Japanese Poster: Seasonal Ingredients at Hatabo. Naoki Ikegami. 2013
Stuff We Loved in 2013
This year we decided to assemble our own version of a holiday gift guide: 10 items we own, love & use often at Beaver Brook.
We take our gear seriously and if something’s not practical, durable, attractive, and reasonably priced you won’t see it in our hands.
Audubon Bird Call really brings me back. Used to squeak the sh*t out of that thing.
Jack London in John Barleycorn
Robert F. Kennedy
On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, shortly after claiming victory in the California Democratic primary. He was 42 years old.
Nostalgia: just found a bunch of old Hyperpublic decks from last summer.
Few things are as personal as music. It defines moments and becomes wrapped up in our memories. People’s music streams are a window into their lives. I can look at a friend’s Spotify stream and infer so much about him: his mood, his location, the weather, his plans for the evening, who he’s with or planning to be with, and more.
Given how personal music is, the music listening experience after Spotify feels incomplete without a social interaction of some kind. Months ago I critiqued Spotify’s iPhone app and claimed I would switch back to the iPod app if Spotify didn’t improve its mobile UI, but I haven’t been able to make the switch. The app still stinks, but I underestimated how well Spotify fills music’s social layer. It feels great to have someone like my favorite album on Facebook or subscribe to my new playlist; it even feels good just knowing that people are seeing what I’m listening to if I want them to. So this morning, when I opened up the iPod app to listen to an album that’s not yet on Spotify, I only made it two songs before switching to Spotify and listening to something that my friends could see.
Sam Cooke on success in music.
I stumbled upon a frustrating syncing issue in Dropbox yesterday when I couldn’t find a shared folder created by a friend. The filename of the folder ended with a period, which is a no go for Windows files. This meant that the folder was visible in the Dropbox web app but not in the desktop app.
Results of bad file check
Problem solved. (This is obviously not a problem on Macs; Windows stinks.)
*Thanks to Josh for the sanity check.
One of my favorite professors from Williams passed away last week. He was brilliant, intense, and charismatic. I still have my papers and exams from his class on jazz history and spent a few hours re-reading them over the weekend. I tend to look back at previous work and minimize it with thoughts of “wish I had tried harder” or “should have spent more time on it,” but with him I don’t feel that way at all. I worked hard because I wanted to impress him, and in the process learned the material, got a good grade, and became a better writer and critic.
True charisma is invaluable, especially in the hands of a professor who spent 20+ years at the front of a classroom. Professor Brown will be missed by many, especially those who had the privilege to know and admire him.
Here’s a playlist of the music we studied in class.
The Weight - Mavis Staples, Nick Lowe, Jeff Tweedy & Wilco
in the dressing room backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago in Dec 2011
happy friday cover day
Love the top comment: “Mavis puts more heart and soul into this little dressing room rehearsal than most current artists do on stage.”