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Greetings from the shed...
It appears that living is one long lesson.
I hope all is well in your world.
I spent a chunk of the week between Ironbridge and Wales. I was in Ironbridge for the funeral of podcaster and friend Will Green. (More on that below.) And then in Wales to record some stories from my Dad’s past. I stopped over in his camper van and had a very peaceful night. I’d love to have another van but the prices are still crazy high.
During my time in Wales we captured both video and audio covering from the 1950’s to present day. The long and winding road of adventures that finally lead to Baavet.
I watched ‘The Deepest Breath’. A fantastic documentary on breath hold diving.
That and this short video 'The Power of Words' with Mohammed Qahtani were both recommended by Adrian Storey.
I met this portrait artist while drinking wine in a nature reserve this week. As you do.
How I became a modern bootlegger.
Publishing didn’t used to be better.
Supporting subscribers will know I went on a bit of a pilgrimage this week.
I really enjoyed fulfilling a promise to Will. Spending some time exploring Ironbridge had me immersed in his playground and I bumped into quite a few people who knew him. One person while I was recording and some weren’t aware he had died.
If you once subscribed to his podcast BritishMac, please check your hard drives or old Time Machine backups, just in case you can find any of Will’s old episodes. We would like to create an archive of his work and get his podcast back online.
If you are not ready, keen or able to support this dispatch as a full subscriber, but would like to hear what for me was a very personal mission, message me and i’ll link you to a version of the audio above.
I listened to a few episodes of the Climavores podcast this week and learned a lot. Two I would recommend for starters are the episode Got plant based milk? which really opened my eyes as to the benefits of switching to not dairy milk (yes even almond milk) and The magic of trees educated me a whole lot more. It’s quite US centric but don’t let that put you off.
Another podcast that caught my attention is Canadian and called Audio Branding. Although focused mostly on marketing with audio, it chats to some interesting people working and covers some tech and industry focused topics.
We were about to have fish finger sandwiches for lunch when I spotted that there was no tartare sauce. There wasn’t even any horseradish sauce as a backup. I googled what tartare sauce was made of. Just in case. Ideally you need to have some capers to hand but I figured the I’d get by without them and chucked mayonnaise, gherkins, lemon juice, dill, mustard and chopped onion into a mini blender and gave it a whizz. No strict measures. Just what felt right.
It worked! Not only that but even with the absence of capers everyone agreed it was far better than shop bought tartare. I’ve put capers on the shopping list just to compare, but i’m happy to know this is something that can easily be made should you (like me) enjoy condiments and keep a few basic ones around.
To celebrate 45 years since the original release there’s an AR Space Invaders game.
Building Nicola Tesla’s bladeless turbine [Video].
I have a fantastic Scandinavian lavvu tent that if not for the centre pole would be exceptionally compact. So this little invention is very welcome.
Cut yourself four 1.8m sticks and you are good to go. Looking forward to some cheeper copies popping up as $33 for this seems a bit steep.
I must thank those that pay $5/month to keep things going and get all the content I share into this feed. If you are able, please upgrade to become a paid supporter.
You need these internet search tips
I see two subscribers on the Documentally community map who live in Paris. I’ll be in Pantin for most of October if you fancy a drink.
Ice core scientists finally reach bedrock.
ARM is looking for a $60B+ for Septembers IPO.
Royal Mail issues Discworld stamps
Deepmind has taught itself to control robots. 😳
Here is some cuteness.
Thanks for reading.
Wishing you a great weekend. I’ve no plans other than to cut firewood, build a little more of the new shed, start to edit some of the content captured this week and find my old Psion. Sending love.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” ~ Brene Brown
See you out there.