the living room recommends…

The Nerdist podcast
Recommended with the caveat that it earns that “explicit” rating in iTunes, but if your conscience allows it is really freaking funny. The live episodes are my favorites.

Housesitting
You do a friend a favor, and in return you get to use their cable. Everyone wins. 🙂

Learning a craft
Our society has mostly separated thinking from doing and made knowledge abstract rather than practical. Don’t do that. Learn how to do something you actually have to think about while you’re doing it–especially you academic friends of mine that read this. It’ll keep you from becoming a total hermit. That’s why I’m glad I’m a knitter, but it’s also what makes me want to learn how to do other stuff, too, like coding or how to fix a car or how to sew.

Staying inside and eating popsicles
At least in Texas. Seriously, y’all, it is hot out there. My popsicle of choice is actually the coconut fruit bars that Breyer’s makes–they are tasty, if you like coconut (which I do, but I realize some people don’t).

NoiseTrade
Give them your e-mail and ZIP code, download free music, leave a tip for the artist if you want. Lots of good stuff on there, including…

Thad Cockerell’s album To Be Loved
Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful lyrics, killer voice, really good alt-country kind of stuff. You have until the end of this week to get it on NoiseTrade, so what are you waiting for?

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