Worth Sharing #5

April 25, 2016

KEXP’s New Home

On April 16, 2016 KEXP officially held the grand opening of its new home at Seattle Center. Sadly I wasn’t able to attend but I enjoy listening to KEXP every day. I first started listening to KEXP at work back in 2001. After listening to a local Seattle station for a couple months and hearing the same few songs over, and over, and over again, I began seeking an alternative and found 90.3 KEXP. What a revelation it was.

In an age of commercial radio, KEXP is run by true DJs with musical curiosity and taste. They are constantly seeking out new music while paying tribute to the old. And the listener community values this because KEXP is powered through donations from its listeners. As one of those listeners who gets immense value from the music, I give back by donating every month as a KEXP Amplifier.

The Art Of Atari

The Art Of Atari is a comprehensive collection of Atari artwork compiled from game packaging and manuals, advertisements, catalogs, and more. I grew up in the age of the Atari 2600 and have a love for nostalgia and good design (not to mention video games). This compilation book looks great. I pre-ordered a copy from Amazon.

Bonus: While on Amazon, I ran across compilations of Topps trading cards from the original Star Wars trilogy: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.

Inner Vision From The Wirecutter

While I highly value the product recommendations from The Wirecutter, I’ve become even more fond of their weekly newsletter called Inner Vision. In their words:

Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the cultures and techniques behind living well with them. Here we move beyond recommendations and ratings, because just as important as knowing what to buy is knowing what’s possible using the products you’ve purchased.

I consume Inner Vision via the general RSS feed for The Wirecutter. Sadly there’s no dedicated RSS feed or email subscription. I’m not alone in wishing there was a page which listed all the Inner Vision newsletters in descending chronological order. The best one can do is perform a search which isn’t ordered by date.

My recommended method of consumption: read the new edition every week but only open the points that truly spark your interest. And when it suits you, peruse the back issues at random.

Stop The Roadkill

Per my daugther, watch Stop The Roadkill and have a good laugh. Think animal puppets performing their own version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. On a more serious note, drive safely.