Thoroughly Thursday - the "Desktop Computer" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Desktop Computer Edition. For the vast majority of my career, I've worked on a laptop computer, initially PCs, and in recent years, almost exclusively on Macbooks. As so much of my work has required traveling or meeting with clients, laptops usually made sense. Additionally, I loved the casual relationship that a laptop afforded me with respect to locations. I could work in an office, a coffee shop, a park bench, or a plane, train, or automobile. Though I technically had a desk at home for my work, I was just as likely to be on the couch, at the dining room table, or slouching in bed while answering emails or completing projects. A few months ago, I decided that my spine was in danger of staying permanently curved due to hunching over a keyboard on my knees too often, and bought a second monitor for my dusty desktop. It was amazing! No more squinting at a 13in screen. I could sit up straight. I could move my head!
It's hard to go back to a laptop once you get used to a workstation, though I miss the variety of people and surroundings. I spend many hours of most days in my office. I have a window that looks out on my driveway, and my usual companion is a bored cat that uses me as a scratching post for NO REASON WHATSOEVER. But, it beats being the bell-ringer at Notre Dame.
What I'm Watching - Surreal Mobile Cinema
In 2017, French auteur Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) agreed to make a movie for Apple using only an iPhone 7 Plus. The resulting film is "Detour," which is 11mins of surreal joy. The plot is pretty straightforward: a young girl's tricycle is separated from her vacationing French family and must go through many adventures to return to its family. There are beautiful touches throughout; the girl's ruby red helmet (which she wears even at the beach), fish singing French pop songs at a market, and salutes to the Tour de France and iconic other French filmmakers. Strangely enough, if you watch the "behind-the-scenes" videos (all in French), you can see that even though the camera is a phone, it still took an army of people to make the production happen. However, the resulting film is charmingly surreal and feels like the perfect short goodbye to summer as we move into autumn.
Who I'm Listening To - The Final Months of Musical Royalty
In early 2016, Prince Roger Nelson decided to start writing his autobiography. Not happy with a short trip down memory lane for his adoring fans, Prince had decided it had to tell his story, solve racism, share the healing power of music, inspire young artists, and comfort the downhearted. Part of the process was hiring Brooklyn writer Dan Piepenbring as both a collaborator and editor. They worked together for three months before Prince died unexpectedly from a fentanyl overdose. The book, which would eventually be far more biography than an autobiography, is The Beautiful Ones due to be released at the end of October. Piepenbring's article "the Book of Prince" recalls his introduction and conversations with the elusive Artist who was, quite literally, musical royalty. It's a quick introduction to an icon who was kind, reserved, hated the word "magic," and had big plans for the future in the weeks before his death.
What I'm Thinking About - Not What I Would Expect Him to Say
“Funk is the opposite of magic. Funk is about rules.” - Prince, "The Book of Prince," New Yorker
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday the 13th (and the Harvest Moon). :)
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