Keeping Up (Vol. 19)

by Darren Paltrowitz

Here are another 5 quick picks for you, the loyal reader:

metric_fantasies_150MUSIC: Metric / Fantasies -- Fantasies is the fourth album by Canadian band Metric, and perhaps their strongest yet. Delivering more of the same sweet, catchy, keyboard-heavy pop-rock that Metric fans have come to expect, frontwoman Emily Haines sings in a way that seems personalized yet also ready for the masses. Lead-off track “Help I’m Alive” and the Stones/Beatles-referencing “Gimme Sympathy” are great starting points for the uninitiated. (myspace.com/metric)

BOOK: Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell / If…, Volume 2 – Admittedly I’m many years late on this title, having recently picked it up at a Los Angeles thrift store. A sequel to original best-seller, Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell’s follow-up effort is sub-titled “500 new questions for the game of life.”  While philosophy is an acquired taste for many folks, If… leads readers to ponder what they would do in specific given situations. Ultimately, it is a perfect tool for a long flight or a lengthy sitting in a café. (randomhouse.com

SHOW: Delocated – A faux reality show headed by veteran comedy writer Jon Glaser, Delocated is a series within the Cartoon Network lineup known as Adult Swim. Lead character Jon is a New York City transplant who happens to be in the witness protection program. Thus, his face is hidden and his voice modified as he lives a routine urban existence. Almost needless to say, hilarity ensues. (adultswim.com/shows/delocated)

TOOL: Voyji – Tagged “the best sales and specials from your city,” Voyji is a search-enabled travel resource that partners with Orbitz, Expedia and similar sites. Also synced with Twitter technology, users are able to look for deals based on their airport of choice and preferred date of departure. Thus, travelers need not plan far in advance when hoping to take an affordable dream vacation. (voyji.com)

ARTICLE: Adam Pash “Quickly Prioritize Your Tasks By Urgency And Importance” - Adam Pash’s piece is a fresh take on the aforementioned concept of GTD: “getting things done.” Pash’s article branches off tasks into four categories: UI (“Urgent/Important”), “NUI (“Not Urgent/Important”), UNI (“Urgent/Not Important”), and NUNI (“Not Urgent/Not Important). And as with all Lifehacker pieces, readers are able to provide comments on Lifehacker content, thus providing varied perspectives and more to learn from, leaving more potential for personal productivity. (lifehacker.com/5270297/quickly-prioritize-your-tasks-by-urgency-and-importance)

As always, if I’m missing something that’s worthwhile and deserving of column space, please reach out with an e-mail: darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

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