Publisher’s Block or My Inertia?

September 24th was the last time I published a post on this blog. I had ambitious plans to get at least two more posts up by the end of the month. Instead, I stopped publishing. It’s not writer’s block. I’ve done plenty of writing. As a matter of fact it’s added up to more than fiftyContinue reading “Publisher’s Block or My Inertia?”

The Goldilocks Playlist – Week 9 of @Spotify Discover Weekly

Well, hot damn! Did Spotify get it right or what? Week 9 nails it on so many fronts. It’s got great tunes almost across the board, plenty of variety and both old and new stuff I have never heard. There are five classic funk and soul tracks from the seventies, four great bands that areContinue reading “The Goldilocks Playlist – Week 9 of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

Week 7 – The Unbearable Darkness Of @Spotify Discover Weekly

It was a cruel joke played by the calendar. With Labor Day coming so late it was still summer, right? Wrong! Instead of letting the good times roll, the fun-killers at my son’s school decided to ruin a perfectly good three day weekend by starting early. Wasn’t it just a few brief weeks ago thatContinue reading “Week 7 – The Unbearable Darkness Of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen – Week 6 of @Spotify Discover Weekly

How did it happen? How could I let Week 6 go by without standing on the rooftop and shouting to the world. Rock solid, it was the best one yet. However, as Summer 2015 drew to a close, this listener got lazy and didn’t press publish two weeks in a row. With Discover Weekly completely updating every week,Continue reading “Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen – Week 6 of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

The Rock Snob’s Playlist – Week 8 of @Spotify Discover Weekly

Ten years ago a small book attempted to codify rock snobbery. The Rock Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge laid bare the confusing rules of obsessive music fans. The knowledge so many music nerds had built quietly and kept secret for decades was now made available to the masses. The horror! Of course, only the rockContinue reading “The Rock Snob’s Playlist – Week 8 of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose – Week 5 of Spotify Discover Weekly

Week Five and Spotify Discover Weekly is back on track. After last week’s Adult Alternative easy listening blowout we’ve got more energy and surprises. This week’s playlist is a solid mix of old, new, big and small, but a little harder edge and NO Charles Manson. Listenability is up, predictability is down. I still wantContinue reading “Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose – Week 5 of Spotify Discover Weekly”

Music For People Who Don’t Like Music – Week 4 of Spotify Discover Weekly

What started as a glorious fling has settled into the drab day-to-day reality of a relationship that might not be working out. Oh Spotify Discover Weekly, you seemed so right. You understood me. You knew what I liked and you gave it to me. Now, only 4 weeks into our time together, it just all seems so empty.Continue reading “Music For People Who Don’t Like Music – Week 4 of Spotify Discover Weekly”

Ten Days with Fitbit Charge HR

Two weeks ago I chronicled the sad, but long expected demise of my Nike FuelBand (Fuelband #4 to be exact). It was a poorly made wearable with limited capabilities. Over time I learned to accept my Fuel Points and use the data as a barometer for my general state of fitness. If I made my goal, IContinue reading “Ten Days with Fitbit Charge HR”

Discover and Rediscover – Week 3 of Spotify Weekly

Three weeks in and I am still impressed with my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. Each week has expanded upon the previous, delving deeper into my musical history and digging up even more unique artists and forgotten favorites. This week is another compelling mix of old, new, hits, misses and never-weres. While previous weeks had a certain flow fromContinue reading “Discover and Rediscover – Week 3 of Spotify Weekly”

Goodbye FuelBand, Hello Fitbit

Last Friday I received an email with the subject line, “Legal Notice – Nike+ FuelBand Settlement.” It further went on to say that Nike and Apple “engaged in violations of consumer protection laws and warranty obligations in connection with the Nike+ FuelBand. Nike and Apple deny Plaintiff’s allegations and deny that they did anything wrong.Continue reading “Goodbye FuelBand, Hello Fitbit”