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2022-12-03 Very important things

2022-12-03 Regarding my previous post, maybe the better way to ask the question is “Why should I care …

2022-12-03 #196: I Care Because You Do - by Drew Austin - Kneeling Bus: Decontextualization—the temporary or …

2022-12-03 Liberalism is difficult.

2022-12-02 When I go to search for something on the web, the first ten (or twenty) results should not be ways …

2022-12-02 A Weblog · Human-sized Services: Humans making websites was what made 1.0, back in the Netscape …

2022-12-02 I guess I have gone ahead and fired up my own Mastodon instance. Not sure why, exactly—I really like …

2022-12-02 Finally got around to watching the Andor finale. I like Mandalorian plenty, but this show is just …

2022-12-02 Call me cranky, but I am pretty tired of reading posts about whatever AI-generated thing some model …

2022-12-02 Finished reading: Fairy Tale by Stephen King 📚 I feel like I enjoyed this book in spite of the plot, …

2022-12-02 Playing around with my own instance. We'll see how this goes. Might stick with it, might not.

2022-12-01 When I first read Neuromancer it was like a crazy message from the future. Now even the opening …

2022-11-29 I will be super-glad when running shoes with really thick soles go back out of fashion. No way I …

2022-11-29 In which I am excited about new Metallica

2022-11-27 The coked-up hooker taking a multi-story nose dive into a parked car at the start of the first …

2022-11-27 I was into it before it got popular.

2022-11-27 Some metal for your Sunday morning

2022-11-26 I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict that someone else’s note-taking system is not …

2022-11-26

2022-11-25

2022-11-25 Maybe it is crazy and impractical, but sometimes I wonder if maybe the best data backup strategy …

2022-11-24

2022-11-24 I think we can all agree that the best part of Thanksgiving is gathering together as a family to …

2022-11-23 Drove over to the in-laws’ place in upstate NY today, first real family road-trip in the EV. …

2022-11-23 Walmart Shooting Live Updates: 6 People Killed at Store in Chesapeake, Virginia - The New York …

2022-11-23 I feel like people saying “Make X weird again” or “Keep X weird” is …

2022-11-22 Siri stopped working on my phone (“Something went wrong. Please try again.”) a few days ago and I am …

2022-11-21 We are ill-served by the degree of connection we have now.

2022-11-20 Finished reading: The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig 📚 The story goes on a bit longer than really …

2022-11-20 I feel like the Peachy Chicken recipes on the back of bottles of Heinz Malt Vinegar is an under …

2022-11-20

2022-11-20 I always feel like I am going to see someone I know when I am at an airport, but I never do.

2022-11-20

2022-11-19 I think I have reached a point in my life where I can finally admit to myself that I just really …

2022-11-18 Currently reading: The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig 📚 I picked this book up at that airport …

2022-11-18 I often find myself telling my kids that different people like different things, and that’s okay. I …

2022-11-18

2022-11-17

2022-11-17 William Basinski’s Lamentations is such a good album. I think maybe I like it even better than …

2022-11-16 So I’m sitting here watching the Artemis I launch from this morning and feeling pretty excited …

2022-11-15 Finished reading: The Deceptions by Jill Bialosky 📚 This book was pretty good, although it …

2022-11-15 I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve seen anyone going on about how they wished …

2022-11-14 It is the first week of actually seasonal cold(ish) weather here in the Northeast and I am already …

2022-11-12

2022-11-12 I just read the news about Kevin Conroy. What a bummer. He really was the best Batman.

2022-11-11 Toward Disengagement: Once services like Friendster or MySpace gave way to services like Twitter …

2022-11-11 Morning cat

2022-11-11 Antivirals - by L. M. Sacasas - The Convivial Society: Hannah Arendt once observed that “everything …

2022-11-11 Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find a Friend

2022-11-10 Lawfare’s episode on decentralized social media is worth a listen.

2022-11-10

2022-11-10 I need to schedule COVID covalent boosters and flu shots for me and the kid. They are only available …

2022-11-10 Duster - Capsule Losing Contact

2022-11-10 Don’t build Cities of Nowhere – Dan Slimmon: Planners, relying heavily on what they imagine are …

2022-11-09 One of my least favorite forms of internet advice is when someone asks for suggestions of a new show …

2022-11-09

2022-11-09 We still stink at probability and uncertainty. It’s time for Steel Man Narratives.: Consumers …

2022-11-09 Front Line Assembly - Caustic Grip

2022-11-09 I have come to strongly dislike the various forms of the word “redundant” as a euphemism …

2022-11-09 I really like this pencil, but I wish it had a bit more heft to it.

2022-11-08

2022-11-08 It seems like a lot of the commentary about social media is framed through the analogy of streaming …

2022-11-08 I really appreciate this take on the changing of the clocks from James Reeves: Changing the clocks …

2022-11-08 Apropos of a conversation I’ve been a part of, I’m coming to think that the whole …

2022-11-08

2022-11-08

2022-11-08 I really need to get better about checking my calendar at least the night before to see if I have …

2022-11-08 Low was a really good band.

2022-11-07 Currently reading: The Deceptions by Jill Bialosky 📚

2022-11-07 Obsessively following the polls and election results will not make the vote totals turn out …

2022-11-07

2022-11-07 Mike Masnick’s “Hey Elon: Let Me Help You Speed Run The Content Moderation Learning …

2022-11-07 Low - Things We Lost In the Fire

2022-11-07 Jeff Kaufman, writing about Mastodon: Overall I’m pretty pessimistic about Mastodon, even if …

2022-11-07 Lovely Fall Afternoon, With Leafblower

2022-11-07 Lowly - hifalutin

2022-11-07 I need to figure out what to do with my old-old website, which has been idling away on an untended …

2022-11-07 Chuck Wendig is correct about leafblowers. I don’t think the guys doing the work deserve his …

2022-11-07 “Is the Wood-Wide Web Real? Scientists Debate Whether Trees Really Talk.” - The New York …

2022-11-07 Excitement about new tools is a passing thing.

2022-11-07 Yes, this seems totally normal, everything is fine here. WHY DO YOU ASK?

2022-11-06 I just read the news that Mimi Parker from Low has died. While I don’t listen to Low as much …

2022-11-06 My old friend Jay posted a new mix yesterday. You should check it out.

2022-11-06 While I can appreciate the sentiment behind it, I think the problem with the “Email is the …

2022-11-06 eyeballs – The Homebound Symphony: Which leads me to what I think is an important question: Is more …

2022-11-06 A Theory of Sprawling Holidays - by Anne Helen Petersen: I’m not against holidays, or costumes, or …

2022-11-06 Substack’s stupid subscription pop-up

2022-11-06 Sunday morning, early November

2022-11-06 UGH. Wordpress media library linking is apparently done in the dumbest way possible, requiring image …

2022-11-05 Frivolous - The Tiny House Of Delusion

2022-11-05

2022-11-05 I think I am finally done with Wordpress.

2022-11-05 Woods

2022-11-05 Woods

2022-11-05 Of course, the downside of putting up a bunch of Halloween decorations is having to take them all …

2022-11-05 Of course, the downside of putting up a bunch of Halloween decorations is having to take them all …

2022-11-05 I have run across some good focus music.

2022-11-05 I have run across some good focus music.

2022-11-04 Anyone doing anything on the internet ought to have this maxim from Scalzi permanently plastered …

2022-11-04 Anyone doing anything on the internet ought to have this maxim from Scalzi permanently plastered …

2022-11-03 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

2022-11-03 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

2022-11-03 Writing every day

2022-11-03 Writing every day

2022-11-02 Consumed by Plastikman

2022-11-02 Consumed by Plastikman

2022-11-02 I can’t wait until we find out that all these AI image generators are actually a bunch of wage …

2022-11-02 I can’t wait until we find out that all these AI image generators are actually a bunch of wage …

2022-11-01 Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald - Borderland

2022-11-01 Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald - Borderland

2022-11-01 Opine all you like about Twitter, but most Twitter users probably aren't like you.

2022-11-01 Opine all you like about Twitter, but most Twitter users probably aren't like you.

2022-11-01 How Cheap ‘Fast Furniture’ Could Soon Clog Landfills - The New York Times: Ikea of Sweden said in a …

2022-11-01 How Cheap ‘Fast Furniture’ Could Soon Clog Landfills - The New York Times: Ikea of Sweden said in a …

2022-10-31 Definitely an uptick in trick-or-treaters over the previous two years, though, which is great to …

2022-10-31 Definitely an uptick in trick-or-treaters over the previous two years, though, which is great to …

2022-10-31 I gotta get a better fog machine for next year.

2022-10-31 I gotta get a better fog machine for next year.

2022-10-31 Hello, old friend

2022-10-31 Hello, old friend

2022-10-30 Today was a Monolake and Basic Channel sort of day. Turns out both make pretty good grocery shopping …

2022-10-30 Today was a Monolake and Basic Channel sort of day. Turns out both make pretty good grocery shopping …

2022-10-30 This rice is good, but I wish it didn’t look like mouse droppings.

2022-10-30 This rice is good, but I wish it didn’t look like mouse droppings.

2022-10-30 My god, it’s full of stars.

2022-10-30 My god, it’s full of stars.

2022-10-30 Spooky v. scary

2022-10-30 Spooky v. scary

2022-10-29 I am pretty excited about the books that came in for me at the library today.

2022-10-29 I am pretty excited about the books that came in for me at the library today.

2022-10-29 I am a little over halfway through Aamina Ahmad’s The Return of Faraz Ali and I am kind of …

2022-10-29 I am a little over halfway through Aamina Ahmad’s The Return of Faraz Ali and I am kind of …

2022-10-28 If someone expresses confusion about how to do something and your response starts with “All …

2022-10-28 If someone expresses confusion about how to do something and your response starts with “All …

2022-10-25 I did not expect to be this excited about the new Ant-Man movie. I think a big part of it is just …

2022-10-25 I did not expect to be this excited about the new Ant-Man movie. I think a big part of it is just …

2022-10-23 Cat in autumn

2022-10-23 Cat in autumn

2022-10-23 Writing it down

2022-10-23 Writing it down

2022-10-21 I guess the pandemic really is over.

2022-10-21 I guess the pandemic really is over.

2022-10-19 No—you are not “utilizing” anything. You’re just using it. Stop trying to sound …

2022-10-19 No—you are not “utilizing” anything. You’re just using it. Stop trying to sound …

2022-10-18 The value of notes is in writing them, not reading them – Mike Crittenden: I don’t understand the …

2022-10-18 The value of notes is in writing them, not reading them – Mike Crittenden: I don’t understand the …

2022-10-17 I am pretty sure the main need fulfilled by any new note-taking app these days is nothing to do with …

2022-10-17 I am pretty sure the main need fulfilled by any new note-taking app these days is nothing to do with …

2022-10-15

2022-10-14 Radio time travel

2022-10-14 Radio time travel

2022-10-14 It is always a good day when there is a new Can live recording, even if it is only an EP.

2022-10-14 It is always a good day when there is a new Can live recording, even if it is only an EP.

2022-10-12 Few things will screw up a team more quickly than someone whose default approach is to assume bad …

2022-10-12 Few things will screw up a team more quickly than someone whose default approach is to assume bad …

2022-10-10 The new Hellraiser is okay.

2022-10-10 The new Hellraiser is okay.

2022-10-09 It seems like the Pennsylvania Senate race is going to come right down to the wire, and while I hope …

2022-10-09 It seems like the Pennsylvania Senate race is going to come right down to the wire, and while I hope …

2022-10-09 The weirdest thing… I have an old Netgear ReadyNAS sitting in my office closet that has been dead …

2022-10-09 The weirdest thing… I have an old Netgear ReadyNAS sitting in my office closet that has been dead …

2022-10-07 Circle cat

2022-10-07 Circle cat

2022-10-07 More than a year after setting my kids up with their own Apple Music accounts and constantly …

2022-10-07 More than a year after setting my kids up with their own Apple Music accounts and constantly …

2022-10-05 People who generate and maintain huge spreadsheets without freezing the header row are the bane of …

2022-10-05 People who generate and maintain huge spreadsheets without freezing the header row are the bane of …

2022-10-05 One of those mornings

2022-10-05 One of those mornings

2022-10-03 Wow. The new AMC adaptation of Interview With the Vampire is so much better than I was expecting.

2022-10-03 Wow. The new AMC adaptation of Interview With the Vampire is so much better than I was expecting.

2022-10-02 Questioning the Butterfly Effect

2022-10-02 Questioning the Butterfly Effect

2022-10-01 While I understand the purpose and value of two-factor authentication, I hate dealing with it. I …

2022-10-01 While I understand the purpose and value of two-factor authentication, I hate dealing with it. I …

2022-09-30 Miss Scarlet is sleepy.

2022-09-30 Miss Scarlet is sleepy.

2022-09-30 I am listening to The KLF’s Come Down Dawn. It was released a year or two ago, and is a …

2022-09-30 I am listening to The KLF’s Come Down Dawn. It was released a year or two ago, and is a …

2022-09-29 Reading the news is depressing and I don’t want to do it anymore. One hears all the time about …

2022-09-29 Reading the news is depressing and I don’t want to do it anymore. One hears all the time about …

2022-09-27 I am pretty happy with my new lamp.

2022-09-27 I am pretty happy with my new lamp.

2022-09-27 I really thought I had the Comsat Angels’ Sleep No More on CD, but apparently not. I have now …

2022-09-27 I really thought I had the Comsat Angels’ Sleep No More on CD, but apparently not. I have now …

2022-09-26

2022-09-26 I’m glad to see that the tasks functionality in Office 365 remains just as weird and …

2022-09-26 I’m glad to see that the tasks functionality in Office 365 remains just as weird and …

2022-09-25 I feel like “…and then Boba Fett shows up riding a rancor!” is something my friends and …

2022-09-25 I feel like “…and then Boba Fett shows up riding a rancor!” is something my friends and …

2022-09-24 I am about halfway through the audio version of J. Bradford Delong’s _Slouching Toward Utopia …

2022-09-24 I am about halfway through the audio version of J. Bradford Delong’s _Slouching Toward Utopia …

2022-09-24 Wait, WHAT? Kai Winn was also Nurse Ratched?! How did I never put this together?

2022-09-24 Wait, WHAT? Kai Winn was also Nurse Ratched?! How did I never put this together?

2022-09-24 I am up early (well, late for me, actually) on a Saturday morning and I am listening to Nils …

2022-09-24 I am up early (well, late for me, actually) on a Saturday morning and I am listening to Nils …

2022-09-23 This is amazing. Breaking down David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ – Tony Visconti & Erin …

2022-09-23 This is amazing. Breaking down David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ – Tony Visconti & Erin …

2022-09-23

2022-09-22 There is a new album from The Secret Machines coming out tomorrow, and I am pretty excited about it.

2022-09-22 There is a new album from The Secret Machines coming out tomorrow, and I am pretty excited about it.

2022-09-22 It has been more than 20 years since I worked in a Borders bookstore, and I still cannot bear having …

2022-09-22 It has been more than 20 years since I worked in a Borders bookstore, and I still cannot bear having …

2022-09-20 I probably don’t need this anymore…

2022-09-20 I probably don’t need this anymore…

2022-09-20 I got a Keychron K6 last week, and I mostly really like it. My only two gripes so far: That …

2022-09-20 I got a Keychron K6 last week, and I mostly really like it. My only two gripes so far: That …

2022-09-20 Seriously, fuck off with this, New York Times: I have said no thanks every single time, and I’m not …

2022-09-20 Seriously, fuck off with this, New York Times: I have said no thanks every single time, and I’m not …

2022-09-18 Woody Allen is retiring? Good riddance. I can think of no more overrated director in America cinema …

2022-09-18 Woody Allen is retiring? Good riddance. I can think of no more overrated director in America cinema …

2022-09-18 “The thing I like is objectively better than the thing you like for [waves hands around] …

2022-09-18 “The thing I like is objectively better than the thing you like for [waves hands around] …

2022-09-18 Maybe it is a symptom of getting older, but these days, I find that the tools and systems I have for …

2022-09-18 Maybe it is a symptom of getting older, but these days, I find that the tools and systems I have for …

2022-09-18 It is hard to think of a better example of how broken and barely usable the web has become than …

2022-09-18 It is hard to think of a better example of how broken and barely usable the web has become than …

2022-09-17 Saturday afternoon, Easthampton, MA

2022-09-17 Saturday afternoon, Easthampton, MA

2022-09-17 Two music-related things

2022-09-17 Two music-related things

2022-09-16 I know we’re all supposed to love dogs and think they’re all the best or whatever, but …

2022-09-16 I know we’re all supposed to love dogs and think they’re all the best or whatever, but …

2022-09-09 “We have a process for that” is not a satisfactory answer when the process that you have …

2022-09-09 “We have a process for that” is not a satisfactory answer when the process that you have …

2022-09-09 I miss the days when conspiracy theories were mainly the domain of lunatics and cranks. Now …

2022-09-09 I miss the days when conspiracy theories were mainly the domain of lunatics and cranks. Now …

2022-09-07 The 12yo, pushing back from the dinner table just now: “I’m heading upstairs to start …

2022-09-07 The 12yo, pushing back from the dinner table just now: “I’m heading upstairs to start …

2022-09-07 My second-biggest complaint about Teams is how turning off the display of my own video is not …

2022-09-07 My second-biggest complaint about Teams is how turning off the display of my own video is not …

2022-09-06 If I had a chance to wave a magic wand and change one thing about the world, it might be …

2022-09-06 If I had a chance to wave a magic wand and change one thing about the world, it might be …

2022-09-05 Snide tech bros pointing and laughing at Artemis delays while their own software orgs churn out …

2022-09-05 Snide tech bros pointing and laughing at Artemis delays while their own software orgs churn out …

2022-09-05 Taking advantage of my isolation time to binge-watch city council and subcommittee meetings. As one …

2022-09-05 Taking advantage of my isolation time to binge-watch city council and subcommittee meetings. As one …

2022-09-05 This is a true, and web hosting is rapidly heading down the same road: After self-hosting my email …

2022-09-05 This is a true, and web hosting is rapidly heading down the same road: After self-hosting my email …

2022-09-02 I feel like people have this idea that ranked choice voting will be a boon for third parties, when …

2022-09-02 I feel like people have this idea that ranked choice voting will be a boon for third parties, when …

2022-08-31 The Allman Brothers, Live at the Fillmore East, side 1

2022-08-31 The Allman Brothers, Live at the Fillmore East, side 1

2022-08-31 I feel like the big mistake people tend to make when trying to understand what is happening at TV …

2022-08-31 I feel like the big mistake people tend to make when trying to understand what is happening at TV …

2022-08-30 A few sad-sack white dudes complaining in the Teams chat during a presentation about efforts to …

2022-08-30 A few sad-sack white dudes complaining in the Teams chat during a presentation about efforts to …

2022-08-27 There should be a special level of hell set aside for for whoever decided that all TVs should ship …

2022-08-27 There should be a special level of hell set aside for for whoever decided that all TVs should ship …

2022-08-27 Teatown

2022-08-27 Teatown

2022-08-27 Radio City

2022-08-27 Radio City

2022-08-26

2022-08-26

2022-08-25 Empty

2022-08-25 Empty

2022-08-24 I feel bad for the people who think they need to take pictures of every single exhibit when they go …

2022-08-24 I feel bad for the people who think they need to take pictures of every single exhibit when they go …

2022-08-23 That thing where you voice a relatively minor gripe about an app or service, and people respond …

2022-08-23 That thing where you voice a relatively minor gripe about an app or service, and people respond …

2022-08-21 Poles & Wires

2022-08-21 Poles & Wires

2022-08-20 The new Mountain Goats album is (unsurprisingly) super-good and you should go listen to it.

2022-08-20 The new Mountain Goats album is (unsurprisingly) super-good and you should go listen to it.

2022-08-19 The kids and I watched the 2002 Spider-Man movie a few nights ago (they had many questions after …

2022-08-19 The kids and I watched the 2002 Spider-Man movie a few nights ago (they had many questions after …

2022-08-15 The S2 episode “The Jedi” of The Mandalorian really owes a pretty big debt to basically …

2022-08-15 The S2 episode “The Jedi” of The Mandalorian really owes a pretty big debt to basically …

2022-08-14 A rare instance of cassette nostalgia

2022-08-14 A rare instance of cassette nostalgia

2022-08-14 Never underestimate the impact of Sturgeon’s Law.

2022-08-14 Never underestimate the impact of Sturgeon’s Law.

2022-08-12 John M. Ford’s Aspects is a novel that really put my “Give it until at least page …

2022-08-12 John M. Ford’s Aspects is a novel that really put my “Give it until at least page …

2022-08-11 I feel like a lot of sci-fi and fantasy writers have over-learned the lesson that world-building is …

2022-08-11 I feel like a lot of sci-fi and fantasy writers have over-learned the lesson that world-building is …

2022-08-10 While I am glad to hear people talking about Neal Postman lately, I wish more of them were reading …

2022-08-10 While I am glad to hear people talking about Neal Postman lately, I wish more of them were reading …

2022-08-09 As befits my age, I have been simultaneously amused and confused by this Dark Brandon business. …

2022-08-09 As befits my age, I have been simultaneously amused and confused by this Dark Brandon business. …

2022-08-09 Midtown from Hoboken, Tuesday morning

2022-08-09 Midtown from Hoboken, Tuesday morning

2022-08-09 “I thought ServiceNow was supposed to do that for us” is a statement I have heard many …

2022-08-09 “I thought ServiceNow was supposed to do that for us” is a statement I have heard many …

2022-08-07 “They were completely deceitful,” says Richard Drutman, 50, a New York City filmmaker who has …

2022-08-07 “They were completely deceitful,” says Richard Drutman, 50, a New York City filmmaker who has …

2022-08-07 Next you’re going to tell me that $700 speaker cable doesn’t make a difference! …

2022-08-07 Next you’re going to tell me that $700 speaker cable doesn’t make a difference! …

2022-08-05 I just finished watching the first episode of Sandman. It was better than I was expecting, but seems …

2022-08-05 I just finished watching the first episode of Sandman. It was better than I was expecting, but seems …

2022-08-03 Are we maybe at the point where we can all admit that this “radical candor” nonsense is …

2022-08-03 Are we maybe at the point where we can all admit that this “radical candor” nonsense is …

2022-07-31 Fetterman’s relentless trolling of Oz about his carpetbagging is hilarious for sure, but I …

2022-07-31 Fetterman’s relentless trolling of Oz about his carpetbagging is hilarious for sure, but I …

2022-07-29 My first work-related trip since January 2020

2022-07-29 My first work-related trip since January 2020

2022-07-26 The House Of Love’s 1988 self-titled record is one of those albums that I don’t listen …

2022-07-26 The House Of Love’s 1988 self-titled record is one of those albums that I don’t listen …

2022-07-25

2022-07-23 I prefer hot weather to cold, but I’m feeling kinda done with it being 95 degrees out every …

2022-07-23 I prefer hot weather to cold, but I’m feeling kinda done with it being 95 degrees out every …

2022-07-23 I have spent a good chunk of the morning reading Steve Englehart’s 1987 run on Silver Surfer, and …

2022-07-23 I have spent a good chunk of the morning reading Steve Englehart’s 1987 run on Silver Surfer, and …

2022-07-22 The recap at the beginning of the first episode of Obi-Wan does a great job of making the prequel …

2022-07-22 The recap at the beginning of the first episode of Obi-Wan does a great job of making the prequel …

2022-07-20 I have been listening to the audiobook version of The Art Of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz. At about …

2022-07-20 I have been listening to the audiobook version of The Art Of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz. At about …

2022-07-18 “I don’t disagree” is a phrase I’m trying to purge from my usage. If I agree …

2022-07-18 “I don’t disagree” is a phrase I’m trying to purge from my usage. If I agree …

2022-07-17 The Dangerous Populist Science of Yuval Noah Harari - Current Affairs: We have been seduced by …

2022-07-17 The Dangerous Populist Science of Yuval Noah Harari - Current Affairs: We have been seduced by …

2022-07-15 I finally got around to watching The Eternals this evening. The pacing could be better and there are …

2022-07-15 I finally got around to watching The Eternals this evening. The pacing could be better and there are …

2022-07-14 The first hour or so of John Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness really is some of the best horror …

2022-07-14 The first hour or so of John Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness really is some of the best horror …

2022-07-14 I feel like anyone who has spent any time at all thinking about complex systems and how they fail …

2022-07-14 I feel like anyone who has spent any time at all thinking about complex systems and how they fail …

2022-07-11 Turns out that it is a Jam sort of morning, apparently.

2022-07-11 Turns out that it is a Jam sort of morning, apparently.

2022-07-10 I don’t listen to Radio Paradise nearly as much as I once did, but sometimes it is still …

2022-07-10 I don’t listen to Radio Paradise nearly as much as I once did, but sometimes it is still …

2022-07-09 Watching Peter Cushing as Van Helsing further reinforces my long-standing opinion that Anthony …

2022-07-09 Watching Peter Cushing as Van Helsing further reinforces my long-standing opinion that Anthony …

2022-07-09 I am watching The Horror Of Dracula (1958), and it strikes me that The Oboe Of Tension is a motif …

2022-07-09 I am watching The Horror Of Dracula (1958), and it strikes me that The Oboe Of Tension is a motif …

2022-07-08 Waiting

2022-07-08 Waiting

2022-07-03 It bugs the crap out of me that if I mail a letter to someone three blocks away in my town, it goes …

2022-07-03 It bugs the crap out of me that if I mail a letter to someone three blocks away in my town, it goes …

2022-06-26 The Dean’s Beans Stage, with clouds

2022-06-26 The Dean’s Beans Stage, with clouds

2022-06-25 On through to the evening

2022-06-25 On through to the evening

2022-06-25 My spot for the rest of the day

2022-06-25 My spot for the rest of the day

2022-06-23 Words of wisdom from Butt-Head

2022-06-23 Words of wisdom from Butt-Head

2022-06-23 The Imperfectionist: It’s worse than you think: In a piercing recent essay that's well worth …

2022-06-23 The Imperfectionist: It’s worse than you think: In a piercing recent essay that's well worth …

2022-06-20 If you are looking for a way to make buying a car even more stressful and annoying, I recommend …

2022-06-20 If you are looking for a way to make buying a car even more stressful and annoying, I recommend …

2022-06-19 Crosby Beach, Sunday afternoon

2022-06-19 Crosby Beach, Sunday afternoon

2022-06-16 Whenever I have to be on hold for an extended period of time, I am amazed by how similar …

2022-06-16 Whenever I have to be on hold for an extended period of time, I am amazed by how similar …

2022-06-12 Thinking about my old blog

2022-06-12 Thinking about my old blog

2022-06-11 Our household has graduated from constantly picking tape and stickers off every flat surface to …

2022-06-11 Our household has graduated from constantly picking tape and stickers off every flat surface to …

2022-06-08

2022-06-04 I am confused as to how this shopping cart has suddenly appeared in my neighborhood. As far as I …

2022-06-04 I am confused as to how this shopping cart has suddenly appeared in my neighborhood. As far as I …

2022-06-03 On a bit of a whim, I signed up for a year’s worth of SoundCloud.

2022-06-03 On a bit of a whim, I signed up for a year’s worth of SoundCloud.

2022-06-01 Having spent six months’ worth of quality time with Microsoft Teams, I can say that I hate, …

2022-06-01 Having spent six months’ worth of quality time with Microsoft Teams, I can say that I hate, …

2022-05-29

2022-05-29 It is increasingly becoming a pet peeve of mine to read a book that is clearly written with the goal …

2022-05-29 It is increasingly becoming a pet peeve of mine to read a book that is clearly written with the goal …

2022-05-27

2022-05-22 Having finished the book I was reading in Libby early, I figured I would be a good citizen and …

2022-05-22 Having finished the book I was reading in Libby early, I figured I would be a good citizen and …

2022-05-17 I just paid eighty cents to park for three hours on the street right in the middle of downtown, in a …

2022-05-17 I just paid eighty cents to park for three hours on the street right in the middle of downtown, in a …

2022-05-17 Effective protest

2022-05-17 Effective protest

2022-05-13 The helpful constraints of physical media, part 2

2022-05-13 The helpful constraints of physical media, part 2

2022-05-13 Groundskeeping by Lee Cole is pretty good so far.

2022-05-13 Groundskeeping by Lee Cole is pretty good so far.

2022-05-12 Tools are not solutions.

2022-05-12 Tools are not solutions.

2022-05-12 The helpful constraints of physical media

2022-05-12 The helpful constraints of physical media

2022-05-12 The day when the mowing crews show up at the neighbors on both sides of my house and spend hours …

2022-05-12 The day when the mowing crews show up at the neighbors on both sides of my house and spend hours …

2022-05-12 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother

2022-05-12 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother

2022-05-11 The pandemic isn't over, even if you're sick of wearing a mask.

2022-05-11 The pandemic isn't over, even if you're sick of wearing a mask.

2022-05-10 Poets Seat, dusk on Tuesday

2022-05-10 Poets Seat, dusk on Tuesday

2022-05-10 Local politics + social media = TERRIBLE

2022-05-10 Local politics + social media = TERRIBLE

2022-05-10 I have been listening to From Dreams To Dust this morning and I have come to the conclusion that …

2022-05-10 I have been listening to From Dreams To Dust this morning and I have come to the conclusion that …

2022-05-09 How did I not know this existed!?

2022-05-09 How did I not know this existed!?

2022-05-09 Republicans will keep going after civil rights because that's what lots of their voters want.

2022-05-09 Republicans will keep going after civil rights because that's what lots of their voters want.

2022-05-09 Starting to feel like spring

2022-05-09 Starting to feel like spring

2022-05-08 Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwich

2022-05-08 Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwich

2022-05-08 It’s true, Johnny. No one likes jokes about beatniks.

2022-05-08 It’s true, Johnny. No one likes jokes about beatniks.

2022-05-08 The old Fantastic Four comics are pretty entertaining.

2022-05-08 The old Fantastic Four comics are pretty entertaining.

2022-05-07 “Popcorn? WHY?!” “Because they’re clowns, that’s why!” OMG how …

2022-05-07 “Popcorn? WHY?!” “Because they’re clowns, that’s why!” OMG how …

2022-05-07 Saturday morning cat

2022-05-07 Saturday morning cat

2022-05-07 Small Factory - I Do Not Love You

2022-05-07 Small Factory - I Do Not Love You

2022-05-07 I am wary of advice from people who make a living giving advice.

2022-05-07 I am wary of advice from people who make a living giving advice.

2022-05-05 Getting people to care about things

2022-05-05 Getting people to care about things

2022-05-04 A Historical Perspective On the Latest NFT Insanity: Digital assets are newish luxury products in a …

2022-05-04 A Historical Perspective On the Latest NFT Insanity: Digital assets are newish luxury products in a …

2022-05-04 Rainy day cat

2022-05-04 Rainy day cat

2022-05-02 Reading up on the Digital Services Act

2022-05-02 Reading up on the Digital Services Act

2022-05-02 I feel like LinkedIn mostly tends to fly under the radar in discussions of the awfulness of social …

2022-05-02 I feel like LinkedIn mostly tends to fly under the radar in discussions of the awfulness of social …

2022-05-01 Blaming the Woke Twitter Mob for Reactionary Politics, Part 45,608: Random, powerless people being …

2022-05-01 Blaming the Woke Twitter Mob for Reactionary Politics, Part 45,608: Random, powerless people being …

2022-05-01 Yesterday’s record shop haul was a motley bunch.

2022-05-01 Yesterday’s record shop haul was a motley bunch.

2022-05-01 Annual Reviews Are a Terrible Way to Evaluate Employees :: Michael Descy: For years I have …

2022-05-01 Annual Reviews Are a Terrible Way to Evaluate Employees :: Michael Descy: For years I have …

2022-04-30 I was pretty proud of myself for passing up an Adler Tippa at a second-hand shop today. It was $85, …

2022-04-30 I was pretty proud of myself for passing up an Adler Tippa at a second-hand shop today. It was $85, …

2022-04-30 I stopped in at Federal Street Books this morning for Independent Bookstore Day and was happy to see …

2022-04-30 I stopped in at Federal Street Books this morning for Independent Bookstore Day and was happy to see …

2022-04-30 No art is timeless.

2022-04-30 No art is timeless.

2022-04-30 Some notes on social media – Kevin Drum: The internet in general makes smart people smarter and …

2022-04-30 Some notes on social media – Kevin Drum: The internet in general makes smart people smarter and …

2022-04-30 William Basinski & Janek Schaefer - "…On Reflection"

2022-04-30 William Basinski & Janek Schaefer - "…On Reflection"

2022-04-29 I think I would pay extra every month for my HBOMax subscription if they would prepend the old movie …

2022-04-29 I think I would pay extra every month for my HBOMax subscription if they would prepend the old movie …

2022-04-29 Twitter may not be the public square, but a bunch of people treat it like it is.

2022-04-29 Twitter may not be the public square, but a bunch of people treat it like it is.

2022-04-29 Escaping The House Elf Management Trap – Accidentally in Code: House elfing comes from a good …

2022-04-29 Escaping The House Elf Management Trap – Accidentally in Code: House elfing comes from a good …

2022-04-29 This post from Noah Smith is a really helpful explanation of how GDP is calculated, why imports do …

2022-04-29 This post from Noah Smith is a really helpful explanation of how GDP is calculated, why imports do …

2022-04-29 Parenting and the illusion of control

2022-04-29 Parenting and the illusion of control

2022-04-29 Master of the Neutron Dance of Destruction!

2022-04-29 Master of the Neutron Dance of Destruction!

2022-04-29 Traffic jam at the cat door

2022-04-29 Traffic jam at the cat door

2022-04-29 The Head & the Heart - Every Shade Of Blue

2022-04-29 The Head & the Heart - Every Shade Of Blue

2022-04-28 People who download a copy of a shared Excel workbook and then email that copy to me are going to be …

2022-04-28 People who download a copy of a shared Excel workbook and then email that copy to me are going to be …

2022-04-28 Most people don’t think about the ideology of the tools that they use.

2022-04-28 Most people don’t think about the ideology of the tools that they use.

2022-04-28 While I appreciate the security that two-factor authentication offers and use it wherever I am able, …

2022-04-28 While I appreciate the security that two-factor authentication offers and use it wherever I am able, …

2022-04-28 Good times at the tire shop

2022-04-28 Good times at the tire shop

2022-04-28 Ben Marc - Glass Effect

2022-04-28 Ben Marc - Glass Effect

2022-04-27 The Coup Plot – Digby’s Hullabaloo: I’ve lost count of how many books have been published at …

2022-04-27 The Coup Plot – Digby’s Hullabaloo: I’ve lost count of how many books have been published at …

2022-04-27 Spoilers

2022-04-27 Spoilers

2022-04-27 The Emerging Tech-Lash - by John Ganz - Unpopular Front: Something like a class-consciousness of …

2022-04-27 The Emerging Tech-Lash - by John Ganz - Unpopular Front: Something like a class-consciousness of …

2022-04-26 The great thing about writing down an idea or opinion

2022-04-26 The great thing about writing down an idea or opinion

2022-04-26 The fact that there is a greater-than-zero number of companies offering what are basically …

2022-04-26 The fact that there is a greater-than-zero number of companies offering what are basically …

2022-04-25 The best take I have seen thus far

2022-04-25 The best take I have seen thus far

2022-04-24 After listening to Pylon’s album Chomp this morning, I stumbled across the band Love Tractor. …

2022-04-24 After listening to Pylon’s album Chomp this morning, I stumbled across the band Love Tractor. …

2022-04-23 Just west of Rochester, NY

2022-04-23 Just west of Rochester, NY

2022-04-23 That’s a lot of water.

2022-04-23 That’s a lot of water.

2022-04-21 The White River, northeast Indianapolis

2022-04-21 The White River, northeast Indianapolis

2022-04-21 I read these articles and posts about Netflix’s disappointing third quarter results—apparently …

2022-04-21 I read these articles and posts about Netflix’s disappointing third quarter results—apparently …

2022-04-21 Somewhere in central Indiana

2022-04-21 Somewhere in central Indiana

2022-04-20 Van Goghing

2022-04-20 Van Goghing

2022-04-20 The Death of Company Culture: Remote work didn’t kill company culture - it just proved that it …

2022-04-20 The Death of Company Culture: Remote work didn’t kill company culture - it just proved that it …

2022-04-19 Somewhere north of Columbus, OH

2022-04-19 Somewhere north of Columbus, OH

2022-04-18 Having watched Thor: The Dark World twice in the last few months as part of getting both my kids …

2022-04-18 Having watched Thor: The Dark World twice in the last few months as part of getting both my kids …

2022-04-17 We should just give people money.

2022-04-17 We should just give people money.

2022-04-16 Life with an 11yo

2022-04-16 Life with an 11yo

2022-04-15 My favorite statue

2022-04-15 My favorite statue

2022-04-15 After an unfortunately early wake-up, I am kicking off my Friday morning by listening to The …

2022-04-15 After an unfortunately early wake-up, I am kicking off my Friday morning by listening to The …

2022-04-14 This is 100% accurate.

2022-04-14 This is 100% accurate.

2022-04-09 Rainy Saturday afternoon reading

2022-04-09 Rainy Saturday afternoon reading

2022-04-09 Creating problems

2022-04-09 Creating problems

2022-04-02 It’ll happen to you, too!

2022-04-02 It’ll happen to you, too!

2022-03-30 Sharing thoughts on the internet

2022-03-28 I am pretty sure that: I have no opinion on anything that happened at the Oscars; and If I did, …

2022-03-26 I guess maybe Spatial Audio seems like a good idea if you have never put your phone in your pocket …

2022-03-26 The various political podcasts I subscribe to have all now released their episodes on the Senate …

2022-03-24 Apple Music has a weird idea of “Party.”

2022-03-23 Great idea, but how do we get there?

2022-03-23 Great idea, but how do we get there?

2022-03-19 An app that will never exist

2022-03-19 An app that will never exist

2022-03-18 Bullies

2022-03-18 Bullies

2022-03-18 Hooray for Friday!

2022-03-18 Hooray for Friday!

2022-03-18 Flex-work, like any other benefit, will always eventually be for the employer, not the employee.

2022-03-18 Flex-work, like any other benefit, will always eventually be for the employer, not the employee.

2022-03-16 I have been listening to Craw’s Lost Nation Road album all afternoon. These guys were so good

2022-03-16 I have been listening to Craw’s Lost Nation Road album all afternoon. These guys were so good

2022-03-16 I wish the cat would come home.

2022-03-16 I wish the cat would come home.

2022-03-16 A conversation

2022-03-16 A conversation

2022-03-13 The new Ghost album is pretty great. It’s not as good as Meliora, but that album sets an …

2022-03-13 The new Ghost album is pretty great. It’s not as good as Meliora, but that album sets an …

2022-03-13 Behold the Reverse Idiot Funnel - by Ryan Broderick: Many years ago, it was common to come across a …

2022-03-13 Behold the Reverse Idiot Funnel - by Ryan Broderick: Many years ago, it was common to come across a …

2022-03-13 Big box retail is weird.

2022-03-13 Big box retail is weird.

2022-03-12 Nerf guns are the candy cigarettes of gun culture. Calling them “blasters” and insisting …

2022-03-12 Nerf guns are the candy cigarettes of gun culture. Calling them “blasters” and insisting …

2022-03-12 11 A.M. on Fridays

2022-03-12 11 A.M. on Fridays

2022-03-12 I do not need to be reminded.

2022-03-12 I do not need to be reminded.

2022-03-11 I Am Eight Years Old and Would Like a Batman Movie Aimed at Me, Please - McSweeney’s Internet …

2022-03-11 I Am Eight Years Old and Would Like a Batman Movie Aimed at Me, Please - McSweeney’s Internet …

2022-03-11 Two good metal albums

2022-03-11 Two good metal albums

2022-03-11 Keeping track of the work v. doing the work

2022-03-11 Keeping track of the work v. doing the work

2022-03-10 Apparently it is a Skinny Puppy sort of day.

2022-03-10 Apparently it is a Skinny Puppy sort of day.

2022-03-10 New ink

2022-03-10 New ink

2022-03-10 Amateur experts

2022-03-10 Amateur experts

2022-03-08 The Intellectual We Deserve ❧ Current Affairs: Sociologist C. Wright Mills, in critically examining …

2022-03-08 The Intellectual We Deserve ❧ Current Affairs: Sociologist C. Wright Mills, in critically examining …

2022-03-07 Personal connection with a political figure

2022-03-07 Personal connection with a political figure

2022-03-07 I had somehow completely forgotten about the mid-90s lounge music revival, e.g., Esquivel, or all …

2022-03-07 I had somehow completely forgotten about the mid-90s lounge music revival, e.g., Esquivel, or all …

2022-03-06 The backstory for the previous post

2022-03-06 The backstory for the previous post

2022-03-05 Just like in pioneer times

2022-03-05 Just like in pioneer times

2022-03-05 My personal level of caution

2022-03-05 My personal level of caution

2022-03-05 No-fly zones

2022-03-05 No-fly zones

2022-03-04 I received a glass-nibbed pen and it’s pretty neat.

2022-03-04 I received a glass-nibbed pen and it’s pretty neat.

2022-03-03 If you start off with “I don’t want to panic anyone” or “This isn’t a …

2022-03-03 If you start off with “I don’t want to panic anyone” or “This isn’t a …

2022-03-02 Ted Gioia is a smart and thoughtful observer of all things musical. His concerns about acquisition …

2022-03-02 Ted Gioia is a smart and thoughtful observer of all things musical. His concerns about acquisition …

2022-02-26 Big cat, little cat

2022-02-26 Big cat, little cat

2022-02-26 The only thing I will say about Ukraine

2022-02-26 The only thing I will say about Ukraine

2022-02-25 Holy cow! This new Tears For Fears album is really good.

2022-02-25 Holy cow! This new Tears For Fears album is really good.

2022-02-16 UGH people who are constantly hiding and unhiding columns in Excel instead of splitting and freezing …

2022-02-16 UGH people who are constantly hiding and unhiding columns in Excel instead of splitting and freezing …

2022-02-11 Sleepy cat

2022-02-11 Sleepy cat

2022-02-11 Whenever I am on hold with some sort of help desk or call center and the hold music is being …

2022-02-11 Whenever I am on hold with some sort of help desk or call center and the hold music is being …

2022-02-05 “It’s the basic obstacle of artificial ecosystems. In a normal evolutionary environment, there’s …

2022-02-05 “It’s the basic obstacle of artificial ecosystems. In a normal evolutionary environment, there’s …

2022-02-04 First night of Winter Carnival

2022-02-04 First night of Winter Carnival

2022-02-01 Once again, I have given a Neal Stephenson book a shot and ended up quitting about a third of the …

2022-02-01 Once again, I have given a Neal Stephenson book a shot and ended up quitting about a third of the …

2022-01-23 The Ninth Metal

2022-01-23 The Ninth Metal

2022-01-22 “Stupid. Shortsighted. A man born with a sense for raw opportunity where his soul should have been.” …

2022-01-22 “Stupid. Shortsighted. A man born with a sense for raw opportunity where his soul should have been.” …

2022-01-22 The edge of my seat

2022-01-22 The edge of my seat

2022-01-21 UGH. The person who looks for topics to fill the remaining time in the meeting “since …

2022-01-21 UGH. The person who looks for topics to fill the remaining time in the meeting “since …

2022-01-17 This was fascinating. For starters he learned that pigs, like white people, were an invasive species …

2022-01-17 This was fascinating. For starters he learned that pigs, like white people, were an invasive species …

2022-01-16 I will miss having The Expanse to watch. I should probably go back and start reading the books …

2022-01-16 I will miss having The Expanse to watch. I should probably go back and start reading the books …

2022-01-15 Seems like a stay-indoors sort of day…

2022-01-15 Seems like a stay-indoors sort of day…

2022-01-14 I am finally getting around to watching Midnight Mass on Netflix and it is so good.

2022-01-14 I am finally getting around to watching Midnight Mass on Netflix and it is so good.

2022-01-08 Looks like some nice weather this week…

2022-01-08 Looks like some nice weather this week…

2022-01-08 There is no magic solution to the problem of having a lot of things to do.

2022-01-08 There is no magic solution to the problem of having a lot of things to do.

2022-01-05 Crazy idea, but maybe it’s because there are too many guns and they’re too widely available…

2022-01-05 Crazy idea, but maybe it’s because there are too many guns and they’re too widely available…

2022-01-04 Satire that is not actually satire

2022-01-04 Satire that is not actually satire

2022-01-02 Misty day at Satchems Head

2022-01-02 Misty day at Satchems Head

2022-01-01 Happy new year, I guess.

2022-01-01 Happy new year, I guess.

2021-12-31 I am celebrating New Year’s Eve by unironically and unapologetically listening to Steely Dan.

2021-12-31 I am celebrating New Year’s Eve by unironically and unapologetically listening to Steely Dan.

2021-12-29 The new Matrix movie

2021-12-29 The new Matrix movie

2021-12-29 Sign of the times

2021-12-29 Sign of the times

2021-12-26 Some words of wisdom from Event Horizon

2021-12-26 Some words of wisdom from Event Horizon

2021-12-26 It having been many years since I was eleven years old, I guess I had forgotten how easily any …

2021-12-26 It having been many years since I was eleven years old, I guess I had forgotten how easily any …

2021-12-26 Things I don’t need

2021-12-26 Things I don’t need

2021-12-26 Trading quality for convenience

2021-12-26 Trading quality for convenience

2021-12-24 Unpopular opinion: That Pogues Christmas song sucks.

2021-12-24 Unpopular opinion: That Pogues Christmas song sucks.

2021-12-23 This is a pretty good beer.

2021-12-23 This is a pretty good beer.

2021-12-23 What would have been better is if I had remembered to actually boil the water before pouring it into …

2021-12-23 What would have been better is if I had remembered to actually boil the water before pouring it into …

2021-12-23 Listening to a podcast recently

2021-12-23 Listening to a podcast recently

2021-12-22 That graph you all keep posting about Yankee Candle aroma complaints v. number of COVID cases is …

2021-12-22 That graph you all keep posting about Yankee Candle aroma complaints v. number of COVID cases is …

2021-12-22 We can all agree that John Carpenter’s The Thing is a Christmas movie, right?

2021-12-22 We can all agree that John Carpenter’s The Thing is a Christmas movie, right?

2021-12-22 When one of my kids is freaking out

2021-12-22 When one of my kids is freaking out

2021-12-21 Resources

2021-12-21 Resources

2021-12-21 My least favorite genre of social media post right now

2021-12-21 My least favorite genre of social media post right now

2021-12-21 To misquote the Pixies

2021-12-21 To misquote the Pixies

2021-12-20 Listening to Can

2021-12-20 Listening to Can

2021-12-20 It is frustrating that there seems to be no middle ground

2021-12-20 It is frustrating that there seems to be no middle ground

2021-12-18 Politics is hard.

2021-12-18 Politics is hard.

2021-12-13 How to Care Less About Work - The Atlantic: A lot of us find something that we’re good at and like, …

2021-12-13 How to Care Less About Work - The Atlantic: A lot of us find something that we’re good at and like, …

2021-12-11 Continuing to post the same old job descriptions to LinkedIn and Indeed

2021-12-11 Continuing to post the same old job descriptions to LinkedIn and Indeed

2021-12-08 It is fine to keep your video turned off.

2021-12-08 It is fine to keep your video turned off.

2021-12-07 I’m tired of this shit, and I’m sick of people being idiots and refusing to do the right thing.

2021-12-07 I’m tired of this shit, and I’m sick of people being idiots and refusing to do the right thing.

2021-12-05 Waiting for my booster

2021-12-05 Waiting for my booster

2021-12-03 Herd immunity

2021-12-03 Herd immunity

2021-11-25 Not ominous at all

2021-11-25 Not ominous at all

2021-11-25 Happy Thanksgiving!

2021-11-25 Happy Thanksgiving!

2021-11-24 Feeling a bit rusty…

2021-11-24 Feeling a bit rusty…

2021-11-21 One could do a lot worse on a Sunday morning than listening to the new Robert Plant and Alison …

2021-11-21 One could do a lot worse on a Sunday morning than listening to the new Robert Plant and Alison …

2021-11-20 Well, I guess we’re gonna do this.

2021-11-20 Well, I guess we’re gonna do this.

2021-11-16 Dumb App Store reviews

2021-11-16 Dumb App Store reviews

2021-11-16 "It's all on our Sharepoint site."

2021-11-16 "It's all on our Sharepoint site."

2021-11-14 Dead tree

2021-11-14 Dead tree

2021-11-14 Of course I took pictures yesterday of my kids getting their first doses

2021-11-14 Of course I took pictures yesterday of my kids getting their first doses

2021-11-13 If you want to find interesting things on the Internet, you need to go do the work of looking for them.

2021-11-13 If you want to find interesting things on the Internet, you need to go do the work of looking for them.

2021-11-12 Small men who want to feel big

2021-11-12 Small men who want to feel big

2021-11-12 Cautious holiday gatherings and eating indoors at restaurants

2021-11-12 Cautious holiday gatherings and eating indoors at restaurants

2021-11-10 Writing for work should be concise, even if that means people actually read it.

2021-11-10 Writing for work should be concise, even if that means people actually read it.

2021-11-10 Yet another question of the least bad option

2021-11-10 Yet another question of the least bad option

2021-11-09 I am spending some quality time with the Rotring 600 today.

2021-11-09 I am spending some quality time with the Rotring 600 today.

2021-11-09 As I listen to it, I am reminded that Tomb Mold’s album Planetary Clairvoyance is very good. I …

2021-11-09 As I listen to it, I am reminded that Tomb Mold’s album Planetary Clairvoyance is very good. I …

2021-11-06 Friday afternoons

2021-11-06 Friday afternoons

2021-11-05 Some bland office or meeting room or all-white apartment scene

2021-11-05 Some bland office or meeting room or all-white apartment scene

2021-11-01 Today is the first day of a new job

2021-11-01 Today is the first day of a new job

2021-10-29 Yeah, so I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I had made it this far in life without ever …

2021-10-29 Yeah, so I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I had made it this far in life without ever …

2021-10-29 Zuckerberg Announces Fantasy World Where Facebook Is Not a Horrible Company: About halfway through …

2021-10-29 Zuckerberg Announces Fantasy World Where Facebook Is Not a Horrible Company: About halfway through …

2021-10-29 I am taking a brief break from this week’s autumn-induced jazz binge BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW …

2021-10-29 I am taking a brief break from this week’s autumn-induced jazz binge BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW …

2021-10-29 Unplanned encounters and connections

2021-10-29 Unplanned encounters and connections

2021-10-28 Apple is doomed!!!

2021-10-28 Apple is doomed!!!

2021-10-28 Some rules for thinking about note-taking apps and systems

2021-10-28 Some rules for thinking about note-taking apps and systems

2021-10-27 Bumper sticker philosophy

2021-10-27 Bumper sticker philosophy

2021-10-27 The pandemic has amplified (among other things) basic misunderstandings.

2021-10-27 The pandemic has amplified (among other things) basic misunderstandings.

2021-10-27 Indoor projects and soup and incandescent lightbulbs

2021-10-27 Indoor projects and soup and incandescent lightbulbs

2021-10-25 Trees and gray sky

2021-10-25 Trees and gray sky

2021-10-25 Listening to John Coltrane’s Blue Train

2021-10-25 Listening to John Coltrane’s Blue Train

2021-10-22 If I had a time machine, I would go back to a time when Past Me was sitting on hold and complaining …

2021-10-22 If I had a time machine, I would go back to a time when Past Me was sitting on hold and complaining …

2021-10-22 I have not watched Squid Game

2021-10-22 I have not watched Squid Game

2021-10-21 We have local elections coming up

2021-10-21 We have local elections coming up

2021-10-20 I didn’t listen to Front 242 as much as I should have in the late 80s and early 90s. Among the …

2021-10-20 I didn’t listen to Front 242 as much as I should have in the late 80s and early 90s. Among the …

2021-10-19 School is not childcare.

2021-10-19 School is not childcare.

2021-10-19 I may need to go see Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

2021-10-19 I may need to go see Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

2021-10-19 Nearly all of my regular daily reading

2021-10-19 Nearly all of my regular daily reading

2021-10-17 I went out for a five(ish)-mile run this afternoon, putting on a playlist of shuffled tracks from …

2021-10-17 I went out for a five(ish)-mile run this afternoon, putting on a playlist of shuffled tracks from …

2021-10-17 Sadly, the box was empty, except for some collected rainwater.

2021-10-17 Sadly, the box was empty, except for some collected rainwater.

2021-10-17 All the little things

2021-10-17 All the little things

2021-10-15 I wish that every time there is a Safari update, I did not have to restart my laptop to get the …

2021-10-15 I wish that every time there is a Safari update, I did not have to restart my laptop to get the …

2021-10-15 How I should try approaching life

2021-10-15 How I should try approaching life

2021-10-14 James St., 9 PM on a Thursday

2021-10-14 James St., 9 PM on a Thursday

2021-10-13 Mike’s Maze, Sunderland, MA

2021-10-13 Mike’s Maze, Sunderland, MA

2021-10-13 A redundant item on my Reminders list

2021-10-13 A redundant item on my Reminders list

2021-10-12 Facebook still cannot be "fixed."

2021-10-12 Facebook still cannot be "fixed."

2021-10-12 Putting up the Halloween decorations

2021-10-12 Putting up the Halloween decorations

2021-10-11 What life must be like

2021-10-11 What life must be like

2021-10-10 The Delvon Lamaar Organ Trio

2021-10-10 The Delvon Lamaar Organ Trio

2021-10-10 We had dinner at a restaurant

2021-10-10 We had dinner at a restaurant

2021-10-08 The odds & ends for the week of October 4, 2021

2021-10-08 The odds & ends for the week of October 4, 2021

2021-10-08 It is out of character for me, but

2021-10-08 It is out of character for me, but

2021-10-07 A visitor in the garden

2021-10-07 A visitor in the garden

2021-10-07 Being angry, and what to do with that anger

2021-10-07 Being angry, and what to do with that anger

2021-10-07 A bunch of people are going to yell

2021-10-07 A bunch of people are going to yell

2021-10-06 Running past the graveyard

2021-10-06 Running past the graveyard

2021-10-05 High St., 8:49 PM on a Tuesday

2021-10-05 High St., 8:49 PM on a Tuesday

2021-10-05 For most folks, Facebook is the web. I'm not sure there is much to be done about that.

2021-10-05 For most folks, Facebook is the web. I'm not sure there is much to be done about that.

2021-10-05 Rain fell all day yesterday

2021-10-05 Rain fell all day yesterday

2021-10-04 Purging old messages

2021-10-04 Purging old messages

2021-10-03 Risk calculations

2021-10-03 Risk calculations

2021-10-02 The kitten has strong feelings about the magnets on the fridge.

2021-10-02 The kitten has strong feelings about the magnets on the fridge.

2021-10-02 The first fire of the season

2021-10-02 The first fire of the season

2021-10-02 The weather having taken a turn

2021-10-02 The weather having taken a turn

2021-10-01 There is no supervillain at Facebook, but Facebook is still terrible.

2021-10-01 There is no supervillain at Facebook, but Facebook is still terrible.

2021-10-01 The right things

2021-10-01 The right things

2021-09-30 This book came in for me at the library today and I am pretty excited about it.

2021-09-30 I wish that I could enjoy fall more.

2021-09-29 I am supposed to be excited

2021-09-29 I am supposed to be excited

2021-09-29 Clouds & wires #2

2021-09-29 Self help

2021-09-28 Movie theater popcorn

2021-09-28 Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E6: The Great God Pan (Chapter 6) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-28 S1E6: The Great God Pan (Chapter 6) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-28 Ballot questions

2021-09-27 Dumped somewhere else

2021-09-26 A door

2021-09-25 Under the bridge

2021-09-25 Cynical expectations

2021-09-24 Tombow makes a good pencil.

2021-09-24 Attack of the Clones is a terrible, terrible movie.

2021-09-24 Physical artifacts of digital work

2021-09-24 Systems problems and racist ancestors

2021-09-24 Strange light

2021-09-24 At a Kroger in Tennessee

2021-09-23 Premonitions

2021-09-22 Cracks

2021-09-22 A Minor Forest

2021-09-22 Time

2021-09-21 The last day of summer

2021-09-21 Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E5: The Great God Pan (Chapter 5) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-21 S1E5: The Great God Pan (Chapter 5) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-21 Everyday creativity

2021-09-20 Harvest moon over Norwood St.

2021-09-20 Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E4: The Great God Pan (Chapter 4) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-20 S1E4: The Great God Pan (Chapter 4) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-20 Phantom Menace

2021-09-19 Oldies

2021-09-19 But.

2021-09-19 If life doesn't give you lemons, you're not going to be able to make lemonade.

2021-09-17 I will admit, this feels a little weird.

2021-09-17 Scale

2021-09-17 The Algorithm Tweaks Won’t Save Us - by Charlie Warzel - Galaxy Brain: Going through this …

2021-09-17 Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E3: The Great God Pan (Chapter 3) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-17 S1E3: The Great God Pan (Chapter 3) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-17 Another round

2021-09-16 Avertis

2021-09-16 Advice on the Internet is usually people trying to sell things.

2021-09-16 S1E2: The Great God Pan (Chapter 2) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-16 S1E2: The Great God Pan (Chapter 2) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-15 The current conditions are rather ominous.

2021-09-15 Government service

2021-09-15 S1E1: The Great God Pan (Chapter 1) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-15 S1E1: The Great God Pan (Chapter 1) by Arthur Machen

2021-09-15 Pipe at Ferrante & Bernardston

2021-09-15 Early

2021-09-14 Betterment

2021-09-14 Why should every company have to grow?

2021-09-14 NEW EPISODE: The Empty House (Part 4) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-14 The Empty House (Part 4) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-13 Easy answers to simple questions

2021-09-13 Distractions

2021-09-13 The Empty House (Part 3) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-13 The Empty House (Part 3) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-12 The Yo-Yo

2021-09-12 At the county fair

2021-09-11 Prepping for winter, obviously

2021-09-11 Survivor bias

2021-09-10 The Venn diagram of diets and productivity systems is a single circle.

2021-09-10 The Empty House (Part 2) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-10 The Empty House (Part 2) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-10 The Empty House (Part 2) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-10 New Bela Fleck!

2021-09-10 Anselm Kiefer goes to the Speedway station

2021-09-10 Anselm Kiefer goes to the Speedway station

2021-09-10 Pocket universes

2021-09-09 Cast your net wide enough, and you're gonna catch some idiots.

2021-09-09 The Empty House (Part 1) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-09 The Empty House (Part 1) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-09 The Empty House (Part 1) by Algernon Blackwood

2021-09-09 Sidewalk, with trees

2021-09-09 Disintegration Loops

2021-09-08 Organizing work v. doing work

2021-09-08 There is no set of facts or arguments that will convince someone to give up their world view.

2021-09-08 “So what’s with the typewriters?”

2021-09-06 Whole generations

2021-09-05 Summer, then fall

2021-09-04 City bus

2021-09-04 Exit only

2021-09-04 Museum window #3

2021-09-04 Museum window #2

2021-09-04 Museum window #2

2021-09-04 Museum window #1

2021-09-03 We want certainty, but we can’t have it. Sometimes, that is easier to ignore than others.

2021-09-03 Things are crappy, but they could be worse.

2021-09-03 The new Iron Maiden album is good.

2021-09-03 Salamander

2021-09-02 I feel like I’ve seen this show before—a bunch of times.

2021-09-02 I feel like I’ve seen this show before—a bunch of times.

2021-09-02 Wouldn’t it be nice

2021-09-02 Here we go again.

2021-09-01

2021-08-31 Long COVID, but it’s not just for individuals

2021-08-29 I wish people would stop for a minute and think.

2021-08-29 ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED (long overdue): Seeing Ani DiFranco play live

2021-08-28 Yet another way to get upset about parking

2021-08-27 Actually, it’s pronounced “jay-pedge”.

2021-08-27 Amplification

2021-08-25 Being sure about things

2021-08-25 Being sure about things

2021-08-23 To objectify a thing is to deprive it of its moral standing, and of whatever rights might come from …

2021-08-23 To objectify a thing is to deprive it of its moral standing, and of whatever rights might come from …

2021-08-23 This new Deafheaven album is pretty good.

2021-08-23 This new Deafheaven album is pretty good.

2021-08-23 I Need To Stop Scrolling - by Charlie Warzel - Galaxy Brain: The anecdotal vantage of a phenomenon …

2021-08-23 I Need To Stop Scrolling - by Charlie Warzel - Galaxy Brain: The anecdotal vantage of a phenomenon …

2021-08-22 Atlas Minor • Tired: What is the best strategy for surviving the 21st-century? Does it require some …

2021-08-21 What Happens on Facebook? - by Charlie Warzel - Galaxy Brain: This weirdness is enough to make …

2021-08-20 One could do a lot worse on a Friday night than listen to the new GA-20 album.

2021-08-20 Crazy idea: We don’t need any more writing or note-taking apps.

2021-08-19 Send the whole family to prison.

2021-08-16 Keeping US forces in Afghanistan was only delaying the inevitable.

2021-08-16 You can't do All The Things, no matter how efficient you are.

2021-08-07 Opinion | Covid, the Unvaccinated and Where to Direct Our Rage - The New York Times: Anger is a …

2021-07-30 Yep, We Need More Blame | Talking Points Memo: As I’ve been saying for some time, the problem with …

2021-07-30 Listening to this episode of You Are Good really makes me want to watch Dazed & Confused again. …

2021-07-08 We Are Not Ready - by Charlie Warzel - Galaxy Brain: Climate change is a perfect example of a …

2021-06-22 LinkedIn is, in general, a pretty terrible place, but the “inspirational” posts really …

2021-06-22 LinkedIn is, in general, a pretty terrible place, but the “inspirational” posts really …

2021-06-19 Amazon is terrible and you should try to reduce your dependence on it.

2021-06-19 Amazon is terrible and you should try to reduce your dependence on it.

2021-06-16 I am listening to the audiobook of Louis Menand’s The Free World. It is an excellent book and …

2021-06-16 I am listening to the audiobook of Louis Menand’s The Free World. It is an excellent book and …

2021-06-12 When I rule the universe, the Jeff Buckley version of Hallelujah will be banned. And all other Jeff …

2021-06-12 When I rule the universe, the Jeff Buckley version of Hallelujah will be banned. And all other Jeff …

2021-06-09 A feature that I wish any music player app had is “Stop playing when this song is done.”

2021-06-09 A feature that I wish any music player app had is “Stop playing when this song is done.”

2021-06-08 When I went to read the New York Times this morning, I got a 503 error instead of the homepage. …

2021-06-08 When I went to read the New York Times this morning, I got a 503 error instead of the homepage. …

2021-06-07 So with Tomoe River paper apparently no longer in production, what is going to happen to Hobonichi …

2021-06-07 So with Tomoe River paper apparently no longer in production, what is going to happen to Hobonichi …

2021-06-06

2021-06-05 Beyond Burgers are quite good as meatless patties go, but this is a shockingly wasteful amount of …

2021-06-05 Beyond Burgers are quite good as meatless patties go, but this is a shockingly wasteful amount of …

2021-06-05 I feel like eight in the morning on a Saturday is not an okay time to mow one’s yard. My …

2021-06-05 I feel like eight in the morning on a Saturday is not an okay time to mow one’s yard. My …

2021-06-02 I don’t think I have ever listened to Yes’s Big Generator before. It is certainly not …

2021-06-02 I don’t think I have ever listened to Yes’s Big Generator before. It is certainly not …

2021-06-01 Global Shortages During Coronavirus Reveal Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing - The New York …

2021-06-01 Global Shortages During Coronavirus Reveal Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing - The New York …

2021-05-29 Dan Pfeiffer, on why the Left needs to stop overreacting to every stupid and offensive thing that …

2021-05-29 Dan Pfeiffer, on why the Left needs to stop overreacting to every stupid and offensive thing that …

2021-05-29 I have gotten about twenty pages into Andy Weir’s new book, and I don’t understand how …

2021-05-29 I have gotten about twenty pages into Andy Weir’s new book, and I don’t understand how …

2021-05-28 This new release of Can’s 1975 show in Stuttgart is a great way to start my Friday and close …

2021-05-28 This new release of Can’s 1975 show in Stuttgart is a great way to start my Friday and close …

2021-05-27 Office politics: A working letter: I’ve noted before how phrases and concepts often “do work” …

2021-05-27 Office politics: A working letter: I’ve noted before how phrases and concepts often “do work” …

2021-05-23 I actually laughed out loud when I got to the final line of this paragraph: Eventually, Ms. …

2021-05-23 I actually laughed out loud when I got to the final line of this paragraph: Eventually, Ms. …

2021-05-22 Letter from Los Angeles - The Anxiety of Influencers, By Barrett Swanson | Harper’s Magazine: …

2021-05-22 Letter from Los Angeles - The Anxiety of Influencers, By Barrett Swanson | Harper’s Magazine: …

2021-05-15 Executives don’t decide if the company culture is good. Employees do. - Galaxy Brain: People …

2021-05-15 Executives don’t decide if the company culture is good. Employees do. - Galaxy Brain: People …

2021-05-14 Reasons to keep wearing a mask

2021-05-14 Reasons to keep wearing a mask

2021-05-14 Crazy idea: There is no app or platform that will solve your email problem, because the problem with …

2021-05-14 Crazy idea: There is no app or platform that will solve your email problem, because the problem with …

2021-05-13 Current pollen count is 10.6, which explains why I feel like total crap.

2021-05-13 Current pollen count is 10.6, which explains why I feel like total crap.

2021-05-09 I was really enjoying Stephen King’s newest book Later, right up until the very end, when he …

2021-05-09 I was really enjoying Stephen King’s newest book Later, right up until the very end, when he …

2021-05-09 Balloon Juice | The Labor Freakout: We are at a point where several generations of businesses and …

2021-05-09 Balloon Juice | The Labor Freakout: We are at a point where several generations of businesses and …

2021-05-08 This makes me feel better about never being able to stand Van Morrison.

2021-05-08 This makes me feel better about never being able to stand Van Morrison.

2021-05-08 Opinion | Why Covid’s Airborne Transmission Was Acknowledged So Late - The New York Times: If …

2021-05-08 Opinion | Why Covid’s Airborne Transmission Was Acknowledged So Late - The New York Times: If …

2021-05-07 April jobs report - The Washington Post A growing tension in the U.S. economy — the potential …

2021-05-07 April jobs report - The Washington Post A growing tension in the U.S. economy — the potential …

2021-05-05 Annals of Covid Shaming | Talking Points Memo One thing that comes through in conversations with …

2021-05-05 Annals of Covid Shaming | Talking Points Memo One thing that comes through in conversations with …

2021-05-02 Sturgeon's Law Apple applies to Bandcamp, too, because Sturgeon's Law applies to everything.

2021-05-02 Sturgeon's Law Apple applies to Bandcamp, too, because Sturgeon's Law applies to everything.

2021-05-01 How extremists use popular culture to lure recruits - The Washington Post “All these people who …

2021-05-01 How extremists use popular culture to lure recruits - The Washington Post “All these people who …

2021-05-01 We would do well to keep in mind that genius supervillains are fictional.

2021-05-01 We would do well to keep in mind that genius supervillains are fictional.

2021-05-01 Why I find the free will debate annoying

2021-05-01 Why I find the free will debate annoying

2021-04-30 One of my city councilors, at a recent meeting, wondering why a particular part of town hasn’t …

2021-04-30 One of my city councilors, at a recent meeting, wondering why a particular part of town hasn’t …

2021-04-28 Um, no—I don’t think so.

2021-04-28 Um, no—I don’t think so.

2021-04-25 I have been troubleshooting and fixing computer problems since the early 1990s, and I can say with …

2021-04-25 I have been troubleshooting and fixing computer problems since the early 1990s, and I can say with …

2021-04-23 This new Eric Church album is a lot of fun. I recommend it.

2021-04-23 This new Eric Church album is a lot of fun. I recommend it.

2021-04-23 First the goals, then the plan.

2021-04-23 First the goals, then the plan.

2021-04-19 80/20’ing your meetings – Mike Crittenden I'm a big fan of the Pareto principle. I'm also a big fan …

2021-04-19 80/20’ing your meetings – Mike Crittenden I'm a big fan of the Pareto principle. I'm also a big fan …

2021-04-11 Against “Feel Free To Take Some Time If You Need It” - Culture Study: Productivity …

2021-04-11 Against “Feel Free To Take Some Time If You Need It” - Culture Study: Productivity …

2021-04-09 Dog Man books are the worst books.

2021-04-09 Dog Man books are the worst books.

2021-03-25 Ugh. Why am I looking at static website hosting again. WHY?!

2021-03-25 Ugh. Why am I looking at static website hosting again. WHY?!

2021-03-25 To every web-based app that offers different the ability to have different user profiles, I really, …

2021-03-25 To every web-based app that offers different the ability to have different user profiles, I really, …

2021-03-23 Every time I see or hear someone say “utilize,” I am screaming in my mind JUST SAY …

2021-03-23 Every time I see or hear someone say “utilize,” I am screaming in my mind JUST SAY …

2021-03-22 I guess writing is maybe not all bad.

2021-03-22 I guess writing is maybe not all bad.

2021-03-21 The theme for today: Sunroof open and windows down, listening to Love & Rockets

2021-03-21 The theme for today: Sunroof open and windows down, listening to Love & Rockets

2021-03-20 I really just don’t care anymore how interesting or compelling or important someone’s …

2021-03-20 I really just don’t care anymore how interesting or compelling or important someone’s …

2021-03-19 Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration turned 35 a couple of days ago. That is older than most of …

2021-03-19 Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration turned 35 a couple of days ago. That is older than most of …

2021-03-19 I have apparently reached a point in my life where I am comfortable with the fact that just because …

2021-03-19 I have apparently reached a point in my life where I am comfortable with the fact that just because …

2021-03-17 I like my new pencil.

2021-03-17 I like my new pencil.

2021-03-17 I wish my watch would stop telling me that I have crushed my goals. I don’t really want to be …

2021-03-17 I wish my watch would stop telling me that I have crushed my goals. I don’t really want to be …

2021-03-16 I generally really like Apple Music, but good grief am I tired of the problem where radically …

2021-03-16 I generally really like Apple Music, but good grief am I tired of the problem where radically …

2021-03-15 Beware the “Let’s rethink education!” vultures and grifters.

2021-03-15 Beware the “Let’s rethink education!” vultures and grifters.

2021-03-15 Facebook’s Vaccine Disinformation Study Shows the Problem with Facebook - Washington Monthly: …

2021-03-15 Facebook’s Vaccine Disinformation Study Shows the Problem with Facebook - Washington Monthly: …

2021-03-15 So it’s back to this then, is it?

2021-03-15 So it’s back to this then, is it?

2021-03-14 Saturday afternoon at Poets Seat

2021-03-14 Saturday afternoon at Poets Seat

2021-03-11 Running and writing

2021-03-11 Running and writing

2021-03-08 I had a strange feeling of nostalgia a day or two ago for the early days of the pandemic, when …

2021-03-08 I had a strange feeling of nostalgia a day or two ago for the early days of the pandemic, when …

2021-03-07 I guess I imagined that, after a year of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people dead, and …

2021-03-07 I guess I imagined that, after a year of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people dead, and …

2021-03-07 The kids made a todo list for themselves on the kitchen whiteboard:

2021-03-07 The kids made a todo list for themselves on the kitchen whiteboard:

2021-03-07 Some slowcore for a Sunday morning

2021-03-07 Some slowcore for a Sunday morning

2021-03-07 One year ago today

2021-03-07 One year ago today

2021-03-06 Today, I learned that The Swirlies started out as a Go Go’s cover band. That’s quite a …

2021-03-06 Today, I learned that The Swirlies started out as a Go Go’s cover band. That’s quite a …

2021-03-06 Knock-Knock: How the FBI Scares Off Would-Be Capitol Bombers - _Washington Monthly: The …

2021-03-06 Knock-Knock: How the FBI Scares Off Would-Be Capitol Bombers - _Washington Monthly: The …

2021-03-04 I have listened to Slowdive’s Souvlaki quite a few times over the years, but this is my first …

2021-03-04 I have listened to Slowdive’s Souvlaki quite a few times over the years, but this is my first …

2021-03-01 Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

2021-03-01 Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

2021-02-28 In terms of getting to the information for which I’m actually looking, cooking/food/recipe …

2021-02-28 In terms of getting to the information for which I’m actually looking, cooking/food/recipe …

2021-02-28 A book that starts with a listing of the cast of characters or (worse) a glossary of some kind makes …

2021-02-28 A book that starts with a listing of the cast of characters or (worse) a glossary of some kind makes …

2021-02-28 I’ve really been enjoying the new Cloud Nothings album The Shadow I Remember the last few …

2021-02-28 I’ve really been enjoying the new Cloud Nothings album The Shadow I Remember the last few …

2021-02-27 I was just reading the latest in a long series of posts and articles about how raising the minimum …

2021-02-27 I was just reading the latest in a long series of posts and articles about how raising the minimum …

2021-02-26 I was listening to a podcast episode a few days about the complexities and challenges of modernizing …

2021-02-26 I was listening to a podcast episode a few days about the complexities and challenges of modernizing …

2021-02-25 I see that our local paper has decided to run yet another in its long-running “The Police …

2021-02-25 I see that our local paper has decided to run yet another in its long-running “The Police …

2021-02-23 The Wax Trax! Records t-shirt (with the original power-lines logo from the early 1990s) I ordered a …

2021-02-23 The Wax Trax! Records t-shirt (with the original power-lines logo from the early 1990s) I ordered a …

2021-02-23 The Pandemic Is Resetting Casual Friendships - The Atlantic: During the past year, it’s often felt …

2021-02-23 The Pandemic Is Resetting Casual Friendships - The Atlantic: During the past year, it’s often felt …

2021-02-23 Two good albums I've found today

2021-02-23 Two good albums I've found today

2021-02-23 I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Martin Häaglund’s This Life: Secular …

2021-02-23 I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Martin Häaglund’s This Life: Secular …

2021-02-22 I’m reading this NYT article about the Dolly Parton SquareSpace ad, and I can’t help but …

2021-02-22 I’m reading this NYT article about the Dolly Parton SquareSpace ad, and I can’t help but …

2021-02-20 I generally avoid linking to Medium, but this history of the PDF file format is fascinating.

2021-02-20 I generally avoid linking to Medium, but this history of the PDF file format is fascinating.

2021-02-20 Mill Road, Marbletown, NY; a Saturday morning in February

2021-02-20 Mill Road, Marbletown, NY; a Saturday morning in February

2021-02-18 WOOHOO! Mars landing!

2021-02-18 WOOHOO! Mars landing!

2021-02-18 Just pay for the damn app!

2021-02-18 Just pay for the damn app!

2021-02-18 The GameStop Rally Exposed the Perils of ‘Meme Populism’ - NY Mag Intelligncer: Platforms like …

2021-02-18 The GameStop Rally Exposed the Perils of ‘Meme Populism’ - NY Mag Intelligncer: Platforms like …

2021-02-16 I have really been enjoying this new Django Django album. It is maybe a bit overstuffed at points, …

2021-02-16 I have really been enjoying this new Django Django album. It is maybe a bit overstuffed at points, …

2021-02-16 None of us can be prepared on our own.

2021-02-16 None of us can be prepared on our own.

2021-02-16 It is kind of crazy how desperately aggressive the emails from Facebook become when you go a week or …

2021-02-16 It is kind of crazy how desperately aggressive the emails from Facebook become when you go a week or …

2021-02-15 Yes, I would really like for my kids to be back in school. No, I’m still not sure it’s a good idea.

2021-02-15 Yes, I would really like for my kids to be back in school. No, I’m still not sure it’s a good idea.

2021-02-14 I’ve seen some of you people complaining that the new season of The Expanse moves slowly and …

2021-02-14 I’ve seen some of you people complaining that the new season of The Expanse moves slowly and …

2021-02-14 Late afternoon, walking in the woods:

2021-02-14 Late afternoon, walking in the woods:

2021-02-14 I was starting to get a little wound up about my kids spending forty-five minutes searching Amazon …

2021-02-14 I was starting to get a little wound up about my kids spending forty-five minutes searching Amazon …

2021-02-14 Sunday morning listening - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

2021-02-14 Sunday morning listening - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

2021-02-13 I really don’t understand why I still see “I miss Google Reader” comments from …

2021-02-13 I really don’t understand why I still see “I miss Google Reader” comments from …

2021-02-13 For the last year or two, whenever I read or hear about Rudy Giuliani, the description “Trump’s …

2021-02-13 For the last year or two, whenever I read or hear about Rudy Giuliani, the description “Trump’s …

2021-02-10 So do I even bother registering my kids for summer camps that are just going to be cancelled anyway? …

2021-02-10 So do I even bother registering my kids for summer camps that are just going to be cancelled anyway? …

2021-02-09 It is kind of sad how desperately people cling to the idea that technology is neutral and has no …

2021-02-09 It is kind of sad how desperately people cling to the idea that technology is neutral and has no …

2021-02-09 On weather, winter, and changing climates – Going Medieval: A nice way to be connected with our …

2021-02-09 On weather, winter, and changing climates – Going Medieval: A nice way to be connected with our …

2021-02-09 The Lessons of GameStop - The Hedgehog Review: It is entirely understandable to lampoon the …

2021-02-09 The Lessons of GameStop - The Hedgehog Review: It is entirely understandable to lampoon the …

2021-02-08 The epistemology of software quality – Increment: Teams: Work-life balance and wellness impact us …

2021-02-08 The epistemology of software quality – Increment: Teams: Work-life balance and wellness impact us …

2021-02-05 I really like the feature of being able to tap my phone against the HomePod Mini and hand off the …

2021-02-05 I really like the feature of being able to tap my phone against the HomePod Mini and hand off the …

2021-02-05 the diminishing returns of productivity culture - Culture Study: Technology robbed workers of what …

2021-02-05 the diminishing returns of productivity culture - Culture Study: Technology robbed workers of what …

2021-02-04 UGH. Writing is still terrible.

2021-02-04 UGH. Writing is still terrible.

2021-02-04 I wish Apple Music had an “I prefer albums” option for its recommendations.

2021-02-04 I wish Apple Music had an “I prefer albums” option for its recommendations.

2021-02-03 UGH. Writing is terrible.

2021-02-03 UGH. Writing is terrible.

2021-02-02 I wish that Apple Watch would detect snow shoveling as a workout.

2021-02-02 I wish that Apple Watch would detect snow shoveling as a workout.

2021-01-29 I’m generally not much of a Weezer fan, but this new album is not terrible.

2021-01-29 I’m generally not much of a Weezer fan, but this new album is not terrible.

2021-01-28 Monsters, you have been warned.

2021-01-28 Monsters, you have been warned.

2021-01-28 I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Hum before.

2021-01-28 I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Hum before.

2021-01-28 How the work ethic became a substitute for good jobs - Aeon Essays: The work ethic is a tent-pole …

2021-01-28 How the work ethic became a substitute for good jobs - Aeon Essays: The work ethic is a tent-pole …

2021-01-26 The battle inside Signal - Platformer: But Signal’s rapid growth has also been a cause for concern. …

2021-01-26 The battle inside Signal - Platformer: But Signal’s rapid growth has also been a cause for concern. …

2021-01-25 I am trying to sort through in my head the various pieces of conflicting pandemic news, not having …

2021-01-25 I am trying to sort through in my head the various pieces of conflicting pandemic news, not having …

2021-01-24 So I will, of course, watch the movie, but there is no goddamned way that King Kong beats Godzilla.

2021-01-24 So I will, of course, watch the movie, but there is no goddamned way that King Kong beats Godzilla.

2021-01-24 Everything Is Broken - Tablet Magazine: For seven decades, the country's intellectual and cultural …

2021-01-24 Everything Is Broken - Tablet Magazine: For seven decades, the country's intellectual and cultural …

2021-01-23 I am really enjoying the new Still Corners album that came out yesterday:

2021-01-23 I am really enjoying the new Still Corners album that came out yesterday:

2021-01-21 It is kind of amazing that Front Line Assembly is still cranking out albums. I don’t listen to …

2021-01-21 It is kind of amazing that Front Line Assembly is still cranking out albums. I don’t listen to …

2021-01-20 What a relief.

2021-01-20 What a relief.

2021-01-19 Fixing disinformation won’t save us - Ethan Zuckerman: Blaming social media is too easy an …

2021-01-19 Fixing disinformation won’t save us - Ethan Zuckerman: Blaming social media is too easy an …

2021-01-17 Tonight's listen: Welcome To My Dream by MC 900 Ft Jesus

2021-01-17 Tonight's listen: Welcome To My Dream by MC 900 Ft Jesus

2021-01-17 Sunday morning listening

2021-01-17 Sunday morning listening

2021-01-16 The Sun Collective by Charles Baxter has confirmed my decision to stop reading these types of novels.

2021-01-16 The Sun Collective by Charles Baxter has confirmed my decision to stop reading these types of novels.

2021-01-15 It will never stop amazing me how many people spend so much time complaining on Facebook about how …

2021-01-15 It will never stop amazing me how many people spend so much time complaining on Facebook about how …

2021-01-15 Adults talking to other adults like adults

2021-01-15 Adults talking to other adults like adults

2021-01-15 “Comments are turned off for this post” is always the right decision.

2021-01-15 “Comments are turned off for this post” is always the right decision.

2021-01-15 The new Gatecreeper album is really good.

2021-01-15 The new Gatecreeper album is really good.

2021-01-15 Friday morning ambient

2021-01-15 Friday morning ambient

2021-01-14 Eric Boehlert on the media’s Tuesday-night fantasy about Mitch McConnell and Congressional …

2021-01-14 Eric Boehlert on the media’s Tuesday-night fantasy about Mitch McConnell and Congressional …

2021-01-13 John Ehrenreich has a really good article up on Slate about why people believe in conspiracy …

2021-01-13 John Ehrenreich has a really good article up on Slate about why people believe in conspiracy …

2021-01-12 Having just read the eleventy billionth article about how law enforcement agencies around the US …

2021-01-12 Having just read the eleventy billionth article about how law enforcement agencies around the US …

2021-01-12 Some of the best metal from last year

2021-01-12 Some of the best metal from last year

2021-01-12 I am feeling pretty glad I held off on writing that “Impeachment would be a waste of time and …

2021-01-12 I am feeling pretty glad I held off on writing that “Impeachment would be a waste of time and …

2021-01-10 Weird. It’s almost like Nancy Pelosi has to work with a wide and diverse caucus that represents the …

2021-01-10 Weird. It’s almost like Nancy Pelosi has to work with a wide and diverse caucus that represents the …

2021-01-10 Some good ambient music for a Sunday morning

2021-01-10 Some good ambient music for a Sunday morning

2021-01-09 ”A megacorp is not your dream job”: A business doesn’t get a billion-dollar valuation (or… ugh… a …

2021-01-09 ”A megacorp is not your dream job”: A business doesn’t get a billion-dollar valuation (or… ugh… a …

2021-01-08 Were the broader circumstances not so horrible, the Trump goons’ lightspeed pivot from “FUCK YEAH …

2021-01-08 Were the broader circumstances not so horrible, the Trump goons’ lightspeed pivot from “FUCK YEAH …

2021-01-08 ”How to Work Through a Coup” - Culture Study Imagine people trying to teach high school, or work at …

2021-01-08 ”How to Work Through a Coup” - Culture Study Imagine people trying to teach high school, or work at …

2021-01-08 ”Facts in Flames” - Persuasion: To many, libraries seem less important than ever—everything's …

2021-01-08 ”Facts in Flames” - Persuasion: To many, libraries seem less important than ever—everything's …

2021-01-06 Here’s a suggestion. Instead of saying “This is not who we are”—because sadly, it clearlyis …

2021-01-06 Here’s a suggestion. Instead of saying “This is not who we are”—because sadly, it clearlyis …

2021-01-06 I just noticed this tidbit in one the New York Times’ endlessly scrolling “Live Updates” feeds: On …

2021-01-06 I just noticed this tidbit in one the New York Times’ endlessly scrolling “Live Updates” feeds: On …

2021-01-06 So, a good news/bad news sort of day, then…

2021-01-06 So, a good news/bad news sort of day, then…

2021-01-06 THIS IS FUCKING APPALLING.

2021-01-06 THIS IS FUCKING APPALLING.

2021-01-06 Let it hereby be noted that today is the day the ten-year-old discovered K-Pop.

2021-01-06 Let it hereby be noted that today is the day the ten-year-old discovered K-Pop.

2021-01-06 I’m glad that Democrats appear to have won the Georgia run-offs and are on the brink of re-taking …

2021-01-06 I’m glad that Democrats appear to have won the Georgia run-offs and are on the brink of re-taking …

2021-01-06 I was just reminded by the radio that Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion came out …

2021-01-06 I was just reminded by the radio that Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion came out …

2021-01-05 ”The Management Myth” | The Atlantic: Mayo's work sheds light on the dark side of the "humanist" …

2021-01-05 ”The Management Myth” | The Atlantic: Mayo's work sheds light on the dark side of the "humanist" …

2021-01-04 And a bit more from that 2016 Guardian piece  about the perils of our culture’s obsession with time …

2021-01-04 And a bit more from that 2016 Guardian piece  about the perils of our culture’s obsession with time …

2021-01-04 ”Why time management is ruining our lives” | The Guardian: As Gregg points out, it is significant …

2021-01-04 ”Why time management is ruining our lives” | The Guardian: As Gregg points out, it is significant …

2021-01-04 ”Hard Times: Martin Hägglund’s “This Life” and the Pomodoro Technique” | LARB : …

2021-01-04 ”Hard Times: Martin Hägglund’s “This Life” and the Pomodoro Technique” | LARB : …

2021-01-04 Trump is a sad, desperate, pathetic con artist who has come to expect that he can bully and bluster …

2021-01-04 Trump is a sad, desperate, pathetic con artist who has come to expect that he can bully and bluster …

2021-01-03 Interesting music I found in 2020

2021-01-03 Interesting music I found in 2020

2021-01-03 Sunday morning listening: Stratosphere by Duster

2021-01-03 Sunday morning listening: Stratosphere by Duster

2021-01-03 I have moved from a Hobonichi Techo in 2020 to a Hobonichi Cousin for 2021, and I am not sure what …

2021-01-03 I have moved from a Hobonichi Techo in 2020 to a Hobonichi Cousin for 2021, and I am not sure what …

2021-01-02 Is Substack the Media Future We Want? | The New Yorker: The subscription-based news industry, the …

2021-01-02 Is Substack the Media Future We Want? | The New Yorker: The subscription-based news industry, the …

2021-01-02

2021-01-02 I got my kids some Tombow 2B pencils as stocking-stuffers after reading some random post (I’ve since …

2021-01-02 I got my kids some Tombow 2B pencils as stocking-stuffers after reading some random post (I’ve since …

2021-01-02 On Not Writing in 2020 – The Interconnected; “ Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a pandemic,” say …

2021-01-02 On Not Writing in 2020 – The Interconnected; “ Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a pandemic,” say …

2021-01-01 I finally got caught up on The Mandalorian. I was not expecting that ending. Also, I have never been …

2021-01-01 I finally got caught up on The Mandalorian. I was not expecting that ending. Also, I have never been …

2021-01-01 Pre-kids me would have laughed you out of the room had you suggested that I would be as excited as I …

2021-01-01 Pre-kids me would have laughed you out of the room had you suggested that I would be as excited as I …

2021-01-01 Jarlsberg is a pretty great cheese. That is all.

2021-01-01 Jarlsberg is a pretty great cheese. That is all.

2021-01-01 Mr. Beans, the Cat

2021-01-01 Mr. Beans, the Cat

2021-01-01 It's hard to convince the country there is a crisis when no one can see the full scale.

2021-01-01 It's hard to convince the country there is a crisis when no one can see the full scale.

2021-01-01 My ten-year-old has gotten really into the Diary Of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate series. I have very …

2021-01-01 My ten-year-old has gotten really into the Diary Of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate series. I have very …

2021-01-01 I need to figure out how to post images from Ulysses. Maybe this will work?

2021-01-01 I need to figure out how to post images from Ulysses. Maybe this will work?

2020-12-31 While it doesn’t rise to the level of a resolution, I should spend more time playing with my Volca …

2020-12-31 While it doesn’t rise to the level of a resolution, I should spend more time playing with my Volca …

2020-12-31 I found this lying in the middle of the street while out for my run. It’s a nice way to end the …

2020-12-31 I found this lying in the middle of the street while out for my run. It’s a nice way to end the …

2020-12-30 Is there a way to not have Ulysses open the Wordpress admin in a browser tab after I publish a post? …

2020-12-30 Is there a way to not have Ulysses open the Wordpress admin in a browser tab after I publish a post? …

2020-12-30 The cellular radio in my phone died a few days ago. Fixing it would have been nearly half the cost …

2020-12-30 The cellular radio in my phone died a few days ago. Fixing it would have been nearly half the cost …

2020-12-27 Whenever I see a YouTube link for for something like “How to fold a fitted sheet” or “The best …

2020-12-27 Whenever I see a YouTube link for for something like “How to fold a fitted sheet” or “The best …

2020-12-27 I don’t tend to be much of a pencil snob, but these Amazon Basics pencils that my kids’ school gives …

2020-12-27 I don’t tend to be much of a pencil snob, but these Amazon Basics pencils that my kids’ school gives …

2020-12-27 It’s kind of crazy how Kurasawa’s sequence of a guy walking through the woods is more visually …

2020-12-27 It’s kind of crazy how Kurasawa’s sequence of a guy walking through the woods is more visually …

2020-12-24 Nullboard seems kind of neat, although I am pretty happy with my planning/to-do process, and have …

2020-12-24 Nullboard seems kind of neat, although I am pretty happy with my planning/to-do process, and have …

2020-12-22 I have reached the point in life where I can admit to myself that after taking a spoonful of tomato …

2020-12-22 I have reached the point in life where I can admit to myself that after taking a spoonful of tomato …

2020-12-18

2020-12-18 The Covid sceptics have made a basic philosophical mistake - Prospect Magazine: The fundamental …

2020-12-18 The Covid sceptics have made a basic philosophical mistake - Prospect Magazine: The fundamental …

2020-12-18 It must be nice to be in a line of work where you can consistently never respond to any customer …

2020-12-18 It must be nice to be in a line of work where you can consistently never respond to any customer …

2020-12-17 Slack Is the Right Tool for the Wrong Way to Work | The New Yorker: I do not dislike Slack as much …

2020-12-17 Slack Is the Right Tool for the Wrong Way to Work | The New Yorker: I do not dislike Slack as much …

2020-12-13 This is the best Christmas album and I will fight anyone who says differently. On a side note, a …

2020-12-13 This is the best Christmas album and I will fight anyone who says differently. On a side note, a …

2020-12-12 I feel like it should be kind of obvious at this point that doing anything indoors without masks …

2020-12-12 I feel like it should be kind of obvious at this point that doing anything indoors without masks …

2020-12-11 The Shining : Doctor Sleep :: 2001 : 2010. This is not a bad thing.

2020-12-11 The Shining : Doctor Sleep :: 2001 : 2010. This is not a bad thing.

2020-12-11 This kinda sums up 2020 for me.

2020-12-11 This kinda sums up 2020 for me.

2020-12-05 If the temperature outside were 5-10 degrees colder, we would be getting some fantastic snow today. …

2020-12-05 If the temperature outside were 5-10 degrees colder, we would be getting some fantastic snow today. …

2020-12-04 Holy cannoli, how have I never listened to Anthony Braxton before? New York, Fall 1974 is amazing.

2020-12-04 Holy cannoli, how have I never listened to Anthony Braxton before? New York, Fall 1974 is amazing.

2020-12-04 I don’t generally go in much for 1960s folk rock, but I decided to give this new Trees …

2020-12-04 I don’t generally go in much for 1960s folk rock, but I decided to give this new Trees …

2020-12-02 Let’s Skim! The Slack/Salesforce Press Release | by Paul Ford | Dec, 2020 | Medium: Slack is the …

2020-12-02 Let’s Skim! The Slack/Salesforce Press Release | by Paul Ford | Dec, 2020 | Medium: Slack is the …

2020-12-02 UGH. I was certain I had cancelled my Audible membership two months ago, and yet they keep billing …

2020-12-02 UGH. I was certain I had cancelled my Audible membership two months ago, and yet they keep billing …

2020-12-02 Getting mad at people is easy, but it doesn't actually do much.

2020-12-02 Getting mad at people is easy, but it doesn't actually do much.

2020-12-02 Every time that I read news about COVID vaccines, I assume that a whole bunch of people are seeing …

2020-12-02 Every time that I read news about COVID vaccines, I assume that a whole bunch of people are seeing …

2020-12-01 My favorite feature of the Wordpress IOS app is how it repeatedly and randomly loses sites that I …

2020-12-01 My favorite feature of the Wordpress IOS app is how it repeatedly and randomly loses sites that I …

2020-12-01

2020-12-01

2020-11-29 I find myself going through one of my periodic considerations of subscribing to the Criterion …

2020-11-29 I find myself going through one of my periodic considerations of subscribing to the Criterion …

2020-11-28 And now WordPress seems to have mysteriously stopped displaying images stored in my S3 bucket. …

2020-11-28 And now WordPress seems to have mysteriously stopped displaying images stored in my S3 bucket. …

2020-11-28 I randomly found this delightful arrangement of the Goldberg Variations for a small orchestra among …

2020-11-28 I randomly found this delightful arrangement of the Goldberg Variations for a small orchestra among …

2020-11-26 It’s nice that Amazon is helping out with my plan of never buying anything from them again by …

2020-11-26 It’s nice that Amazon is helping out with my plan of never buying anything from them again by …

2020-11-25 I’m watching David Lynch’s Dune. It such a glorious mess of a movie.

2020-11-25 I’m watching David Lynch’s Dune. It such a glorious mess of a movie.

2020-11-24 If you find yourself getting ready to say “I don’t disagree with you,” just go …

2020-11-24 If you find yourself getting ready to say “I don’t disagree with you,” just go …

2020-11-23 Someone I know spent the latter half of the past week waiting for the results of a COVID test. It …

2020-11-23 Someone I know spent the latter half of the past week waiting for the results of a COVID test. It …

2020-11-22 I have not looked at either Twitter or Facebook since the election was called for Biden, and it has …

2020-11-22 I have not looked at either Twitter or Facebook since the election was called for Biden, and it has …

2020-11-17 Stunning Revelation | Talking Points Memo: According to Georgia Secretary of State Brad …

2020-11-17 Stunning Revelation | Talking Points Memo: According to Georgia Secretary of State Brad …

2020-11-16 Lots of people seem to really like The Caretaker, but I am unpersuaded.

2020-11-16 Lots of people seem to really like The Caretaker, but I am unpersuaded.

2020-11-16 The Substackerati - Columbia Journalism Review: It’s a bit of a brain twister: Substack, eager to …

2020-11-16 The Substackerati - Columbia Journalism Review: It’s a bit of a brain twister: Substack, eager to …

2020-11-16 The cheap pen that changed writing forever - BBC Future: The first ballpoint pens in the UK cost …

2020-11-16 The cheap pen that changed writing forever - BBC Future: The first ballpoint pens in the UK cost …

2020-11-15 Biden’s trap – Digby’s Hullabaloo Voters want to believe in bipartisan cooperation but it’s a …

2020-11-15 Biden’s trap – Digby’s Hullabaloo Voters want to believe in bipartisan cooperation but it’s a …

2020-11-15 Wordpress is annoying, and yet I keep coming back to it.

2020-11-15 Wordpress is annoying, and yet I keep coming back to it.

2020-11-15

2020-11-15

2020-11-14 Lock Yourself Down, Now - The Atlantic: It’s time to buckle up and lock ourselves down again, and …

2020-11-14 Lock Yourself Down, Now - The Atlantic: It’s time to buckle up and lock ourselves down again, and …

2020-11-10 I am listening to a book that is otherwise quite good, but the author keeps saying “utilize” when …

2020-11-10 I am listening to a book that is otherwise quite good, but the author keeps saying “utilize” when …

2020-11-09 I feel like there is a story here.

2020-11-09 I feel like there is a story here.

2020-11-09

2020-11-09 I have lost track of exactly where I found it on Twitter, but someone said yesterday that they were …

2020-11-09 I have lost track of exactly where I found it on Twitter, but someone said yesterday that they were …

2020-11-07 Kinda feels like, after months and months of having to cover a boring election where Biden had a …

2020-11-07 Kinda feels like, after months and months of having to cover a boring election where Biden had a …

2020-11-05 I think there is a reasonably good chance that most of the “legal challenges” that the …

2020-11-05 I think there is a reasonably good chance that most of the “legal challenges” that the …

2020-11-03 Apropos that this shirt happened to be at the top of the pile this morning.

2020-11-03 Apropos that this shirt happened to be at the top of the pile this morning.

2020-10-30 It’s the corruption, stupid – Digby’s Hullabaloo: The New York Times reports that Trump once …

2020-10-30 It’s the corruption, stupid – Digby’s Hullabaloo: The New York Times reports that Trump once …

2020-10-27 See the Corrupt Court for What It Is | Talking Points Memo: If Democrats win the presidency and a …

2020-10-27 See the Corrupt Court for What It Is | Talking Points Memo: If Democrats win the presidency and a …

2020-10-27 Elementary, My Dear, or Far From It | No Good Answers: The challenges for families who are now …

2020-10-27 Elementary, My Dear, or Far From It | No Good Answers: The challenges for families who are now …

2020-10-27 I was listening just now to some political commentators talking about the Biden and Trump …

2020-10-27 I was listening just now to some political commentators talking about the Biden and Trump …

2020-10-26 Facebook is terrible: The impacts of using a platform are not random; they are a direct outcome of …

2020-10-26 Facebook is terrible: The impacts of using a platform are not random; they are a direct outcome of …

2020-10-22 Star Trek Discovery, S3E1 and How I Found a Little Hope – Brandon’s Journal: I stopped …

2020-10-22 Star Trek Discovery, S3E1 and How I Found a Little Hope – Brandon’s Journal: I stopped …

2020-10-21 This settlement is a tragic joke.. Purdue Pharma should be liquidated as a company and the …

2020-10-21 This settlement is a tragic joke.. Purdue Pharma should be liquidated as a company and the …

2020-10-20 The Thing Is Upon Us | Talking Points Memo: In our system the President holds a bundle of executive …

2020-10-20 The Thing Is Upon Us | Talking Points Memo: In our system the President holds a bundle of executive …

2020-10-20 It is possible that I have spent too much time the last few days reading up on DIY fog chiller …

2020-10-20 It is possible that I have spent too much time the last few days reading up on DIY fog chiller …

2020-10-20 I regret to inform you that the core problems that have made 2020 such a shitty year are not going …

2020-10-20 I regret to inform you that the core problems that have made 2020 such a shitty year are not going …

2020-10-16 Outraged Conservatives Cry ‘Interrogation’ Over Trump’s Town Hall Moderator Asking Tough Questions: …

2020-10-16 Outraged Conservatives Cry ‘Interrogation’ Over Trump’s Town Hall Moderator Asking Tough Questions: …

2020-10-16 Hello, we’re Google. We will push out half-baked products like Google Classroom that barely …

2020-10-16 Hello, we’re Google. We will push out half-baked products like Google Classroom that barely …

2020-10-15 Everyone seems to think this book is great, but I’m not sure what to make of it.

2020-10-15 Everyone seems to think this book is great, but I’m not sure what to make of it.

2020-10-15 Trump Won’t Concede, but He’ll Pack His Bags - The Atlantic: Picture this: After a year in office, …

2020-10-15 Trump Won’t Concede, but He’ll Pack His Bags - The Atlantic: Picture this: After a year in office, …

2020-10-15 Among the problems with Barrett as a potential Supreme Court Justice, I would say that whether or …

2020-10-15 Among the problems with Barrett as a potential Supreme Court Justice, I would say that whether or …

2020-10-14 I am generally not a fan of “You’re focusing on the wrong thing!” types of political …

2020-10-14 I am generally not a fan of “You’re focusing on the wrong thing!” types of political …

2020-10-14 HOLY MOLY this new Plague Years album is some pretty great metal!

2020-10-14 HOLY MOLY this new Plague Years album is some pretty great metal!

2020-10-12 I have never listened to Seefeel’s album Quique before (or any of their albums, for that matter). …

2020-10-12 I have never listened to Seefeel’s album Quique before (or any of their albums, for that matter). …

2020-10-12 I saw someone saying over the weekend that Biden’s refusal to give a definite answer on …

2020-10-12 I saw someone saying over the weekend that Biden’s refusal to give a definite answer on …

2020-10-09 Overnight, the NYT changed their headline from “Down In the Polls, Trumps Calls For Arrest Of …

2020-10-09 Overnight, the NYT changed their headline from “Down In the Polls, Trumps Calls For Arrest Of …

2020-10-08 Things I have explained to the kids via Minecraft analogies today: Inflation Money laundering …

2020-10-08 Things I have explained to the kids via Minecraft analogies today: Inflation Money laundering …

2020-10-07 HELLO

2020-10-07 HELLO

2020-10-06 “Rage Against the Dying of the Light” - Talking Points Memo: The reality is that Trump …

2020-10-06 “Rage Against the Dying of the Light” - Talking Points Memo: The reality is that Trump …

2020-10-05 I am really wondering at this point how thoroughly the White House will need to be disinfected …

2020-10-05 I am really wondering at this point how thoroughly the White House will need to be disinfected …

2020-10-04 My sincerest hope is that Trump fully recovers, so that he can lose to Joe Biden by a wide margin in …

2020-10-04 My sincerest hope is that Trump fully recovers, so that he can lose to Joe Biden by a wide margin in …

2020-10-03 I am exceedingly tired of being lectured by randos on the Internet about how the current news has …

2020-10-03 I am exceedingly tired of being lectured by randos on the Internet about how the current news has …

2020-10-03 I wonder where we would be at with the pandemic if there were widespread access to all this rapid …

2020-10-03 I wonder where we would be at with the pandemic if there were widespread access to all this rapid …

2020-10-02 Me, reading literally anything in the news these days

2020-10-02 Me, reading literally anything in the news these days

2020-10-02 A positive COVID test is one of the few things Trump *isn't* faking.

2020-10-02 A positive COVID test is one of the few things Trump *isn't* faking.

2020-10-02 One really gets the sense that even Alexander Haig is more in control right now than anyone …

2020-10-02 One really gets the sense that even Alexander Haig is more in control right now than anyone …

2020-10-02 To everyone about to spend their day scolding people about the need to be kind and charitable to …

2020-10-02 To everyone about to spend their day scolding people about the need to be kind and charitable to …

2020-10-01 I had completely forgotten about the Mad Season album Above until KEXP played one of the songs this …

2020-10-01 I had completely forgotten about the Mad Season album Above until KEXP played one of the songs this …

2020-10-01 They're digging in the wrong place?

2020-10-01 They're digging in the wrong place?

2020-09-30 I don't want more things; I want better choices.

2020-09-30 “The President Is a White Supremacist. And So Are You if You Support Him.” - kottke.org: …

2020-09-30 “Two old men yelling at each other” is a lazy, self-defeating take.

2020-09-30 Whether or not the debate was terrible is beside the point.

2020-09-30 “The Morning After” - Talking Points Memo: Beyond all the individual offenses one of …

2020-09-30 “At the Debate, Biden and Trump Showed America Who They Really Are. That’s a Win for …

2020-09-29 “The Tedium of Trump” - The Atlantic: The fact that pundits may have a tough time …

2020-09-29 “Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley’s Most Secretive Unicorn”: “Here’s the dirty secret of …

2020-09-29 “Does Trump’s ‘tightening financial vise’ create a security risk?”: …

2020-09-28 "We Are In Danger of Becoming the Puppets" - Musing about law, books, and politics: How …

2020-09-28 “Amy Coney Barrett and the Triumph of Phyllis Schlafly” - New York Magazine: For all …

2020-09-28 “Whoever Owns Trump’s Enormous Debts Could Be Running the Country” - Washington Monthly: …

2020-09-28 Hopefully the Times’ big scoop on Trump’s taxes will help peel off more undecided voters and …

2020-09-26 Anselm Kiefer’s driveway

2020-09-25 Josh Marshall, on Trump’s blizzard of lies and nonsense about election fraud: Truly none of …

2020-09-23 Some stories are helpful, other… not so much.

2020-09-20 “Moral Cowardice” – Digby’s Hullabaloo: The refusal by those with power to fully …

2020-09-19

2020-09-18 I am happy to report that replacing the power supply board with one I got off eBay for $60 has my TV …

2020-09-18 One Zoom session and two Google Meet sessions do not (so far) seem to be overly taxing the home …

2020-09-18 My calendar for the kids’ second day of (remote) school. Good times.

2020-09-17 One thing I have learned today is that second and fourth graders are much better at muting and …

2020-09-17 Five or ten minutes into my kid’s first Google Meet on the first day of fourth grade, one of …

2020-09-17 Welcome to the first day of school.

2020-09-16 Keep this in mind as you read all the panic-inducing articles about Election Day nightmare scenarios.

2020-09-16 Hot take: Some people have very strong feelings about what Apple should or should not do.

2020-09-15 I am trying to figure out why the TV has stopped powering on. The blinking standby light would seem …

2020-09-14 “How Conspiracy Theories Are Shaping the 2020 Election” - Time: The rise in …

2020-09-14 Note to self: Take the lid off the coffee grinder before dumping a whole scoop of beans into it.

2020-09-13 "The Dangerous Fact About QAnon Believers That Reporters Fail to Grasp" - Religion …

2020-09-12 Next stop, the grill. And I am pretty excited.

2020-09-11 “The Hunger” - Talking Points Memo: In so many ways he’s wildly different from his …

2020-09-11 Is there a way to have YouTube not show any “unboxing” videos? Because I pretty much …

2020-09-11 Figuring out the best way to do something is often a means of not actually doing anything.

2020-09-10 At least there is something good about fall.

2020-09-10 Gotta keep hustling, bro.

2020-09-10 My general belief that any books are good as long as kids are reading is really being put to the …

2020-09-10 Bogus reasons for opposing ranked-choice voting

2020-09-10 Sure, gas company—because why not start grinding up the street at twenty til seven in the morning?

2020-09-09 "habituation to horror" - Culture Study: The past year has been an exercise in mass …

2020-09-09 The YouTube hole for Hobonichi planners is even deeper and weirder than the one for the Midori …

2020-09-08 “Dignity to Endure” - American Compass: Our technocratic class, politicians, and the …

2020-09-06

2020-09-05 I wish there were an online calendaring solution that was 1) not “Just use Google Calendar,” …

2020-09-05 The Guest Book - Sarah Blake

2020-09-03 UGH when the well-meaning IT guy fills employees’ laptops with VLC, LibreOffice, the GIMP, …

2020-09-03 I wondered about this back in the spring, back when all the colleges were closing and scattering …

2020-08-30 Sometime last year, when things were still possible, Japanese Breakfast played a show here in my …

2020-08-28 Dan Penn’s new album Living On Mercy is really good and you should listen to it.

2020-08-28 Comcast is the worst. THE. WORST.

2020-08-26 You should read Burning Down the House.

2020-08-26 The cat has concerns.

2020-08-25 “Frog and Toad Tentatively Go Outside After Months In Self-Quarantine” - McSweeney’s …

2020-08-19 Acadia is pretty nice.

2020-08-17

2020-08-15

2020-08-13 What Happens If Trump Loses? | Washington Monthly: I suspect that if Trump loses, the majority of …

2020-08-12 No, Facebook, I do not want to buy masks that don't work.

2020-08-12 You probably need to change the picture you have in your head about what re-opening schools would look like.

2020-08-09 It is pretty obvious what we need to do to get the coronavirus under control.

2020-08-07 I just finished David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue and now I want to go listen to all their albums, even …

2020-08-06

2020-08-05 It is creepy how close this is to reality.

2020-08-04 Simple-minded freedom

2020-08-02

2020-08-01 "Yeah, but there are hardly any cases here."

2020-08-01 Some mellow but thoughtful electronic music for early on a Saturday morning.

2020-07-31 Trump is a loser.

2020-07-31 Sunrise at Beacon Field

2020-07-28 For $2.39, the quality of the paper in this composition book I randomly bought at CVS is …

2020-07-27 The coronavirus isn't going to be washed away for us.

2020-07-26 The Constant Risk of a Consolidated Internet - The Atlantic: So the centralization began. Blogs, …

2020-07-25 We need to change the structure of civic engagement.

2020-07-24 Cancel culture is a fake problem.

2020-07-24 I’m kind of shocked I was actually able to get a copy of this so quickly from the library. Exciting!

2020-07-23 Storm’s a-brewin’.

2020-07-22 Purdue Pharma actively and deliberately created the opioid epidemic in the United States. The …

2020-07-21 Private schools have too much money.

2020-07-20 “We blew it.”: The question being asked right now is “When can we do X?” The question …

2020-07-17 A typical afternoon around the house with the kids. How does this even happen?

2020-07-17 This headline and lede are neither surprising nor encouraging.

2020-07-16 I’m pretty excited about these. It’s been way too long since I got new ink.

2020-07-16 What’s funny about the bitcoin Twitter hack is that they didn’t go after Trump’s …

2020-07-13 I am listening to the first volume of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops this morning. It …

2020-07-04 Chesterfield Gorge, Saturday afternoon

2020-07-03 Friday afternoon on Hope Street

2020-07-03 "Re-opening" is magical thinking.

2020-07-01 Hey Massachusetts, here’s an idea—take all the money you spend on your shitty MCAS testing and …

2020-06-29 The Lincoln Project

2020-06-28 Writing is confusing and hard and terrible.

2020-06-26 Three good things

2020-06-24 PRO-TIP: Take all of the imagination and creativity you demonstrated in coming up with your …

2020-06-24 Great, but what about Wisconsin and Arizona?

2020-06-19 Eschaton: Owning The LIbs: These people who aren't wearing masks specifically to OWN THE LIBS, the …

2020-06-19 Juneteenth should be a federal holiday.

2020-06-19 Thanks goodness for John Bolton’s book and The New York Times’ vast reporting and investigative …

2020-06-18 I have never listened to this Goat Rodeo Sessions album before. It is very good.

2020-06-18 Thursday afternoon at the Green River Swimming Area, Greenfield, MA

2020-06-18 Can we please stop trying to re-invent email?

2020-06-18 John Bolton is a liar with his own agenda.

2020-06-17 An update to my rule about assholes

2020-06-16 And I thought Twitter threads were bad…

2020-06-16 I am few pages into Ben Lerner’s 10:04, and I am unconvinced.

2020-06-15 Monday afternoon at Satchems Head, Greenfield, MA

2020-06-15 Of course there are going to be more lockdowns.

2020-06-14 On the way up to High Ledges above Shelburne Falls

2020-06-14 Ten years

2020-06-14 Tolstoy's three questions

2020-06-14 Watchmen is pretty good, but they need to turn down the music.

2020-06-12 This beer is very good.

2020-06-09 I know that hypocrisy is a charge that never sticks with conservatives, but…

2020-06-08

2020-06-04 That this ad repeatedly shows up in my feed is the sort of thing that really makes me think …

2020-06-04 That this ad repeatedly shows up in my feed is the sort of thing that really makes me think …

2020-06-02 I feel like the race that started back in 2016 between Trump's malevolence and his incompetence …

2020-05-30 I feel like whatever environmental benefit I am gaining by going 2+ months between filling the tank …

2020-05-30 I feel like whatever environmental benefit I am gaining by going 2+ months between filling the tank …

2020-05-29 The Gang Leader as President | Talking Points Memo: Trump’s role as chief rabble-rouser and civic …

2020-05-28 I guess I’m glad that my town has some bike paths and bike lanes. I just wish that they actually …

2020-05-28 I guess I’m glad that my town has some bike paths and bike lanes. I just wish that they actually …

2020-05-27 The cat would like to be let in the people door.

2020-05-26 Hard drive destruction

2020-05-25 Twitter threads suck and I refuse to read them.

2020-05-23 Constantly drippy nose from seasonal allergies is even less enjoyable when wearing a face mask.

2020-05-23 Constantly drippy nose from seasonal allergies is even less enjoyable when wearing a face mask.

2020-05-23

2020-05-20 Joe Jackson’s Night and Day came up in my recommendations this morning, and so I am listening …

2020-05-19 I agree with Patrick Rhone one hundred percent here. The permanence of digital storage is a myth. …

2020-05-19 There are worse songs than Common People to have stuck in one’s head.

2020-05-17 The Machine Pauses | THR Blog | Blogs | The Hedgehog Review: An apt metaphor for a world that runs …

2020-05-16 "Should we be running?"

2020-05-16 Hiking at Wendell State Forest

2020-05-16 I have said it before, and I will say it again: These are the greatest pens ever made.

2020-05-14 Vox Media - “The scolding is not working”: The bigger problem here, though, is the very …

2020-05-13 Call me crazy, but maybe meat should be more expensive, and maybe people in the US should not eat so …

2020-05-13 Well, I was getting some writing done at the kitchen counter while the kids played with their …

2020-05-13 It should not be 31 degrees out in the middle of May. Also, we should have to be dealing with a …

2020-05-12 I just finished The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow, and it is very good.

2020-05-12 So much of Our Current Situation reminds me of every business team I have ever worked with that …

2020-05-11 Google Meet is a garbage platform for education.

2020-05-10 Elon Musk is like the obnoxious, know-it-all engineering majors who would show up every semester in …

2020-05-09 40F and constantly gusting cold wind is not really what I was hoping for this weekend. I hate this …

2020-05-09 Remains to be seen how they taste, but they came out looking pretty nice, at least.

2020-05-09 People are basically good.

2020-05-09 I am starting to think that maybe a bunch of the people going on about herd immunity do not actually …

2020-05-08 For whatever reason, I had mostly stopped using IA Writer a couple of years ago, and had almost …

2020-05-04 I wish I understood what it is that I enjoy so much about writing in a composition notebook.

2020-05-04 “Why I Won’t Sacrifice My Sanity To My Kids’ Online Schooling”: We can see that our …

2020-05-01 I hate firmware updates.

2020-05-01 I guess one upside of all of this is that local food and beverage joints are finally upping their …

2020-04-30 There, New York Times. I fixed it for you.

2020-04-29 I enjoy writing with most of my Pilot pens, but I really wish their converter cartridges held more …

2020-04-25 Some early Saturday morning self-soothing

2020-04-24 You can't solve systemic problems with individual actions.

2020-04-24 So I've been experimenting with TiddlyWiki…

2020-04-24 I'm all for discussing plans to mitigate and recover from the current global crisis, but …

2020-04-24 @help I’m trying to get logged in on a new laptop, but the email with the sign-in link never arrives …

2020-04-23 “That's how they get ya! They're under the goddamned ground.” “What are …

2020-04-23 I wonder how long that dead moth had been floating in the mug of coffee I was just drinking from.

2020-04-22 Fortunately, my current job rarely leaves me with the soul-sucking feeling I used to have all the …

2020-04-22 How fringe lunatics magically become a national movement

2020-04-22 How fringe lunatics magically become a national movement

2020-04-22 Pretty excited about my new books.

2020-04-20 I am pretty excited about today’s Discogs arrival.

2020-04-18 Charlie Baker is crazy if he re-opens schools so that kids can be subjected to standardized testing.

2020-04-14 It is a shame that pretty much none of the streaming services has any of The Comsat Angels’ albums. …

2020-04-14 I look forward to a time when we no longer need to keep a Jabra in the dining room.

2020-04-11 I’m not sure what it means, but I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd this week. This …

2020-04-06

2020-04-04 Both of my kids taught themselves to ride their bikes today, and I am feeling pretty good as a …

2020-04-04 Buzzfeed News, “This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation”: All over the United States, people …

2020-04-03 As pretty much every single person I work with complains about not being able to buy flour, eggs, …

2020-04-03

2020-04-02 Spreading bullshit just makes more bullshit. Stop doing it.

2020-04-02 Engineer intentionally derails train near USNS Mercy, believing bizarre coronavirus conspiracy - The …

2020-04-01 Trello’s iOS app would be a lot more useful if it would ever sync properly. What I see in the mobile …

2020-03-28 Waiting for my take-out

2020-03-25 Well that sucks. Bill Rieflin died.

2020-03-22 My god. How did I never know this exists.

2020-03-21 And somewhere in the darkness, the gambler he broke even, and in his final words I found and ace …

2020-03-20 I had never listened to or even heard of the band Arbouretum before, but I have really been liking …

2020-03-19 Scully: "Mulder, toads just fell from the sky!" Mulder: "I guess their parachutes …

2020-03-19 And here is where everyone finds out just how limited the options are for libraries' digital collections compared to physical media.

2020-03-18 Time for some completely unhelpful coronavirus game theory | The Outline: I’m not saying that we …

2020-03-18 Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part.

2020-03-17

2020-03-17 3AM thinking is the worst thinking.

2020-03-16 A quick perusal of LinkedIn is enough to remind me that it is the worst social media platform.

2020-03-15 The funny thing about all the people shouting about revolution in my timeline is that what they …

2020-03-15 Mr. Beans has had it with the news.

2020-03-15 It’s like I always say: When in doubt, register a domain. Amazingly, theplaguediaries.com had …

2020-03-15 I have been setting up webservers and websites for nearly twenty years now, and it is still a stupid …

2020-03-14

2020-03-14 I recommend a walk in the woods.

2020-03-14 Two things that have helped in the last two days

2020-03-14 I can only imagine what things must be like for Zoom’s operations teams right now.

2020-03-13 “We’re new. The old teachers were highly committed to evil, and quit in protest when the …

2020-03-13 After reading the 400th post about someone watching Contagion or Dawn Of the Dead, I am reminded of …

2020-03-12 It is irresponsible to be promoting large public gatherings right now.

2020-03-10 Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods Of Jade and Shadow came in for me at the library today. Seems pretty …

2020-03-10 “He’s Definitely Melting Down Over This”: Trump, Germaphobe in Chief, Struggles to Control the …

2020-03-10 Sonic Youth came up in conversation yesterday, and a few of the twenty- and thirty-year-olds who …

2020-03-09 HEWN, No. 344 - HEWN (Hack Education Weekly Newsletter): I’ve heard lots of local tech workers …

2020-03-07 I see that the popular thing on the internet today is to make fun of people for stocking up on …

2020-03-07 Seattle health care providers scramble to ration medical supplies as coronavirus cases climb | The …

2020-03-06 The Prodigal Techbro | The Conversationalist: We all need second chances. Even if we don’t need …

2020-03-06 The new Pantha du Prince album is good.

2020-03-06 ‘This Was a Grift’: Bloomberg Staffers Explain Campaign’s Demise | The Nation: “Ever since the …

2020-03-05 While I am obviously not the first person to point this out, I feel like it is worth repeating that, …

2020-03-04 It’s weird how a bunch of people who spend all their time shitting on Democratic voters are …

2020-03-04 Josh Marshall captures something that has really been bugging me about the rhetoric coming out of …

2020-03-04 Please consider that the theory you are currently shouting at me about why the latest poll or …

2020-03-03 “Hello, I have recently discovered this thing called voting and politics and I would like to …

2020-03-03 For the last goddamned time… The DNC has nothing to do with state primary elections and caucuses.

2020-02-29 My hold on this book came in a lot sooner than I was expecting, and I am pretty excited about it.

2020-02-29 I am not generally a big fan of newsletters, but one to which I do subscribe and recommend is L.M. …

2020-02-29 Elizabeth Warren and What It Means to ‘Believe Women’: Power provokes trust; a comparative lack of …

2020-02-28 Paul's Boutique strikes again.

2020-02-28 NYT: “They Saw Themselves in Elizabeth Warren. So What Do They See Now?”: “I’m feeling …

2020-02-26 What you get from people who want to run the government like a business

2020-02-25 This is a debate I would actually watch: Biden, nervous, tries to give Bloomberg a back rub but his …

2020-02-22 The Radicalism of Warren’s Unapologetic Aggression | The New Republic: As a female candidate, …

2020-02-20 Everyone — especially Bernie Sanders — owes Elizabeth Warren for her Bloomberg TKO | Salon.com: …

2020-02-20 I feel like all the pundits that have spent the last month talking up Bloomberg's candidacy are …

2020-02-17 An app can be a home-cooked meal: The exhortation “learn to code!” has its foundations in market …

2020-02-17 I have reached the point in my adult life where, if I open a new novel and it does not use quotation …

2020-02-16 Afternoon walk at the Ashokan Reservoir

2020-02-15 This is a good beer.

2020-02-15

2020-02-15 Expect More Crisis and Spectacle - Musing about law, books, and politics: People born after the …

2020-02-13

2020-02-08 I am getting marginally better at playing this.

2020-02-08 I’m not entirely sold on Buttigieg, but this ad the Biden campaign has launched mocking his …

2020-02-08 I probably do not need to buy another typewriter. And yet…

2020-02-08 Autocorrect just tried to change “sarcasm” into “sad ax,” and that actually …

2020-02-08 Jason Yip on Twitter: Agile is 1. reducing the distance between problems and problem solvers; 2. …

2020-02-08 Jason Yip on Twitter: Agile is 1. reducing the distance between problems and problem solvers; 2. …

2020-02-08 I am about a week into using the Seven Seas Writer as my primary journal, and I like it quite a bit. …

2020-02-07 The new Sepultura album is really, really good.

2020-02-07 Josh Marshall, writing at Talking Points Memo about why the Sanders campaign continues to attract so …

2020-02-07 Mr. Beans is not happy about this weather.

2020-02-07 I usually don’t like super-long Twitter threads (just write a blog post!), but this one is a …

2020-02-06 One imagines that the Iowa caucuses have pretty much always been this much of a mess, but we just …

2020-02-06 Ministry has announced a tour to celebrate the 30th(!?) anniversary of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing …

2020-02-06 Reason No. Eleventy-BIllion I Don't Use a Kindle Anymore

2020-02-06 There is an inch of snow on the ground, so of course school is cancelled for the entire day. And so …

2020-02-05 Impeachment and the State of the Union: How Trump Attacks the System with Disinformation – Mother …

2020-02-05

2020-02-04 This thread is a detailed and credible explanation of how the Iowa Democratic Party ended up with a …

2020-02-04 Everyone currently shouting about how elections should be run nationally rather than by states and …

2020-02-04 Unpopular hot-take on the Iowa Caucuses: This is a pretty mundane technical failure that is being …

2020-02-03 Oh god—the New York Times is back to these awful things again.

2020-02-01

2020-02-01 Rather than waiting until the Wednesday before the festival as I have in every prior year, this year …

2020-02-01

2020-02-01

2020-02-01 On the one hand, Squeeze is playing a show really close by later this month On the other hand, …

2020-01-31 There is a new Dan Deacon album out today, and I highly recommend it.

2020-01-31 There is a new Dan Deacon album out today, and I highly recommend it.

2020-01-31 I will say again that I really wish Handoff worked for Apple Music back and forth between my phone …

2020-01-30 I just started using the Nanami Seven Seas Writer journal I bought a few years ago, and I like it …

2020-01-28 How Schopenhauer’s thought can illuminate a midlife crisis | Aeon Ideas: Schopenhauer’s picture of …

2020-01-27 The fact that this is my initial experience of a website really says a lot about the state of the …

2020-01-26 Ice skating complete, tomato soup is under way.

2020-01-26 Skating

2020-01-25 Charging

2020-01-25 This new Pet Shop Boys album is quite good.

2020-01-24 On the topic of journals, I just noticed that Elemental has another run of Iodine journals …

2020-01-24 I am nearly to the end of my current journal—a Baron Fig—and to be honest, I will be glad to be done …

2020-01-24 I am nearly to the end of my current journal—a Baron Fig—and to be honest, I will be glad to be done …

2020-01-23 I am pretty surprised at the amount of vitriol being directed at Sonos for their announcement that …

2020-01-23 I am pretty surprised at the amount of vitriol being directed at Sonos for their announcement that …

2020-01-19 I’m sure my neighbor across the street has a good reason for running his snowblower at 7am on a …

2020-01-18 The Myth of Self-Reliance: Just as I had studiously reproduced the form of the gull without knowing …

2020-01-17 Listening to the new Of Montreal album confirms what I generally feel when listening to Of Montreal …

2020-01-16 I have been trying to give this Witcher show on Netflix a try, but it is… not good.

2020-01-16 We would all do well to be VERY skeptical of Lev Parnas.

2020-01-16 All day at work, I talk with people about the benefits of prioritization and WIP limits. At home, I …

2020-01-15 Every time I see some story, post, or tweet breathlessly reporting the various US presidential …

2020-01-14 This post on the Friend of a Friend standard is super-interesting, but I think the answer to the …

2020-01-13 After a week and a half of being very far away, there are a lot of great aspects to being home, not …

2020-01-12 I watched Dark Phoenix on the plane overnight. I do not recommend it.

2020-01-11 Somehow, I have only just figured out that the Alex Garland who wrote The Beach is the same Alex …

2020-01-11 So far, Brisbane gets the award for best airport music. There is currently a Clash song playing, and …

2020-01-10

2020-01-09

2020-01-08 I am always skeptical of people who refer to themselves as “serial entrepreneurs.”

2020-01-07 Early Wednesday morning in Gold Coast

2020-01-07 Emus are weird-looking animals.

2020-01-06

2020-01-05 I am getting really sick of “analysis” pieces that attribute any strategy to anything Trump does …

2020-01-05 I am getting really sick of “analysis” pieces that attribute any strategy to anything Trump does …

2020-01-05 Got out for my morning run. Australia is not so bad.

2020-01-04 Fourteen hours is too long to spend on an airplane.

2020-01-04 This is the most depressing airport corridor I have ever encountered.

2019-12-31 The volume of paper mail Comcast sends me trying to get me to sign up for their crummy service is …

2019-12-30 Autocorrect just changed “noise-cancelling” to “moose-cancelling,” and I am …

2019-12-28 The press really seems to be working overtime to convince me that Don Imus was not an asshole. Call …

2019-12-23 Forced password-expiration is dumb.

2019-12-22 Perhaps it is simply a coincidence, but I have just gone back and watched the scene in The Empire …

2019-12-22 According to what I’m reading online, The Rise Of Skywalker, like The Last Jedi before it, is …

2019-12-12 One of the worst things about current American cinema is the gross yellowish-green filter that …

2019-12-01

2019-11-29 I thought I was going to hate this book, but I love it.

2019-11-29 Planes, Trains and Automobiles movie review (1987) | Roger Ebert: One night a few years after …

2019-11-28 When my grandchildren ask me what I did in the war, I will them that I am the one who started …

2019-11-28 Nice.

2019-11-26 Proving once again that I am apparently constitutionally incapable of walking out of a bookstore …

2019-11-25 I am generally skeptical of “We live in the worst possible timeline” claims, but then I see …

2019-11-16 It took me a while to get around to reading this, but holy cats this book was good! I am really …

2019-11-16 It’s been a while since I’ve run here. 29 years, I think?

2019-11-13 The big, awful truth about Trump that’s at stake in today’s impeachment hearings - The …

2019-11-13 What Do The Democrats Have to Prove? | Talking Points Memo: The evidence is overwhelming. It’s not …

2019-11-13 A side benefit of having so many Apple pundits and aficionados in my timeline is that whenever I …

2019-11-13 While there is a lot of great stuff available on Disney+, I am pretty disappointed that they do not …

2019-11-13 A glimpse into the (very near) future from the NYT

2019-11-12 Disney+ has made a particularly bad UI choice for their Roku channel.

2019-11-12 Lumping Twitter and Facebook together as "social media platforms" is not helpful in thinking about their role in US politics.

2019-11-11 Ultra-Lounge!

2019-11-08 SUSS’s new album Highline is out today, and you should go listen to it.

2019-11-04 The 2020 Star Wars-themed pocket weekly planner from Moleskine sure does look cool, but I have never …

2019-11-04 Interesting decision by the local paper to publish the names of individual donors to the three …

2019-11-04 Interesting decision by the local paper to publish the names of individual donors to the three …

2019-11-02 Alright—I guess I’m doing this.

2019-11-01 Gotta love 50% off Halloween decorations!

2019-11-01 I have been listening to Lindstrøm’s new album On a Clear Day I Can See You Forever throughout …

2019-11-01 Someday, I will watch horror movies again.

2019-11-01 It’s weird watching local conservatives clamor on Facebook for the police department to preemptively …

2019-10-31 Panopticon’s Autumn Eternal is a very good album.

2019-10-31 What a writer writes is different from what a reader reads.

2019-10-30 Jacob Bacharach, “Nate Silver Is Making This Up as He Goes”: But even as Silver …

2019-10-29 There is a lot of really good new metal out lately, but the latest Blut aus Nord album is pretty …

2019-10-25 Washington Monthly | Will We Ever Recover From Trump’s Insane Presidency?: Donald Trump is a bully …

2019-10-19 Nothing beats an unexpected Raining Blood cover.

2019-10-19 I generally not a violent person, but the couple next to me at this bar are trying out one ringtone …

2019-10-15 If I had to pick one thing to eliminate with a wave of my magic wand, it very well might be the …

2019-10-13

2019-10-13 Went to see Joker last night. It is a derivative, unpleasant movie that thinks it has a lot more to …

2019-10-12 Woohoo! First time over five miles since early May.

2019-10-12 How Technology Sabotaged Public Safety - The Atlantic: Public safety protects the public—a …

2019-10-11 Phineas remains fascinated by my typewriters.

2019-10-11 For everyone following current events and asking “What happened to Rudy Giuliani?” I have news for …

2019-10-08 PRO TIP: For enhanced productivity, have compressors and jackhammering right outside the office …

2019-10-07 While I am glad that people go to the effort of sharing requests for and donating to all the various …

2019-10-06 Found object

2019-10-06 Vermont is nice.

2019-10-02 None shall pass.

2019-10-01 The person on the conference call who is going about their business, making all sorts of disruptive …

2019-09-28 Yes, in fact—I do need to buy this. Why do you ask?

2019-09-28 Yes, in fact—I do need to buy this. Why do you ask?

2019-09-28 Forget all about that macho shit and learn how to play guitar.

2019-09-28 Forget all about that macho shit and learn how to play guitar.

2019-09-28 Pro-tip: If you find yourself starting or ending a tweet with something like “27/x”, you probably …

2019-09-28 Pro-tip: If you find yourself starting or ending a tweet with something like “27/x”, you probably …

2019-09-27 If you have not listened to the new Sturgill Simpson album, oh my goodness stop whatever you are …

2019-09-27 Really? REALLY??

2019-09-26 I was just going through the All Episodes queue in Overcast and cleaning out stuff that I know …

2019-09-23 Watching a bunch of intelligent, thoughtful, engaged people tear one another up over politics is …

2019-09-22 The grass in the yard had grown too tall for the push-reel mower, but instead of pulling the gas …

2019-09-22 I haven’t listened to Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend album in ages, but the title track came on the …

2019-09-21 I went to Joe Kennedy’s campaign launch event here in Greenfield tonight. I was skeptical—I’ve been …

2019-09-20 Nice article from Stereogum about NIN’s The Fragile on the twentieth anniversary of the …

2019-09-19 Turns out it is a Lights… Camera… Revolution kind of morning. Tell ‘em what’s up, Rocky.

2019-09-17 I have stumbled across the “Citizens Association” Facebook page created and frequented by a bunch of …

2019-09-17 I will always have a soft spot in my heart for MST3K, but I have to say that the tour bus for their …

2019-09-17 I am nearly to the end of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People …

2019-09-15 Even more pleasant.

2019-09-15 Your Sunday morning classical recommendation: _ J.S. Bach: 3 Sonatas for viola da gamba and …

2019-09-14 I sense… a presence…

2019-09-14 Not only are the bread and pastries at our new bakery here in town excellent, but I also appreciate …

2019-09-14 Every last thing the Sackler family owns should be liquidated, and the money used to fully fund a …

2019-09-10 I know it’s an over-generalization that is probably unfair, but I have gotten to the point …

2019-09-10 I like Trello pretty well as these sorts of tools go, but it is baffling to me that there is no …

2019-09-10 Maybe don’t elect con-artists. They can’t govern.

2019-09-09 Holy cannoli, this movie just went from zero to BANANAS.

2019-09-09 I’m a big fan of Garett Edwards’ 2014 film, but this Godzilla: King Of the Monsters is …

2019-09-08 I am nearing the end of my favorite notebook for weekly/daily planning and meeting notes at work, so …

2019-09-08 I just finished reading Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate by Alexandra Minna Stern. Highly …

2019-09-08 For whatever reason, I tend toward classical music on Sunday mornings around the house, and this new …

2019-09-07 And another, from a bit earlier in the day

2019-09-07 Demolition derby!

2019-09-07

2019-09-06 Considering that all the characters are LEGO mini-figs, this Ninjago show is surprisingly epic.

2019-09-05 Amazon is not a company that makes good products. They are a company that strip-mines markets.

2019-09-04 I usually hate linking to Medium, but this post by Hanna Thomas on Agile’s roots in feminist …

2019-09-03 An early morning fog rolls in over Beacon Field

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2019-08-31

2019-08-30 The idea that if we just put All The Things in a single place/system/platform/etc. is foolish and …

2019-08-30 Foggy morning on James Street

2019-08-28

2019-08-26 Having now watched the D23 Rise Of Skywalker footage about 17 times, I think it is worth noting the …

2019-08-25 What I find confusing about the trailers for this new Dark Crystal series on Netflix is that they …

2019-08-25 Nice day in Mystic

2019-08-19 While there are a ton of things I despise about LinkedIn, one of its worst aspects has got to be the …

2019-08-17 Plastic ninjas in your room, They’re all doing the dance of doom. Plastic ninjas in your room, …

2019-08-16

2019-08-15 Hope Hicks Stands By House Testimony About Cohen Convos And Hush Payments | Talking Points Memo: …

2019-08-15 I am not thrilled that it is back to being almost completely dark when I head out for my run at 5am …

2019-08-12 Man! How have I never listened to Demilich before? I ran across them in a Pitchfork review that …

2019-08-12 Can we all maybe just agree that for some folks, doing everything on an iPad is either totally …

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2019-08-10 I just replaced a Linksys WRT54GL router that has been running reliably for nearly ten years at my …

2019-08-07 It is somehow reassuring that the NY E-ZPass website looks almost exactly the same as it did when I …

2019-08-06 Spot on as usual, local tire shop.

2019-08-05 I’m only a few episodes in to the Amazon adaptation of The Boys, but so far, I like it a lot …

2019-08-02 Friday evening in town

2019-08-01 Enough With “Novelty Candidates” | Dame Magazine: Marianne Williamson is a quack. And though most …

2019-08-01 What has turned out to be Death Metal Week continues for me here today with Morbid Angel. I think I …

2019-07-31 Yep: No one knows for sure who John Hickenlooper was, as the details of his existence fell out of …

2019-07-29 I don’t know if it’s the super-hot weather we’ve been having lately, but …

2019-07-27 The kids have both abandoned the game, but Mr. Beans wants to play Outfoxed.

2019-07-27 I just dropped a piece of toast and it landed buttered side up. BUTTERED. SIDE. UP. This feels like …

2019-07-23 It has been a while since I have gone through a phase of listening to a lot of death metal, but …

2019-07-23 Some random art found on the playroom floor

2019-07-20 Yes, the SDCC Picard trailer has me pretty excited and will obviously result in the renewal of my …

2019-07-20 I’d never heard of Grizfolk before, but their new album is pretty good. It’s fun, hazy, AM-radio …

2019-07-17 This new season of Stranger Things is… not great.

2019-07-17

2019-07-14 White people dancing

2019-07-13 The tree and the dream tent

2019-07-13 Nice evening

2019-07-13 Holy moly—if you have a chance to go see Charlie Hunter on his current tour, do not stop GO NOW.

2019-07-12 This evening’s tee shirt spotting was a bit disappointing: one Moe shirt one Triumph(!) shirt …

2019-07-12 Parsonfield playing at the Green River Festival. These guys are pretty good, and I will be buying …

2019-07-11 It’s funny how the person who seeks out the chair during the daily stand-up is also the person …

2019-07-11 Signs are starting to go up around town for the Green River Festival this weekend, and I’m …

2019-07-10 I’m Upset: Your dinner is ruining my movie | The Outline: There are numerous aspects of the dine-in …

2019-07-10 I agree with Digby Having worked for a number of different businesses over the course of my life, I …

2019-07-10 I have been listening to Superchunk’s No Pocky For Kitty this morning and at the risk of …

2019-07-10 Roads, cars, and WIP limits

2019-07-09 I just bought a ticket to go see Deerhoof play here in town on Thursday night, and I am pretty …

2019-07-09 I am spending the morning walking every Mac user in the office through disabling auto-start of their …

2019-07-09 Facebook and Google are monopolies and they are using their monopoly power to harm consumers.

2019-07-08 I love my kid BUT OH MY GOD I CAN'T LISTEN TO ANY MORE ANOUT MINECRAFT.

2019-07-08 In which I indulge my fondness for outdated gear

2019-07-08 When I rule the universe, there will be a special level of hell reserved for the guy (because of …

2019-07-07 I got home from vacation yesterday to find that my PenBBS 309 had arrived while we were away. I …

2019-07-06 The particular melancholy of starting to pack up and head home from vacation

2019-07-05 Sky, clouds, trees

2019-07-04 Some rocks

2019-07-04 Classical music is complicated, and complaining about how it shows up on streaming services is silly.

2019-07-03 Garden Of the Gods

2019-07-03 Garden Of the Gods

2019-07-03 If there is a category of “Albums I love in spite of their super-pretentiousness”, The Joshua Tree …

2019-07-03 Rememberance of vacations past

2019-07-02 One of the missing chapters in all the parenting books is how much time one will spend in (and …

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2019-06-30 I just finished reading Abigale Hall by Lauren Forren. It is a poorly written book, and you should …

2019-06-30 At the mines

2019-06-30

2019-06-29 Good times: Explaining Southwest boarding procedures to a 5yo and 9yo

2019-06-29 Saturday morning at the Hartford airport is pretty mellow.

2019-06-28 When metaphors collide: “It’s not great, but it’s not the end of the day.”

2019-06-28 Doc Searls Weblog · Dear @WashingtonPost: Let’s also be clear about the myth, spread by the …

2019-06-28 Logitech Keys2Go keyboard, a year or two later

2019-06-26 I was not aware that a) the Stereo MCs were still putting out albums, and b) that those albums are …

2019-06-26 I’ve been listening to Greg Grandin’s The End Of the Myth: From the Frontier to the …

2019-06-25 I don’t care how good the story or the rest of the book is—if you don’t use quotation marks for the …

2019-06-25 I was not aware until just now that Pelican put out a new album earlier this month. Giving it a …

2019-06-25 Ugh. Why do people have to put raisins in stuff? RAISINS RUIN EVERYTHING.

2019-06-25 One really ought to make sure that one has one’s laptop before one gets halfway to work.

2019-06-24 Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty is one of those albums I have to be in just the right mood …

2019-06-22 The new Hot Chip album is really good, and not just because listening to it down here in the kitchen …

2019-06-21 This essay about the greatest sci-fi series ever is excellent and you should all go read it.

2019-06-21 My high school made The New York Times today, and actually for a good reason.

2019-06-12

2019-06-12 LinkedIn is the worst website.

2019-06-12 I like Jon Stewart, but his widely-shared rant from yesterday was a stunt, and possibly a …

2019-06-11 Hypertext for all | A Working Library: Pinboard emerged in part as a response to other bookmarking …

2019-06-10 ‘Cops’ has finally received the thorough investigation it deserves | The Outline: Cops is presented …

2019-06-10 We Have Never Been Social – Kathleen Fitzpatrick: I imagine that the first part of this project …

2019-06-10 Turns nose up at the dish of water inside that is refreshed daily. Finds dirty puddle that has been …

2019-06-09 Uber’s Path of Destruction - American Affairs Journal: Most public criticisms of Uber have focused …

2019-06-08 Today: Hung out with the kids while they sidewalk-chalked in front of our house Cheered my wife on …

2019-06-08 Today: Hung out with the kids while they sidewalk-chalked in front of our house Cheered my wife on …

2019-06-08

2019-06-08 Ugh. I hate trail running.

2019-06-08

2019-06-08 I was just reading an article about a plan to demolish Columbine High School to prevent copycat …

2019-06-07 The Alternate 2020 Scenario: Trump Loses | Talking Points Memo: Trump has a number of advantages in …

2019-06-06 Good evening for ice cream

2019-06-06 Someone really needs to primary Richie Neal.

2019-06-06 Even though it was published five years ago, I have somehow never seen this rather scathing review …

2019-06-06 Waiting for DNS propagation suckity-suck SUCKS.

2019-06-05 I am always amused by articles in Forbes-type magazines quoting company CEOs going on about how they …

2019-06-04 I spent a bunch of time today listening to Pale Saints. The Comforts Of Madness is a good place to …

2019-06-04

2019-06-04 I am pretty bought in to Apple’s ecosystem, but I find it hard to get very excited about these …

2019-06-03 I miss the Labs option in the old Gmail that allowed me to display a mini-version of my calendar in …

2019-06-03 The dismal reviews of the new Godzilla movie have me wanting to revisit the older movies. I’ve …

2019-06-01 New typewriter: Smith-Corona Skyriter

2019-06-01 If you are looking for some fun pop rock for a warm Saturday morning, I recommend this new SACRED …

2019-05-31 "What kind of robots are you?" "The good kind." This RescueBots show is surprisingly entertaining.

2019-05-30 Ten minutes in, and this Rim Of the World movie is garbage. Back to The West Wing.

2019-05-30 Some good shoegazey stuff I've never listened to before

2019-05-30 The House needs to impeach, and they need to do it soon.

2019-05-29 Robert Mueller saying “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a …

2019-05-29 I will be spending the next thirteen minutes preparing myself to be disappointed by Bob …

2019-05-29 Josh Marshall, in a TPM post about Trump’s chances of reelection in 2020: It is also true and …

2019-05-28 Impeaching Trump Is a Refusal to Accept the Unacceptable - The Atlantic: I have returned again and …

2019-05-28 While I am generally happy with my return to Field Notes after trying out some other brands of …

2019-05-27 If the last few years have been a race between Trump’s malevolence and his incompetence, I …

2019-05-27 The 8yo just now: “I feel like I have a pretty good brooding voice. Do you want to hear …

2019-05-26

2019-05-26 Introducing the 8yo to the synthesizer may have been a mistake…

2019-05-25 Can we talk for a moment about the fact that Trump and his various boot-lickers spent the last few …

2019-05-25 It is kind of crazy that Alien is now forty years old.

2019-05-24 The new Sebadoh album is out today. I’m listening to it and you should, too.

2019-05-22 I am tired of pollen.

2019-05-22 My local city council votes tonight on the FY2020 municipal budget. Hoping they override the Mayor’s …

2019-05-19 And so it has come to this…

2019-05-19 I have been listening to a lot of American Music Club’s albums the last few days. This Apple Music …

2019-05-19 Nice rainy morning for a run in the woods

2019-05-18 The spookiest house in my neighborhood

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2019-05-18 I ran across this compilation in yesterday’s new releases. It’s a bunch of never-heard-ofs from the …

2019-05-18 LinkedIn is terrible.

2019-05-17 You would think that my deep-seated loathing of the feeling of work deliverables hanging over my …

2019-05-16 It is confusing to me that approving new comments via the Wordpress IOS app works sometimes and …

2019-05-16 I have been listening to Kitchens Of Distinction all morning, currently on Strange Free World. Good …

2019-05-14 One of the benefits of being a member of the largely overlylooked Gen X cohort is that I am almost …

2019-05-13 Now I’m worried there are going to be a bunch of baby watches soon.

2019-05-11 At the Elks Lodge

2019-05-11 Les Nubians at MassMOCA

2019-05-11 Speed limit 5

2019-05-11 I have been listening to the new Maps album a bunch since yesterday. I really like it.

2019-05-07 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Discogs is a dangerous place.

2019-05-07 Open the Washington Post app. Sit through the “Democracy dies in darkness” load page. Scroll …

2019-05-04 Bass solo

2019-05-04 Oh my god will it ever stop raining?

2019-05-03 There is a new Dream Syndicate album out today, and I am pretty excited about it.

2019-05-01 Out for my run earlier this morning

2019-04-29 Maybe not the best storytelling choice in 2019: Writing a key episode of your fantasy series such …

2019-04-29 You can have an otherwise great presentation, but if you embed a video in it (especially a clip from …

2019-04-28 I’m a pretty big Game Of Thrones fan, but an hour and a half is too long for a TV episode, …

2019-04-27 Ugh. At least Monday doesn’t look awful.

2019-04-26 JESUS H. CHRIST, Joe Biden—this is not difficult. “I am sorry for my part in those hearings, and if …

2019-04-26 I’m spending some quality time this gloomy, rainy Friday afternoon listening to Craw: I saw …

2019-04-25 I love my newest tee shirt.

2019-04-19 I was eating breakfast at the hotel buffet this morning and noticed that, despite stacks of glasses …

2019-04-16 I have missed this beer.

2019-04-16 We have been at the zoo for over five hours now, and I am pretty sure I have closed my Strolling …

2019-04-13 Poet’s Seat .5 mi via White Diamond

2019-04-12 This just arrived in the mail and I am pretty excited about it.

2019-04-09 The Convivial Society, No. 15: Fortnite and the Good Life: Liberal democratic (small l, small d) …

2019-04-08 It’s a rainy, dreary day here in Western Mass, and I am inclined to spend it just staring at my …

2019-04-07 Sunday afternoon at the park

2019-04-07 The 8yo is pretty excited about Voltron.

2019-04-06 The 8yo: “Can we listen to a song called ‘Can I Kick It?’” Me: “Yes we can.”

2019-04-05 AND…. it’s snowing.

2019-04-03 Oh, hey—the nearly useless Representative from the district down the road from me finally does …

2019-04-03 Discogs is a dangerous place.

2019-04-03 From an old i09 retrospective on Deep Space Nine: Thanks to being added to Netflix, Deep Space Nine …

2019-04-03 I probably should not be looking at typewriters on eBay.

2019-04-02 Alright, so I guess April Fools Day isn’t all bad.

2019-03-31 A warm-ish, rainy Sunday morning seems like a good time to listen to a whole bunch of Junior Wells.

2019-03-30 I finally finished Valeria Luiselli’s novel Lost Children Archive last night. I have a lot of …

2019-03-29 Skype is a terrible app and I wish I never had to use it.

2019-03-29 New typewriter - Hermes Rocket!

2019-03-29 The New York Times: Aaron Olson, 40, a voter who heard Mr. O’Rourke the day before attending a …

2019-03-27 This is sad news.. I guess I’m going to be listening to a lot of The English Beat today.

2019-03-26 I think this four-page letter from the Attorney General is best thought of as the Barr Employment …

2019-03-26 I am pretty sure I was just sarcastically mocked by our local Comic Book Guy. Achievement unlocked!

2019-03-26 Ugh: Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, will pay nearly …

2019-03-26 Can we all please just agree that if there is only one item on the list, it is not a list and should …

2019-03-25 I think I'm done with the Pebble Co. pocket notebooks.

2019-03-25 Paul Waldman: To that end, here are just some of the most important things that have become clear, …

2019-03-25 Josh Marshall: On the broader question of the 2016 election, we need to see the report. Based on …

2019-03-23 Luke’s “Who are you?” questions to Rey remind me of Ambassador Kosh.

2019-03-23 I’m glad to see more museums refusing to take the Sacklers’ money. You know who should …

2019-03-22 This shop is a dangerous place:

2019-03-21 Joe Rogan’s podcast is an essential platform for freethinkers who hate the left.: We are living in …

2019-03-21 We did it!

2019-03-20

2019-03-19 The social platforms' claims about the benefits of connection and scale are bullshit. These companies need to be broken up.

2019-03-18 I spent a nontrivial portion of my day listening to a bunch of Squeeze albums and I feel like I am a …

2019-03-18 I generally try to avoid the “A legislator said something stupid/offensive” types of …

2019-03-18 I wonder what portion of the US economy is attributable to recurring subscriptions that people want …

2019-03-14 Pete Buttigieg is pretty damn impressive.

2019-03-14 This is a weird combination of albums.

2019-03-13 How did I not know that xscreensaver was available for MacOS? I am thrilled to be able to run my …

2019-03-13 It has been far too long since I have listened to Crowded House.

2019-03-13 My favorite local tire shop makes a good point.

2019-03-12 You should go listen to William Basinski's new album.

2019-03-12 It is pretty nice to be able to go for my 5AM run and not have it be brutally cold outside.

2019-03-11 This post about feeling obligated to turn one’s hobby into a hustle sums up why I am so …

2019-03-11 I would love it if Apple Music were able to take the song, playlist, or album that I’m …

2019-03-11 Hearing news of more massive reorganization and layoffs at my former employer makes me feel …

2019-03-11 Facebook is never going to embrace privacy because it can't. If it says it is going to, it is lying.

2019-03-10 Hey, wait—here’s a better idea: Don’t have some jackass from a Boston think tank telling Western MA …

2019-03-10 Time changes are the worst.

2019-03-08 I got my Olivetti Lettera 22 back from the shop.

2019-03-04 Listening to the new Lennon Claypool Delerium album has led me down a path to the Oysterhead album, …

2019-03-04 Atrios, in response to complaints that single-payer healthcare will be unpopular: The wrong idea …

2019-03-04 His name was RICO…

2019-03-04 I have grown quite fond of my TWSBI Go.

2019-03-03 @jack Did you get your Pebble notebooks? I really want to like mine, but I’m struggling with them. I …

2019-03-03 I am in the process of exporting five years’ worth of old DayOne journal entries to PDF and then …

2019-03-02 The kids and I spent some time this afternoon watching roller coaster POV videos. Sometimes I really …

2019-03-02 Stopped in at my local record shop while running some errands in town today

2019-03-02 On the one hand, it is pretty great that for basically any current band or musician I can think of, …

2019-03-01 I feel like there is a pretty good indicator/metric for the general health or shittiness of a …

2019-03-01 I can’t put my finger exactly on why, but the trailers for the new Hellboy movie just …

2019-03-01 I was listening to some Yazoo earlier this morning, and that has led me to Alison Moyet’s 2017 album …

2019-02-28 The Elliot Smith joke in this song is unfortunate.

2019-02-27 “And for the record, Individual Number 1 is President Donald J. Trump.”

2019-02-26 You should go listen to the Tarkovsky Quartet.

2019-02-25 The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable - The Atlantic: The second external trauma of …

2019-02-25 After about a week with one of Pebble Stationery’s pocket notebooks, I’m coming around …

2019-02-25 New pen: Lamy AL-star ballpoint

2019-02-24 Mr. Beans is ready for his close-up.

2019-02-24 The Stupidity Concentrator – Balloon Juice: For all the talk of AI and “algorithms”, the algorithm …

2019-02-24 Here’s My Super-Abridged Green New Deal – Mother Jones: A climate plan that requires significant …

2019-02-24 One of the better decisions I have made in the last few years was to re-learn cursive handwriting.

2019-02-23 Such a great album.

2019-02-22 Neighborhood security apps are making us wildly paranoid | The Outline: Much has already been …

2019-02-21 I rely almost entirely on Apple Music for my day-to-day music needs. At home, I have a big shelf of …

2019-02-21 New ink: Kyo-no-oto 06 Adzuki-iro

2019-02-21 This is a pretty exciting birthday present from my wife and kids.

2019-02-20 The Green Slime is well overdue for a remake.

2019-02-20 Yes, I am listening to The Alan Parsons Project.

2019-02-19 They took a while to arrive, but my Pebble Stationery pocket notebooks showed up today. Exciting!

2019-02-19 I don’t remember ever seeing “The Crack Master” animation on Sesame Street when I …

2019-02-19 I am instituting a new rule for meetings: Any time anyone says the word “middleware”, it …

2019-02-18

2019-02-18 There is no point in looking at the news first thing when I get up in the morning. Unless there is a …

2019-02-16 He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution. - The New York Times: The United States …

2019-02-16 This is awesome. We are huge fans of Ed Emberly here at my house.

2019-02-16

2019-02-16 A few fountain pen pet peeves

2019-02-15 The Man Who Invented Information Theory | Boston Review: Without meaning, information theory can …

2019-02-15 This is a really good explanation of why light switches are really good for turning lights on and …

2019-02-15 It is always so disappointing when I discover a site that seem interesting and I want to follow it, …

2019-02-15 Trump, Warlords and Failed States – Talking Points Memo: For all the other more important …

2019-02-15 I know what I am going to be listening to all day.

2019-02-15 The magical thinking of guys who love logic | The Outline: It was much less fun for them to reckon …

2019-02-15 I was just dropping my Smith-Corona Super off at the local typewriter shop for a repair—the carriage …

2019-02-15 “I mean, we barely even use technology,” the person tells me via video chat, in a …

2019-02-14 I'm not finishing Tessa Hadley's Late In the Day.

2019-02-14 I have spent way too much of my time on http 796 problems.

2019-02-13 Your Smart Light Can Tell Amazon and Google When You Go to Bed - Bloomberg: As Amazon.com Inc. and …

2019-02-13 Large companies aren’t good homes for beloved services – Colin Devroe: Large companies are not good …

2019-02-13 There is a book I am interested in, so I called my local bookshop and asked them to order it. It …

2019-02-13 Maybe it’s my old IRC roots showing, but I really don’t like the trend toward threaded …

2019-02-12 Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction: And perhaps the greatest danger posed to literature is …

2019-02-12 JF Matin, lamenting the product that could have been had Apple not ceded the home networking market …

2019-02-12 Jamie Todd Rubins, on showing his two-year-old an episode of Mr. Rogers: She loved it. She …

2019-02-11 This is one of the better analyses I have seen thus far on the emerging field of contenders for the …

2019-02-11 Sleepwalking at work: suffering and complaining · Intense Minimalism: We are living in a time where …

2019-02-11 From the Washington Post obit for Rep. Walter Jones, the “Freedom Fries” guy: In 2005, …

2019-02-09 The gusting wind outside right now is not making me feel excited about going for a run.

2019-02-09 It is pretty depressing how many of the people opposed to funding the construction of a new public …

2019-02-09 “The Green New Deal’s huge flaw”: Unsprawling America isn’t as hard as it sounds, …

2019-02-08 Cheri’s Blog - Patreon, Venture Capital, and the Loss of the Win-Win.: Lately though, it …

2019-02-08 Going to see music in my town

2019-02-08 Some good music to start a cold, rainy Friday

2019-02-08 40F and raining in mid-February is NOT OKAY.

2019-02-07 Holy moly—I cant even remember the last time I ran into one these ancient BINC stickers in the wild. …

2019-02-07 L.M. Sacasas, “Don’t Romanticize the Present”: We are not obligated to love …

2019-02-07 Dear every platform and online app in the universe: The text on that button should be “Log …

2019-02-07 Abolish billionaires: I’ve witnessed a generation of striving entrepreneurs join the three-comma …

2019-02-06 In which I am reminded that Golden Earring put out some really good music.

2019-02-06 I have had my TWSBI Go for a few months and it has become one of my everyday-carry pens. My one …

2019-02-05 Up the irons!

2019-02-03 Forget privacy: you’re terrible at targeting anyway - apenwarr: The state of personalized …

2019-02-01 S2E3 of Star Trek: Discovery was kind of a mess. I really just don’t care at all about the …

2019-01-30 I wonder how much of the iOS user base would move to Android if Apple went nuclear and booted …

2019-01-30 “That’s a good question…” is nearly always a stalling tactic, and I catch myself doing …

2019-01-30 I try not to do too much second-guessing of our school district’s decisions of when to call …

2019-01-30 Americans may hate their health insurance, but they don't hate it as much as not having health insurance.

2019-01-29 Because I apparently do not have enough notebooks already, I ordered a two-pack of Tomoe River …

2019-01-29 You should go listen to Temporal by Julia Kent

2019-01-28 If Howard Schultz really thinks we “have a broken political system with both parties basically in …

2019-01-28 Most weekdays, I go out for a run around 5am so as to get it in before the kids are up and the …

2019-01-27 Yes, criminals tend to be stupid, but they also tend to be desperate.

2019-01-27 I am trying to convince myself that I probably do not actually need the Diplomat Aero Red that has …

2019-01-26 Nice! Top of the Today page in the App Store is a feature about RSS and RSS readers, with link to a …

2019-01-26 Here comes the cat.

2019-01-26 “If edible insects are the future, we should talk about poop”: People use 77 percent of …

2019-01-26 I installed the Vivaldi browser a few days ago and have been trying it out. I have mostly been …

2019-01-25 I think this most recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery (“New Eden”) is my favorite episode of the …

2019-01-25 But yes, by all means—keep paying for the privilege of submitting your DNA samples to sketchy …

2019-01-25 I had no idea that there was a new William Tyler album coming out today. This is very exciting!

2019-01-24 How to get me to immediately close the tab on your site and never visit it again

2019-01-24 Wilbur Ross seems like a real asshole.

2019-01-24 I’M NOT LISTENING TO HUEY LEWIS YOU’RE LISTENING TO HUEY LEWIS

2019-01-24 The most useless message in all of Appledom

2019-01-24 Current status: One kid is huddled under blankets on the couch with a fever, while the other is …

2019-01-23 With a foot of snow and ice on the ground and the temperature hovering around 13F, the 5am running …

2019-01-22 Google is not your friend.

2019-01-22 When in doubt, register a new domain!

2019-01-22 Preach it, fortune cookie.

2019-01-22 A news site feature that needs to die: “Here’s a bunch of clips from all the late-night shows …

2019-01-22 After nearly a year or more of using Firefox on my personal laptop, I switched the default setting …

2019-01-21 I started a project with the kids two days ago in which they dictate stories to me, and I type the …

2019-01-21 It is dreadful outside today.

2019-01-20 …the German word for when the main character makes bad, nonsensical decisions for the sole purpose …

2019-01-20 Thelonius Monk with John Coltrane

2019-01-20 Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism sounds like it is worth adding to my TBR …

2019-01-20 “The Pure American Banality of Donald Trump’s White House Fast-Food Banquet”: One …

2019-01-20 Posting to my blog from my phone.

2019-01-20

2019-01-19 I should not be looking at typewriters on eBay. I should not be looking at typewriters on eBay. I …

2019-01-19 Bags & Trane

2019-01-19

2019-01-18 Analog tools and the clawing back of the tangible evidence of our labor

2019-01-18

2019-01-17 The Case for Impeaching Donald Trump: What a massive waste of time the Trump presidency has been. …

2019-01-17 Nancy LeTourneau writing at _Washington Monthly about AOC’s a Twitter smackdown of Scott …

2019-01-17 I feel like I am the only person on earth who does not find Black Mirror all that interesting.

2019-01-17 I feel like Apple Music recommendations has completely lost its mind this morning.

2019-01-16 Richie Neal needs to go. I am super-glad Jim McGovern is my rep, not Neal.

2019-01-16 I like this “Subscribe to my site” idea as a way of talking about RSS in a more …

2019-01-15 In a random conversation with a coworker today, it came out that she owns twenty-two manual …

2019-01-15 The nib of my Pilot Vanishing Point completely dried up over the course of about two hours this …

2019-01-15 I am fifty-or-so pages into Sam J. Miller's Blackfish City. There is a lot of world-building …

2019-01-14 I’ve been feeling rather disappointed that my plan from two years ago to write more (i.e., any) …

2019-01-14 Listen: Every Man and Woman Is a Star by Ultramarine

2019-01-14 I am really looking forward to the day that I go to the Actions menu in the Mac version of Drafts …

2019-01-14 Book: Severance by Ling Ma

2019-01-14 “Unboxing” videos seem like a huge waste of time to me, and the fact that so many of …

2019-01-13 I really like this idea of “Captive social” and “Open social”. I’m definitely in the side of open …

2019-01-13 I feel like true-crime podcasts have become to our current era what zombie movies were in the early …

2019-01-13 Chart of the Day: Never Believe Corporations. Never. – Mother Jones: My take on all this is to …

2019-01-13 @jack qq: You mentioned a few days ago that you had a 4x6 photo printer you like. Which one?

2019-01-13 @jack qq: You mentioned an earlier post that you got a 4x6 photo printer that you like. Which one?

2019-01-12 The cat has found a good spot.

2019-01-07 Book: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

2019-01-06 "I don't know what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."

2019-01-06 Crooks: WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian museums are closed. There are no federal staffers to answer …

2019-01-06 Quiet music for a Sunday morning

2019-01-05 I know I shouldn't be surprised by this sort of thing, but it still amazes me that so many …

2019-01-05 Idiots: Food stamps for 38 million low-income Americans would face severe reductions and more than …

2019-01-04 Kevin Drum, writing about the dilemma he faced moderating comments when he had his own blog: The …

2019-01-03 I am not ashamed to admit that: I listened to the first Boston a few times this afternoon. I …

2019-01-03 Book: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

2019-01-03 The House Of Love station I randomly decided upon this morning has turned out to be a great …

2019-01-02 First impressions: Elemental Unobtainium pocket notebooks

2019-01-02 Ruth Whipple, from a New York Times op-ed piece that ran back in November: When we think “gig …

2018-12-25 This is the best version of “ Sleigh Ride.” FIGHT ME.

2018-12-25 Merry Christmas, says Mr. Beans.

2018-12-24 Christmas Eve

2018-12-24 With a bunch of extra people in my house for the holidays, I have had to haul out the drip …

2018-12-23 I am heartened to see that the acceptance of Die Hard into the Christmas canon continues to grow. We …

2018-12-23 Audrey Watters is right—most of tech is a scam: Instead of mostly ignoring ed-tech, now tech …

2018-12-22 Well, that would be the first version of the Nutcracker I have seen that featured one of those big …

2018-12-21 I got an Iodine Notebook from Elemental Paper, and it is really nice. My only complaint is the lack …

2018-12-21 Digby, talking about the prospect of impeaching Trump: I have little hope that the Republicans will …

2018-12-21 If only any of these upstanding and very concerned gentlemen were in a position to do anything about …

2018-12-18 It’s always so stressful starting a new volume of my journal in a brand of notebook I’ve …

2018-12-18 I’m usually not a big fan of Robert Reich’s political commentary, but I think he’s …

2018-12-17

2018-12-17 Eduardo Porter, writing at the New York Times about the economic challenges facing rural America: …

2018-12-16 The Cat

2018-12-16 The 8yo is currently obsessed with Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner,” and we have spent the day switching …

2018-12-16 This album is excellent. I highly recommend it.

2018-12-14 Taking a trip down shoegaze/dream-pop lane…

2018-12-13 Public speakers who start with “I’ll be quick” almost never are actually quick.

2018-12-13 No one willing to work in Trump's White House should be allowed anywhere near it.

2018-12-13 I am trying out MarsEdit

2018-12-13 Five days of not visiting Facebook is apparently long enough to trigger email notifications about …

2018-12-12 If I am typing text into a GSheet or Excel cell, the formatting for that cell should default to …

2018-12-11 ARRGH! What is it with authors of contemporary fiction who can’t be bothered to use quotation …

2018-12-11 Nancy LeTourneau, speculating at Washington Monthly about why Nick Ayers turned down Trump’s …

2018-12-10 Bitcoin is a scam for crazy people.

2018-12-09 "It cannot stand."

2018-12-08 And now I have the theme music from The Rockford Files stuck in my head.

2018-12-08 Mueller Is Telling Us: He’s Got Trump on Collusion: In the face of what Mueller has revealed, there …

2018-12-08 I am spending some quality time descaling the humidifiers. I am not sure it gets any more …

2018-12-06 Work holiday party

2018-12-05 And now on to Seventh Son Of a Seventh Son!

2018-12-05 It is an Iron Maiden sort of day.

2018-12-04 Joe Biden seriously needs to go away: WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said …

2018-12-04 Some day, Kyokuto is going to stop making their dot-grid Expedient notebook and I am going to be …

2018-12-03 December afternoon

2018-12-03 As cheap pens go, you will never convince me that there has been a better one than the classic …

2018-12-02 Trans-Siberian Orchestra is ridiculous and I don’t understand why people like their music.

2018-12-02 In the chute

2018-12-02 Christopher Hooks, writing at Texas Observer about what he views as the folly of the “Beto for …

2018-12-02 What a lovely day for a 5K!

2018-12-01 I can’t wait for ten years from now when they make animated versions of all these Disney …

2018-12-01 I’m generally a traditionalist who scoffs at remakes and “updates,” but I have to …

2018-12-01 Christmas-ing

2018-12-01 As it turns out, Field Notes are useful and pretty nice.

2018-11-30 Assuming we survive, we will be astounded when we look back on these times.

2018-11-30 Oh man… I think the clock is slow. I don’t feel tardy…

2018-11-28 Here’s an idea: I receive an unwanted sales call on my phone. I open an app, which picks up …

2018-11-27 I was listening to Thomas Dolby’s Angels & Heretics yesterday. I hadn’t listened to …

2018-11-26 maintaining lines of connection – Snakes and Ladders: But I never have stopped missing the …

2018-11-26 Dear GMail: I would expect that, if you allow me to check a box to set an end-date for an …

2018-11-25 David Mendelsohn, “Is the Aeneid a Celebration of Empire—or a Critique?”: Months later, …

2018-11-25 Aside from the really good coffee it makes, I think one of the aspects I appreciate the most about …

2018-11-24 I am catching up on a few episodes of The Haunting Of Hill House on Netflix, and I am struck by the …

2018-11-24 Via a conversation on Facebook earlier this morning, I ran across Jeremiah Moss talking about why …

2018-11-24 Some ice and some wood

2018-11-24 Waterfall

2018-11-24 Dead tree in the woods

2018-11-24 I just finished reading Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.

2018-11-23 Japanese Artist Creates Bookshelf Dioramas That Magically Transport You Into Tokyo’s Back …

2018-11-23 I'm up early, the house is completely quiet, and I have picked up a book to start reading. This …

2018-11-23 Against my better judgment, I have ordered a lined journal that is not a Leuchtturm 1917. This time, …

2018-11-22 It has been nearly two decades since I lived in the Midwest, and I still get confused by cranberry …

2018-11-22 This is a very good beer, one of my current favorites.

2018-11-22 As part of a broader plan of exiting Amazon, I’m looking to get my WordPress site off the ec2 …

2018-11-22 John Kelly signs an order allowing American troops to use lethal force at the border. | The New …

2018-11-22 “Remaking the University: Student Debt is a Continous Drain on College Students”: These …

2018-11-22 This weather is ridiculous. What happened to fall? I guess it has been devoured by climate change.

2018-11-21 Maybe we should shoot all the romaine lettuce with guns.

2018-11-21 Tom Sullivan, “Governance by tantrum”: Even as Sen. Mitch McConnell and his …

2018-11-21 We can be simultaneously unsurprised by and outraged at Trump's behavior.

2018-11-21 Everywhere I turn in Northampton this morning, there are kids pulling around luggage. It is weird …

2018-11-21 …And now my Drafts action to post to WordPress has magically started working again. No changes to …

2018-11-21 The process of exporting WordPress entries to individual Markdown files leaves something to be …

2018-11-20 I will confess that I don’t really understand the existence of what seems to be a cottage …

2018-11-20 Charles Pierce, on the notion of Democrats building a strategy based on what Trump might say about …

2018-11-20 Why do bullshit jobs exist in the first place?

2018-11-20 Following yesterday’s appearance of Metallica’s The $5.98 EP in my recommended albums, I …

2018-11-20 This piece from Libby Copeland at Esquire turned up in my RSS feeds this morning. It’s about …

2018-11-20 The comments section of an article in a local paper about behavior issues in an elementary school …

2018-11-19 From The Washington Post: Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, …

2018-11-19 I wish I understood why sometimes my Drafts action to post to WordPress randomly fails, claiming bad …

2018-11-19 In the mayhem of getting the kids out the door on the first day they needed to bring snow gear to …

2018-11-19 LM Sacasas, writing at The Frailest Thing about how the whole world is becoming a factory in which …

2018-11-19 While I guess I appreciate that my library system supports ebook loans via Overdrive/Libby and …

2018-11-19 Lloyd Davis, “Keep Building the Web” I feel the pull of FB, the desire for company and …

2018-11-19 Metallica’s The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited came up in my recommended albums this …

2018-11-17 Having listened to a lot of Beastie Boys in my life makes it difficult to read the story …

2018-11-17 November afternoon at the transfer station

2018-11-16 I think I’m gonna need a bigger coffee.

2018-11-16 Don't break up or regulate Facebook. Give users control over their data so that companies like Facebook can't exist.

2018-11-15 Mr. Beans is ready for the storm.

2018-11-15 Holy crap. This “Two Storms” episode of The Haunting Of Hill House is astounding.

2018-11-15 Ridley Scott should stop with the Alien movies.

2018-11-15 Josh Marshall makes a good point about the challenges to Nancy Pelosi’s leadership of the …

2018-11-14 Yeah… so maybe The Haunting Of Hill House isn’t the thing to be watching when I’m home …

2018-11-14 Digby is right—Trump knows that the midterms called his bluff: I suspect the biggest reason for all …

2018-11-14 I have been trying out Google Chat (no, not the old gchat/gtalk thing) throughout the day, and it …

2018-11-14 I'm open to criticisms of Pelosi's leadership, but not so much when they're coming from Seth Moulton.

2018-11-14 I'm a pretty big fan of Edward Hopper's work, but this is ridiculous.

2018-11-13 One of the worst tech innovations of the current era is the feature in messaging apps that tells you …

2018-11-13 I can only imagine the eruption from Dum-Dum should this “consultation” end up going the …

2018-11-13 It is difficult to express how disappointed I am that I cannot find an animated GIF of Kermit the …

2018-11-13 Nothing to see here…

2018-11-13 It is always nice to wake up to cold, pouring rain.

2018-11-12 This post from Austin Kleon popped up in Feedbin this morning, and it has been stuck in my brain …

2018-11-12 Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny - The Atlantic: The biggest and most frightening …

2018-11-11 This article from The New Yorker contains some good lessons for software development in general—not …

2018-11-11 More coffee should help, right?

2018-11-11 From Marcy Wheeler, this seems like a pretty likely explanation for Trump’s bizarre decision …

2018-11-10 Dishwashers with the silverware basket in the door so that all the silverware slides out every time …

2018-11-10

2018-11-10 LinkedIn is awful. I should have deleted it from my phone when I found a job after an extended …

2018-11-09 I know that everything is terrible, but people who wear enormous backpacks in crowded public spaces …

2018-11-07 At the risk of repeating myself, it is going to get worse before it gets better. Probably much …

2018-11-05 One good thing I’ll say about changing the clocks back this weekend… the sun was starting to come up …

2018-11-05 I am listening to the newly remastered version of …And Justice For All, and I am reminded that I …

2018-11-04 Just under 24 hours of running an ad-blocking DNS server on my home network

2018-11-01 As timetracking apps go, Toggl seems pretty decent (despite that fact that timetracking is, …

2018-10-31 I am embarrassed to admit that I have only just realized that the main guitar riff from …

2018-10-28 A few years ago, I probably would have worked up some outrage over the news that IBM is buying Red …

2018-10-28 I was listening to Jenny Lin’s 2011 recording of Federico Mompou’s Musica Callada while out for a …

2018-10-26 There is a new Culture Club album out today, and it is surprisingly good. You should go listen to …

2018-10-26 Looking out the window

2018-10-24 Josh Marshall, writing at Talking Points Memo: One side has a President repeatedly ramping up …

2018-10-24 Black Tie White Noise is a really under-appreciated David Bowie album.

2018-10-23 I have always assumed that “Let them brush your rock and roll hair” was one of those …

2018-10-23 But I guess that would involve more thought and consideration than barfing out a bunch of text onto …

2018-10-23 I wish more people understood and used the different heading types under the Format menu in Google …

2018-10-22 Hello, Detroit.

2018-10-21 I will say again—it must be some pretty hardcore permission slips that the parents of these Magic …

2018-10-20 The 8yo: “Our teacher played us a song the other day that she said was really popular when she …

2018-10-18 Well, I guess I’ve gone ahead and done this…

2018-10-17 Holy cats! It’s a beta version of Drafts for MacOS! I have been hoping for this for ages! …

2018-10-16 I’m generally a pretty big fan of Elizabeth Warren, and I am always glad to have her as one of …

2018-10-15 Myanmar’s Military Said to Be Behind Facebook Campaign That Fueled Genocide - The New York Times: …

2018-10-15 I think these Field Notes notebooks may have finally won me over. They seem to have replaced my …

2018-10-15 Music recommendation for a cold, rainy day

2018-10-14 Oh man—this one’s gonna hurt. First time over seven miles since I don’t even know when.

2018-10-13 I definitely prefer fall as a cooking season.

2018-10-12 You should go listen to Straightjacket Fits' album Hail.

2018-10-11 It really should not be seventy degrees out at six in the morning in the middle of October.

2018-10-11 Somebody lost a shoe.

2018-10-09 I am both amazed and impressed that one can still buy brand-new Okidata Microline dot-matrix …

2018-10-09 I had my first experience with an Alexa device over the weekend, and it confirmed my suspicion that …

2018-10-05 THERE IS A NEW BEHEMOTH ALBUM OUT TODAY AND I AM LISTENING TO IT.

2018-10-04 I have always enjoyed The Cocteau Twins’ Heaven or Las Vegas, but I confess I have not spent much …

2018-10-04 While there were many aspects of high school that were… not great, I am grateful that it at least …

2018-10-04 Washington Monthly | What Trump and McConnell Have in Common: Shamelessness: I suspect that …

2018-10-03 Having finally gotten through the Times’ big feature on the Trump crime family’s decades-long …

2018-10-02 My TWSBI Go arrived in the mail yesterday, along with a bottle of Herbin Bleu Calanque ink. I like …

2018-09-29 This is how crummy I am feeling today.

2018-09-29 Brett Kavanaugh and the Cruelty of Male Bonding: Even Kavanaugh’s now-notorious yearbook page, with …

2018-09-29 Brett Kavanaugh is not entitled to the presumption of innocence.

2018-09-29 “The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh”: What struck me most about yesterday’s hearing, …

2018-09-28 Kavanaugh Is the Manifestation of the Party of Bad Ideas: Trump’s 2016 victory has simply brought …

2018-09-28 It is turning out to be a KMFDM kind of afternoon, apparently.

2018-09-25 If you had told me five seasons ago that The 100 was going to end up being one of my favorite TV …

2018-09-23 LOL NOPE

2018-09-23 Six miles!

2018-09-22 Finally got around to watching Han Solo. I don’t know what everyone was griping about—I thought it …

2018-09-21 Untold hours spent in Google Sheets over the years and I only just figured out that there is a …

2018-09-21 When the guy in front of you in the very long line proceeds to order for five different people, all …

2018-09-21 Do yourself a favor and go check out St. Lucia’s new album Hyperion, which is out today. I found out …

2018-09-18 SmartSheet has gotten a lot better since the last time I had to deal with it (which was 3-4 years …

2018-09-18 Hey New York Times, SHE HAS A NAME. It’s Christine Blasey Ford. How about you use it?

2018-09-17 Is “over-metrification” a word? It should be.

2018-09-17 But wait—I thought Rudy was supposedly working for Trump for free… The press recently reported that …

2018-09-17 I am enjoying the new Orbital album probably more than anything they have put out since Orbital II, …

2018-09-17 You should prepare yourself for Beto O’Rourke to lose.

2018-09-16 The Ruff Ruffman show on PBS Kids is surprisingly entertaining and informative.

2018-09-16 I love Let’s Encrypt, but every time I need to renew an SSL certificate, I am once again …

2018-09-16 First time over five miles since early August. Huzzah!

2018-09-16 On a friend’s recommendation, I am listening to Crowded House’s Together Alone on a quiet Sunday …

2018-09-15 I love finding things like this in the bottom of the produce drawer.

2018-09-15 The eight-year-okd has discovered Minecraft and now OMG ALL WE TALK ABOUT IS MINECRAFT.

2018-09-15 Ein prosit!

2018-09-14 I have been listening to the new Low album on and off throughout the day and it is pretty good. It …

2018-09-11 Well played, New York Times. Well played.

2018-09-11 Welp, here we go. Ugh.

2018-09-10 Warm, humid weather is due to return tomorrow, but the last two days’ worth of 50-60F temps, gray …

2018-09-10 Having forgotten my mug of coffee at home, I have poured myself some of the coffee from the office …

2018-09-09 Oktoberfest at the People’s Pint

2018-09-09 Two rides at the fair, and I already feel kinda queasy.

2018-09-09 Today feels like October—gray sky, windy, temperature in the mid-fifties. Apparently tomorrow it …

2018-09-09 I just re-inked a few of my pens, all with Pilot ink this time around. One of them is a Levenger …

2018-09-08 Monarch caterpillar is getting to work.

2018-09-07 Also, there is a new live Grateful Dead album, a new Swamp Dogg record, and a new album from …

2018-09-07 This new Alice In Chains album is quite good. I recommend giving it a listen.

2018-09-05 For everyone here in Massachusetts who likes to think we live in a nice, safe, blue state, please …

2018-09-02 I wish that the IOS calendar app would let me add an event to multiple calendars at the same time.

2018-09-01 Hiking to High Ledge

2018-08-30 The New York Times this morning, talking about the diverse array of Democratic candidates for local, …

2018-08-29 I think some new ink came in the mail for me today, and I am pretty excited about it. I will …

2018-08-29 It is a Front Line Assembly kind of morning.

2018-08-28 So far, the main effect of Facebook shutting off cross-posting from other apps and services via …

2018-08-27 It makes me sad how much interesting stuff is still being poured into Medium. They are a …

2018-08-27 No, voters have not passed judgement on Trump's character and crimes.

2018-08-26 I really should have mowed the grass before we went away on vacation.

2018-08-26 populist leaders and the defiance of norms – Snakes and Ladders: General contempt for our …

2018-08-25 Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point | Ars Technica: But Windows …

2018-08-25 I was feeling annoyed at the news that the Eagles’ Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is now the best-selling …

2018-08-24 I just finished this book. It’s good. You should read it.

2018-08-24 Last day on the Cape

2018-08-23 For all the reasons Nancy explains here, I think Democrats are right not to be all on about …

2018-08-23 While I have many complaints about the behavior of motorists towards bicycles on the road, among my …

2018-08-21 I’m always nervous about using online booking systems for small/local shops… so many times I have …

2018-08-21 Morning

2018-08-20 I don’t understand why anyone buys these knives. They are always garbage.

2018-08-19 I know the kids love it, but the worst, most tedious parts of any Harry Potter book are the endless …

2018-08-18 We have arrived at the Cape.

2018-08-18 I love this idea. It seems like a much better plan than paying Tesla or whoever to manufacture tons …

2018-08-18 The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You – Personal Growth – Medium: According to Pascal, we fear …

2018-08-18 Using Safari Reader Mode on a per-site basis

2018-08-17 I am spending some quality time this afternoon hacking together a user support request workflow out …

2018-08-16 I am having to draft out a preliminary timeline for a project I learned about two days ago involving …

2018-08-16 Between Facebook eliminating cross-posting via API and Twitter continuing to put the screws to …

2018-08-16 I am trying to get used to a new running schedule and it is not going so well.

2018-08-15 “Unlock my Mac with my Apple Watch” is my new favorite thing.

2018-08-15 I guess I’m the one person who thinks the new Skype looks a lot better? All I see on the …

2018-08-15 nvAlt keeps asking me whether I want to delete this file across all of my devices in the midst of me …

2018-08-13 God help me, I have started using TaskWarrior.

2018-08-13 New things

2018-08-12 Calendar Management for Productivity & Sanity – Andrew Canion: I have set a daily repeating …

2018-08-12 Jerks travel in flocks because then they don’t have to think about the fact that they are jerks.

2018-08-11 I’m kind of bummed that my Kaweco Sport has decided to start leaking copious amounts of ink from the …

2018-08-11 Thank goodness for coffee.

2018-08-10 Does Alex Jones still have a website? Can people still go to it and listen to or watch his vile …

2018-08-09 I have only just discovered that a bunch of back episodes of The Venture Bros. are on Hulu.

2018-08-08 Every now and again (and against my better judgement) I open LinkedIn. It is astounding how much of …

2018-08-08 BoingBoing was one of my earliest RSS subscriptions, and a site I have followed since back when …

2018-08-07 HTTPS is a good idea. Forcing it on everyone is a terrible idea.

2018-08-07 Dear Twitter: If a shitbag like Alex Jones using your service to harass the grieving parents of dead …

2018-08-07 Hullabaloo: Trump’s base isn’t quite as secure as he thinks: Democrats running for …

2018-08-07 Talk Talk’s album Spirit Of Eden is not an album to which I listen frequently, but whenever I do, I …

2018-08-07 I have very mixed feelings about the news that Patrick Stewart will be returning to Star Trek in a …

2018-08-07 Congressional Republicans will not turn on Trump until the right-wing media abandons him.

2018-08-06 How Many More Times is such a great song.

2018-08-06 nostalgia for proceduralism – Snakes and Ladders: When Conan the Barbarian was asked “What is best …

2018-08-06 Amazon doesn’t care about your city.

2018-08-05 I love my fountain pens, but if Uni-ball ever stops making their 0.5mm Micro rollerball, I will be …

2018-08-05 If you’re looking for a good portable Bluetooth speaker, I highly recommend this one. It’s sturdy, …

2018-08-05 Is Facebook evil? Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason — Quartz: The solution …

2018-08-05 Politics is a tool for managing fear.

2018-08-03 Yikes. This rain is not kidding around.

2018-08-03

2018-08-03 We should be promoting local ownership in any way possible.

2018-08-01 3D printed guns seem like a bad idea, but I am not really sure it is all that much of the flood of …

2018-07-31 The Old Reader: behind the scenes - Thanks, Google!: It’s now clear that the demise of the Google …

2018-07-31 While this set of rules was written for journalists covering city planning boards, I think they …

2018-07-30 Today’s catch

2018-07-29 I am enjoying this book quite a bit.

2018-07-29 Books I am not going to finish - The Overstory by Richard Powers

2018-07-28 Is there someone at PBS Kids whose job it is to make sure every single episode of every single show …

2018-07-28 I wonder how much of the “People are homeless/poor/addicted etc. because of the bad choices they’ve …

2018-07-27 I just saw someone mention on Twitter the idea that we nationalize Amazon and run it like a library. …

2018-07-27 Kevin Drum asks a good question.

2018-07-27 You could do worse today than to go listen to the new ShadowParty album.

2018-07-27 From the very end of a story in today’s NYT: Mr. Weisselberg’s loyalty to Mr. Trump stood out in a …

2018-07-26 And the next question is, who will buy Slack?

2018-07-26 Accusations of hypocrisy are a useless political strategy.

2018-07-26 Dear companies and organizations sending me emails: The only correct response to me clicking the …

2018-07-25 The House Freedom Caucus is a bunch of nitwits.

2018-07-25 A week of rain and storms has brought us our first sunflower!

2018-07-24 Why do we assume that enlightenment or renaissance have to come after feudalism?

2018-07-24 You should go buy my friend Art’s shirt from CottonBureau.

2018-07-23 Rebecca Traister, “Elizabeth Warren Is Waging a Full-Body Fight to Defeat Trump”: The problem is …

2018-07-23 To everyone writing their “The Helsinki summit was a distraction!” takes, no it wasn’t. Trump is …

2018-07-23 Don’t lecture people about the choices they’ve made if all the options they had were shitty.

2018-07-23 Ugh. Heading out for a run when my shoes aren’t yet dry from yesterday’s run.

2018-07-23 Mr. Beans would like you all to know that 1) it is raining outside, and 2) this situation is not …

2018-07-22 After reading probably the seventeenth article in a row about how we still have no idea what went …

2018-07-22 Cat in repose.

2018-07-22 Thanks, casual sexism—I guess I won’t be watching Star Trek with my kids.

2018-07-22 Having just watched the trailer for Godzilla: King Of the Monsters, I am now throwing money at my …

2018-07-22 Adam Davidson, writing at The New Yorker: The scenario that, to my mind, makes the most sense of …

2018-07-21 David Atkins, “Putin, Trump and the New Cold War Between Liberalism and White Supremacy”: …

2018-07-20 Downtown

2018-07-20 True fact.

2018-07-19 In case we needed another reason that Kavanaugh’s nomination ought to be blocked…

2018-07-19 “What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue”: The Silicon Valley model for doing …

2018-07-18 I finished Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room last night. It is an incredibly well written book, and an …

2018-07-17 History’s Most Incompetent Demagogue: We can thank our lucky stars that Donald Trump has to be …

2018-07-16 Trump-Putin Meeting: How Will Republicans React? - The Atlantic : There are exactly two possible …

2018-07-16 Josh Marshall, “The Worst Case Scenario Has Been Obvious for a While”: Astronomers don’t see black …

2018-07-16 I see all the Republicans Of Conscience are hard at work on their strongly worded tweets. Good work, …

2018-07-15 Thank you, clouds.

2018-07-15 There is some serious mandolin action going on here.

2018-07-15 Art-tenting

2018-07-15 Between humidity and ankle pain, that was not the most enjoyable run.

2018-07-14 Bass solo at the second stage!

2018-07-14 Michael Franti & Spearhead… this pretty much captures the mood.

2018-07-14 Femi Kuti is up there, fighting against The Forces Of Evil.

2018-07-14 Do summer music festivals have some minimum requirement for old dudes wearing NRBQ shirts?

2018-07-14 When you call yourself a platform, what I hear is “We don’t want to take responsibility for any …

2018-07-14 Semicolons are great; rules of writing are stupid.

2018-07-13 Here go the balloons!

2018-07-13 Can we cram Elon Musk into the kid-sized submarine and send him into a cave?

2018-07-13 My hiking companion this afternoon

2018-07-13 I support every suggestion on this list. I like IPAs, but variety is good too, and I’m always …

2018-07-12 I wish that video chat apps like Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, etc. had a “I’m using this with my kids” …

2018-07-12 A rather slap-dash attempt at an Excelsior-class ship (I have been commanded by the 5yo to “make …

2018-07-11 From a New York Times review of Alissa Quartz’s new book Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t …

2018-07-11 Prepping for the Green River Festival this weekend.

2018-07-11 Doug Belshaw, “Problems with the present and future of work are of our own making”: I feel like …

2018-07-10 I endorse this: “This nonsense of earning a living”.

2018-07-10 Running on trails s-u-c-k-s SUCKS.

2018-07-09 Trump will nominate some asshole.

2018-07-09 Nancy LeTourneau, writing at Washington Monthly: Donald Trump, Stephen Miller and Pat Buchanan all …

2018-07-09 The fact hat

2018-07-08 I think Digby is right: We all wonder what happens on the day Trump realizes he's been played. But …

2018-07-07 Phineas is very proud that he built his birthday LEGO set almost entirely by himself!

2018-07-06 And thus begins the countdown until a piece of technology I have loved for nearly ten years …

2018-07-06 My town does some pretty awesome fireworks.

2018-07-06 Has anyone invented fried dough with French fries in it? If not, why not?

2018-07-06 Waiting for the fireworks

2018-07-06 What’s that you say? There is a new live Erasure album out today? Yes, please!

2018-07-06 I used to listen to this album a lot.

2018-07-06 Heading out for a run with my shoes not yet dry from yesterday’s run. Ah, summer.

2018-07-05 I understand the appeal of stuff like this, but I am wary of “build a lasting majority”-type …

2018-07-05 Aside from being obviously and hilariously corrupt, Scott Pruitt also seems pretty dumb.

2018-07-05 Clouds

2018-07-05 You should go read Bad Blood by John Carreyou.

2018-07-05 This weather we’ve been having

2018-07-04 Looking up

2018-07-04 Looking at art

2018-07-04 Celebrating the Fourth at MassMoCA

2018-07-04 Happy 4th of July, I guess.

2018-07-03 I agree with this post. “Netflix for podcasts is a stupid idea that would be bad for podcast …

2018-07-02 Hrm… cross-posting to Facebook from my micro.blog feed seems to have stopped working sometime …

2018-07-02 Kermit’s response to the Musical Rotating Rain Barrel is possibly one of the greatest moments in all …

2018-07-02 The weather demands it.

2018-07-02 No one should be asked to understand someone that hates her/him.

2018-07-01 How is it still 90 degrees at 8:30pm? This weather is dreadful.

2018-07-01 I think at least half of my town is here at the river today. The staff at the snack counter are …

2018-07-01 Blecch. That was not the most enjoyable 4.7 miles I have ever run. Stupid weather.

2018-07-01 I definitely need to get it together to remember to start the cold-brew coffee going in the fridge …

2018-06-30 I mostly think that Senate Democrats should do everything in their power to grind things to a …

2018-06-30 Thank you LEGO for providing my eight-year-old with instructions for something called “The …

2018-06-29 Window AC units turned on, intricate series of fans deployed. Yay, summer!

2018-06-28 Mr. Beans and his humans

2018-06-28 Rainy day drawing, with cat

2018-06-28 It certainly is raining.

2018-06-27 My kids picked out a Scooby-Doo movie from the library. It seems to be some sort of wrestling tie-in …

2018-06-27 “The Story Too Many Reporters Are Missing in the Democratic Primary Results”: It is true that …

2018-06-27 The only people not welcome in my community are bigoted assholes like you and the Republican ghouls …

2018-06-26 I had somehow forgotten about the cowbell at the end of this song.

2018-06-26 In which a bunch of conservatives are suddenly going to become fans of “activist judges”. This …

2018-06-26 Incivility

2018-06-25 The bee and me

2018-06-25 I’m about halfway through Timothy Snyder’s The Road To Unfreedom. It’s pretty good, …

2018-06-24 Austin Kleon, “Drawing skeletons and other scary things”: When you draw things, you’re …

2018-06-24 And more bike racing!

2018-06-24 Bike racing

2018-06-24 “I mean, Star Wars has the conflicted helmet guy…” “Darth Vader?” “Right.”

2018-06-23 What better way to spend a Saturday night than by trying to remember how the hell to renew SSL …

2018-06-22 Last day of first grade!

2018-06-22 Can we now all please get over this notion that this or that member of the Trump crime family is …

2018-06-21 Indeed.

2018-06-21 One last bit of wisdom from Pine Brook, for when saying goodbye is really hard.

2018-06-21 For twelve hours today, KEXP is playing every song sampled on It Takes a Nation Of Millions To Hood …

2018-06-21 Phineas and I are both feeling pretty emotional about saying goodbye to his wonderful preschool.

2018-06-20 Bad-faith arguments

2018-06-20 We have hit the final days of the school year for both kids and I have TOO MANY FEELINGS.

2018-06-19 At the risk of stating the obvious, the reason that Republicans and conservatives are not pushing …

2018-06-18 After the storm

2018-06-17 It is nearly 8:30am and both kids are still asleep. Maybe camping isn’t so bad after all.

2018-06-16 Saturday evening on the bay

2018-06-16 Me, camping for the first time since 1994.

2018-06-16 This isn’t so bad.

2018-06-15 Oh my god there is poison ivy EVERYWHERE. WHY DOES ANYONE GO CAMPING?

2018-06-15 Home for the next three days

2018-06-14 Skipping into school

2018-06-13 You can go on all you want about Weezer, but it is clear that the best cover of “Africa” is the one …

2018-06-13 Listening: Pearl Jam, Live In Chicago 05.16.2006

2018-06-13 “Epistemic sunk cost” puts a name on something that has been bugging me for a while now.

2018-06-12 Donald Trump makes terrible deals.

2018-06-12 It is 7:37 AM and someone up the street is running a leaf blower.

2018-06-11 It’s mostly for sentimental reasons, and I know there are better shows, but this remains one of my …

2018-06-11 This post from Derek Powazek on why AI is not the answer to online community management is very good …

2018-06-10 Shinzō Abe wins the internet.

2018-06-10 Motorcycles are terrible and ought to be banned.

2018-06-10 First day of the season at the river

2018-06-09 Why I love my small town

2018-06-09 Two kids, just back from the library

2018-06-09 Well, I at least managed to hit my pace from last year, I think.

2018-06-09 You‘d think I would no longer get pre-race jitters, especially for a 5k that starts five minutes …

2018-06-08 We need to talk about classical album covers.

2018-06-07 Owen has been practicing his cursive handwriting.

2018-06-07 Start by solving small problems for real people.

2018-06-06 I have a dream, and that dream is that some day, there will be one thing in my house that doesn’t …

2018-06-06 I have been showing the kids some relics from pioneer times. They have many questions.

2018-06-05 This book is very good. Highly recommend.

2018-06-04 Whenever I decide to branch out and try a journal that is not a Leuchtturm 1917, I am inevitably …

2018-06-04 I am not really that into the new Ghost album.

2018-06-04 The trailer for the Suspiria remake does not look terrible.

2018-06-03 Going through an old notebook, I ran across some of my notes from an all-hands meeting toward the …

2018-06-02 If you’re looking for a good mellow album to listen to on a hot, summer-ish evening, you could do a …

2018-06-02 Poet’s Seat on a sunny Saturday afternoon

2018-05-31 Whoa! HBO on-demand has the original 1986 version of The Hitcher. I haven’t watched this movie since …

2018-05-31 I nearly always use Reeder (both the iOS and MacOS versions) as the front-end for reading my RSS …

2018-05-31 Katherine Cross, writing at Document about why tech entrepreneurs like Elon Musk are so obsessed …

2018-05-30 I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I hope Gotham gets renewed for another season.

2018-05-27 I strongly recommend the new GAS album Rausch. It reminds me a lot of some of the Plastikman albums, …

2018-05-27 If you thought these utility lines weren’t deep, the DPW suggests that you THINK AGAIN.

2018-05-27 The news needs “previously on…” intros.

2018-05-27 “And you will be letting me in the people door, yes?”

2018-05-26 Waiting for a solution — Strong Towns: We are in the midst of the unwinding of a failed experiment: …

2018-05-26 WOOHOO! It’s official! Amazon has picked up The Expanse for a fourth season! If you are not watching …

2018-05-26 This morning’s paper-crafting project, which Owen learned at school yesterday and taught me how to …

2018-05-25 I can’t even tell you how many times I read Han Solo At Stars’ End when I was a kid.

2018-05-25 Reason number eleventy-billion to hate Medium Unsubscribe from all Medium emails. Click on a link …

2018-05-25 I tend to prefer a 10k, but I mostly agree with this: The 5K, Not The Marathon, Is The Ideal Race | …

2018-05-24 I fear that the plan I am currently considering of drinking coffee at 4 in the afternoon is …

2018-05-24 Josh Marshall, on why we should stop talking about “norms”: One reason that “norms” aren’t …

2018-05-24 I mean, it’s not the Nobel, but still…

2018-05-24 Nice day for a walk.

2018-05-22 I wish Apple Music had a toggle for “I’m an old person who is really only interested in albums, so …

2018-05-22 Oh man—I’ve loved these 1970s NASA images of space colonies ever since I first saw them in some …

2018-05-22 Happy World Goth Day, everybody!

2018-05-22 This NYMag piece reminds me of all the time I used to spend on sites like Plastic, Slashdot, …

2018-05-22 Damn. Robert Indiana died. Robert Indiana, 89, Who Turned ‘Love’ Into Enduring Art, Is Dead

2018-05-21 I have listened to this new Stephen Malkmus album three times today and I really like it.

2018-05-21 Nice day.

2018-05-21 The day after a long run is always so much worse than the run itself. Oof.

2018-05-20 Despite the awfulness of Trump and his criminal syndicate, we should not forget that Ari Fleischer …

2018-05-20 Oh, I am very excited about this. Not out until mid-June, unfortunately.

2018-05-19 Listening to this station, I can’t help but wonder if the way I feel about it is the same as how my …

2018-05-19 It is pouring rain and my cat would like you all to know that 1) he does not approve of this …

2018-05-19 Saturday morning crafting

2018-05-19 Jim Groom, writing about why “scale” is a stupid and harmful way to think about blogging: Scale in …

2018-05-17 Cat at rest.

2018-05-17 This is a really interesting and helpful way to think about what a lot of people (especially white …

2018-05-16 Kind of awesome: At tonight’s meeting of my Town Council, the Councilors suspended the rules …

2018-05-16 L.M. Sacasas, writing about disenchantment: Here’s something else to consider. One way of thinking …

2018-05-15 Net Promoter Score, like any scheme that promises to boil a complicated system or organization down …

2018-05-15 For evangelicals, Jerusalem is about prophecy, not politics (opinion) - CNN: I doubt that President …

2018-05-15 Fiona Voss: Dave Winer says the internet is going the wrong way, and tech workers have a …

2018-05-14 Two episodes in, and this Black Lightning show is pretty good.

2018-05-14 Holy cats! Vernon Reid is playing in my town this Friday!

2018-05-14 I would totally go see John Mellencamp play live. In fact, I’m kind of embarrassed that I never …

2018-05-13 Planting a tree

2018-05-12 Windows.

2018-05-12 I have always thought The Matrix was a huge rip-off of the far-superior Dark City, but I didn’t know …

2018-05-12 Here is a great column from Jamelle Bouie on why term-limiting legislators is a bad idea: But …

2018-05-12 Ugh. This is terrible news. The Expanse is one of my favorite shows on TV right now. Syfy’s decision …

2018-05-11 Phineas wanted a sidewalk chalk maze, so by golly, he got a sidewalk chalk maze.

2018-05-11 Website with sticky headers are awful. I fully support this: Kill sticky headers

2018-05-11 Mr. Beans has joined us for a game of Robot Turtles.

2018-05-11 People like Ev Williams and platforms like Medium are bad and you should stop giving them your …

2018-05-10 I am reading this latest announcement from Medium and becoming increasingly convinced that these …

2018-05-10 I have seen enough dumb, short-sighted corporate behavior that part of me might actually believe …

2018-05-09 Guess I’m gonna start this one…

2018-05-09 Google Duplex is kind of weird and creepy.

2018-05-08 The foxes are out and about this morning.

2018-05-07 I feel like the one-space/two-space-after-a-period argument is a pretty good litmus test for …

2018-05-07 Paul Waldman, writing at The American Prospect about how we should not expect the Trump scandals to …

2018-05-07 I really cannot recommend this new Brian Eno boxset Music For Installations highly enough. Excellent …

2018-05-07 The Trump/Giuliani legal strategy

2018-05-07 The 4yo and 7yo are discussing what “a slide deck” might be. Their hypotheses are vastly more …

2018-05-06 I just finished reading The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick. It was okay, but not great. The tone is …

2018-05-05 Judging by the sirens the last 5-10 minutes, every single emergency vehicle in my rather small town …

2018-05-05 This is a somewhat long read, but thoughtful and interesting: On Hating Cathy

2018-05-05 Trump’s base is not going to turn on him: Those who continue to support Trump after all his …

2018-05-05 From Hacked Education My theory for social change does not posit that technology is the (or even …

2018-05-04 Owen is enjoying Moana.

2018-05-04 Mr. Beans is feeling done with this weather.

2018-05-03 When I first read the news this morning of Rudy Giuliani’s claim that Trump had personally …

2018-05-03 Indeed, Toad… what will you do without your list?

2018-05-02 I have been reading William Steig’s book Dominic aloud with the kids over the course of the last …

2018-05-02 Doing some yard work.

2018-05-02 93 degrees on the second day of May seems a bit excessive.

2018-05-02 Matt Ballantine, writing about “The curse of busy-ness”: Collaboration platforms in …

2018-05-02 Hullabaloo: Constitutional crisis watch by @BloggersRUs: Charles Blow declared in February "we are …

2018-05-02 Ticks and climate change: Two horrible things that go horribly together.

2018-05-01 I think I’ve got about 400 versions of this picture, but one more can’t hurt!

2018-05-01 I miss the days when spring did not mean itchy eyes and a constantly drippy nose.

2018-05-01 From “Techno-Fundamentalism Can’t Save You, Mark Zuckerberg” by Siva Vaidhyanathan at …

2018-05-01 Lines & sky

2018-04-30 I am watching a Twitter exchange from an online publisher I really respect pushing back on a bunch …

2018-04-30 I just finished Christine Mangan’s Tangerine. It’s a pretty good book, as long as you …

2018-04-30 Bill Callahan’s Dream River is an excellent album that I have not listened to in a while. Remedying …

2018-04-30 Walking in the woods

2018-04-30 I see we are in for another round of slathering praise on Bezos for banning PowerPoint in meetings …

2018-04-29 Drawing a skeleton

2018-04-29 While I’m sure my training had something to do with it as well, I mostly credit my 8:13/mile pace …

2018-04-29 Woohoo! I just ran my fastest 10k ever.

2018-04-29 Lovely morning for a race…

2018-04-26 I have now listened to at least four different interviews with James Comey, and while I may wish …

2018-04-26 Happy cat

2018-04-26 I’ll admit that I have figured all three Democratic challengers were long shots to oust Charlie …

2018-04-25 I’m listening to the latest episode of The Next Track podcast, which is an interview with Bill …

2018-04-25 The remains of dinner

2018-04-25 No matter how much you liked the book, “unputdownable” is not a word and you ought to be ashamed of …

2018-04-24 Working on slowly reclaiming one small piece of our wreck of a garden.

2018-04-24 For the notebook and note-taking nerds: On Using Field Notebooks | Notebook Stories

2018-04-24 I think it is well past time to remove BoingBoing from my RSS feeds. It has been in there for about …

2018-04-23 This new album from Sleep is quite unexpected, and also very good.

2018-04-22 Sunday morning is waffle time.

2018-04-21 I appreciate whoever put these signs up all over the local trails.

2018-04-21 One of the highlights of today’s leg of the trip: Audi SUV aggressively swerves into slower traffic …

2018-04-21 Dear people in the room next door who were up til all hours partying last night, please allow me to …

2018-04-21 Ugh hotel room coffee

2018-04-20 Waiting for my online order from two hours ago, because apparently their online order system depends …

2018-04-19 The person in the apartment next to our guest suite at my parents’ retirement community has Fox News …

2018-04-19 I am sitting in a pizza joint with checked table cloths on the north side of Indianapolis and the …

2018-04-19 Ah, Indiana…

2018-04-19 This business of changing the Indianapolis Museum of Art to “Newfields” seems like a bad idea from …

2018-04-19 This brings back some memories.

2018-04-16 This is Dr. Peppermint Stick, nemesis of the Goaty Ninjas, a team of goats who are also ninjas, as …

2018-04-16 It’s just like I Left My Wallet In El Segundo, except it’s my cloth shopping bags, and I left them …

2018-04-16 Thanks for nothing, Iowa!

2018-04-16 Owen is getting in touch with his Hoosier heritage.

2018-04-15 Vanishing point

2018-04-15 Two days on the road, and for what?

2018-04-15 British-narrator Maisy is much better than American-narrator Maisy.

2018-04-15 Ah, April.

2018-04-14 Adam Davidson, writing at The New Yorker: It has become commonplace to say that enough was known …

2018-04-14 Hello, Buffalo!

2018-04-14 NY Thruway Starbucks are the slowest Starbucks.

2018-04-13 Some things never get old.

2018-04-13 It is somehow emblematic of the age in which we live that we find ourselves facing fundamental …

2018-04-13 Honestly, nothing should surprise me at this point, but I can’t believe we are talking about Scooter …

2018-04-12 Thank goodness I have the Wild Kratts theme song stuck in my head!

2018-04-12 I appreciate that the 7yo’s diorama features what appears to be an excited person in front of a …

2018-04-12 I don’t have any Facebook apps installed on my phone even though I still use Facebook. It is …

2018-04-11 I am guessing that I—a currently unemployed technology guy—know a bunch more about attorney/client …

2018-04-11 And somewhere in the darkness, John Boehner sips his drink and smiles.

2018-04-10 There is a lot going on in this drawing.

2018-04-10 So I guess I’m going for my run IN THE SNOW. WTH, April?

2018-04-10 Mr. Beans has his plan for the day.

2018-04-10 I can’t think of anything that better exemplifies the craziness of the US healthcare system than the …

2018-04-09 Listened to Bellowing Sun’s Mind Over Mirrors while out for my run today. I strongly recommend this …

2018-04-09 This article from Washington Monthly about how trying to make healthcare profitable and efficient …

2018-04-08 YES.

2018-04-08 Today is one of those days when Facebook seems to have decide that every other post in my feed …

2018-04-08 Nitsuh Abebe, from a piece in the New York Times titled “Why Have We Soured on the ‘Devil’s …

2018-04-07 “Anybody see a monkey carrying a vacuum cleaner?” “Was he wearing a cape?”

2018-04-07 After nearly two years of daily use, I have finally had to order a new rubber plunger for my …

2018-04-06 From an article in Grist talking about people who believe in conspiracy theories about airplanes …

2018-04-06 This piece from the Denver Post editorial board is a wrenching read, and it is something that is …

2018-04-06 “Spring”

2018-04-06 I joined Twitter in 2008 and have gotten a ton of value out of the service despite its many …

2018-04-06 This new Don Gibson collection is pretty great.

2018-04-06 I guess I was hoping to be done with “wintry mix” at this point.

2018-04-06 There is an article in my local paper today about how some some gun owners are planning to rally on …

2018-04-06 Mr. Beans is keeping Phineas company on his sick day.

2018-04-06 So Kevin Williamson has now been fired by The Atlantic because of the furor around his talk of …

2018-04-05 Counting crown at dusk

2018-04-05 Whoever first came up with the idea that visitors to a website should immediately be pestered by a …

2018-04-04 Well that was a lot more time than I really wanted to spend sorting out SSL certificates.

2018-04-04 Woohoo! We are now officially producing power!

2018-04-04 Hey YouTube, how about not putting ads for concealed gun holsters in front of kids’ …

2018-04-04 Cold, windy, and rainy is not my favorite weather.

2018-04-04 Among the sounds one tends to hear at 3:45 in the morning, few are good. The sound of the kid …

2018-04-03 You can’t just tell everyone to leave Facebook | The Outline: These movements also emphasize …

2018-04-03 Well, crap. I just broke my favorite coffee mug. Had it for fifteen years, though, so I guess that …

2018-04-02 As it turns out, Apache rewrite rules tend not to work so well when one has forgotten to enable …

2018-04-02 Wordpress Multi-Site installation and configuration is… not the smoothest process.

2018-04-02 I just switched my router over to CloudFlare’s new free and private DNS service. Seems pretty cool.

2018-04-02 I don’t get why people think Andy Borowitz’s New Yorker stuff is funny. There’s no accounting for …

2018-04-02 Note to self: Check what time the Apple Store opens before driving an hour to get to the mall. At …

2018-04-02 WTF snow.

2018-04-01 Pretty proud of myself for getting it together to actually clean the grill out last fall so that it …

2018-04-01 Mountain Road in the afternoon

2018-04-01 From this morning’s New York Times: In an article in The Atlantic last fall titled “Have Smartphones …

2018-03-31 The 4yo: “Hey, did you know that across the universe there are…” The 7yo: “Other worlds?” The 4yo: …

2018-03-31 Neat! It was twenty years ago today that Netscape released the source code to Navigator, which begat …

2018-03-31 I have put the sleds and snow shovels away in the shed, which means we are sure to get a blizzard …

2018-03-31 I am pretty proud of myself to be routinely turning in a sub-9-minute pace at reasonable distances.

2018-03-30 At the Y

2018-03-30 I think I am slowly figuring out every possible way to break Wordpress via multi-site installation.

2018-03-30 Ah, the dulcet sounds of a wood-chipper running somewhere in the neighborhood.

2018-03-29 My god—every bit of this movie is dreadful. Every scene, every character, every line of dialogue.

2018-03-29 Twenty minutes into this Justice League movie and there is not a single about it that isn’t …

2018-03-29 One would have been wise to bring in the recycling bins from the curb before it started pouring …

2018-03-29 A great (and timely) find at the used book fair!

2018-03-29 While I had read the news that Trump had fired the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, I have only just …

2018-03-29 Maybe the problem is the market, not the companies.

2018-03-29 Dentist’s office, mid-morning.

2018-03-29 This new album from The Sword is pretty good.

2018-03-29 I feel like that fact that it is not uncommon for all the referrer data parameters appended to the …

2018-03-29 While I’m not usually one to cancel a subscription because of an editorial decision, the Kevin …

2018-03-28 The kids and I finished listening to Firefly Hollow in the car today. It was good, but not great—the …

2018-03-28 Uber Disabled Volvo SUV’s Safety System Before Fatality - Bloomberg: Uber Technologies Inc. …

2018-03-28 Wednesday afternoon at the park

2018-03-28 Is there some way in Ulysses to not have it automatically open a browser window to wp-admin when I …

2018-03-28 Bolts

2018-03-28 I just sat through the trailer for the upcoming movie version of John Bellairs’ The House With a …

2018-03-28 T eyeing congestion pricing for parking - CommonWealth Magazine: Congestion pricing has become a …

2018-03-27 About thirty minutes of this Valerian movie is all I can take. Impressive visuals, but otherwise …

2018-03-27 Neither of my kids liked the chickpea nuggets I made for dinner tonight, but I thought they were …

2018-03-27 I have a half-formed idea in my head for an app that is half RSS reader, half post composer, and it …

2018-03-27 Nicholas Carr, writing at the LA Review Of Books: The ideal of a radically “democratized” media, …

2018-03-27 Yoga studio, late afternoon

2018-03-27 It is only Tuesday and I am already behind on my todo list, which was not particularly aggressive to …

2018-03-27 It is apparently impossible for me to buy anything less than at least twice the correct number of …

2018-03-27 I am glad I am not the only one who finds Netflix’s auto-playing trailers to be …

2018-03-27 Yes, Google Reader was handy, but there were quite a few other RSS services and readers at the time …

2018-03-27 Reading yet another reference to “and then Google Reader disappeared,” and it makes me …

2018-03-27 From the New York Times this morning: In a statement released Monday, the Commerce Department, which …

2018-03-26 A-HA! So this new Netflix series Nightflyers is a remake of the 1987 movie of the same name. I …

2018-03-26 Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time came in for me at the library today.

2018-03-26 I listened to the first episode of Stitcher’s new Dear Franklin Jones podcast this morning. It is …

2018-03-26 Post-run

2018-03-25 I’m only a few episode in, but this third season of Fargo seems a lot more scattered than the …

2018-03-25 “All companies take your data/track you/target you with advertising” is a bad take. Even if it were …

2018-03-25 Bananagrams!

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2018-03-25 This is a pretty thoughtful post about the usage of and gradual exit strategies from Facebook and …

2018-03-25 Federico Viticci, from his MacStories post “Erasing Complexity: The Comfort Of Apple’s Ecosystem”: …

2018-03-25 L.M. Sacasas, “The Convivial Society No. 3: Responsibility”: At every turn, we encounter evasions …

2018-03-24 With both this movie and Prometheus, they’ve taken the metaphorical themes of the earlier films—what …

2018-03-24 Once Covenant gets to where it wants to be—on the planet with everything gone to shit—it’s not …

2018-03-24 So far, Alien Covenant is a better movie than Prometheus, but that’s not saying much. It seems to …

2018-03-24 This is the one I’m talking about.

2018-03-24 I would pay extra for an option in HBO Go to be able to append the old HBO intro from the 1980s to …

2018-03-24 I try to avoid comforting predictive political theories of the Coming Democratic Majority variety, …

2018-03-24 It’s amazing how easy it is to completely hose a website.

2018-03-24 There, NYT—I fixed it for you.

2018-03-24 From Paul Ford’s “Facebook Is Why We Need a Digital Protection Agency” at bloomberg.com: The …

2018-03-24 More from that same Alan Jacobs essay “Tending the Digital Commons”: For the last few years we’ve …

2018-03-24 You really have to be a special kind of shithead to hassle kids for being upset about their schools …

2018-03-24 Alan Jacobs, “Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future” Under …

2018-03-24 “Want to delete your account? Here are whole bunch of passive-aggressive hoops you’ll have to jump …

2018-03-23 I love that Kylo says “The Resistance is dead,” but Luke responds “The Rebellion is reborn today.”

2018-03-23 I also appreciate the way TLJ sets Poe up as a proxy for entitled, know-it-all fans who think they …

2018-03-23 The more times I watch The Last Jedi, the more I like Vice Admiral Holdo.

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2018-03-23 It is both possible and reasonable to be simultaneously 1) unsurprised about what data Facebook has …

2018-03-23 Cool! Feedbin (my favorite RSS service) has added sharing to Micro.blog as a feature. Very nice!

2018-03-23 I ran across this old Gruber piece on Untitled Document Syndrome and it got me thinking that while …

2018-03-23 It’s pretty great not having to deal with schlepping the kids’ snow pants and boots back and forth …

2018-03-22 Whoa! I loved this book when I was a kid! I think my parents got it for me at a garage sale. Movie …

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2018-03-22 I wish Joe Biden would go away.

2018-03-22 LibrarianShipwreck, writing about Facebook: To Mumford there were two types of technologies: …

2018-03-22 I feel like there is a story here…

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2018-03-22 I am particularly skeptical of exhortations to delete Facebook when they come from people like …

2018-03-22 For folks who aren’t quite ready to delete Facebook, it seems like refusing the “Log in with …

2018-03-21 Nearly every other item on this list from Anil Dash flows out of the misapprehension of the first …

2018-03-21 I probably don’t know what I’m talking about, but it seems like the problem of …

2018-03-21 Still trying to get WP/Micro.blog/Twitter cross-posting sorted out in a way that does not make my …

2018-03-21 Reprehensible though it is, Zuckerburg et al. are smart to hunker down and say nothing. They’re …

2018-03-21 As for practical alternatives to Facebook, while there are a huge number of options if you are …

2018-03-21 There are at least two things that will be necessary for a mass (or even significant) exit of users …

2018-03-14 Had to take my Pocket Internet Rectangle in to the store today to get it fixed, which involved going …

2018-03-13 Let’s see… cross-posting working now?

2018-03-13 I agree with Jacobs here. Doctorow (and the original techno-utopians he is talking about) …

2018-03-13 The IndieWeb stuff is neat, but it has some pretty rough edges.

2018-03-13 And so maybe now I have cross-posting via Bridgy working?

2018-03-13 And also, why the F does everything posted via Quill show up on WordPress as coming from an …

2018-03-13 The Bridgy integration seems really flaky, and it seems like many of these IndieWeb services …

2018-03-13 I really wonder how much of Facebook’s ad revenue comes from traditional sources (big companies …

2018-03-13 Of course the Parkland school hoax videos went viral. The system was designed for this. | The …

2018-03-13 America’s Shkreli Problem: Shkreli will do whatever it takes to win, regardless of the …

2018-03-13 Chandler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday heard a presentation on …

2018-03-13 Building an IndieWeb Reader

2018-03-13 Still trying to sort out Bridgy cross-posting, but getting a weird error message I don’t …

2018-03-13 Trying a cross-post to Twitter from Wordpress via Bridgy, and still trying to figure out some of …

2018-03-12 In many ways, having sex with a porn star is on-brand for Donald Trump. He spent decades playing up …

2018-03-12 Solar panels are going on.

2018-03-12 Testing out posting to Wordpress from micro.blog

2018-03-12 Hullabaloo

2018-03-12 PopMatters

2018-03-12 Well, I thought I had syndication sort of figured out, but I guess not.

2018-03-12 Also, I apparently have not gotten Twitter syndication working, as nothing is showing up on the list …

2018-03-12 Posting via the Quill editor give me a "missing access token" message, and I don’t …

2018-03-12 I think I have gotten posting to WP via Quill/micropub working, and possibly syndication to Twitter …

2018-03-12 Testing out IndieAuth stuff via Quill

2012-08-28 I invoke Sturgeon's Law

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