July 15

Is there anything significant about July 15?

1. 1099 – City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
2. 1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

Really, just a quiet summer day. Hope you’re having a quiet summer – mine is calming down after a flurry of excitement last month. Lots of things going on at work, so I’m staying super busy.

I was able to get the podcast together. Rolling Stone put out a “100 greatest songs of the century – so far”, and I have a few of them, which I am sharing in today’s podcast. So listen keenly to the Black Keys, the New Pornographers, Beck, Rilo Kiley, Bob Dylan, Franz Ferdinand, Outkast, Adele, Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Alvvays, the Hives, and Daft Punk.

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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July 8

Hot enough for ya? Went through a scorcher last week – and a day when the air conditioning quit at work (92 degrees in the office by day’s end). We’re promised a respite later in the week this week, but it’s supposed to climb over 90 again on Monday and Tuesday. Take it easy out there.

When we were in New Jersey I got my sunburn for the summer – tried to hide from the sun as much as possible, but there’s nowhere to hide at the beach. My Irish white skin does not tan – after the sunburn it might lighten a bit to look tan-ish, but the skin soon peels away and the new skin is back to its natural pearlescence. Have a fun summer.

Cool down with some cool tunes in this week’s podcast, which includes cool artists like the Smithereens, the English Beat, Julian Cope, Buck Owens, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Ford, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Howlin’ Rain, Boz Scaggs, and Professor Longhair.

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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Post-Wedding (post)

We’re back from my son’s wedding. The wedding was great – pulled off without any hitches, even when it was moved inside due to the iffy weather. It worked out great. Again, all thanks go to John and Lisa for putting everything together – they did all the prep and all I had to do was show up.

It was a great time to catch up with family and friends, and to watch two young people express their love for one another. They wrote their own vows, and it reminded me just how good they are at writing and speaking. Kate and I had worked with Nick on his vows, so we knew them very well by the wedding, but I had not seen Lindsay’s, and her words brought me to tears it was so lovely. After the wedding we went to the Jersey Shore for a couple of fantastic days while the kids went to Hawaii for two weeks. Yesterday they went to the beach with green sand and black sand and saw humongous sea turtles. It’s incredible. They’re having an incredible time, which is what a honeymoon should be all about (Kate and I did not have a honeymoon – I went to work after we got married, and I mean later that day).

I didn’t get a podcast up last week – forgot to upload it from my computer – so I have a spare that I’ll use if there’s a problem one week. You’ll wonder why I talk about the upcoming wedding, but whatever. This week’s podcast isn’t particularly wedding-themed, but there are a couple of songs that would easily fit into a wedding that are included, so let’s listen to Black Box Recorder, the Undertones, the Yearning, Simply Red, Father John Misty, Neko Case, Holly Golightly, Courtney Barnett, the Psychedelic Furs, Love & Rockets, Peter Murphy, Beck, Roxy Music, the Breeders, and the Soundtrack of Our Lives.

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.

Download here