These guys are consistently brilliant in an area of the music industry that it is difficult to pull off and even more so to build and maintain a reputation.
Made even more stunning by the fact their line up is necessarily on constant rotation!
Monster - the Automatic
Let’s remember this exists and how good it really is
Alan Turing is my favorite scientist ever.
Most people, at least in the United States, have no idea who he is, but he founded computer science and basically won WWII by cracking the Nazi enigma code. He’s literally the most badass human to ever have lived. And now, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing him in a new movie Imitation Game. You know why you haven’t heard of him before?
In a time when being gay was illegal, police arrested Turing on charges of homosexuality. He was given a choice between chemical castration and life imprisonment, and he was discredited in every sense of the word - given no credit for the findings of a “mad man”.
One of the most important men involved in WWII, the father of computer science, and a generationally-defining genius isn’t remembered in history books - because he was found to be gay, sentenced to chemical castration, and resigned to suicide. He killed himself by eating an apple laced with arsenic.
That’s where Apple got its name and original logo from.
Alan Turing, the British badass who basically saved the world.
THIS MOVIE HAS TO COME OUT YESTERDAY.
That Apple logo thing isn’t necessarily true, someone high up in that company has said they wish it was the truth, but it probably isn’t…
(Also, various people who were close to him have said he was very absent minded and might have just accidentally eaten an apple he was doing experiments with that had cyanide in, not arsenic, but no-one’s really sure, the official inquiry decided that’s where he got the dose of cyanide from, and therefore it was suicide, but they didn’t test it at the time so it’s all a bit unknown…)
But yeah, either way, Alan Turing was amazing, and it’s dreadful what happened to him.
There has been a statue of him on my university campus for a very long time, I’ve enjoyed walking past it every now and then and thinking about how important different ways of thinking through a problem are, (even though I did a music degree, so not tooooo much scope for being a codebreaker :P)
To anyone vehemently extolling a pro-side, you should tell them they are I’ll-informed and subject to propaganda as we all are. The smart thing is to observe, listen condemn violence and a lack of will to communicate and negotiate and show them this.