Take a Look Tuesday #1

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What’s Ian been up to?

I picked up a new book last week, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben. Author of The End Of Nature, McKibben has been a preeminent voice, dating back into climate change antiquity, in efforts to inform the public on the woes we are causing the planet.

As much as I am a fan of McKibben, he is always a startling read. While the effects of climate change are evident, we all have hope that humanity can overcome these obstacles. However, McKibben opens the book informing the reader that he does not owe us—the reader—hope, but in fact, he owes only the truth. While his blunt honesty is something we all need to hear as we address the challenge of climate change, it does make for an unsettling read.

One of the best features of Falter is McKibben’s expansion on his discussion of existential threats to humanity from climate change to including other contemporary topics like unregulated artificial intelligence & bioengineering. Seemingly far away and insignificant issues, especially when juxtaposed to climate change, but as society seems to be in a rapid state of progression we can never afford to be caught off guard on such life-altering issues.

I still haven’t been able to stop listening to Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood. I don’t know how to really describe it outside of ethereal & haunting. Founded in Laurel Canyon sound, listening to this makes you feel as if you’re floating away from your lover in space. Definitely give it a listen.

What’s Dan been consuming?

Kirsten and I started watching The Act—the Hulu true crime drama about the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard—a couple weeks ago, and we just finished this past week. It's a tragic story documenting Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental disorder where a parent or other caretaker exaggerates, fabricates, or induces illness in a person under their care to obtain sympathy or attention. It's based on real events, and whether you're familiar with the story or not, The Act is a pretty captivating watch.

Music-wise, I've still been bumping Solange's When I Get Home almost (at least) once a day. Haters will say it has no substance, but I enjoy the experimentalism, skits, and neo-soul flows through the album. Each track has a soothing, meditative quality that is very pleasing to the ear. As a musician, I really appreciate the instrumentation and rhythms, and geek out over some of the unexpected time-signature changes. 

But, let's not forget her older sister's HomecomingBeyonce's Netflix movie documenting her performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Otherwise, it's been a pretty dry week as far as music goes, but I'm looking forward to Tyler, the Creator's 5th studio album Igor on May 17.

Serena Williams at the Met Gala 2019

Serena Williams at the Met Gala 2019

What about Kirsten???

Dan and I went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon, and it sparked me to get back into learning Spanish. I use Duolingo. It’s super easy and in depth with speaking, listening, and typing exercises. I can read the Spanish language very well, but actually speaking it is a different story...lol. I feel like schools focus more on grammar than the speaking aspect of teaching languages, which is why I can read Spanish better than I speak it. 

Last night was the Met Gala. It’s like an invite only Halloween party for celebrities with a different theme each year. Some of my favorite looks this year came from Serena Williams, Regina King, Anna Wintour, and Maluma. 

~Maybe I’ll be invited one day~