This week’s apotheosis from the sensorium. My theme this week has been annotation, marginalia, scribbles, post-its, whatever you want to call them, they have been at the center of my work this week with Joe Dillon and Jeremy Dean. Lots of doors creaking open both in and out of sight.
Music I’m Listening To —
Annotative accompaniment in Genius.
Article I’m Jonesin’ On —
Looks like I will be “reading” Bryan Alexander’s blog post, “Fine podcasts for 2016: a mega-list of what I’m listening to“, for quite awhile. Or should I say I will be living his listening life. I am a huge podcast fan as well, but I have a problem–how do I unpack this? How do make signal here out of what I consider to be an overwhelming mass of beautiful noise?
I know some of these spaces,too. Notably left off of Bryan’s list is Marc Maron’s WTF and the Berkman Center Fishbowl Series. I decided to do a little adhoc thinking out loud screencast on his post to see if could figure out a way to make sense of what Bryan has so thoughtfully provided.
Here is my takeaway, my attempt to fine tune his signal for my own purposes:
- Create my own list over the next year.
- Decide which podcasts give the best ROI and why I think so.
- Describe how I derive better signal over noise as I listen more intentionally over the next year.
- Get Bryan (and other podcast afficionadi) to articulate how they decide what to listen to.
Book/Story I’m Living With –
I am reading Yes, And…How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton of the Chicago improv troupe, The Second City.
I teach with two important principles in mind. One is iconoclasty and the other is improvisation. This book is full of lots of improv principles and applications that might really messify your classroom/office for the better. Here are a few of those principles boiled down in this marvelous list from the end of the book
Tools I’m Messing With —
I am in the process of straightening my barn. One of the tools you need besides chains and nice, flat stones and battery powered drills is a farm jack. Mine gave up the ghost recently so I went and bought a new one. It was a knock off of my old one, every piece on it was engineered down to a less sturdy version all around, but it did the job. It came from a Tractor Supply farm store.
Almost everything in that store comes out of a Chinese container ship. I fear that container ships rule the global economy. Is that the real reason we have such a large military, to make the shipping lines safe for oil and container ships? If so, why are American citizens paying so much of that bill? Why ain’t anyone else helping foot the bill? I suppose the answer is that we all are paying and that because Americans benefit the most they should pay the most. It is interesting that while I jack up my barn, I am connected intimately to the fate of the Chinese economy. No one is an isolated jack handler unto himself.