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Nov-Dec 2021: Consuming and Producing

November -December 2021

A list of books, audiobooks, podcasts, television and more that I am consuming.
A list of achievements, articles, or plans in the shop to showcase my producing.

This series also maps my consumer habits: my time on media can lead to more projects and purchases, as well as influences my thoughts.

Reading :: Listening :: Watching

Wanting :: Getting :: Making

What I am Reading this Month:

The World Beyond your Head, Matthew Crawford

Batman: The White Knight, Sean Murphy

Death, Neil Gaiman

Article that had an impact:

[[Henri Bergson]] on Consciousness _ article

You Don’t Need More Motivation — You Need a System” by Darius Foroux

To be truly productive, you can’t rely on hacks or apps or new technologies. Trust me. I’ve tried. You need to develop your own sustainable system, a set of routines and practices that serves as the foundation of your work. 

What I am listening to this month:

Audio Books:



  • Rostam Changephobia remixes
  • Radiohead “Kid A MNESIA” (20 year re-release of Kid A and Amnesiac of 2000 and 2001)
  • Wolfmother, Rockout
  • The Walkmen, You & Me (2016)

What I am watching this month:

  • Yellowstone #paramount
  • Wheel of Time #prime
  • Foundation #appletv
  • Silverado (1985) #movie
  • Cowboy Beebop #netflix (live action)
  • Chaos Walking #movie #hulu


Skipping this section this month… it wasn’t very impressive.


What I want:

An Onieda Supercell dust collection system. From what I can tell, this thing is great for a solo woodworker shop. (Basically, it does very well running from 1″ vacuum ports to larger 4″ ports.) I am increasingly thinking sawdust is the enemy, and between my festool vacuum and this sucker, I should be doing about as well as possible.

One of these days I will write an article on vacuums, going into the CFM and WC and horse power.

What I got:

Homepod Mini

My new shop has a Nanoleaf light panels, which are cool, but to really set them up you need a homekit hub. So, I bought another device (Homepod mini) to control my device. It is so ridiculous.

Also, I bought 2 new routers, one for the shop and one for the house, because the old house router won’t allow for settings to be changed to network the shop and home together. It is all rather ridiculous.

But, without the shop and house linked I cannot make use of my smart home security system by Abode to protect both the shop and house. And, the automations in the house with our Hue Lights won’t sync to the lights in the shop. Have I mentioned yet it is ridiculous?

I am now in about $1,000-$1,200 on smart devices and routers, and everything is still occasionally not working and I am just tired of fussing with it… and it’s ridiculous.

What I produced:



This has been a several month project. I have built out the office space, and now I am finishing out the shop area, moving in my cabinets and tools and trying to re-organize everything.

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