Woo & Automattic

WooCommerce is joining Automattic! So excited.

The stats are impressive: the WooCommerce plugin has over 7.5 million downloads and a million+ active installs; BuiltWith’s survey of ecommerce platforms shows Woo passing up Magento in the top million, with about triple the number of total sites. Even a conservative estimate that WooCommerce powers 650,000 storefronts means they’re enabling a huge number of independent sellers. They’ve added a tremendous amount to the WordPress ecosystem (alongside everyone else working in this area).

Read in full: Woo & Automattic

Built to Spill screenshot

I mean, I can tell you how to book time in a studio, but that’s neither here nor there.

Read the full Doug Martsch interview in Spin.


“It is to struggle to refuse to live in a country that cuts the lives of the most vulnerable to enrich those who already swallow everything, a struggle against the destruction of the environment by exploitation of resources known to be harmful. It is to struggle to ensure that children have access to education that is stimulating and diversified, with competent teachers not near burn-out. It is to refuse a certain economic vision, to refuse an austerity presented as necessary when other solutions exist, and when the IMF, which contains no angels, has denounced it as have negative impacts on the population.”

Originally posted on Language and Dissent:

By Gioia Cazzaniga
Originally published on March 26, 2015
See original French text here: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/gioia-cazzaniga/lettre-a-ma-mere-pourquoi-je-fais-greve_b_6942712.html

My Dear Mother,

I know you are a bit far from here, from Montreal and the hot spot of the protest. You only have access to mainstream media, to [Education] Minister Blais who threatens students with cancelling the semester and right-wing commentators who are bent on pointing out spelling mistakes instead of listening to the message. Only if you would inform yourself a bit better, you would know we are more than 50 000 on strike, without counting the one-off strike mandates and the votes yet to come. Even medical students will take a day or two to denounce the measures of [Health] Minister Barette. Many unions also have their collective agreements ending next week and for them too, it smells strongly of protest.

It is not a question of illusions, it is not a…

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Mammoth Cave Recording Co. is closed

Paul Lawton on arts grants:

“You should be supporting the infrastructure, and enabling more people,” Lawton says when asked about an alternative model. “If we’re in a fragmented universe, and my taste is not the same as your taste, if we cannot agree on any of that, then that money intended to promote Canadian culture and Canadian art making should be supporting infrastructure in terms of rehearsal lessons, music lessons, supporting independent, non-bar-based performance spaces. It should be for recording studios, things that allow people to make and produce and share art.

“If the purpose of it is to keep Canadians interested, it should be about enabling people to do that better,” he says. “As opposed to giving the lion’s share going towards one label or band or group, because we think they’re the surest thing.”

Read in full: What the demise of Mammoth Cave Records means for CanCon

Ephemeral Prince


Rich Aucoin, best partymaker and master of videos, has written an album to sync up with this late 70s claymation adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s Le Petit Prince.


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