Soundcheck's Picks of the Week (Soundcheck: Wednesday, 05 December 2007)

Four stand-out new albums, as chosen by the Soundcheck staff.

Glenn Gould: “The Young Maverick” (CBC Records)

This new six-CD box set is drawn from radio broadcasts of the legendary Canadian pianist from the early ‘50s. Gould was a fearless performer, and the medium of live radio only heightens the sense of risk-taking here. –Brian Wise

“The Young Maverick” is available for purchase at Amazon.com

Doveman, “With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead” (Brassland)

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Soundcheck’s Picks of the Week (Soundcheck: Wednesday, 05 December 2007)

Musicophilia

Designer names to come

UK cover is first, US cover is below it.



I don’t know that I’m in love with the music notes and staff approach to the text (although it is growing on me), but I do know this: that picture of Sacks on the US cover is creeping me out and it’s making me think of what surely is history’s greatest t-shirt:


Musicophilia

Perfectionists

Have a look at this NYT article Perfectionism before you buy that next self-help book.

I have learned to get along with my slight perfectionism. I find my best work is always done with a sense of effortlessness and enjoyment. Blogging, maybe not my best work, is completely effortless. I sometimes look back on a post and wonder how I did it.

Perhaps the deepest link to eating disorders and an exessive concern with body image is with perfectionism. Most steroid users are ordinary guys…


Perfectionists

This Day in Arf History: Polly and her Pals Debuts

Created by Cliff Sterrett, Polly was a unique creation. She was one of the first comic-strip heroines and served as a model for later characters. In fact, Cliff Sterrett went on to produce Blondie (who looks stunningly similar to Polly). This flirty flapper was pre-MILF, but deserves an honorable mention for being something of a Grandmother-ILF. To be sure, Polly served more as a straight-character foil for the comedic adventures of her family: the bumbling Paw, the ever-vindictive Maw,…


This Day in Arf History: Polly and her Pals Debuts

The 2008 Compact Calendar Now Available [Featured Download]

compactcal_sm.jpg Designer David Seah has released the 2008 version of his excellent compact calendar spreadsheet template, an entire year represented as a “candy bar o’ time” which prints onto a single piece of paper with lots of room for notes. Fold up the compact calendar to stick in your wallet, or affix it inside a project notebook. The layout makes it easy to block out projects, vacations, and other long-term initiatives. In fact, it looks like a fantastic mini “Don’t Break the Chain” Seinfeldian…


The 2008 Compact Calendar Now Available [Featured Download]

Tie a Tie in Under 10 Seconds [How To]

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We all know how to tie a tie by now, but if you’re bored of the same old routine or you want to speed up your tie-tying chops, web site Instructables steps through how to tie a tie in under 10 seconds. This method will take a bit of learning (much like the world’s fasted shoelace knot), but with a bit of practice you’ll be able to throw that tie around your neck on your way out the door without thinking about it.


Tie a Tie in Under 10 Seconds [How To]