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(It feels odd to call you that; I've only ever known you as thenewgreen. Same goes for "Mark" vis-à-vis mk.)
Nice to hear from you. I am definitely guilty of being absent from the site as well. In fact you have been single-handedly keeping me in the loop with hubski with your occasional shout-outs to my old posts and comments. I might try to get back to being a regular here, although I'm no longer sure I know how the site works. :)
I hope all is well with you. Judging by that last sentence, I'm betting you have some interesting stories to share. Keep me posted!
I share your sentiment. Saving a post doesn't necessarily mean I want to follow its comments, and vice versa. I think it would be better to have a separate "follow" function for posts and threads, but that could get quite cluttered. Ideally we should balance simplicity and ease of use with functionality, but I don't know precisely how.
Yes, seriously. I would not want to be a seismologist if it meant I was responsible for the earthquakes I study.
That's a pretty tall order! I am far from being very well versed in musical history, and my musical tastes are still rapidly developing, so I wouldn't feel confident giving anything close to a definitive list. But here are some albums I have consistently enjoyed over the last few years (despite changing tastes) and which still get heavy rotation from me today:
- "Dive Deep" by Morcheeba - "Resurrection" by Common - "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm" by A Tribe Called Quest - "Blue Lines" by Massive Attack - "The Score" by Fugees
I really love music that feels textured, organic, warm, and a little rough around the edges. It may be that I'm just looking in the wrong places, but I find it difficult to find music like that lately. Lots of bands seem to be moving toward clean, smooth and cloudy sounds -- which I like, sometimes, but are outside of my comfort zone. If anyone has any recommendations for me -- old or new -- let me know! One recent release that I've really been enjoying is Wax Tailor's "Dusty Rainbow from the Dark," which drew me in immediately.
Ha, I didn't even realize the song was in a different language. I thought it was made up, too!
It's beautiful, isn't it? I don't know why they chose it, but I want to find more music like this.
I need to watch the whole series again to satiate my TV comedy fix until the next season of 30 Rock comes out. :)
Does anyone have any other recommendations? Preferably something that's available on the web?
But I think I've got things ironed out for now. I just needed some time to clear my head. On the upside, I celebrated my birthday a few days ago so that was fun. How have you been?