Posts Tagged ‘National Geographic’

My friend Alix was cleaning out some old records the other day and asked if I’d make a good home for them. She has a good taste in tunes so I said, “ok.”

One of the records she dropped off yesterday, Explosions in the Sky‘s The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place.

A beautiful record.


I want to shout out to all the free radicals that check out the blog, “heart” some of the songs on Hype Machine, or throw me a “like” on Facebook.

I read this study on Nat Geo about how success breeds success… and those first few likes or attention can snowball to greater attention. The article might be worth your time if you’re in a band or any sort of attention industry.


Still loving Waters.


My man Pol was saying that Courtney Barnett was pretty choice on Jimmy Fallon last night. You should watch that.


Lastly, The New Arcades remixed Kyla La Grange’s “The Knife.”

There we go….

Go with yourself.

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OK… two more wall papers for two more computers that I had to customize today.  Both with a wintery vibe as we get no snow in British Columbia for Christmas.

First up… Snowy Alberta.

Coral saw my post the other day where I talked about Kermode Bears and Greenland and and she was like… “of course you picked those pictures you nerd.”

Whatever, one day I am going to see with my own two eyes a Kermode bear and go to Greenland!

and now… this is Switzerland, but it sure evokes memories of Canada doesn’t it.

I think that’s all I got… for now.  If I don’t blog again before Christmas, then Merry Christmas.  Thank you for reading.

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I read a great article in National Geographic the other night on my couch (hmmm fitting I guess)… It was a story about workout music and the studies of sport psychologist Costas Karageorghis.

Basically he says first, what we all know… music during a workout is good.  Especially those 120-140 BPM songs (beats-per-minute).  A song in that sweet spot is what so much popular top 40 music sits at (great for dancing right… cardio).

But there is so much other insight.

Lyrics help.  A song with a message that is uplifting will propel you. (think Kanye West’s “Stronger”)

The beat of a song can make you a more efficient runner.  You are able to use music as a metronome to lock in your stride. (think some dubstep)

Silence can work for you.  It is helpful during times when there is no music, to imagine music!

You can listen to music when you’re sitting on the couch thinking of working out… you start with a slower BPM and work up as your workout improves.  But a great song that inspires you will get you excited to hit that treadmill. (Think the Rocky Theme)

Women and Men use workout music differently (because women are from Venus and Men are from Mars.)  Males tend to be more rock & roll and women tend toward pop.  Men pick music based on the sub-culture and the image they want to project.  Women tend to pick music based on emotions.

For a high intensity work out, you’ll want to ramp up the BPMs… 168 plus.  What kind of song sits up there?  Try The White Stripe’s 193 BPM ripper… “Rag and Bone.”  SWA?  really? … really.

Karageorghis was on NPR Radio in the USA to talk about this and he dives into the science.

NPR: Maximizing your workout with the right tunes

My favourite part is when they “go the phones” and some hipster is like… “I jam out all these post-punk bands you’ve never heard of.”

and the doctor is like… yeah those are not good work out songs.

Go with yourself.

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