“Never ask permission to do what it is you want to do. Just make the stuff that you think is the best you can do, and hope that it resonates with people. And when they come back and ask you to do something, say yes.”—John Hodgman (via jessethorn)
“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.”—John Muir - conservationist, naturalist, founder of the Sierra Club, and champion of protected wilderness. (via jtotheizzoe)
In the 2013 Zagat Dining Trends Survey, diners shared information about their tipping habits, favorite cuisines, and even their top complaints about restaurants. Not surprisingly, high prices, poor service, and crowded restaurants were some of the biggest gripes, but the number one complaint was noise. How much of the sound is there by design and how can restaurant owners use sound to make dining out a more pleasant (and less noisy) experience?
Clark Wolf has consulted to restaurants, hotels, and just about every type of venue where people gather to enjoy food. Part of his job is to think about the ways in which sound can be used to enhance dining experiences. Learn more about the best and the worst of sound and music in restaurants with Clark Wolf on this episode of Everything Sounds.
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• Unemployed and searching for a job? • Wanting to find the right someone but hasn’t? • Trying to get pregnant and having a hard time with it? • Waiting to hear back from that dream grad school program?
When the thing they have desperately been waiting for happens, they will…
Shapenote singing is a tradition developed in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s that helped everyday people sing music even if they couldn’t sight-read standard musical notation. Shapenote and the Sacred Harp songbook are still allowing people to share a musical experience until this day. Learn more about this tradition from Anne Heider, Robert from the Chicago Shapenote Singers, and Ruth Reveal.
You can learn more about Shapenote, the Sacred Harp, and find singings in your area at fasola.org.
Thanks to Kate Lumpkin for her help with this episodes.
“Quality is better than quantity. One home run is better than two doubles.”—Steve Jobs, who was a nerd who did not understand baseball, a sport in which two doubles is almost invariably better than a home run. (via jessethorn)
My brother, Richard, nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I wanted to do something a little different, so I made an audio recording of the experience.
I now challenge my fellow Everything Sounds host and producer George Drake Jr.
I’ve also decided to make matching contributions to The ALS Association and Charity Water. We’re fortunate to have easy access to clean, safe water to use for the challenge, but not everyone does. Consider supporting Charity Water and their excellent work as well!
“When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.””—How to Be Polite, by Paul Ford. Run, don’t walk. (via adulting)
“…irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural irony is at once so powerful and so unsatisfying is that an ironist is impossible to pin down. All U.S. irony is based on an implicit “I don’t really mean what I’m saying.” So what does irony as a cultural norm mean to say? That it’s impossible to mean what you say? That maybe it’s too bad it’s impossible, but wake up and smell the coffee already? Most likely, I think, today’s irony ends up saying: “How totally banal of you to ask what I really mean.” Anyone with the heretical gall to ask an ironist what he actually stands for ends up looking like an hysteric or a prig. And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its subject is, when exercised, tyranny. It is the new junta, using the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself.”—David Foster Wallace (via ivorytowerstyle)
“Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson in response to “Aliens can’t exist because we haven’t found them yet” (via we-are-star-stuff)
I will start with this: I don’t know Zach Braff, and I have no idea if he’s a nice guy or a heel. I saw Garden State and wasn’t nuts about it, and I’m not a huge Scrubs fan. I’m also jealous of his New York apartment which I once saw in maybe the New York Times? It was beautiful. So basically…