Enjoying 9 Dead Alive by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Guitar player

One of our many, many Slack channels at Automattic is one that focuses on great soundtracks, and other instrumental music. We usually share movie, TV, and game soundtracks in the channel.

The other day, I mentioned how I’d love to find more music like Cody Francis’ “Mountain Air” –

I really enjoy this track, but none of Francis’ other music on Spotify seems to be quite as good. One of my colleagues suggested another option – Rodrigo y Gabriela, an awesome guitar duo.

I dove into a recent album, 9 Dead Alive, and it’s terrific! Check this out:

I love how you can watch artists perform, and it adds a new dimension to their music. Here’s the duo playing “The Soundmaker” live:

If you’re interested in some of their story, it’s also worth listening to their 2014 Spotify Sessions performance where they both play, and are interviewed about their work:

The reason why Rodrigo y Gabriela came up in a channel about soundtracks is that they also performed for Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides“:

Now that I know this, I think I need to listen to that soundtrack again! I also think that this music could be great running music (I’ll try it as an alternative to my usual podcasts).

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Whiteboarding future greatness

I really like this photo that Kelsey shared on Flickr. What I like about this are the shadows, and the contrasts on the whiteboard.

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.

Erik Witsoe’s timeless photography

One of the photographers I follow is Erik Witsoe. I see his work when I scroll through my Flickr feed, and I really like his style. His “Time Pieces” photograph caught my attention this morning:

Time Pieces
Erik Witsoe | BLOG | Facebook | Medium | 500px | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr
Warsaw, Poland
Autumn

Here are two more that I pulled from his Flickr feed:

Enchanted Märchen
Enchanted Märchen

Erik Witsoe | BLOG | Facebook | Medium | 500px | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr
Poznan, Poland
Park Solacki
Autumn
Climb
Climb

Erik Witsoe | BLOG | Facebook | Medium | 500px | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr
Warsaw, Poland
Autumn
Metro

You can also follow his blog for stories behind some of his work. A great example is his “Street Spirit” post:


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“I will keep blogging … for as long as I love and enjoy it”

I’m watching Georgie Luhur Cooke’s talk at DDD Sydney titled “Your blog ≠ everyone else’s blog“, and this quote stood out for me:

I will keep blogging not for as long as someone reads it, but for as long as I love and enjoy it

Georgie Luhur Cooke in “My Blogging Values

I really like the idea of having a set of blogging values. It reminds of the emphasis on authenticity that was central to blogging in the early years, in particular.

If you’re interested in watching Georgie’s talk, here it is (the sound volume is a bit low):

Feedback that inspires me to be a better blogger

Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash

I enjoy blogging because I enjoy sharing things that interest me. My blog has a pretty modest following, and I like receiving feedback on posts that resonate with readers.

This evening, I opened Twitter for some reason, and noticed this wonderful tweet from Jamie Rubin, a writer, blogger, and stimulus for my Field Notes obsession:

What makes Jamie’s feedback so much more meaningful is that I’ve followed his blog for a little while now, and I have great respect for his writing just based on his blog. Feedback like this inspires me to be a better blogger, so I can do justice to such kind words.

Jamie’s latest blog post, “Inside My Notebooks“, will give you a terrific sense of what he writes about (if you haven’t read it posts already):

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Tim Cook interview: why he publicly announced that he’s gay

I just watched this interview with Tim Cook about why he made the decision to publicly announce that he’s gay. It’s well worth watching!