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May 21, 2024: Some, like David Foster Wallace’s encyclopedic postmodern novel “Infinite Jest,” seem like a sly comment on the new world OpenAI is helping to create. …

May 15, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Blonde Sunday (1994) Found on Sunday (1994)

May 14, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Bad Dream Wallows Found on Bad Dream

May 14, 2024: RIP, Beki. It feels like I lost you yesterday. And this picture like the day before.

May 14, 2024: One year ago today my lost my little sister. The last of my immediate family. She would have been 48 this summer. It’s hard to live with how …

May 12, 2024: RIP mom. There’s never enough time!

May 12, 2024: Mother’s Day is a difficult day for some of us. Please be kind.

May 12, 2024: I miss you, Mom. I wish you had chosen to stay longer. And you too, Grandma…I know you would’ve if you could’ve.

May 12, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Ur Heart Stops fantasy of a broken heart Found on Ur Heart Stops

May 9, 2024: I’ve had a major breakthrough in treatment of my depression, which has been chronic & omnipresent for 35 years. I’m ecstatic the dark …

May 9, 2024: 🎵 Boy, the new Vampire Weekend album was worth the wait! And the lyrics…so good. A sample from “Classical”: 400 million animals …

May 9, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Oysters In My Pocket Royel Otis Found on Oysters In My Pocket

May 9, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → Champion Chess Tour/Matches

Apr 25, 2024: Read in 2024: Moral Victories by David Lovejoy 📚 — Interesting, semi-fictionalized account of the fascinating life of Savielly Tartakower. I’m …

Apr 25, 2024: Restarting my meditation practice has been interesting. A major change in my depression treatment has both allowed me to fall into a groove faster …

Apr 24, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: The Sink hey, nothing Found on Maine/The Sink

Apr 24, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Serene King Guided By Voices Found on Serene King

Apr 20, 2024: 2024 Chess Open Candidates Round 13 Predictions Honestly, I’m hoping that by predicting all-draws, we have a bloody round instead! Same in the Women’s tournament, where I am voting …

Apr 20, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00358 ◊ When a Child Asks About Angels ◊ Stuart Dischell When a Child Asks About Angels When my brother was swept away in a …

Apr 19, 2024: The 2024 Chess Candidates tournament is wild! This has been the most exciting Chess Candidates tournament—or any chess tournament—I’ve ever seen. Tomorrow is round 13 of 14 and …

Apr 19, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00357 ◊ Racists in Space ◊ Ashley M. Jones Racists in Space       ”Nobody wants to go back to that crazy racist …

Apr 18, 2024: 2024 Chess Open Candidates Round 12 Predictions What a pair of tournaments. My favorite in the Women’s field, Anna Muzychuk, just can’t finish a win, while Lei Tingjie and Tan Zhongyi …

Apr 17, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 11 Predictions I think I’m going to stop predicting what I think will happen, which I’m terrible at anyway, and instead “predict” what I hope …

Apr 15, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 10 predictions: I haven’t tallied my prediction results…is it possible to be less than 0? Nonetheless, let’s roll! Or walk. Quietly, carrying a big …

Apr 14, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 9 predictions: Just bet on the opposite of whatever I predict. But I must forge ahead. Note that my wishlist would be rather different. Maybe I should just start …

Apr 14, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00356 ◊ Sylt II ◊ Valzhyna Mort Sylt II The wind that makes your hair grow faster opens a child’s mouth full of strawberry and …

Apr 13, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 8 predictions: We’re only starting the second half, but things are going to get out of reach for many hopefuls if Ian wins and they don’t… I have …

Apr 12, 2024: Have to spin up a WordPress site because…reasons. I now have many reasons to avoid Bluehost. Prevaricating pre-sales support, terrible …

Apr 12, 2024: I am so glad I went back on my media diet/fasting. No news is good news (for my mental health).

Apr 11, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 7 Predictions I went 4/4 with Open predictions yesterday! Blind squirrels, acorns, etc. I would love to see some chaosmaxxing results today…it’s …

Apr 11, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00355 ◊ Busking ◊ Kevin Young Busking The day folds up like money if you’re lucky. Mostly sun cold coin drumming into the blue of …

Apr 10, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 6 predictions: Continuing my proud streak of terrible predictions, I present to you the future you will surely be missing. Notably sad tournament for one of my …

Apr 9, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → The Paradox of Wokeness

Apr 9, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 5 predictions: I haven’t tallied my predictions so far, but let’s just say they haven’t been great. Still, one must persevere! 2024 Chess Open …

Apr 7, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 4 predictions My Round 3 Open predictions were 2/4 - Women’s 2/4 in an all draw round. I haven’t tallied my overall yet, but it isn’t good! Round …

Apr 6, 2024: 🔗 Venting Doesn't Reduce Anger, But Something Else Does, Study Finds : ScienceAlert Venting when angry seems sensible. It’s not. …more …

Apr 6, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Angelina Pinegrove Found on Everything So Far

Apr 6, 2024: DJotD 20240406 They told me my password had to have eight characters and a capital, so I chose MickeyMinnieGoofyDonaldPlutoHueyLouieDeweyDublin

Apr 6, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00354 ◊ Mimic Men ◊ Stacia Cyrene Yearwood Mimic Men Heliconius butterflies, classical models of Müllerian mimicry, display a …

Apr 6, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 3 predictions Well, my predictions for the last round were 1/4 for the Open and 1/4 for the Women’s Candidates 😂. I was definitely not expecting Naka to get …

Apr 5, 2024: Eval bars and engine support in chess commentating are a scourge. Removing them is more fun and also shuts up all the engine jockeys who are …

Apr 5, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 2 predictions My intuition was right about the first round of the Candidates Open; my wishful thinking turned out to be just that. Though the games were draws, all …

Apr 5, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00353 ◊ Hearsay ◊ Bernard Ferguson Hearsay after lining up my fade, cutting it clean & close to the scalp, my barber asked my …

Apr 4, 2024: How I’m watching the Candidates: Arc browser, Lichess broadcast, MultiTwitch, and Chatty.

Apr 4, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00352 ◊ Vesuvius (In the Priests' Quarters) ◊ Jane Yeh Vesuvius (In the Priests’ Quarters) When it came, we were getting ready For …

Apr 4, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Round 1 predictions For no reason at all, and hoping that we see more fighting chess, here are my predictions for todays 2024 Chess Candidates matches. I honestly suspect …

Apr 4, 2024: 2024 Chess Candidates Predictions Trying to predict results in the 2024 Chess Candidates tournament seems even harder than usual, with all the young players, the possible …

Apr 4, 2024: DJotD 20240404 I was going to tell you a chemistry joke but decided it wouldn’t produce a reaction.

Apr 3, 2024: Finished reading: Pike by Augie Machine 📚 This one surprised me by surprising me. At multiple points I was sure I knew where things were going and …

Apr 3, 2024: Kramnik Banned from chess.com https://twitter.com/VBkramnik/status/1775444259610505307 Without trying to diagnose from afar, I’d wager that Kramnik is suffering from …

Apr 3, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00351 ◊ A royal song on the beginning of spring... ◊ Fujiwara no Takaiko A royal song on the beginning of spring by the Nijō …

Apr 2, 2024: DJotD 20240402 I wanted to use “beef-stew” as my password but the computer said it wasn’t stroganoff.

Apr 2, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00350 ◊ Kubla Khan ◊ Samuel Taylor Coleridge Kubla Khan     Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment. In Xanadu did Kubla …

Apr 1, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00349 ◊ Setting the Scene ◊ Andrew Motion Setting the Scene Before I come to the trenches, let me tell you the village is a ruin …

Mar 31, 2024: DJotD 20240331 What did the doctor say to the dwarf in the waiting room? You’re going to have to be a little patient.

Mar 31, 2024: DJotD 20240329 So, a fly with a bug on its back asks it, “Hey are you a mite?” The mite says, “I mite be”. The fly groans and says, …

Mar 31, 2024: DJotD 20240328 What’s the longest word in the English language? “Smiles.” The first and last letters are a mile apart!

Mar 31, 2024: DJotD 20240326 What’s blue and smells like red paint? Blue paint.

Mar 31, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00348 ◊ Caught Between So Many Surfaces ◊ Madeleine Barnes Caught Between So Many Surfaces To break. Une fille, une robe, une …

Mar 30, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → Magnus Leads The Charge As Ding, MVL Look For Wins In Qualifiers! GRENKE Chess Classic 2024 Rds 7-8

Mar 30, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00347 ◊ Door ◊ Olumide Manuel Door I do not know what hand opens dreams to dawns, but I wake into the cry of the alarm. Sometimes …

Mar 29, 2024: My mom would have been 68 today. Given how her health was when she died, it shouldn’t be too many more years before it will be reasonable to …

Mar 29, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00346 ◊ Spacewalk ◊ Natalie Shapero Spacewalk Big deal, the solar system is replete with rubble left over from its formation. Join …

Mar 28, 2024: The revamped lichess broadcasts system for following tournaments is excellent. There’s nothing yet quite like the late, lamented Chess24, but …

Mar 28, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00345 ◊ [My Mother's Teeth] ◊ Victoria Chang [My Mother’s Teeth] My Mother’s Teeth—died twice, once in 1965, all pulled out from …

Mar 27, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00344 ◊ Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat... ◊ Thomas Gray Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes …

Mar 26, 2024: 🔗 An interview with Mary Ruefle - Austin Kleon Conducted via typewriter and the postal service ...more links on Pinboard→

Mar 26, 2024: ♟️ Magnus blunders a piece! He was low on time, but that is a colossal blunder. Weird game anyway…he took four minutes on move four even though …

Mar 26, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00343 ◊ they said ◊ J. Bruce Fuller they said they said blood is made in the bones but oil comes from the gulf and when the storms …

Mar 25, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00342 ◊ Camargue ◊ Kenneth Rexroth Camargue Green moon blaze Over violet dancers Shadow heads catch fire Forget forget Forget …

Mar 24, 2024: DJotD 20240324 Teacher: Can you name a country with no ‘R’! Student: No way!

Mar 24, 2024: 🔗 Karl Wallinger, Who Sang With World Party and the Waterboys, Dies at 66 - The New York Times As a songwriter and instrumentalist as well, he blended …

Mar 24, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00341 ◊ [Twilight Comes] ◊ Wang Wei [Twilight Comes] Twilight comes over the monastery garden. Outside the window the trees grow …

Mar 24, 2024: Sudden, acute health issue may be snapping me out of my lethargy enough to make some much needed changes. Fortuitious suffering you might say.

Mar 24, 2024: 🔗 Man Pretending to Read “Gravity’s Rainbow” Envious of Man Pretending to Read “Infinite Jest” Local man and ostentatious snob William Huller was …

Mar 23, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00340 ◊ [a detail in] ◊ Chase Berggrun [erasures from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)] —Chase Berggrun —found in RED (2018) [full …

Mar 23, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00067 ¶ from Speak, Memory ¶ Vladimir Nabokov The mysteries of mimicry had a special attraction for me. Its …

Mar 22, 2024: DJotD 20240322 You know what the first rule of passive-aggressive club is? You know what, never mind. Forget it.

Mar 22, 2024: DJotD 20240320 Doctor: “I have some bad news and some very bad news.” Patient: “Well, might as well give me the bad news …

Mar 22, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00339 ◊ Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale ◊ Dan Albergotti Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale Measure the walls. Count …

Mar 22, 2024: Swelling turned out to be an abscess. In a most unfortunate place for everyone. Incised, drained, and packed. Then packed again thanks to a …

Mar 21, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00338 ◊ fear of needles ◊ Danez Smith fear of needles instead of getting tested you take a blade to your palm hold your ear to the …

Mar 20, 2024: I live a mere ~2150 miles (3460 kilometers if you use that rational system) from my birthplace. Not a great distance, but in the context of spending …

Mar 20, 2024: Media entities have this ludicrous trend of disclosing that they have used “AI” on some article or the other. If that is the case, they should …

Mar 20, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00337 ◊ Sky Window. Armageddon ◊ Beth Ann Fennelly Sky Window. Armageddon The square’s astrological glass dome: a man scans to …

Mar 20, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00066 ¶ from The Burden of the Gospels ¶ Wendell Berry The theefe commeth not, but for to steale and to kill, …

Mar 19, 2024: My attempts to take a photo of the swelling and infection in my groin, would make the worst Only Fans ever.

Mar 19, 2024: DJotD 20240319 You ever wonder why Waldo from Where’s Waldo wears a bright striped shirt? Because he doesn’t want to be spotted.

Mar 19, 2024: DJotD 20240318 Speaking of driving… What has 10 letters and starts with G-A-S? An A-U-T-O-M-O-B-I-L-E

Mar 19, 2024: DJotD 20240317 In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I told the barista my best dad joke and she was Dublin over in laughter…

Mar 19, 2024: DJotD 20240316 Why did the accountant get gold teeth? To put their money where their mouth is.

Mar 19, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00336 ◊ The Best of It ◊ Kay Ryan The Best of It However carved up or pared down we get, we keep on making the best of it as …

Mar 18, 2024: I post for myself, for internal, ineffable reasons. I don’t expect anyone to be interested now, and very few after I’m gone. I’m old …

Mar 18, 2024: Making the word game rounds. Connections Puzzle #281 🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟨🟨🟨🟨 🟪🟪🟪🟪 🟦🟦🟦🟦

Mar 18, 2024: I’ve had worse. And better. Wordle 1,003 4/6* 🟩🟨⬜🟨🟨 🟩🟩⬜🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Mar 18, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00335 ◊ Dream Song 4 ◊ John Berryman 4 Filling her compact & delicious body with chicken páprika, she glanced at me twice. …

Mar 17, 2024: I decided on my next band name: Melancholy Squeezebox. I’ll provide the melancholy.

Mar 17, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → Jacques Pépin: Essential Techniques Compilation - Now in 2K QUAD HD!

Mar 17, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00334 ◊ Höfn ◊ Seamus Heaney Höfn The three-tongued glacier has begun to melt. What will we do, they ask, when boulder-milt Comes …

Mar 17, 2024: Read in 2024: Prophet Song by Paul Lynch 📚 — Brutal and amazing. Sadly relevant to these times…I hope it isn’t prophetic about the …

Mar 17, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Pulling Teeth Slow Joy Found on Pulling Teeth

Mar 17, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Classical Vampire Weekend Found on Classical

Mar 17, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00065 ¶ Tell the Wolves I'm Home ¶ Carol Rifka Brunt It doesn’t matter that Toby forgave me. That he really …

Mar 16, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00333 ◊ Hotline ◊ Brian Barker Hotline The calls came in around the clock. A nunnery in Nova Scotia with a broken clavichord. …

Mar 16, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00064 ¶ from The Savage Detectives ¶ Roberto Bolaño One day I asked him where he’d been. He told me that he’d …

Mar 16, 2024: I had no idea the Rumpole of the Bailey books came after the television series (and did a bit of retconning apparently)! Great show and reading (not …

Mar 15, 2024: Better today! Wordle 1,000 🎉 4/6* ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟨 ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ 🟨🟨⬜🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Mar 15, 2024: My favourite fact about Canada is that the Canadian city of Regina used to have the slogan “the city that rhymes with fun.” —Via Girl on the …

Mar 15, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → Bob Odenkirk Was Banned From "Late Night With Conan O'Brien"

Mar 15, 2024: Every time I step away from the desk a new need pops up…and every one of those feels like a 5-minute job then turns into 47 tabs and a new cup …

Mar 15, 2024: “I don’t like podcasts.” “I don’t like TV.” “I don’t like music.” “I don’t like …

Mar 15, 2024: Fam. The Spear-Danes in, like, pre-Boomer days And the kings who ruled them served courage and greatness, straight facts. We have heard of these …

Mar 15, 2024: Yes, these tweets are jokes. But also, my first thought was, dude, your name has literally been in use since the Bronze Age. Alexander has been a …

Mar 15, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → The Smile - Friend Of A Friend (Official Video)

Mar 15, 2024: DJotD 20240315 Two goldfish are in a tank, one turns and says to the other, “I’ll man the gun, you steer.”

Mar 15, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00332 ◊ Cell Block on Chena River ◊ dg nanouk okpik Cell Block on Chena River First:   Brother, remove the tool marks on your …

Mar 14, 2024: A disappointing day of baking. The shokupan came out relatively well, though I spaced out and shaped it like a regular sandwich loaf, but both the …

Mar 14, 2024: DJotD 20240314 As your father, I feel compelled to share some important information with you on Pie Day. Right now, a slice of pie costs (on average) …

Mar 14, 2024: DJotD 20240313 I just realized I’m really familiar with only 25 letters. I don’t know why.

Mar 14, 2024: Some see the way Arc browser is removing features as a positive, and they sure try to spin it that way, but I disagree. When you start removing things …

Mar 14, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00063 ¶ from Prophet Song ¶ Paul Lynch I managed to get a letter as primary carer for my father, Eilish says, …

Mar 14, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00331 ◊ Song ◊ William Logan Song Her nose is like a satellite, her face a map of France, her eyebrows like the Pyrenees crossed …

Mar 13, 2024: Coming March 26 (after, what, a decade since his last special), Dave Attell: Hot Cross Buns 📺

Mar 13, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00062 ¶ from A Sport and a Pastime ¶ James Salter …There’s a comfortable feeling of delivering myself into the …

Mar 13, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00330 ◊ Seattle Residents Baffled by Bright Object in Sky ◊ David Kirby Seattle Residents Baffled by Bright Object in Sky “Others …

Mar 12, 2024: Why does Hugh Grant have to keep turning up like a bad penny in otherwise good—or potentially good—shows?

Mar 12, 2024: I’ve not been doing well with the ol' Wordle lately… Wordle 997 6/6* ⬜⬜🟩⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟩⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟩⬜🟩 🟨🟨🟩⬜🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Mar 12, 2024: Thanks to @Miraz for sharing Lexicogs. A fun little game! Lexicogs #7 2️⃣3️⃣7️⃣5️⃣1️⃣4️⃣6️⃣ Solved in 1 minute, 6 seconds!

Mar 12, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Shark Smile - Edit Big Thief Found on Shark Smile (Edit)

Mar 12, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead Found on The Bends

Mar 12, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Between the Bars Elliott Smith Found on Either/Or

Mar 12, 2024: DJotD 20240312 Did I ever tell you I used the play the triangle in a reggae band? It was fun for a while, but I had to quit because it was always …

Mar 12, 2024: DJotD 20240311 Man: Doctor I have got a short term memory problem. I forget things really fast. Doctor: So, how long have you had this problem for? …

Mar 12, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00329 ◊ Five Haiku ◊ Paul Éluard Five Haiku The wind, Undecided, Rolls a cigarette of air The dumb girl talks: It is art’s …

Mar 11, 2024: On the one hand: I get it. On the other: I would give a pinkie to be in a place where the effects of the Daylight Savings Time change was on any of my …

Mar 11, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00328 ◊ Meditation for Sext ◊ Rolfe Humphries Meditation for Sext Temper to eyes’ endurance this unmerciful light, Coerce the sun …

Mar 11, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00061 ¶ from Arctic Dreams ¶ Barry Lopez Eskimos do not maintain this intimacy with nature without paying a …

Mar 10, 2024: DJotD 20240310 I always mix up entomology and etymology. It bugs me in a way I don’t have words for.

Mar 10, 2024: DJotD 20240309 Why can’t you trust an atom? Because they make up everything!

Mar 10, 2024: BBC Sounds is an embarrassment of audio drama (and comedy, true crime, and more) riches. Available as an app as well.

Mar 10, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → CDK - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye

Mar 10, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00327 ◊ The Second Dream ◊ Jean Valentine The Second Dream We all heard the alarm. The planes were out And coming, from a friendly …

Mar 9, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Tiny Moves Bleachers Found on Tiny Moves

Mar 9, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00326 ◊ Testament ◊ Lawrence Raab Testament In my youth I wondered often about the past— how it would change, and where it would …

Mar 9, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00060 ¶ from Behind F1's Velvet Curtain ¶ Kate Wagner I think if you wanted to turn someone into a socialist you …

Mar 8, 2024: Yes, the language of “legals” and “illegals” has been improved and largely replaced in Progressives' speech. Nevertheless, its …

Mar 8, 2024: I had no idea so many people feel they are part of a serious rivalry between cooks and bakers. Some real vitriol there which I find mystifying!

Mar 8, 2024: I assume there’s no need for it, but the AI plugin I want is the one that ensures everything I post is added to every LLM (and others) as …

Mar 8, 2024: 🔗 UbuWeb is finished, but the archive will remain. [archive] I have to admit most of the artifacts at UbuWeb aren’t in my wheelhouse, …

Mar 8, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00325 ◊ ZoSo ◊ Gregory Pardlo ZoSo Those hammer-ons on Over the Hills made my fingers bleed. That is, my devotion to their shapes …

Mar 7, 2024: Strands #4 “Don’t do it!” 💡🔵🔵🔵 🔵🔵🔵🔵 🟡

Mar 7, 2024: Given the whimsical word I started with, I’m OK with the result. Wordle 992 4/6* ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Mar 7, 2024: Just realized I can add significantly more to my Brainwaves from the Grave (placeholder title) collection of videos if I create some audio tracks. I …

Mar 7, 2024: Clark County teens have long made pilgrimages to the fast-food chain with the so-called In-N-Out Challenge. Before locations opened in Oregon, …

Mar 7, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → 1 Dough 3 Baguettes - Easiest to Pro-Level

Mar 7, 2024: 📺 Noted Video → Ana Luisa NEGRÃO, 314 – Prix de Lausanne 2023 Prize Winner – Contemporary

Mar 7, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Needle In The Hay Elliott Smith Found on Elliott Smith

Mar 7, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Holland, 1945 Neutral Milk Hotel Found on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Mar 7, 2024: Is academic bureaucracy the worst? Or at least the worst outside of the feds? It sure seems to be, mostly because precisely the wrong people end up in …

Mar 7, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: High and Dry High and Dry Radiohead Found on The Bends

Mar 7, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: Caring Is Creepy - 2021 Remaster Caring Is Creepy - 2021 Remaster The Shins Found on Oh, Inverted World (20th Anniversary Remaster)

Mar 7, 2024: DJotD 20240307 Hey, did you see the news? Scientists have instruments to accurate now that they were actually able to weigh a rainbow! Turns out it …

Mar 7, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00324 ◊ "Thinking" out loud ◊ Bob Hicok ”Thinking” out loud There are people who want to remove plants they call invasive, as if …

Mar 7, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00059 ¶ from Twenty-Two Short Lectures ¶ Mary Ruefle WHY ALL OUR LITERARY PURSUITS ARE USELESS Eighty-five …

Mar 6, 2024: There’s a new beta word game at the NYT called Strands. I enjoy it and should be a lot better with the next one. Have you tried it? Strands #3 …

Mar 6, 2024: DJotD 20240306 A termite walks into a bar and says, “Where is the bar tender?” (I’ve commited to sending my kids a Dad Joke of the Day, so I might …

Mar 6, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00323 ◊ God, Diagnosed With Dementia ◊ Beth Oast Williams God, Diagnosed With Dementia You know he forgets names, where he left …

Mar 5, 2024: Well, that’s not cool… Wordle 990 X/6* 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩

Mar 5, 2024: 🔗 THE ART AND HISTORY OF LETTERING COMICS Todd Klein’s online book exploring little-known aspects of comics: lettering, letterers, logo design …

Mar 5, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00058 ¶ from Essayism ¶ Brian Dillon Shall we take dust as the founding metaphor by which to broach the unruly …

Mar 5, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00322 ◊ Rain ◊ Jack Gilbert Rain Suddenly this defeat. This rain. The blues gone gray and yellow a terrible amber. In the cold …

Mar 4, 2024: I am a little high. I am finding the first Dune movie hard to follow. Only two data points, but I’m pretty sure they are related.

Mar 4, 2024: I don’t disagree with the SCOTUS decision that keeps Trump on state ballots. What is galling is how crudely and shamelessly the conservative …

Mar 4, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00321 ◊ Olives ◊ A. E. Stallings Olives Is love so evil? Is Eve? Lo, love vies, evolves. I lose selves, sylphs of loose Levi’s, …

Mar 3, 2024: I’m back to Spotify again. I moved to Tidal for a while, but my Spotify family members aren’t interested in switching and I’m not …

Mar 3, 2024: 🎵 Noted Track: A.M. 180 A.M. 180 Grandaddy Found on Under the Western Freeway

Mar 3, 2024: 🔗 Things Unexpectedly Named After People Most of these surprised me…and I suspect many will surprise you too!

Mar 3, 2024: I think about me / and what I’ve done / I think about me / and what I’ve become Aye.

Mar 3, 2024: Occasional bewilderment is one thing, continuous shock at what one’s life has become is another. Unexpected is one thing; unexpected and …

Mar 3, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00320 ◊ Said the Poet to the Analyst ◊ Anne Sexton Said the Poet to the Analyst My business is words. Words are like labels, or …

Mar 2, 2024: I’ll say it again: BoJack Horseman is a 📺 masterpiece.

Mar 2, 2024: Currently reading: Prophet Song by Paul Lynch 📚 – Have to read this one after one of my closest reading pals wrote: …it’s hard to …

Mar 2, 2024: Did Not Finish: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance 📚 – I thought I would try to see what all the fuss was about, despite Vance’s current …

Mar 2, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00319 ◊ Snow ◊ David Berman Snow Walking through a field with my little brother Seth I pointed to a place where kids had made …

Mar 2, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00057 ¶ from January 13, 1857 journal entry ¶ Henry David Thoreau I am, of course, hopelessly ignorant and …

Mar 1, 2024: It’s good to be a happy amateur at something. I’ve always struggled with the happy part. I think I’m finally discovering it a little …

Mar 1, 2024: PSA: this La Bendición Natural Bourbon from Bluebeard Coffee Roasters (sadly, I no longer live within a few blocks of their awesome shop) is …

Mar 1, 2024: Finished reading: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 📚 — I felt so many more feels reading Achebe’s masterpiece this time around than I did when …

Mar 1, 2024: Donald Trump is a deeply, deeply stupid man. History’s greatest dumbass. Trump amassed great wealth and power as an unhappy accident, the byproduct of …

Mar 1, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00318 ◊ Playboy ◊ Sierra Golden Playboy Pete’s grandfather spent 43 days lost at sea. Found dead, he held his cock and a photo of …

Feb 29, 2024: from David Berman’s book, The Portable February

Feb 29, 2024: You cannot shame this technology into disuse any more. That only works if quality is something the people with money care about. The problem with the …

Feb 29, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00317 ◊ Leap Year Day ◊ Maxine Chernoff Leap Year Day The palcolithic heart might burst with news of slowness, news of feathers. …

Feb 29, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00056 ¶ And Three Hundred and Sixty-six in Leap Year ¶ Ogden Nash And Three Hundred and Sixty-six in Leap Year …

Feb 28, 2024: Richard Lewis, Comedian and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 76 [archive] This saddens me even more than I expected despite, weirdly, having just …

Feb 28, 2024: There’s a thin line between concerns about mental fitness and speculation based on appearance (and birth date). The latter side is just ageism, …

Feb 28, 2024: Finished reading: Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells 📚

Feb 28, 2024: Finished reading: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells 📚

Feb 28, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00316 ◊ [To be alive: not just the carcass] ◊ Gregory Orr [To be alive: not just the carcass] To be alive: not just the carcass …

Feb 27, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00315 ◊ Call & Response ◊ Penelope Pelizzon Call & Response A nervous dog will snap at wind that snarls outdoors as snows …

Feb 27, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00055 ¶ from Burmese Days ¶ George Orwell …he had learned to live inwardly, secretly, in books and secret …

Feb 26, 2024: Eating Pizza Hut Meat Lover’s(tm or something I’m sure) pizza. Terrible pizza zhuzhed way up by nostalgia.

Feb 26, 2024: The Nex Benedict murder is heartbreaking. Where does that kind of cruelty come from? How can people who’ve endured childhood abuse and bullying …

Feb 26, 2024: The current situation with Matt Mullenweg doesn’t sit well because of what I think is a communication problem, not an ethical one )and the way …

Feb 26, 2024: Chronic depression creates a feedback loop of a litmus test: who misses you when you withdraw completely from everything you can?

Feb 26, 2024: As I grow older it feels more and more like scale is simply the enemy of most good things.

Feb 26, 2024: When I was young I dreaded taking the only vehicles I could afford to the shop; now I dread going to the doctor for this earthly vehicle in much the …

Feb 26, 2024: Finished reading: All Conditions Red by Martha Wells 📚

Feb 26, 2024: Over the past 15 years, I have attended dozens of right-wing conferences and events, even in the Trump White House, and always as a credentialed …

Feb 26, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00314 ◊ That Dark Other Mountain ◊ Robert Francis That Dark Other Mountain My father could go down a mountain faster than I Though …

Feb 26, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00054 ¶ from The Lathe of Heaven ¶ Ursula K. Le Guin …With a sense of play acting, she proceeded with the …

Feb 25, 2024: Finished reading: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells 📚

Feb 25, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00313 ◊ from The Poems of Sappho ◊ Sappho At the end of the bough–its uttermost end, Missed by the harvesters, ripens the apple, …

Feb 24, 2024: Finished reading: If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio 📚

Feb 24, 2024: Finished reading: A Spy Alone by Charles Beaumont 📚

Feb 24, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00312 ◊ Future Tense ◊ Charles Wright Future Tense All things in the end are bittersweet— An empty gaze, a little way station just …

Feb 23, 2024: Lawrence on what they don’t tell you about the Dump Biden ‘fantasy’ Pundits suggest replacing President Biden as the Democratic nominee because they …

Feb 23, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00311 ◊ My Childhood ◊ Matthew Zapruder My Childhood the orange ball arcs perfectly into the orange hoop making a sound like a …

Feb 23, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00053 ¶ from "The Collapse of Materialism" ¶ G. K. Chesterton Some little time ago Dr. David Forsyth delivered …

Feb 23, 2024: I wonder if ChatGPT 4.5 Turbo was supposed to be ChatGPT 5 but the entire approach is plateauing. That might actually be good given the AI panic in …

Feb 23, 2024: I need to reconsider my podcast listening habits the same way I did my social media use. Too many news and news-adjacent pods pouring into my …

Feb 22, 2024: I taught courses on social software and media, web presence and culture, etc., for years. And I maintained (and periodically destroyed) a complex web …

Feb 22, 2024: 🔗 Japanese bookshop stocks only one book at a time [archive] This bookstore that sells only one book could also be described as ‘a bookstore that …

Feb 22, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00310 ◊ John Chrysostom ◊ Richard Wilbur John Chrysostom He who had gone a beast Down on his knees and hands Remembering lust and …

Feb 22, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00052 ¶ from The Snow Child ¶ Eowyn Ivey As I recall, you slept more than one night in those great oak trees, …

Feb 21, 2024: Seattle police officer who struck Jaahnavi Kandula won’t face charges | The Seattle Times [archive] Un-fucking-believable.

Feb 21, 2024: Also, AI generated and assisted art absolutely does put the question to many values and valuations of art. But perhaps that interrogation isn’t …

Feb 21, 2024: I love art & feel making it is something everyone can benefit from. But the artist’s car of the anti-AI train just doesn’t cohere, …

Feb 21, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00309 ◊ You Still In Dumbstay? ◊ Michael Gizzi You Still In Dumbstay? Turrets in specimen jars turn up in a Hindu’s pajamas frogs …

Feb 21, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00051 ¶ from Instanbul: A Tale of Three Cities ¶ Bettany Hughes Because Istanbul is uniquely well served by both …

Feb 20, 2024: 📺 Wow, the season finale of True Detective was bad. I mean, the whole season was ragged, but the last episode was an outlier, and not in a good way.

Feb 20, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00308 ◊ The Flea ◊ John Donne The Flea Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which thou deniest me is; It sucked …

Feb 20, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00049 ¶ from The Goldfinch ¶ Donna Tartt Only here’s what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What …

Feb 20, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00050 ¶ from "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried" ¶ Amy Hempel I think of the chimp, the one with the …

Feb 19, 2024: I don’t miss “likes” at all. Generic noise. If you “like” something, say what you feel. Makes it more meaningful. And if …

Feb 19, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00307 ◊ Unexpected Meeting ◊ David Orr Unexpected Meeting When he fell in the garden and cut his hand On broken glass from the …

Feb 19, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00048 ¶ from Joining the Resistance ¶ Carol Gilligan Like the hysterical women of the late nineteenth century, …

Feb 18, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00306 ◊ LVII ◊ Conrad Aiken LVII One star fell and another as we walked. Lifting his hand toward the west, he said— —How prodigal …

Feb 18, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00047 ¶ from The Museum of Rain ¶ Dave Eggers They were passing the old cemetery. Oisín knew it was there, but …

Feb 17, 2024: Currently reading: A Spy Alone by Charles Beaumont 📚 – I’m searching for some middle-highbrow espionage fiction.

Feb 17, 2024: Finished reading: The Museum of Rain by Dave Eggers 📚 – I thought this was a novella, but it’s a (touching) short story. I’m reminded what …

Feb 17, 2024: Finished reading: Crosstalk by Connie Willis 📚 – I guess it’s a sci-fi comedy romance? And the romance doesn’t land because the characters …

Feb 17, 2024: Some of us actually basically explored the whole web. We reached the end(s). Who amongst you superior youths can claim the same? :)

Feb 17, 2024: What surprised me, among all of this, concealed within a hollow chamber at the bottom of a set of bookshelves my mother built with her own hands, …

Feb 17, 2024: Are the lobbies of fast food restaurants not, in their own way, some of the saddest places in the world?

Feb 17, 2024: It’s not the longing for an earlier time, but the longing to stop that longing, that really stings.

Feb 17, 2024: Good choice of books :)

Feb 17, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00305 ◊ Sonnet for Baby ◊ Jana Prikryl Sonnet for Baby Suddenly three of us so I had to try writing it down. Not three of us three …

Feb 16, 2024: Putin critic Alexei Navalny has died, Russia’s prison service says Surprising absolutely no one. RIP.

Feb 16, 2024: 📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00304 ◊ Walking Like a Robin ◊ Bernadette Mayer Walking Like a Robin take 3 or 4 steps then stop look smell taste touch & hear …

Feb 16, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00046 ¶ from The Sense of an Ending ¶ Julian Barnes I remember a period in late adolescence when my mind would …

Feb 15, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00303 ◊ Dark Matter Ode ◊ Rowan Ricardo Phillips Dark Matter Ode You’ll say you can’t remember, you were too Young—the idea wasn’t …

Feb 15, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00045 ¶ from The Blue Guitar ¶ John Banville I hardly sleep, these days, these nights. Or, rather, I go to …

Feb 14, 2024: Finally, Tuesday would have been the late writer David Foster Wallace’s 50th birthday. Although best known for his fiction and his personal …

Feb 14, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00302 ◊ Babe the Pig Does the Sheep-Noise... ◊ Sam Sax [full poem archive]

Feb 14, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00044 ¶ from Crosstalk ¶ Connie Willis [full archive]

Feb 13, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00301 ◊ Trapeze ◊ Dorothea Tanning [full poem archive]

Feb 13, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00043 ¶ from The Lorax ¶ Dr. Seuss [full archive]

Feb 12, 2024: The practice also has a whiff of the plot of Mel Brooks’s “The Producers”. The original idea of Brooks’ hustler protagonists Max Bialystock and Leo …

Feb 12, 2024: I don’t know how to describe THIS IS HOW I MAKE BREAD, but you really should watch it. It feels like it comes with deep lore, but turns out no …

Feb 12, 2024: The only thing worse than all the advertisements and repetitive commentary around the big US football game is the virtue signaling of those making …

Feb 12, 2024: Finished reading: The Humans: A Novel by Matt Haig 📚 – this story of an alien among, and observing, us is dark, delightful, funny, occasionally deeply …

Feb 12, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → Quick Q&A II [full poem archive]

Feb 12, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00300 ◊ February Augury ◊ Sarah Ghazal Ali [full poem archive]

Feb 11, 2024: Finished reading: Topaz by Leon Uris 📚 – This one surprised me. In my mind, Uris wrote thrillers, but this is a good ol' Cold War espionage novel. You …

Feb 11, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00299 ◊ Mind ◊ Jorie Graham [full poem archive]

Feb 10, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00298 ◊ Sonnet ◊ Graham Foust [full poem archive]

Feb 10, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00042 ¶ from Offshore ¶ Penelope Fitzgerald [full archive]

Feb 9, 2024: yardor: one’s love for their lawn

Feb 9, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00297 ◊ Minstrel Man ◊ Langston Hughes [full poem archive]

Feb 8, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00296 ◊ The Waking ◊ Theodore Roethke [full poem archive]

Feb 8, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00041 ¶ from "Buddha Boy" ¶ George Saunders [full archive]

Feb 7, 2024: Finished reading: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell 📚 – A bit repetitive, but Montell is a witty writer, providing some laughs, …

Feb 7, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00295 ◊ The f'lofficer a the coffee-bar ◊ Giuseppe Gioachino Belli [full poem archive]

Feb 6, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00294 ◊ The Coffeehouse Philosopher ◊ Giuseppe Gioachino Belli [full poem archive]

Feb 6, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00040 ¶ from Consolations ¶ David Whyte [full archive]

Feb 5, 2024: I wonder if 12 year-old me, marvelling at the Apple ][ computer, could’ve understood a future where he’d be yelling at his phone to tell him if dogs …

Feb 5, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00293 ◊ The Coffee-House Philosopher ◊ Giuseppe Gioachino Belli [full poem archive]

Feb 4, 2024: Tabled: Filth by Irvine Welsh 📚 – I love the Scots English dialect but the main character(s) are just too dark for me to take right now.

Feb 4, 2024: Finished reading: The Embedding by Ian Watson 📚 Hard to believe I hadn’t read this before. It’s largely aged well, though clearly a …

Feb 4, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00292 ◊ Fear ◊ Ciaran Carson [full poem archive]

Feb 3, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00291 ◊ [I SAW MYSELF] ◊ Lew Welch [full poem archive]

Feb 2, 2024: Technocrats are right that technology is a key to making the world better. But first we must describe the world as we wish it to be—the problems we …

Feb 2, 2024: 🔗 wkrp | Aw Phooey What if you took EVERY DJ break Howard Hesseman ever made, as Dr. Johnny Fever (WKRP in Cincinnati), and just …followed his …

Feb 2, 2024: I hope Firefox and Chrome start stealing some features from Arc (it overcame my skepticism to be my primary browser) because a lot of the momentum is …

Feb 2, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00290 ◊ Corpus Alienum ◊ Ayokunle Falomo [full poem archive]

Feb 1, 2024: Republican senators who walked out of Oregon Legislature can’t seek reelection, state Supreme Court rules [archive] Drafters of Measure 113, which …

Feb 1, 2024: Finished reading: Killing Eve: No Tomorrow by Luke Jennings 📚 Mixed feelings. It’s hard to get the TV characters out of my head, but that might …

Feb 1, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00289 ◊ Helium Kid in Space Mountain ◊ Jack Skelley [full poem archive]

Jan 31, 2024: 🔗 Spotify’s exclusivity era nears its end [archive] Call Her Daddy, the streamer’s second-biggest show, is getting wide distribution. That leaves The …

Jan 31, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00288 ◊ Barbershop ◊ Marc Alan Di Martino [full poem archive]

Jan 30, 2024: 🔗 How to Build an Origami Computer [archive] Fascinating! Hull (and Demaine) are legends in the folding world. I miss my origami obsession (neuropathy …

Jan 30, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00287 ◊ Snow ◊ Derek Walcott [full poem archive]

Jan 29, 2024: TIL: It’s really hard, to the point of practical impossibility, to over-knead yeast bread dough by hand…but very easy not to knead …

Jan 29, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00286 ◊ Ars Poetica ◊ Camonghne Felix [full poem archive]

Jan 28, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00285 ◊ Any Lit ◊ Harryette Mullen [full poem archive]

Jan 26, 2024: Speaking of 📺 — The last SNL with Jacob Elordi was terrible. Elordi has the charisma of a beet. Reneé Rapp was solid.

Jan 26, 2024: How is The Bear (which I love) classified as a comedy? It has its amusing moments, but it’s had me in tears regularly and outright sobbing …

Jan 26, 2024: 🔗 Wikiflix Browse films in the WikiMedia Commons.

Jan 26, 2024: The “indie” label gets used as a marketing tool that diverts income and interest from actual indie presses and writers. “Indie cred” works for …

Jan 26, 2024: Here’s a joke: A music critic is found brutally murdered in his apartment. Two detectives show up to investigate. In desperation, one of the …

Jan 26, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00284 ◊ Growing Up ◊ Ashley-Elizabeth Best [full poem archive]

Jan 25, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00283 ◊ Diagnosis in Reverse ◊ Kate Gaskin [full poem archive]

Jan 24, 2024: Cheesy Chicken and Potato Casserole Ingredients 2 pounds chicken breast 1 tablespoon sage 32 ounces Chicken Broth 32 ounces frozen cubed hashbrowns 10.5 ounce cream of chicken soup 1/2 …

Jan 24, 2024: Italian Lemon Cookies Ingredients Cookies 1¼ cups all purpose flour ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cornstarch (50 grams total) zest & juice of one lemon (approximately 2 …

Jan 24, 2024: Pumpkin Scones Ingredients Scones ½ cup canned pumpkin purée (I use Libby’s) 1 large egg 3 tablespoons heavy cream 1 tablespoon molasses, such as …

Jan 24, 2024: Cheese Dill Scones Cheese Dill Scones Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons dry mustard 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, grated …

Jan 24, 2024: White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Biscotti Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room …

Jan 24, 2024: Finished reading: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett 📚 - no one did it like Hammett…even his – novel – use of some words have …

Jan 24, 2024: Finished reading: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 📚 - so fun to revisit some of the classic hard-boiled detectives. After I’m sated with them …

Jan 23, 2024: A shockwave rippled across Capitol Hill today as the White House announced a federal buyback program for Shure SM7B microphones, the preferred …

Jan 19, 2024: This will be my last newsletter on Substack. By the time you’ve finished reading, the reason should be clear. —All the garbage I found on Substack in …

Jan 19, 2024: On what evidence does the argument for Jenna Ortega’s skill as an actress lie? She’s been somewhere between terrible and average in the …

Jan 19, 2024: Finished reading: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth 📚 — an entertaining thriller with enough of the procedural to keep things interesting. …

Jan 19, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00039 ¶ from Cultish ¶ Amanda Montell [full archive]

Jan 18, 2024: Pitchfork, once a cultural bastion for music criticism, will be merged with the men’s magazine GQ, leading to layoffs within the online …

Jan 17, 2024: Poor Things. So good. It deserves every award it has won, is going to win, and probably more.

Jan 16, 2024: Climate change disinformation on YouTube has morphed into a misleading new narrative, according to a report published today. With compounding …

Jan 16, 2024: 🔗 Cathedral, Mountain, Moon (Astronomy Picture of the Day 12/25/23) Finally, just ten days ago, the weather was perfect, and a photographic dream was …

Jan 16, 2024: Finished reading: The Iliad by Homer 📚 As expected, the translation is fresh and amazing. The Iliad is what it is, for better and for worse, and I …

Jan 16, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00282 ◊ 33. [How happy is the little stone] ◊ Emily Dickinson [full poem archive]

Jan 15, 2024: Pumpkin Bread Ingredients 2 cups AP flour .5 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda .5 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 …

Jan 15, 2024: Purists will probably say it’s a crutch, but using this (Rubbermaid) Clear 16-Cup Measuring Cup makes it much easier to judge when a dough has …

Jan 15, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00281 ◊ How to Get On in Society ◊ John Betjeman [full poem archive]

Jan 14, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00280 ◊ In the Witch-Hunting Season ◊ John Ciardi [full poem archive]

Jan 14, 2024: Benne Wafers (I forgot to take pictures of the finished cookies. They didn’t last long!] Ingredients 4 ounces unsalted butter 3/4 cup sesame seeds …

Jan 14, 2024: I’m excited that Robyn O’Neil—of the sadly defunct and much-lamented Me Reading Stuff podcast—is back with her new Robyn’s Gate …

Jan 14, 2024: Expectations are pre-meditated resentments. —Anonymous

Jan 14, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00038 ¶ from The Shadow of the Wind ¶ Carlos Ruiz Zafón [full archive]

Jan 13, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00279 ◊ A Sketch of Happiness in Winter ◊ Benjamin Gucciardi [full poem archive]

Jan 13, 2024: Count me in with the group that thinks the series finale of The Curse was amazing. It works in so many opposing ways. I loved it so much I’m …

Jan 13, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00037 ¶ from Moby Dick; or, The Whale ¶ Herman Melville [full archive]

Jan 12, 2024: Daily(ish) poem → 00278 ◊ Funeral Blues ◊ W. H. Auden [full poem archive]

Jan 12, 2024: 📜 New in the Commonplace Communiqué → 00036 ¶ from The Joke ¶ Milan Kundera [full archive]

Jan 11, 2024: Apparently my cruciverablist magical powers, granted to me only once per month or so, is coming up with themes that have been done before. And I …

Jan 11, 2024: Education folks sure do love Padlet.

Jan 11, 2024: 📖 Daily(ish) poem → 00277 ◊ Ancient Poet in a Print ◊ Charles Black [full poem archive]

Jan 10, 2024: Interviewer: But back to the Norah Jones incident. What happened to you? Ted: I got off easy that time. I told my supervisor I had confiscated the …

Jan 10, 2024: The “Knight Dance” draw is only “hilarious” if you are a five-year-old and only a “statement” if you have the …

Jan 9, 2024: Word Nerd Day 2023 Apparently, today is Word Nerd Day. If I knew before now that there was such a day, I’d forgotten. So, in lieu of any attempt at deep thoughts, …

Jan 9, 2024: Pumpkin Bread🍞, topped with oats instead of pepitas. Moist, not overly dense, flavorful. Oh so good!

Jan 9, 2024: Troubleshooting a Sandwich Bread Recipe Two problems with my first sandwich bread🍞 I could use help with: The top is separating from the rest of the loaf. I believe this is from …

Jan 8, 2024: 🔗 All The Jimmy Carr Standup Specials | MetaFilter I’m so-so on Carr as a standup comic, but there is some great conversation—and …

Jan 7, 2024: Made the IDEAS IN FOOD: Olive Bread recipe yesterday. Flavor was in point, even using inexpensive jarred Kalamata olives, but I shorted the rising …

Jan 7, 2024: Copyright protection should be of much shorter duration and focus on action, not the technology. The triggering of copyright maximalism by AI in …

Jan 5, 2024: Finished reading: A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot Book 1) by Becky Chambers 📚

Jan 5, 2024: ChatGPTedious

Jan 4, 2024: The Brain Worms of Needing to Be the Best There are lots of reasons to continue or start a hobby even if you cannot become good enough to make it your full-time job. But even as I write that, …

Jan 4, 2024: 🔗 Puzzles for Palestine This charity puzzle pack includes twenty-two (22) themed, themeless and variety puzzles, all worked on by a team of …

Jan 4, 2024: 🔗 PAKU PAKU 1D Pacman!

Jan 4, 2024: 🎵 180 Songs That Turn 40 Years Old in 2024 Well, this makes me feel rather old!

Jan 3, 2024: Anhedonia sucks. That is all.

Jan 3, 2024: Claudine Gay and such Talked to my mother today and she was mad about the President of Harvard resigning because Rep. Stefanik was doing a victory lap, and thought I would …

Jan 3, 2024: 🔗 📚 Wrapping Up 2023. Looking Toward 2024 I think Warner has one of the best explanations of, and takes on, the Substack problem that has led me to …

Jan 3, 2024: I don’t think I’ll ever adjust to the pace (and relatively limited space) of the quarter system.

Jan 2, 2024: 🔗 Top 20 charts of 2023 – Kevin Drum [archive] By the way: by “interesting,” I mostly mean “something you might find …

Jan 1, 2024: Not Exactly Resolutions Since I didn’t expect to survive to see 2024, and I can’t predict the end of the battle, these aren’t really resolutions, just a few …

Dec 31, 2023: Back on the horse? Wordle 925 2/6* ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Dec 29, 2023: Currently reading: The Iliad by Homer (translation by Emily Wilson) 📚

Dec 29, 2023: Currently reading: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers 📚

Dec 27, 2023: Podcast Police

Dec 27, 2023: Humans...

Dec 27, 2023: “(Since the study published) I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from people telling me how grateful they are, because from just a cleanliness …

Dec 27, 2023: But the latest PISA survey isn’t the only evidence that phones in schools are weapons of mass distraction. Studies have shown that students on their …

Dec 27, 2023: What everyone knows on some level, I think, is that speech has the power to incite action because speech itself is already a material act. Yes, …

Dec 27, 2023: But, Kurzman and Katz conclude, [crossword] puzzle parochialism is actually deepening: “the [Times] puzzle today uses one-third fewer non-English …

Dec 27, 2023: Sad that Small Beer Press will no longer be publishing new books (another victim of Long Covid, but they have a great catalog. I highly recommend …

Dec 24, 2023: Beginning in medieval times, Christians writing in English sought to mimic the Greek approach by abbreviating “Christian” as “Xpian”—with the “Xp” …

Dec 24, 2023: I don’t get the “I want to quit Twitter cuz Musk, but where will I get my [insert hobby etc] news and updates?” Are the live blogs …

Dec 22, 2023: Digital subs that require a phone call, don’t link the phone number on their site, and then don’t offer cancellation as a menu item. Boo.

Dec 22, 2023: One of the substack newsletters I subscribe to is moving to another platform. I’m dropping the rest. I can no longer support the platform …

Dec 20, 2023: 🔗 New York Times Super Mega 2023 Crossword Online (and collaborative) version provided by a kind soul

Dec 20, 2023: Emily Wilson’s translation of The Iliad is so good. Whether one loves the epic tale or has never found a way into it, I can’t recommend it …

Dec 19, 2023: Edgar Ramírez has so much screen presence. At least in Florida Man!

Dec 19, 2023: I predicted from the beginning of the Musk era that it was unlikely Twitter would (effectively) die and that, if it did, it would take a long, long …

Dec 19, 2023: 🔗 Crossover Where have you seen that actor before?

Dec 19, 2023: I’ll admit to finding a few interesting ideas in Amy Hungerford’s Post *45 book (Making Literature Now), but when she gets to sniffing …

Dec 19, 2023: Given the harmful effects of light pollution, Aparna Venkatesan, a cosmologist at the University of San Francisco, and John Barentine, astronomer and …

Dec 19, 2023: What if the money you accumulated in life died with you? What if actuaries determined the amount of money people need to live a comfortable life, and …

Dec 19, 2023: 🔗 Time, Online: How technology is changing prison as we know it. A fascinating series of essays and articles, written by currently and formerly …

Dec 19, 2023: Let me correct the headlines: Clarence Thomas blackmailed conservative oligarchs for bribes.

Dec 19, 2023: There’s the American pronunciation of names like Odysseus, there’s the Greek pronunciation, and then there’s the unique fusion of …

Dec 18, 2023: “When My Time Comes” There were moments of dreams I was offered to save I lived less like a workhorse, more like a slave I thought that …

Dec 18, 2023: 🔗 The Pudding Cup Announcing our picks for the best visual and data-driven stories of 2023

Dec 18, 2023: When I was young, I was angry, cynical and possessed of a tragic world view. Life was cruel and people were fools. As I grew older, though, I realized …

Dec 18, 2023: I started writing in July 2020 when I was eight years old. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury sparked something in me, and since then I have been …

Dec 18, 2023: 🔗 Whole Earth Index This archive (particularly the Fall 1980 issue) of the legendary Whole Earth Catalog brings back particularly intense memories of …

Dec 18, 2023: 🔗 Cry Once a Week Science shows crying can relieve stress for a week. Click to watch a tear-inducing video and take a moment to let yourself feel …

Dec 18, 2023: [Sharon] Olds still writes by hand, in cheap spiral-bound notebooks. When she’s really humming, she can fill a whole notebook in just a few days. Only …

Dec 11, 2023: You know a cover of “Stairway to Heaven” has to be hella good for me to share it. 🎵

Dec 11, 2023: “If you’ve never seen a handfish before, imagine dipping a toad in some brightly coloured paint, telling it a sad story, and forcing it to …

Dec 11, 2023: I am finished — not altogether, but largely, I think — with political and cultural disputation. I want to write about works of art that transcend the …

Dec 10, 2023: Some guy from a neighborhood that had to have resembled mine once said, “The pessimist sees a pile of horseshit and thinks that’s all there is. The …

Dec 10, 2023: …the child had learned to leave himself and watch the whole rest unfold from a point overhead, and whatever was lost never thenceforth …

Dec 7, 2023: It’s gratifying to see so many “blogging is coming back!” posts. I miss those old days before social media and crowd-pleasing …

Dec 7, 2023: But look again, and you’ll notice that the middle class of podcasting—between the tech conglomerates and the dudes-in-basements crowd—is doing just …

Dec 7, 2023: And we are homeward bound And I I want this more than life I want this more than life I want this more than life To touch something real —from …

Dec 6, 2023: I try hard to suppress my scorn for Tesla drivers because maybe it’s not their fault. But anyone who drives a Tesla Cybertruck has no excuses. …

Dec 6, 2023: Alan Jacobs writes: …you come to understand that by “everything” they don’t mean everything, and by “broken” they don’t mean broken. They mean …

Dec 5, 2023: Currently reading: The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson) 📚

Dec 5, 2023: Currently reading: The Sixth Directorate by Joseph Hone 📚

Dec 5, 2023: And while I don’t want to bring back the blogosphere, I definitely want to bring back the blog. Now that the white-hot fire of Twitter is burning …

Dec 5, 2023: Artists who served time have told me they’ve seen how their work can break this cycle, cutting past prejudices and helping other people see them as …

Dec 5, 2023: For years, Albini had always believed himself to have airtight artistic and political motivations behind his offensive music and public statements. …

Dec 5, 2023: Living in a privately rented home is linked to more rapid biological ageing, according to researchers who tested DNA and found the tenure is …

Dec 5, 2023: Depression of the sort I suffer from has all the characteristics of a chronic, terminal illness. Why isn’t it treated as such?

Dec 4, 2023: Heavyweight and Stolen_podcasts dropped by Spotify Of the thousands of podcasts I’ve subscribed to over the years, and the 230+ I subscribe to now, I listen to every episode of only a handful. …

Dec 4, 2023: I don’t understand how more folks aren’t terrified by the insidious, evil Project 2025. This is the kind of stuff that paves the way to …

Dec 4, 2023: 🔗 It’s time to vote for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. There are some stunning shots to choose from! And …

Dec 4, 2023: The "Coin Paradox" This video does a great job explaining the (simple) math and geometry of the famous “coin paradox” question that everyone who took the SAT …

Dec 4, 2023: At the risk of being one who doth pre-protest too much, I am a human being, not an AI or corporate shill (or both). I’ve been contributing to …

Dec 4, 2023: from Google Mail to Fastmail In my continued quest for simplification, but without self-hosting, I also needed to change my email system from Google Workspace to…something …

Dec 4, 2023: Goodbye, Inoreader; Hello BazQux I’m an avid user of RSS feeds. Inoreader has been my reader for many years, and its array of features remains unparalleled. But the constant …

Dec 4, 2023: Red oolongs have become one of my favorite teas, not least because—like pizza—even the “bad” ones are good. Always nicely …

Dec 3, 2023: So I thought that if I piled something good on all my bad. That I could cancel out the darkness I inherited from dad —Noah Kahan —found in …