I’ve had this song stuck in my head for a few weeks now:
I picked up The Sounds’ album Weekend recently and quite like it. It’s pretty 80s-pop-ish, but in a good way. The album seems a bit more put together too compared to the past albums too. Dang earworms.
I was thinking about the Sounds and the Hives, and Maskinen and some other Swedish acts though and it made me wonder why there aren’t more (any?) Norwegian acts? Anyone know?
As a side note, this song was slightly Mumfordized:
That all began to change in 2012, when the Mumfords’ album-sales success began to have a radio trickle-down effect on other campfire-hootenanny-style acts. Top 40 programmers started rotating twinkly, strummy tracks by the likes of Imagine Dragons (“It’s Time”) and Of Monsters and Men (“Little Talks”). By the start of 2013, one-trick-pony act the Lumineers rode the stomping, positively Mumfordesque “Ho Hey” to No. 3 on the Hot 100.
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“How come it seems like all the women on this site have the same pic of them on Macchu Picchu?” a man wrote to ask me recently. “Does OkCupid have a photographer up there?”
via Stay Home: Travel Is Overrated | TIME.com.
According to a benchmark study, released last year by the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, the states of the southern U.S. are the most dangerous per biker, and per bike mile traveled, by a wide margin. If you bike in South Carolina you are 10 times likelier to be hit and killed by a car than if you bike in Oregon, one of America’s safer states for cyclists. In North Carolina, eight times more likely. In Louisiana, seven. If you bike in Mississippi, that number is close to 13.
via Braving the Deep, Deadly South on a Bicycle – Aaron Reuben – The Atlantic.
The City and the City by China Miéville
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Quite a few people had recommended that I read a China Mieville book and I picked this one up on a lark. I was pretty impressed with the book and enjoyed it a lot. But I do wonder if I enjoyed the setting and the background more than the main plot.
At its heart, this is a murder mystery/whodunnit. The storytelling is rich and the locales are fantastically detailed. But I had a sense of “that’s it?” when the case was solved at the end. I think after a bit more time goes by and I think about the book more, I’ll only remember the fabulous and meticulous details from where the story is set rather than “the story”. I’ll remember my own feelings of reflecting on this book and thinking it reminded me of Eastern European history, both old and recent. I’ll remember thinking the setting had fascinating parallels to a walled Berlin, cold-war Prague, and 90s Yugoslavia. But I won’t remember the murder mystery at all.
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via an email I got from espressoparts.com describing their custom tampers. These are great.
Intelligentsia Coffee (Intellivenice) – Venice Beach, CA
Project Date: 09/2009
Intelligentsia Coffee commissioned Espresso Parts to create some unique tamps for their staff to commemorate the opening of the Intelligentsia Venice Beach shop.
For this project we powder coated each stainless steel handle first in orange and then again in black. Next we hand “distressed” each handle individually so that parts of the black coat was worn away just enough to let the orange and even parts of the metal handle showed through creating a one of a kind piece while displaying the group’s cohesiveness as a team. From there we engraved each base with the owner’s choice of name/nickname.
Project Date: 09/2013
These Espresso Parts EP5 handles were laser engraved with a triple panel wrap around design branded with a logo for each sponsor and a custom #TNTJP 2013 logo design. All the design work for this project besides the Hirsohi and Streamer logo were executed by Espresso Parts. After these tampers are engraved we darken the engravings and re-polish and wax each handle. These gorgeous tampers were presented to the top 3 TNT finalists.