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The Black Hollies – “Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere”

The new album from The Black Hollies is Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere. I’m into it. The first single is the title track and it’s a good one. Nice easy psychedelic sound that reminds me of the Pastels a little bit.

Here’s the Spotify link to hear the rest of the album.

Herbie Hancock – “Chameleon”

I’m hit or miss with Herbie Hancock. I’ve got a long-standing aversion to jazz-fusion and “Rockit” is the only non-fusion HH I know. It was a massive treat to learn about this song (and album as it turns out) which is a silly-nice funk groove. I finally tracked down a vinyl copy if this record and it’s now in steady rotation.

Drawn 2005-2013

I feel bad that I only just noticed that Drawn is gone, since posts stopped back in May.

It wasn’t on my daily list of stops but the animation and illustration that was posted there was always worth checking out.

Dan Benjamin on Pixel Recess

Here’s a link to the podcast.

I’m deeply into Back to Work (with Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann) which led me to a link to the Pixel Recess podcast. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it’s hosted by Paul Armstrong who I (kind of but don’t really) know from Whiskerino. And then, on top of that, it was funny. It’s just 15 minutes and I laughed.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know podcast with Jeff Smith

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is a podcast presented by BoingBoing: “it’s an interview podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the reality/business side of how they do what they do”.

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I really enjoyed this interview with Jeff Smith, best know around my house as the creator of Bone. I don’t know if you listen to podcasts but this one was good. He has cool stories to tell about self-publishing and comics back before the internet.

new Allah-Las single, “Had It All”

I’m a big fan of these guys.

7″ single of this is for sale, too.

James River Loop 8-Miler

Trail running was more fun that I expected. It was also less about sightseeing than I thought. I was talking to a friend of mine last week about the upcoming run and he said, “trail running is fun but I never get to see anything but the ground because I fall every time I look up”. I felt bad for the clumsy fellow until I got about 50 yards in from the trailhead. And then I laughed because I’d apparently signed up for 8 miles of staring at the feet of the runner in front of me to see where they were stepping to avoid roots and rocks.

This video is a good illustration of the trail as we ran it (and the stabilized video minimizes some of the motion-sickening I get from these GoPro jams):

As I was looking around at the other runners before the start I set a goal of not-being-last. I was happy to see that I was neither last in my gender nor in my age group. I was close to the bottom, but not on the bottom. I’m also still kind of sore two days later. 8 miles was my longest distance run *and* it was my first trail run so that combo is probably (hopefully?) what’s got me still creaking around. I’ll know tomorrow when I get back to mid-week normalcy.

Time Hole – Cookie Clicker

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Holy crap has this thing swallowed me whole. Every now and again I will get way into one of these silly desktop games but they don’t usually come with this much carpal tunnel damage. I mean, you just click the cookie. What could possibly go wrong?

I think I’m close to the end game so I’m going to stick with it a little longer. It’s not good for my productivity, though, so not more than another day or two. I didn’t delete 90% of the games from my iPhone just to jump neck-deep into some other distraction.

50 Days to the Half Marathon

I’m pleasantly surprised at how good I am feeling good about it. I have an 8-mile run in the morning that I feel ready for. Tomorrow’s scheduled group run is for 8 miles but Adam and I signed up for that trail run instead. It will be good to mix it up a bit. I haven’t done any trail running before but I know the route from riding MTB so it won’t be completely foreign to me.

I had doubts that 3-3-3 miles for mid-week runs would be enough to support weekend group runs of 6-7-8 miles but it has all turned out okay. The Wednesday run bumped up to 4 miles this week and it was great for me. Compared to the terrible runs I was having on my Whole 10 I don’t doubt for a second that reintroducing carbs has been been massively beneficial. I’ve got more flabby fat on and about, but it makes such a positive difference in my runs that I am cool making that trade.

New graffiti behind my parking lot.

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I don’t think it will last long. The people that own the building have been super-quick to cover anything that goes up.