Thoroughly Thursday - the "Tick Tock" Edition


Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Tick Tock edition. I'm currently under a deadline with a project for a client. I find that I have two types of deadlines, those where I am I know what I need to do to complete the project, and those that I don't. The latter was my usual modus operandi for decades, where I'd promise delivery on project that I may or may not a) understand, or b) need to hire a gigantic team of consultants and designers to do correctly, or c) defy the laws of physics to actually accomplish. I've gotten better about this in recent years, though I occasionally sketch out my own (entirely plausible) version of the Wayback machine when I'm stressed out. 

What I'm Watching - I'd Totally Be His Neighbor
I was flying home cross-country this last week when I saw that Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was available for in-flight viewing. A documentary on the life of Fred Rogers (of the Neighborhood), it traces the seminarian-turned-TV-Star from his first foray into puppetry, his attempts at programming for both kids and adults, and the eventual huge effect he had on generations of kids. What was surprising was how determined he was to speak about on tough topics such as war, assassination, and racism in his show, knowing that kids could handle it if presented properly. I was bawling in Seat 31C at 30,000ft by the end, but it was worth it. 

What I'm Reading - Are You There Margaret? It's Me (a) God. 
This last week, I read Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods. Set in the late 1990's, the story follows the improbable adventure of Shadow Moon, recently released from prison, who is offered a job by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Gaiman is always a delight to read and this is considered to be his best novel to date. I'm really interested in the TV series that came out last year but am debating if I want to delve into another show. If you've seen it, please tell me what you think. 

What I'm Listening To - Dark LA Pop and Brazilian Dance-Rock
My oldest daughter recently introduced me to pop trio MUNA, which you have probably heard, even if you haven't realized it (their song "Loudspeaker" was ubiquitous last year, at least in my house). Their album About U is exceedingly listenable and well worth the time. Also, TT-friend Tim recommended Brazilian art band CSS, who are so fun and silly. I would start with the lo-fi classic "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above". 

What I'm Thinking About -  It's Not About Horseshoes
"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." - Seneca

All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)

Scott Moe

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