What exactly is music? It serves no evolutionary purpose and yet, as far as I can tell, it’s the most important thing there is. Music is drenched in an essence that can’t be explained with words. It suggests that there may just be more to this whole trip than the mere corporeal world. It maps out the geography of another dimension and serves as a reminder, while currently operating these atrophying temporary flesh avatars, of where we came from and to where we’ll return.

I love these thoughts from Kavus in Medical Grade Music.

What’s the difference between a “Bookmark” and a “Read” in relation to Post Kinds saved here?

I try to define a “Bookmark” as a link to a post that contains useful information that I might want to refer to again in the future. A “Read” is a link to piece of writing that I particularly enjoyed and that I want to share or would like to read again.

That’s how I would like to define them anyway but things are never as tidy as that. A third kind is “Like” which muddies things even further. Aren’t the others “Likes” too?

I decided to get an exercise bike after a few months of inactivity led to pain in my knee joints (I’m not getting any younger) that made it difficult to go up and down stairs.

After using it daily for the last couple of weeks I can feel a huge difference already. The pain is virtually gone and I just feel what I can only describe as springier. The bike has been one of the best buys I’ve made in ages.

My next plan is to lose the extra weight I seem to have accumulated since the end of March.

Toshiro Mifune
  • Mifune-The Last Samurai – Short but informative documentary on the life and work of Toshiro Mifune.
  • Stray Dog – Early noirish Kurosawa thriller about a rookie cop who loses his gun. More Mifune.
  • Silicon Valley – Very late to this but I just watched all of season one and loved it. Looking forward to the rest.
  • Muggington Lane End – The excellent new album by Lavinia Blackwall. I’m sure this is going to be in my end of year top ten.

Joni Mitchell Studio Album CD box

Spent a part of the morning ripping CDs to add to the hi-res music player I bought recently.

I hadn’t done any ripping for a long time, considering it a thing of the past, but I quite enjoyed the process. There’s something quite calming and satisfying about the process of ripping, filing, and making sure all the tags are imported correctly.

Now I have the (almost) complete back catalogue of Joni Mitchell in Flac files to listen to on headphones and sounding very nice. The Kate Bush box set is next.