With an evening at the thermal baths in Germany and sleeping until noon his weekend I’ve been trying to relax after one of the toughest, albeit rewarding weeks that I can recall. I’ll jump right into it.

Things I’m working on

I am a free agent within the company I work for, so it means that whenever they need me somewhere —say, someone got sick or simply skipped work— I have to go there and give a hand for a number of days. In this case, I worked for a whole week in Colmar, a city that is just 70 km away but since I had to open up shop at 7 AM and don’t own a car, things got tricky: wake up at 4:30 AM, making the train southbound at 5:50 AM, to be half an hour later in Colmar. Had the chance of working with the unstoppable Yen and even had the opportunity to train a new employee. By noon my shift was over and it’d take me two hours to get back home with all the commuting but by the end of it, I was happy to be helping out. Don’t think I’ll be doing it again so willingly though and I have a new-found appreciation towards people who do this every day for longer shifts.

Things I’ve enjoyed

I’m one of those weirdos that read instruction manuals and, back in the day, the booklets included in CDs and tapes; because of that, from an early age, even if I couldn’t understand much English, I became familiar with the prestige that came around when Quincy Jones was involved in a project, after finding his name in the producer credits of my favorite Michael Jackson songs and my father’s rather obscure jazz vinyl collection, including a handful of George Benson’s albums.

That being said, I find this Vulture interview with the legendary producer an amusing read that only confirms that hard-work and discipline are key to the creative process.

Rime‘s puzzles won’t have you bang your head against the wall, but the art direction is gorgeous and has me longing for my tropical island life of the late 90s like no game except for Wind Waker has done. Even the PS4 Pro has noticeable frame rate drops while running the game but it is a wholly enjoyable experience, if only for the sights and story.

Things I’m struggling dealing with

Sad Words Journal has been up for its consecutive 300th day and even as it has been a great way to vent the many facets of my depression, the challenge has been to express the same things without feeling repetitive and I find that some great sources of glum inspiration come from nihilism and its philosophical currents.

Things I’ve learnt

The brainiest Youtube channel there is, possibly, talks about the sound produced by stars.


Things I’m listening to

Mostly music these days, which is rare, but revisiting my iPod helped with the long hours at work; particularly the Darjeeling Limited soundtrack and, eerily enough, the works of Johannes Johansson who has unexpectedly died this weekend and represents an incredible loss of one of the most talented and underrated musicians in recent memory. This piece from Sicario has to be one of the scariest compositions to ever grace this Earth.