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If you read or heard my last update, you will have learned that I moved house on September 3rd.
That all feels quite a long time ago now but I am both delighted and relieved to tell you that it went seamlessly. Moving house was objectively the biggest thing I did this past month but I've done so much more since then. In the past seven days alone I've...
- Created a pilot for an upcoming podcast
- Visited a top-secret secret underground bunker to see an old Roman wall
- Gone bouldering and rockclimbing at The Warehouse in Gloucester
- Met a tamarin monkey at Bristol Zoo with keeper Olivia
- Done both rockclimbing and animal meeting at the Wild Place Project, just off the M5 near Bristol
Here's what else I've been up to this month.
Netflix Original Criminal is a good watch. Filmed in just three rooms, you're plonked in the middle of an interogation with suspects ranging from a murderer (S1E1) to a prision inmate who just gets a bit bored (S2E4). When you've exhausted the 7 episodes the UK version has to offer, there's also Spanish, German and French versions all with different stories that you can watch dubbed.
Warhol: A Life as Art by Blake Gopnik is a behemoth clocking in at almost 1,000 pages but offers the most comprehensive insight into Warhol's work yet. I tried my hand at screenprinting earlier in the month with a £40 reusable kit from Hobbycraft. It wasn't reusable (the blocking element dried in the screen to the extent that no cleaner would remove it) but I did make lots and lots of prints, some of which I'm quite proud of. If you're going to give it a go, Pēbēo acrylics are beautiful to work with and come in the most flourecent colours you can think of.
I've also been reading Selfie by Will Storr and Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age by University of Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schonberger.
The Social Dilemma is a depressing but important film that's been recommended to me on two occasions. I watched it on the 24th. It features a bunch of technies including the creator of Facebook's Like button and the founder of the Center for Humane Technology talking about social media's effect on the psyche. I think social media is just a moral panic for a connected world but the film presents some valid points especially around the problems of misinformation.
For audio friends, freetousesounds.com is selling their entire collection of over a terabtye of sound effects and atmos recordings for just $20. There are sounds from all over the world and there are some real gems in there too... Take a listen to the podcast version of this newsletter to hear a selection of them.
Finally, 2017 daily vlogging sensation Casey Neistat is back with more of the same, complete with very 2020 clickbaity titles and thumbnails. I love his style of storytelling and whilst I have no desire to become a daily-anything, I do remember watching a lot of 'how to vlog like Casey Neistat' videos during university. The one tip I remember was to cut off the end of sentences to make your movie seem more pacy; people can usually work out what you're going to say...