A note on curations

I’ve been doing some sort of “link curation” here for several years now.

“Collecting” links isn’t something I actively spend time on, it’s a reflection of things I come across while browsing various “feeds” I have.

However, the process of turning them into a blog-post has always taken some time, and these days I have little-to-no time, so I’ve been finding ways to automate the process as much as I can.

A good solution that emerged recently is of using Micro.blog‘s “monthly email” facility.

I started using Micro.blog sometime back as a “less noisy alternative” to Twitter, and can easily recommend it to others looking for the same.

It has this nifty email newsletter” feature where you can pick a tag, and then, at the end of the month, have every post with that tag included in an email.

So — I subscribed myself to that email, and will simply pipe in the contents (with minimal formatting to restore urls) into a post here on this blog.

Unless I run into problems, this is how I’m going to run the monthly-curations here from now on.

Ennio Morricone

I remember it was about sixteen years ago now, that someone introduced1 me to the spaghetti western genre.

This is how I came across the “dynamic duo“ of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. I had watched fragments of them, but hadn’t quite seen them as movies that had anything in common, and I certainly never knew that these were Italian movies, not Hollywood ones (!)

Having seen one I had to see more, but what stuck with me more was their music, and since then, of these movies2, I’ve heard more soundtracks than seen the movies3.

It’s a distinctive sound, and I keep going back to a few favorites every few months. In his memory4, then, here are some of them:

  1. I’m usually the one introducing someone else to something new, so this doesn’t happen often, and I have a special respect for this person ↩︎
  2. Wikipedia ↩︎
  3. although, the slow takes are a good antidote to some of the fare on offer today ↩︎
  4. 1928-2020; he passed away a week ago ↩︎
  5. with the lead-in. Yes, I heard the Metallica version first. Yes, I like the original better ↩︎
  6. though, tbh, only the first half, with the epic whistling ↩︎