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Walkmen: Thinking of a Dream I Had

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Great sound:

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February 17th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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Questions & redundant answers

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When someone asks you a question, and you’ve already told them the answer, their question is redundant.
So is pointing out that you’ve already told them the answer. Just tell ’em the answer again.

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January 13th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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Who I want to be (at work)

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If you haven’t heard it already, listen to this:

Ruining It for the Rest of Us | This American Life.

This episode of TAL contains some of the best audio I’ve heard.

They describe a study where they place a “bad apple” in a group “acting either like a jerk, a slacker or a depressive. And within 45 minutes, the rest of the group started behaving like the bad apple.”

Except one group was extremely resilient in the presence of this negativity. Turned out that group had a “golden apple”–a guy who “was particularly a good leader, and what he would do was ask questions, and he would engage all the team members, and he would diffuse conflicts.” (10:18)

I want to be that golden apple.

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January 4th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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You only get one chance to agree

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When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all day to disagree.

When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all week to disagree.

When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all month to disagree.

When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all year to disagree.

You only have one chance to agree. One chance that matters.

People want to be heard. Don’t argue. It’ll be okay.

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December 2nd, 2010 at 11:40 pm

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Talking Heads: Wild Wild Life

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This song has been a favorite for a long time. Just remembered it when it shuffled onto my Palm Pre:

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September 30th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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Sunset Rubdown: Silver Moons

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I bought this album for Apollo And The Buffalo And Anna Anna Anna Oh!. However, I’m also liking the song Silver Moons.

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September 12th, 2010 at 9:03 am

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Crap: AmieStreet is shutting down and taking my credit with it

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AmieStreet is shutting down … and I have $125 in purchase credit there.

Dear Poojan Wagh,

As of September 22, 2010 all AmieStreet.com pages will be forwarded to Amazon.com and you will no longer be able to use AmieStreet.com or any of its services.

The folks at Amazon have been our advisers since they invested in Amie Street almost four years ago, and as a small thank you for your loyalty and support we’re giving you a $5 promotional code* to spend at the Amazon MP3 store. Simply click here and enter this code: 72UV-46HJUK-2YPBSW. The promotional code must be redeemed by December 1, 2010.

Regarding your Amie Street account, please make sure you download all of your purchased music by September 22, 2010 (the music you have previously downloaded will continue to play normally). If you have credit in your AmieStreet.com account, please make sure you spend your remaining balance before September 22, 2010 as it will not transfer over to Amazon.com.

If you have any questions, concerns or thoughts you’d like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at feedback@amiestreet.com and one of us will answer you personally.

We believe we’ve found a great home for AmieStreet.com and are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for you, our fantastic customers.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support, help, patience and enthusiasm, and we sincerely hope you’ll continue with us on our journey with the new Songza.com.

Thanks for an incredible four years!

– Elias, Elliott, Eric, Josh and Peter

amiestreet.com

*Restrictions apply. See www.amazon.com/mp3credit for terms & conditions. Service available only to customers in the United States and is subject to the Amazon MP3 Music Service Terms of Use.

Son of a bitch.

If anyone has any music to recommend it, please do so now. I only have 3 weeks to spend my credit. At least I didn’t pay full-price for it.

Thanks a lot, AmieStreet, for giving me 3 weeks notice. I guess the $5 Amazon MP3 credit ain’t bad, though.

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September 8th, 2010 at 10:22 am

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Mates of State : Kissaway

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Very catchy tune. One of my favorites, from the album “Team Boo”:

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August 25th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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Catharsis « You Are Not So Smart

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Thanks to Freud, catharsis theory and psychotherapy became part of psychology. Mental wellness, he reasoned, could be achieved by filtering away impurities in your mind through the siphon of a therapist.

He believed your psyche was poisoned by repressed fears and desires, unresolved arguments and unhealed wounds. The mind formed phobias and obsessions around these bits of mental detritus. You needed to rummage around in there, open up some windows and let some fresh air and sunlight in.

The hydraulic model of anger is just what it sounds like – anger builds up inside the mind until you let off some steam. If you don’t let off this steam, the boiler will burst. If you don’t vent the pressure, someone is going to get a beating.

He was wrong. Read more here: Catharsis « You Are Not So Smart.

Or buy this book.

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August 24th, 2010 at 8:24 am

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Bee’s nest that I extracted from our house this Spring

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Bees Nest 1The nest is the striated layers near the bottom of the picture (close to the shadow of my Pre that I used to take the picture). That fuzzy stuff near the top is insulation, which the bees seem to have either compressed or consumed. I have no idea what that yellow thing with the bird in the lower left is.

Here are pictures of the framing in which they made their nest:

CIMG0002 CIMG0003

Basically, there was a gap in the boarding under the window, which allowed them (and likely some water) to get in. You can see that the wood is damaged—probably by both the bees and the water.

Curious thing is that knowing I had to remove this hive filled my brain for a few weeks before I actually did it. I somehow imagined that they were flying underneath the floorboard. When I actually did remove it, it wasn’t as easy as I imagined, but somehow, much easier than I feared.

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July 20th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

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