Found Music, March 2022

– = track : = album 2022-03-31 Broadcast – Petal Alphabet (2006 Demo) | YouTube (audio), Aquarium Drunkard article 2022-03-31 Broadcast – Where Are You? (unreleased demo) | SoundCloud 2022-03-30 Broadcast: Mother Is The Milky Way. Re-issue of the 2009 tour-only limited release. | Bandcamp 2022-03-30 Broadcast – The Book Lovers | Bandcamp 2022-03-30 Beach Bunny – Oxygen. From Emotional Creature, out 7/22.…

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Found Music, February 2022

2022-02-27 Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden, per Torch 2022-02-27 Bob Vylan – We Live Here, per Matt 2022-02-25 LL Cool J – Around the Way Girl. Heard at Ardent Craft Ales. 2022-02-25 Doe St. – Race to 25, from Doe St. @TurntableReport on Twitter. 2022-02-23 Mark Lanegan Band: Bubblegum, per Matt 2022-02-22 Mark Lanegan Band – Ode to Sad Disco. Annie Zaleski on Twitter. 2022-02-22 Mark Lanegan: The Winding Sheet.…

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I made the pilgrimage to B&H. Don’t want to leave! @jack @alexjj

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. 😊

A Palm Zire 72 time-capsule has lessons for today

I dug my 2004-era Palm Zire 72 out of a drawer the other day for the first time in years. I thought I’d lost all the data on it until I remembered that I always used to back it up to the SD card which was still sitting in it. I restored the entire contents from that card and everything came back within a few minutes. DateBk5 calendar and to-do data, months of DayNotez journal entries, Pocket Quicken ledgers, blurry 1.…

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Now this looks fun, and an excuse to buy a not-that-expensive photo printer:

The Shoebox Project — laROQUE

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:…

This looks like loads of fun. Just wish I had seen it a few days ago!

Alan Roe’s Guide to 2020 Holiday Broadcasts on Shortwave (Version 5 Final) | The SWLing Post

Ok FINE. I’ll pronounce it “soo-doo”, since the dude that invented it (Bob Coggeshall) says it that way.…

Using iOS Shortcuts to horizontally combine photos

Sometimes today’s notes in the Field Notes bullet journal are split across pages and it takes more than one shot to get them in the iPhone. Depending on where the day starts and ends on whichever paper pages, I might end up with two square images to capture the day’s scribbles. I’d rather see those in Roam side-by-side instead of as images stacked on top of each other. I made a Combine Images Horizontally iOS Shortcut to accept one or more selected images in the Photos app, combine them horizontally, save them as a new photo, and then go to the most recent photos in the camera roll to get out of the “image selection” mode.…

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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.

An email to Andrew about Roam

My friend Andrew emailed me the other day to ask how I was liking Roam Research now that I’ve gone all-in on it. It turns out, I had some thoughts. :) He gave me permission to share my lengthy reply to him. It helped me think through some stuff, and I hope it’s useful to others! Hi Andrew! First of all, thank you for taking the time to wade through my Roam!…

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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

While trying to add the new Samsung T5 SSD (formatted with APFS) to the Backblaze Backup preference pane on macOS Mojave, I got this error message: Backblaze could not create a read-writable ‘.bzvol’ directory on that hard drive. Permissions on that drive are 774, and for that .bzvol folder they’re 777. Also, the drive is set to “Ignore ownership on this volume” anyway, so I didn’t think it was permissions.…

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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.

Keychron K2 keyboard

Five days into the Keychron K2 and here’s what I think. It’s definitely a good “starter” keyboard for someone who has only used membrane keyboards, or last used a mechanical 30 years ago (me). The good: It’s very nice looking, and I got the white LED version with the plastic case and ABS keys. The orange ESC key is beautiful, but only when the LEDs are off. (When they’re on, you can see how thin the keycaps are because the light shines through the orange.…

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When your MacBook Roon endpoint shows up as a green dot

This post is for Kevin on, who is having issues where his MacBook endpoint in Roon shows up as a green dot. This Roon page about signal paths explains what the green dot means: While the Mac software mixer does not do anything too gross, it might be performing software-based volume adjustments or sample rate conversion before playing the audio. As such, we can’t guarantee that the output quality is lossless, so we label it as “High Quality”.…

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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.

Losing my mind between Markdown and org-journal

Dammit I was this close to—no, actually, I was in the process of—abandoning org-journal in favor of dumber, easier Markdown files (using Drafts and BBEdit on the Mac and Editorial on iOS) to track daybook-things like when I paid bills and put paper checks in the mail. I thought org-mode files were too ugly when viewed in any non-org-aware text editor, especially on the space-cramped iPhone. I thought, “well, if nothing else, all this COVID-19 stuff is making me realize that life is too short to waste any more time than necessary on having a perfect system, and I might as well abandon having a perfectly consistent format since getting info into and out of Markdown is so easy, and I know I’m never going to back-enter all the old Markdown things into org-journal, so anything I search for in Emacs is going to be incomplete anyway, so why bother?…

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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.

That nagging feeling about digital journal apps

I have to write this all down to get it out of my head and make some sense out of it. I have that persistent, nagging feeling that all of my journal notes are splintering (because they are). It’d be funny to diagram this out like they do for rock band personnel timelines in Wikipedia. First there was Momento on iOS. Its layout from about 2011 is still my favorite digital journal layout ever.…

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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.

We saw the VMFA’s Edward Hopper and the American Hotel exhibit last night. This is Jo Hopper’s diary for winter 1952–1953, volume 19. It’s like an anti-bullet journal.

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).

Neil Peart (1952–2020)

Stewart Copeland made me notice drums, and Charlie Watts made me want to play them. Neil Peart made me want to learn how. He died on Jan. 7. Listening to Moving Pictures at work last Friday after I heard the news, I teared up towards the end of “Red Barchetta”. It sounded like Peart’s soul was running up a staircase of drums to the clouds. I’ve heard that song probably a hundred times before and this was the first time Geddy’s voice sounded sad, from out of nowhere.…

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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.…

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.

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.

Marie Yovanovitch's opening statement to the House Intelligence Committee

Excerpt: I come before you as an American citizen, who has devoted the majority of my life, 33 years, to service to the country that all of us love. Like my colleagues, I entered the Foreign Service understanding that my job was to implement the foreign policy interests of this nation, as defined by the President and Congress, and to do so regardless of which person or party was in power.…

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1Password and VC funding

There’s a ton of predictable piling-on on Twitter regarding the 1Password announcement about getting a VC infusion from Accel. I know the track record for these kinds of things isn’t great, but my opinion right now is that I don’t have enough information to have an opinion. All I have to go on is the years of reliable utility I’ve gotten out of 1Password. I’m as leery of “our incredible journey” language as everyone else is, but so many people are hyper-ready to dump a good app or service at the first mention of news like this.…

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Maybe the Weekly Review is the trusted system

I feel like I want the perfect “trusted system” that will tell me what to do each hour of today, when I wake up tomorrow, Tuesday evening of next week, and from the 10,000-ft and 50,000-ft views, too. But that system doesn’t exist. It has to be a combination of systems run and reviewed by a person (me) at a fairly regular interval. It’s like expecting a captain to steer the ship solely from a map without looking ahead at the unknowns on the horizon.…

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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.


Every time I turn around there’s someone talking about how “serverless” is the new hotness. I know it’s not even all that new now; it’s just that I’m only getting around to learning what it is. I get the practically infinite scalability of it, the mind-boggling dependencies that come with it, and for sure the no-brainer aspect of how it saves money by only charging for the CPU time you use.…

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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.

The regular benefits of Day One vs. the possibility of losing an entry

I’ve written this basic thought before, but anyway: I’ve never personally lost data (that I know of) with Day One, and I freak out periodically at the thought of any entries getting corrupted or zapped. The sysadmin in me says, “losing data must not happen”. But more often than the freak-outs, the “On This Day” feature pops up a photo combined with some forgotten thing I captured a long time ago that delights Sarah and me, either because it’s funny or touching, and that seems like enough of a reason to keep using it, hope for the best, and export everything to PDF every so often.…

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Listening to Angel Olsen, Stereolab, One Last Wish, and Broadcast

Listening to and buying/bought: Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (2019) Stereolab: Margerine Eclipse (2004) (but this re-release will be on 11/29/2019) One Last Wish: 1986 (1986) Broadcast: The Noise Made By People (2000)…

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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.

Via Using the Emacs Deft package for topic journals by @jack

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:…

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.

WorkFlowy for quick outlines while traveling

I just got back from a conference in New York City. Riding the train up, I made a carefully constructed org-mode outline for what I would do each day, thinking that I’d update it on the go with beorg on iOS, and Emacs on the MacBook in the evenings. “Ha!”, said NYC. Org-mode on any platform (and heck, even a small paper bullet journal) was no match for the fast walking, avalanche of logistics, shaky bus rides, and limited space/time/energy I had to write anything down (with the goal of quieting my brain with a checklist of The Very Next Things I Need to Do After This Session).…

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I kind of hope nvUltra never gets out of beta, because it’s going to totally upend all my Emacs/org-mode stuff.

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!

David Remnick of The New Yorker on the need to read long articles

Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker and this is from his recent appearance on Stay Tuned with Preet. The whole interview was nourishing, and this part in particular was what I most needed to hear: Preet Bharara: …In this age, where everything seems to be quick, quick, quick, and fast editing, and nobody has an attention span, tweeting is the favored form of communication by a lot of people, including the President of the United States of America, and from what I understand, The New Yorker is very, very successful at the moment, as successful I think as it has ever been: what accounts for the success of that long form in this age of no-attention-span?…

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Just found my new favorite photographer, David Alan Harvey. Thanks to my friend Kristin for pointing him out!

Dickey Betts & Great Southern — "Jessica" on Rockpalast in 1978

I first saw this one year ago today, and it’s as jaw-dropping now as it was then (and as I imagine it was 41 years ago): Dickey Betts & Great Southern — Jessica on Rockpalast in 1978 .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }…

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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.

Two Eddie Money live performances from 1978 (YouTube)

I was raised on FM radio in the 70’s and these two songs are deeply embedded in my brain and heart. Keep in mind that these were also on his first album. What a talent and presence. Two Tickets to Paradise .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }…

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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…

You keep your notes in too many places

Our Epson projector died and the manufacturer sent a replacement. I complained to my wife last night that I’d need to re-tweak the new one, and that I didn’t know what all the customized picture settings were on the old unit. She asked if I’d kept notes of the old settings and I said I probably had, but didn’t know where those were. She said, “It’s because you keep your notes in too many places.…

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Still (bullet) journaling

It’s eternally shocking how the bullet journal experiment is (1) still going, and (2) single-handedly tricking me into journaling at a level and with a frequency I never thought possible. Weaving together the lightweight and unintimidating micro-logging of “what is happening right now” with a continuously-unfolding task list is the secret recipe to making me stick with it. It’s like the difference between fitting journaling into life, and fitting life into journaling.…

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The Lilly Pad Cafe - Henrico, Va.

The Lilly Pad Cafe 9680 Osborne Tnpk. Henrico, Va. 23231… Directions: get on Dock St. in Richmond and keep going east Staff: friendly Atmosphere: docks, boats, water, sunlight, open sky Seating: mostly outside Attire: tops and bottoms of some sort Best drink: Painkiller Prices: normal for bar-food, but the Painkillers add up quickly Live music: yep Fried fish sandwich: definitely Salad: recommended if you’re vegetarian or trying to dial down the fried food…

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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).

An afternoon with high-end tonearm designer Frank Schröder (YouTube)

I could watch stuff like this all day. He refused to name “the one best” cartridge, but had nice things to say about the Denon DL-103 and modest Audio Technica AT95, mainly because they’re good, can be heavily modified and upgraded, and are cheap enough that they won’t depress you if they get broken. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .…

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For İlhan Mimaroğlu, 'the heart of an electronic music studio was the tape recorder'

Today I heard İlhan Mimaroğlu’s “To Kill a Sunrise” electronic/collage piece on Fabio’s June 27 Strength Through Failure show. From Sounding Revolution: The Daring İlhan Mimaroğlu | Smithsonian Folkways Magazine: Mimaroğlu was never a fan of composing music on a computer. For him, the heart of an electronic music studio was the tape recorder. In his early career, he studied and worked at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (CPEMC), which had all of the cutting edge equipment of the time.…

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Three things, somehow related

Yesterday I googled “bullet journal too many tasks” and this came through like a laser: The Monthly Log - Where Tasks Go To Die I try to review my monthly log every day or two, but when I scan the list I mutter a “meh”, and don’t end up doing anything off of it. I think it may be because there’s almost always more days in the month to get around to them.…

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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.

The Mother of Invention of Videotape (link)

A fascinating history of designing the first broadcast videotape recorders. I can’t get over the work-in-progress photo of the Ampex Mark II prototype. The Mother of Invention of Videotape | ProVideo Coalition On Saturday, April 14th, 1956, in a Chicago hotel meeting room, Lodge spoke to 200 CBS Affiliates about a new technology to be introduced by the network. A CBS live camera and video monitors were set up around the room.…

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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!

Putting your house in order

The other night, I glanced at this very blog for the first time in a while, as a visitor would, scrolling through all the random things I’d posted in the last few weeks. I realized that I rather like how it looks and I don’t use it enough compared to the wiki. I bury too many things in the wiki, where I know I can find them later, but where they’re unlikely to help others or be found by more than a handful of very friendly people.…

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Steve Albini does an analog mixing session

YouTube .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Just astounding to watch how fast he works, and how he knows exactly what he’s going for before he makes his next move.…

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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 site? I’d love to be able to post to my M.b timeline only the items I tag as “timeline”. cc @help

Not feeding this blog to timeline anymore

With an appreciative nod to Jack Baty, I deleted the feed for this blog from my timeline. My micro-blog and “full” blog are the same thing anyway, and I found myself not posting a lot of things here because I knew they’d clog up the timeline of everyone else. The people who take time to respond to my stuff on the M.b timeline are super nice, but sometimes I don’t seek the attention.…

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Bill Callahan: ‘I can’t die – life is too good, it can’t end’ - Music - The Guardian

“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!…

If school grades kept going, I’d be graduating from 42nd grade in a couple of weeks. Yikes.

Debbie Millman worries about wasting her life

A snippet from an incredibly deep and long interview with Debbie Millman on Hurry Slowly: …People will be like, “But you have this wonderful legacy with your podcast.” I’m like, “That’s just one thing. And I don’t even know that it’s worth being considered a legacy.” I actually still feel, and I feel this almost every day, almost all the time, that I am wasting my life. And that I’m not doing more important things that make a bigger difference.…

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Celebrated International Tiara Day one day early at work today.

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

I used the iOS pull-two-fingers-down-from-the-top function to read an article from The Atlantic aloud in the car yesterday. It is stunningly good now, especially on iOS 12. But Google’s Cloud TTS is uncanny and on a whole ‘nother level. There are stretches of audio that would fool you into thinking that a real, but boring, person was reading. You can paste in some sample text to the URL above and hear what it can do.…

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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.

Finally started paying for Letterboxd. It’d be worth it just for @bitdepth’s reviews alone!

Finally stopped re-writing a fresh task list every day

I can’t stress enough to myself how corrosive the daily re-writing of — and never finishing — a complete “today’s tasks” list was, now that I’ve tried bullet journal rapid logging and leaving tasks undone until they’re done. That daily exercise of the fresh page and the re-copied list sure felt good every morning when I was clear-headed and optimistic. And then it reliably turned into an unachievable burden that was rarely consulted again later in the day.…

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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!


It’s here! Wow! Why did I wait so long? @jack @justindirose @joshsullivan @canion

John Coltrane : Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings : Aquarium Drunkard

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.

Bob Caro: Stop thinking with your fingers

Heard on Stay Tuned With Preet: Campaign “Spying” & the Ways and Means of Power (with Bob Caro). Bob Caro at 23:02: I sometimes use the computer to take notes, but, see, I try to slow myself down. My problem when I was young was I felt I wrote too fast. I didn’t think things through. … I remembered something that happened to me at Princeton. I took a creative writing course with an old, very courtly, soft-spoken southern gentleman – a very famous critic at the time named R.…

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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 and… 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:…

I had no idea about this!

From Wikipedia:

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.

Sony NW-A45 high-resolution audio player

We are cheated and deadened by the compressed audio we are subjected to during most of our time in the world. The Sony NW-A45 got here Friday, the first new Walkman for me in about 17 years. This thing is gorgeous, and having the ability to play practically any lossless format is really nice. The UI is easy to figure out, and per a recommendation on Amazon, I ordered it with an IVSO screen protector, which makes it easier to swipe around on the screen, and I don’t worry about scratching it with my meaty paws.…

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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!

Weekly project progress tracking

The best weekly status report format I’ve ever used was one I learned twenty years ago from a former manager. It was a simple Microsoft Word outline, with top-level bullets for projects and 2nd-level bullets for days of the week that you did actual work on the project, along with details about what you did. It looked a lot like what I have in 2019-03-11 this week’s projects. It was like this:…

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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?

Positives and Negatives of a Wiki

Jack Baty wrote in a tiddler recently: Have you ever felt that if you have a wiki you don’t really need a blog? I have been waffling around this very thing recently. TiddlyWiki has totally up-ended the tidy little posting routine that I thought I was settling into when I joined Putting stuff in the wiki feels more publicly worthwhile than hoarding it in text files that only I can see, but writing in a blog (which I often forget to do these days) feels more like writing a letter to the world, like carving something in digital stone that is unlikely to change much once it’s posted.…

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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!

Now, what was it I was going to do next?

Whether it’s early morning or late at night, after almost 48 years, I may be learning that it’s sometimes better to think, “now, what was it I was going to do next”, without first looking at my to-do list (whether digital or analog), because inevitably, even though “mind like water” and all that DavidCo® stuff, once tasks are written down, my brain wants to leave them there on the paper or the screen.…

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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:…

Using CSS to make a WarGames "List Games" animation

In the new splash/loading screen for my TiddlyWiki, I wanted a “List Games” animation like the one in WarGames, and I wanted to do it without JavaScript. Making a bunch of lines reveal themselves sequentially using just CSS is surprisingly hard to do! This CodePen demo shows how the thing will look once my wiki becomes bloated enough to allow the full animation to run while it’s loading, which I hope won’t be too soon for most people.…

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Freakonomics Radio on The Future of Meat

Freakonomics Radio did a show on The Future of Meat last week. They talked to the CEO of Impossible Foods about his company’s Impossible Burger, a plant-based concoction engineered to look and cook and taste oddly like real beef. The description of the process and glowing reviews of it made me want to try one right there in the car. I managed to wait about three days until we went to a local restaurant that had an Impossible Burger.…

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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!

Wikis are like the Rush of social media

Listening to “Red Barchetta” by Rush this morning (for the 50,000th time), I started to realize all the ways that wikis are like Rush: Normal people see/hear them and think: I’ve heard of them but don’t really know them Too much work Too ornate Incomprehensible Ugly Don’t they have something to do with Middle Earth? Nerds who get them know: Finally, a home This is the way I think I don’t care that no-one else likes it.…

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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.

How to restore lost Hazel rules in macOS

I noticed recently that downloaded PDFs of online statements (bank, utilities, etc.) didn’t get renamed and shuffle off to their proper folders automatically, and assumed it meant that my Hazel rules had started to rot because vendors had changed their billing statement layouts. Nope. At some point over the last month, all of my Hazel rules disappeared. Luckily, my Backblaze backup from January 10 still had the rules in it. I used these instructions to get everything back:…

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The Actors from M*A*S*H on Alan Alda's "Clear + Vivid"

Alan Alda had his old pals from M*A*S*H on his latest Clear + Vivid podcast. What a treasure. I was in sixth grade when the last episode aired in 1983, so I’m the perfect age to have lost count of the number of times I’ve seen every episode. Those plots and scripts are so embedded in my brain that hearing these slightly-aged voices on the podcast just sounded like a bunch of old friends telling stories.…

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If it's not in the wiki, I don't actually know it

The more I use TiddlyWiki, the more I feel like it’s an extension of my brain. Last night, I was looking into some notes I had written about Org-Journal and found stuff I had written only a couple of weeks ago that I had already forgotten about and served to remind me what I was thinking at the time. It’s like, if it’s not in the wiki, I don’t actually know it, which sounds dramatic.…

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Ben Norris on owning your content

From @bennorris on the January 28 Micro Monday: I just resonate so much with the mission that Manton has, and his belief of the importance of owning our content, and being, in some ways, good stewards of ourselves and our thoughts and our creative output. Don’t give it to someone, don’t turn it over. Own it and keep it and make it available to share on your own terms.…

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Eulogy for Lemmy Kilmister (from 2016)

I just ran across this in Day One tonight. I wrote it on Jan. 1, 2016 and forgot about it. I don’t know why I didn’t post it on my blog, but I kind of like it! Lemmy Kilmister died this past Monday. I didn’t expect to be as affected by it as I ended up being. Something about him connected with a lot of people our age – whether they were music nerds or not.…

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Dick Cavett on taking notes about dinner conversation

If I could only make one entry in a commonplace book, this would probably be it. From Dick Cavett in 2011, recalling a dinner he had with Steve Jobs decades ago: As with so many times in my life, I wish I’d kept some notes on the dinner conversation. In relative youth we assume we’ll remember everything. Someone should urge the young to think otherwise. …

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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.”

Jonas Mekas: "Don't go to film school; get a camera"

From Jonas Mekas: Advice to the Young — Vimeo: I met friends there [at film school]… It helped me to form my own thinking. So when you go to a film school, you meet others, otherwise, I say don’t go to film school. Get a camera, because you don’t know what you really are all about, what you really want to make. You say “I want to make films”, but what kind of films?…

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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.

Responding to Amit and Brad: A Path to TiddlyWiki

(Responding to a thread on that included questions and interest from @amit and @bradenslen) Amit said: I see a lot of people exploring wiki, especially TiddlyWiki, as a way to capture thoughts these days. There must be some fun and efficiency in it for so many folks to enjoy it. I’m tempted to experiment a bit with it. But I am worried I may be sucked in for another project.…

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TiddlyWiki as anti-aging remedy (a theory)

TiddlyWiki: Makes me more curious about the world, more aware of what has my attention, and on the lookout for gems to add to the database. Helps me remember why and how I do certain processes (installing and configuring software, for example). Encourages me to make connections with stuff I’ve previously entered. Potential for endless refactoring of tiddlers could be viewed as a project in itself, but my feeling is that it’s like swirling hot chocolate around in a mug: By keeping everything visible and mixed in and active, the good stuff doesn’t settle to the bottom where it can’t be enjoyed.…

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Any day now, I expect iOS spell-check to finally understand that I’m trying to write “tiddler” and not “toddler”.

Video: "Emacs for Writers" with Jay Dixit

This demo from 2015 is so good. Jay Dixit is a writer and has only learned about Emacs and Lisp to be able to do what he wants to do more efficiently. In this video, he shared tons of great examples and played the app like a musician, hopping around between buffers and showing off capture templates. Emacs looks mega-fast if you know what you’re doing. His non-techie background and determination to keep at it gives me hope that I can dig into this stuff and figure it out.…

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Jonas Mekas: What's beyond that line, it's where the mystery begins

From the obituary for filmmaker Jonas Mekas in the Washington Post: In an interview with the Times published earlier this month, Mr. Mekas calmly ruminated about death. “It’s a very normal transition,” he said. “What’s beyond that line, it’s where the mystery begins, where it becomes interesting. There are glimpses in the messages that come from there, some of the old Scriptures. Indications are there, and I believe it all.…

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Me: “Are we watching TV while we eat dinner?”
Sarah: “YES! We’re not animals!”

18 hours, 35 minutes of TiddlyWiki so far this month

I wondered how much I had been playing with TiddlyWiki this month, so I checked RescueTime today. (This is a word of caution to people like me who gravitate towards an app like TW.) I started playing with TiddlyWiki 5 on 2019-01-06. As of 2019-01-21, I’ve spent a total of 18 hours, 35 minutes in Firefox in January, which can almost all be attributed to messing around in TiddlyWiki.…

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Sometimes I think better away from a computer

This morning, I was feeding Roger and then washing the French press, and thought, “This silence is nice, but it’s been quiet long enough. Maybe I should turn on NPR news.” I lasted about two minutes before realizing the story they were covering didn’t mean anything to me. I turned it back off and kept washing at the sink. During the silent times before and after having the radio on, I was able to figure out some possibilities for streamlining posting to Instagram.…

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Roger really likes to watch TV. He loves the new projector.

Why don't I care about posting film photos on Instagram anymore (for now)?

For seven straight months, I posted one photo a day to Instagram and had fun methodically listing the camera, lens and film used. I enjoyed all the likes, checked them too often, and enjoyed even more the written comments. And I was shooting all the time, so it just kept feeding itself. Will the joy come back? Is it just because it’s cold outside and I haven’t felt like taking cameras anywhere recently?…

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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!

screenshot of transcription entry screen on Library of Congress By The People project website

Listening to Ledger.cli videos at work

I sometimes listen to software demonstration/screencast videos at work to help tune out other noises. I can only really do this when my current task is something repetitve, but in those cases, these videos do the trick. I don’t even watch the screen; I turn the phone face-down and just play the audio on earbuds. Right now I’m listening to Austin Walker do a presentation about Ledger.cli at a Boston Emacs Meetup a couple of years ago.…

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Paying for Feedbin

A few weeks ago, some wise person on recommended Feedbin, but in my initial euphoric rush of reading the timeline, I forgot to Favorite the post or make a note of who recommended it. My two-week trial just ended and I gladly paid up for a year of the service. It would be worth that if its only feature was the ability to read email newsletters. On top of that, it’s a wonderful feed reader and has made me like RSS all over again.…

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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.

Well, there's my TiddlyWiki out there

I’m following Jack Baty’s lead and have put a copy of my TiddlyWiki on my server. The one I’m linking to is just a static rendition for now until I can properly host the Node.js version on a web server. I’m actively building this thing up, not knowing exactly why, but thinking it could turn into something that will help me think better. And in the spirit of sharing, it seemed like it only made sense to stop hoarding it.…

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Quotes and Minimum Information Units as Tiddlers — Diego Mesa

Diego Mesa’s 7/20/2018 question on the TiddlyWiki Google Group sparked a fascinating bunch of responses. I just love stuff like this: I have a tiddler of “Important Quotes” with a bunch of bullet points of interesting quotes Ive come across. I thought it would be nice to randomly pick one of these as display them. Immediately, I thought this community would say “They should each be in separate tiddlers!”, which got me thinking, what would I title each of those tiddlers?…

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Autocomplete of TiddlyWiki links in a tiddler

Well this is just super-handy: The Edit-CompText plugin turns on autocomplete and finds matching tiddlers and creates a link after entering the [[ trigger pattern in the text area of a tiddler. Here’s info about the plugin:… Drag the plugin in. In $:/ControlPanel -> Info -> Advanced -> Editor Type -> text/vnd.tiddlywiki you must chose comptext instead of text. You can get right to that tiddler here: [[$:/config/EditorTypeMappings/text/vnd.…

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Writing commonplace book entries by hand

Its goal was to gather a collection of the wisest statements, usually of the ancients, for future meditation. And here the key thing was to write the words in your own hand – by this means, by laboriously and carefully copying out the insights of people smarter than you, you could absorb and internalize their wisdom. Call it osmosis-by-handwriting. from Alan Jacobs for The Atlantic, ‘Commonplace Books’: The Tumblrs of an Earlier Era…

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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.

A true executive can sign a poor letter without changing it

Gretchen Rubin pointed out this story in the Jan. 7 micro-episode of A Little Happier: When Nixon was president, an advisor drafted a letter which he thought didn’t strike the right tone, and he sent it anyway, and repeated to an aide something that Eisenhower had once told him: “A true executive can sign a poor letter without changing it.” The quote came from President Nixon: Alone in the White House, by Richard Reeves.…

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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. 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.

I hope I ordered the right UPS for the Raspberry Pi

We have a Plex server running on a Raspberry Pi 3 and a file server running on an older RPi, but I haven’t been leaving them on because we get so many power blips. A garden-variety Raspberry Pi really does not like having its power yanked unceremoniously. I had a Best Buy gift card and after researching UPS models, settled on an APC BackUPS 650VA. No idea yet if that was the best one, but here’s what led me to pick it:…

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Butch and Tom on Vinyl Assault Vehicle, Dec. 26, 2018

My old Blacksburg friends Butch Lazorchak and Tom Baxter played the top records of 2018 last night on Vinyl Assault Vehicle. Listen to the replay and dig the nourishing playlist. Both of those guys are responsible for introducing me to a ton of music I would otherwise have missed if I hadn’t known them for the last 25(!) years. Tune in to WERA-LP 96.7 FM every Wednesday night from 8–10 for more like this!…

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More Details Behind the Messaging Permissions Facebook Gave to Other Companies

Jeff Jarvis in Medium quoted this passage from Facebook’s response to the whole “letting outside companies read private messages” thing: Specifically, we made it possible for people to message their friends what music they were listening to in Spotify or watching on Netflix directly from the Spotify or Netflix apps… In order for you to write a message to a Facebook friend from within Spotify, for instance, we needed to give Spotify “write access.…

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Merry Christmas if you’re celebrating it! I appreciate you all. Happy holidays!

Speeding Isn't a Solution

This morning on the way to work, I could have hit two deer on Riverside Drive if I hadn’t been more lucky. Just in time, I saw one deer suddenly enter the road from the woods up ahead. He had been well-camouflaged against the trees and leaves, so he seemed to flash into being once he stepped into the road. I slowed down to give him space. Right after him came his friend or relative, which was an extra surprise because I wasn’t watching for him either.…

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Amelia Earhart’s letter to fiancé George Putnam, 1931

My favorite two paragraphs from Michael Beschloss on Twitter: “Amelia Earhart’s highly unsentimental prenuptial letter to fiance George Putnam, 1931”: On our life together I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any midaevil code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly. If we can be honest I think the difficulties which arise may best be avoided should you or I become interested deeply (or in passing) in anyone else.…

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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 I’m there at, 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. ❤️

Starting Fresh

I stayed up very late last night trying to figure out how to migrate my old, outdated Statamic blog to I had let my Statamic install lapse and not updated it in years, and now it was exponentially harder to upgrade it to the new version, and therefore to anything m.b could understand. Statamic is a great product, but spending that kind of time on configuring everything to just put words out on the internet is not what I want to do anymore.…

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Oh my goodness. Reading about 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
⚗️ @oldschoollab

Scott’s Addition @gelati_celesti, June 17, 2018, Richmond, Va. • 📷 Pentax IQZoom 120Mi 🎞 Fujicolor C200 ⚗️ @oldschoollab •

The artiste behind the previous photo. October 2016, Richmond, Va. • 📷 Nikomat FTn, 50mm f/1.4 🎞 Kodak Tri-X 400 ⚗️ @thedarkroomlab •

I instantly regretted handing our then-7-year-old niece the Nikomat FTn with 50mm/f1.4 lens when she took it and ran out my brother’s back porch steps. I chased after her, helpless and terrified by my lack of judgment, only relaxing a little when she got to the grassy back yard (i.e., nature’s carpet). I was super-glad for taking the risk when I saw this shot she took of @heartsandneedles and me. ❤️❤️❤️ October 2016, Richmond, Va. • 📷 Nikomat FTn, 50mm f/1.4 🎞 Kodak Tri-X 400 ⚗️ @thedarkroomlab •