Hazen Schumacher’s “Jazz Revisited”

Recorded on May 5th, 2016

In the mid-80s, after my family fully invested in “A Prairie Home Companion” every Saturday night, I would keep the radio on and continue listening to what was then WRFK (now WCVE) FM. “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” came on after Garrison Keillor’s two-hour nose-whistle-a-thon, and I believe after that — maybe much later at night — was Hazen Schumacher’s “Jazz Revisited”. It was a gold mine of old jazz recordings, and Schumacher was there to guide the listener through it and connect it all.

He died last year and I am sad. From Michigan Radio’s: Remembering Hazen Schumacher, host of “Jazz Revisited”:

…he wanted to create a program that would reintroduce people to the music he felt like audiences had largely forgotten: a very specific era of great, classic jazz recorded between 1917 and 1947.

When I would listen to the show, I’d picture him sitting in front of a microphone in a University of Michigan radio studio at night, the only one left in the building after it closed. Who knows if that’s what really happened. Maybe he recorded his shows at 10am and was surrounded by student producers, but the more solitary, late-night imagined scenario suits the vibe better in my mind.

Bix Eiben Hamburg, a German museum, scooped up the recordings of all of the “Jazz Revisited” episodes and digitized them. They have a handful of the old shows available for streaming if you can decipher what lives where on their site. You should definitely put in the time to listen and get a feel for what a deep catalog Schumacher waded around in.

OmniFocus Now Speaks TaskPaper

Recorded on May 4th, 2016

Hearing CGP Grey get so excited on Cortex #28 about OmniFocus’s new ability to import and export in TaskPaper format almost — almost — makes me want to switch back to OmniFocus. But I just can’t shake TaskPaper as the place where I live. As imperfect and simple as it is, it most closely fits how my brain works. And I still have a mental block against whatever the two-colored task-completion circles mean in OF. Especially when they’re flagged.

Still, damn, TP importing and exporting would be handy.

Keith Rarick’s “Inbox Zero for Life”

Recorded on May 3rd, 2016

I’m pretty sure I first ran across Keith Rarick’s Inbox Zero for Life closer to when it was first published in 2013. I’ve fallen so far off the wagon in the meantime that it feels new again. Yes, it’s another “inbox zero” method, but it’s ruthless and hardcore, and yet it doesn’t argue with the reality of more coming in than you can deal with. I fought every urge I had this afternoon and tried it at work and, amazingly, it worked.

I think this paragraph towards the end explains what makes it good:

Staring at a bold to-do-list inbox makes it all too easy to throw up your hands and close the browser. After all, even if you were to pick one of those emails and take care of it, it’d probably be replaced with 3 more, like a hydra, by the time you returned to your inbox. The ground is constantly shifting under you. On the other hand, your starred items folder only ever contains things that you put there. You can look at it, pick one thing to do, do that thing, and look again: there is now one fewer thing! You and you alone decide when to process incoming mail and star new messages.