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Nice to see a blue sky as the days get brighter from here on in #tweet

Fantastics vs Midnight Express at the 1988 Great American Bash is the kind of match they could redo move for move at an NXT TakeOver today and get rave reviews #tweet

It’s not even Xmas yet and Lidl have already pulled their lebkuchen from the shelves #tweet

Pretty sure it was @dairelynch who introduced me to the Caspar Brötzmann Massaker years ago. The new Southern Lord reissues are sure going down a treat these chilly midwinter nights #tweet

So it turns out, there are a lot of baseball-themed movies. I'm going to have to set a few ground rules if I'm doing this https://t.co/W70AhzDD1a #tweet

Had a weird fever overnight but I think it was the last vestiges of this extended cold that’s finally lifted #tweet

Rewatching Rollins/Ambrose from Sunday night. It’s really not a bad match, just the Wrong Match for them #tweet

Penny Marshall’s death reminds me that I’ve never seen A League of Their Own. Nor most baseball-themed movies for that matter. Which gives me a notion for a new movie-watching project… https://t.co/gAhJYzkWc6 #tweet

Apologies in advance to everyone to whom we’re sending an Xmas card for the state of my cursive handwriting #tweet

Unpopular opinion: I don’t get the fuss over IDLES. They’re fine and all, they just do nothing for me #tweet

Woke up expecting some major changes to WWE, and what do I get? That hoary old ‘McMahons = ratings’ shibboleth #tweet

Couldn’t help but notice that guy with the luminous green shirt wasn’t at ringside for WWE TLC last night. I’m both delighted at the change and concerned for his wellbeing #tweet

I still haven’t shaken off this cold. How many days has it been now? #tweet

Hey, you know that Greta Van Fleet album everyone was shitting on recently? Was it really produced by the same guy who did those Don Caballero records? #tweet

Nah, it doesn't work. The interface works, but it doesn't do anything. I tried Mobius instead; that does work standalone, but not great (too much background noise), and the AU plugin doesn't show up in GarageBand https://t.co/fyRyzMYW5P #tweet

Long day/night at work, then finishing the Robert Forster Go-Betweens book and… I’m floored #tweet

Here it is, the first Meat Puppets song from the original lineup in over 23 years. Sounds like it’s from that era, too, with a touch of Up on the Sun psych in the solos. By the way, here's a bonus live set from June. #video

I may have jumped the gun on this and my current setup might work just enough, but I won't have time to test it till Sunday https://t.co/lQErdpZddW #tweet

Unexpected Xmas gift in the post from one of my freelance clients just put a smile on my face this freezing morning #tweet

Read 100 pages of Robert Forster’s memoir-slash-story of The Go-Betweens today. It’s very good, people #tweet

Does anyone I know have JACK and/or SooperLooper running on macOS Mojave? I can’t get it working here, please explain it to me like I’m dumb #tweet

I’ve had this annoying cold for almost two weeks but at least it’s just a cold and not something worse #tweet

Capturing sound from Mac apps on a budget

One relatively niche tool that I’ve found incredibly useful in my media doings over the last few years is Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack for macOS. Essentially it’s a one-stop shop for recording audio from any source on your Mac: you point it to where the sound is coming from, like an external mic or a VOIP app like Skype (to use examples I’ve relied on in the past), press record and bam, there’s a file, ready to go.

I can tell you it’s made the process of recording phone interviews much less painless, no faffing around with extra cables or hardware required. However, as great as it is at what it does — and its toolset goes way beyond my basic audio capturing requirements — it’s not cheap. More…

Went to see Les Mis last night. Great show, fantastic staging. Not great roles for women, though. And could’ve done without the casual antisemitism and homophobia at the end #tweet