Friday Inspiration 323

The description of this 2-hour YouTube chillhop music mix, set to of footage of shrimp, well, just doing shrimp things at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which I discovered thanks to Adam Roy (@adnroy): “Whether you’re working on a shrimportant deadline, tackling a shrimpossible task or just shrimply looking to krill out for a while—here’s two hours of spot prawns (in fact a large shrimp Pandalus platyceros) to help you work, study, relax and vibe in a crustacean relaxation station filled with lofi hip hop beats.” (video)


Whether or not you are excited for The Batman, here’s a breakdown of everything the new movie has been compared to (Chinatown, Nirvana, etc.), in the promotion/press/hype leading up to it.

Why Do We Watch the Weather on TV While It Is Happening Just Outside?

I kind of love this idea of “Ungrammable Hang Zones,” or basically taking us back to coffee shops pre-smartphones. They still exist! (thanks, Anna)

I suppose with all the talk about Non-Fungible Tokens, someone was bound to create Extremely Fungible Tokens

I kind of feel this same way about other things, like action movies that have a sub-60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

I love this writer doing this story headlined “I’m common as muck and spent £150 in a Michelin star restaurant to see if it was worth it”

One more thing: Here’s the first part of last week’s Patreon-only post titled “A Bit About The Creative Process”—if you’d like to read the rest of it (and access all my Patreon-only stuff), here’s more info on how to join my Patreon.

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Many, many years ago (OK, 11 years), I took a job working from home, after working in offices for the previous six years. I started up my work-issued laptop at 8:55 every morning and stayed online until 5:00 p.m. every day for about a week, standing in the kitchen of my Denver apartment, using a high countertop as sort of a standup desk. I didn’t talk to anyone in person all day.

After a week of that, I figured it would be good to get out of the house a little bit, so I started doing mornings in the kitchen, and after lunch, walking to a neighborhood coffee shop two blocks away and setting up there. After a day or two, a guy who was a regular at the coffee shop, also usually sitting behind a laptop, chatted me up, and we started talking about what we did for work. I mentioned that I had just started a new job, my first time working remotely, and I was kind of trying to figure out some sort of schedule. He asked, “When was the last time you worked in an office?” I told him I had just left my last office job a few weeks ago.

“How many hours do you think you worked per day at that office job?”

“Well, eight, I guess,” I said.

“Bullshit,” he said.

[the rest of this piece, including the story behind this sketch, is on the Semi-Rad Patreon]

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