The Liam Neeson Cinematic Machine

Liam Neeson is the star of a new movie, The Marksman, which is described like this:

Along the US/Mexico border in Arizona, Jim Hanson a rancher and Vietnam war vet, is going through a tough time. His beloved wife just passed away from cancer and the bank is about to foreclose on his vast property.

I have, as it happens, been on something of a Liam Neeson streaming kick of late, having watched all or parts of the three Taken films, Honest Thief, and, last night, part of The Next Three Days. I feel like that description of The Marksman, with small variations, could be used to describe any of those films.

Neeson plays troubled character (veteran, retired CIA operative, retired bank robber, prison escape expert, etc.) with unusual moral clarity; he is either divorced or widowed, and is possibly in love with his ex- or late-wife.

People are after him.

Action.

I wonder if he loves the roles, or simply has very expensive tastes.

Upcoming roles:

  • The Ice Road: After a remote Canadian diamond mine collapses, an ice driver leads an impossible rescue mission to save the lives of trapped miners despite thawing waters.
  • BlacklightTroubled repairman off the FBI books is tasked with pulling undercover agents out of dangerous situations.
  • Memory: Liam Neeson will play an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision.

These sound about right.

Vicarious Travel

As Ton has been travelling vicariously by revisiting travel photos, I have been travelling vicariously by revisiting travel blog posts. Like this one, about our 21 say stay in France:

Twenty-one days isn’t enough time to really understand anything about a place — we’ve been on Prince Edward Island for twelve years and we still don’t understand. Most of what I relate above is more about comfort and familiarity than about realizing French life, culture and history.

But I’ve a strong belief that culture is found not in the monuments and the museums but in the substance of everyday life: road signs, roof tiles, park benches, the little twist of the bag that keeps the croissants from falling out, saying bonjour to everyone you meet as you walk.

Living in the midst of what to us is a strange yet vaguely familiar land, and achieving some level of comfort and familiarity, has allowed us, if not to understand France, at least to realize that there is something here to be understood: that the wine and the land and the architecture and the parks and the croissant bag twist and the church and the war and the cheese and the strange opening hours are all part of a complex, interdependent system. This is not something unique to France, of course; it’s just that this system in this country has an integrity, a maturity, and tremendous sensual appeal that makes it an excellent selling tool for opening the mind to consider other.

If all Oliver remembers from the trip he took to France when he was four is a vague memory of that notion, then I think we will have done our job as parents well.

and then, a few days later, still in France:

But I found Au Bonheur des Jardins oddly alluring.

Somehow being amidst something so disturbingly familiar but in French (and thus completely without chance of recruitment) made for a very pleasant afternoon. I sat back and drank my mint tea (leaves left in, of course) and ate my brownie, and just watched it all unfold. I even screwed up my courage and bought some artisanal cheese (very good, from the Champagne region) and some handmade books (cookbooks about basil, eggs and olive oil).

Catherine, frighteningly at home in any situation, simply dove in. She and Oliver made handmade paper, fished for recycled stuffed toys, and watched the mimes up close. She bought some myrtle juice (we’re still not sure what a myrtle is) and some more cheese and some weird substance from which she can purportedly make tea.

Travel together was our métier, and that experience in France set the tone for many adventures that followed.

Simple Projection Screen

I decided that we needed to upgrade our home cinema game, which isn’t hard to do given that it’s built around a $129 projector. So I invested in a $34 screen. Worth it for the packaging alone!

Karine Polwart, Gordie Sampson, Tim Banks, Lennie Gallant

From Karine Polwart’s latest newsletter:

The last song on the Come Away In EP hasn’t, as far as I’m aware, ever been released. Lovelines was co-written in fleeting session with Canadian songwriter Gordie Sampson, whilst on a trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where my children’s father is from. Gordie is a Nashville-based writer now, with songs under his belt for country A-listers such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes. You can definitely hear his influence in the style. Still, I think it’s a bonnie wee thing, that’s much happier for not gathering virtual dust on a hard drive in my office.

We saw Gordie Sampson at The Trailside in 2007 on a memorable night where we were seated between Lennie Gallant and Tim Banks:

The only stain on the evening was the lurking presence of Lord Voldemort at the next table. And thus the ever-present, if completely irrational, fear of imminent disembowelment. Lucky for me, Lennie Gallant was sitting on the other side of us, and so my scenario-planning included situations where Lennie would leap to my defense with some freaky Rustico-style jujitsu should I be assailed. In the end Voldemort kept to himself, no eye contact was made, and I lived to fight another day.

Gordie Sampson is certainly a virtuoso, and he put on an entertaining couple of sets. If you ever have the opportunity to take in his show, especially at a venue like the Trailside, do so. We capped the night be staying just long enough after the closing credits to hear the aforementioned Lennie Gallant play a tune.

To listen to the song Polwart recorded with Sampson on her Cape Breton trip requires joining Hudson Club, a subscription offering from her record company; a bonnie wee thing indeed.

Spotify Liked Songs Reboot

As of this afternoon there were 348 songs in my Spotify “Liked Songs” list. Spotify has changed the way that “favourites” work so many times that I can’t recall when this particular slice of my musical tastes started; the first song I added was a cover of Stay With Me by Australian sun Angus & Julia Stone; the most recent was Baby Hallelujah by Norwegian duo Konradsen.

You can spot my musical rabbit holes as you scroll through the list: Phoebe Bridgers, Sylvan Esso, Ólafur Arnalds, Martha Wainwright, Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Weather Station.

But it’s time to move on, to reboot the Like Songs and start from scratch. So I added all the Liked Songs to a bona fide Spotify playlist, used a third-party service to export the playlist to a CSV, and then another service to convert the CSV into HTML. The result is this table, for posterity. And a clean Liked Songs canvas.

Track Artist Album
Baby Hallelujah Konradsen Saints and Sebastian Stories
Ten Feet Tall Charlie Hickey Ten Feet Tall
Tread Softly Tiny Ruins Hurtling Through
This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) Shawn Colvin Live
Polaroids Shawn Colvin Live
Love You For A Long Time Maggie Rogers Love You For A Long Time
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free Nina Simone Silk & Soul (Expanded Edition)
Breezin’ George Benson Breezin’
Half of the Way Vulfpeck Hill Climber
come out and play Billie Eilish come out and play
Tried Love Max Lockwood Tried Love
Are You With Me? Stars Are You With Me?
Tomorrow Miner Headwaters
The Valley Ethan Gruska Slowmotionary
Intentions (feat. Quavo) Justin Bieber Changes
It’ll Work Itself Out Donovan Woods They Are Going Away
Garden Song Phoebe Bridgers Garden Song
Scott Street Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps
Smoke Signals Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps
Moment Jeremy Warmsley Moment
I’m on Fire The Staves If I Was (Deluxe Edition)
Winter Trees The Staves Dead & Born & Grown
The Heart Is a Muscle Gang of Youths The Heart Is a Muscle
Learning to Fly The Weepies Sirens
I’m Not Going Anywhere David Ramirez We’re Not Going Anywhere
One More Chance Ira Wolf Honest
Takin’ It to the Streets The Doobie Brothers Takin’ It to the Streets
Every Little Thing Peter Doran Overhead the Stars
Vladimir’s Blues Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
1995 — Island Songs II Ólafur Arnalds 1995 (Island Songs II)
Night Drive Garnet Rogers All That Is — The Songs Of Garnet Rogers
A Case of You Joni Mitchell Blue
Blue in Green (feat. John Coltrane & Bill Evans) Miles Davis Kind Of Blue (Legacy Edition)
Definition Philip Glass The Essential Philip Glass — Deluxe Edition
Small Victory Garnet Rogers All That Is — The Songs Of Garnet Rogers
Deepest Lonely Birdy Deepest Lonely
To Begin Again Ingrid Michaelson To Begin Again
Hey, Ma Bon Iver i,i
It’s Love That Holds Your Hand Jonatha Brooke Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning Fred Hersch Alone at the Vanguard
Breathe Morgan Harper-Jones Breathe
Gem Daughter of Swords Dawnbreaker
You Get What You Give Pomplamoose You Get What You Give
Summer’s End — Spotify Singles Phoebe Bridgers Spotify Singles
Gloria Henry Jamison Gloria Duplex
In a River (Acoustic) Rostam In a River
Predator Alanis Morissette Predator
Honey Grandbrothers Open
Pharmakon Humbird Pharmakon
I Don’t Think You’re an Angel (Anymore) Kate Rhudy Rock N’ Roll Ain’t for Me
Noble Heart PHOX PHOX
Labouring and Resting Karine Polwart A Pocket of Wind Resistance
Bonny Light Horseman Bonny Light Horseman Bonny Light Horseman
Steamroller Phoebe Bridgers Killer
Eugene Arlo Parks Eugene
Man of Weakness (Acoustic) Your Smith Man of Weakness (Acoustic)
Novels of Acquaintance Castanea Remast
Pure Imagination Dave Harrington Group Pure Imagination, No Country
All of My Friends River Whyless Kindness, A Rebel
Sheehan’s Jigs The Gloaming 3
Ferris Wheel — Terrace Martin Remix Sylvan Esso Ferris Wheel [Feat. Robert Glasper] (Terrace Martin Remix)
Save Us Lennon Stella Three. Two. One.
Make It Easy Sylvan Esso Free Love
Karaoke Angel Molly Sarlé Karaoke Angel
Twisted Molly Sarlé Karaoke Angel
Slack Jaw Sylvan Esso What Now
Coffee Sylvan Esso Coffee
Die Young Sylvan Esso What Now
More Milk — Bonus Track Penguin Cafe Handfuls of Night (Explored)
Flight From The City — Víkingur Ólafsson Rework Jóhann Jóhannsson Retrospective II — Rarities
Dancing in the Dark Eddie Berman Blood & Rust
Angels Adrianne Lenker b-sides
Goodbye Rain Hush Kids Hush Kids
Yo Mae Leh Invisible Minds Make Up Your Own Stories
Trying The Staves Trying
Moonshine Freeze This Is The Kit Moonshine Freeze
Nothing’s Gonna Happen (Demo) The Staves Nothing’s Gonna Happen (Demo)
By Your Side Ane Brun Leave Me Breathless
Make You Feel My Love Ane Brun Leave Me Breathless
the last great american dynasty Taylor Swift folklore
I Never Knew May Erlewine Back Soon / I Never Knew
i spoke to god Rosie Carney i dreamed i was the night EP
What You Want May Erlewine Mother Lion
Mountain Top May Erlewine Mother Lion
Moon Song Phoebe Bridgers Punisher
Julianna Calm Down The Chicks Gaslighter
Older Than I Am Lennon Stella Three. Two. One.
A Feeling Felt or a Feeling Made Siv Jakobsen A Feeling Felt or a Feeling Made
Annie Jonatha Brooke 10 Cent Wings
Last Night Of The World Bruce Cockburn Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner In Timbuktu
Girl from the North Country Bob Dylan The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Whole Again May Erlewine Second Sight
illicit affairs Taylor Swift folklore
Millennial Aisha Badru Transcendence
Is There Something In The Movies? Samia Is There Something In The Movies?
Rest Leif Vollebekk Twin Solitude
Darcy’s Song Sierra Eagleson Darcy’s Song
Call My Name — Acoustic I’m With Her Call My Name (Acoustic)
The Boy In The Gap Martin Hayes Quartet The Blue Room
Sad Girl Summer Maisie Peters Sad Girl Summer
Slow Burn Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
Now You Know Anaïs Mitchell Xoa
I Fall Asleep So Fast Pitou I Fall Asleep So Fast
Up All Night — Oliver Remix Beck Up All Night (Oliver Remix)
Familiar Agnes Obel Citizen of Glass
From Rags To Riches Karine Polwart Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook
This Will Be Our Year Lowland Hum Singing Other People’s Love Songs
Sigourney Weaver John Grant Queen of Denmark
Boots of Spanish Leather Craig Cardiff Boots of Spanish Leather
Soft Line Lucy Wainwright Roche Little Beast
Elergy for the Present Philip Glass Philip Glass: Elergy for the Present
Options Open Kathleen Edwards Birds On A Feeder
Maggie Sarah Jarosz World On The Ground
You Ain’t Big Rufus Wainwright You Ain’t Big / Alone Time / Peaceful Afternoon / Damsel In Distress / Trouble In Paradise
Can I Be Your Friend Chevy Mustang Can I Be Your Friend
Spiracles COMA Voyage Voyage
Warped Window Anna Mieke Idle Mind
Pristine Snail Mail Lush
Tourism (feat. Fenne Lily) Henry Jamison Tourism
In Praise of Home Rura In Praise of Home
Take It With Me Tom Waits Mule Variations (Remastered)
Wild May Erlewine Mother Lion
I Burn but I Am Not Consumed Karine Polwart Laws of Motion
Dh’èirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheòthar Julie Fowlis alterum
Zona Rosa Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett
Salters Road Karine Polwart Traces
Friday I’m In Love — Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC Phoebe Bridgers Spotify Singles
Killer + The Sound Phoebe Bridgers Killer + The Sound
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro Giacomo Puccini Callas, Maria: Liebeslieder
The Parting Glass Celtic Woman Celebration
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Peter, Paul and Mary In the Wind
Atlantis — Demo Henry Jamison Atlantis (Demo)
Swim Until You Can’t See Land Karine Polwart Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook
Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu? Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Special Edition)
May Your Kindness Remain Courtney Marie Andrews May Your Kindness Remain
I Love You Always Forever Betty Who I Love You Always Forever
Gentle on My Mind Billy Bragg Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad
Still Life (feat. Joseph) Henry Jamison Still Life (feat. Joseph)
Loch Katrine’s Lady Phil Cunningham Transatlantic Sessions — Series 6, Vol. Two
Hold Your Head Up High Darlingside Extralife
Where You Are — Acoustic Tenille Townes Living Room Worktapes
Reperages pour piano Umitaro Abe Cahier de musique / 音楽手帖
Live Billie Marten Writing of Blues and Yellows (Deluxe Version)
Lutsen Dead Man Winter Lake Superior
Reflection Brian Eno Reflection
I’ll Be There For You — Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London Maisie Peters Spotify Singles
Bullet Proof This Is The Kit Moonshine Freeze
re:member Ólafur Arnalds re:member
unfold Ólafur Arnalds re:member
saman Ólafur Arnalds re:member
brot Ólafur Arnalds re:member
inconsist Ólafur Arnalds re:member
they sink Ólafur Arnalds re:member
ypsilon Ólafur Arnalds re:member
partial Ólafur Arnalds re:member
momentary Ólafur Arnalds re:member
undir Ólafur Arnalds re:member
ekki hugsa Ólafur Arnalds re:member
nyepi Ólafur Arnalds re:member
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 “Enigma”: Var. 9, Nimrod Edward Elgar Elgar: The New England Connection
Old Now Rosemary & Garlic The Kingfisher
My Love the bird and the bee Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
Morgan, I might Marit Larsen Joni was right
Like I Used To Siv Jakobsen The Nordic Mellow
See Your Gold Dustin Tebbutt First Light
Ruqia James Heather Stories From Far Away On Piano
Boots of Spanish Leather (Live) Andrea von Kampen Boots of Spanish Leather (Live)
Alta Falls The Barr Brothers Alta Falls
Waiting Room Phoebe Bridgers Lost Ark Studio Compilation, Vol. 8
Hard Times Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest
Like a Rolling Stone Eddie Berman Polyhymnia
Human Range Nils Frahm All Melody
Light San Holo Light
Hallelujah Adam Baldych Brothers (with Helge Lien Trio & Tore Brunborg)
Through the Pines Arvid Lizell Through the Pines
False Bride Olivia Chaney The Longest River
Julia Steve Dobrogosz Confessions
An Ending, a Beginning Dustin O’Halloran Late Night Tales: Bonobo
At First Light Gavin Luke KEEN: Peace & Calm Vol. 1
Why Did You Marry Nataly Dawn How I Knew Her
500 Miles Alejandra Ribera La Boca
Playinwitme (feat. Kehlani) KYLE Playinwitme (feat. Kehlani)
The Time I’ve Wasted Lori McKenna Numbered Doors
Far Away Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
G.P.T. Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Factory Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
These Flowers Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Ball & Chain Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Don’t Forget Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
This Life Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
When The Day Is Short Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
TV Show Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
The Maker Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Who Was I Kidding? Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Whither Must I Wander Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Explicit Version)
Christine Christine and the Queens Chaleur Humaine
Coming Down Bon Iver triple j Like A Version
Nobody Jess Delgado Nobody
Flight From The City Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
A Song For Europa Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
The Drowned World Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
A Deal With Chaos Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
A Pile Of Dust Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
Fragment I Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
By The Roes, And By The Hinds Of The Field Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
The Radiant City Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
Fragment II Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
The Burning Mountain Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
De Luce Et Umbra Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
Good Morning, Midnight Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
Good Night, Day Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
Orphic Hymn Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée
The Stone Josh Ritter Sermon on the Rocks
I’m on Fire Taylor John Williams I’m on Fire
Adonai Lowland Hum Thin
Colorblind Scala & Kolacny Brothers One-Winged Angel
Sunscreen Ira Wolf Sunscreen
Small Towns Spencer Burton Songs Of
Milk and Honey The Savage Radley Kudzu
Slack Jaw — Echo Mountain Sessions Sylvan Esso Echo Mountain Sessions EP
Countdowns Sleeping At Last Countdowns
Hey Baby Hey Greg Brown Further In
Winter Song The Head And The Heart The Head and the Heart
In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel Fatteliku (Live in Athens 1987)
Older Chests Damien Rice O
Free The Weather Station The Weather Station
Thirty The Weather Station The Weather Station
You and I (On the Other Side of the World) The Weather Station The Weather Station
Kept It All to Myself The Weather Station The Weather Station
Impossible The Weather Station The Weather Station
Power The Weather Station The Weather Station
Complicit The Weather Station The Weather Station
Black Flies The Weather Station The Weather Station
I Don’t Know What to Say The Weather Station The Weather Station
In an Hour The Weather Station The Weather Station
The Most Dangerous Thing About You The Weather Station The Weather Station
These Flowers Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright (Special Edition)
Around the Bend Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Franci Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Traveller Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Look into My Eyes Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Before the Children Came Along Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Window Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Piano Music Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Alexandria Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
So Down Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Take the Reins Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Francis Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Elegy Leif Vollebekk Twin Solitude
Everything I Saw The Weather Station All Of It Was Mine
Way It Is, Way It Could Be The Weather Station Loyalty
Loyalty The Weather Station Loyalty
Floodplain The Weather Station Loyalty
Shy Women The Weather Station Loyalty
Personal Eclipse The Weather Station Loyalty
Life’s Work The Weather Station Loyalty
Like Sisters The Weather Station Loyalty
I Mined The Weather Station Loyalty
Tapes The Weather Station Loyalty
I Could Only Stand By The Weather Station Loyalty
At Full Height The Weather Station Loyalty
Mind on Fire Aisha Badru Mind on Fire
Solace Myriam Gendron Not so Deep as a Well
The Touch Of His Gentle Hand Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Burden Bearer
Floating/Sinking Peter Broderick Float 2013
One of Us Martha Wainwright Goodnight City
Hero’s Crown Quiles & Cloud Shake Me Now
I’ll Carry for You Chip Taylor I’ll Carry for You
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) — Live at the Bottom Line, NYC, NY — August 1993 Shawn Colvin Cover Girl
Happiness Jónsi Riceboy Sleeps
Þú ert jörðin Ólafur Arnalds …and they have escaped the weight of darkness
Lighthouse Antje Duvekot The Near Demise Of The High Wire Dancer
Beyond That Meg Hutchinson Beyond That
Pack up Your Sorrows Meg Hutchinson Pack up Your Sorrows
When You’re Here John Fullbright Songs
Song for Judee Neko Case case/lang/veirs
Foxglove Bruce Cockburn Speechless
Small Memory Jon Hopkins Insides
Driven Kiasmos Erased Tapes Collection V
Atomos VII (Excerpt) A Winged Victory for the Sullen Erased Tapes Collection VII
Anthem Dmitry Evgrafov Pereehali
The Evil That Never Arrived Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement of the Decline
Shenandoah (For Johnny Smith) Bill Frisell Good Dog, Happy Man
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) — Live at the Bottom Line, NYC, NY — August 1993 Shawn Colvin Original Album Classics
When It Rains Brad Mehldau Largo
Peace Piece Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Lazy Snow Down Like Silver Down Like Silver
A Case Of You — The Voice Performance James Wolpert A Case Of You (The Voice Performance)
Forever Young Handsome and Gretyl Forever Young
In the Stream S. Carey All We Grow
This Town Is Killing Me Caitlyn Smith Starfire — EP
Once I Was Loved Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (The Artist’s Cut)
Call Your Girlfriend Lucy Wainwright Roche There’s a Last Time for Everything
Shepherd Anaïs Mitchell Young Man In America
Eyes Rogue Wave Eyes
Cover Me Up Jason Isbell Southeastern
Late To The Party Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material
Send in the Clowns Mark Kozelek Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites
Garota de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema) Ituana Chill in Saint Tropez
You Can’t Always Get What You Want Ituana Chill in Saint Tropez
Love Like This RY X Sweat
Landslide Robyn Sherwell Robyn Sherwell
The Wisp Sings Winter Aid The Wisp Sings
The Book Of Love Gavin James Bitter Pill
Skyway Drive-In Shane Alexander Ladera
Warm Foothills alt-J This Is All Yours
Maybe a Love Song Nataly Dawn Maybe a Love Song
The Dream Song Nathan Reich All Night Pharmacy
Through a Glass Henry Jamison Through a Glass
October George Ogilvie October
Real Peach Henry Jamison Real Peach
Algo Familiar Nouvelle Vague I Could Be Happy
Dopamine 1 Max Richter Black Mirror — Nosedive (Music From The Original TV Series)
Fortress Woodlock Sirens — EP
Forever Ago Woodlock Sirens — EP
Enemy Woodlock Sirens — EP
Doria — Island Songs VII Ólafur Arnalds Island Songs
The Consolations Of Philosophy Max Richter Black Mirror — Nosedive (Music From The Original TV Series)
Einstein on the Beach: Knee 5 Philip Glass The Essential Philip Glass — Deluxe Edition
Change The Sheets Kathleen Edwards Voyageur
Sick of Losing Soulmates dodie Intertwined — EP
Trills Dead Light Dead Light
The Old Favourite The Gloaming 2
bones DeYarmond Edison Silent Signs
Transparent Theme Cinematixx Transparent Theme
Drift Kim Janssen The Lonely Mountains
The Stranger Gord Downie Secret Path
Every Soul’s a Sailor Stephen Fearing Every Soul’s a Sailor
Up Niek Mountain Peter Broderick Partners
Cantorum Penguin Cafe Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Kale Me Daniel Brandt Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Slow Song Rival Consoles Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Galerie A Winged Victory for the Sullen Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Golden Times 1 Ben Lukas Boysen Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Rex Douglas Dare Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Scope Immix Ensemble Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Winter Morning II (with Robert De Niro) [Excerpt] Woodkid Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Eyes Closed and Traveling Peter Broderick Erased Tapes Collection VIII
Heads of the Valleys Road Jess Morgan Aye Me
Black Bird — From “Across The Universe” Soundtrack Evan Rachel Wood Across The Universe (Original Deluxe)
For No One — Remastered 2009 The Beatles Revolver (Remastered)
Last Night Of The World Bruce Cockburn Breakfast In New Orleans… (International Version)
Summer Lightning Garnet Rogers All That Is — The Songs Of Garnet Rogers
Blast Your Way Out Tim Chaisson The Other Side
Stay With Me — Live From Spotify Berlin Angus & Julia Stone Spotify Sessions

Empty Liked Songs Playlist in Spotify

Nib Size

Insiders at The Bookmark inform me that they have two TWSBI Iris fountain pens on order:

New Titanium finish Vac700R, every single pen is slightly different and unique in its color, not one is exactly the same. 

It is a sharp-looking pen from one of my favourite pen makers.

TWSBI Iris Fountain Pen

On the product page for the pen is a helpful guide to choosing the right nib size:

  • If you write small, go with an EF
  • For the normal writer, F is the most popular
  • If you tend to lean on a bigger font, M will be perfect
  • B is for statements!! Sign a check in B, write a header in B, do some coloring/shading in B
  • Stub nibs are italic in writing style (have a special card or invitation to write?)

I love that.

On Conditionality

At the end of the debate on Motion 30 on April 21, 2021, MLA Hannah Bell spoke about “conditionality”:

Finally, we also know that one of the main things that came out of the special committee in poverty that did such great work here on a basic income, one of the most important principles that committee identified that I think we need to take to heart when we talk about how we provide services and programs to people who are living in poverty is this notion of conditionality, that we have to have conditions about how you are eligible and why you get support.

Conditionality is where bureaucracy loves to live. Conditionality is where the rules happen that prevent people from being able to get the services they need and conditionality is where somebody, somewhere, gets to decide who is and is not eligible. The core of a program that is based in security and dignity does not have conditions; it has support.

If you want to see a pure expression of conditionality-gone-mad, consult the Cohabitation Policy of PEI’s Social Assistance program: what this policy attempts to do, in the name of verifying “family living arrangements for the purpose of determining eligibility,” is to attempt to describe conditions where government should consider two people effectively “married” so that “couples living together shall not receive a financial advantage over married persons by denying the existence of such a relationship.”

This includes conditions such as “The couple attends church or benevolent organizations and their related functions as a family unit,” ”The couple is listed as husband and wife (Mr. and Mrs.) on voters’ lists, assessment rolls, etc.” and “Vacation as a couple.”

This is an instance of conditionality entirely of government’s own making: it has built a structure based on certain legacy assumptions about individuals and families, and then built an additional policy on top of that in the name of “verifying compliance” with the very fictional world view it’s created.

This is not a hallmark of a “program that is based in security and dignity,” it is, rather, condescending, onerous to maintain, and needlessly adversarial.

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