I don’t understand how to use blocks vs. pages vs. documents in Craft. I may just need to use it more, but right now it’s not clicking, and is making Roam and org-roam look simpler in comparison. Will keep trying, though!
Well, thanks a lot @jack - Now I’ve opened the Pandora’s box of Craft. ;)
I’m 50 and have been typing “incorrectly” for 38 years, ever since I got a TI-99/4a computer. All this time I’ve been using nine of my 10 fingers. When I pay attention, I can get up to around 65 WPM. Is it worth learning to touch-type now?
Wow, @jack – I can’t believe I waited this long to get a fountain pen! Bought a red Lamy Safari (and a Rhodia Reverse Book) today and I love it. Thank you for the push. 😊
Now this looks fun, and an excuse to buy a not-that-expensive photo printer:
Why do it myself instead of using a printing service? That paper, for one. I’ve never found a single shop that offers paper I like for small prints. But also because, as I said earlier, for me, the joy comes from creating these, slowly, on my own time. It feels like craftwork and connects me to the printed images.
Thank you to @tgray for sharing his presets and knowledge about how to make photos from the Ricoh GR look even more amazing in Lightroom. The camera arrived yesterday and it is definitely the right one for me.
One thing I don’t know how to address in Johnny.Decimal: Where to put things along the spectrum of widely available/low security <—> reduced access/high security. Oh, and also the small capacity <—> big capacity continuum. Like, I have a small pile of non-sensitive random files in Google Drive that are mostly there to share with people, a bunch more less-random stuff in Dropbox that stays there because it’s easy to sync with and edit on mobile and I pay for lots of space, and a ton of more sensitive documents only on my MacBook and an external drive where I have gobs of space and certain tools only available on the laptop. I don’t think I’m supposed to duplicate all of the same folders across all these storage platforms, but I guess any categories + IDs that do make it to those platforms are supposed to stay consistent, even if the platforms hold different pieces of the entire J.D universe of files?
To think about something other than the news for a minute, this thread from The Museum of English Rural Life is delightful and right up some M.b-ers’ alley: twitter.com/TheMERL/s…
This looks like loads of fun. Just wish I had seen it a few days ago!
Ok FINE. I’ll pronounce it “soo-doo”, since the dude that invented it (Bob Coggeshall) says it that way. youtu.be/LaAwl3HN5…
I’d love a journal app with built-in limitations on the number of lines per day, the way Tot is limited in its total number of notes. Give me 10–12 lines/day and I’ll fit all the “this happened today” bullets in. Roam is great for notes, but it gives me almost too much freedom.
I wish my wife and I could go to the library again and just hang out and browse and read, without masks or worry.
When adding a new drive to Backblaze in Mojave, you may need to revoke and re-grant Full Disk Access
For me, turntables are the Emacs of audio: effort + research to understand what at first looks simple, endless tweaking, lots of variables and settings, inefficient, require manual work, glorious once they’re tuned, easy to obsess about, and more fun than any other similar tool.
Last weekend we were cleaning out and rearranging. I collected all the journals I could find and managed to fit every one in that blue tub. I love that these are all sprawled out on the kitchen floor in this decidedly unsexy, un-minimal photo. What a glorious mess!
I can’t believe I didn’t care about seeing “Hamilton” sooner. I watched it (for the first time) along with the rest of the world on Disney+ on Friday night. I didn’t expect historical accuracy or the full context of everything else going on at the time, so I’m ok with it being an incomplete picture of Hamilton’s virtues and flaws, and a rosy, shallow picture of the American Revolution. But as an artistic feat of vision, acting, singing, craft, composition, lyrics, dance, and set design, it’s utterly perfect. Overwhelming, even. I just don’t know enough about theatre to have any idea of how all those facets of a production can come together so perfectly and in the right sequence to pull off a show like this, but watching it gave me a sense of what’s it’s like to experience a bunch of Broadway luminaries at the top of their powers. Wow!
Well, that’s done! @canion
As long as I’ve been on here, I’m still delighted every time I make it far enough in the timeline to get to the “Show More” button, and I remember it’s up to me whether I keep going.
I need to remember this: Even though I’m not what we regard as an essential worker, I can still try to do my job in a way that makes it as essential as possible.
Oops, @danielpunkass - Forgot to attach the photo!
This Twitter thread from SwiftOnSecurity about “data archival and integrity across decades” gives me chills. I’ve done things similar to almost every example here.
I saw this updated icon for Mixcloud on my phone and thought “ooooh what Emacs-related thing did I download and forget about??” No such luck.
The weird thing about not writing a fresh Today task list on paper every morning is that I don’t know how far behind I am day-to-day (or how much I’m keeping up, which is rare anyway). If I do make a fresh list and move yesterday’s undone things forward, I have better clarity about how much is slipping and I feel worse about it. I can’t win.
Republican senators are a bunch of entitled, arrogant babies. If part of many peoples’ jobs requires sitting in boring meetings that they’d rather not be in, these assholes can at least pretend to pay attention to the “trial” when they’re paid by the taxpayers to be there.
Roam is like microblogging for your notes. You don’t have to have a title for each thought; you can just keep adding bullets. It makes even TiddlyWiki look like too much work when you have a random thing you want to add, but TiddlyWiki is way better for distilling the messy Roam stuff down for public consumption (for me).
Roon is eating my turntable ALIVE.
Rest in peace, Neil Peart. I don’t even know where to start with this one. He’s the whole reason I ever started playing drums. www.cbc.ca/news/ente…
This video demo of Roam is just incredible. It’s like watching someone use Emacs or Vim when I don’t understand the keyboard shortcuts, but with the ability to slice and dice and hyperlink everything in real time.
Bianna Golodryga left the USSR at 18 months old to live in Texas with her parents. This clip of her speaking fluent Russian to Costa Ronin of ‘The Americans’ is making me want to pick my Russian lessons back up on Babbel. It’s like music!
If I were to buy an iPad Pro 12.9” on say, the day after Thanksgiving, I assume 256 GB is the more future-proof choice and 64 GB is skimpy? Hypothetical iPad would be used at home for drawing/painting, Photoshop, maybe Lightroom, watching TV/movies, and the Minimoog Model D app.
Terry O’Neill, British photographer who captured swinging ’60s London, dies at 81 | Washington Post.
Wow, what an eye he had.
Just used Drafts to write two long email responses to old friends. It takes the pressure and urgency out of composing text in a fragile web browser window. I used to email friends all the time, but it’s rare these days. Let the tilting at windmills begin!
Just when I’m getting the hang of the Bullet Journaling classic syntax, I see this Adam Savage article about the magic of filling in checkboxes.
When I see mentions of slowing productivity growth, I honestly wonder whether it’s tied to the rise of instant messaging software in the workplace. IM popping up => My flow is wrecked.
If I continue to capture possible to-do’s faster than I can complete them, the undone ones are either going to languish unprocessed in the Field Notes bullet journal where they were originally written, or they’re going to grow mold and sit forever in highly structured org-mode files. I honestly don’t know if one outcome is better than the other, or if it even matters.
Doesn’t the idea of switching RAW photo editors just make people go into a cold sweat? When I think of the rickety workflow I made in Lightroom for the Panasonic GX1, and the import presets I bought and relied on to fix the color, there’s no way I could open those files in another editor and count on them to look right. It’s enough to make a person want to set their camera to just take JPEGs (if they have a camera they can trust to take good JPEGs).
I’m just gonna say that while I don’t have any use for Dark Mode on macOS, I enjoy it on the iPhone. Besides being easier to read in the various dark environments mobile devices encounter at night, it’s just more fun!
Derek Sivers: Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals
If you care about your thoughts, keep them.
One of the great things about our local grocery store (Outpost) is that almost every time I go in, I end up doing Shazam on at least one song I hear in there. This last time, I got three in a row from this wonderful Video Age album: album.link/us/i/1171…
OMG I cannot wait to see The Lighthouse when it comes to town. Shot on 35mm black & white film, and with mono sound. And, of course, it’s supposed to be a crazy story. Swoon…
Instagram in iOS Dark Mode is 👍⭐️👍. So much more enjoyable.
Argh, correction: Markdown (sp)
I don’t know why Bandcamp doesn’t make a bigger deal about how some of their FLAC downloads are 96 kHz/24-bit. Seems like half the time that I buy and download something, it’ll be regular 44.1 kHz/16-bit, but other times it’s hi-res. It’s nice!
Just found my new favorite photographer, David Alan Harvey. Thanks to my friend Kristin for pointing him out!
Some people have a Zen garden, I have my Emacs configuration.
I’m nowhere near this level of Emacs customization or knowledge, but what a great quote from Christian Bäuerlein.
Every time I get close to ditching Day One in favor of journaling in text-files, I randomly run across a long-forgotten Day One entry with a photo and a paragraph about a moment or a day, and I’m reminded of how images + text add to each other.
That’s me, my wife Sarah, and our friend Peg on the roof of Dogtown Brewing. I don’t know why I look a bit high, but I swear it was only because of the company, the beer, and the cloudy skies. (Photo by Peg!)
When YouTube’s algorithm is good, it really gets me: Black Sabbath, “War Pigs” live in 1974 youtu.be/UogPgnYoJ…
I just saw Easy Rider for the first time two weeks ago. I’m glad it happened to be while Peter Fonda was still alive. The gravitational field around him seemed to slow time down in that movie. RIP.
I really want to find a perfect use case for Standard Notes because it’s so good, but I already have so many non-sensitive things in plain text, or important stuff in 1Password, or journal stuff in Day One. Everything feels covered without adding one more (great) app. Sigh.
Every time I hear someone say they’ve stopped using their phone to process email and are doing it on a laptop/desktop, I think, “That’s a really good idea”. (See Mac Power Users, episode 488)
Just fixed my old Sony MiniDisc deck and busted these out. I have 3x more discs than I remembered! Now to figure out what’s on the unlabeled ones.
Two of the sweet ladies who run the cash registers in our work cafeteria occasionally speak to each other in their native Spanish and it is a joy and makes my day every time I hear it. Seems like that shouldn’t be a radical thing to say, but reading the news now it almost feels like it is.
My yearly Wimbledon happy-place.
Watching a Perry Mason from 1958. I’m now 8 years older than William Burr and 5 years older than William Talman (Hamilton Burger).
You know you’ve adopted canonical bullet journaling (with true bullets for tasks) when you open a pre-bullet-journal notebook and see your old checkboxes and think they’re too ornate.
In the last 7 days I’ve used Twitterrific for 4 hours, 52 minutes. And I somehow have trouble finding time to read books.
Momma continues to write music way beyond their years. Here’s their new 7” on Bandcamp.
Setapp continues to add apps faster than I can ever hope to evaluate them. A good problem to have!
I apologize if this has been asked and answered before, but is there a way to get an RSS feed for just a particular category of posts for a paid/hosted Micro.blog site? I’d love to be able to post to my M.b timeline only the items I tag as “timeline”. cc @help
“If I have a superpower – heh! – it is that I am very flexible. I am constantly absorbing new ways of looking at life but still maintaining the seeds of who I am. I hunger for being proven wrong or directed in a different way.” Searching for goodness, he says, is simple. “In your daily life, you can focus on the person who cuts you off in traffic, or you can focus on how beautiful the blue sky is when the person cuts you off in traffic. Everything was there before us and we choose what to focus on.”
🎵 The new Bill Callahan album, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, is gorgeous! Listened on Spotify this AM and will buy on LP this weekend.
Tonight I learned how to make an old iPad 2 control GarageBand on a MacBook Pro with the Logic Remote iOS app. Didn’t know this was possible before! apps.apple.com/us/app/lo…
Wow. What a treat to hear him tell the story: Rupert Neve Discusses Creating His First Transistor Based Mixing Console - Tape Op Magazine
If school grades kept going, I’d be graduating from 42nd grade in a couple of weeks. Yikes.
Celebrated International Tiara Day one day early at work today.
Sarah, just now: “When you go to Target, you’re gonna need to get me some cake.”
Now it’s been 10 straight days where I wake up and as soon as I get out of bed, this 2008 Jolie Holland track is in my brain. There’s something about the snakey melody of the verses that has lodged itself in that foggy morning thought pattern. I’m not exactly complaining, because it’s so good. But I’m going a little crazy. www.youtube.com/watch
Finally started paying for Letterboxd. It’d be worth it just for @bitdepth’s reviews alone!
Our house cleans up pretty nice when we make the effort! (But Roger can barely muster the energy to get off the couch and use the laptop.)
We saw our cute niece dance in the Minds In Motion performance with hundreds of other Richmond students tonight. One of the segments had four excellent professional dancers from the Richmond Ballet. Made me want to see ballet in person again, especially something by George Balanchine. And I see that they will do “Theme and Variations” (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky) in September!!
I wonder: How much does the typically rigorous process of nailing down requirements before evaluating/soliciting software/services hurt businesses more than it helps? I didn’t crystallize my own requirements for the bullet journal and Bellroy notebook cover until I started actually using them together. By diving in and trying stuff, I discovered uses for them I hadn’t anticipated. You can’t exactly dive in and try stuff before buying once you get to the level of procuring and customizing enterprise software, but I think there’s something there.
Our friends took us to see Temple Grandin speak at the Richmond Forum the other night. These are my notes. I tried not to take any for the first few minutes, but there was so much brain-expanding information, I had to jot some things!
The notes come out of him so quickly and with so much precision, he brings to mind an industrial sewing machine churning out a tapestry—only it’s creating the pattern while it’s doing the stitching.
I often open up my MacBook and am paralyzed by what to do first (or next). There are so many possibilities and rabbit holes waiting. To help keep me grounded, I made this list in a text file and used Nerdtool (similar to GeekTool) to display it on the desktop all the time.
My calendar told me that today is an old friend’s birthday. I sent him a real email message, like I did before I relied on Facebook for those tiny interactions for so many years. What an unexpected pleasure to start with a birthday greeting and then go into other actual topics!
Circuit simulations like www.falstad.com/circuit/ and www.falstad.com/circuit/e… give me the sinking feeling that I wouldn’t have failed out of electrical engineering if I had been born 30 years later. (Also, not knowing how to study didn’t help.)
Silver Spring, MD.
My new favorite band for this week: Moaning. They played this song last night in Richmond when they opened for Ex Hex, and it was even better than this version from KEXP: youtu.be/88nDDOis0…
I had no idea about this!
Funky Junction were an Irish rock band formed in 1972 specifically to record a single album of songs made famous by British band Deep Purple, which was released as Funky Junction Play a Tribute to Deep Purple in January 1973. Among the band’s lineup were all three members of the early 1970s incarnation of Thin Lizzy.
Man, I am super-glad I never tossed all my CDs like I was tempted to do so many times. Ripping stuff to FLAC for this gadget has breathed new life into the old discs!
It’s definitely raining today. Rest in peace, Scott Walker.
Buying and downloading FLAC albums from Bandcamp is so much more fun for me than streaming stuff from Spotify. Need to remind myself of this!
I’m using a 2017 stereo music player (Sony NW-A45) that reads microSD cards to play a 96kHz/24-bit FLAC rip of a vinyl UK mono pressing of Sgt. Pepper from 1968!
I googled for a few minutes last night for “best Gmail app for iOS”, and realized that 1. The Gmail app I already use is the best Gmail app for iOS, and, 2. I’m already forgetting that I’m trying to do email on the phone less, so no need to make it better and therefore spend more time on email on the phone.
S, from the kitchen: “PHIL! I’m coming back in there!”
Me: “Oh, I thought you said you were making toast and wouldn’t be back in here for a minute!”
S: “I was just singing about making toast later. That doesn’t give you permission to fart on the couch!”
Me: “Sorry! You mean, it doesn’t give me… Fart Blanche?”
Fabio of WFMU has Clay Pigeon sitting in with him on Strength Through Failure for the fundraiser right now and they’re cracking me up:
Fabio, remember when you met me and I didn’t know anything? And now I’m playing Can in the morning?
We met some new friends at dinner last night. They talked about bicycles and trails a lot. I had forgotten what a joy it is to hear people with deep knowledge and excitement talk and trade tips about a topic I don’t know anything about!
This Amazon ship-once-a-week option is a great example of arriving at an even better solution to efficiency by turning around and solving an entirely different problem. I’m happy to deescalate the arms race of faster and faster shipping and a sea of empty cardboard boxes.
You know you picked the wrong night to go to your favorite restaurant when it’s late and you’re the only customers there and you’re halfway through your food and the manager is sitting at a table on the other side of the room planning the next day’s stuff and he looks up and yells toward the kitchen, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?” and walks over to the kitchen window and says in a clearly audible tone to one of the chefs behind the grill, “Hey, that’s a BIG no-no. You can’t be doing that. I see you do that again and you’re outta here, you got me?” 😳
Mark Hollis of the band Talk Talk has died: www.theguardian.com/music/201…
One of the best things about writing a to-do list in Field Notes is that it’s self-limiting. I leave the bottom half of the page blank to write bullets about other things, what we ate, who we saw, where we went, etc. Once I hit that horizontal line, I can’t add anymore tasks!
I finally bought the Mastering Emacs book! I’ve done too much random googling without having a mental framework of what the hell is going on with Emacs. I need to start from a place of sanity, and I need to be able to work through a linear sequence of material, review what I’ve learned, and pick up where I left off.
When you have read this book you will understand Emacs
Yes. Obviously, Mickey Peterson knows how well I respond to a confident personality.
Narrowly averted a Field Notes emergency:
Me calling Sarah from work: “Do you, um, see my Field Notes on our dresser?”
S: “Nope, it’s right here on your desk.”
M: “Whew… Thank you, babe. All I needed to know.”
Fabio Roberti dedicated his entire January 24 “Strength Through Failure” show on WFMU to the memory of Jonas Mekas. There was music related to Mekas projects and films, and a few snippets of him speaking in films and interviews. So good, and sad.
Any day now, I expect iOS spell-check to finally understand that I’m trying to write “tiddler” and not “toddler”.
Me: “Are we watching TV while we eat dinner?”
Sarah: “YES! We’re not animals!”
Roger really likes to watch TV. He loves the new projector.
The Library of Congress “By the People” project looks wonderful and fun:
The application invites you to transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. Everyone is welcome to take part!
Listening to or reading something and internalizing the lessons is great, but doing too much of it too fast means I don’t take notes on it. That’s like meeting an interesting new person but never getting their contact info; you have no way to be friends in the future.
Sometimes, in meetings, I have to scribble down a non-work-related thought or question to hunt down later just to get it out of my head so I can pay attention to what’s going on in person. I use square checkboxes for these. Circles are for work-related tasks.
A friend of ours coined the term “hotbrain” for this and it is where I am right now. A fixation on something that makes my mind churn on a solution in the background, and the only way to keep functioning is to lasso it on paper.
I’m now getting sucked into the TiddlyWiki vortex again thanks to @jack ’s public wiki experiment at Rudimentary Lathe. I last used TiddlyWiki probably 12 years ago but I see it’s now way more capable and flexible and the community has exploded in the meantime. Looking back at Steven Berlin Johnson’s earth-shattering Tool For Thought article from 2005, and now Mike Caulfield’s more recent The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral (linked by many here on M.b) is just adding fuel to the fire.
Tried taking notes on a podcast episode on paper instead of in a text editor, and realized I can do that while sorting laundry!
Sarah and Roger, mother and son. When we adopted him, his SPCA listing said something to the effect of him liking to hang out on the couch and watch Netflix. Boy, was that ever right. July 4, 2018, Richmond, Va. • 📷 Olympus Infinity Stylus 🎞 Kodak Ultramax 400 ⚗️ @oldschoollab •
If I post something to my paid M.b-hosted site, whether it’s a short status update or a long post with a title, is there any way to make that post not show up in my feed here? Sometimes I want to post stuff there more for me to remember and not clutter up the timeline with it.
Phoenix Garden, July 3, 2018, Richmond, Va. The reds in this make me want to go back to Ultramax 400! • 📷 Olympus Infinity Stylus 🎞 Kodak Ultramax 400 ⚗️ @oldschoollab •
Oooooh, I see that Pseu Braun on WFMU will host “Jonestown Underground” on New Year’s Day from noon–3pm ET:
Kick off 2019 with three woozy hours of the coolest hooks from two of rock and roll’s most infamously temperamental American bandleaders, Lou Reed and Anton Newcombe. Adjust your New Year attitude with equal measure of detached cool and violent instability. Nothin’ but The Velvet Underground and Brian Jonestown Massacre played all show long.
Whoa! Just in time for the new year and new notebooks, this page from Lynda Barry’s Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. I believe I could handle a 5-minute daily diary. My wife got this book from a friend of ours. (thanks, Peggy!)
Lakeside Laundry, July 3, 2018, Richmond, Va. • 📷 Olympus Infinity Stylus 🎞 Kodak Ultramax 400 ⚗️ @oldschoollab •
Blossom Dearie’s first 1957 LP on Verve is delightful. She was only 32 when this was recorded, but sang and played with the calm confidence of a placid lake. Only discovered this album from Terry Teachout’s mention of “Blossom’s Blues”, which I found after seeing a D.G. Myers tweet mentioning Teachout as a friend, which I found after reading Myers’s moving and wise speech, Choosing life in the face of death, which started with googling “how use blog as commonplace book”. There’s where Saturday morning went.
OMG y’all, I had no idea Blossom Dearie played piano like Fred Astaire danced. Whew. Blossom Dearie - I wish you love + Impro blues (Live french TV 1965) - YouTube
Twitter feels like standing on the side of the highway while people drive by, shouting from their cars. Micro.blog feels like riding in a dining car on a train with a bunch of friendly people sitting around the bar, chatting deep into the night (and getting somewhere).
The problem with the holidays is that all the rich food I eat makes me feel like there’s a smart, lucid person inside fighting his way out of the foggy person on the outside.
Merry Christmas if you’re celebrating it! I appreciate you all. Happy holidays!
Jack Baty was given a ton of old negatives and scanned them all. These are just gorgeous. It makes me realize how much we have in common with people who lived so long ago.
(Thankful to Smokey Ardisson for highlighting this!)
I just now learned that this downtown Richmond building is called Gateway Plaza! July 5, 2018, Richmond, Va. • I know Instagram = Facebook and all, but if anyone is looking for a place that feels less gross than actual Facebook for posting random stuff, I heartily recommend micro.blog. I’m there at twelvety.micro.blog, paying for a hosted blog and glad to do it. • 📷 Pentax IQZoom 120Mi 🎞 Fujicolor C200 ⚗️ @oldschoollab •
This Bridget St. John LP, Ask Me No Questions, from 1969 is my favorite new old thing. Can’t believe I’d never heard of her! A voice sort of like Nico and songs and guitar that remind me of Nick Drake. Thanks to Ken Stringfellow for covering the title track the other night. ❤️
Oh my goodness. Reading about Micro.blog is not as instructive as diving in and looking at the conversations in the Timeline and Discover tab and seeing people talk to each other. The lack of the “likes” feature is a revelation to me. You “like” something by (gasp) responding to the person who wrote it. I’m ending up with more open browser tabs of interesting threads than I’ve ever experienced on Twitter or Facebook. This is old news to people who’ve been here a long time, I suppose.
Can’t get enough of the new @dominionenergy building taking shape, 600 Canal Place. July 5, 2018, Richmond, Va. • 📷 Pentax IQZoom 120Mi 🎞 Fujicolor C200 ⚗️ @oldschoollab •
There was probably a Cheese Columbo involved right before I took this at Coppola’s. June 26, 2018, Richmond, Va.
📷 Pentax IQZoom 120Mi
🎞 Fujicolor C200