Thoroughly Thursday - the "Leaving On a Jet Plane" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Leaving on a Jet Plane Edition. Next week, my family and I are embarking on a trip to Europe for two weeks. This trip will be both of my daughters' first opportunity to meet my wife's extended family that live in Germany and Slovenia. I, on the other hand, am assuming they have multiple varieties of beer that I have yet to try, so I'm pretty sure I'll keep myself busy.
NOTE: Though I am expecting to post TT during my trip (cause, why not?), there is a strong likelihood that jet lag, data usage caps, confusion over time zones, and the aforementioned beer sampling may stymie my efforts. At the very least, TT will resume August 9th when I return State-side.
What I'm Reading - Mythos Retold
I’ve been a fan of Neil Gaiman since the early 90’s when his Sandman series was moving from the dusty corners of back-alley comic book shops to international sensation. Now a huge cultural rockstar, he recently "retold" the original stories of Thor, Odin, Loki and the other Norse Gods (which is very different from the Chris Hemsworth edition) in his book Norse Mythology. The retelling actually works quite well, as Gaiman makes the fables accessible to modern readers. Mostly though, we learn, as my sister put it, that “gods are a**holes”.
What I'm Listening To - [ Depeche Mode - David Gahan + Shirley Manson = CHVRCHES ]
I've been sampling a lot of music lately, but have kind of gotten fixated on CHVRCHES, the Scottish indie pop trio. I'm always hesitant to admit that I like synth-pop music, because apparently I'm still in 10th grade and assume people will laugh at me in front of my locker. However, there is something really catchy about Iain Cook and Martin Doherty's hooks and Lauren Mayberry's vocals. Their music is everywhere, but if you haven't heard them yet, you might try "Leave a Trace".
What I'm Watching - Comedy Special as a TED Talk
Recently, my oldest daughter has been raving about Hannah Gadsby's comedy special "Nanette" on Netflix. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to check it out. What starts as a relatively quiet, light mix of jokes about lesbianism, Tasmania, and silly white men builds into a discussion of ideas (some funny, some not) about identity, memory and personal growth. It was less of comedy special as much as a reflection on forgiveness and self-acceptance (with occasional jokes). By the end, I could see why my daughter liked it so much.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S. My father recently sent me a 5min snippet of a mountain bike ride that he did which I find hypnotic. No words, no music, just fast bikes through the forest. You can check it out here.
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