John Darnielle not talking about his song writing process

I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats is an fantastic podcast where host Joseph Fink and John Darnielle, singer for the Mountain Goats go song by song through two albums, discussing what it’s like to be an artist, what it’s like to be a fan, and what it’s like to be both.

There hasn’t been a third season yet (please let it be yet) so this video is the closest thing to it. John Darnielle disavows the idea that one person’s way of writing a song can be applied to someone else, but then goes into some detail anyway. Darnielle’s style is full of digressions and random turns, all of them fascinating. This video is a wonderful look into how he works.

Bonus Darnielle: John’s list of the perfect music to play in all sorts of different sitations.

Goats & dogs backpacking to an emerald green alpine lake

I discovered Steve Despain’s YouTube channel after reading about him in Outside Magazine. Steve is a guy who likes to go camping with his family and/or his animals. He catches fish and cooks meals on the little Firebox Stoves he invented. The whole channel is a treasure trove of inspiring, wholesome, and relaxing videos that somehow make you want to watch more and make you want to get outside.

Happy Friday, reader.

Classic Game Postmortem: Sid Meier’s Civilisation

Civilization’s 1 and 2 were perfect games for me. I spent hundreds of hours building empires and crushing my neighbours beneath the tracks of my tanks. The later versions added concepts I loved but the endgame became tedious. I haven’t played versions 5 and 6.

In this GDC talk Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley go fairly deep into the design, programming of the first Civilization, talking about the constraints and design philosophy that made the game a hit and set the series up for success.

Blue Lug build a Crust Dreamer

Blue Lug is a bike shop in Japan. Crust Bikes design cool bikes. This video is a zen-like 43 minute dive into building up a Dreamer. There’s so much effort and attention to detail that goes into making this beautiful bicycle. The process is well understood so the end result is a testamet to the mastery of the people (or just a person, it’s hard to tell when you can’t see their face) building the bike.

Sure. this video isn’t about software development, but its It’s a calming and inspiring watch all the same.