have never been a wikiHow user, but this story on the founder, the company, & their outlook defrosted my cynicism a little bit. “We’ve chosen… to spend all of our time in four big web properties. We didn’t have to do that, and we still don’t have to do that.”
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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2018)
In memory of John Michael Hammack, who helped me drink a bottle of this almost a year ago, and who we lost this week in a car crash. Rest in peace.
if I may: nansplaining (v) – explaining legal terms like “exculpatory” to the President, ideally at a televised press briefing
finished Fleabag season 2 tonight; what a masterpiece this show is. the sharp, quirky humor grabbed us from the start, but in the end it has everything. the drama, the characters, the originality, the continued humor, even the style (and how it evolves). just: wow. 📺
Except for not doing about 80 of my favorites, what a great show
Sleater-Kinney @ Moody Theater 🎵
this AirBnb scam happened to us this summer. contacted a few days before, told the unit we’d reserved was “condemned”(!), somehow they’d missed notifying us, but “luckily” he had another property. turned out to be in a bad part of town & not walkable to downtown
Great Divide Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Big Yeti
journal – reading update, in which I change my serial reading, and put down Wolf Hall for the last time 📚
I praised the Serial Reader app last month, thinking at the time it would be a fun & significant boost to my reading time. But following Dorian Gray, I started and abandoned several others that just weren’t for me. As I dug deeper into the titles, I felt like I was grasping for something good, instead of picking from the (long) list of books on my existing “to-read” list. I tried a couple that were on my list, like Little Women, and Middlemarch, but didn’t enjoy either of them. So, although it’s clever, I decided Serial Reader isn’t for me, after all.
But the strict daily reading time still seemed good, so I’ve been trying simply sticking to that habit, with the help of the iOS app Streaks. It’s a simple daily reminder app that’s meant to keep you from “breaking the chain”, maintaining regular daily habits. I’ve tried it before, but eventually rebelled against what came to feel like tyrannical nagging. So far this time, however, for reminding me to stay on something I enjoy, it’s been going great. That’s 17 days in a row, since I’m counting. The books I’ve read this way have admittedly been quick and light: the first two omnibus editions of an anime my daughter recommended: Vinland Saga. I may continue graphic novels for this daily habit for a while; I have Watchmen sitting over there on the shelf.
On another front, I admit defeat, for the third and final time, at trying to get through Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. I want to love this book, and the second (Bring Up the Bodies) which is also on my shelf, and the third which is due out next year, but it’s just not happening. I pride myself on being undaunted by tougher prose: The Odyssey, Don Quixote, some of the deeper Tolkien, including his Beowulf, but I find Mantel’s style a slog too far. The setting is too foreign, the characters too numerous, and the pronouns too ambiguous. I’m pretty bummed by this concession, but also looking forward to starting a book I’ll look forward to each night.
Zero Hux given
Pegasus City Brewery’s Nine Volt
Pegasus City Brewery’s Dutchover
Metric @ ACL Festival, Zilker Park
October 12, another anniversary for the weirdest Unix command-line tips site you’ve never seen. a happy 6th to ye, Unicks Bestiary
“a corner of cognitive real estate occupied by this ongoing transaction” – this Cal Newport post, though about email, also explains why some Slack users are so frustrating to me. e.g., the ol’ ask-a-question-in-a-channel-and-then-disappear-for-an-hour trick
beautiful story of a successful author investing in his local community: Diary of a small town sensation: how the Wimpy Kid author built his dream bookshop
the masterminds of Thievery Corporation returned to Jamaican influences (and artists) on 2017’s The Temple of I & I, and it’s so good. recommended track: Letter to the Editor, featuring Racquel Jones (good video, too) 🎵
Upland Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses
#saturdaybeer #cheaphoteldrinkware 🍺
McSweeney’s: Dear Leaders of the World: Get Your Shit Together
It’s a hot mess & your policies are only making it hotter, so if you could stop burning the house down long enough for us to graduate into a world that isn’t a complete hellhole, that would be great.
once again this week my New Tunes Tuesday is a concert-related recommendation. I’d never heard The Paranoyds before they opened for Bleached recently, but I like their just-released debut Carnage Bargain a lot. standout tracks: the title cut and Girlfriend Degree 🎵
Saint Arnold Brewing’s Oktoberfest
just finished my first full book on the clever Serial Reader app (The Picture of Dorian Gray). there are lots of older & public-domain titles on my list, anyway, & I found the 10 to 20-minute chunks of reading each day fun & easy to stay on top of. recommended! 📚
happened to have this album on for the 1st time in a while the other day, & as great song followed great song, I actually thought: this album is a masterpiece. The Guardian thinks so, too: Why the best album of the 21st century is Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black 🎵
another concert-related New Tunes Tuesday: the latest from Bleached, who I saw last night: Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? I normally deduct a point for whistling, but “Hard to Kill” is such a good song, I’ll let it slide this time 🎵
Bleached @ Barracuda 🎵
North Coast Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XXI
Save the World Brewing’s Gladius Dubbel
Summer Cannibals @ Mohawk 🎵
hey it’s (New Tunes) Tuesday again already. since I’m seeing them live tomorrow night, how about the newest from Summer Cannibals, Can’t Tell Me No. for a standout track, let’s say the first one, False Anthem 🎵
Denton County Brewing’s Dopplebock