Podcast Of The Week: Pino Palladino On Questlove Supreme

How does a lanky Welsh kid become the most soulful and sought-after bass player in modern music? I’m still asking the question. I still don’t know.  He doesn’t read music. It’s all “feel.” And it’s all professional network-driven respect.  He’s a long-standing friend and fellow contributor to projects Questlove’s been on, including D’Angelo’s Voodoo (one … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Pino Palladino On Questlove Supreme

The History Of Lobster (And An AI Lesson)

Lobster wasn’t always a high-ticket delicacy. And I’m not even talking about your fanciest New England friend’s childhood memories. A long time ago, lobster was little more than the Chinese takeout of rural Maine.  The reason lobster “blew up” was the railroad.  That’s right.  No Red Lobster without Big Railroad.  The story is simple, but … Continue reading The History Of Lobster (And An AI Lesson)

The 5 F’s Of Stress Response (Fight, Flight, Follow, Freeze, F*** It)

In Peter Atwater’s book, The Confidence Map, he says the situations where we are MOST stressed, are those when our feeling of certainty and control are the lowest.  Makes sense.  I remember sitting down for a class in high school and having the teacher say, “Clear your desks, pens and pencils only, I’m passing out … Continue reading The 5 F’s Of Stress Response (Fight, Flight, Follow, Freeze, F*** It)

Bertrand Russell’s “Ten Commandments”

Bertrand Russell was famous for thinking about thinking. Ok, more like, writing about thinking. But writing about thinking about thinking and… you get it. His thoughts on the World Wars (in real time!) are still fascinating, and his working of logic alongside philosophy is downright inspiring. I ran across his “Ten Commandments” somewhere online this … Continue reading Bertrand Russell’s “Ten Commandments”

Sunday Music: Alvvays’ “Very Online Guy”

Today in Canadian indie-pop I can’t get out of my head - Alvvays’ song, “Very Online Guy.”  Somewhere in between the out-of-time synths and shoe-gazingly fuzzed-out guitars, there’s a commentary on life and relationships in the 2020s.  The meta-awareness of what we project, of who we are in private, and how any of us are … Continue reading Sunday Music: Alvvays’ “Very Online Guy”

Saturday Morning Media: Tom Morgan On The Mystery Of Curiosity

Tom Morgan’s presentation, “The Mystery of Curiosity” is a thought, turned into a conversation, aided by research, shaped by more conversations, and finally brought to life as a presentation. I’ve been waiting for him to pull this together for a minute, and by George, he’s got it.  Tom says we’re facing “The Four Horsemen of … Continue reading Saturday Morning Media: Tom Morgan On The Mystery Of Curiosity

Get Down On It: What Else I’m Up To, 1/5/2024 Edition

It's been a wild start to 2024 - I'm kind of in shock the year is almost 15% in the books, and then I look at just how much happened and... some highlights! In no particular order - here's what else I'm up to. And if you want to know more frequently than these self-promotional … Continue reading Get Down On It: What Else I’m Up To, 1/5/2024 Edition

What A Puppeteer Turned Choreographer Can Teach Us About Creative Expression

Jerome Robbins wanted to be a puppeteer. He was fascinated by the craft of it. The complete control, despite being removed and above the stage, and how it created the feeling of still being in the middle of the action. The puppeteer and the audience - both with a shared distance, in common. It's kind … Continue reading What A Puppeteer Turned Choreographer Can Teach Us About Creative Expression