I spent the week learning about my tools. I don’t like barely figuring out what I’m doing each time I make these labels, so since I have time, I decided to learn a little more properly. Maybe I can get the labels made this week.
I got some recalls on my car fixed. The first recall was announced around the beginning of the year (an airbag and seatbelt malfunction—kind of important!), but the fix wasn’t ready until about the time the lockdowns started. I’ve been procrastinating since then, but my family has been carefully planning a vacation together for Christmas, and I didn’t want to put off the repairs till the last minute before the big road trip.
That’s the point we’ve gotten to—a trip to the mechanic is the sole notable moment of my week. At the same time, it does feel like an accomplishment, because I’ve somehow gotten even worse about putting off practical tasks.
I added more political podcasts to try. I was already listening to too many, but I decided that in addition to keeping my cool while waiting for the election to be finalized, I wanted to hear from pundits across the political spectrum. I added some more on the right and a couple from further left.
- Acton Line – They advertise on The Dispatch.
- Advisory Opinions (The Dispatch)
- Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw – I found this one by searching for Yuval Levin in my podcast app, which I think just searches iTunes. Crenshaw interviewed him for a recent episode. More on Levin below.
- The Larry Elder Show – On the Trump-supporting side of things. A friend of mine likes this one.
- National Affairs – This is the podcast of Yuval Levin’s publication. Levin came up in an episode of The Remnant, along with other theorists on the Right. A New York Times article on these theorists pointed me to National Affairs.
- Point of View Radio Talk Show – I listened to this one in earlier years. They’re on the more levelheaded end of rightwing radio.
- The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg (The Dispatch) – I like The Dispatch, can you tell?
I don’t know anything about these. I just searched for “socialist” in my podcast app. I was inspired by an intriguing interview with Vijay Prashad on Letters and Politics.
I’m not feeling too worried about the election now, and I’ve just about had my fill of 24/7 political commentary, so in the next week or two I’ll filter these podcasts to the few I might want to follow going forward, and then I’ll go back to Lex Fridman and audiobooks. I’m looking forward to some SFF and maybe some classic literature.