Critical Pod-mass


I’m at a topping point, I can feel it.

I’m going to have to start deleting podcasts from my subscription list.

It’s not because certain podcasts are not as good as they were before, or that quality levels have changed.  It’s a question of time commitment.

You see, we just moved from one small town back to a larger city.  When I went to work in the small town, my commute was about an hour each direction.  I also worked from home, and remotely from a different office.  So I had a lot of time available to listen to podcasts.  That’s changed now, though.

Now, I’m visible as being in the chair.  It’s easier to interrupt me at work.  My commute is only about 30 minutes each way.  Instead of being a green light that someone can email, I’m just a quick holler away.  So sometimes a 30 minute podcast can take a few hours to listen to.

I’m now sitting at 32 unread podcast episodes, a few shows are now 2 weeks behind (at least).  Sometimes I don’t feel like I can devote any time to listen to the longer episodes.  70 minutes?  I might as well forget about it.  My walks aren’t that long.  Well, I guess I can change my habits, a little bit.

I remember running into this problem when I first got promoted.  I used to have the problem of not enough podcasts to listen to in a day, now I’ve got too many.  And the episodes keep coming in.

This is definitely a privileged problem to have, but it’s still bugging me.  It’s honestly one of the reasons I produce fewer podcasts than I used to.  I just don’t have time to produce content for all of the stuff I want to consume.

Alas.  I probably won’t end up unsubscribing to any podcasts.  I’ll just have to make do for dated references and just keep on top of my sports shows when they come in.

Radio Free Burrito Mixtape: If This Be Sin

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

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10 Waves Of You – Sail

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Sometimes I go down a very strange rabbit hole on Jamendo.  The other day on the radio, I heard some jazz in the background and decided that I wanted to listen to some jazz while I worked.  Instead, I did some clicking around to see what was new and found this 4-track instrumental EP from a musician called 10 Waves Of You, "Sail". First, a little about 10 Waves Of You; here's their bio as written on Jamendo:
10 Waves of You is an Italian Ambient Post Rock one man band from Milan (Italy) formed in 2014. Luca Crivellaro plays guitar, bass, voice, keys, piano, synths and percussion. I'm am a free diver (not scuba diver!) When i make music i search for the same emotions that I feel when I free dive in the underground water: alone, curious, numb, trying to reach every possible positive vibes from the underwater creatures and hidden world. I hope my music will make you think, feel and imagine…
So, some interesting notes there.  I really like what Crivellaro has put together with this little EP.  The title track, Sail, was my favourite by far.  Stay with me on this point: I enjoyed the Twilight films, and thought the best part of them was Carter Burwell's scores (Amazon: Twilight [The Score], The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 The Score Music by Carter Burwell).  The piano work is fantastic, and that's the vibe I got from Sail and the other 4 tracks on the album.  I found the album as a whole calming and relaxing, and listened while I got my work done. On the slightly negative side, the album is too short for me.  At 4 tracks, I had to move onto something different pretty quickly.  Also, some of the tracks edged too close to the "elevator / hold music" category, which was a little off-putting. Overall I recommend it, especially "Sail".  You can find the album on Jamendo here: https://www.jamendo.com/album/158044/sail

Jamendo’s Current Best Of All Genres

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

There are some pretty solid tracks on Jamendo's "Best Of All Genres" list when you head over to the main page.  Here are some highlights for me:

Pure Mids - These Days - A nice, light pop-rock tune.  I could definitely find a place for this group in my rotation of music.  Pure Mids are an American group.

Always the Alibi - After All I've Done
Always the Alibi - Ain't Another Girl

Two-for-one deal here with Always the Alibi, providing some solid rock for your Friday morning.  Another American group, from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Wonder if they know Chip and Joanna from Fixer Upper?

Jekk - Strong - Smooth soul.  Jekk is a French artist and has been making music since 2014. 

OnClassical - E. Satie - Trois Gnossiennes - I. Lent - Alessandro Simonetto - OnClassical is a great Italian collective on Jamendo.  They release some well-produced classical music.  It's really relaxing and helps get work done.

Tony Petersen - James Alley Blues - The song title says "blues", but it's pure folk.




Recommendation: Daniel Robinson – Little Birds

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Just thought I'd throw out a quick recommendation!  I found this on Jamendo the other day, and thought it was a great folk/pop album.  Some of the tracks are a little dreamy, which is great.  I didn't like Those Were The Days too much; Nowhere to Hide and Little Birds were definitely standout tracks for me. 

I was listening to The Decemberists' new album before dropping into this one, and the transition worked well for me.  If you have some time, take a listen to Daniel Robinson's Little Birds.

https://www.jamendo.com/album/175519/little-birds

The Week That Was: Mar 29-Apr 4

This Week's Motivational Picture
First of all, it's pretty crazy to try and think about regular season baseball happening in March.  Sure, it's the end of March, and it's basically April, but it's still March.  Rest assured though, by 2020 they'll have corrected this when opening day is once again in April (thanks, Wikipedia!).  Of course this isn't the first time opening day has been in March, but it's just so rare that it seems wrong in some way. 

Nevertheless, after a week's worth of games, we have some standings to look at.  Boston leads the AL East with a 5-1 record, followed by New York at 4-2, and Toronto at 4-3.  There are apparently two other teams in the division but they don't matter.  Yet.  I'm a bit surprised that Boston has such a big lead - at least I was, until I looked at their first 6 opponents.  They had the Rays, followed by the Marlins (and then today, April 5th, they have the Rays again).  Luckily they will have to face the Yankees, which I think will be a split between the two teams. 

Back to the Jays - they are at least 1 game ahead of where I expected them to be.  I thought they might be at the .500 mark, but they pounded their way above .500 and even enjoyed a 4-game win streak (which included a split vs the Yankees).  So I'm happy with that. 

Honestly, a split vs the Yankees is probably the best result they could have hoped for.  And then they won the series against the White Sox, another plus.  April is looking like a tough month for the Blue Jays, and I think they'll come out of it in good shape as long as they win 2 out of 3 vs the likes of Baltimore and Texas.  Tread water against the better teams and then move on from there. 

The good news is that on the off day, they are 0.5 back of the wild card spot.  If the Jays can keep up their pace it's going to be a very tight race all year.

Trying Something New

As I type this introduction to the blog post after typing the title, I realize that this should be the perfect post title to match with a life experience that I’m trying new for the first time to follow up my post about acting a couple of weeks ago.  Disappointingly, it’s not about that (for now, anyway).

Instead this is just a post about the blog itself and a head’s up for what I hope you will see happening in the next little while.

I’ve cleaned up the blog categories and separated everything into 4 broader headings: Media, Life, Sports, and Meta (which houses stupid self-referential things like this).  So if you come here and are only interested in one topic, you can click on the one that interests you most.  Why you would want to read the meta posts, I don’t really know.  But people like weird things on the Internet.  In fact, I bet there’s a niche out there for blog posts about blogs.

The other thing I’m trying to do is automatically import posts from my other blog(s) into this one.  I’ll know tomorrow if it works – I have it set to import a post from Alternative Airwaves tomorrow morning.  I’m crossing my fingers.

Anyway, that’s all for today.  Nothing insightful for you to read!