Thoughts for the week's end

New Born, by Matthias Lindermayr is very chill trumpet jazz. The spaciness reminds me quite a bit of Miles Davis, who’s Kind of Blue is very much a solid part of my top 10.

I got here by poking around at the contributors to the Sepalot album, A New Cycle, another that I’ve really enjoyed lately.


🎥 Watched Train to Busan (2016) last Friday and immediately designated it a top 5 zombie flick. It may be a top 3. What an excellent time.

We followed that up with Psychokinesis (2018) from the same writer and director, Yeon Sang-ho. It was much different than Train to Busan—more comedy. I thought both movies did an excellent job of communicating the motivations of people.


📺 Watched the first two episodes of The Outsider on HBO. Really well done so far. Ben Mendelsohn is such a great lead character actor. If that’s a thing.

We also watched the first four episodes of Watchmen on HBO. Wow. What an amazing show. I’m completely unfamiliar with the comics and I’m kind of happy because every bit of the show is just blowing me away.


This Sankey diagram of imprints owned by the top five book publishers in the US is an interesting view of how you may think you’re looking at a book from a small press, but it’s really part of a bigger machine. Also fun from that site, “Plain English: A Cheat Sheet“. I made a decision to use “ebook” instead of “e-book” or “eBook” in a post the other day and briefly thought of creating a style guide page to go with it. Having that personal tip sheet seems like it could be fun.


Alphabet is nearing a valuation of one trillion US dollars. At this point, any time a government fines Google $1.6 billion for antitrust behavior, it’s as affordable for them as someone who makes $100k a year signing up for another $13/month streaming service.

See also Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and, soon, Facebook.


Living concrete sounds really, really cool. Xenobots, self-healing robots created from frog stem cells, sound really, really terrifying. That both are partially funded by DARPA adds to any dystopian storyline, even if DARPA funds everything.

The concrete article stuck in my head today as I was breaking down the ungodly amount of styrofoam that my new desk and shelves were packed in. I’m somewhat surprised that in 2020 we don’t have some kind of solution we can drizzle onto the styrofoam and have it at least break itself down into a clump of goop that goes in the trash. Shipping that off to the landfill feels horrible.

Happy Friday!

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