Keeping track of my media diet

This idea of tracking my media diet really appeals to me:

Just like last year, I kept track of almost everything I read, watched, listened to, and experienced in my media diet posts.

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I follow a few people who do this too, sometimes pretty publicly. I’m not sure that I’d want to share everything I consume, but I do like the thought of capturing, and aggregating everything.

I’m just not too sure how to pull it all together, if I were to do this.

My favourite song today is Like Gold

Headphones on a microphone stand

Although it’s not the first time I’ve listened to Vance Joy’s song “Like Gold“, it stands out for me today. I like how the track progresses, and carries you along to the end. I really enjoy it.

I found a live performance in Portland, that I also enjoyed:

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This song goes well with the smell of apples and cinnamon

My wife baked an apple crumble for us this cold and rainy afternoon. As the smell of apples and cinnamon filled it apartment, this song, Mountain Air by Cody Francis, was playing on Spotify:

As song and smell pairings go, this is a good one!

Update: Here’s what that smell was all about:

Discovering Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist

It’s a pretty chilly, rainy weekend so we’ve had a pretty laid back weekend at home with our kids.

My wife and I re-watched the sci-fi classic, Serenity, for the nth time (still awesome after 13 years).

Afterwards, I switched over to some music and, instead of picking a favourite playlist, I opted for the Discovery Weekly playlist on Spotify. I haven’t listened to it before, and I wish I had done so earlier.

I don’t know any of the music we’re listening, but I’m enjoying most of it. I guess that’s the idea. 😊

Imagine almost cycling around the world, every year

Bicycle handlebars and a long road ahead

Wired’s video about ultra-endurance bicycle rider, Lael Wilcox, is well worth watching if you’re interested in cycling (here’s a story on Wired.com):

I used to cycle everywhere in my teens because, well, that’s how I got around. My father was really into cycling, and I remember riding a pretty long race with him. We didn’t finish anywhere near the front (more likely somewhere in the middle-ish).

My son has started riding around the city as a way to get around, and I’d love to buy myself a bike so we can go riding together. Something to save up for, I think. There are some great routes for riding in our city, and it’s a great way to just get around, and get some exercise in.

For the time being, I’ve been getting back into running. I’m still getting started there (at least that’s how it feels), but I’ve managed five runs this week. Just on the subject of running, I found this article pretty inspiring too: When Your Body Says No | Outside Online.

Returning to Wilcox, what an inspiring person! Wow. Oh, and her site happens to be on WordPress.com. 😁

Not that being on WordPress.com will make you a super athlete, but it is a great place for your home on the Web. Just saying.

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A peek inside Alex Ross’ studio (and his collection)

I’m a huge fan of Alex Ross’ work, especially for DC Comics. I have a couple graphic novels that he did the artwork for, and they’re some of my favourite books.

CBS This Morning’s Anthony Mason visited Ross in his studio, and spoke to him about his career painting superheroes. Ross’ “toy” collection, alone, is worth watching this video for.

I especially like how he paints Superman. He manages to blend this raw power you’d expect from the Man of Steel with a deep humanity.

Great Spotify playlist to relax and unwind with

Window with the word Relax

I really like this Relax & Unwind playlist on Spotify. Aside for it’s obvious purpose, I like it as a general purpose/background music/atmosphere playlist:

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Fighting package thieves with glitter and fart spray

Mark Rober’s approach to tackling doorstep package thieves is ingenious, and hilarious to watch in action:

I watched this with our kids over lunch today, and we were in stitches! Brilliant!

Via Kottke.org and my wife.