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Listening Log: Nothing Feels Good

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.15]
[Last Updated: 2024.04.28]

I listened to *Nothing Feels Good* by The Promise Ring.

Nothing Feels Good - Cover Art

For some reason my annual springtime Jay Som listen made me think of this album and 90s midwest emo in general, and I’m so glad I dug it out and listened to it. Somehow in the late 90s a track from this album got airplay on X-96 one evening in between “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Loser” or whatever they were usually playing and still I think play 25 years later, and I happened to hear it. It stuck with me; I remembered the band name and that I liked it through two years of Mormon mission, but didn’t find or hear the album until college, when I was in the Graywhale by the University of Utah and found a section I’d never paid attention to with the strange-to-me label of “indie”, and there in that section was this album, with it’s ironic retro colorfulness and white CD case backing. This album was my conscious entry point to the world of “indie rock”, emo, Pitchfork, etc.

For some reason my annual springtime Jay Som listen made me think of this album and 90s midwest emo in general, and I’m so glad I dug it out and listened to it. Somehow in the late 90s a track from this album got airplay on X-96 one evening in between “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Loser” or whatever they were usually playing and still I think play 25 years later, and I happened to hear it. It stuck with me; I remembered the band name and that I liked it through two years of Mormon mission, but didn’t find or hear the album until college, when I was in the Graywhale by the University of Utah and found a section I’d never paid attention to with the strange-to-me label of “indie”, and there in that section was this album, with it’s ironic retro colorfulness and white CD case backing. This album was my conscious entry point to the world of “indie rock”, emo, Pitchfork, etc.

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Posting to my website from an Obsidian note?

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.14]
[Last Updated: 2024.03.14]

Test:

  1. If this note appears, I’ve figured out how to post a note to my website (static website run through Hugo/Github/Netlify) just by creating a note in my Obsidian vault. Cool.

Test:

  1. If this note appears, I’ve figured out how to post a note to my website (static website run through Hugo/Github/Netlify) just by creating a note in my Obsidian vault. Cool.
  1. If this note also appears, I’ve further figured out how to edit the Obsidian note to have it push an update to the website post.

  2. If this third note appears, I’ve successfully done an update via Obsidian on my phone, and I now finally have an easy way to post quick notes to my static website from my phone. Neato burrito.

I guess I’ll have to put together documentation and credits for all of this now.

Not sure why the “last updated” timestamp says tomorrow, though. Have to figure that out.

Thanks for reading!

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Listening Log: Everybody Works / Turn Into / Anak Ko / various singles

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.13]
[Last Updated: 2024.04.28]

I listened to *Everybody Works / Turn Into / Anak Ko / various singles* by Jay Som.

Everybody Works / Turn Into / Anak Ko / various singles - Cover Art

Listening to a lot of Jay Som is a springtime tradition for me.

Listening to a lot of Jay Som is a springtime tradition for me.

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I Can Do Whatever I Want Here

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.10]
[Last Updated: 2024.03.14]

I can
do
whatever
I
want
here

Last December I opened a fresh notebook and started with this entry. It is kind of my current thesis statement for having a website, being on the internet, trying to make stuff, etc. I haven’t followed through with these ideas so far, but I feel like putting it up on the website is a start.

I can
do
whatever
I
want
here

Last December I opened a fresh notebook and started with this entry. It is kind of my current thesis statement for having a website, being on the internet, trying to make stuff, etc. I haven’t followed through with these ideas so far, but I feel like putting it up on the website is a start.

(A text transcription follows the notebook scan images.)

I can do whatever I want here - notebook page scan

Maybe what I mean is art - notebook page scan


I can
do
whatever
I
want
here

[sketch1 - self-portrait of sorts, though no beard]


I should probably remember or remind myself that I met Gin2 because I wrote a blog about random stuff I was interested in

I’ve been so jaded but creating and sharing stuff on the internet is maybe probably still a worthwhile endeavor

notice I didn’t say “social media”
but I kind of mean social media but also not
media that can be social?
media that can build connection, understanding, community?
isn’t that all good media? digital or analog? art? do I mean art?


I think maybe what I really mean
by all of this
is
art?

Going to let that sit here and see how it feels in the coming days

creating things and sharing things

to

express myself
have fun / play around with
words
ink
pixels
code
images
video
sounds
connect with other people
make and do interesting things
learn stuff
make the world better somehow? (too much to ask)
“generalist”

art basically
or being human
in a good way
“the humanities”

[it is well]
[the evening and the morning
were the first day]
[light] [salt]
[life] [death]
[growth] [decay]
[seeds] [trees]
[air] [breath] [vacuum]
[nebula] [supernova]
[creation through destruction]34

2023-12-17 after 11:30pm


Notes


  1. Never in my life since probably kindergarten have I drawn or sketched anything that I didn’t absolutely have to (like for a math assignment or a game or something) - I decided early on that drawing or any visual “art” wasn’t my thing, wasn’t in my skillset, wasn’t for me to attempt to do. But in this notebook and in my 40s I’ve decided I can let myself try to occasionally sketch things, that there is nothing to lose and nothing to prove, that I don’t care about sharing it and I’m actually kind of happy about it. ↩︎

  2. Gin is my spouse of almost 16 years now. In 2007 I wrote a post on my random blog about going to an art exhibit. Gin was searching for information about paintings in that exhibit and my blog post came up in her search results; she started commenting on my blog and blogstalking me. We got married in 2008. ↩︎

  3. I guess my brain still sometimes thinks in scripture and poetry when I let it ↩︎

  4. Markdown might be a problem for trying to space out poems and word collections like I want to - maybe there is a way to do it in Markdown like a typewriter and respect the manual spacing? Need to research this, but not before getting this posted so I don’t lose my nerves. ↩︎

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Listening Log: Anak Ko

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.10]
[Last Updated: 2024.04.28]

I listened to *Anak Ko* by Jay Som.

Anak Ko - Cover Art

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Listening Log: OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.10]
[Last Updated: 2024.04.28]

I listened to *OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017* by Radiohead.

OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 - Cover Art

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Listening Log: Helado Negro Full Discography

[Originally Posted: 2024.03.03]
[Last Updated: 2024.04.28]

I listened to *Full Discography* by Helado Negro.

Full Discography - Cover Art

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Listening Log: PHASOR

[Originally Posted: 2024.02.29]
[Last Updated: 2024.04.28]

I listened to *PHASOR* by Helado Negro.

PHASOR - Cover Art

First album I’ve just flat-out loved this year. I could listen to this endlessly, and did for a week or two there, and then listened again through his entire back catalog.

First album I’ve just flat-out loved this year. I could listen to this endlessly, and did for a week or two there, and then listened again through his entire back catalog.

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Reading Log: Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

[Originally Posted: 2024.02.19]
[Last Updated: 2024.05.12]

I read *Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir* by Pedro Martín.

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Reading Log: Kin: Rooted in Hope

[Originally Posted: 2024.02.18]
[Last Updated: 2024.05.12]

I read *Kin: Rooted in Hope* by Carole Boston Weatherford, Jeffery Boston Weatherford.

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