Observations 2021-11-22

Observations 2021-11-21

  • Wondering, how did wooden ships of antiquity prevent water from getting in between the boards? Finding the simple answer: shipbuilders tarred the boards or overlapped them.

Observations 2021-11-20

  • Mavis’s raucous, fun show at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. A small club for her!
  • Learning that the United States spent roughly $100 billion preparing for the Y2K bug.

Observations 2021-11-19

  • Playing with Kelly Hogan (with Nora O’Connor and Joel Paterson!), opening for Mavis Staples, at Thalia Hall.
    • Mavis was so energetic and so hilarious on stage, even more than usual.
  • The respect I have for venues’ in-house lighting directors, who pay attention and instantly adapt to music they’ve never heard before.

Observations 2021-11-18

Observations 2021-11-17

  • Noticing that I’ve started using my pinkies when I type, the proper way, after years of childhood World of Warcraft-adapted improper speed-typing.

Observations 2021-11-16

  • Cooking a tomato rice bake thingy.

Observations 2021-11-15

  • Fiery Furnaces at Thalia Hall! Eleanor Friedberger, one of the greatest frontpeople.
  • Sipping Mom’s chicken soup; ascending.
  • Buying a bandsaw from a very friend-hungry-seeming macho securities trader.

Observations 2021-11-14

  • Inspired by 2021-11-09 and 2020-12-20: How shocking it can be when someone assumes you have bad intentions.

Observations 2021-11-13

  • Marginalia Search, a search engine that helps you discover “cool little websites made by people.”

Observations 2021-11-12

  • Craig Damrauer’s sweet zine of advice for his 18-year-old daughter, Stella (via Austin Kleon).

Observations 2021-11-11

  • Almost getting t-boned by a red-light-running pickup truck while I listened to the climax of Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny’s “Endangered Species.”

Observations 2021-11-10

  • Seeing Finneas at the Vic. The screams of his fans, louder than screams I’ve ever heard in a theater.
  • Playing drums harder than I can remember playing them in a long time, scaring myself a little. (They sound completely different at those velocities.)

Observations 2021-11-09

  • Buck Meek and Kidi Band at Lincoln Hall. Nearly crying at Adam Brisbin’s tuned-in guitar-playing.
  • The spectrum of believing the world is full of assholes out to get you or sweethearts out to help you.
    • That where you sit on that spectrum affects how you treat others. Believe there are assholes, preemptively be an asshole. Believe there are sweethearts, be a sweetheart. Roughly.
    • How, in that way, your belief is self-fulfilling, since you too are part of the world.
    • That some people claim to know the true nature of humans, so they present their asshole-sweetheart belief as scientific fact.
    • How damaging that can be, when they influence other people with their beliefs, making the world a little bit more like the vision they claim is already reality.

Observations 2021-11-08

  • The recent (preliminary) discovery that some birds navigate by seeing the Earth’s magnetic field. That is, their eyes contain magnetic material that makes the planet’s magnetism visible, sorta, to them.
  • Tailgating in the Costco Niles parking lot with a lox bagel from New York Bagel and Bialy.

Observations 2021-11-07

  • Resting post COVID vaccine booster.

Observations 2021-11-06

  • Casey’s baller fall stew.
  • Getting a booster COVID shot! And a flu shot!

Observations 2021-11-05

  • Seamlessly replacing the missing slats from our 1968 wooden feature wall at the studio, using a slab of poplar we milled down and a stain-match from Benjamin Moore.

Observations 2021-11-04

  • Imagining the Agent Cody Banks-esque lab where Dyson [2020-09-30] invents new air-moving products.

Observations 2021-11-03

  • Lane Beckstrom’s Elements of Style (Lane, Jeremy Cunningham, and Dustin Laurenzi)’s badass show at Whistler.

Observations 2021-11-02

  • Organizing the leftover floorboards, loosely by length, at the studio.

Observations 2021-11-01

  • My first visit to Owl Hardwood. Walking through the aisles with wide eyes.

Observations 2021-10-31

  • Pancakes with Halloween candy in them, cooked by Casey.

Observations 2021-10-30

  • Walking with Mom and the rest of the Team Susan Miller Tweedy at the annual Light the Night Walk for leukemia and lymphoma research.
  • Another joyous night of Cosmic Country Showcase / Lavender Country.

Observations 2021-10-29

  • Playing drums for the Cosmic Country Showcase headlined by Patrick Haggerty, AKA Lavender Country, creator of the first explicitly gay country album ever (in 1973). Patrick’s amazing stories about training and working in Cuba, getting kicked out of the Peace Corps, raising children, everything.

Observations 2021-10-28

Observations 2021-10-27

  • A blip of self-doubt lately, about my music ideas, about my craftsmanship, about my long-delayed and under-executed personal projects.

Observations 2021-10-26

Observations 2021-10-25

  • Treating my nightstand like a library: if I haven’t picked up a book in over a month, it has to go back to the shelf.

Observations 2021-10-24

  • The horse with cow-spot fur.

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