First off, let’s just get all the Hamiltonion awesome-ness out of the way!
Check out this fabulous interactive tool, which shows all the various rhyming structures within Hamilton’s songs, and ties it back to “historical” rhyme schemes from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Rakim, and Nas. (The page has a heavy load, so you might have to close other tabs to keep your browser from freezing.)
Also thoroughly enjoyable: Carpool Karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden, amongst others. Corden does an impressive job with “Guns and Ships”, arguably the most difficult song to sing in Hamilton, because of the incredible density and speed of the lyrics. I queued it up for you at the link! (Thanks to Beth over at FindingDelight.com for the tip; she’s got a lovely blog you should follow.)
I also enjoyed this lovely piece about a father who takes his daughter to see Hamilton. Made me tear up a bit. It also cemented a desire to see Hamilton during its current run, inspired by these lines:
The thing about seeing Hamilton RIGHT NOW at its peak moment is that even before it begins, the entire theater is filled with wonder. Every single person would rather be here than anywhere else in the world…People look at each other with the same wide-eyed expression: “Can you believe we’re here?”
On to other stuff!
How to finally get down to Inbox Zero using Boomerang
I’ve just discovered Boomerang, a Google Chrome extension that allows you to archive emails and then resurrect them to the top of your inbox at a time of your choosing. So you can clean up your inbox and archive anything you don’t really need for now. For example, I just archived an email that contains a promo code that expires at the end of the month, which Boomerang automatically detected and suggested archiving until just before month’s end. You can also have archive a message after replying to an email, and Boomerang can bring it back up to the inbox if you don’t get a response within a pre-specified time. For example, I emailed a contractor for an estimate, and set it to boomerang if I didn’t get a response by the end of the week. I’m totally in love with Boomerang!
When the problem with methadone is that it’s not heroin
I’m a huge fan of Tana French, a terrific Irish mystery writer. I read all her books in rapid succession, and then having run out of books to read, I started googling “tana french similar authors”.
This was a bad idea. Don’t do this.
Do you know what happens when you try to read authors who are similar to the ones you adore? They constantly come up short and disappoint you. Ultimately, you’re just better off discovering someone completely different. I just started Robert Galbraith’s “The Silkworm”, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. The one thing that instantly turns me off of a book is when an author violates the “show, don’t tell” principle. Robert Galbraith does a good job with letting you see the characters through action and dialogue; I’m excited to crawl into bed with the book tonight and read for at least an hour under the covers.
What fun stuff did you find this week? Let me know in the comments!