Len Damico

“This is some really nice music… if you’re old.” — Yung Stunna on John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.

One of the things I miss the most about The Old Web: pages like this. One person or group of people curating a list of fan-submitted guitar tabs for a given band. So much love, passion and …

There is one thing to learn from writers that non-writers don’t always understand. Most writers don’t write to express what they think. They write to figure out what they think. Writing is a process …

“Oh, snap, this Squeeze cover by Erykah Badu is really really good” is not a sentence I woke up thinking I’d say today, but it’s important to let life take you where you need to go. 🎧

I’m working on building and tracking some small habits that will bring me joy and better mental health. One of the things I’m tracking is “play the guitar for at least ten minutes a day.” I’m up to 8 …

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Shakespeare turned dust to dust

Y’know how the YouTube algorithm is an awful garbage fire but sometimes it serves you a gem that feels like a piece of yourself in a time capsule? That’s what this video is for me. Sunny Day …

My year in music, 2018

My 2018 in music can be best summed up in five words: “Bark Your Head Off, Dog.” Hop Along’s third album took a moment to get lodged in my brain, but once it did, it was a force of nature. I can’t …

Vermont

We visited Vermont for my 40th birthday. Burlington is a wonderful town, and the local beer is pretty amazing, too. The Alchemist The first destination, before even heading to our AirBNB in …

Paint this picture in my mind, my masterpiece

It’s been a while since a song grabbed me out of nowhere and refused to let go. But that happened last week, about 15 feet from my desk at Arcweb, no less. PLEASE ENJOY the smooth sounds of …

Every Black Panther costume gets a double portion of candy. I don’t make the rules, I just live by them.

Please join me on the new Mastodon instance I just spun up, hejira.is, a place for like-minded individuals to beatifically discuss their appreciation of Joni Mitchell’s 1976 masterpiece.

Dropped into my local record store around lunchtime. Clerk saw me, walked over and said “Dude, I have a truckload of new, super clean 80s indie and alternative in, but that copy of ‘Green’ I posted on …

Listening to the audiobook of “[Insanely Simple](Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/133839)" and the author tells a story about Steve Jobs proudly demoing a “with special …

Currently charging my son’s shoes via USB for his first day of school because that’s a thing you do in 2018.

Ben Gibbard’s been doing the rounds to promote Death Cab for Cutie’s quite good new record, Thank You For Today. Gibbard was asked to force-rank all eight Death Cab albums, and his answers …

Tomorrow, I’m gonna drive about 200 miles to drink some beers in grass parking lots and watch an amateur football blowout with over 100,000 of my closest friends and I CAN’T WAIT.

The seasons roll on by

Soundgarden was never my “favorite band.” I was always a Pearl Jam guy, at least in high school. Others were Nirvana People, or Nine Inch Nails People. But Soundgarden was always a band …

What "Unrivaled" Means for Penn State in 2016

It’s Rivalry Week, yet we are #PSUnrivaled. Awkward. I’m so jealous of Ohio State fans this week. Not because of their team’s success, recent or historical. It has nothing to do with their head …

Three Weird Tricks That Might Help Your Sketching (or not)

They might not work for you, though, and that’s okay! Sketching remains a vital part of the design process here at Arcweb Technologies, and has been incredibly transformative for me, personally: …

The purely aesthetic form

I’m about halfway through Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products. So far, it’s a good read. It portrays Ive as someone with exquisite taste who was in the right place at the …

Now what?

The first Penn State memory I have was the stein. It proudly sat on the bookshelf in the family room. “Class of 1972,” it read. I had no idea what the words meant… but somehow I knew what …