Road Time

So, last week Dallas. Dallas is a cold, rainy city – who knew? It was raw and awful while I was there. They were supposed to get a day or two of sun and then head straight back to more rain. I guess they’ve had tons of rain in the last couple of weeks.

This week is another conference, one I have to participate and speak at – worked on that yesterday. along with all the other jobs I had to do for the conference. Man I hope to cut back on that next year. And then in 2 weeks is another meeting (2 1/2 days’ worth), where I have a biggish presentation (completed a powerpoint on Friday) and another hopefully short presentation (I want to have fun with that one). Then I hope I’m done for awhile. No more travel, no more conferences, no more speaking (although I have already been tagged for a conference for speaking next spring). Let’s have some time to breathe.

Of course, one of the ways I rest is with music, so let’s dive right into today’s podcast, with Ike & Tina Turner, Ellen McIlwaine, the Imperial Sound, the Impressions, Al Kooper, Julian Cope, the The, A Band of Bees, the Love Language, Essex Green, the BLues Magoos, Alan Price, Santana, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Dallas

Travel time again for me. This week I’m heading for Dallas. I went to Dallas back on the 1990’s and had a chance to walk around the city, such as Dealey Plaza, which was close to our hotel. I won’t have as much chance to see what Dallas has to offer this time. When I went in the 1990’s, it was really hot (it was March, but temperatures were already very high. This time, it’s supposed to be in the 40’s and high 50’s). I’ll be bringing sweaters with me.

I’ll have plenty of time hanging around airports and in the air (I have a strange layover on the way back – there’s not a straight shot from Manchester, NH, one of the drawbacks of a regional airport), so I’ll have plenty of time to listen to music while I’m idling. You can bet this week’s podcast will be among what I’ll be listening to, so join me, won’t you? Today’s diverse podcast has a theme (or 2, one which is obvious with the names of the bands) of friendship in the last two sets, with these artists: Chaz Jankel, Lisa Stansfield, Sade, Mountain Men, Black Mountain, Mountain, Flight of the Conchords, Led Zeppelin, the Who, War, Big Star, Del Shannon, Morrissey, the English Beat, and Todd Rundgren.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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kidnapped again

Late again today. Kate got me up early and we went down to Newburyport, MA to go to Plum Island to walk around and see birds. It’s so beautiful down there, and the weather this morning was incredible. It’s so nice to walk the beach (plover nesting is done – the whole beach is open) that is still pristine – no hotels have been built, crowding out the beach. I’m sure that developers are crying over the fact that this beautiful beach is unspoiled. Let’s hope the plovers are always protected, to keep the beach protected.

Heard lots of great music today, some of which is part of today’s podcast. So enjoy nature and listen to Goldfrapp, Etta James, the Bangles, Alice Russell, Townes Van Zandt, Eric Anderson, Johnny Cash, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Lloyd Cole, Morrissey, Tears for Fears, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, and Christine Perfect.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Fall into October

Late – computer issues and helping out the Kindergarten class. Fall is here – it’s been very cool here lately – just how I like it. Bring on the cold, it’s why we have sweaters.

Another thing to keep us warm is music, specifically the music in today’s podcast, with Barry White, Raphael Saadiq, Sade, the New Pornographers, Morrissey, Jim James, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Canned Heat, Alabama Shakes, Pulp, Alice Russell, the Steve Miller Band, and Van Morrison.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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1968

I started out writing a giant screed against the year 1968, which was 50 years ago. That’s half a century, and I was alive, so I’m getting older. I didn’t like what I wrote, so I deleted it. What does everyone else think about for the year 1968? I’ll just say that there was no leap forward for mankind that year and let you figure out the rest. I just got the book 1968 by Mark Kurlansky, so I’ll be thinking about it again very soon.

However, it’s undeniable that the music of 1968 was incredible. In putting together this podcast, I had lots of music to choose from. I may have to put together a second 1968 pod to pick up all the stuff I missed. I hope that you like what I did choose for this podcast. Please listen to it and think good thoughts. The music of 1968 either worked to highlight what was happening in the world, or in many cases to serve as a distraction from the what was going on. Do let me distract you with Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Tommy James & the Shondells, the Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, the Zombies, Sly & the Family Stone, the Impressions, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Small Faces, the Rolling Stones, and Van Morrison.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Insurance

Are you properly insured? Do you care? Its important, but it’s not so important that anyone should have to go to a 2 day meeting on insurance. That’s what I’m doing tomorrow and Tuesday. I couldn’t be more exci…underwhelmed. It’s not the most glamorous part of my job, but is in my bailiwick. Risk mitigation is a large part of what I do, and that involves insurance. Maybe I’ll be surprised and the meeting will be interes…let’s not get crazy.

I’m also on the road on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Traveling around has definitely increased in this job – I’m getting used to more time away from the office, and learning how to use my time at remote locations to work. It’s not bad – I just miss some of the perks of being at my office (we’re not a paperless office, although we are moving that way).

Let’s celebrate the cooler weather with this weeks’ podcast, which has a lot of familiar names this week. Let’s get our sweaters out while listening to Sugar, Led Zeppelin, 10,000 Maniacs, Richard Thompson, the Shins, Fountains of Wayne, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Billy Preston, Etta James, Dee Clark, Bob Dylan, the Band, and Van Morrison.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Weather

It’s weather again – not bad here (warm again for a couple of days, followed by rain and then back to where weather should be in late September). But Florence has hit North Carolina, and Mangkhut has wreaked havoc in the Philippines and Pacific Ocean. I know someone who’s retirement house in Myrtle Beach(move in date next fall) that will probably be under water – let’s rebuild for the next storm when he’s actually living there. I wonder sometimes if it makes sense to build in an area that will no doubt continue to flood, as these storms are not going away anytime soon. Sure, right now my house sits up and away from water, but I figure that in a few years I might have waterfront property. Let’s go global warming.

Time to batten down the hatches with some new music on today’s podcast, with Childish Gambino, Randy Crawford, the Imperial Sound, Anna Calvi, Giant Sand, the Beths, Gulp, the Vryll Society, Our Girl, Angelique Kidjo, Fatoumata Daiwara, and Elvis Costello.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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To Do Lists

As I get older I am ruled more and more by to-do lists. Online I use an app called ToDoist, which is my primary to do list. I use the notes app to quickly track immediate to do’s (if there are lots of little things I need to get done in a day that I think of while waiting to do something else on my list. For example, if I have an appointment somewhere, I think of other things I could do in the area that would be useful, and it’s generally easier to put them on a quick list).

I also write down lists. I am doing that more and more, as I remember things better when I write them down. I didn’t figure that out until very late in my educational life, but at the end of my schooling I would meticulously take notes from assigned reading and re-write notes from class. Amazingly my grades started improving, and I was able to remember facts that would previously had been vague. Writing is better than typing – now my penmanship has to improve (it’s still bad), as there are time that I still wonder what a particular scribble is. I should write it down.

Here’s my list of artists from today’s podcast. Listen as you think of what you want/need to accomplish and make to do lists, with Box of Frogs, the Dream Syndicate, Eleanor Friedberger, marcia Ball, Santigold, Mtume, James Brown, Magnetic Fields, Still Corners, Chris Isaak, Blood Orange, Sarah Nixey, and Fairport Convention.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, comrades. I’ve been troubleshooting my computer – ugh. It’s becoming painfully slow, and it’s not even that old (hear me computer? get up to speed!). Just printing out pictures for my wife’s first day of school took far too long (and it wasn’t the printer’s fault this time). That’s what you get for trying to work on a day to reflect on worker’s rights. What about the rights of the computers and their work? When the robot overlords take over we’ll have time to reflect on that.

Let’s think good thoughts this weekend and listen to my new podcast, with Kevin Morby, Faces, the Magnetic Fields, Marshall Crenshaw, Sons & Daughters, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur, Jr., Black Box Recorder, the Chills, the Essex Green, Swing Out Sister, Terence Trent D’Arby, Soul II SOul, and Rufus.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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School Days

It’s back to school time. Although I do not have a school-aged child that is heading back to school, my wife is a teacher, and we did some last minute shopping yesterday with thousands of my closest friends That’s right, driving and shopping was kind of a mess yesterday. Like many teachers, Kate does not get adequate money to have all the supplies she needs in her room, so she supplements by buying tons of stuff personally for her children. I don’t know a teacher who doesn’t end up spending his/her “generous” salary on supplies for their room. I’m sure that it’s always been the case, and probably wouldn’t change no matter how well-funded a school district is.

There’s even a website(donorschoose.org) where teachers put in a request for funding for a project in the school that they can’t self-fund. If you get a request, please help them out. My wife hasn’t done it, but we know teachers who have, and it really helps make a difference for the children.

Today’s podcast isn’t necessarily a “back-to-school” themed one, but why not? I’m sure that many of the artists went to school at some point, so tune into Eddie Floyd, Corine Bailey Rae, Outkast, the Cure, the Pixies, the Love Language, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, Ian MacDonald & Michael Giles, Samantha Fish, the Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, & the Ronettes.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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