My Favorite Things: 2020
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As is tradition, here is a distillation of my favorite media—formatted into digestable bulleted lists for posterity.

2020: A Year In Review
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As terrible as the year has been, some landmark achievements have happened in spite of it. Here's a rundown of what I've accomplished this year.

Video Games I've Played
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I don't play video games very often. Here's a record of games I've completed.

Articles that never fail to make me laugh
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If the Internet is good for anything, it's chuckles on demand. This is a list of articles I've read online that I can read over and over again for a laugh.

Playlisting, a practice
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For the last decade or so, I've been a staunch proponent of music playback by album. Recently, I've found a deep appreciation for playlist building.

Finding Grandpa's Commercial
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I located a long-lost advertisement starring my great grandfather and so much more.

My Favorite Things 2020 (The First Half)
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I haven't compiled a mid-year list of my favorite things since 2015. I've just been so struck with compelling media during the year of COVID that I felt it was worth doing a quick run-down of the stuff that's keeping me occupied while most social activities are put on hold.

Changing It Up
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Anyone who's followed me closely may know that in Fall of 2017, I returned to The University of Akron to complete a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems with a specialization in computer programming. I graduated in May. As a...

My small part in the career of Fall Out Boy
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In January of 2016, an author by the name of Ben Welch reached out for permission to use my 2012 essay on Fall Out Boy's album From Under The Cork Tree. I gave him the go-ahead and quick interview about...

Selective sync of Google Calendars in Apple's ecosystem
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Despite removing myself from Google’s ecosystem where I can, I’ve found that Google calendars have been hard to ditch. One thing that’ really irks me though about adding Google calendars to my Apple calendar apps is the mess...

Welcome To Geekdom 183: Gravity Falls
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Jacob Tender joins the podcast to discuss Gravity Falls. We talk about why two seasons worked for the length of the show, why we enjoyed it, and more.Find the full show notes for this episode here....

Podcast Me Anything: Jacob Tender, Community Manager at Breaker
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via Podcast Me Anything: I recently launched a client podcast and the one network they had to make sure they got listed on was Breaker. Breaker is not a household name in podcasting, but in the financial services space, there...

COVID-19
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I got into an argument with a guy at the bar today. I’m not sharing this because I’m proud of it or because I feel like I gained anything from it, but so that I might glean more...

Pet Peeves
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We all have them. These are mine.

Things I Do That Other People Don't
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What is the weirdest thing you do? After John and Merlin began talking about this on Reconcilable Differences, I've started to keep a list of the "secret weird things that I do" that other people do not.

Rules for Twitter
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Two simple rules for tweeting my teenage daughter.

People I'm Told I Look Like
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I'm told often and without hesitation about who my visage reminds people of. This is a running list of celebrities I've been likened to.

Talkin' 'Traz: The Rock (1996)
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Jacob joins to discuss the 1996 Michael Bay film 'The Rock'.Find the full show notes for this episode here....

Shortcuts for archiving Apple Music playlists
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I’m sort of a nut about metadata and archiving my digital stuff. I also like lists and enjoy listening to music. It’s all of those things that led me to my ongoing bi-monthly playlist project, where I collect...

2018: A Year In Review
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It’s been a really busy year here, but now that it’s come to an end, I’m finding it difficult to recap. 2017 saw less creative output than 2016 and that trend has continued in some ways and...

My Favorite Things 2018: Everything
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My lists are all short this year and I have a long holiday break to enjoy, so I’m going to combine this year’s My Favorite Things posts into one. I hope that’s cool. MusicI gave fewer releases...

Chat Sematary: The Dead Zone (1979)
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via Chat Sematary: Jacob Tender joins to discuss The Dead Zone, which happens to be the only Stephen King book that he's read so far.Find the full show notes for this episode here....

New Music: Old Best Friend - "Anna"
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Old Best Friend has a new record coming out in February of this new year. The lead single from that record is called “Anna” and it premiered yesterday on Chorus.fm. Old Best Friend · AnnaMike put together a nice little...

David Lowery Q&A on Letterboxd
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Directory David Lowery is promoting his new film The Old Man & the Gun, which has been getting great reviews. In the process however, he is beginning to realize that maybe it’s his last one that he will be...

Reading List: 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'
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Perhaps the only event bigger than Christmas worth celebrating this year is the release of The 1975's latest album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which dropped on Friday. I've been enjoying the album a lot. So much so that...

The MV Podcast: Revisiting The Beatles (Help!)
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via Modern Vinyl: Part 5 of our Revisiting The Beatles series dives into Help!, their August 1965 release. We discuss how the band’s rising fame seeps into their songwriting, Chris gets a crash course on “Paul is Dead,” and...

Welcome To Geekdom 100: Pixar Shorts
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via Welcome To Geekdom: Jacob Tender returns to the podcast to discuss a whole bunch of Pixar shorts and celebrate our 100th episode!Find the full show notes for this episode here....

Design Process: Medina County Fall Foliage Tour
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The Fall Foliage Committee in Medina County, OH asked for a refresh of their logo that was originally made in the ‘80s and never properly digitized. The group made do with the modern equivalent of a thumbnail jpeg for decades....

Podcast Recommendation: The Undersiders
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A new podcasting publisher has popped up called Engle and their first show is a hit. The Undersiders is a series about the intersections between the burgeoning hip-hop movement and the sale of drugs at mass. The show is produced...

The MV Podcast 205: My Dear Podcast,
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via Modern Vinyl: Episode 205 of The Modern Vinyl Podcast takes on The Weeknd’s new release (NOT EP), “My Dear Melancholy,.” Chris and Mike, along with special guest Jacob Tender (Bantha Fodder), discuss where the EP belongs in the...