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written October 21st 2019 #listenlogging

I finished listening to season two of Limetown, which was almost 5 hours of audio. It was ok but failed at leaving me feeling excited about it for the same reason I don’t watch most hollywood movies.

I took a listening break and ate some snacks and then listened to the first half of this mix by #SdLaika called Meshes that I very much enjoyed.

I quickly started feeling bored by my own thoughts and needed some mental stimulation so opened youtube and somehow stumbled on This Is Water by David Foster Wallace which resulted in me tearing up. I had never listened to anything by them. Actually I didn’t know who they where until they died and everyone online was talking about them for a week.

I had been thinking about language and wondering if I actually understood what semantics meant so I had looked it up on YouTube hoping to find a thorough synopses and came across a bunch of lectures and interviews with Noam Chomsky. I started with listening to The Concept of Language

I went on to Chomsky explaining what anarchism means to them and continued into an interview where they explain world politics through The Alien perspective on humanity, an interview by Tilo Jung. I ended with a bit about politics and that focused on how they would vote for Jeremy Corbyn.”)

After listening to Chomsky for hours I started craving a less male way of thinking and remembered that I had been meaning to listen to #JudithButler for a while now and listened to a whole bunch of recordings. These are the only two I listened to in their entirety.

Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor went for a walk

Judith Butler talking about anarchism

I don't know what Butler said that reminded me to look up the concept of the #kibbutz but something they said did and ended up listening to a number of videos on the matter. an Israeli boy explaining their life on a kibbutz

I then listened to a bunch of snippets of stuff about the communes in Rojava but all the stuff on youtube was subtitled and ended up distracting me from work so of course what I needed was to listen to All The Things She Said by .

Needed to get back up to speed and listen to some more music so I turned to #PussyRiot's КОШМАРЫ / NIGHTMARES and then their cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit and a bunch of other songs that were less memorable by the end of the day.

The final chapter of lecture-y stuff to end the day was #MichaelPollan's “Cannabis, The Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire” which was very good. The one thing I will mention here is their dumb intro introduced me to the word aptronym. On looking up the spelling for this wort I just discovered Wiktionary's English words suffixed with -onym


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written the night of October 20th 2019 #listenlogging

I really really don't feel like writing right now. I think I am just going to post a list of some of the things I listened to today without writing much myself.

Listened to a good mix by Human Pitch, it was sort of random this was recorded at The Lot Radio in Brooklyn as I had just been thinking about that place in relation to wondering how they got permission to have a school bus parked in the middle of the lot open to the public. Was just talking to another friend about them buying a schoolbus and was thinking about where it might go and about what the possibilities would be for my school bus.

Listened to all the new stuff by Alice Glass who used to be the singer of Crystal Castles before they called out their band mate for being abusive shitty person and left the band.

The 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980s by Stuff You Should Know In the late 1980s, the United States experienced a “Satanic Panic,” leading parents to fear for the safety of their children. But were there any real examples of Satanic ritual abuse? Find out this and more in this classic episode.

Can AI Teach You To Write Better? Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write?

Hey Google: scan my race Google tried to make its Pixel 4 phone better at seeing black faces. Ruha Benjamin explains why the company's means didn't justify the ends.

Biohacking: Rules of Engagement Biohacker Josiah Zayner is famous for experimenting on himself using the geneediting tool CRISPR. But when such powerful technology exists that can alter human biology, should we also have a code of conduct for biohacking?

I have heard the future Pin Limetown Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

Ended up listening to almost the complete first season of this show. This is what I ended the night on.


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written the night of October 19th 2019 #listenloggin

The first part of the day I spent listening to this random podcast about the Kellog brothers called American Innovations. It was quite interesting subject matter and a story I had already studied a bit years ago. The Kellog empire has ties to everything from white supremacy to #veganism, industrialization of our eating habits to the demonetization of spicy foods. But this pobcast was told in a hollywood style that only focuses on empire building and the idolization of making profit.

I needed a break from stories of argumentative old industrialists and remembered that I bookmarked an album I had briefly discovered when I found myself on last night when I was researching the developer of Nanoloop. Anyway only a few of the tracks on the album I really liked and the rest of them annoyed me.

bop album cover The Amazing Adventures Of One Curious Pixel by Bop

Jad Abumrad (who I didn't know was Lebanese till today) has a new 9 part series called Dolly Parton's America and I listened to the first episode that was just released.

Clever Extra – Originality in the Age of Social Media I was out of things to listen to so I hopped on the discover page in Apple podcasts and found this one listed in an Apple curated section about design. It was such an awful conversation that I ended up listening to the whole thing because I couldn't get over how everything the hosts were talking about came off as privileged bullshit.

Took another break from podcasts for a while and then went to look at my hearts on bandcamp and decided to listen to an old favorite. #Filmmaker is one of my favorite bands for the past year or so. I have not gotten tired of listening to their albums on repeat. Filmmaker album cover Crepuscular by Filmmaker

Tommy Cash album cover ¥€$ by Tommy Cash


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written the night of October 18th 2019

#listenlogging #podcasts #reminiscing

Today I continued only listening to podcasts all day and skipped listening to even a single track.

I was trying to remember all the different podcasts I listened to today and thought maybe the best way to remember is by recounting them backwards. So the last one I listened to was and's Too Much Not Enough. The episode Mobile Music talked about their experience making music on phones. Darius mentioned #Nanoloop being the first app they had used to make music on the go with back on their Palm. I was reading about a new device this morning being released called the Analogue Pocket that just announced it comes with Nanoloop preinstalled..

Nanoloop on an Analogue Pocket

Nanoloop was a big inspiration to me when I first discovered it. It was one of the earliest apps I had gotten into on my iPhone. I had first been exposed to it at an IRL workshop by (what I assume looking back) was its developer, about making mobile music. It was in a gallery, I think it must have been in New York. I was also reminded of how excited I had been to play with Zach Gage's synthPond, which was also one of the first iPhone apps I ever got into.

screenshot of synthPond

Before that I listened to another episode of the same podcast called “Coding Layouts” In The Early 2000s. It made me reminisce about my own first experiences with having a website and what that meant to me at the time. Emma walked about their experience of learning html/css to customize their Neopets profile, which was also one of the early things I first used HTML for. I think I had a website before I ever used Neopets but I had done that with my father. I think Neopets was probably the first time I had used html on a new thing without anyone else showing me first.

Before that I listened to an episode of the Internet History Podcast about the history of Audible, but it was an awful interview. The person they were interviewing had been a web designer there in the early history long before they were bought by Amazon. The only redeeming factor was that I learned Audible had their own audio book player.

Audible media player

Before that I listened to the last two episodes of the Gimlet podcast called Startup about how they were acquired by Spotify. It was sort of sad to hear. I had been a listener of Startup since before they had even named their company or had any other podcasts. And as of last month they sold the company to Spotify for over 300 million dollars. Centralization is depressing.


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written the night of October 17th 2019

I didn't listen to any music at all today ironically. Instead I listened to new 6+ hour retelling of the story of Charles Manson in podcast form.

The podcast is called You Must Remember This and I was recommended it by someone many months ago. I don't actually remember who it was that recommended it. I think it was at Hare Krishna in New Orleans when it happened.

picture of Charles Manson

I was thinking I would write about my thoughts of listening to the stories for 6 hours but I think that much of one story and your brain is just mush. Also don't really feel like thinking about it any more since I have spent most of my day in this place and am trying to get ready for sleep. So I guess day two of #listenlogging is a bit of a failure. Though maybe it is a success cause I am writing this down right now and that was my point all along.