Ventipop #226 :: Good To Be Back

I know. I know. It’s been a spell. I’ve been off cheating on Ventipop with some other business excursions. My hope moving forward is to be a bit more monogamist with Ventipop and update at least once per week. I’ve also taken down the ads from all new posts. I’m not making any money unless generous readers like you choose to click on the Patreon button and give what you can. I enjoy finding reassuring stories which validate humanity is not all but lost. I hope I can keep ‘em coming. If you can’t give money, do the next best thing and tell a few people about Ventipop. I’d appreciate it. Now…for the first time in a long time…Let’s grind.


TV Recommendations - The Cleaners on PBS, Bodyguard on Netflix

Book Recommendations - Elevation by Stephen King, We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

By Stephen King

Music Recommendations - “New Birth in New England” by Phosphorescent, “Love You So Bad” by Ezra Furman

Japanese Subtlety

Sober Halloween” is Japanese dry humor in it peak form. Flashy, fanciful costumes are banned in favor of gems like “Guy who spilled coffee down front of shirt” or “hotel guest going to get his breakfast”. Gold, Jerry, gold!

Can you guess these elaborately dull cosplay getups?

Art is Wherever You Find It

This artist uses jigsaw puzzles, with the same die cut pattern, to make these terrific mashups:

Fame Game 2018

This could be the most Buzzfeedy, YouTubey, Internety story ever:

Book by Book

Shoulder to shoulder, community members formed a line 500 feet long: from the stockroom of the old shop, down the sidewalk, and onto the shop floor of the new store.

Cafes brought cups of tea to the volunteers. People at bus stops joined in. Passersby asked what was happening, then joined the chain themselves.

"We had elderly people, children, and everybody in between," Brown said.

How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book

Good Grief!

Awash in Creativity

“So not only do Gates and Bezos get to slip in a bit of mindfulness rinsing plates, their nightly chore is also a valuable spring of creativity…

Kiddie Talk

An adorable little girl trying to get Amazon's A.I. assistant Alexa to play her favourite song 'Baby Shark'. But Alexa can't understand her voice.

"This is Daisy. She's a little bit crazy and rambles on the phone a lot.”

Bits n Pieces

I’m a very quiet person with strong opinions,” he says, “and the beauty of building a fictional nation is it gives you an outlet to express those things.
— Ian Silva, Creator of the Koana Islands

Humor Me

Congrats to the Red Sox on the World Series. Here's a fun way to wrap the season:

The Future Is Now

China’s state news agency this week unveiled the world’s first virtual newsman:

Dubai Police are now training on flying motorbikes.


This reality is depressing…just look around you. The Ubiquity of Smartphones.

Duct Work

This is how a ship passes through the Panama Canal:

Wish List

Ani DiFranco's long-awaited memoir "No Walls and the Recurring Dream" is coming out May 7, 2019 via Viking Books!

Pre-Order Here

In her memoir, DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman's eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani's coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence--from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to challenge established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.


Odessa Goldberg put together a short tribute in honor of those who have lost their lives to violence - and a call to the rest of us not to remain silent:

Mental Yoga or Long Read of the Week

'Oh my God,' she said. 'What if this is what we should be doing? What if it's that simple?'" 

Jason Cherkis in HuffPo HighlineThe Best Way To Save People From Suicide.

…And Finally…R.I.P. William Goldman

One of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read:

“As you wish...” 
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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All The Feels :: The Daily Grind (#225)
“To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think — spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day.”
— Jim Valvano

1. Feel - A man with Down Syndrome wasted no time covering his father with sweet kisses after returning from a week-long trip.

2. Feel - "We'll always be there for you."

3. Feel / Song of the Day - "Welcome Home" by Joy Williams

"Welcome Home" by Joy Williams (Full Version)

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4. Feel - Fallen Soldiers / Healing Hearts:

5. Feel - They were separated at birth and it took 70 years to bring them back together. George Skrzynecky and Lucian Poznanski, 69, were born in Germany after their Polish mother was sent to a forced labour camp. Now, they're reunited and learning the circumstances that separated them:

'Buy Me A Coffee' is an easy way to show your appreciation - AND you get to not just read about good things, you get to also DO a good thing:

6. Feel - "Dad, you are officially Code 05":

7. The Master Plan - William, eight, and Scarlett, six, weren't taking no for an answer so they came up with a cunning plan to change their parents' minds - Mum finds her kids' secret step-by-step plan to convince her to buy them a puppy:


8. Feel - Pay it Forward:

9. The Last Drop - Let's close this emotional Grind with a fun one: "Who steals a cheese grater?!!!"

Grind #225...fini.

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The Daily Grind (#224) :: The Profesh, Disko Dip & Liam's World
“Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.”
— Adam Rowe

Your Daily Grind...

My sabbatical to Ireland is nearly over. Here's the 10 things I found on the internet worth sharing today. Ventipop's Daily Grind posts are meant to be fun, serious, thoughtful, musical, informative and hopeful. I post what I discover whether it be a new musician I think deserving of a listen, a new product I've used and like or an article that runs counter to the tide of thought. Peruse and enjoy.

1. New Song of the Day - "Helpless" by The Regrettes

2. Parenting One - Do not watch if you are on heart medication. Father of the Year candidate.

3. Feel - Liam's World: Visualizing Life with Autism

4. Innovative Design - GMC's Multifunctional "MultiPro Tailgate"

5. Professional Courtesy - Tie One On At the Library

6. Odd Product of the Day - The Girlfriend Pillow

7. Culture & Art - The Secret Language of Tramp Writing

Hobos, or tramps, were itinerant workers and wanderers who illegally hopped freight cars on the newly expanding railroad in the United States in the late 19th century. They used graffiti, also known as tramp writing, as a messaging system to tell their fellow travelers where they were and where they were going.

8. A Sprinkling of International Corner - AKA...Disko Dip, Hundreds & Thousands and Bunte Streusel

9. Parenting Two - Happy Children Do Chores (Apparently, this author has never been around my kids while they're doing chores)

10. The Last Drop - Music - "Imagine" by John Lennon (Original Demo)

“Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I’m in the Lennon archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that’s unclear, misleading, or missing entirely”, says engineer Rob Stevens. “There’s a one-inch eight-track that says nothing more on the ‘Ascot Sound’ label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine. No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

Grind #224...fini.

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