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"Nanette". If someone told me "here's a fairly interesting (albeit very navel-gazing) Ted Talk on the structure of comedy and the problems therein", i would at least have not felt cheated. Instead, half a dozen people told me that it was the best comedy special they had ever seen. I, living in a world where words have meaning, assumed that this meant that it might be the funniest, or at least most entertaining comedy special they had ever seen. Oh, how wrong I was.

Note to future self: if the content you are about to watch is referred to as "important", "vital", and "game-changing", but not the primary adjective you associate with that genre, e.g. "funny", steer clear.

I don't really have any problems about the content of the jokes that were told, and couldn't give less of a shit that most of the jokes were at the expense of straight men. It was just the fact that there was seemingly one "joke" every 5 minutes, and the remainder was a one-woman-show that I had somehow been duped into seeing.

But at least Hannah Gadsby had something interesting to say about the form and problems of comedy, even if she didn't have many jokes. I just hate the trend in comedy recently where every other special has to shift gears into sad life stories in the third act. There are a million goddamn places to listen to good storytellers talk about their personal lives, and a comedy stage is almost never one of them.

I've seen a lot of truly terrible live stand-up from people who have gotten the impression that stand-up is first and foremost a form of therapy, rather than, you know, an opportunity to tell jokes or make people in some way happy for a little while. It's all well and good to want to talk about your feelings in a serious way - just call it something other than comedy so I can know not to see it.

Also, fuck Radiohead, Hamilton, and every Marvel Movie.

I don't know how or when, but some time ago I realized that I fundamentally lack the willpower and capacity for cold-calling venues needed to make a living as a modern musician, and that my life would be much easier and happier if I gave up any goals of getting a livable amount of money for making music. So far, so good.

I know people who make a living off of music (and one or two side jobs) - I generally feel that I am as capable a musician as them, but they are actually willing to spend huge amounts of time networking, cultivating a social media presence, living in New York - all deeply upsetting activities to me.

I have a full time job teaching kids - music, among other things. I make decent money. I have a room of my own just for working on music, and every day from about 4 PM onwards, that is most of what I do. I don't have to worry about booking shows, getting followers, or even putting out new songs. Nobody is really expecting anything new from me, and I can just work on making the best music I can - quietly and for myself, until I'm convinced it's worth sharing.

I would not have the luxury of enjoying making music if it were my primary source of income. Maybe someday if I decide I never want kids or a sense of security, I'll give it a shot. Till then I'm okay as things are.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: I saw some movies

If you like documentaries, I highly recommend Three Identical Strangers. Should still be in theaters, fascinating and full of turns.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 15, 2018

An Arturia Microbrute and the included synth software (Analog Lab). Highly recommend it, it was around $200 when I got it (and it was bought for me as payment for the score, which is even better). It's the first decent synth I've ever had, and it's proven incredibly versatile so far.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 15, 2018

Big fan of all the above - a semi-broken $20 Portastudio was what I first started recording on.

Earthbound is, of course, amazing, but I think the game I've put in the most time on is Kirby's Dream Course. Once you get the hang of the mechanics, it's insanely fun. My fiance and I spent many nights in drinking beers and playing a few rounds of kirby golf.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 15, 2018

Thanks! It's been fun working mostly with synths and electronic sounds, lots of room to experiment and make some soundscapes.

I've done one or two songs here and there for movies before, but this is my first time making a whole score. It's only about 20 minutes long, but there's still around 10 minutes of music (14 tracks), so I've been keeping busy, to say the least.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 15, 2018

Gainfully employed and moving to Vermont in a week. Teaching music at a K-8 school in the woods, pretty much the dream job.

On the music front: I'm within spitting distance of finishing the score for my friend's movie. Here are some tracks that somewhat make sense on their own.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

Oh, hi.

The summer Shakespeare program that my family runs ended yesterday, and I am fucking beat. Things were a mess this year from a tech standpoint, but the students were great. I recorded one song with a student, which I should be done mixing soon. Sad to be back in a quiet house again, but I am not missing the dirty dishes on every available surface.

I'm moving, again. This time to Brattleboro VT, only about two hours away from my family, into a three-bedroom apartment that costs less than $1000 a month. Teaching preschool, making music, same old same old. Great little art scene that I'm looking forward to becoming a part of.

I'm sort of running on empty these days. This summer took a lot out of me, and sadly I don't have time to rest before moving.

Still, found the time to make a banjo-ukulele.

Tamborine, scrap wood, recycled plastic hit with a heat gun to shrink it.

Expect to see a bit more of me after the move.

[PS: kleinbl00, anyone else with an opinion: I have been sitting on a bit of Tesla stock since 2015, and have been dying to get rid of it for almost as long because Elon Musk is a terrifying crazy person. What do you think are the odds of him actually sticking to all this going private talk?]

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 4, 2018

Good time for a change. I'm back east, the students are here, it's too fucking hot out. The someday Misses and I explored VT this weekend - think we may settle in Burlington someday soon.

I'm making music again, making shirts again - both pictured above. I made a 4th of july shirt, will upload later. [EDIT: Behold the monstrosity]

Things are good, hectic. I'm scoring a movie this summer, and working on some music besides.

EDIT: for those interested, the music tools featured in the above are a beat up, taped down Casio sampling a beer bottle; an acoustic guitar with an eBow drone; a gameboy color through a delay.

    Almost instantly, the two groups began exchanging blows, throwing objects at one another and shouting— each calling the other "Nazis."
flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 30, 2018

One more day until I hop on a long train across the country. Taking a one day stop in Chicago to visit family, the whole trip will be about 4 days. Lots of books picked out, lots of music downloaded, lots of yarn for sweaters.

Also, I've been cross stitching a bunch the past few days, mostly to keep from going insane.

Pictured here are Mr Saturn, a freeform geometric thing I'm working on, my Oregon patch, and a lil robin.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 23, 2018

You know, the North Sea is on my registry...

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