Apple just launched a new series of iPhone 5c micro-ads on Tumblr, and they’re lovely little things. I particularly like the burst of Serge Gainsbourg’s Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas on the pink one.
ere are 21 of my favourite long-form pieces from last year, in no particular order. I’m still in awe of the fact that so much great writing is so easily accessible and available to us, a lowly order of word-hungry parasites, for free. So if you get a kick out of anything you read on this list, support the authors and publications whatever way you can, whether that’s giving them a high-five on Twitter, buying a subscription, clicking manically on their sidebar ads, or signing them up for a seven-figure publishing deal. Especially that last one.
There are 21 of them because my team of high-powered internet attorneys have advised me that even-numbered lists are now illegal.
“As you read, you slowly grow aware that the book’s real object of fascination isn’t the various sicknesses described in its pages, but the sickness inherent in their arrangement.”
Book of Lamentations by Sam Kriss
“It’s only weird because we humans are weird, and because the reasons for our comforts and pleasures are so often obscure to us.”
The Soft Bulletins by Mark O’Connell
Download tantalisingly monochrome scenes from The Lonely Beast ABC and The Lonely Beast 123 that you can print out and colour in according to your own particular tastes. You will accrue bonus points for going outside the lines where artistically appropriate.
Click the images below to download a printable version:
We’ve got a brand new counting app launching today – check out our launch trailer above and find out more at our Lonely Beast 123 page.
Pilcrow + Le Cool present Spiel at The Summit
Jimmy Maymann / Baratunde Thurston / Harper Reed / Cindy Gallop
Can’t make it to The Summit? We’re borrowing a handful of the best speakers for a surprise series of public Q&As in Dublin on October 31st.
Donations of €5 per talk; all proceeds go to Movember
Non-Stop All-Superlative Exclusive Twitter Giveaway
Do you have an iPhone? Or an iPad? Do you like the alphabet, or are you offended by the overuse of question marks? Then you might like a free download of our app The Lonely Beast ABC – we’re giving away five copies today because it’s nice and sunny out. We’ll be posting fresh codes at various points during the day, so keep checking back and you might get lucky.
Without further ado, here’s the first code:
… and the second:
… here’s code number 3:
… and the fourth:
… and the fifth (and final) code:
P.S. If you don’t manage to get your hands on a promo code, we won’t be offended in the slightest if you buy the app instead.
Pilcrow + Le Cool present Spiel #2
Legends of The Phoenix / On the Turkish Uprising
Spiel is back for a second helping of brain food this Tuesday, with muckraking as the order of the day. We’ll be asking Paddy Prendeville and Paul Farrell of The Phoenix – 30 years old this year – how best to keep a close eye on public figures, remain relevant, thorny and deliver proper investigative journalism while keeping visits to the Four Courts to a minimum.
Interviewing them will be broadcaster Colm Ó Mongáin, and they’ll be joined on stage by ferociously independent publishers Rabble. Fresh from a Fund:It campaign success that’s covered their print bill for the next year, they celebrated by delivering an impressive series of dispatches from Istanbul.
Tuesday 18th April 7.30pm
South Studios, 27/28 New Row South, Dublin 8 (map)
Buy advance tickets via Paypal: It’s been and gone!
The Lonely Beast ABC version 2.0 is available on the App Store right now! It’s a universal app, which means you can now take the Lonely Beast out for a walk on any of your iOS devices (and it’s fully optimised for iPhone 5 and retina iPads too). We hope you like it; as always, get in touch if you have anything you’d particularly like to see in future updates.
In case you hadn’t noticed, The Lonely Beast ABC just got a shiny Retina overhaul for the latest 1.3 iPad update. All of Chris’ illustrations look extra-crisp, colours are more vivid and – perhaps best of all – the jelly wobbliness has been increased by a massive 37%.
We always love to hear what you think of the latest version – hit the button to leave us a quick review on the App Store and you’ll win our undying gratitude.
Pilcrow + Le Cool present Spiel #1
The Bottom Half of the Internet/The Unreal Engine
Racism; typos; filth; spam; ignorance; rage – that’s all the bottom half of the internet is good for, right? Rob Manuel (co-founder B3ta) wants you to question the internet dictum, most beloved of high-profile newspaper columnists, that you should ignore all of the comments all of the time. The ‘war on comments’, he reckons, might just be an echo of a fourth estate that’s having trouble adjusting to the idea of an unwashed public disagreeing with their sacred opinions. Sous les pavés, la plage.
Bitcoin (currently trading at
$236.52 $0.09 $120.1) is big enough to feature in The Economist & The Metro alike - but what of the other economies and currencies birthed by the internet? Ed Melvin (Publicis) explores digital money and how it leaks into the real world, whatever that is.
Tuesday 23rd April 7.30pm
South Studios, 27/28 New Row South, Dublin 8 (map)
Buy advance tickets via Paypal: It’s been and gone! Video coming soon.