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recent music discovery: Menahan Street Band

So rad. They're a currently-active instrumental soul band that makes really lovely, tense tracks that sound like they wouldn't be out of place in a movie score.

Some of my favorite tracks from them:
"Make the Road By Walking" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud_jP6U3fNI
"The Contender" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_qPHC6JxbQ

(though basically all their stuff is great)

There's a whole record label dedicated to new funk and soul, actually: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daptone_Records

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HOWTO listen to a CD

I just got a CD! It's the soundtrack for Skullgirls, which is this really lovely fighting game with super-expressive animation and beautiful jazzy music.

Step 1: rip entire CD to mp3s with Rhythmbox. Apparently Rhythmbox knows about the track names and the artist (through CD-Text?? Or maybe some online database? This seems like kind of an obscure disc to be in such a database, but whatevs), so it's good for labeling the tracks' metadata.

Step 2: Upload the album to Google Play Music with my little music manager widget.

Step 3: Stream the music to myself through the Google Play Music webapp.

... I mean, I could just play the music off the disc itself. But, uh... that's not how I listen to music these days.

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Probably the most important idea I've gotten out of therapy is this idea of self-compassion. I've been especially bad at this, basically forever. It's not healthy.

The idea, roughly, is that you want to treat yourself the way you would treat a close friend; we're good at extending kindness, understanding and encouragement to other people! But we're often so harsh to ourselves; our internal monologue can be like a stream of verbal abuse.

But you can't help your friend or loved one by browbeating them. Same with yourself! You're like your own child, in a sense; you've got to take care of yourself.

Also like your friend or your child, you don't want to encourage yourself to fall into a pit of self-indulgence. Your wouldn't be happy to find your respected friend, or you child, wallowing in a mire of ice cream and porn -- at least not for too long! You want them to eat healthy foods and get sensible exercise and read a book! And you certainly don't want them to crunch up into a ball of self-directed rage and despair of ever feeling better and keep punching walls and/or their own body.

You can extend this compassion to yourself too! You deserve, as a human being, this kind of compassion, whether or not you're currently winning at whatever.

The TEDx talk on the topic is definitely worth watching: https://youtu.be/IvtZBUSplr4

The speaker, Kristen Neff, is a psychology researcher, and this is her primary topic: she writes about it all the time and has possibly-helpful exercises over on http://self-compassion.org .

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Community theatre success!

I don't want to alarm anybody, but my rad mother got a specific mention in the Broadway World review of the show she's currently running (going for two more weekends, I think??), despite having a relatively small part. She's just that good.

Lenoir Brewer's Margaret proved it's always a good idea to keep an eye on characters who seem to be minor initially.

Keep on rockin', mom.

(they're doing Dolly Parton's 9 to 5)

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You know how there's two kinds of dishwashing liquid, right. The kind you put in the dishwasher, and the kind you use for washing dishes by hand. And you know how if you mix them up and put the wash-by-hand kind in the dishwasher, you get suds all over your kitchen floor.

WHAT WE DO: rename these to "Type A" and "Type B" dishwashing liquids, and make sure the packaging is otherwise identical. Same logos, and all companies that make one will be required to make both.

NOW: all you have to do, when you go to wash some dishes, is remember which one was which. Occasionally, at irregular intervals, the meaning of "TYPE A" and "TYPE B" will be flipped, industry-wide.

There you go. That one's on the house.

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Project Dad Bod

OK OK OK so if Sylvia gets into long-distance running (which, y'know, I won't push her to do, but both Lindsey and I have been fairly into it) and eventually wants to do a marathon...

... most people don't do such a thing until they're in their 20s. Say 25 would be a sensible age for first marathon. This isn't the kind of thing that you should reasonably do as a teenager, as I understand it.

This means, for me to go with her, I'm going to have to run a marathon at 60.

And *that* means lots of gentle running over many years, from here on out. No more getting hurt. Just some gentle, modest mileage, most days.

Let's do this.

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we came up with a new concept today

Before today, there were no Google hits for "cybergoth midwifery" or even "cybergoth midwife".

BUSINESS PLAN. We're claiming it. Unlike my other rad business plans, we're keeping this one. No scooping us, per favore.

"Please put on these fake dreadlocks, these superfluous goggles, and these stompy boots. It is time to deliver a baby."

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