→ Rich Mullins on Momentary Pleasures

Rich was a good writer and a poet and he saw the best in all of us.

→ Mapping US Food Infrastructure

Des Moines, IA plays a large roll in this map, as does all of the Midwest (Pennsylvania isn’t in the Midwest, by the way). Flyover, USA turns out to be pretty important after all.

Watching one of the thousand BARBIE shows on Netflix. Learned that her last name is Roberts, in the universe of this particular show at least. She also used the word “adulting” when describing to her parents why her new job would prevent her from going on the family vacation.

More kids in DFW North Texas are named Landry than anywhere in the world. In fact, I’ve never heard the name anywhere but here.

If you gave up on MR ROBOT during S2, you’re missing out. Missing out, I tell you!

Typically, I make one pot of coffee each morning. But every other day I make an extra pot at some point - then drink on it through the evening and save the rest for the next day’s first cup.

AirPods PRO earned the PRO moniker by being completely earwax resistant.

tbh, I care more about the new episodes of LITTLE BABY BUM that just made it to Netflix than any new show or movie they’re releasing.

Found my asparagus tie black rubber band wedding ring in my jeans pocket today. Excited to stop wearing my daughter’s sparkly hair ties as rings. IN OTHER NEWS, listening to R.E.M.

also, I usually bring home the small paper coffee cup from church and use it as my bathroom water cup for that entire upcoming week.

Going to be that guy: why would I watch an NFL game when I could be watching another beautiful episode of Rick Steves’ Europe?

I love sauce. That is all. Just sauce all the time on everything. Give me the sauce.

First outing just me and the kids, plus the baby. To Cabela’s. Fun but nervous.

There’s a kid named Enzo playing on the nearby field. There’s also a woman drinking Topo Chico from a plastic bottle. Not her own bottle, but the same one that the beverage came in. It’s windy.

Loving iOS 13.1 - and especially the updates to Shortcuts. Outstanding, yet little heralded.

Eagerly anticipating Ken Burns Jr’s 2067 documentary “SoundCloud Rap.”

Discovered in a pile of papers a drawing my daughter made. Took my breath away for a second because of all the large piercing eyes in it.

I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.

This baby is coming TODAY

Three Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movements

I’ve just been watching several takes on one of my favorite piano pieces: the presto finale of Beethoven’s Sonata Number 14, “Moonlight.” Seven of the most gut wrenching and thrilling minutes of music that will ever exist. It moves me to the edge of my seat.

Check these out and see who you like best. It’s interesting to see the differences in approach and interpretation of 3 players in starkly different stages of life: a child prodigy, a young player at peak ability, and an old gentleman.

If you watch each of these all the way through, I think you’ll discover that classical music is far from set in stone. It is still a lively conversation spanning hundreds of years.

Wilhelm Kempff

Jonah Ho

3rd movement begins at 7:59

Valentina Lisitsa

The US Open

Of course I’m talking about tennis. Lots of memories come up whenever I allow myself to settle into the year’s matches. Haven’t watched a single one this year until tonight - near the end of the first week. Unacceptable.

Back in my undergraduate days at The University of Iowa, the tournament always coincided with the beginning of school. Arriving back at the dorms and my cable TV, which I had not had during the summer at home, meant I could watch the weeknight matches on USA Network, instead of just the weekend highlight showcases on CBS. Those were the waning years of the Sampras/Agassi rivalry. Got to watch their classic 2001 quarterfinal. Thank you USA Network for caring.

This year the big Fortnite World Cup was held in Ashe Stadium. This doesn’t seem possible or right — and if I ever wind up seeing a dumb video game match there before I see a tennis match, I won’t ever forgive myself.

The Battle of Who Could Care Less stick in my head today. Good tune.

What's new? August 2019

I sprayed and destroyed the wasp nest in the back play house. Mixed gin and white wine poolside. 3 day preschool started. Soccer season started. T minus 14 days until the new baby arrives. Considering visiting all the JFK stuff in Dallas.

Remember the cheese curds we had at that place? Yes i do - THE BUFFALO

Remember the cheese curds we had at that place? Yes i do - THE BUFFALO

→ The Book of Genesis's Genesis

Hilarious piece today from McSweeney’s. I laughed many many times. I chuckled very heartily.

Then God said, “Let the twelfth Genesis album be called Genesis, for though I made Genesis so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, I have not given them a self-titled album, for which that is so crazy.”

Yesterday I learned from Rick Steves (#YILFRS): 80 million people live in Germany, a country the size of Montana.

Yesterday I learned from Rick Steves (#YILFRS): 80 million people live in Germany, a country the size of Montana.

Lets talk about the arm wrestling scene from Twin Peaks. Tell you what: that’s something worth talking about.

Lets talk about the arm wrestling scene from Twin Peaks. Tell you what: that’s something worth talking about.

You just don’t want to go outside when it’s 100 or more. Can’t figure out much to do right now.

You just don’t want to go outside when it’s 100 or more. Can’t figure out much to do right now.

112 heat index. Power company email asks to raise your thermostat by 4 degrees. My wife says that that’s directed at “normal” people who keep it set at 70. I set ours at 82.

112 heat index. Power company email asks to raise your thermostat by 4 degrees. My wife says that that’s directed at “normal” people who keep it set at 70. I set ours at 82.

→ Nova +4: Music for prefab home

I find it enchanting that a Japanese maker of prefabricated homes commissioned an accompanying soundtrack for said homes. Features a blend of natural and synthesized sounds to make one feel right at home in front of the hearth.

How many people have converted to Catholicism because Father Brown is such an awesome detective?

How many people have converted to Catholicism because Father Brown is such an awesome detective?

Wish I would’ve put off learning to ride the pedal bike until fall.

Wish I would’ve put off learning to ride the pedal bike until fall.

Now Playing: 1 August 2019

Albums in my iTunes queue for today for around the house listening.

  1. Rich Mullins — Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth
  2. The 1975 — I Like it When You Sleep
  3. Burial — Subtemple/Beach Fires
  4. Hillsong United — Wonder
  5. Eno & Byrne — My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
  6. Destroyer — Kaputt
  7. Beach House — Depression Cherry
  8. Tetsu Inoue — Inland
  9. Jim O’Rourke — Sleep Like It’s Winter

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to watching that TV I said I would.

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to watching that TV I said I would.

In other news: an asteroid almost smashed into earth yesterday. A city killer. Filed in the department of existential threats that aren’t going away.

In other news: an asteroid almost smashed into earth yesterday. A city killer. Filed in the department of existential threats that aren’t going away.

What’re you guys up to tonight? I’m giving kids baths and watching TV.