Take a Look Tuesday #2

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What’s Dan been consuming?

I never really took my skincare too seriously until this year. Other than dry skin in the winter (and oily in the summer, lol) my main issue is slight rosacea on my cheeks. Over the past year I’ve slowly honed in my skincare routine, and I dove into a YouTube hole about Retinol this past week. So far, my favorite product line is Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost (the water gel, gel cream, body gel cream, and sunblock are all great). This week, I started adding in the RoC Retinol Night Cream every other day, so I’ll see how that works!

If you didn’t know, I’m a huge YouTube fan. I also enjoy making music and mixing songs in my free time. So, it’s only natural that I also stumbled into a YouTube hole about audio engineering and mixing. Here’s Lu Diaz—mixing engineer for Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and more—giving a tutorial on how he mixes vocals. I also watched an episode of Pensado’s Place—a YouTube channel where engineer David Pensado interviews the “who’s who” of the audio world—where he interviewed Neal Pogue. Neil Pogue is an amazing mixing engineer who worked on things like Waterfalls by TLC, Hey Ya by Outkast, and Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator. Friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I almost always have some type of YouTube video opened up on my computer or phone that I listen to in the background or watch in my free time.

Producer/Engineer Neal Pogue with Andre 3000 and a beautiful SSL mixing console.

Producer/Engineer Neal Pogue with Andre 3000 and a beautiful SSL mixing console.

What’s Ian been up to?

I really like basketball. It’s been more so a new thing, but I’ve always been a little interested since about 2010 when Dan introduced me to the NBA 2k11 video game. A new development in the NBA brand of basketball is the focus on analytics. The movement, led by Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets, is much like that of Billy Bean’s money ball with a focus on finding inefficiencies and exploiting them. From aspects such as finding which locations on the floor produce the highest points per shot to condensing a players output into a numerical value through a formula, analytical based basketball is the new hot thing in the sport. So you bet when a book about it comes out I grabbed it as soon as possible.

Kirk Goldsberry’s SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA takes us through an illustrated deep drive of how to play basketball on an excel sheet as opposed to on the court. Detailing the genesis of the movement, methods used, and just about everything in between; SprawlBall is an excellent read for any level of NBA consumer.

One of my go-to podcasts, Crazy/Genius,  also returned for its third season. Produced by The Atlantic, Crazy/Genius analyzes the interplay of technology, science, and culture. This season delves into how the internet in its current form can be unbroken and issues can be resolved. Opening with an episode on why we should care about our privacy, there are compelling arguments made regarding how our data is being utilized against our free will.

(P.S. If you are interested in this topic, give a listen to this great talk about surveillance capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff.)

What about Kirsten???

I’ve been playing The Sims on and off (mostly on lol) since I was about 13 years old. Since it’s not really a game you can “beat,” the gameplay is endless. To some, that can get boring, but YouTubers and Twitch games keep the game interesting with different challenges and stories. Sometimes, I’ll make my own storyline with different households, or make my own builds. I made my IRL house in The Sims and its so similar that it’s kind of creepy, lol. Right now, I’ve been watching Keeyuh’s streams on Twitch and LilSimsies builds on YouTube. Keeyuh is super funny! If you’ve seen a viral Sims clip on Twitter it was most likely from her. She’s from NJ too so I love to support. I love LilSimsies style of build which is similar to how I build and design in-game.

I know I’m late on the Atlanta wave, but Dan and I just finished season one of Atlanta and recently starting watching season two. When Donald Glover, or Childish Gambino, first got big I was not a fan of his acting or music at all, but I’ve been enjoying the music he’s released in the past 2-3 years. Because of my change of heart, I decided to give Atlanta a try. It’s such a great show! I wish the episodes and seasons were longer! We haven’t finished season two yet so I’m hoping there’s content left for a third season.