Five Things #47 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. I was going to do this anyway... Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine
     
  2. A fascinating long read on the events that'll be triggered when the Queen dies. I'd never considered the complexity and how incredibly strange it'll be when she does. — 'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death [here's the audio version]
     
  3. Here's some timeless (and timely) wisdom from the philosopher Bertrand Russell on how to avoid having foolish opinions.
     
  4. ... And from one great philosopher to another. A fun animated video from The School Of Life on Plato and his thoughts on how to live a more fulfilled life.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Go! by Public Service Broadcasting. I was lucky enough to see them play at a tiny venue in Amsterdam last year. If you get the chance to see them, I'd take it!

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Five Things #46 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A great collection of ideas for music students (and musicians in general) from former University of North Texas professor and musician Dan Haerle.
     
  2. Ever had the urge to compare the size of two countries but not had the tool to do it? Well, today's your lucky day. MapFight will satisfy all of your country-size-comparing needs.
     
  3. As PR stunts go, this is a pretty clever one. Heinz are running an advertising campaign that was originally proposed by the character Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men.
     
  4. I'm not usually one to share cat videos, but this is wonderful. There aren't many videos that make me want to buy a cat and also practice piano. 
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is from the wonderfully named experimental jazz piano trio GoGo Penguin. I can really get lost in this song. — Murmuration by GoGo Penguin.

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Five Things #45 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. I love this... "Kids draw monsters, then artists from all over the world recreate them in their own styles!" — The Monster Project
     
  2. A thought for the day from wise man Seth Godin — The smoking lounge
     
  3. A fascinating read on Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds. It's easy to have strong opinions on complicated issues that are based on very little information. There's nothing wrong with strong opinions, but we have to be willing to change them when presented with new information. 
     
  4. Whenever I hear someone say "I could care less" in place of "I couldn't care less" a shiver runs down my spine. I don't have many pet peeves, but that's definitely one! Here's Merriam-Webster's attempt to clear up the confusion — Is it 'I Could Care Less' or 'I Couldn't Care Less'?
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation: St Vincent performing Your Lips Are Red at Austin City Limits in 2014. They know how to put on a show...

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Five Things #44 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. Good news seems to be something of a rarity these days but last week's announcement that astronomers have discovered a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star is a nice break from that! If all goes to hell here on Earth (and someone can find a suitable spacecraft capable of making the 39 light-year journey) perhaps we can all just move there? — Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record
     
  2. Do you know good music? This quiz will let you know. I thought I'd done pretty well getting 234 (the average score is 158 apparently) but that was before several friends managed to get over 240!
     
  3. If you've been paying attention to previous Five Things posts, you've probably worked out that I listen to a lot of podcasts. My latest recommendation is this excellent interview with Naval Ravikant (the CEO and co-founder of AngelList). He's a fascinating and incredibly smart guy. It's a long listen but, in my humble opinion, a worthy use of your time.
     
  4. These are the coolest business cards I've ever seen... and "cool" isn't a word I often use to describe something as *yawn* as business cards! Drew Tetz uses the phenakistoscope animation technique to create the illusion of a moving image. The magic happens when his cards are played on a turntable under a bright light and viewed through a camera. It's pretty clever. Here's an article explaining how it works and how, if you are feeling creative, you can make your own.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Kettering by The Antlers. It's a pretty intense, haunting song. The transition at 2:39 is fantastic.

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Five Things #43 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. Some pithy wisdom from Seth Godin that really stuck with me. — The opposite of "more"
     
  2. One for the curious. — Where did England’s counties get their names?
     
  3. Bruce Springsteen seems to be pretty good at the viral video thing (this is his second Five Things appearance in two weeks). He also seems to be a pretty cool guy! — Bruce Springsteen Invites Teenager on Stage Who Steals the Show
     
  4. Good advice and a challenge from cartoonist and teacher Paul Karasik. — Study something you love in depth
     
  5. This morning I interviewed my good friend Jay Goodrich for a new project (more on that another time). Last week his band Druids released the video to their song Stuart Slater Alligator (it was directed by my brother Scott). Their debut album is out on the 3rd March. Can't wait to hear it!

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Five Things #42 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. I just finished reading John Seabrook's fantastic book The Song Machine. It explores the evolution of popular music, how chart-topping songs are written (or manufactured…) and how the music industry tries its very best to guarantee hits. A pretty mind blowing book, essential reading for musicians and music fans.
     
  2. I’ve recently been enjoying The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads podcast (I prefer to read long-reads with my ears wherever possible). A recent episode, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell (an extract from a book of the same name), tells the true story of Brian Regan and how his plot to sell American secrets was foiled by the FBI. It’s a fascinating story. (Here’s the non-audio version of the piece).
     
  3. Here’s a video of Bruce Springsteen working out (with help from his band) how best to play You Never Can Tell live on stage. Great musicianship and great to watch!

  4. “When you can’t create you can work” — Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine

  5. On Monday evening I saw the film Lion. It featured one of my favourite pieces of music, Atomos VII by A Winged Victory For The Sullen. The whole soundtrack was great but I love that song! If you get a chance to see Lion, I’d recommend it, just be ready to shed a few tears…

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