What I'm currently…

Some notes on what I'm currently listening to, reading, and thinking about.

What I’m reading shouldn’t be considered as recommendations—indeed, I often don’t enjoy them and don’t finish them. However, what I’m listening to definitely can be considered as recommendations.

For what I’m listening to, I typically link to YouTube for the songs—for lack of a better option. I highly suggest using the uBlock Origin browser extension (and the Firefox browser).

There is also a YouTube playlist of all the songs referred to below.


February, 2023

Listening to

An early–mid 2000’s theme this month.

Reading

Thinking about


January, 2023

Listening to

An Icelandic music theme, as this month will be 20 years since I left Reykjavík after spending a semester as an exchange student at the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands).

Reading

Thinking about

  • jsPsych
  • I popped a tyre while driving over the holidays; I wish I either knew more about cars or did not need to drive them.
  • A review of an enjoyable year of running in 2022:
    • Total distance: 1934km
    • Run locations: Bathurst, NSW (215); Little Bay, NSW (16); Wangaratta, VIC (8); Jindabyne, NSW (3); Lithgow, NSW (3); Forster, NSW (2); Albury, NSW (1); Carcoar, NSW (1); Firefly, NSW (1); Orange, NSW (1); Valentine, NSW (1); Warners Bay, NSW (1).

December, 2022

Listening to

Another mid-to-late 90’s theme—with a different vibe.

Reading

Thinking about


November, 2022

Listening to

A mid-to-late-90’s theme.

Reading

Thinking about


October, 2022

Listening to

An early-90’s theme.

  • Nirvana - Aneurysm
    In the midst of the hype and legacy, it can be easy to forget that Nirvana is a great band. This song is from their essential Live at Reading performance (see Cokemachineglow for a wonderfully-written review that I keep coming back to). All their albums are great, including their MTV Unplugged session—particularly the covers, such as The Man Who Sold The World. Their posthumous You Know You’re Right is one of their best; a great surprise when it came out.
  • Alice in Chains - Them Bones
    I love that this is the first song on their great Dirt album—just launching straight into it! I like their different approach on their Jar of Flies album just as much, if not more (see Don’t Follow and Rotten Apple, for example). Their MTV Unplugged session is also fantastic; see Nutshell, for example (it’s cool how they enter and start playing separately—and I think the bass sound here would be up there with the best I’ve ever heard).
  • Jane’s Addiction - Stop!
    Their two albums from this period, Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual (the latter in particular), are great all the way through. Their bass player, Eric Avery, is one of my favourites—I don’t have the music knowledge or vocabulary to explain why, but I love his playing in their epic Three Days (their best song) in particular (e.g., how his playing changes from fluid at about 5:30 to just the essentials at about 5:55 as it build up).

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September, 2022

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Reading

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August, 2022

Listening to

A bit of a country-ish theme this month…

Reading

Thinking about


July, 2022

Listening to

Reading

Thinking about

  • Being a student again.
  • Looking more into NixOS.
  • Starting to use type checking in Python code.

June, 2022

Listening to

  • Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes
    I really like all of Eleanor Friedberger’s solo music, and this was the first single from her first solo album. It reminds me of Minneapolis / St. Paul, where I was living at the time it came out.
  • The Flaming Lips - The Gash
    The Flaming Lips played the last concert that I went to before the COVID-19 restrictions began. It was a great concert, at the Sydney Opera House—one of the best sounding gigs that I’ve been to. This song is off the great The Soft Bulletin album.
  • Tori Amos - Putting the Damage On
    This song has only recently made it into my ranking of top-tier Tori Amos songs. Maybe it is the odd intro, but it hadn’t stood out to me until the past year (the same thing happened with “Hey Jupiter”—it wasn’t until I saw it played live that it became a favourite). There is also a great live version of this song.

Reading

Thinking about

  • Mistakes in research programming and strategies for their avoidance and tolerance (see the resulting post).
  • Where to start with gardening, now that I have a few areas of soil to tend to.
  • Playing through Portal 2 again. I still think the first Portal is quite a bit better.

May, 2022

Listening to

Reading

Thinking about

  • How to present all the details of a statistical model in a manuscript without distracting or alienating readers.
  • The best strategy for staying warm through the upcoming Bathurst winter (my first serious winter since Minneapolis, USA, in 2012–2013).
  • The writing, scenes, and characters in Don DeLillo’s “Underworld”.