Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Proud Mary

Left a good job in the city
Workin’ for the man ev’ry night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleepin’
Worryin’ ’bout the way things might have been

A song about freedom. According to Wikipedia, the first line was inspired by Fogerty being discharged from the National Guard.

It’s a great piece of rootsy, raw country rock from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s second album, Bayou Country.


This version seems to be from the Johnny Cash Show…

What history will remember – @DailyStoic

The Daily Stoic is a great resource and I love their daily emails. This is from the 7th August, quoting Brand Blanshard on Marcus Aurelius:

“Few care now about the marches and counter marches of the Roman commanders. What the centuries have clung to is a notebook of thoughts by a man whose real life was largely unknown who put down in the midnight dimness of not the events of the day or the plans of the morrow, but something of far more permanent interest, the ideals and aspirations that a rare spirit lived by.”

I’ve only recently discovered the site, but they have a useful “beginners’ guide” here.

The above quotation, I think, originates from Brand Blanshard’s Four Reasonable Men.


Being discovered – @thisisseth

A great reminder from Seth Godin. Everyone wants to be “discovered”, everyone wants to be an “overnight success”.

The reality is that you have to pay your dues, you have to work for years to reach the night over which your success happens. Jimmy Page (and, indeed, the recently departed Glen Campbell) were session guitarists before their fame. Hendrix, too, was a backing musician. Einstein was a patent clerk.

As Seth says:

The thing about being discovered is that in addition to being fabulous, it’s incredibly rare. Because few people have the time or energy to go hunting for something that might not be there.

The alternative?

To be sought out.

Instead of hoping that people will find you, the alternative is to become the sort of person these people will go looking for.

Read the rest, here.


Photo by Jaro León on Unsplash

Songs for Sovereign Professionals: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

We gotta get out of this place
If its the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
‘Cause girl, there’s a better life
For me and you

Just in case you’re stuck in salary-slavery, or need to remember why you ever left its cosy embrace.

You’ll be dead before your time is due
I know it
Watch my daddy in bed and tired
Watch his hair been turning gray
He’s been working and slaving his life away

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place was a 1965 single from The Animals and it subsequently appeared on their second album, Animal Tracks.

This 1965 TV performance has a bonus appearance by a young Dr. Duckie Mallard, or is it Ilya Kuruakin? I get them so confused.

Even allowing for the cheesiness of 1960s TV, the band manages a commanding, moody performance.

Tools and kit – the A4 Lihit Lab Teffa Bag-in-Bag

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference.

I needed a sleeve to provide a little extra padding for my laptop and the Teffa Bag-in-Bag from Lihit Lab is ideal. It’s constructed in tough black nylon (or orange or lime-green, if you prefer) and has a handy array of pockets on the front.


The internal dimensions are a generous A4 size (33.5 x 25 cm to the edge of the lining and about 40.5 cm across the diagonal) which easily holds my 13″ laptop. The pockets were a bonus for me but make the bag versatile enough that I’ve occasionally used it on its own as a portfolio.

And, let’s not get overly-anoraky. It cost just £10 (since increased to £11.53), including free postage from Japan. I’d have paid twice as much or maybe more to get the right solution.

Lihit Lab’s own website is an auto-translated delight, which offers the following additional selling points:

  • “There is a lid for fall prevention in a pocket with a gusset. (When not using a lid, it can be harvested inside the pocket.)”
  • “A main pocket opens in “letter of KO” big by the double zipper.”
  • “Even if it’s dropped with a cushion of POINT 4 2mm Atsushi, I’m relieved.”

Mercifully, you can also buy it from Amazon, here.

I originally found the Teffa Bag-in-Bag in this review on The Well-Organised Desk. It shows a different use-case and a more detailed review.