We’re All Working (Out) From Home

MC: All right. Well that about does it for our discussion about working out at home, and we are going to take a break now. When we come back, we’ll talk about our recommendations.


MC: OK, welcome back. Brian Barrett, this works just like baseball, where the guest bats first. So tell us, what is your recommendation?

BB: Thanks, Mike. I’m going to recommend Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy—three books about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Mirror & the Light. They’re great. The first two won the Booker Prize, which is a big prestigious literary award in England. The third one is shortlisted, I believe, or long listed. It’s on a list for the Booker Prize this year. And it’s a great journey. I just finished The Mirror & the Light. It only took me two months to get through, but it was worth it. So yeah, those books together.

MC: So it’s like an ultramarathon reading experience.

BB: Yeah. Mike, we’ve gone from baseball to ultramarathon in a span of 90 seconds. I love it.

MC: I also understand bowling references. So I’ll throw a couple of those in later.

BB: Can you spare us one?

MC: Oh no.

BB: Can you spare …

MC: Get your mind out of the gutter. Lauren, what is your recommendation?

LG: My recommendation has been recommended at least twice before on this show by our WIRED colleagues, but I started watching it last weekend. I’m on episode 10, and it is as good as everybody says. It’s I May Destroy You, which is currently available on HBO or HBO Max or HBO Go or HBO, whichever HBO app you have, since we all tend to be a little bit confused by them. It’s there. Michaela Coel stars in it. She codirects it, she’s amazing, she’s completely captivating. I do need to warn listeners that it includes subject matter related to sexual assault. So that could be something that is triggering and very upsetting for some people. That said, if you choose to watch it, or you feel like you can watch it, I think it’s absolutely worth it. And I think it’s brilliant. So I May Destroy You, for the third time on the Gadget Lab podcast, I’m recommending it.

MC: Nice.

LG: Mike, what’s your recommendation?

MC: I would like to recommend a YouTube channel run by Reverb.com. So back in the day, when you wanted to buy a guitar or a bass or a set of drums or any type of musical equipment on the internet, you had to go to eBay or Craigslist. And then maybe about seven or eight years ago, this company came along called Reverb, and they started this marketplace for used and new, but mostly used, musical instruments. And it’s really become the hub on the internet for people who want to buy and sell music gear. They have a YouTube channel, which basically tells you what to look for when you’re buying a distortion pedal or what the difference is between a Mexican Stratocaster and an American Stratocaster. Sort of like buying advice for people who shop. But lately this summer, they’ve done a lot more video tutorials about making music at home.

So how to get new and cool sounds out of synthesizers, ways to mic up a guitar amp, so you can record music at home. And as a musician and as somebody who records music in my home, I have been infatuated by this YouTube channel. I’ve just gone back and watched the last three or four months worth of content in the last week or so. These videos are fun. They’re informational. And they’re the type of thing that, even if you’re not a super crazy gear head, you would still benefit from and you still might enjoy watching because they’re soothing and fun and just done in a real entertaining way. So that is my recommendation, that you subscribe to Reverb’s YouTube channel.

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