I found this podcast to contain a good balance of information. Give it a listen if you are able:

Podcast: Learning to live with the Coronavirus

Quick summary: The virus should not be equated to the common cold or flu. It spreads real fast and it’s no fun to get – even if the symptoms are “mild”. So the media’s suggestion to isolate early is inline with the severity of the virus.

Imagine if the hospitals experience what we’ve seen at the grocery stores in the past few days. Isolation is a good way to reduce the load that the hospitals will face.

Describe it 1 sentence: Hypnotic electronic that’s really nice to play in the background while you’re working on a carpentry project.

Favorite tracks: “This Unfolds”

How I heard about it: The AV Club wrote about Four Tet in their Best Albums of the 2010s article.

Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “Hebden’s recent output includes a number of improvisational works with jazz drummer Steve Reid and collaborations under the name 00110100 01010100 (binary for 4T) with Burial and Thom Yorke.”

Describe it 1 sentence: Trancy, keyboard driven funk with a wide range of emotions.

Favorite tracks: “Most Events Aren’t Planned” & “Fresh Tube”

How I heard about it: The band leader plays keyboard in my all-time favorite band.

Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “A screamo band from Iowa City, Iowa had been using the same name through part of 2001. The band subsequently changed their name to Ten Grand after they sold the rights to the band name to McConnell for $10,000”

Continue reading “Vida Blue: “Vida Blue””

Describe it 1 sentence: Let’s cut our hair into a mohawk go to the old wild west saloon!

Favorite tracks: I find the entire album enjoyable, but I’m really feeling “Big Thighs, NJ” right now.

How I heard about it: A co-worker posted pics on Instagram from one of their live shows, and I thought I’d give them a try.

Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “…the record received many positive reviews from critics, including NPR’s Ken Tucker praising the ‘buzzsaw yowl of Adam Weiner’ on the record.”

Continue reading “Low Cut Connie: “Get Out the Lotion””

Cover image by Viergacht

I just finished reading “First, We Make the Beast Beautiful” by Sarah Wilson. It’s the first book I’ve read, maybe ever, in which I was frantically taking notes while reading it. My spouse and I have been struggling with anxiety lately, and this book really got to me. I found the words and exercises very helpful, and I figured I’d share my rather unfocused notes with you. Maybe they’ll spark your interest and you’ll read the book too! I should note that I’m also seeing a therapist to help with my anxiety and depression. I wouldn’t want you to think that reading alone is a viable treatment for anxiety.

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Backyard Greenhouse

I just finished up a week long vacation in which I built a greenhouse in my backyard. I love DIY projects, the adventure, the problem solving, all of it! And I usually make a lot of mistakes. For example, the stone walk-way I built last year was dug too low, and I’ll have to raise it up this year. I’d love your opinions / critiques of my greenhouse-building process.

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