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TravelsRolling Steel TentAugust 4, 2021
 Monsoon season in the Southwest means every day looks like rain. Big fat clouds roll in and out, sometimes dropping rain but more likely not—at least where you happen to…
HomesteadingBedlam Farm JournalAugust 4, 2021
“With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been…
PersonalMario VillalobosAugust 4, 2021
That’s the current air quality index in my part of Montana. The air quality here has been unhealthy for weeks, but I’ve never seen the index so high. I can…
TechnologyGreg MorrisAugust 4, 2021
I am sure I will keep going on about it, and also spam my Instragram now, but having a camera back is a great feeling. I am no Peter McKinnon…
HomesteadingBedlam Farm JournalAugust 4, 2021
Principal Mike Tolan, art and theology teacher Sue Silverstein, and the statute the students and staff call “High Five Jesus” all thank you, as do I, for the remarkable and…
PhotographyThe Online PhotographerAugust 4, 2021
This is interesting—it's called the Grid illusion. A color grid is laid over a black-and-white image and, for most of us anyway, our minds fill in solid colors to an…
PersonalWinnie LimAugust 4, 2021
It all started when my partner wanted to acquire a camera because she wanted better pictures for her art. I thought she was being picky, and that her iphone took…
ArtistsGwenn SeemelAugust 4, 2021
Librarian Nathalie handing over a sticker, photo by Gwenn Seemel When you show up at the Princeton Public Library’s Letter Love exhibit in person, you get a special prize: a…
PersonalbeetleypeteAugust 4, 2021
In the last month, I have had 33 new followers who had no link to their blog or website attached to their Gravatar image or graphic. That is 33 people…
PersonalbeetleypeteAugust 4, 2021
This is the twenty-third part of a fiction serial, in 804 words. There were two officers this time, Edgar noticed, and one of them was female. “Is this about the…
PersonalThe Idea-smithy: Adventures of a Paper Plane PilotAugust 4, 2021
I don’t think I grasped that a new normal would have to be a new idea of normal. I don’t know if I’ll ever travel by junta public transport again,…
HomesteadingBedlam Farm JournalAugust 4, 2021
Today, Moise and his family began bringing their horse buggies and horses into the new barn. Tomorrow, they spread straw and hay. The horses seemed very content in their new…
HomesteadingBedlam Farm JournalAugust 4, 2021
A video came to us today that left me speechless. I love border collies, and I am rarely surprised by the amazing things they do, but this video of a…
PersonalOm Malik – On my OmAugust 3, 2021
Sitting inside my concrete cocoon, mid-way between the soaring blue sky and the shaded San Francisco side street, I can see the blue waters of the San Francisco bay. It…
PersonalOm Malik – On my OmAugust 3, 2021
Square, the other company, started by Jack Dorsey, recently announced that it is buying Afterpay, a Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) company, for a whopping $29 billion. The BNPL category is…
PersonalOm Malik – On my OmAugust 3, 2021
Betting on sports is becoming a disease so pervasive that soon we will wake up and talk about it how we talk about the opioid epidemic. Having realized that sports…
TravelsRolling Steel TentAugust 3, 2021
 
ArtistsAustin KleonAugust 3, 2021
The physicist Carlo Rovelli has a beautiful way of talking about science in terms of ignorance and curiosity. In Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution, he writes: I believe that…
ArtistsAustin KleonAugust 3, 2021
I drew my friend Rob Walker on Zoom today making the case for curiosity. Do check out his book, The Art of Noticing, and his excellent, excellent newsletter. (I drew…
HomesteadingBedlam Farm JournalAugust 3, 2021
It was a great year for Bishop Maginn and an awful year for young people in Albany. We can do something about it. Someone at Bishop Maginn High School asked…
PersonalJonathan Wrote ThisAugust 3, 2021
After waking up a little after 7am this morning I watched the clock tick for the better part of half an hour before scraping myself out of bed, pulling some…
PersonalMario VillalobosAugust 3, 2021
I didn’t really get into comics under after college. It was one of those things I always wanted to get into but for one reason or another (money, mostly), I…
TravelsRoad to the SeaAugust 3, 2021
After circling Wrangell Island, we did stay the work week in the Wrangell city marina, although you may think I am lying as there is not a single photo of…
PhotographyThe Online PhotographerAugust 3, 2021
Me and my beloved grandmother, ages 71 and 15. This picture would not make the cut even though I love it. A "Baker's Dozen" is a portfolio of a dozen…
ArtistsAustin KleonAugust 3, 2021
Here are some printing experiments with a leftover red onion and blue ink stamp, a la Bruno Munari’s Roses in the Salad. Onions make dope stamps FYIhttps://t.co/xuf82VwQ0I pic.twitter.com/3OBvsX5O1l — Austin…
ArtistsAustin KleonAugust 3, 2021
The physicist Carlo Rovelli and the filmmaker Michael Mann have become entangled in my mind. When I was reading The Order of Time I couldn’t help but think of Heat.…
ArtistsAustin KleonAugust 3, 2021
This morning’s copied and marked-up poem is Kay Ryan’s wonderful “Lime Light,” collected in The Best of It. Ryan’s poems will often start by thinking about clichés: Her poems, she says,…
TechnologyFlameeyes’s WeblogAugust 3, 2021
Since we moved to this flat, one of my wishlist item was to have a way to control the HVAC (heat, ventilation, and air conditioning) without having to get out…
PersonalbeetleypeteAugust 3, 2021
This is the twenty-second part of a fiction serial, in 751 words. Edgar Lexham was cutting the extensive grass at the front of his house as the police car stopped…
PersonalbeetleypeteAugust 3, 2021
As I was finishing the walk with Ollie yesterday, I was heading past the small playground on Beetley Meadows in the direction of one of the exits. Two young mums…
PersonalThe Idea-smithy: Adventures of a Paper Plane PilotAugust 3, 2021
Clubhouse has really brought home the meaning of this phrase. The ability to read a room is a fundamental social skill involving waiting, watching & listening. Any adult who doesn’t…
PersonalMario VillalobosAugust 3, 2021
I finally made time to watch Demon Slayer: Mugen Train this evening, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve been without Demon Slayer for almost five months, and I remembered why…
PersonalChris AldrichAugust 2, 2021
I like the differentiation that Jared has made here on his homepage with categories for “fast” and “slow” posts. It’s reminiscent of the system 1 (fast) and system2 (slow) ideas…
TechnologyThe Cheapskate’s GuideAugust 2, 2021
AntiX is the only currently-supported Linux distribution of which I am aware that Linux newbies can install and run on near-vintage computers with only 256 MB of RAM.
TechnologyKev QuirkAugust 2, 2021
So remember a couple of days ago when I announced I would be killing The Meta Letter? Well, off the back of that announcement I received TONNES of requests (3…
PersonalOm Malik – On my OmAugust 2, 2021
I am currently working on many new ideas, and I find that all the research and information I gather is put to good use if I write it down. More…
PhotographyThe Online PhotographerAugust 2, 2021
This is partly tongue-in-cheek, but, if I were constructing a contest for smartphone pix qua smartphone pix—that is, pictures that embody what entrants think smartphone cameras are good for or…
PersonalbeetleypeteAugust 2, 2021
This is the twenty-first part of a fiction serial, in 803 words. Although he was French-Canadian, Julien didn’t speak French to them as they drove along. He didn’t speak English…
PersonalThe Idea-smithy: Adventures of a Paper Plane PilotAugust 2, 2021
We are raw from sharp experienceCarrying knives of words& chisels of pain My jealousy is smoothly curvedAnd you stick pinpoints of insight into itLeaving them to harden overnight Then, as…
PersonalOm Malik – On my OmAugust 1, 2021
What’s so great about summer? Quite a few things, but for me, it is Fogust: the foggy month of August that we get to enjoy in San Francisco. August is…
PhotographyThe Online PhotographerAugust 1, 2021
A couple of years ago, a small disaster took place. Or so I thought. I had issued a "call for work" for pictures themed around museums, to create one of…
PersonalJonathan Wrote ThisAugust 1, 2021
I took part in my first “Parkrun” yesterday morning – a regular weekly 5 kilometre run around the big park in town. Parkrun operates all over the world – you…
PersonalThe Idea-smithy: Adventures of a Paper Plane PilotAugust 1, 2021
My calling card is a color. One dab gives you a peek into a thousand stories, my stories. Ugly Duckling. SlumdogCinderella without a Fairy Godmother. Poor thing. Wear dark colors,…
PhotographyThe Online PhotographerJuly 31, 2021
Photo by Benjamin Kelley, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. "I’ve been photographing my daughter looking at art for a number of years now. She was newly four here, in 2015. This was…
HomesteadingYellow Cottage HomesteadJuly 31, 2021
Counting down the Caturdays too…. Here’s Porcini waiting for food in the feeder: Porcini and Bella: Porcini closeup: Waiting for breakfast in the comfort of the cat house: Another Porcini…
TechnologyThe New OilJuly 31, 2021
Once, I saw a Reddit post where someone asked something along the lines of “I’m moving into a new apartment soon, how can I check for hidden cameras?” While hidden…
ArtistsGwenn SeemelJuly 31, 2021
Making Art More Accessible with a Simple Adjustment July 31, 2021 At first glance, my exhibit in the Princeton Public Library’s reading room looks a little off. All the paintings…
PersonalThe Idea-smithy: Adventures of a Paper Plane PilotJuly 31, 2021
You had me at eye contactKind words & other trespassesBut you are uncomfortable in silencesIn the no-man’s land of sighs & whispersIn sensations that carry no words, feelings that floatSo…
PersonalDerek’s Digital GardenJuly 30, 2021
Matthew Butterick, font designer and author of Practical Typography1, mentioned an idea that deeply resonated with me in his email list. Unfortunately, there’s no web version to link to. I’ve…
HomesteadingYellow Cottage HomesteadJuly 30, 2021
Since we’ve sold our homestead, how many more Flock Fridays and Caturdays will there be? Probably four after this one; I plan to discontinue this blog at the end of…
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