March 14, 2013 / 2:06AM 5 notes

the times when i have no time to waste are the times when i waste time the most.
so today, in the midst of writing my past-due dissertation, i made a mix.  because apparently every time i have a stupid idea in the shower, i just run with it.
and here it is: all of the songs start with numbers, and none of the numbers can be spelled out (they actually have to be numerals).  i think it turned out reasonably well, considering.
you can click here to listen (it’s an 8tracks link so all of the stuff is gonna be out of order after the first listen…but it’s better than nothing; and you can download using the link below if it doesn’t disappear too soon).
track listing:
1. doves - 10:03 2. phantom planet - 1st things 1st 3. broken social scene - 7/4 (shoreline) 4. foals - 2 trees 5. kevin devine - 11-17 6. grandaddy - 12-pak-599 7. starflyer 59 - 20 dollar bills 8. discover america - 1986 9. colour revolt - 8 years (live at daytrotter) 10. azure ray - 4th of july 11. denison witmer - 24 turned 25 12. baby baby - $20 13. pinback - 3X0 14. modest mouse - 3rd planet 15. el obo - 2night 16. elliott smith - 2:45 am 17. alexi murdoch - 12
click here or on the picture to download.
…and remember: 20 dollar bills will never change your life.

the times when i have no time to waste are the times when i waste time the most.

so today, in the midst of writing my past-due dissertation, i made a mix.  because apparently every time i have a stupid idea in the shower, i just run with it.

and here it is: all of the songs start with numbers, and none of the numbers can be spelled out (they actually have to be numerals).  i think it turned out reasonably well, considering.

you can click here to listen (it’s an 8tracks link so all of the stuff is gonna be out of order after the first listen…but it’s better than nothing; and you can download using the link below if it doesn’t disappear too soon).

track listing:

1. doves - 10:03
2. phantom planet - 1st things 1st
3. broken social scene - 7/4 (shoreline)
4. foals - 2 trees
5. kevin devine - 11-17
6. grandaddy - 12-pak-599
7. starflyer 59 - 20 dollar bills
8. discover america - 1986
9. colour revolt - 8 years (live at daytrotter)
10. azure ray - 4th of july
11. denison witmer - 24 turned 25
12. baby baby - $20
13. pinback - 3X0
14. modest mouse - 3rd planet
15. el obo - 2night
16. elliott smith - 2:45 am
17. alexi murdoch - 12

click here or on the picture to download.

…and remember: 20 dollar bills will never change your life.

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January 15, 2013 / 2:36PM 2 notes

Apparently I’m responsible for the most read Scientific American story of 2012.  That’s cool, right?
Click here if you want to read it.

Apparently I’m responsible for the most read Scientific American story of 2012.  That’s cool, right?

Click here if you want to read it.

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January 14, 2013 / 1:48PM 3 notes

i’m writing another piece for SciAm.  this one is for the print edition, and it’s about how we’re all becoming one with the internet.  it’s proving to be a pretty tough job, but i think it’s gonna be the best one yet…stay tuned?
(also, i just really like the picture)
(it’s from a related article in the New York Times by my advisor—click here to check it out)

i’m writing another piece for SciAm.  this one is for the print edition, and it’s about how we’re all becoming one with the internet.  it’s proving to be a pretty tough job, but i think it’s gonna be the best one yet…stay tuned?

(also, i just really like the picture)

(it’s from a related article in the New York Times by my advisor—click here to check it out)

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January 8, 2013 / 12:31PM 1 note

take an hour or so and read this article about language, consciousness, and terrorism from last month’s new yorker, k?  you won’t regret it.
(joshua foer | utopian for beginners)

take an hour or so and read this article about language, consciousness, and terrorism from last month’s new yorker, k?  you won’t regret it.

(joshua foer | utopian for beginners)

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November 7, 2012 / 12:17PM 6 notes

…if this isn’t the most thumbs-upped thing i’ve ever posted to facebook, i don’t what is.
(sup, karolle?)

…if this isn’t the most thumbs-upped thing i’ve ever posted to facebook, i don’t what is.

(sup, karolle?)

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October 24, 2012 / 6:39PM 7 notes

why yes, i did buy a vintage dissecting kit recently.
why?  or why not?
(hamilton bell | early 1930s)

why yes, i did buy a vintage dissecting kit recently.

why?  or why not?

(hamilton bell | early 1930s)

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October 23, 2012 / 11:02AM 1 note

What brings a man back to tumblr after more than a month?  Shameless self-promotion, I guess.
I just wrote this piece for Scientific American about whether or not men and women can be “just friends.”  I originally wanted to just copy the screenplay of When Harry Met Sally, but apparently that wasn’t okay.
I also wrote this one a while back, about depression and internet use.
Check ‘em out?

What brings a man back to tumblr after more than a month?  Shameless self-promotion, I guess.

I just wrote this piece for Scientific American about whether or not men and women can be “just friends.”  I originally wanted to just copy the screenplay of When Harry Met Sally, but apparently that wasn’t okay.

I also wrote this one a while back, about depression and internet use.

Check ‘em out?

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September 6, 2012 / 7:15PM 23 notes

li’l bear | fall 2012 (the end)
a new mix!  this one is kindof weird because i started it yesterday morning when it was cold and rainy, then finished it last night when it was hot and humid.  in any event, i fear that summer is ending.  and quickly.
tracks: robby owen hale - front porch song one (live on a front porch) black rebel motorcycle club - devil’s waitin’ brave baby - days of our youth desert noises - highway cars peter wolf crier - beach colour revolt - 8 years (live at daytrotter) damien jurado - nothing is the news (demo version) des ark - some are love shovels and rope - kitchen hallway (live at daytrotter) rejectioneers - buried treasure (intermission) starflyer 59 - just try right away, great captain - i wait for you all get out - bring it home toro y moi - miss ya the can’t kids - gimme a grab clues - you have my eyes now marry a thief - old enough the strokes - i’ll try anything once those lavender whales - family trees share their leaves eels - things the grandchildren should know
i didn’t realize it at the time, but there’s a pretty solid southern influence here…12/20, by my count (robby owen hale, brave baby, colour revolt, des ark, shovels and rope, rejectioneers, right away great captain, all get out, toro y moi, the can’t kids, marry a thief, and those lavender whales).  probably because we make the best music.
click here or on the picture to download.  and make sure to sort by “album by artist.”
enjoy?  enjoy!

li’l bear | fall 2012 (the end)

a new mix!  this one is kindof weird because i started it yesterday morning when it was cold and rainy, then finished it last night when it was hot and humid.  in any event, i fear that summer is ending.  and quickly.

tracks:
robby owen hale - front porch song one (live on a front porch)
black rebel motorcycle club - devil’s waitin’
brave baby - days of our youth
desert noises - highway cars
peter wolf crier - beach
colour revolt - 8 years (live at daytrotter)
damien jurado - nothing is the news (demo version)
des ark - some are love
shovels and rope - kitchen hallway (live at daytrotter)
rejectioneers - buried treasure (intermission)
starflyer 59 - just try
right away, great captain - i wait for you
all get out - bring it home
toro y moi - miss ya
the can’t kids - gimme a grab
clues - you have my eyes now
marry a thief - old enough
the strokes - i’ll try anything once
those lavender whales - family trees share their leaves
eels - things the grandchildren should know

i didn’t realize it at the time, but there’s a pretty solid southern influence here…12/20, by my count (robby owen hale, brave baby, colour revolt, des ark, shovels and rope, rejectioneers, right away great captain, all get out, toro y moi, the can’t kids, marry a thief, and those lavender whales).  probably because we make the best music.

click here or on the picture to download.  and make sure to sort by “album by artist.”

enjoy?  enjoy!

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September 3, 2012 / 11:47PM 2 notes

Moon Over Montana by Jimmy Wakely from Great Hillbilly

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jimmy wakely - moon over montana

this song, man.  this song.

i wanna go back in time and be the dustiest of campfire cowboys.

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August 29, 2012 / 1:04AM 4 notes

Lisa (Esopus Magazine 2005) by The Prayers & Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers from Redux EP

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the prayers and tears of arthur digby sellers - lisa

fact: this song is beautiful.

(thanks to steven fiore for the heads up)

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