Love What You Do

I’m in the interview process at Automattic and I could ‘t be more nervous and excited! Eeee! I encourage everyone to at least check out the positions at Automattic. It seems like an amazing team to work with.

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It’s coming up on the one year mark from when I started my Trial with Automattic and I’ve been working full time here for about ten months now. Looking back on my past jobs and places I’ve worked I really don’t remember a time where at this point I wasn’t looking for other opportunities. Not this time. There isn’t any part of me that wants to be looking to move anywhere else. When I realized this I thought I should sit and think about what makes this company so different for me.

There are the obvious things that you can see when you read the benefits on the Work With Us page, and although those go to show that they do value you as an employee and want to keep you happy, that is really only a small part of it for me.

One of the biggest things for me…

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Depression is difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t lived it first-hand. Thoughts are encrusted in an impenetrable negativity and lack of self-worth, but you can’t see thoughts.

Depression isn’t always detectable, as pharmaceutical ads have historically displayed people with depression to be –sad, brooding and unkempt– but this perspective is slowly (and thankfully) changing.

Depression is an invisible illness and, despite much research of the illness, it is still highly misunderstood. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, depression is the top cause of disability worldwide.

I create these graphics as a way to help others understand how a person living with depression might respond and to support my fellow humans who valiantly live with depression every day.

You can follow these #DepressionSaysThis posts and other images I create on my Instagram account @lady_archiva



Graphics are created using Canva  (@Canva) & FontCandy (@easytigerapps).

Q&A with Mauro Remiddi (AKA Porcelain Raft).

I’m in the process of writing up a piece about Porcelain Raft for a Seattle webzine, the SunBreak. I went to his show at The Barboza almost two weeks ago and have been listening to his music since then; mostly tunes from his latest full album (more mellow than his older stuff) release, Microclimate.

I introduced myself to Mauro after the show and asked if I could email him with questions. He is a pleasant, kind, and thoughtful person and I can’t wait to share my article with you! (Addendum: You can read my published article, “Sonically and Soulfully Adrift with Porcelain Raft.”)

In the meantime, check out the live Porcelain Raft performance from 2015 on 90.3 KEXP, and read the full Q&A exchange he and I had via email.

*Responses were not edited in any way. I wanted to leave the text as Mauro wrote it. You can kind of ‘hear’ his accent.* 🙂

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 9.39.19 PM Photos: Odawni AJ Palmer @ The Barboza in Seattle, 2015
(Created with the .@instagram layout app.)


OP: During the show, you mentioned that you love Seattle but you weren’t sure why. What three words come to mind when you think of Seattle?

MR: Well I guess it’s something I can’t put my finger on, aside the beautiful nature around it, the friendly people that live in the city, the general not-pretentious genuine interested people have about music, I think what I liked the most has to do with the actual land Seattle in built on. Something about that specific geographic area of US, very powerful stuff I can’t explain.

OP: I noticed you were holding a baby in a recent Instagram photo. What’s your experience as a Dad been like? How has it impacted your creative process?

MR: It doesn’t impact ‘something’, it changes in a total way the way you are, the way you think and the way you talk to yourself. It’s not an impact to an existing life, it’s a brand new planet that unfolds as the days pass by.

OP: I’ve read that your latest album, “Microclimate,” was inspired by the time you spent in places by the water like California. What are some of your current inspirations?

MR: Right now I’m in Rome for a visit and to play few gigs in Italy. There’s this part of the outskirt of Rome where my parents live, a small Church is being built where before there was a dump, people in this very small community are
tacking care of a huge garden by the church, planting flowers and all sorts of playgrounds. I use to play in that very spot when I was 10 and it was the most dirty rubbish wasteland, now it’s incredibly green and peaceful. I’m walking and sending time there everyday since I arrived in Rome.
OP: One of the things I enjoy most about your performances is that they, like your music, feel intimate and organic. Is creating an intimate atmosphere an important aspect of playing your music live? Do you seek out venues with intimate spaces? 

MR: That’s a great question because I don’t think you can separate
performance / music to the place it was meant to be played. Certain things work because are small, you pump them up to be big, bolder and brighter and they wouldn’t work. So the space where the music is played is the room where the sound was meant to float.
I wouldn’t play bigger room because my music wouldn’t make too much sense otherwise.
OP: Your cover of “Stool Pigeon Blues” was excellent. I confess, I Googled lyrics from the song to find the original version and was surprised to learn that it was an old blues song. How has blues music influenced your own music?

MR: I think I was never influenced by a genre of music but influenced by the way certain music is delivered, those words together with the voice with that intention and so forth.
The soul of the singer. What else there’s left to hear?

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Photos: Odawni AJ Palmer @ Sunset Tavern in Seattle, 2017.

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