30 Nov 2020

THE DL #6 ?

H E L L O

*See below for proof that robots definitely, definitely won’t look like this. But hey from them too.

Welcome to the DL #5  ?

(with more-disco-hold-tight jams from Tom Browne)

Last month we gave it all that and claimed that this month the DL would go in, that it would explode into your inbox, as opposed to politely inviting itself in (as we normally do). That we’d open the handle, then burst through the door, much like our outdated robot friend. 

What we’ve beat around the bush saying is that – yes – this month will contain some of the new fresh insight from Beatfreeks most recent round of National Youth Trends research. *[Scrolls frantically]*

But alas, until we get to that part – which pesky, regular readers know is normally 4/5 sections down (depending on how diligent we’ve been that month) – normal procedure applies, and you’re gunna have to take a ride on our normal rollercoaster before we get to the glorious stats.

—- (not all-covid) NEWS

Following further strain on our travel industry, a viral tweet and some exceptionally tasteful Karl Marx memes – global conversation stirs about the role unions can play in new forms of employment. June saw influencer and content creator unions, some are saying the first of their kind, spring up both sides of the pond

Rhianna became one of the first figures in the public eye to address the normalisation of plus-size male body types.

As telecoms companies increasingly become the ubiquitous providers of human interaction, some are seeking to reach beyond: Nokia lead out front, becoming the first organisation (along with the presumably much needed help of NASA) to install a cellular network on the moon.

In a collab which I scrolled past, then scrolled back up to, then couldn’t get my head around, Craig David – voice and face of mainstream UK garage back in 00’s – just closed Salesforce Live, an online webinar/event about mastering the undeniably sophisticated, but undoubtedly complicated software.

In the always pleasing event where new media meets old, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ has re-entered the top 10 billboard charts, 40 years after its release. It’s after a boarder from Idaho, USA, posted footage of him skating to ‘Dreams‘ whilst drinking Ocean Spray Cranberry on Tik Tok. The juice brand rewarded him with a crate-load of the stuff.

—- ? MEME OF THE MONTH ?

From @negatr0n_ on twitter

Context here and here.

—- ALSO THIS ?

Okay. You don’t often hear it on here, because we reckon we consume a fair amount of werid, wonderful, confusing internet content to pull this mailer together. But honestly, when we saw this: SHOOKETH.

This website called thispersondoesnotexist.com uses code and artificial intelligence, to create an image of a ‘person’. Now, I don’t want to get too metaphysical, but what you see isn’t ‘really’ a ‘real’ person – it’s an image which has been generated by coding and artificial intelligence. The person in the image does not exist. Nor do any of the people who appear when you click the link. Here is a video beginning to explain how it works.

—- ANOTHER “MUSICAL” INTERLUDE

This month’s other musical interlude isn’t music at all, but it is something else and it is an interlude. Can’t argue with 2/3. 

In keeping with the AI theme, and in celebration of Black History Month, the Open Data Institute have commissioned three Black writers to create work on/about/inspired by data.

They’re after our big gooey heart I think and they’re succeeding. Here is a short story by Danni Youziel called ‘Facing Decisions‘ about facial recognition. [?]

—- EXCLUEEDUPSIVES 

(Otherwise unreleased content and insights from BeatfreeksNational Youth Trends Research. Bringing you the direct thoughts and feelings from young people across the UK)

okkkkkkkaaay!!!

We’re super thrilled to be able to give you access to the first release from our latest piece of National Youth Trends research – the article is based on data collected from nearly 2,000 young people spread right across the UK. It’s the first of many releases to come from the research. 

We found that an absolutely stonkin’ 88.8% of 16-25s see themselves as creative people. Hit this massive red button to find why. 

—- ?️ H O T ?️

James Blake – Before

Gloriously pop-ier by the year James Blake, releases new single complete with fan-built quarantine music vid. It’s sad and euphoric and beautiful and fun.

—- LIDL MIDDLE ISLE MOMENT

(This mailer isn’t sponsored by Lidl, Lidl is just great)

((If you are Lidl and want to sponsor this mailer, holla))

Okay so everything is a little off-kilter this month: short stories in the music section, readers desperately scrolling all over the emails trying to find the National Youth Trends drop, even the Middle of Lidl is a bit wonky. 

1. It’s a recipe.

2. It’s made from Romanesco which Lidl don’t normally stock.

3. Look at it – it’s absolutely terrifying.

The introduction of the Romanesco as a standard veg-isle item at Lidl is a beautiful turn of events, even if it is here clad with wilting eyelashes and monster munch (monster claws ?) hands.

!!!! WHAT ARE THOSE LIPS MADE FROM ?  > ? > ?

—- THE MARVIN GAYE POLITICAL RUNDOWN

There is now under a week to go before the US presidential election takes place on Tuesday 5th November. 

As it stands, in the swing states, Biden is polling high.

But (?): 

1. Hilary Clinton had a clear lead over Trump back in 2016 polls. However, whilst she led in popular vote (and would have won by 3% if that’s the way the US democratic system worked), her votes were not distributed in enough States for her to win the Whitehouse. These poles suggest Biden does have that spread in swing states. 

2. Democrat voters – like Labour voters in the UK – are less likely to turn up to vote when election day comes.

So whilst it seems Biden is in the lead, and in the lead in a way which the US system favours, the States’ fling with Trump may not quite be history yet.

—- BOSTIN’ MYTHS / TINKA THINKA

Today’s Tinka: Whats the deal with double concentrate squash? 

First – I’m always reminded that the internet is a favourite place, when conversations like this exist and people are having them.

After a few conversations: 10 ml of double concentrate will make 1 pint of squash, 20 ml of ‘regular’ will make the same amount.

So: if double concentrate is indeed double the price of normal, then it makes absolutely 0 difference which you purchase. 

BUT: this is dependant on ACTUALLY using half the amount double concentrate and I SEE YOU I’VE SEEN YOU ALL FILL YOUR CUPS!

(An excerpt from ‘Staring banally into the Drinks Isle during lockdown) 

—- Finally

The place you can stay up to date with all of latest National Youth Trends is      r i g h t    h e r e     on the DL. So keep yourselves clued up and tell your peoples.

Ciao 4 now

Fabio from Beatfreeks

[Got someone you think could do with the DL? Forward it on over and you’ll be friends forever. Been forwarded this by your bestie? Click here to sign yourself up.]
If this isn’t your cup of chai, then feel free to update your digital preferences here.

H E L L O

*See below for proof that robots definitely, definitely won’t look like this. But hey from them too.

Welcome to the DL #5  ?

(with more-disco-hold-tight jams from Tom Browne)

Last month we gave it all that and claimed that this month the DL would go in, that it would explode into your inbox, as opposed to politely inviting itself in (as we normally do). That we’d open the handle, then burst through the door, much like our outdated robot friend. 

What we’ve beat around the bush saying is that – yes – this month will contain some of the new fresh insight from Beatfreeks most recent round of National Youth Trends research. *[Scrolls frantically]*

But alas, until we get to that part – which pesky, regular readers know is normally 4/5 sections down (depending on how diligent we’ve been that month) – normal procedure applies, and you’re gunna have to take a ride on our normal rollercoaster before we get to the glorious stats.

—- (not all-covid) NEWS

Following further strain on our travel industry, a viral tweet and some exceptionally tasteful Karl Marx memes – global conversation stirs about the role unions can play in new forms of employment. June saw influencer and content creator unions, some are saying the first of their kind, spring up both sides of the pond

Rhianna became one of the first figures in the public eye to address the normalisation of plus-size male body types.

As telecoms companies increasingly become the ubiquitous providers of human interaction, some are seeking to reach beyond: Nokia lead out front, becoming the first organisation (along with the presumably much needed help of NASA) to install a cellular network on the moon.

In a collab which I scrolled past, then scrolled back up to, then couldn’t get my head around, Craig David – voice and face of mainstream UK garage back in 00’s – just closed Salesforce Live, an online webinar/event about mastering the undeniably sophisticated, but undoubtedly complicated software.

In the always pleasing event where new media meets old, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ has re-entered the top 10 billboard charts, 40 years after its release. It’s after a boarder from Idaho, USA, posted footage of him skating to ‘Dreams‘ whilst drinking Ocean Spray Cranberry on Tik Tok. The juice brand rewarded him with a crate-load of the stuff.

—- ? MEME OF THE MONTH ?

From @negatr0n_ on twitter

Context here and here.

—- ALSO THIS ?

Okay. You don’t often hear it on here, because we reckon we consume a fair amount of werid, wonderful, confusing internet content to pull this mailer together. But honestly, when we saw this: SHOOKETH.

This website called thispersondoesnotexist.com uses code and artificial intelligence, to create an image of a ‘person’. Now, I don’t want to get too metaphysical, but what you see isn’t ‘really’ a ‘real’ person – it’s an image which has been generated by coding and artificial intelligence. The person in the image does not exist. Nor do any of the people who appear when you click the link. Here is a video beginning to explain how it works.

—- ANOTHER “MUSICAL” INTERLUDE

This month’s other musical interlude isn’t music at all, but it is something else and it is an interlude. Can’t argue with 2/3. 

In keeping with the AI theme, and in celebration of Black History Month, the Open Data Institute have commissioned three Black writers to create work on/about/inspired by data.

They’re after our big gooey heart I think and they’re succeeding. Here is a short story by Danni Youziel called ‘Facing Decisions‘ about facial recognition. [?]

—- EXCLUEEDUPSIVES 

(Otherwise unreleased content and insights from BeatfreeksNational Youth Trends Research. Bringing you the direct thoughts and feelings from young people across the UK)

okkkkkkkaaay!!!

We’re super thrilled to be able to give you access to the first release from our latest piece of National Youth Trends research – the article is based on data collected from nearly 2,000 young people spread right across the UK. It’s the first of many releases to come from the research. 

We found that an absolutely stonkin’ 88.8% of 16-25s see themselves as creative people. Hit this massive red button to find why. 

—- ?️ H O T ?️

James Blake – Before

Gloriously pop-ier by the year James Blake, releases new single complete with fan-built quarantine music vid. It’s sad and euphoric and beautiful and fun.

—- LIDL MIDDLE ISLE MOMENT

(This mailer isn’t sponsored by Lidl, Lidl is just great)

((If you are Lidl and want to sponsor this mailer, holla))

Okay so everything is a little off-kilter this month: short stories in the music section, readers desperately scrolling all over the emails trying to find the National Youth Trends drop, even the Middle of Lidl is a bit wonky. 

1. It’s a recipe.

2. It’s made from Romanesco which Lidl don’t normally stock.

3. Look at it – it’s absolutely terrifying.

The introduction of the Romanesco as a standard veg-isle item at Lidl is a beautiful turn of events, even if it is here clad with wilting eyelashes and monster munch (monster claws ?) hands.

!!!! WHAT ARE THOSE LIPS MADE FROM ?  > ? > ?

—- THE MARVIN GAYE POLITICAL RUNDOWN

There is now under a week to go before the US presidential election takes place on Tuesday 5th November. 

As it stands, in the swing states, Biden is polling high.

But (?): 

1. Hilary Clinton had a clear lead over Trump back in 2016 polls. However, whilst she led in popular vote (and would have won by 3% if that’s the way the US democratic system worked), her votes were not distributed in enough States for her to win the Whitehouse. These poles suggest Biden does have that spread in swing states. 

2. Democrat voters – like Labour voters in the UK – are less likely to turn up to vote when election day comes.

So whilst it seems Biden is in the lead, and in the lead in a way which the US system favours, the States’ fling with Trump may not quite be history yet.

—- BOSTIN’ MYTHS / TINKA THINKA

Today’s Tinka: Whats the deal with double concentrate squash? 

First – I’m always reminded that the internet is a favourite place, when conversations like this exist and people are having them.

After a few conversations: 10 ml of double concentrate will make 1 pint of squash, 20 ml of ‘regular’ will make the same amount.

So: if double concentrate is indeed double the price of normal, then it makes absolutely 0 difference which you purchase. 

BUT: this is dependant on ACTUALLY using half the amount double concentrate and I SEE YOU I’VE SEEN YOU ALL FILL YOUR CUPS!

(An excerpt from ‘Staring banally into the Drinks Isle during lockdown) 

—- Finally

The place you can stay up to date with all of latest National Youth Trends is      r i g h t    h e r e     on the DL. So keep yourselves clued up and tell your peoples.

Ciao 4 now

Fabio from Beatfreeks

[Got someone you think could do with the DL? Forward it on over and you’ll be friends forever. Been forwarded this by your bestie? Click here to sign yourself up.]
If this isn’t your cup of chai, then feel free to update your digital preferences here.

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