Good morning! This week, instead of sharing images, I’m sharing albums.
Kicking it off with Dan Mangan’s “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” – the kind of album that keeps your jeans dry. Lots of great acoustic guitar, amazing vocals, evocative lyrics. My favourite song is “Basket”, but they’re all great.
Good morning! Today's album is "Islands Disappear" by Said the Whale.
This album was my introduction to west cost Canadian indie rock, and what an introduction it was! Lots of stories are embedded in these lyrics – the album taught me that even if I've got a map, I need to know where I'm going. Favourite song: A Cold Night Close to the End.
Good morning! Today’s album is “Into Lake Griffy” by Good Luck. A bit more punk than usual, but optimistic. Nothing lifts me up like this album.
My friend introduced me to this album and the way he explains it, the band formed out of a random, extreme dip in musical entropy. Boltzmann Brain-style. They made this album and then dissipated back into the aether.
Favourite song is “Bringing Them Back to Life”, check it out.
Good morning! Today’s album is “Fantasies” by Metric.
I never really followed music/bands until Metric, and this was the first time an album came out that really changed the musical direction of one of my favs. Really raw sound, with Emily Haines amazing voice 😍 Metric would lean further into the electronic music angle in subsequent albums.
Lots of stories in these songs, which I love, but also a kind of pop feel. Favourite song: “Gimme Sympathy”
Good morning! Today’s album is “Swooner” by The Zolas. I liked their earlier albums too, but this one leans hard into an electronic vibe you can dance to. I’ve been listening to this when I run 🏃
Favourite song is “Freida on the Mountain”, because it features *heavy* sampling of the Star Trek: TNG transporter sound effect ✨
Good morning! Today's album is "Forcefield" by Tokyo Police Club
I know what you're thinking – what about Champ? What about Elephant Shell? And to that I say: all Tokyo Police Club albums are
Plus the first song "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)" absolutely bangs, check it out, it's my favourite.
Good morning! Today is the last day I share albums each morning. And it shouldn't surprise anyone that I'm ending with The Weakerthans' final album, the live recording of their final concert.
The Weakerthans, and John K Samson, mean a lot to me. Their songs helped me when I was in a bad place, and learning to play those songs helped me leave. Their final album is band at its peak - favourite song is Wellington's Wednesdays, and let me tell you why...
Good morning. Here’s an emoji map of my home province, New Brunswick. Source: https://twitter.com/robhoadley/status/1244773660566736898
I grew up roughly between the 🇬🇧 and 🥔
good morning to all the diacriti-cuties out there ☺️
@ashfurrow I just started doing a retrospective of Star Trek TNG, following this list of the “good” episodes. Has been quite enjoyable, Re-engaging with these characters from 30 (!!) years ago.
@ashfurrow I watched DS9 when it first came out, for the first season or two, and it didn't grab me, then kinda off and on in syndication over the years, but never a "full" watch-through... Maybe now is a good time? :)
@jos I had very much the same experience. Watching serially changes the show, is highly recommend it. I used this guide to skip the duds: http://www.letswatchstartrek.com/ds9-episode-guide/
@ashfurrow Fuck no, the 90s sucked, and I am glad they are over. Also TNG was the worst trek.
the 1990s were characteristic bland and boring. Everything interesting was underground.
the cars fucking sucked. Both uninteresting and unreliable.
We were still in the middle of a religious authoritarian revival.
Everything was fake, and shitty. Everything real was dangeous and hard to get.
@GI_Jack now hold on, I never said the 90's were _good_, only that I was pining for them. They are,,, my comfort zone. My problematic comfort zone for sure.
Watching through DS9, and it feels like the writers were definitely aware of Fukuyama's ideas about the 90's, and active deconstructing neoliberals' obsession with the status quo.
Yes, TNG was absolutely terrible, with a lot of liberal utopia, nothing to say, and a lot of cringeworthy characters.
DS9 was phenominal that understood what sci fi was supposed to do, and took it further and harder hitting than TOS could imagine.
@victor Ruby on Rails is the web framework that Mastodon uses. Nerds often complain that “Rails doesn’t scale” despite many popular sites that use it.
@ashfurrow I listened to someone from Basecamp (maybe DHH, but can’t completely remember) on a podcast lay into Twitter devs about how Ruby/Rails are perfectly fine but you still have to architect your app properly, and how they used Scala as a way to rewrite the app and blame the past shortcomings on the old tech. Was beautiful.
@ashfurrow You've been chaining these replies since January 1st, goddamn. It's lagging my browser a little.
@ashfurrow bah, those aren't bad.
the obsession dial needs to be turned up just a little more. I had a housemate who would re-do the cable management (even though nothing had changed) every 2 months or so. they were trying to improve matters. (which were already very good.)
I finally worked with people who were so obsessive, uh, honestly it would sound like I was making things up. it was crazypants. the more you want to hide or make your cables perfect, the more expensive it gets. $0.005
@ashfurrow True, but it's not as if you're reducing the cat by two dress sizes. Or layering a Picasso onto your wall. Or even (and this is my personal favourite) 'vacuuming' the carpet in post production.
@ashfurrow You can't argue with how good the gamepad was. A nice large controller with nearly limitless possibilities from the touch screen.
It was more perfect, but it's a much better feature than the Switch.
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