• Yesterday I ran across this short film documenting some of the routine work in Chicago’s Prudential Building. The video’s title says 1980s, but the filmmaker says his assignment was in 1976. It’s a glimpse at the passing parade of existence.

    Bob? Bob?! Bob! … Wake up, man.

  • I know I can’t get too cocky, but I feel pretty good about my daughter saying her two favorite songs are Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and the Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band.”

  • I really should write a full-length post about this, but I’m very disappointed with Capture One. They sold me software they never intended to let me use, and my attempts to even convert my software purchase into an annual subscription stretch back to a request from December 8th.

  • Personal Podcast Archive:

    There are a couple podcasts I love so dearly, and that are so evergreen, that I could see relistening to them in twenty years. The question is, how best to locally archive the episodes, preserving show notes & art?

    Does anyone do this?

  • I love ending an evening with an episode of 深夜食堂 (Midnight Diner): invariably, I go to bed hungry, yet full.

  • Supper, in three acts.

  • Oh, Tannenbaum! When I set our Christmas tree out for collection last weekend, there was no snow. I had to dig it out this afternoon so the City could see there’s a tree needing to be picked up.

  • What better way to spend a snowy Friday night than drowsing under an afghan, listening to Smooth Jazz Apocalypse, & watching the blowing flakes dance in the streetlight?


  • My version of waiting out the Resolvers who show up at the gym in early January might be waiting out the inappropriately dressed folks who show up & shiver at my stop each January.

  • When you enjoy two at once: Durian Durian.

  • Josh Donaldson’s 2019 would rank #3 on the Twins’ list of best seasons at the hot corner (ranked by rWAR, post-1961 relocation to Minnesota, minimum of 50% of games played at 3b):

    1. Koskie, 6.3, 2001
    2. Killebrew, 6.2, 1969
    3. Donaldson, 6.1, 2019
    4. Killebrew, 5.9, 1966
    5. Gaetti, 5.8, 1986
  • On biometric ID:

    Succumbing to having our identities defined for us – in ways that lend themselves to easy digitisation – means we risk losing sight of who we are altogether.

    Yes, digital IDs are efficient. But they’re a threat to our very identities | The Correspondent

  • Glomitts — I replace a pair of these every third winter. Great design, but I wish they were more durable — they tend to give out around the thumb or at the palm leather. (Better yarn & leather could probably fix that.) The old pair are now assigned to snow blowing/shoveling duty.

  • Camel Up was a fun balance of silly & strategy.

  • Sunshine ablutions.

  • What if it was a collapse of illusions – the collapse of unrealistic thinking – and the glimpse of a reality that actually caused my anxiety? What if, when depressed, we actually perceive reality more accurately?

    Depressive realism | Aeon

  • Nothing takes the shine off a software purchase like two rounds of protracted back-and-forth with customer support to be able to download a licensed version of the software for which you’ve already been charged.

  • How storytelling can help us fight climate change

    Eric Holthaus, climate scientist, journalist, & meteorologist, on why we need stories of collective action to mitigate the reality of climate change:

    Centuries of evidence have shown that storytelling can change the course of history. Radical imagination, a term used by US author and social movement organiser adrienne maree brown, describes the power visionary fiction has to change the world. “Once the imagination is unshackled, liberation is limitless,” she writes.

    Our story of the 2020s is yet to be written, but we can decide today whether or not it will be revolutionary. Radical imagination could help us begin to see that the power to change reality starts with changing what we consider to be possible.

    During the 2010s, climate science grew increasingly dire, pointing toward planetary tipping points arriving more quickly than previously thought. A big part of why this crisis has spun into an emergency is that there has been too much of a focus on numbers – 1.5C, 350 parts per million, 12 years – and not enough attention on collective stories of a better world.

    Still, the most important number is easy to remember: zero. Get to zero emissions globally as quickly as possible. Zero is revolutionary.

    There are an infinite number of possible paths ahead of us, and what follows is just one of them, gathered with the help of friends from around the world.

    This is a story about our journey to 2030 – a vision of what it could look and feel like if we finally, radically, collectively act to build a world we want to live in.

    In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how | The Correspondent

  • After several years away, I’m contemplating renewing my lapsed subscriptions to The Atlantic and the New Yorker. I have a yo-yo relationship with both of these publications; I wish they had peers with greater interest in the cultural & social institutions of the Midwest.

  • My hypothetical 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by enthusiasm:

    • Larry Walker
    • Scott Rolen
    • Andruw Jones
    • Todd Helton
    • Derek Jeter
    • Barry Bonds
    • Roger Clemens

    Bonds & Clemens get votes only because Seligula was inducted. Jeter’s fielding was brutal at shortstop.

  • The “U.S.A.” novels plumbed the depths of our rifts, and explored how they might be widened by a media-saturated age, and by the fragmentation of information and the latent social hysteria that come with it.

    What John Dos Passos’s “1919” Got Right About 2019 | New Yorker

  • I keep returning to Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet’s “Red Thread”. The spare clarity of ECM’s production makes Sinopoulos’ lyre float, not just in the room, but across millennia.

  • Capsized feline.

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