Tryptophan

It’s Thanksgiving week, so it’s time to hear about how the tryptophan in turkey makes us tired. I always wondered about that , and read that while tryptophan helps produce Niacin in the body, which helps with sleep, the reason why people get tired has more to do with everything else we jam into our mouths. Carbohydrates releases insulin into the body, which removes amino acids (but not tryptophan) from the body, which can increase the tryptophan levels. Add in some bad football games, lots of people in a room that causes the room temperature to rise, and bingo! you’re sleepy. It all makes sense to me now.

The article suggests eating a carbo-loaded snack if you have trouble sleeping. I can pass, as sleeping has always been easy for me. It has been difficult for me to get comfortable enough to sleep over the past ten days, but that’s the accident. Today I actually am less sore than I’ve been, so maybe I am actually healing. Thanks to everyone who’s contacted me – surprising how much that helps.

Before sleeping after your turkey (or any meat, fish and cheese), listen to the latest podcast – not a turkey among ’em. This week’s artists are the Rascals, the Mojave 3, His Name is Alive, Julia Holter, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Joan Armatrading, Randy Crawford, Brenda Holloway, Johnny Nash, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, the Creation, Beck, and Relatively Clean Waters.

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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I am healing

Thank you, everyone, for your concern. I am healing (slowly, oh so slowly). “Weeks” is the latest prognosis for how long I’ll be sore and achy – again, better than the alternatives. Need to get the insurance company going, though (theirs).

Got a jazz podcast to share. Lots of great jazz put out this year, both new and older resissues. This is all jazz that is easy to follow – give it a whirl. Listen to Wes Montgomery, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Daniels, Shorty Rogers, Cory Weeds, Eddie Henderson, the Larry Goldings Trio, Ezra Collective, and Julian Lage.

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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Crash!


I’ll steal my son’s joke – “hey, the license plate looks ok.”

I hurt. On Thursday night, as I was sitting in traffic (the normal back up on Spaulding) I was hit from behind by someone going around 40 MPH (gleaned from conversation – I wasn’t looking). I don’t know if you’ve experienced being in a stopped car while another car hits you at 40 MPH, but it’s very different from what I have ever experienced before. As a human crash test dummy, I can tell you that the airbags all inflated as they were supposed to, the rear end of the car accordianned up, and the front and also crunched in nicely (of course I was sent into two cars ahead of me). The interior of the car did not noticeably crunch in – people were able to open my door and the driver’s side rear door, and yesterday I was able to open the passenger’s side front door. I was taken to the hospital the only one in the 4 cars to go), where they determined that there was nothing broken or seriously wrong with me (internal bleeding, punctured lungs, etc.), but I do have bruises where the seatbelt saved my life. And it hurts – badly. My ribs on the right hand side are bruised, and it still hurts if I have to take a deep breath, or laugh. My left shoulder can only be partially lifted without searing pain, and I have to walk extremely slowly – yes, even walking hurts. Heck, I have to be careful when I sit, and the transition to sitting and getting back up is painful. But the pain reminds me that I am alive, and not one of the other things that could have happened that night.

Music helps soothe this savage, damaged breast, so listen in today to hear the J. Geils Band, Elvis Costello, the O’Jays, Them, Johnny Cash, Insect Trust, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Beat Happening, Galaxie 500, Pavement, Guided by Voices, and the Jefferson Airplane.

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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Vote!

Simple post today – VOTE! Just get out there and vote. We need everyone to vote, with no excuses. I had an excuse – I’ll be away on Tuesday and can’t vote, so I got an absentee ballot. So vote, no matter that it’s the mid-terms – it’s big, as all elections are (and should be) big.

When waiting to vote (we never have that long a wait to vote), listen to the latest podcast, with Concrete Blonde, Cat Power, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Blondie, Lou Ann Barton, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, Sam Phillips, Nick Lowe, Earl King, Cocteau Twins, Kristin Hersh, the Grateful Dead, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and Marvin Gaye.

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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World Series

My Sportsball team won again last night, going up 3 games to 1 in the World Series. I’ve followed baseball most of my life, and became a fan of the Red Sox in 1967, during their first run at the World Series since 1946. After losing once in the 70’s and 80’s, they finally won in 2004. It’s been gravy since then. They won 108 game this year, but that doesn’t always mean you win the World Series when you have the best record. But they’re winning now, and could have swept. I did not watch after the 6th inning during the 18 inning game, but read up on what happened on Saturday morning.

Boston fans are spoiled, but that hasn’t always been the case. Let’s not let the bad fans ruin our enjoyment of the Boston teams, and let’s continue to root for them if they’re not good again.

Let’s enjoy the lead up to the game tonight(Price starting) with music from the Beatles, Yes, Joe Cocker, Hoodoo Gurus, Screaming Blue Messiahs, the Fleshtones, Rachel Sweet, Childish Gambino, Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, the New Pornographers, R.E.M., and Brian Eno.

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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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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