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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
    Music, art, podcast, historical oddities, a conversation you had with an old friend, a weird music video you'd forgotten about until you stumbled across it on YouTube. What's been giving you to think (and to make) these days?
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013
    My mortgage!

    Seriously, though--I've been heavily into cryptids lately. Lots of Industrial music.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013
    This tumblr, because... it's rock. And the fact that the earth just grows this stuff without any kind of human intervention kinda blows my mind. Also I often have to take pictures of rock for my job and this is a nice reference for me to check how well I'm doing at that: Bijoux et Mineraux

    barite and orpiment
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013
    Cool topic, Alan!

    This blog if I feel like I need a kick up the bum. And Quora if I'm bored. Also, Ed Yong's weekly link dump keeps my brain bubbling.
    I listen to podcasts like there's no tomorrow. But that's mostly for escapism rather than inspiration these days. Conversations with Matt Dwyer is my most recent addition.
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    The Art Gallery of Ontario only charges $12:50 on Wednesday nights, and lately I've been browsing their collection of Renaissance religious art.
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    WFMU! It is my soundtrack for any mood!

    For metal, rock, punk, and a weekly dose of Voivod, it's Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

    For various types of metal, doom, a weekly dose of Bowie, a fake german accent, and poems about the ugly baby Jesus, it's Professor Dum Dum's Lab

    For noise, drone, avant-garde, wierdness, groove, and often Ennio Morricone, it's Strength Through Failure with Fabio

    For a 70's rock dude from the midwest interviewing people on the streets of New York City, or rambling in his own wierd way, and editing everything analog, it's The Dusty Show with Clay Pidgeon

    For great rock and an awesome rocking vibe, it's Solid Gold Hell

    For southern inspirational dada ramblings, the amazingly lovely Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White.

    For a guy who has been with the station since the early 80's and is so clearly a stoner dude, the amazing Stan.

    For the lovely young man who occasionally invites me by to hang out on the air: AmEdeo

    Man. There is so much more, but those are the shows that leap out at me recently. I spend most of my time at the computer, which is often, listening to the station. You can start an account there, too, and favorite DJ shows, individual set lists, or individual songs. It helps to keep track. It's not just the music either. WFMU is such a fabulous community, none of the DJs are paid for their work. In fact, they all have to do chores around the building; cleaning the bathrooms, empyting the garbage cans, etc etc. Listening in, and being a contributing member, even if just on the live playlist message boards, is really inspiring. It's a bunch of people all making something work all with a total air on non-commercializing.

    One of the bands that I've found through listening to WFMU is Esoteric. It's death metal, which I'm just recently realizing that I really really enjoy. I always used to dig the music aspect but couldn't get over the cookie monster vocals. I suppose I've finally found music I dig enough that the vocal styling is inconsequential. This shit is INSANE. Smoke something, put on headphones, lay in the dark, and listen to this 20 minute track and tell me it's not fabulous. OH GOD it makes me need to create things.

    Also, if there's anyone here who isn't following her tumblr, you should follow Mercurial Blonde. Her tumblr is one of the most thought inducing and aesthetically igniting and productively inspirational I've come across.

    Also, General Hospital. Yes, the soap opera. The writing is honestly brilliant. Watching the show for years, it's like... it's like a long form comic book that has had to keep it interesting for 50 fucking years, and HAS consistently, but in doing so also has 50 years of continuity to constantly grapple with, not to mention contract disputes, actor vacation time, time dilation, pregnancies, sick leave, etc etc etc. And unlike comics, the writers are (mostly) bound to acceptable levels of reality (but we won't mention the weather controlling machine or the continuity issues with vampires and angels or the cryogenic freezing). Sure there's lots of brain tumors and split personalities, but it's all to let the actors have some fun and switch it up. It's really AWEsome to me, in the classic meaning of the word. There is an hour of content FIVE DAYS A WEEK. They get the script THE MORNING OF SHOOTING. And they keep it all together. Man. And mock it if you will, the dialouge is all pretty schlocky and over expositive, but MAN those actors work it.
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2013
    This album has been my work music for a week or two now:

    Carbon Based Lifeforms - Interloper

    The Game Design Tips tumblr is a bit specific to my area of interest, but it's amusing and worth a read.

    Abandonedography is a pretty universal influence on my work.
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