In the last month I found myself trying very hard to do things completely, 100%, un-related to design or illustration. While doing this, I also decided to buy a house (this sounds very glib but I promise this was not a small decision.) I am going from a house that I shared with 3 other roommates, where I furnished only my room, to 900 sq. ft. of glorious personal space!
In the process of moving I had a lot of time to listen to, and watch, new things. Lots of time packing and driving back and forth, gave me a good opportunity to pick up some new obsessions and favorites in the music/podcast/audio book departments!
I had never listened to an audio book before, it seemed silly and sort if anti-book. I listened to an episode of Freakonomics that talked about the concept of Temptation Bundling. The idea is you pair something that you really enjoy, like finding out the end of a good book, with something that you have to work to enjoy or do consistently, like working out. I’ve been in a bit of a workout funk so I decided to give it a try. I downloaded The Girl on the Train and I could only listen to the book when I was at the gym actively working out. Moral of the story, it did not help my working out…other moral of the story I couldn’t put the book-on-tape down. It was incredible. Hearing different voices read out each of the parts rather than making each voice in your head definitely sets a different tone for how you receive things. I’d like to think you are hearing more of the tones the author intended which is neat.
I have definitely been on a Strand of Oaks kick. I envy the people who got to see him perform at Made in America. When I was doing some work on the house over the weekend I had a portable speaker attached to my belt loop with Heal on repeat. I had it playing loud, but not too loud, and was blown away. The power behind the vocals of Tim Showalter time-warped me through a very long process of installing a relatively simple closet bar/shelf.
Finally, the podcasts: I have listened to almost every episode both new and archived of Stuff You Missed in History Class and it is awesome. Murder, Intrigue, you name it – it’s found in History and the ladies of SYMHC tell you allllll about it. Lore is another good one. It doesn’t post as frequently, and the episodes tend to be on the shorter side, but if you have any interest in myths and legends – this is an excellent podcast for you. Listeners get to hear more and more of the creepy-crawly stories that have found a way to stay relevant throughout history. Reveal is the last one I’ll recommend for now. Each episode aims to expose hidden stories in the world around us in hopes of holding those in power accountable.
Do you have any suggestions for awesome podcasts or books? Any new music I am missing out on??