but three pothos. My home […]

More than biases

When I first enrolled in grad school to read Science and Technology Studies (STS), I learned about how machine intelligence picked up data loaded and generated by humans which are filled with our stereotypes and decisions internalised by our own ignorance (whether we are racists, xenophobic, homophobic etc. etc.) — essentially our own human imprints […]

Outside, unable to get in

Yesterday in The Red Hand Files, Nick Cave offered this advice for an exasperated songwriter who couldn’t seem to write a song, right after ‘giving’ him one of his own: My advice to you is to change your basic relationship to songwriting. You are not the ‘Great Creator’ of your songs, you are simply their […]

On editing and [redacted]

I’m currently proofing and copyediting two chapters of my thesis that I have spent writing for the past 2-3 weeks. During this stage, I could hear myself sometimes going between, “Did I really write that? That’s smart!” or “Did I really write that? What was I thinking?!” I always am slow when it comes to […]