Five Things #59 / by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. On the 3rd June, the rock climber Alex Honnold became the first person to climb El Capitan (3,000 ft!) without a rope. It's an insane and remarkable achievement, and surely one of the greatest human accomplishments of all time.
  2. Not your average cover, Orkestra Obsolete perform New Order's Blue Monday using 1930s instruments.
  3. Get 5% Better. A great read from the Farnam Street blog (one of my favourites) on the power of incremental progress — "[I]f I can get 5% wiser and better every year, then I will be about twice as wise as I am now in less than 15 years." 
  4. Changing Time, a documentary on the legendary drummer Jojo Mayer and his band Nerve is currently streaming for free on Youtube. He's a fascinating and inspiring guy, and the documentary gives a good insight into what it takes to be a performer at his level. Recommended viewing for musicians and music fans.
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Tame Impala's Let It Happen. It's in essence a pop song, but unlike the vast majority of pop songs, it clocks in at just under 8 minutes long! 

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