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Great Divide Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Big Yeti
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journal – reading update, in which I change my serial reading, and put down Wolf Hall for the last time 📚

journal – reading update

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
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Pegasus City Brewery’s Dutchover
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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
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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
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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
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Save the World Brewing’s Gladius Dubbel
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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
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for the inaugural New Tunes Tuesday 🎵 – Siouxsie & The Banshees’ Peepshow. I usually recommend just one or two tracks, but this classic album has a great, consistent creepy theme throughout.

New Tunes Tuesday

Some years ago I thought I’d start posting links to some favorite music in my music library. I called this #musicMonday, and some of it was on this site, some on Twitter, it went back and forth. I had fun doing it, but rarely got much “engagement” (pardon my language) on Twitter, and so felt like it was a failure or waste of time.

In my ongoing social network rehabilitation, I’m thinking just the first part of that previous sentence (“I had fun doing it”) is justification enough. And so I think I’ll try it again, see how it goes. In honor of the weekly unveiling of newly released music on WOXY (RIP), the coolest radio station in Cincinnati back when we lived there, I thought I’d rename it and shift it a day.

Despite the “new” in New Tunes Tuesday 🎵, my criteria is the same as before:

Not “new” as in recently released, necessarily, but more like “new to you”. Or possibly not either of those, maybe just a pointer to some good music that you’d forgotten about.

yet another exhibit in the case for avoiding Amazon like the mess it is

Buffalo Bayou Brewing’s Joyful Almond
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McSweeney’s: We Need a Wizard Who Can Appeal to the Moderate Orc Voter

Of course, Saruman’s record isn’t perfect. He said at one time that Rings of Power were good for Elves. We know that’s an outdated attitude. But that was more than a thousand years ago.

Nick Cave on Psychic Pathways

From Nick Cave’s fan-mail site, responding to a rude, “anonymous” question:

So, in the interests of free speech, George, I have given you a platform. However, and I am speculating here, I think that probably ninety-nine percent of the people who read your question will think that you are being, well, a bit of an asshole. I could be wrong. It could be more. Now, you may say “So what? No one knows who I am. How can this possibly hurt me?” You may say that. But you would be wrong. I do not believe that your anonymity protects you, any more than I believe the anonymity of the hate trolls on social media protects them. I feel that there are psychic pathways that exist between us all, and that the negativity we create eventually finds its way back to us.

The opportunity to act in a better way is one that is continuously afforded to us – to try to make the next thing we do the best thing, rather than the worst thing, the destructive thing. In this instance, George, it’s not too late for you. If you close your eyes and apologise to my fans, just maybe that negative attention will begin to dissipate. I think my fans are smart enough and sufficiently forgiving to understand that your words extend only to the margins of your own individual evolution.

thinking about subscribing to The Athletic, any existing readers out there have a referral code they’d like to share? ⚽️

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