the past beats inside me like a second linkspam

Source: “Second Heartbeat” by Urthboy, from his excellent album The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat.

(While we don’t normally give cookies to blokes for being feminists, it’s a very feminist album, totes recommended, I’ve had it on repeat, alternating with Lemonade, for weeks.)

For those with opinions about Helen Garner and Joe Cinque’s Consolation, here are the judge’s findings in Anu Singh’s trial, and here are the findings in Madhavi Rao’s.

The Public Records Office of Victoria, aka one of our favourite places, has a gallery of fashion and style photos.

Don Dale business: Like that young fella shackled to a chair, it seems like we have little say in our fate

Am I the only one who gets a kick out of geological shenanigans like landslides and sinkholes? Provided no one is hurt, of course. Here’s a sinkhole that opened up in an Ipswich backyard.

Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

The host and the commentary traditions of ‘Kaiju’ cinema

A very excellent list: A Guide to Southeast Asian Authors of the Fantastic

Steph will watch this film: Down Under Throws Down The Gauntlet

“I love it when Australians pretend that we’re not a racist country,” says writer/director, Abe Forsythe, of his new film, Down Under. “Racism exists throughout the world, but there’s something about the kind that simmers within us that sets us apart. As a nation, we all tolerate or participate in an informal, throw-away kind of racism…which [apparently] makes it okay. We think it’s harmless, so we don’t actually do anything about it. The thing that makes Aussies so lovable and laid-back is actually inherently damaging in this instance.”

Tseen Khoo on some cool Asian Australian voices you should follow.

Retro live blog: re-living Sydney’s 2000 Olympic opening ceremony

Put down your semi-dried tomato focaccia, pull up a pew and strap in for the kind of entertainment spectacular that can only be offered by a nation swaggering confidently away from the tyranny of the Y2K bug.