2021-04-13: Dave Winfield dreams I fell asleep on the couch yesterday evening and had two separate dreams …

2021-04-12: Nowhere in this piece will you read anything like “Brutalist buildings are functional, humane …

2021-04-11: Ten Theses Against the Manfred Rule | Driftless Meditations

2021-04-10: The only disappointment I had with my first batch of J. Kenji López-Alt’s ajiaco negro was that I …

2021-04-09: What a weird gem. A sextet of two pianos (or harpsichord & celeste), two basses, guitar, & …

2021-04-08: Taxonomy of Verse In different ways, music, painting, and poetry each split into two: a cerebral, avant-garde version …

2021-04-07: Can they, in perhaps their last act, vindicate the past half-century of centrist expertise of which …

2021-04-06: As deep waters warm and this seasonal circulation gets disrupted … it could reorganize food …

2021-04-05: If elected [to two more six-year terms], [Putin] would remain president until 2036, surpassing Josef …

2021-04-04: This live cut of “La Llorona” is just fantastic.

2021-04-03: The Circle of Life continues.

2021-04-02: It will be very rewarding to me to take care of him, because he tried to take good care of me in …

2021-04-01: What a dumb way for the Twins, up 3 runs in the ninth inning, to lose their Opening Day game. I …

2021-03-31: WiGOP’s pandemic response: Legislature: [does nothing] Toadies: [shrilly] The Democratic …

2021-03-30: Crime reporters, by the nature of their job, are more like weather reporters. They relate the events …

2021-03-29: The Dime-A-Dozen Bankruptcy of Tech Billionaire Serial Entrepreneurs Last year — barely 12 months into the experiment — [CEO Evan] Williams had already grown …

2021-03-28: These are the words of the only baseball player to have his number retired by every major league …

2021-03-27: Блины из гречневой муки.

2021-03-26: What if the humanities were marketed within the academy by the names of their best and most …

2021-03-25: Yesterday I received a calendar request re: final implementation of a newly-approved policy, which …

2021-03-24: Michel Portal’s MP85 has been my sonic accomplice for work towards tight deadlines this week. …

2021-03-23: The youngest member of the household having a sudden case of projectile vomiting has definitely put …

2021-03-22: In the words of one starry-eyed journalist, “The library of the future will be one which any man can …

2021-03-21: Public sainthood is a repudiation of humanity, and if you spend your life fighting for humanity—and …

2021-03-20: It is still common for people to talk of “guilty” cultural pleasures—TV, dance music—about which no …

2021-03-19: Split pea soup with ham — a longtime favorite. Not pictured: the accompanying Monterrey jack & …

2021-03-18: How did such an ambitious project by one of America’s most innovative architects turn into a punch …

2021-03-17: FedEx just delivered a rather large brown box labeled “ACME” to my neighbors’ …

2021-03-16: ½

2021-03-15: Beware the Ides of March, indeed…

2021-03-14: It’s hard to think of any similarly productive, commercial novelist today who speaks so vigorously …

2021-03-13: Longform listening tonight: not a single track on Tales is shorter than 11 minutes.

2021-03-12: [Recognising exile agency] means accepting that they will sometimes speak in a political idiom that …

2021-03-11: [A] striking feature of our current political landscape is that we disagree not just over values …

2021-03-10: “We call this a century project[.] … To get it to look even somewhat like it did before the …

2021-03-09: …Packard and Montgomery had taken pains to author their stories without any assumptions about …

2021-03-09: My top-of-my head nominations: John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War John Layman’s …

2021-03-07: I’m not one to run my soups through a chinois unless I have company coming.

2021-03-06: Glad to be returning to this gem again for a week-long immersive listen.

2021-03-05: You’re not a simple stimulus-response organism. The experiences you have today influence the actions …

2021-03-04: More on bears. Continued human encroachment on wild spaces clashes with conservation & wildlife …

2021-03-03: Weather Line’s acquisition is the second time my favorite weather app has been purchased. I loved …

2021-03-02: Why eat a frozen pizza when you can make a crispy pie with common kitchen staples? A large flour …

2021-03-01: “Once we hit that saturation point where the first tier has all gotten their vaccines, the narrative …

2021-02-28: My brother surprised me with these two guys, the voices of Twins baseball in my childhood. Herb was …

2021-02-27: The full-circle irony of all this is that coyotes and bobcats are annihilating prey, which …

2021-02-26: “[Tubman] is a woman who spent her life destroying slavery[.] It’s a reminder about the relationship …

2021-02-25: Nearly six decades later, no one has been brought to justice for executing Lewis, thought to be the …

2021-02-24: Meaning, Purpose, and the Mirage of Human Progress This really hit home: My need for meaning and purpose, and my desire to be part of something bigger …

2021-02-23: The Nation: A Tale of Two Bookcases How is it possible that two bookshelves, all but identical in appearance and construction, can …

2021-02-22: [Frederick Douglass] never said never. Agonizing as it must have been, with so many faith-shaking …

2021-02-21: I have been informed it’s supper time.

2021-02-21: I’ve been my little girl’s dad for five years now. Nothing could have prepared me for how awesome …

2021-02-20: Ramping up production is especially challenging for Pfizer and Moderna, whose vaccines use an mRNA …

2021-02-18: I’m looking forward to sharing Perseverance’s landing with my daughter tonight. …

2021-02-17: All About Jazz’s webmaster displays a solid sense of humor.

2021-02-16: Computers can’t grasp the most lucid haiku. Nor can they pen the clumsiest fairytale. Computers …

2021-02-15: While listening to my favorite baseball podcast, I certainly didn’t expect to hear a Jet Propulsion …

2021-02-14: Możdżer’s Polska has been on rotation for the last several nights, another reminder that I need to …

2021-02-13: And will our media overlords engage in any self-reflection about the monsters they manufactured? …

2021-02-12: While other states also saw a decline in union membership over the last decade, Wisconsin’s …

2021-02-11: Her: Apu, ask me a question. Me: Do you like that orange shirt you’re wearing? Her: Yes. Apu, ask me …

2021-02-10: With highs in the single digits, my work-from-home attire now includes a sherpa-lined, zippered …

2021-02-10: Maps showing the historical range of grizzlies color virtually the entire Pacific coast of North …

2021-02-09: If no one expects to be told the truth, lies no longer have much operative power – but neither does …

2021-02-08: Oh, hello.

2021-02-07: The tragedy is not that Internet posters have played an elaborate and costly game of gotcha on Wall …

2021-02-06: Can we classify Bengali kathi rolls and Maharashtrian frankie rolls as burritos? That seems a …

2021-02-05: More snow fell yesterday. The windrows left by the snowplows in the open fields along the county …

2021-02-04: We know the government lied about Vietnam. But should the reporter who published the Pentagon Papers …

2021-02-03: A while back the supermarket had a bunch of pre-peeled, cubed butternut squash. Normally I don’t buy …

2021-02-03: Endless Field recorded Alive in the Wilderness outdoors, in southern Utah. I’ve been listening …

2021-02-01: I think it’s written somewhere in the rules of Sorry! that the game must end in tears.

2021-02-01: I’m not sure where I’m putting the shoveling from the next snowfall.

2021-01-30: J. Kenji López-Alt’s vegan polentina, inspired by a dish at Chez Panisse: What would happen to this …

2021-01-29: A lettuce wrap is not a taco. Tacos require tortillas. A lettuce wrap is a sad, wet heresy. A Guide …

2021-01-28: The restaurant industry’s embrace of history-as-endless-menu coincided with a moment … in …

2021-01-27: What happens if a human — or to be precise, a climate scientist, both privileged and cursed to …

2021-01-27: Snow snooze.

2021-01-25: “The technology wasn’t distracting me. I was distracting me.” Distraction, in other words, is a symptom of a problem – not the problem itself. Those deeper and …

2021-01-24: [T]here are unmistakable signs of trans-Atlantic trouble on the horizon that even the arrival of a …

2021-01-23: The historical dissident whom Navalny most resembles is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who was equally …

2021-01-22: Getting a patient history from someone clearly suffering from amnesia was fairly pointless. ‘My …

2021-01-21: Up until this article, León’s project has been a closely guarded secret. Not even the local Spanish …

2021-01-20: Irresponsible practices of belief-formation are the deepest sin of a digital society since the …

2021-01-20: My daughter has never heard me speak the name of the current resident of the White House. Tomorrow, …

2021-01-18: Two-bean tamale pie.

2021-01-18: The “Arrow” argument is how I see this. The future is seen as ‘nobody’s time’, an …

2021-01-17: After four listens over the past three days, I’m pretty confident Emily’s D+Evolution is …

2021-01-15: Infinite Zoom Such large-scale social change should prompt us to ask larger questions: What kind of world do we …

2021-01-14: Blackout, whiteout.

2021-01-13: Edward Hopper’s Worlds of Isolation & Connection Furthermore, his paintings also often suggest connectedness, even in the midst of isolation. The …

2021-01-12: We are all Perpetual Novices The fast pace of technological change turns us all, in a sense, into “perpetual novices”, always on …

2021-01-12: When we give up on truth, we concede power to those with the wealth and charisma to create spectacle …

2021-01-10: Kiddo: Apu, look! Your picture is on that book! Yeah, I’ll gladly resemble that remark.

2021-01-09: J. Kenji López-Alt’s vegan garbanzos con espinacas y jengibre recipe is a winner — so much so that …

2021-01-08: World-class lunch: tacu tacu with melted queso, Yellowbird habanero condiment, & a fried egg.

2021-01-08: Sleep hedonist.

2021-01-06: Quotes for a Day of Sedition, Insurrection, & Treason Hannah Arendt: [A] people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is …

2021-01-05: Happiness, suffering, & asceticism. The Semi-Satisfied Life | Aeon

2021-01-04: Hoarfrost.

2021-01-03: We began to talk about it, quietly and carefully, in May. “Are you guys having trouble finding …

2021-01-02: Out onto the ice.

2021-01-01: Paradoxically, to properly recognize the diverse realities that constitute the human experience, we …

2021-01-01: 2021: May we rebuild, but build better.

2020-12-30: Fantastic afternoon snowshoeing. Just me, my gear, and the best jazz of the year in my ears.

2020-12-30: Now that’s better.

2020-12-29: The proceedings of a workshop held in September 1975. I’m half-tempted to read it.

2020-12-28: No single machine should be able to control the fate of the world’s population—and that’s what both …

2020-12-27: This might be the first year in quite a while that I don’t finish a year-end music mix.

2020-12-27: 0107 – b moll — what a fantastic little film. Bright nights, lonely crowds – a Tokyo train speeds …

2020-12-26: Christmas night companion.

2020-12-24: Lost in Space We use our location as a way to think about our identity. In the case of the cosmos the timescale is …

2020-12-23: [E]very part of [NASA’s] quarantine procedure suffered disastrous breaches that would surely …

2020-12-22: Jupiter & Saturn’s Great Conjunction +1. It was overcast yesterday, so while I didn’t see them …

2020-12-21: I’m pleased to see that Minnesota-based climate journalist & scientist Eric Holthaus, my …

2020-12-20: Before big farms, this plant alone could feed many people… Grandmothers said these turnips point …

2020-12-19: Two seasonal cocktails better than egg nog: a Tom & Jerry and a Coquito.

2020-12-18: This longtime favorite is the tea equivalent of a Gary Snyder poem.

2020-12-17: 2020 strikes again. I was a Correspondent subscriber from its US launch, and greatly valued the …

2020-12-16: It seemed as if [COVID] was coming straight for JaMarcus, but he wasn’t able to isolate. Every other …

2020-12-16: When Apple Music’s algorithm starts serving up albums you bought from BMG’s record club while in …

2020-12-14: Turmeric-Ginger, tree.

2020-12-13: More baking & shoveling. Today’s batch: sumac-vanilla shortbread, and the foot-deep, frozen …

2020-12-13: Peak winter today: I baked a batch of gingersnaps & shoveled our first significant snowfall — …

2020-12-11: 10 December 1967: Redding is flying up from Saturday night shows in Cleveland in the well-used …

2020-12-10: How nice to get a Christmas card from a President who shares (many of) your values!

2020-12-10: Звёздочка.

2020-12-09: I’ll be forever grateful for my visit to the Pec. I’d so looked forward to returning one day. …

2020-12-07: A musical kindred spirit’s rendition of one of my favorite Christmas tunes, on one of my favorite …

2020-12-06: Unfestive tree hunt.

2020-12-05: Please send snow.

2020-12-05: Some brilliant work, here. So much of it hard to look at. In 2020, AP photographers captured a world …

2020-12-04: Excellent, gut-wrenching reporting. States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus …

2020-12-02: I keep returning to Joep Beving. Tonight “Solitude” fits. I love how Beving close-mics his piano to …

2020-12-01: The best incense.

2020-12-01: He’s catatonic.

2020-11-30: Ibrahim Maalouf’s 40th birthday commemoration is a late entry for favorite album of the year.

2020-11-29: The focus is off, but I’m still impressed with Night Mode.

2020-11-27: 29 Palms 10,000 12:11:00 5000 18:50.3 21:02:00 5000 18:41.5 0 Fitting that it ends in 29 Palms.

2020-11-26: My goose is cooked. Happy Thanksgiving.

2020-11-25: Forever beautiful.

2020-11-25: Roberto Clemente 20,000 09:57:00 5000 19:04.7 20:31:00 5000 18:35.9 10,000

2020-11-24: Karl Marlantes 30,000 10:32:00 5000 19:13.9 20:36:00 5000 19:01.6 20,000 Karl is one of the most impressive Marines …

2020-11-24: Rod Carew 40,000 08:59:00 5000 19:15.8 22:49:00 5000 19:06.2 30,000

2020-11-23: And not just ICU beds: Collectively, the Allina Health, CentraCare and Mayo Clinic systems reported …

2020-11-22: Alexander Vandegrift 50,000 10:55:00 5000 19:15.6 21:17:00 5000 18:52.4 40,000

2020-11-22: Samuel Nicholas 60,000 09:59:00 5000 19:35.5 20:53:00 5000 19:06.8 50,000

2020-11-21: New athletic shoes for creeping middle age.

2020-11-20: John Lejeune 70,000 15:18:00 5000 18:49.6 21:51:00 5000 19:14.5 60,000

2020-11-20: Archibald Henderson 80,000 08:28:00 5000 19:22.8 21:56:00 5000 18:59.0 70,000

2020-11-19: My office in UW’s (In)Humanities building was, by far, the worse I’ve ever occupied — …

2020-11-18: Ira Hayes 90,000 08:56:00 5000 19:06.2 20:20:00 5000 19:04.2 80,000

2020-11-17: Ron Kovic 100,000 08:58:00 5000 19:12.5 20:32:00 5000 18:57.5 90,000 This was a special dedication.

2020-11-17: [Parton’s] donation has also supported convalescent plasma study at Vanderbilt – treating infected …

2020-11-16: Ted Williams 110,000 08:51:00 5000 19:18.3 21:02:00 5000 19:03.1 100,000

2020-11-16: “The ballpoint pen was the equivalent of today’s smartphone.” … Biros [ballpoint pens] don’t …

2020-11-15: Victor & Charles Krulak 115,000 10:24:00 5000 19:39.3 110,000

2020-11-14: Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps 125,000 09:50:00 5000 19:43.4 20:22:00 5000 19:18.4 115,000 Over halfway there.

2020-11-14: Our dire COVID-19 Winter is here. Winter’s coronavirus forecast is horrifying. Quarantine fatigue is real, but historic models based …

2020-11-13: Commandant of the Marine Corps 135,000 08:55:00 5000 19:46.7 21:40:00 5000 19:06.2 125,000 Nearly halfway there.

2020-11-12: 11th Marine Regiment 145,000 09:47:00 5000 19:37.9 20:45:00 5000 19:50.9 135,000 The Cannon Cockers

2020-11-11: 1st Marine Division 155,000 10:38:00 5000 20:09.5 20:49:00 5000 19:54.1 145,000 The Old Breed: No Better Friend, No …

2020-11-11: What did you do before the war? I was a chef, I was a chef Tom Waits’ “Hell Broke Luce” remains a …

2020-11-11: Remember. Seek peace.

2020-11-11: Three children’s books for Veterans Day.

2020-11-10: United States Marine Corps 165,000 08:19:00 5000 20:12.9 20:16:00 5000 19:39.9 155,000 I have already been the oldest Marine at …

2020-11-10: 245 years old, but I don’t feel a day over 234.

2020-11-09: James Mattis 175,000 08:30:00 5000 20:32.6 20:47:00 5000 19:32.3 165,000 Some day I’ll tell the young …

2020-11-08: Leland “Lou” Diamond 180,000 20:28:00 5000 20:24.7 175,000 One of my favorite dedications of the month.

2020-11-08: Circle of Life, Upper Midwest edition.

2020-11-08: John Glen 185,000 14:07:00 5000 19:53.9 180,000

2020-11-07: 46 is a welcome number. Let’s keep our hands on the plow.

2020-11-06: Smedley Butler 195,000 08:48:00 5000 20:35.6 20:46:00 5000 19:40.5 185,000

2020-11-06: I haven’t cried watching a music video in longer than I can remember, but “Protect the Land,” System …

2020-11-05: Chesty Puller 205,000 09:42:00 5000 20:29.7 20:39:00 5000 19:53.4 195,000 Fire for effect!

2020-11-05: The time to ask yourself if you’re ready to jump out of the plane isn’t when …

2020-11-04: Carlos Hathcock 215,000 12:13:00 5000 20:35.7 20:30:00 5000 20:44.4 205,000

2020-11-03: John Basilone 225,000 08:10:00 5000 20:37.9 20:22:00 5000 20:22.0 215,000

2020-11-03: Nobody living can ever stop me, As I go walking that freedom highway; Nobody living can ever make me …

2020-11-02: Dan Daly 235,000 08:22:00 5000 20:18.4 20:28:00 5000 20:07.2 225,000

2020-11-02: In the end is my beginning. I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait …

2020-11-02: R. Lee Ermey 245,000 09:49:00 5000 20:45.4 20:38:00 5000 20:32.8 235,000

2020-11-01: Brisk & sunny.

2020-10-31: Jacks o’lantern.

2020-10-31: My first attempt at gobi ki sabzi was encouraging enough that I’ll be exploring this dish more …

2020-10-30: The AFL-CIO’s executive council: The survival of democracy depends on the determination of working …

2020-10-29: Because I could not stop for Death… To be able to face our fears, we must remember how to …

2020-10-28: Today is Oxi Day. Today would be a good day to vote, if you haven’t already cast your ballot, so we …

2020-10-27: Sarah McLachlan to System of a Down is a hell of a transition.

2020-10-26: Somebody has tricked and treated.

2020-10-25: Our first snowfall of the year came this afternoon. I went for a two hour walk in it, rejoicing at …

2020-10-24: This sandwich — pan-seared Southwestern-spiced sweet potatoes, beets, feta, shallots, herbs — never …

2020-10-24: My household’s cumin consumption is outrageous. I’d guesstimate we consume it twice as fast as the …

2020-10-23: Kanuchi — a soup I wish I knew about much sooner than I did. Serious Eats’ recipe is a good …

2020-10-22: Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. … The limits of …

2020-10-21: [P]eople who subscribe to ideology have thoughts, but they are incapabl’e of thinking for …

2020-10-20: Everything starts somewhere.

2020-10-19: Frost for apples. McKay for bananas. Simic for melon. Stevens for peaches. Williams for plums. Li …

2020-10-18: The entire album is fantastic, but this remains my favorite version of “Misery.”

2020-10-17: Сяду я верхом на коня Ты неси по полю меня По бескрайнему полю моему По бескрайнему полю моему

2020-10-16: Triptych.

2020-10-16: Hi, @manton & @cheesemaker — I’m not sure how to fix this error on Sunlit 3.1. I’ve tried …

2020-10-15: Well, a fresh Rodrigo y Gabriela live album to keep the COVID blues away. Happy early weekend to me.

2020-10-14: Autumn Afternoon Walk, in three movements. I. II. III.

2020-10-13: And somebody spoke, and I went into a dream. Madison, WI; 20:50 (Central) A day in the life.

2020-10-12: Night, 2020: Tarkovksy Quartet, “Nuit blanche.”

2020-10-11: Mars. The skies are absolutely clear tonight, making it feel like you can see straight through the …

2020-10-10: Still life-as-self-portrait; a man nearing middle age.

2020-10-09: Fantastic news I hope is not too late, but a turning point in regional non-profit journalism in the …

2020-10-08: Tacu-tacu with melted queso Oaxaca and an extra swirl of Yellowbird Habanero (we are out of ají …

2020-10-07: Happy 10th birthday to my little pal.

2020-10-07: I’ve heard some great music over the years listening to community radio stations, but …

2020-10-06: I’m not sold on a perspective that seeks contentment by saying, essentially, “I wait, …

2020-10-05: How many different recordings of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto can one listen to in a night? …

2020-10-04: Headspace.

2020-10-04: I did half my growing up in a village with 3% of the population of my current home. In all those …

2020-10-03: I brought home five pounds of Kandil Sinap apples nearly a month ago. Today, I ate the last one. The …

2020-10-02: Down the hatch, Becherovka.

2020-10-01: I can’t choose a favorite between Lax & Szymborska, but no one could write this as she did: …

2020-09-30: I love how much vintage Soul Asylum I hear in the guitar part behind the verses on “Dogtown …

2020-09-29: Apt night reading: This is the use of memory: For liberation - not less of love but expanding Of …

2020-09-28: Rather than soil my mouth with his name, I’ve referred to him as “resident of the White …

2020-09-27: I can already tell that scribble is going to Force me To rethink How, Interact With my iPad Pro …

2020-09-26: Our honey locust is a fall literalist.

2020-09-25: The later it gets, the better Haunted Heart sounds.

2020-09-24: Visiting my mechanic’s shop always provides at least one visual treat. I’m a wagon man …

2020-09-23: Commiserating with a colleague over the cancellation of an annual lutefisk dinner…have I …

2020-09-22: The US is … a country without a social contract. It’s a republic that has stripped away the …

2020-09-21: Question for folks using iOS 14: Have you noticed any bugs or stability issues that give you pause? …

2020-09-20: Racing the clock.

2020-09-19: Today’s mail — appropriate.

2020-09-18: Justice Ginsburg deserves peace. May the rest of us know her strength as we shoulder her outsize …

2020-09-17: Hopefully this AirPod Pro replacement solves the buzzing, crackling, & distortion problems in …

2020-09-16: Might Americans finally be waking up to how climate is about to transform their lives? And if so — …

2020-09-15: I‘d hoped for a smaller Apple One bundle. I subscribe to iCloud (2TB), Music (gladly), and News+ …

2020-09-14: Gown is Town — College, Community This Cornell sophomore does not mince words: The employees who make this university run are a part …

2020-09-13: New Vanitas, cool September night breeze, afghan over my legs, distant highway rapids, great-horned …

2020-09-12: One man’s solution to the problem of sharing socially-distanced birthday cake. Thanks, Shanty Town!

2020-09-12: America's Death Spiral Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die. The workers navigate by smelling the …

2020-09-11: The Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products For the first time ever, information and pictures of all …

2020-09-10: I’ve cut back on beer over the last couple years, but Fair State Brewing Cooperative remains …

2020-09-10: It’s been a while since this fella saw the light of day.

2020-09-09: The war is over on paper, but the war is not completely over on the land. … I challenge …

2020-09-08: How we unbroke the news in 2020 (and what we’re up to in 2021): Fundamentally changing what the …

2020-09-07: The orchard 15 minutes from our house grows a small quantity of heirloom Kandil Sinap, my favorite …

2020-09-06: [Blake] understands that it is not the physical eye that enables what we see, but the mind’s eye: …

2020-09-05: Summer, winding down.

2020-09-04: Pre-flight fill-up.

2020-09-03: Happiness is successfully encouraging your kid to holler “Apex predator!” at the Canada geese …

2020-09-02: Creating a pipeline between the surveillance necessary for contact tracing and the court of social …

2020-09-01: I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this Bún Thịt Nướng recipe, but it was delicious. I used soba …

2020-09-01: Wisconsin’s Bellwether Republicans: Authoritarian, Deadbeat, & Unaccountable Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature cannot be budged. Not by the governor. Not by the …

2020-08-31: Dereliction of duty: Republicans started the session and recessed in both the Senate and Assembly …

2020-08-31: Conflict of Intelligence President Donald Trump said National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe made the decision because …

2020-08-31: Responsibility Hot Potato But who is being irresponsible here? Everyone. In the United States, those in charge of our local, …

2020-08-30: When you make carrot soup, but use a mix of yellow, white, & cosmic purple carrots, with a just …

2020-08-30: The issue of reconstituting, rebuilding the social fabric is something that takes a long time and a …

2020-08-29: Maritza Rocha-Alvarez’s Summer Lover.

2020-08-28: In February 2020, Nature Sustainability published this terrifying conclusion: California would need …

2020-08-27: Together, we must keep our hearts open.

2020-08-26: Not long before he shot two people to death & gravely wounded a third, this armed vigilante was …

2020-08-25: The Business Model of Education: A Moral Bankruptcy & Looming Financial Disaster Calling a halt to on-campus operations and going totally online, thereby waiving on-campus fees, was …

2020-08-24: [H]e seemed to be unmoved by my request. Governor Evers, describing Assembly Leader Vos’ …

2020-08-23: Melissa Yard’s Smoke and Mirrors mezcal cocktail.

2020-08-22: Frankly, I was surprised to find that the word “solenoid” appears in the lyrics of more …

2020-08-21: Sun(flowers).

2020-08-20: Archivists & historians might one day save us from madness, or at least be able to tell us how …

2020-08-19: Mojito variation, substituting Roku gin for rum, basil for mint, & lemon juice for lime juice.

2020-08-18: The Postal Service uses advanced technology to deliver mail with handwritten addresses, huge volumes …

2020-08-17: I’m working on a longform piece on this, but my non-expert reading of Justice Department …

2020-08-17: via Washington Post: States: Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin …

2020-08-16: Grilled flank steak with a chipotle-pomegranate-sumac-raspberry reduction, with grilled Aleppo …

2020-08-16: Narcissist-in-Chief: Allies coddled T[****] by telling him the reason he lost the popular vote to …

2020-08-16: [USPS] is in the process of removing 671 high-speed mail-sorting machines nationwide … that will …

2020-08-15: Lately, when I find myself getting frustrated with my daughter, I’ve been reminding myself the …

2020-08-14: But even if the country and our system of government gets through the transition more or less …

2020-08-13: He admits this sabotage is a bald attempt at election theft, voter suppression, & subversion of …

2020-08-12: This is alarming: More than half of the nation’s 67 postal districts failed to meet any first-class …

2020-08-11: I hung this on our front storm door this morning. Solidarity forever.

2020-08-10: Buckle up!

2020-08-09: I went out.

2020-08-08: More local color.

2020-08-07: This hurts to read, but I don’t think the author is too far off the mark. There are good …

2020-08-06: Local color.

2020-08-05: Visited my office on campus today for the first time in months. It will be good to Hamm have a …

2020-08-04: Billionaire CEO Judy Faulkner to Epic’s employees: “It’s not easy to be a …

2020-08-03: What a difference a decade makes.

2020-08-02: Listening to heavy raindrops spatter against the leaves & concrete, rivulets gurgle down …

2020-08-01: Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature has been on vacation for over 100 days during a …

2020-07-31: Decades and lives wasted on terrible alternatives, when we’ve known how our system must change …

2020-07-30: Criminals Behind a Shield ProPublica looked at 68 cases of video-documented police brutality since George Floyd’s death …

2020-07-29: If you cling to your convictions, you’re not likely to be receptive to new information. If we want …

2020-07-28: Recently | Driftless Meditations

2020-07-27: The secret police, even when it looks and appears to act like an army, always has a single …

2020-07-27: If one theoretically wanted to change the subdomain on their hosted microblog, how easy or invasive …

2020-07-26: More garden scenes.

2020-07-25: The Feels Like temperature this afternoon is 99°F, so it’s a perfect time to mow & weed-whack …

2020-07-24: Slightly more than 23,000 [mail-in] ballots [for the April primary election] were thrown out, mostly …

2020-07-23: Domestic Terrorist-in-Chief Deploying unidentifiable federal agents — without the consent or request of the Governor, County …

2020-07-23: Mafia-like intimidation tactics: Unlike many other states, Wisconsin doesn’t have a law that makes …

2020-07-23: Listening to a podcast playing in Overcast atop a mix in Dark Noise while noise cancelling is …

2020-07-22: The 12% of Americans who fly more than six round trips a year are responsible for two-thirds of all …

2020-07-22: Hallmark of Fascism Lawlessness in the name of law and order is the hallmark of fascism. ‘It’s Spooky Right Now’: …

2020-07-21: Legitimacy is Fragile Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled state legislature has not passed a bill in over three …

2020-07-21: Mail as Public Health Infrastructure The Postal Service is owned by all the people of the United States, not capitalist entrepreneurs. …

2020-07-20: Tonight’s pleasant discovery.

2020-07-19: My daughter helped make her first batch of pickles. We’ll see how they taste in three weeks.

2020-07-19: Limantour’s Jamaica Cocktail.

2020-07-19: The Theft of Justice I’ve read that because of how Neil Gorsuch ascended to the Supreme Court, you consider the current …

2020-07-18: Supper, courtesy of our favorite deli: schnitzel, German potato salad, and pickled beets. The …

2020-07-17: Marketing the dismal science. (I screencapped this on Monday. It’s aged about as well as an open can …

2020-07-16: Experts said weapons that aren’t designed to be lethal … can make officers more willing to …

2020-07-15: Winning voting-by-mail is worthless if the Post Office is destroyed by false austerity. The agency …

2020-07-14: How mind-bending it is that one tried-and-tested way to look good online is to buy good-looking food …

2020-07-14: Saturn & Jupiter.

2020-07-13: Garden scenes.

2020-07-12: Sunday.

2020-07-11: Solidarity is flavor! Doing our part to help our local food carts stay afloat might not be the easy …

2020-07-10: I’ve waited out days in worse places.

2020-07-09: The Walkman wasn’t the end of meeting people, but it paved the way for surviving an unthinkable era …

2020-07-08: Poulet au Vinaigre.

2020-07-07: All the way…

2020-07-06: I’m accustomed to driving cars with hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer. I live in …

2020-07-05: Future Silence Nothing

2020-07-04: Gai Yang, à la J. Kenji López-Alt.

2020-07-03: Placing the struggle for goodness at the heart of morality: The conquest that mattered to Ashoka is …

2020-07-02: The old directive to save your work regularly ran into a problem I’ve never experienced …

2020-07-01: The outcome of a country with a myth of rugged individualism, run by career politicians instead of …

2020-06-30: Reading Twitter threads by academics or journalists is like listening to a chiptune version of Kind …

2020-06-29: He’s scared of thunderstorms, so I found him a cuddle buddy.

2020-06-28: Sonic respite.

2020-06-27: Homemade brown mustard is one of the simplest, most satisfying things you can do to make sandwiches, …

2020-06-26: This is abhorrent. Althea Bernstein’s response to her attack exhibits remarkable grace, poise, …

2020-06-25: Ideals & Symbols, Historical & Temporal Empathy | Driftless Meditations

2020-06-24: I’m contemplating historical & temporal empathy today. I wonder how well we have done, not …

2020-06-23: Seeking solace.

2020-06-22: We don’t have a time machine, but this may be as close as we can get to allow you to sit in the …

2020-06-21: Norman Van Aken’s Chilean country ribs.

2020-06-20: Goodbye, back-issue archive.

2020-06-19: Black Music: A White Listener’s Responsibility Prison and bondage have been effectively woven into Black acoustic consciousness. A Brief History …

2020-06-18: It’s hard to not equate the amount of corporatespeak coming out of a public sector …

2020-06-17: No Fall 2020 instruction plan is going to be ideal. My institution’s “Smart …

2020-06-16: My only option, now that our county has entered Reopening Phase 2, is to quietly fume at the instant …

2020-06-15: A dangerous, potentially fatal (for some) fantasy. Who will prove more risk-averse: college students …

2020-06-15: Last night I started reorganizing a bookcase. The question is: Do I now reorganize every bookcase in …

2020-06-14: We sang that melody Like all tough sailors do When they are far away at sea

2020-06-13: Socially distanced drinks with friends.

2020-06-12: Sometimes embarrassment is the price of a good outcome. I’m proud of my faculty & staff …

2020-06-11: Night mode: still amazing.

2020-06-10: Weaponized Medicine: Structural Gaslighting, White Supremacy, & George Floyd’s Murder Two lengthy pull-quotes from a righteously indignant essay by twelve doctors In America, widespread …

2020-06-09: When dear friends can’t have you over for supper, so they bring supper over for you.

2020-06-08: Nemesia Sunsatia Blood Orange

2020-06-07: Lounging between coats.

2020-06-06: Jezry Milian Trio - Rewelacyjy Luciano I love the Polish Jazz series of albums released by Polskie …

2020-06-05: Heart.

2020-06-04: Depending on how many coats of paint I use, I’m a third to halfway through rehabilitating our …

2020-06-03: Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic | Driftless Meditations

2020-06-03: James Mattis, the general I served under in Iraq (who later became Secretary of Defense), just …

2020-06-03: Worldview.

2020-06-02: Complicit & Constipated | Driftless Meditations

2020-06-01: As soon as the President finishes his press conference, black wings carry off the words, bits of …

2020-05-31: Oscar Peterson Trio - Hymn to Freedom | Video: Live in a Denmark, 1964 [YouTube]

2020-05-30: A peaceful demonstration on the isthmus earlier today has been hijacked tonight by opportunistic …

2020-05-29: Personal landmarks & the news I don’t know why this didn’t register with me until last night, as I watched the reports coming out …

2020-05-28: I don’t have a comprehensive mental list of fellow Minnesotans on Micro.blog. Being a Minnesota …

2020-05-27: Being a muggy 80°F in the house, it was a bit too hot for this Fair & Warmer. But it is a …

2020-05-26: Our county’s safer-at-home order expired today, and with it, my “Sheltering in …

2020-05-25: Sheltering in place, Day 63.

2020-05-24: Grilled chicken paillards marinated in maple syrup & sambal oelek, with grilled ramps, & …

2020-05-24: Sheltering in place, Day 62.

2020-05-23: Sheltering in place, Day 61.

2020-05-23: Garden favorites.

2020-05-23: Responsibilities, Rights, & COVID-19 I wonder what our country would be like if people were as deeply committed to honoring their social …

2020-05-22: Keema matar & picadillo are, if not culinary cousins, then kindred spirits. I wonder if …

2020-05-22: Sheltering in place, Day 60.

2020-05-21: Sheltering in place, Day 59.

2020-05-20: Sheltering in place, Day 58.

2020-05-19: “Bu’s Delight” is absolute dynamite.

2020-05-19: Sheltering in place, Day 57.

2020-05-18: Sheltering in place, Day 56.

2020-05-17: Sheltering in place, Day 55.

2020-05-16: Sheltering in place, Day 54.

2020-05-15: Anticipation.

2020-05-15: Sheltering in place, Day 53.

2020-05-14: Sheltering in place, Day 52.

2020-05-13: When I searched for “mouse” in our MDS local warehouse, I was not anticipating Mouse …

2020-05-13: Sheltering in place, Day 51.

2020-05-12: Sheltering in place, Day 50.

2020-05-11: Sheltering in place, Day 49.

2020-05-10: Currently: snowing. They’re a bit hard to see, but we’re getting some decent-sized flakes.

2020-05-10: Sheltering in place, Day 48.

2020-05-09: Sheltering in place, Day 47.

2020-05-08: Sheltering in place, Day 46.

2020-05-07: Sheltering in place, Day 45.

2020-05-06: Sheltering in place, Day 44.

2020-05-06: As we watched a video of Ballet Folklórico de México last night for Cinco de Mayo, my daughter …

2020-05-05: Ordered on Sunday, roasted on Monday, delivered on Tuesday. I’ll never buy coffee at the co-op …

2020-05-05: Sheltering in place, Day 43.

2020-05-04: Sheltering in place, Day 42.

2020-05-03: Sheltering in place, Day 41.

2020-05-02: Sheltering in place, Day 40.

2020-05-01: Sheltering in place, Day 39.

2020-04-30: Sheltering in place, Day 38.

2020-04-29: Tonight’s improvised ramen: Seared ground pork simmered with soy, miso, & mirin. Broth of …

2020-04-29: Sheltering in place, Day 37.

2020-04-28: Sheltering in place, Day 36.

2020-04-28: This classic beer’s name has never been more apt.

2020-04-27: If I’m completely honest, milk & eggs aren’t the only things I’ll run out for …

2020-04-27: Sheltering in place, Day 35.

2020-04-26: Sheltering in place, Day 34.

2020-04-25: King Arthur’s Crispy Cheesy Pan Pizza recipe is a winner.

2020-04-25: Sheltering in place, Day 33.

2020-04-24: “I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears out to Dry”: Dex makes a dreary Friday afternoon’s online professional …

2020-04-24: Sheltering in place, Day 32.

2020-04-23: Sheltering in place, Day 31.

2020-04-22: Sheltering in Place, Day 30.

2020-04-21: Sheltering in place, Day 29.

2020-04-20: Sheltering in place, Day 28.

2020-04-19: Our Easter supper. With our family dispersed, we traded leg of lamb for local lamb chops, butchered …

2020-04-19: Sheltering in place, Day 27.

2020-04-18: Sheltering in place, Day 26.

2020-04-18: The way most of us have been conditioned to think about work in the modern economy has all the …

2020-04-17: Sheltering in place, Day 25.

2020-04-16: This is a very difficult read, but a necessary witnessing to our present crisis. Dispatch From A …

2020-04-16: My jambalaya betrays a sacrilegious secret: most of the time, I could take or leave shrimp. This …

2020-04-16: Sheltering in place, Day 24.

2020-04-15: Sheltering in place, Day 23.

2020-04-14: Sheltering in place, Day 22.

2020-04-13: Sheltering in place, Day 21.

2020-04-12: Sheltering in place, Day 20.

2020-04-11: Sheltering in place, Day 19.

2020-04-10: Sheltering in place, Day 18.

2020-04-10: Overheard at the supermarket: If Trump isn’t going to wear a mask, then I don’t need …

2020-04-09: Shared commercial kitchens are integral to our food cart-loving city. With shelter in place orders …

2020-04-09: Why yes, I do have a deadline tomorrow.

2020-04-09: Sheltering in place, Day 17.

2020-04-08: It’s a dreary, dismal, dispiriting day, and working in the darkness of my basement bar, Brad …

2020-04-08: Sheltering in place, Day 16.

2020-04-07: I’ve mostly dispensed with the idea of having heroes, but John Prine was one of the few I kept. The …

2020-04-07: Sheltering in place, Day 15.

2020-04-07: Wisconsin’s Republicans have spent the last decade destroying civil society in the state. …

2020-04-06: I’m getting too many spam texts ahead of tomorrow’s primary. Bernie’s people have …

2020-04-06: If I could go back in time twenty five years, one of the things I would do is introduce my younger …

2020-04-06: Sheltering in place, Day 14.

2020-04-06: Screen time? Since people are pulling out their old games…

2020-04-05: Sheltering in place, Day 13.

2020-04-04: Sheltering in place, Day 12.

2020-04-03: Sheltering in place, Day 11.

2020-04-02: First hand-tilling of the year. Four down, two to go.

2020-04-02: It took COVID-19 to get me to subscribe to Apple News+; I wonder how many people have done the same. …

2020-04-02: Sheltering in place, Day 10.

2020-04-01: Sheltering in place, Day 9.

2020-03-31: Sheltering in place, Day 8.

2020-03-30: Sheltering in place, Day 7.

2020-03-29: Blow up your TV. Throw away your paper. Go to the country, build you a home. Plant a little garden, …

2020-03-29: Pantry bean soup with smoked ham hock. Topped with chopped cornichons, coarse ground Aleppo pepper, …

2020-03-29: Sheltering in place, Day 6.

2020-03-28: Sheltering in place, Day 5.

2020-03-27: Receiving this emergency alert from our county public health agency was unsettling.

2020-03-27: Sheltering in Place, Day 4.

2020-03-26: Sheltering in place, Day 3.

2020-03-26: Let me get this straight: The person who has repeatedly trumpeted quacks & pseudoscience — and …

2020-03-25: Sheltering in place, Day 2.

2020-03-24: Sheltering in place, Day 1.

2020-03-24: Keep the home fires burning.

2020-03-23: It has seemed inevitable for some time, but now the time has come: our governor has just announced …

2020-03-23: I realized recently that my daughter is just a few months younger than her (still-living) …

2020-03-22: I can’t decide if my Polish great-grandmother would laugh at my poor pierogi technique, or be …

2020-03-22: Homemade meatloaf on homemade bread. How much more comforting can food get?

2020-03-21: Time to start asking the real questions.

2020-03-20: In these days of mandatory telecommuting, getting an email from HR saying (essentially) I …

2020-03-19: When I was a kid, this toy was kept at my grandparents’ house. Playing with it one day, I pointed to …

2020-03-18: Baba Sissoko Trio’s Bolokan helped me focus today.

2020-03-18: This morning I signed up to vote absentee for the first time since 2004. (The deadline is midnight …

2020-03-18: My dad told me something important in the months before he died. Awake at night as he struggled with …

2020-03-17: Out for a walk in the conservancy, we saw this hawk swoop in to catch its meal. We crept closer, not …

2020-03-17: Given the unprecedented (inter)national public health emergency, are major news outlets lowering …

2020-03-16: On distancing, pandemic, & solidarity: The coronavirus isn’t the only contagion – kindness, …

2020-03-15: Our chancellor directed implementation of a work-from-home policy this evening, effective for the …

2020-03-14: This is as close as they get to cuddling.

2020-03-13: If there’s one positive thing I can point to, right now, about my readiness for the next few weeks, …

2020-03-12: Buses, Kids, & Masks On the bus ride home this evening my daughter saw a young Asian woman wearing a medical mask. She …

2020-03-12: [A] saturation diver in storage calls his son to wish him a happy birthday. “It’s hard to understand …

2020-03-11: My institution just suspended in-person delivery of classes between 23 March–10 April; instruction …

2020-03-10: Well, I have the sense of humor of the person who wrote the introductory “Spiritual” unit lesson …

2020-03-09: My daughter asked me “Will you go with me & Momma on the rocket ship?” I answered …

2020-03-09: If specialists lag in contexts without defined rules, complete information, and clear feedback, what …

2020-03-08: Tonight’s sky: incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever had a lunar flare like that before.

2020-03-07: Afternoon walk scenery.

2020-03-06: The Commercialization of Truth Rob Wijnberg on how the application of economic precepts to all aspects of life commercialized …

2020-03-05: The minute I get a push notification advertisement from any of my installed third-party apps, that …

2020-03-04: My daughter is crying because she wants a sword and we had to tell her she’s a boot and …

2020-03-04: In Soviet Russia, joke was on Brezhnev, Andropov, & Chernenko. In contemporary America, joke is …

2020-03-03: The lost brilliance of a distant supernova Yesterday, Joe Posnanski pondered the glint of a greatness lost to institutionalized racism, memory, …

2020-03-02: Tin roof Monday.

2020-03-01: Hopefully the flavor is as expressive.

2020-02-29: Sous vide pork chop finished on cast iron, butter-basted apples, & mashed rutabagas for supper. …

2020-02-28: Is the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9?

2020-02-27: There is an old man hunched over his accounting books, surrounded by gold coins and jewels; a skull …

2020-02-26: Tetris/Pac-Man building.

2020-02-25: Sometimes a phrase will pop into my head that I haven’t heard in years — holistic road map — and I …

2020-02-25: Aging is simply the process by which one learns about the obscure & underappreciated pieces of …

2020-02-23: Decades of routine human activities – going to work, driving a car, eating a hamburger, choosing a …

2020-02-22: The Western State Hurricanes’ LP arrived.

2020-02-21: Nearly Run Over My wife, daughter, & I came a step or two away from being run over this morning. Twice a day, we …

2020-02-20: Дурак.

2020-02-19: Dehumanization & Exploitation: the Humans-as-Batteries Metaphor Lynn Berger more closely scrutinizes one of the dominant messages of our era: when humans are …

2020-02-19: …Bobbie works on a needlepoint project sewing the names of Bill’s favorite songs into squares …

2020-02-17: Calendar: Your one year performance review is tomorrow! Me: Ты взойдёшь, моя заря…

2020-02-17: Scenes from a snow globe.

2020-02-17: Earlier today.

2020-02-16: Alboran Trio’s Near Gale has been a delightful surprise this evening.

2020-02-14: SyRI combines all kinds of data sources and dumps them into an algorithm. Then suspects roll out who …

2020-02-14: Keep it coming, Winter.

2020-02-12: I didn’t know I needed Pierre de Bethmann’s Shifters in my life today, which heightened …

2020-02-11: Apple Retail Catch-22 Is anyone even remotely impressed with the state of Apple Retail these days? A month ago I purchased …

2020-02-10: Good morning, Moon.

2020-02-09: Beautiful snowstorm today. The snowfall has alternated between fast-dropping large, clumpy flakes …

2020-02-08: Her uncle is reading her Brian Floca’s wonderful Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. She looks …

2020-02-08: Sleeping it off.

2020-02-08: I’m too old to eat mediocre pizza.

2020-02-07: Looking for a word to fit an implication, I added morosoph to my vocabulary today. Unfortunately, …

2020-02-07: Dealing with some serious Tom Bihndecision. I need to replace my everyday bag (a Co-Pilot) but for …

2020-02-05: Frederick Douglass: If there is no struggle there is no progress. … This struggle may be a moral …

2020-02-04: Dissonance 4tet: My satisfaction with Apple’s first party iOS Music app is measured by the number of …

2020-02-03: Forgetting my watch at home today made me realize how much I refer to it every day. I’ve been …

2020-02-02: Waves of crud come with the beginning of the spring semester. My daughter had influenza, an ear …

2020-02-02: If you like Hammond B3 jazz, 海野俊輔 Mirage is fantastic. If you don’t, I can’t help you.

2020-02-01: Январь за месяц S: 14x D: 112km (69.59 mi) T: 8:53:47 R: 32.2 I: 3.50 в течение года S: 14x D: 112km (69.59 …

2020-01-30: Her: I wish I was as fast as the Roadrunner. Me: If you were the Roadrunner, little girl, who would …

2020-01-29: I wish the iOS App Store displayed three pieces of data for installed apps: date of initial …

2020-01-29: Queries After Midnight is the name of the album Oliver Nelson would’ve recorded, had he lived …

2020-01-28: Home Screen apps, you’re officially on notice: Demotions are coming.

2020-01-26: The piece you’re reading was translated with technology. No matter the sophistication of …

2020-01-25: We finally have an adequate amount of snow cover. Some particularly wet, heavy stuff fell last …

2020-01-24: Yesterday I ran across this short film documenting some of the routine work in Chicago’s …

2020-01-23: I know I can’t get too cocky, but I feel pretty good about my daughter saying her two favorite …

2020-01-22: Capture (N)One: How Not to Sell & Support Software | Driftless Meditations

2020-01-22: I really should write a full-length post about this, but I’m very disappointed with Capture …

2020-01-21: Personal Podcast Archive: There are a couple podcasts I love so dearly, and that are so evergreen, …

2020-01-21: I love ending an evening with an episode of 深夜食堂 (Midnight Diner): invariably, I go to bed hungry, …

2020-01-19: Supper, in three acts.

2020-01-18: Oh, Tannenbaum! When I set our Christmas tree out for collection last weekend, there was no snow. I …

2020-01-18: What better way to spend a snowy Friday night than drowsing under an afghan, listening to Smooth …

2020-01-16: WHAT YEAR IS IT

2020-01-16: My version of waiting out the Resolvers who show up at the gym in early January might be waiting out …

2020-01-16: When you enjoy two at once: Durian Durian.

2020-01-14: Josh Donaldson’s 2019 would rank #3 on the Twins’ list of best seasons at the hot corner …

2020-01-14: On biometric ID: Succumbing to having our identities defined for us – in ways that lend themselves …

2020-01-13: Glomitts — I replace a pair of these every third winter. Great design, but I wish they were more …

2020-01-13: Camel Up was a fun balance of silly & strategy.

2020-01-11: Sunshine ablutions.

2020-01-10: What if it was a collapse of illusions – the collapse of unrealistic thinking – and the glimpse of a …

2020-01-10: Nothing takes the shine off a software purchase like two rounds of protracted back-and-forth with …

2020-01-08: How storytelling can help us fight climate change Eric Holthaus, climate scientist, journalist, & meteorologist, on why we need stories of …

2020-01-07: After several years away, I’m contemplating renewing my lapsed subscriptions to The Atlantic …

2020-01-06: My hypothetical 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by enthusiasm: Larry Walker Scott Rolen Andruw …

2020-01-05: The “U.S.A.” novels plumbed the depths of our rifts, and explored how they might be widened by a …

2020-01-05: I keep returning to Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet’s “Red Thread”. The spare clarity …

2020-01-04: Capsized feline.

2020-01-02: A favorite sandwich may convey more about a person than what comes out of their mouth.

2020-01-01: Today is the most Sunday-like Wednesday until 01 January 2025.

2020-01-01: Let’s start the new year right with Phở Đặc Biệt tonight and our hopes as high as a …

2019-12-31: My Year-End Music Mix for 2019 I’m a bit later than last year, but I’ve finally completed my 2019 year-end music mix. …

2019-12-30: New coupe break-in: a modest variation on a Time to Get Going, substituting the reposado tequila for …

2019-12-29: It’s the most cardboardest time of the year.

2019-12-28: Rain at 36° F is the ultimate December weather insult. We haven’t had snow all month.

2019-12-28: What is more soothing to the modern traveler: returning to the comfort of one’s own bed, …

2019-12-26: He keeps impeccable time.

2019-12-26: Merry Christmas from the Family Fred and Rita drove from Harlingen; I can’t remember how I’m kin to them. But when they …

2019-12-25: My own dog, gone commercial!

2019-12-24: Curt Flood challenged the reserve clause 50 years ago: After twelve years in the major leagues, I …

2019-12-24: There are many ways of being wounded, yet many ways of being cured. Kay McKeever, owl rehabilitator …

2019-12-22: How this house is suddenly down to its last bottle of brandy, I don’t know. Let’s not …

2019-12-21: Тост из закваски с вареньем крыжовника. Sourdough toast with gooseberry varenye. The tang of the …

2019-12-20: Clemente: A historian vets the story of how the Dodgers lost a farmhand Reading the biographies, Thornley watched a well-worn narrative play out in each one: The Brooklyn …

2019-12-19: The Economist may be witty, it may be contrarian, it may be informative, but it is also implicated …

2019-12-19: Bulbs.

2019-12-17: The world lost the offbeat beauty & a piacere personalities of Leon Redbone & Dr. John in …

2019-12-16: A Dutch scientist discovered a clue that sent seed companies to their archives and kick-started a …

2019-12-15: ‘Tis the season for Tom & Jerrys.

2019-12-15: The moon’s halo was pretty intense.

2019-12-13: A star twinkles in the night.

2019-12-12: The body seems to keep score. Adverse experiences are linked to changes in physiological systems, …

2019-12-12: Needed: Snow! Some is forecasted for Thursday, but only a 40% chance, likely mixed with rain if it …

2019-12-10: At a time when liberal humanism is facing the very real and present threat of eclipse, one can …

2019-12-09: W M V

2019-12-08: Marvin Miller & Ted Simmons finally are headed to Cooperstown, which they both deserve, but Lou …

2019-12-07: This Christmas tree stowaway survived the journey across the fields of the Christmas tree farm, …

2019-12-07: Altamont Free Concert Fifty years ago today, a free music festival at Altamont Speedway turned bloody when Hells Angels, …

2019-12-06: While Brolsma’s video created (and remains) one of the great viral web moments, I suspect my …

2019-12-06: Nu Mă Iei | schuth.xyz

2019-12-05: An Email Drama * opens late-afternoon email from CFO * * reads * ”…we have some exciting things to …

2019-12-04: “We always wanted the hero of the ad to eat the pizza,” Helbing said. Gorbachev held firm. …

2019-12-03: Thing I didn’t know that I wish I still didn’t: organic corn dogs taste like old, …

2019-12-03: Portico & aperture.

2019-12-03: Years of training have prepared me for this moment: researching potential options for my …

2019-12-01: Carol of the Homeowner Sing with me now: ‘Tis the season for appliance failures! …

2019-12-01: Two weeks ago I told my wife & brother-in-law about Unshackled!, which drifted through dense AM …

2019-11-30: Using Drafts to track the enemy’s sub in Captain Sonar. Thanks, @agiletortoise!

2019-11-30: Radio Operator (CWO) in Captain Sonar at the Twenty-Fifth Annual.

2019-11-29: Azul at the Twenty-Fifth Annual.

2019-11-28: You started without me? You cut the turkey without me? Every Thanksgiving I think of this scene …

2019-11-28: Alice Waters on Wendell Berry’s “The Pleasures of Eating”: This essay is a …

2019-11-28: Напиток победы.

2019-11-28: 29 Palms 5,000 22:00:00 5000 21:20.7 0

2019-11-27: One of these is not like the others.

2019-11-26: Albert L. Ireland 10,000 20:54:00 5000 24:42.0 5,000

2019-11-25: Roberto Clemente 16,000 21:25:00 5000 24:17.7 21:53:00 1000 05:04.9 10,000

2019-11-24: Colonialism, Street Names, & History To say that street names are a physical marker of history is to invite two critiques. The first is …

2019-11-24: Last night I slept in fits & starts. Every time I woke, I reached down my side and found the …

2019-11-22: The experience of drifting in & out of consciousness without feeling one has also drifted in …

2019-11-22: Alexander Vandegrift 21,000 05:50:00 5000 24:00.4 16,000

2019-11-22: Samuel Nicholas 34,000 05:48:00 5000 24:09.4 21:13:00 5000 22:54.2 21:44:00 3000 14:13.8 21,000

2019-11-20: John Lejeune 47,000 05:47:00 5000 23:38.1 21:17:00 5000 22:28.1 21:45:00 3000 13:56.5 34,000

2019-11-20: Yes, I did a double take.

2019-11-19: Archibald Henderson 58,000 05:47:00 5000 23:55.4 21:44:00 5000 22:23.2 22:28:00 1000 04:59.6 47,000

2019-11-18: Ira Hayes 69,000 05:47:00 5000 23:57.4 21:26:00 5000 22:40.7 22:34:00 1000 04:42.9 58,000

2019-11-17: Ron Kovic 79,000 21:13:00 5000 23:03.2 21:45:00 5000 23:57.6 69,000

2019-11-17: Ted Williams 92,000 11:44:00 5000 22:53.1 12:23:00 3000 13:29.1 22:37:00 5000 23:07.0 79,000

2019-11-16: I can confidently say that most of the patients sleep while suffering from pain. This is Manus …

2019-11-15: Victor & Charles Krulak 105,000 05:47:00 5000 23:22.0 21:34:00 5000 23:23.2 22:25:00 3000 14:15.9 92,000

2019-11-15: Far side of State Street.

2019-11-15: Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps 119,000 05:46:00 5000 23:13.8 22:34:00 5000 22:56.2 23:13:00 3000 14:07.7 23:54:00 1000 04:37.9 …

2019-11-14: Twitter compels us to be colourful. Its enforced brevity then exacerbates the problem, so users …

2019-11-13: Commandant of the Marine Corps 124,000 05:47:00 5000 23:11.1 119,000

2019-11-13: 11th Marines 137,000 05:45:00 5000 23:49.4 20:31:00 5000 22:42.2 21:02:00 3000 14:10.7 124,000

2019-11-12: This morning brings some November chill. One of the things I love most about weather like this is …

2019-11-11: 1st Marine Division 150,000 05:44:00 5000 23:37.7 21:00:00 5000 23:06.3 21:34:00 3000 14:12.7 137,000

2019-11-11: End all wars.

2019-11-11: United States Marine Corps 160,000 20:24:00 5000 22:29.2 20:50:00 1000 04:39.3 23:55:00 4000 17:59.4 150,000

2019-11-10: Happy 244th birthday, brethren, from my CP to yours.

2019-11-09: When I ordered the Arnold Palmer, I did not account for the “lemonade” being pink.

2019-11-09: The price of our progress will be paid. … [I]n order to preserve the fruits of humanity’s incredible …

2019-11-08: Leyland “Lou” Diamond 169,000 11:34:00 5000 22:43.2 12:17:00 3000 13:58.7 12:25:00 1000 04:34.5 160,000

2019-11-07: John Glenn 180,000 05:44:00 5000 24:18.7 20:46:00 5000 23:27.2 21:23:00 1000 04:33.9 169,000

2019-11-07: Late afternoon hues.

2019-11-06: Smedley Butler 191,000 05:44:00 5000 24:05.9 21:30:00 5000 23:31.7 22:10:00 1000 04:29.9 180,000

2019-11-06: Night Mode: pretty amazing.

2019-11-06: Working late. A solitary walk across campus through nighttime snowfall is a treat.

2019-11-05: Chesty Puller 204,000 05:47:00 5000 23:50.2 20:43:00 5000 23:28.5 21:22:00 3000 13:56.0 191,000

2019-11-05: Summer squash, salmon salad, succotash, spiced custard, and honey.

2019-11-05: Carlos Hathcock 215,000 05:46:00 5000 23:56.0 22:29:00 5000 22:51.3 23:04:00 1000 04:57.1 204,000

2019-11-04: The power of the historian is the power of the truth. — Robert Caro When in need of forces, marshal …

2019-11-03: John Basilone 223,000 14:53:00 5000 24:06.5 15:20:00 3000 14:48.2 215,000

2019-11-03: As you do.

2019-11-02: Just returned from our belated anniversary supper at the nearby apple orchard. Tonight was the first …

2019-11-02: Dan Daly 234,000 09:30:00 5000 23:54.2 17:13:00 5000 23:19.0 17:46:00 1000 05:06.3 223,000

2019-11-01: R. Lee Ermey 244,000 05:40:00 5000 24:20.1 20:40:00 5000 23:33.1 234,000

2019-11-01: [“EU migration policy” is] an expression that most people are familiar with but no one …

2019-10-31: Happy Halloween!

2019-10-31: Snowy October.

2019-10-30: An environmental historian argues: Capitalism and communism have both failed to acknowledge human …

2019-10-29: Scenes from our first snow this fall.

2019-10-28: More autumnal color. With snow coming tonight, who knows how long it will last.

2019-10-27: Never doubt the capacity of Wile E. Coyote’s self-owns to elicit chortles from a little kid.

2019-10-26: One of my favorite spots in town.

2019-10-25: Chromautumnal days.

2019-10-25: Urban planning from a child’s perspective: From toddlers we learned that the joy of walking …

2019-10-24: In retrospect, initiating this seven-pass secure erase might have been a bit excessive, even if …

2019-10-23: First time I’m giving Hiromi’s new album a listen this late at night. I really like …

2019-10-22: Investigating the EU's anti-migration programs in Nigeria A Dutch journalist has partnered with a Nigerian investigative journalist & an Italian reporter …

2019-10-21: [Dr. James DeLine’s] clinic has become a magnet for Plain People. Some travel eight hours from …

2019-10-21: The rural Wisconsin doctor treating his traditionalist patients at the leading edge of genetics research The doctor who makes house calls also collaborates with English and American geneticists studying …

2019-10-20: Sophia Moen, 1796–1889.

2019-10-19: Lingering over a second helping of rømmegrøt, coffee, and a couple of cookies. The lutefisk and …

2019-10-18: Assurance, Not Insurance “No person should ever see a hospital bill that exceeds the assessed value of their house.” …

2019-10-17: Anthropologists embarked on …a quest to answer one of the most basic—and most …

2019-10-16: Democracies, Oligarchies, & Citizens’ Assemblies Are our political systems true democracies, or oligarchies in populist clothing? For Aristotle, …

2019-10-15: This album’s release is the best news I’ve heard all day.

2019-10-14: This morning’s moonset.

2019-10-13: Annual migration.

2019-10-12: Greetings from breakfast and my 28.8k modem.

2019-10-11: Waiting for small plates, drinking a mezcal cocktail.

2019-10-11: The removal of HKMap.live from iOS’ App Store isn’t the first time Apple has purged an …

2019-10-10: It occasionally amazes me that it took twenty years to replace USB-A with an bidirectional USB …

2019-10-09: Missed Opportunity

2019-10-08: Emoji & Censorship of Dissidents Last January I wrote of my personal (and, in an update, ongoing) resistance to emoji: Emoji is a …

2019-10-08: Today’s weather features one of those great 30-degree temperature swings — from 39–69°F — that …

2019-10-07: The iPhone’s new ultra-wide camera is pretty okay!

2019-10-06: County-wide fire truck parade, followed by an apparatus demonstration up at Capitol Square.

2019-10-05: Climate change is not a war, it is genocide. Eric Holthaus: Climate writers often slip into a war metaphor. But climate change is not a war, it …

2019-10-04: Time to exorcise some demons.

2019-10-03: Drinking kvass, listening to Cal Tjader’s Too Late Now, & sweating the small stuff the …

2019-10-02: Setting an eyeball-friendly Editor Theme in RStudio might not be the most important task for an R …

2019-10-01: Marcin Wasilewski Trio’s “An den kleinen Radioapparat” is perfect for …

2019-09-30: Two”family portraits” of all my pocket computers, before the XS Max heads off on its …

2019-09-29: For the first time, I’m preparing to part with an iPhone. (I’ve held on to all of the …

2019-09-28: Experiencing an intense sinking feeling: our external hard drive appears to have gone south. …

2019-09-27: The subjective world of phenomenal consciousness is a fiction written by our brains in order to help …

2019-09-26: Abbey Road was released in the UK fifty years ago today. (All things must pass.) I’m not sure …

2019-09-25: After nine very long, frustrating years, the Twins have once again won the American League Central! …

2019-09-25: This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite podcast episodes of the year. …

2019-09-24: Somehow, that vent stack makes this mural just a bit better.

2019-09-23: Watching a conservator restore a painting & a cobbler rebuild a pair of boots, it seems the …

2019-09-22: Tonkatsu tonight!

2019-09-21: A fresh album from guys who have a pretty good claim to being one of the five best bands I’ve …

2019-09-20: Unpopular Opinions(?) I’ve Mostly Formed, vol. 1, no. 1. During 1. Paul 2. George 3. John 4. …

2019-09-19: A storm is coming, but I’ll take as much time working out here this morning as I can get.

2019-09-18: While you have the right to remain silent, your gadgets mostly do not. Are algorithms reliable …

2019-09-17: Why do the expectations that we carry, for ourselves and for others, matter? Because they act as a …

2019-09-16: Therapeutic ribeye. Apply as needed.

2019-09-15: Love Ras Terms’ style. It’ll be a shame to lose this two-storey artwork inside the …

2019-09-14: Someone left her meow-ccasins out.

2019-09-13: Apple should fix the abysmal quality of its Customer Support hold music. Why can’t I listen to music …

2019-09-12: Serving under a number of different superiors in the Marines taught me this lesson: Leadership …

2019-09-12: Dexter Filkins — a war correspondent meriting comparison to Bernard Fall, Martha Gellhorn, & …

2019-09-11: Highlight of the day: My daughter getting the boogie wiggles in her chair while listening to …

2019-09-11: Is it evening reading time yet?

2019-09-11: Autumn’s fleeting beauties.

2019-09-10: We have a 3rd-gen Apple TV, so I’m hoping for a release of a 5th-gen product today. I’ve …

2019-09-09: As my grandmother would say, the angels up there are bowling pretty well tonight. Mostly strikes, …

2019-09-09: Put this on your hi-fi after supper some evening. You won’t be disappointed.

2019-09-09: Be still, my brick-loving heart.

2019-09-09: Perhaps Ronnie Boykins’ The Will Come, Is Now would not be the choice of most folks for …

2019-09-08: Classical music is cruel not because there are winners and losers, first chairs and second chairs, …

2019-09-07: Pictured: Mango smoothie with agave nectar, lime juice, coconut water, Ron Zacapa 23, & red …

2019-09-06: The thrill of making your personal deadline, the agony of collaborators missing the communal …

2019-09-05: I haven’t had the chance to grill in a month, so it felt great to get off the schneid with pork …

2019-09-04: Four hours researching a 45-year old curricular loophole in the archives yesterday yielded a chance …

2019-09-03: When the lights go down in the City…

2019-09-02: The collective noun for grackles is apparently a “plague,” owing to the destruction they can bring …

2019-09-01: Labor Day weekend tradition.

2019-08-31: Celosia in bloom.

2019-08-30: What I took away from Schulz is that life is hard. People are difficult at best, unfathomable at …

2019-08-29: Thirty years after it was recorded, Julian Argüelles’ Phaedrus still sounds mighty fine.

2019-08-28: Cacio e pepe al mais dolce.

2019-08-28: In the wild.

2019-08-27: I underestimated how good my fatteh hummus leftovers would be for lunch.

2019-08-26: The wait for a particular colorway of Tom Bihn bag to enter production is its own peculiar kind of …

2019-08-26: [Take Five] was simultaneously experimental and commercial. Time Out: How Dave Brubeck Changed Jazz …

2019-08-25: A little lost tonight, wandering with this track. Tomasz Stańko - Die Weisheit Von Le Comte …

2019-08-24: Praise & Worthiness Assessments of praise and blame tend to reflect existing hierarchies of power and status, thereby …

2019-08-23: When today’s preschoolers eventually ask their parents what life was like in the Olden Times, how …

2019-08-22: Dutch baby, Dutch baby, there in the pan: You fell when you came out of the oven. Supper was good; …

2019-08-21: When Wisconsin called, they answered.

2019-08-20: Cagney’s “I ain’t so tough.” scene in Public Enemy is such a incandescent bit of …

2019-08-19: Mondays are busy for everybody.

2019-08-18: And every time I hear that melody Puts me up a tree And the grapefruit moon, one star shining Is all …

2019-08-17: House perfume.

2019-08-17: Hey, you sleaze — my spot! When I got up to switch the laundry, he was behind my shoulders, on the …

2019-08-16: Tonight’s moon is even more bright & striking than last night, so I took my Fuji out for a snap. …

2019-08-15: Tonight’s full moon is incredible — so bright & clear it creates lens flare!

2019-08-14: The stuff was like nitric acid, and moreover, in swallowing it one had the sensation of being hit on …

2019-08-13: Embodying a stereotype, my grocery basket tonight contained only the following three items, which …

2019-08-12: Why I don’t fully trust Apple’s web services: My iPhone’s camera roll is …

2019-08-11: Today’s tinnitus tone: an unbalanced clothes dryer full of amorous cicadas.

2019-08-10: Kudos to the hospital for providing both patients & pollenators some refuge with its rooftop …

2019-08-10: It took years of my wife planting coleus in the planter on our front steps before I started to …

2019-08-09: Second classic today.

2019-08-09: Sixty-five years on the street.

2019-08-08: To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee. And revery. The revery …

2019-08-07: I’m ten minutes into a podcast episode about emojis. The hosts have gushed about emojis’ …

2019-08-06: My Kindle Keyboard turns nine this month. It’s not perfect, but its designers got plenty …

2019-08-05: Chet’s Misty Night Lament is an underrated tune on a pretty good trumpet record. His exchanges …

2019-08-04: Yet another hospital waiting room, latest of uncountable scores I’ve endured. Broken coffee …

2019-08-03: A farewell to another one of my grandmother’s brothers; the third we’ve lost this year. …

2019-08-02: Somebody made a long, loud drive out from Colorado in this International Harvester Travelette. In …

2019-08-01: Living dangerously this evening.

2019-08-01: My favorites have arrived.

2019-07-31: Exciting mail call today!

2019-07-30: Bee balm in bloom.

2019-07-29: It’s a Reyn Spooner kind of day.

2019-07-28: Wheeeeeeeeee!

2019-07-27: Until next time, River.

2019-07-26: Landscape of my heart.

2019-07-25: Something that occasionally blows my mind: The entire period of human visitation to the Moon …

2019-07-24: Fifty years ago right now, President Nixon is addressing the quarantined crew of Apollo 11 aboard …

2019-07-24: Splashdown! Fifty years ago right now, Apollo 11 just splashed down in the central Pacific. The …

2019-07-24: Fifty years ago right now, a Grumman E-1 Tracer has made visual contact with Columbia, falling …

2019-07-24: Fifty years ago right now, Apollo 11 has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. Houston says they look …

2019-07-24: Fifty years ago right now, the crew of Apollo 11 are about 90 minutes from re-entering the …

2019-07-24: I understand why @marco removed Twitter-powered podcast recommendations from Overcast. A low …

2019-07-23: I try to hate very few things. I loathe the Yankees.

2019-07-22: Fifty years ago right now, the crew of Apollo 11 has awakened from their first sleep period after …

2019-07-21: Collins: There she goes. It was a good one. Fifty years ago right now, Apollo 11’s crew, …

2019-07-21: Fifty years ago right now, Eagle & Columbia have docked. Michael Collins, alone above the Moon …

2019-07-21: Watching live footage from Apollo 11 over several days, I’ve noticed a lot of RC Cola in …

2019-07-21: Neil: We’re off; look at that stuff go all over the place. Buzz: Look at that shadow. …

2019-07-21: Poetry marks occasion, speaking the language of heart & imagination. Sometimes Even Newspapers …

2019-07-21: Fifty years ago, Neil & Buzz, after a busy day of flying & exploring, will soon begin …

2019-07-21: Fifty years ago right now, _Eagle_’s hatch just closed & latched. Neil & Buzz are back …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Michael Collins, alone in Columbia, is about to pass behind the far side …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: Tricky Dick, in the Oval Office, has called Neil & Buzz on the Moon: …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Neil & Buzz have planted the American flag on the Moon.

2019-07-20: Back in 2019, moonrise is in ten minutes. It’s pretty cloudy here tonight, but I’m …

2019-07-20: Neil has just read the plaque attached to the landing gear of the Lunar Module’s descent …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: Buzz: Beautiful view! Neil: Isn’t that something! Magnificent …

2019-07-20: Buzz is joining Neil on the surface of the Moon. Neil takes a picture of Buzz descending …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Neil Armstrong has taken the first picture on the Moon. Nobody will see …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for Mankind. …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: Neil is on Eagle’s “porch.” In a bit over two minutes, …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: Eagle’s hatch is open to the lunar vaccum.

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: Tranquility Base depressurization is a GO.

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Neil & Buzz are preparing for the very first moonwalk.

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, NASA Public Affairs reports that Neil Armstrong’s heart rate was …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: Houston — Tranquility Base here. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. We are on the …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago, right now: GO for landing. Houston has cleared Eagle for landing!

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Eagle has yawed into its legs-down landing position, now just 40,000 feet …

2019-07-20: John F. Kennedy, Houston, 12 September 1962: We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the …

2019-07-20: Georges Méliès released his landmark sci-fi film Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) on 01 …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Columbia and Eagle are separating. Collins to Armstrong & Aldrin: …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, Eagle & Columbia have separated behind the far side of the Moon. …

2019-07-20: Without prompting, my daughter brought out her cardboard box “spaceship” today. She …

2019-07-20: Fifty years ago right now, the crew aboard Apollo 11 is making ready for separation between Columbia …

2019-07-19: Fifty years ago right now, the crew of Apollo 11 are getting ready to go to bed on the very last …

2019-07-18: At this exact moment in 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 are listening to an instrumental version of “Fly …

2019-07-18: It’s not every day that I see an example of the car that brought newborn me home from the …

2019-07-17: Everybody — Amstrong, Aldrin, & Collins — in Apollo 11’s Command Module was running in …

2019-07-16: Listen to the entirety of the Apollo 11 mission streamed in real time, as we approach …

2019-07-15: Alright, baseball, you win: one more refresh of MLB Trade Rumors before bed.

2019-07-14: Introducing Yiayia & Thea R. to our favorite dumpling restaurant. I think we have enough pork …

2019-07-13: Forever a favorite.

2019-07-12: Lakeside lunchtime walk.

2019-07-11: Our daughter has been Canada-curious for several months. With friends soon to move there, it seemed …

2019-07-11: Дура.

2019-07-10: Mahalo to my friend Derek, who hosted occasional loco moco nights for his fellow grad students at …

2019-07-09: Supper for a kiddo.

2019-07-09: Does anybody believe anything HR says, much less trust their judgment, when they’ve hired not …

2019-07-08: At least the cherries are good right now.

2019-07-07: Al-Anbar, Iraq, fifteen years ago: “You know what my favorite country is, …

2019-07-06: Talking to children about hospitals & loved ones’ illnesses is something you never feel …

2019-07-05: Perceptive? — Perspective?

2019-07-04: Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!

2019-07-03: Tower of Babel. (Literally — the language departments are housed here.) I’m much more fond of it …

2019-07-02: My favorite blowhard.

2019-07-01: “A Honeywell Chronotherm! Oh, wow, these were the Cadillac thermostats of their day.” — …

2019-06-30: My new hobby: learning more about the current state of air conditioning technology and HVAC …

2019-06-29: Went to supper at my in-laws’, came back to discover we probably need a new air conditioner.

2019-06-29: Brought some fresh-squeezed margaritas to my in-laws’ for hot summer evening enjoyment.

2019-06-28: What a frustrating stretch for the Twins. The entire starting All-Star-worthy outfield is banged up, …

2019-06-27: Overheard in the coffee shop: “It’s super hot — basically a Les Paul Junior from …

2019-06-27: It’s Thursday morning, and I’m finally getting to the stuff I wanted to the manuscript I wanted to …

2019-06-26: Mowing the lawn this morning, I found myself musing if I’m of the last generation to wonder …

2019-06-25: A “dirty” Caipirinha, made with falernum instead of sugar or simple syrup.

2019-06-25: You might live in a house with someone of Greek ancestry if olive oil is applied to a child in a …

2019-06-25: It’s been quite some time since I have felt such revulsion for an “author” as I am …

2019-06-24: My weeknight attempt at Chef Paul Gayler’s Moroccan-influenced lamb burger, served with beet-orange …

2019-06-23: Luis Arraez bears watching. This guy has some impressive contact skills, is versatile, and plays …

2019-06-22: Lobelia & nemesia.

2019-06-21: Baltic: potato vodka (I used Karlsson’s Gold), beet kvass, Carpano Antica vermouth, grated ginger, …

2019-06-21: A tangy treat from my baby.

2019-06-20: Шашлыки курицы с перцем Xалябa и лабне.

2019-06-19: The lesson from watching a six hour, seventeen-inning night game is the reminder the next day that …

2019-06-18: The Observatory was built on the edge of town, in the middle of a vineyard & orchard. Today, …

2019-06-17: Sophisticated money launderers might exchange one quantity of money for a different quantity, but …

2019-06-16: Delicious Father’s Day dessert: strawberry-rhubarb crisp with cardamom. I processed the rhubarb a …

2019-06-15: For modern-minded Minnesota baseball fans, Joe Mauer was ours. He arrived just as we gained the …

2019-06-15: Joe Mauer Day | Driftless Meditations

2019-06-14: 2019 isn’t half-over yet, but I just scheduled meetings up through the end of the Spring 2020 …

2019-06-13: Every year, a volunteer poppy (seems these could be called “Tommies” or “doughboys”) appears in a …

2019-06-12: Rainy afternoon window.

2019-06-11: I’m probably not the first to say this, but Peter Sagal’s was perhaps the last voice I …

2019-06-10: Chicken thighs, marinated in ginger beer, fresh ginger, garlic, & rice vinegar, then grilled …

2019-06-09: Scene: Living room, in front of our big travel map. Kiddo: When I was a little baby, I lived in …

2019-06-08: Laotian, Vietnamese, Thai, and…German? First biergarten supper of the year.

2019-06-07: Lunch: pork belly in mantou, with a Thai iced tea.

2019-06-07: The food cart & outdoor lunch scene here is sufficiently strong for me to run across nine folks …

2019-06-06: Baby could you please come back and bring the light … And free me from the lonely nights. Adieu.

2019-06-05: I’m not disappointed they missed on Craig Kimbrel, but the Twins need to do something to fix …

2019-06-04: Spending my evening’s leisure reading time perusing NTSB reports on air disasters that …

2019-06-04: Trim.

2019-06-03: Rob Manfred reads draft selections with all the charisma of a clerk calling the next number at the …

2019-06-03: Who would’ve thought the AppleTV & HomePod got multi-user support before the iPad?

2019-06-03: My 3rd-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro has been my favorite computer since my first Mac, the SE …

2019-06-03: Apple’s position on user privacy: You’re a human with rights, not a host with resources.

2019-06-03: All the adjectives Craig Federighi is using to describe iOS Dark Mode clearly indicate Apple (like …

2019-06-03: Who would’ve thought the AppleTV gets multi-user support before the iPad?

2019-06-03: Today might be the most fun news day of the entire summer: first Apple’s WWDC Keynote at noon, …

2019-06-02: Christening the new fire pit.

2019-06-01: Brewing up a double batch of ginger beer. Looking forward to glasses of hard-biting Snake Serum, …

2019-05-31: It’s obsolete the moment each entry is finalized, but there’s still something to be said …

2019-05-30: If there ever existed someone who actually merited the adjective “inimitable,” it was Leon Redbone.

2019-05-30: Observations: It was fun to see which photos I recognized. I expected a Prokudin-Gorsky photo, but …

2019-05-29: Contemplating: the demarcation between “firebrand” & “gadfly.”

2019-05-28: Pacific instrumental hymnody.

2019-05-27: MLB’s blackout rules are ridiculous: Try explaining to a little kid why they can’t watch …

2019-05-27: Fetishizing the environment in the age of the hashtag: Instagram-fueled conservation problems & …

2019-05-26: Smoked beef sausage, poached in beer & homemade mustard, then grilled; accompanied by blistered …

2019-05-26: Well, hello there, little buddy.

2019-05-25: Tonight: John Prine!

2019-05-25: My Kindle Keyboard is still going strong nearing its ninth birthday. Kept in airplane mode, the …

2019-05-25: Fishy business: The dispute about Mr. Volk’s walleye — which became the subject of a criminal …

2019-05-24: Kiddo: Apu, what does your t-shirt say? Me: It says “Roderick on the Line #Supertrain.” …

2019-05-23: One of my quiet nighttime hobbies: watching Jupiter race across the swath of sky framed in our …

2019-05-22: Smells & bells.

2019-05-21: When language lessons turn macabre, morbid, or somber.

2019-05-20: There are few things in baseball that make me as happy as I am when I see Tony Olivia, in uniform, …

2019-05-19: Although American fiction is neither bad nor withering, there is a lurking suspicion … that without …

2019-05-18: ±

2019-05-17: Sand cherry & visitors.

2019-05-16: On his digital player piano, his notes are sent through a computer, which then automatically plays …

2019-05-15: [T]here is nothing in the history of the exploitation of the West that indicates any great concern …

2019-05-14: Speaking with @macgenie for @monday Episode 60 was a treat. Jean is the kind of thoughtful, …

2019-05-14: I updated my Recently page for the first time in a few months, which perhaps gives a sense of why I …

2019-05-13: Eye-wateringly beautiful.

2019-05-12: Filet mignon, paired a carignan, served with potatoes roasted with olive oil, peanut oil, & …

2019-05-12: Mother’s Day supper prep.

2019-05-11: Saturday afternoon project with my brother-in-law.

2019-05-10: Amidst great inhumanity we are often capable of seeing humanity most clearly. Czapski, like Anna …

2019-05-09: For whatever reason, I was unaware my institution had free (but limited) access to Kanopy. …

2019-05-08: Our commute’s become a major hassle thanks to road construction, so suppers have gravitated toward …

2019-05-07: Tonight’s film: Chaplin’s Sunnyside (1919). Fairly charming, but not consistently great. …

2019-05-07: When we moved here, our street was canopied by mature ash trees. The city removed several last year …

2019-05-06: Up late — past my bedtime — reacquainting myself with Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano …

2019-05-05: Panko-breaded saltimbocca-style chicken with a salad of julienned sugar snap peas, scallions, mint, …

2019-05-05: “That one’s a T-Rex, and this one’s an angrysaurus.” Are we raising a future behavioral …

2019-05-04: The ultimate contradiction is that this music from an inhuman time has a desperate humanity—an …

2019-05-04: First visit of the spring to one of my favorite spots in the city.

2019-05-03: Reading curricular policy memoranda drafted when my dad was in junior high, and which detailed …

2019-05-02: Time for a little afternoon coffee.

2019-05-01: That’s better.

2019-04-30: Almost there.

2019-04-29: Gratitude for Micro.blog, two years after my first post.

2019-04-29: Two Years with Micro.blog Two years ago today I made my first post to my Micro.blog-hosted microblog. I’m very impressed …

2019-04-28: Perhaps the greatest thing the dusky seaside sparrow had working against it was that it was not as …

2019-04-27: Wisconsin, late April.

2019-04-26: The return visits of one’s former students are one of life’s greatest gifts.

2019-04-25: I posted a pull quote late last night when I finished reading Rachel Cooke’s interview/profile …

2019-04-24: The responsibility of his project — a project to which he has devoted almost half his life — never …

2019-04-23: Meiklejohn House was home to my first two offices on campus; I’m very attached to it. Built …

2019-04-22: We had a lightning strike just now that was so close I could feel it before it hit. First — and …

2019-04-21: Tonight’s one of those nights when I imagine my dream house’s sleeping porch. It’s …

2019-04-20: Every page of The Overstory I read pushes me further & further toward silence. It’s not …

2019-04-19: To convince the judge to order Happy to be released under habeas corpus and transferred to an …

2019-04-18: Contemplating the wisdom of ordering a print or two of Hieronymus Bosch paintings — Cutting the …

2019-04-17: Believe me, I pray, believe that I belong here. Inside my backpack, I can feel my other passport, my …

2019-04-17: Cold soba salad with grated carrot, poached chicken, & roasted soy nuts. I wish I had a little …

2019-04-16: With The Overstory, Powers has not created a fable so much as translated reality into a compelling …

2019-04-15: If you’re a liberal freaked out by Trump, Snyder is the dark prophet you’ve been waiting for. If you …

2019-04-14: Looking out the picture window into the moonlit night, listening to two black holes merge 1.3 …

2019-04-13: What I can confirm: there are Foxconn people there. I’ve seen their purple lanyards, and I’ve seen …

2019-04-12: Delayed Gratification readers: Would you recommend the journal to a curious non-subscriber? How well …

2019-04-12: Although I’m reading more than ever before, it often feels like I’m understanding less. This piece …

2019-04-11: Contrasts.

2019-04-11: Staying up late on a snowy April night to listen to Keith Jarrett & fall a bit more in love with …

2019-04-10: Wisconsin, mid-April.

2019-04-10: If I had stayed … I’d probably have ended up as a taxi driver or working in a kebab shop. So when a …

2019-04-09: Intuit and H&R Block last year poured a combined $6.6 million into lobbying related to the IRS …

2019-04-08: Amazon’s & Eero’s execs won’t lose a wage theft lawsuit, but that …

2019-04-07: “I want to be the Spotify of food[.]” … No one has to listen to the songs they don’t like on …

2019-04-06: La Tortuga might be the most fun Twins player of my lifetime. He doesn’t strike out or walk. …

2019-04-05: It’s good to be reminded, despite having some longstanding frustrations with the city where I …

2019-04-04: Art conservation is a field I know nothing about, so this excellent 35-minute video explicating the …

2019-04-03: Satya Rhodes-Conway, 47, will be our city’s second female, and first lesbian, mayor. When SRC …

2019-04-03: Hello, 1954.

2019-04-02: Always a treat to have an old favorite in for lunch.

2019-04-01: For a brilliant evening, just add this.

2019-04-01: What was [Walter] Benjamin carrying that was so precious to him? Which text, if it wasn’t The …

2019-03-31: [The Belt’s] existence, confirmed to The Athletic by multiple sources, has emerged as a …

2019-03-30: Old school, new cool.

2019-03-29: AirPower was a stupid name. If only we could consign the theories of Douhet, Trenchard, & …

2019-03-29: One horticulturalist’s off-beet research: [Goldman has] proven that he’s willing to do what needs …

2019-03-28: Happy Opening Day to those celebrating baseball’s return! Win, Twins!

2019-03-28: Because the times she lived in were also dark, violent and unpredictable, and because she was smart, …

2019-03-27: The American Tobacco Company, J.B. Duke, the Fourteenth Amendment, corporate private personhood, and …

2019-03-26: Did everyone in that room in Cupertino forget the person making a documentary for Apple on mental …

2019-03-25: James Casper’s influence on my life has persisted despite the brief time I knew him. Fifteen …

2019-03-25: In appreciation for some fantastic music by the lamentably late Scott Walker.

2019-03-24: I’ve been getting these prescription bottles from the VA for years, but for whatever reason, the cap …

2019-03-23: Щи да каша — пища наша.

2019-03-22: If you want the brass tacks of the problem described in Hedgehog Review’s “Wayward …

2019-03-21: Wayward Leviathans: The corporate economy began as a public program for state and national economic …

2019-03-20: Kel Assouf’s Black Tenere & M’dou Moctar’s Blue Stage Session have been in …

2019-03-19: Sometimes silent resignation is the best option.

2019-03-19: In a clash of hyper-talented, expectant multi-millionaires against rent-seeking, collusionist …

2019-03-19: It’s well past my bedtime on a work night, but I’m up late rejoicing because I live in …

2019-03-18: Meritocracy is the most self-congratulatory of distribution principles. Its ideological alchemy …

2019-03-17: Both my grandfathers were born today. Gramps is still with us, sharing his indelible laugh with his …

2019-03-16: Saturday afternoon, mid-March: looking for final garden items in the Seed Savers catalog, this …

2019-03-15: I’ve long enjoyed Brad Leone’s It’s Alive! videos for Bon Appetit, even as the …

2019-03-14: Boeing wanted to replace the 737. The plan had even earned the endorsement of its now-retired chief …

2019-03-14: Descent.

2019-03-13: Editors: If you’ve developed or adjusted a bespoke style guide used by your publication or …

2019-03-12: Earlier today I reflected on the anniversary of my last post to Instagram, what owning my own photos …

2019-03-12: This morning’s reading: academic polices that went into effect the same month I was born, yet …

2019-03-12: A Year Without Instagram | Driftless Meditations

2019-03-11: So it goes. They have been dying in my mind every day for the last 14 years. I suspect they will do …

2019-03-10: If I’m writing a book I tend to secrecy, but when I’m translating one I’ll rope in anyone useful. My …

2019-03-09: My favorite coffee shop, after nine years, has finally started offering patrons wi-fi. It was the …

2019-03-08: My tiny butterfly butters my bread. My briny flutterby keeps me well-fed. Why should I mutter? …

2019-03-08: The world has 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change. What will it take for Wisconsin to …

2019-03-07: Assumptions about what exists and what is fundamental exert a powerful influence on our lives. …

2019-03-06: There are only two problems with the work ethic today: Work doesn’t reliably deliver the social, …

2019-03-05: Having spent the past three years with a 27” iMac at work, I’m now in the position of …

2019-03-04: Underutilized smartphone marketing strategy for Gen X parents: Remember how boring waiting in Urgent …

2019-03-03: Took a quick day trip home yesterday. They’re running out of places to put the snow.

2019-03-02: Fifty years ago today, the Sud Aviation/BAC Concorde made its first flight at Toulouse. (Sud became …

2019-03-01: I can’t remember the last time I shot a photo with my phone’s front-facing camera. I most frequently …

2019-02-28: Crossing the (Calendar) Streams Years ago, I made a rule about my work/life balance: my work calendar, an Exchange asset, would not …

2019-02-27: Encountered in an out-of-the-way corner of a basement on campus, this sadly describes only the …

2019-02-26: My journey home from Iraq began 15 years ago: “Home” is a state of mind, nearly an abstract idea at …

2019-02-26: Fifteen Years on the Journey Home | Driftless Meditations

2019-02-26: Basking in this beauty as I wait for sleep.

2019-02-25: With one exception, I don’t really enjoy video games. I’ve played the one pictured here for nearly …

2019-02-24: Charlie takes his contributions around here very seriously.

2019-02-24: Fifty years ago today, Johnny Cash sang Shel Silverstein’s “A Boy Name Sue” to …

2019-02-23: Nonagenarian philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921–2018): Why am I concerned about [death]? My …

2019-02-22: This morning’s view.

2019-02-21: Morning meeting view.

2019-02-21: Just a reminder: It’s 2019, and iOS still doesn’t support embedded hyperlinks.

2019-02-20: I’ve been in the position to both vote for our current mayor (as a challenger & …

2019-02-19: As if on cue, the new issue of Jacobin arrived in today’s mail.

2019-02-19: My first impression of the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil, after using the original for a couple years, is …

2019-02-18: Winter sunsets are the best.

2019-02-18: On day one it’s been pretty amusing to surprise so many campus colleagues with a “Well, …

2019-02-17: I’m trying to think if I’ve ever had a single restore from an iCloud backup go off …

2019-02-17: If there’s something one can do in Wisconsin to feel more like a dad than — heading home from …

2019-02-17: Excluding gifts for others, I haven’t bought a DVD in years — or a Blu-ray ever. Maybe …

2019-02-17: This little guy got rung through the wringer a week ago. You wouldn’t know it to look at him now, …

2019-02-15: Today was the last day of a three year journey with some truly wonderful colleagues. As exciting as …

2019-02-14: Two young players — Max Kepler & Jorge Polanco — have agreed to sign extensions with the Twins …

2019-02-14: Confession: Whenever anyone mentions The Good Place, this immediately goes through my head.

2019-02-13: Untertitel auf Deutsch: [atonales Banjo Solo] Emotion is for simple folk; Art should be arcane. …

2019-02-12: A Pays d’en Haut homeowners’ calculus: If I blow the snow over there, the wind will …

2019-02-12: Count me among those feeling vexed & a bit betrayed by Amazon’s acquisition of Eero. I …

2019-02-12: Looking out at what is probably my last snowstorm through this window in my office. The building on …

2019-02-11: I detest meeting activities predicated on prompts that could be sent out to committee members in …

2019-02-11: Hey, Apple Music: If I listen to Karen Dalton, I’ve probably heard of that guy who calls himself …

2019-02-11: When a condolence card sent today ought to be accompanied by an apology on behalf of the person one …

2019-02-11: Well, cat, one of us is blessed with the natural night vision needed to be nature’s …

2019-02-10: Her footwear wasn’t ideal, but my favorite little person took her first walk on a frozen lake this …

2019-02-09: Brittany Ghiroli revisits Frank Robinson & Matt LeCroy This will forever be one of my favorite baseball stories: There he was: hard-nosed Hall of Famer …

2019-02-08: Facade.

2019-02-07: In Memory: Frank Robinson You might have read the news of Frank Robinson’s death, accompanied by some of his many …

2019-02-06: A glimpse into the work of a second-generation Chicago art conservation studio. What an incredible …

2019-02-05: Waiting hours for word from the vet on the condition of a debilitated pet is a particular sort of …

2019-02-04: If you’re looking for music that simultaneously sustains you through mundane, detail-focused …

2019-02-04: I was just past first base. There’s a saying: It all evens out—which, we know, it doesn’t. But you …

2019-02-03: Seeing so many farewell photos of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, I’m feeling a twinge. I’ve never lived in …

2019-02-03: Sixty years ago tonight a plane crashed, shortly after takeoff, in a field northwest of Mason City, …

2019-02-02: Unassigned group project.

2019-02-02: Preparing to move out of my current office in a couple weeks’ time means navigating the SHRED …

2019-02-01: William Tyler’s Goes West is going to stick with me all year. I keep getting lost with it.

2019-02-01: I just re-upped my annual subscription to The Athletic. I’m happy to support a publisher that: …

2019-01-31: Honoring Jackie Robinson on his 100th birthday, the New York Times has collected 100 photos of …

2019-01-30: Fifty years ago today, The Beatles (with guest keyboardist Billy Preston) ascended to the roof of …

2019-01-29: It’s currently -12°F outside. (The “feels like” temp is -36°F.) I can just about …

2019-01-29: Cold day? Hot pot.

2019-01-28: A perfect companion for a snowy, productive morning.

2019-01-28: Looking to make a difference in the world today? My dear friend, a Teaching English to Speakers of …

2019-01-27: Our forecast calls for up to 17 inches of snow between now & tomorrow afternoon. Things already …

2019-01-26: Go away, Siri.

2019-01-26: Today is my dad’s birthday, his first round number birthday since he passed on Bright Monday …

2019-01-25: Come on, Guardian.

2019-01-25: Cold Abe.

2019-01-25: What was on the mind of a dying titan of Marxist sociology? Teaching his grandchildren & others …

2019-01-24: Tonight my daughter was introduced to an absolute gem: Satchmo’s “Cheesecake.”

2019-01-24: The weekend forecast calls for up to another foot of snow. The grounds crew might need to get …

2019-01-23: Cesium took Apple Music’s place on my home screen years ago. I love everything about the app — …

2019-01-23: My optician gave me the “40-50 year old” examination today. No trombone lessons for me yet, thank …

2019-01-23: You could blow an entire year’s health insurance premiums on a 30-second Super Bowl spot. Or you …

2019-01-22: OmniFocus users: my trial ends today & I’m trying to decide between the Standard & Pro …

2019-01-21: Hi @manton, I think there may be an inconsistency in the iOS app’s character counter. The draft of …

2019-01-21: Poems for a Federal Holiday Claude McKay, America Gwendolyn Brooks, The Lovers of the Poor …

2019-01-20: Outside, it’s 3°F. Inside, we’re eating Portuguese kale & chouriço soup with a young pinot noir …

2019-01-20: Plenty of delicious meals have come out of our pressure cooker, but the thing it might do best is …

2019-01-20: Rediscovered in a box of items dating from the late Nineties, I probably shot this roll on my dad’s …

2019-01-19: Tonight, over beers in a too-noisy neighborhood bar, I reviewed my manuscript with its first reader. …

2019-01-19: Snow science.

2019-01-18: Sinatra & the (Concept) Album When In The Wee Small Hours was released, it came out on two 10” records. 10-inchers were the format …

2019-01-18: Buddy Holly’s “duet” with Gregory Porter, made using the vocal track from a tune released sixty …

2019-01-17: The Real Prayers Are Not the Words, But the Attention that Comes First, by Mary Oliver, (10 Sept …

2019-01-17: Your social network has problems if I finally updated the app version on my phone for the first time …

2019-01-17: Treat yourself.

2019-01-16: Skating on glass.

2019-01-15: The more you know…

2019-01-15: My dad, a firefighter, was robbed of the chance to meet his granddaughter in this life. My daughter …

2019-01-14: I don’t understand the mind of an IT professional who pooh-poohs concerns about potential use …

2019-01-13: The theorbo went to England as well. It was brought in by Inigo Jones in the 1600s, but he was …

2019-01-12: Come, in my labor find a resting place And in my sorrows lay your head, Or rather take my life and …

2019-01-11: Machines are not squeamish. An examination of contemporary instances of political murder though the …

2019-01-10: Dyson on algorithms: We imagine that individuals, or individual algorithms, are still behind the …

2019-01-09: Public art.

2019-01-08: Every time I listen to Aaron Parks’ Arborescence, I fall more deeply under its spell. I love this …

2019-01-08: Holy smokes, Duolingo is way more in-your-face precious than when I last used it — and I don’t …

2019-01-07: My hypothetical 2019 Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by enthusiasm: Larry Walker Edgar Martínez Scott …

2019-01-07: Rain & 16mph winds, high of 45°F. This is not January weather.

2019-01-06: Each time my little girl & I dance to a polka on the radio, we’re one polka closer to our last …

2019-01-06: Go Zuck yourself.

2019-01-06: Cliff Corcoran takes the launch of Baseball Prospectus’ new stat, Deserved Runs Created Plus, …

2019-01-05: Facebook's Ownership of Life Milestones One of the barriers to completely deleting my Facebook account (which I rarely log into) is that …

2019-01-04: Early Szymborska There are not enough lips to pronounce your transient names, O water. I would have to say them in …

2019-01-03: He said something to the effect of, “You do understand this is the former vice president.” Cheney …

2019-01-03: We were treated to a spectacular view of the Moon, Jupiter, & Venus this morning.

2019-01-03: How many F-bombs does a respected tech blogger get in a piece dissecting a prominent news story …

2019-01-03: We were treated to a spectacular view of the Moon, Jupiter, & Venus this morning.

2019-01-02: I just learned my late grandmother’s oldest brother passed away on December 31st. I learned …

2019-01-02: How I’ve chosen to start 2019.

2019-01-02: Good morning, @manton! I’ve noticed the official iOS app’s character counter seems to be miscounting …

2019-01-01: Arriving home at dusk on the first night of the year, there is snow to be measured & shoveled. …

2019-01-01: С Новым годом!

2018-12-31: My 2018 Favorites I haven’t done something like this in a few years. 2018 Favorites Books Poetry: Wisława …

2018-12-31: I really do not need to know about a refurbished Olympia Traveler or an heirloom-quality Remington …

2018-12-31: Should I be watching video analyses of the music theory & production techniques of recent …

2018-12-30: Post-holiday confession: I’m not a huge fan of prime rib, nor does it particularly signify …

2018-12-30: It’s silly, but this made me smile.

2018-12-29: Blending foodways: a Brandy Old Fashioned & τυροπιτάκια.

2018-12-29: Bach was at the peak of his creative powers. Yet for some reason, instead of sitting down and …

2018-12-28: Post-holiday mental exhaustion set in today with a vengeance. I took a little time to “put …

2018-12-27: I just completed one of my favorite end-of-semester traditions: the last-minute renewal of library …

2018-12-26: Well, I certainly didn’t expect to find an Ello notification in my stocking, er Inbox, this morning.

2018-12-25: Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

2018-12-25: Uncle Fritz started early.

2018-12-24: Is there any more exquisite-yet-fleeting pleasure than gathering four generations of a family in the …

2018-12-24: Found the cover shot for my never-to-exist Christmas jazz album.

2018-12-24: I wasn’t about to turn down a glass of 18 year old single malt, but my stomach still …

2018-12-23: Beloved terrain.

2018-12-22: Rockin’ John McDonald’s annual “I Like It Like That” Christmas show on WORT …

2018-12-22: I really wish Overcast could track podcast recommendations from the wonderful, interesting people in …

2018-12-21: My all-time favorite line from an Out of Office reply: If your email is urgent, please resend it on …

2018-12-21: Rarely is there a new Christmas album that doesn’t come across as a hollow, crass money grab. …

2018-12-21: The Last Day of Sunlight in Norilsk | Nowness [YouTube]

2018-12-20: James Mattis’ departure from the Pentagon, just announced by vandal-in-chief on his pet social …

2018-12-20: If you’re looking for a type of weather to make me cranky, you couldn’t pick something …

2018-12-19: I’m guessing the likelihood of finding an archived version of an app removed from the App …

2018-12-19: My Year-End Music Mixes for 2018 In early December I usually make a year-end mix of the tunes I’ve enjoyed for distribution …

2018-12-19: I wish there was a way to share a playlist on Apple Music without making my profile, name, or …

2018-12-19: You know, there’s a reason why you don’t hear many people express a desire to time …

2018-12-18: I seem to have swallowed a butterfly aerodrome overnight, which is how I can tell today is a big …

2018-12-17: I don’t know how it escaped my notice at the time, but I just learned this weekend that one of …

2018-12-16: If I’m listening to Bach, there’s a very high probability that I’m working toward a deadline. Today …

2018-12-15: Quick, which drink was ordered by which gender at the male/female two-top?

2018-12-14: Moon & Mars & ?.

2018-12-14: I’ve trimmed the working playlist for my year-end mix down from 204 potential songs to 37 …

2018-12-14: Near & far.

2018-12-13: Only Willie Nelson could transform “My Way” from a hollering-into-the-wind anthem of narcissistic, …

2018-12-13: You attend a meeting that runs from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.. Is it a lunch meeting?

2018-12-12: My institution has contracted with a multinational HR consulting firm to administer a survey …

2018-12-11: I’m a dedicated taxi user, but sometimes I get the appeal of ridesharing. Today the taxi I …

2018-12-11: Canceling Subscriptions & Supporting Institutions | schuth.xyz

2018-12-11: You might recall the passage in The Fellowship of the Ring, read by Gandalf, on the fall of Moria: …

2018-12-10: Words I still hear in my head, said in a particular French accent, every time I make certain dishes: …

2018-12-09: Sighted.

2018-12-08: Thinking about how to share my year-end music mix. Much as I dislike siloed platforms, there’s …

2018-12-07: First lunch with the Zojirushi Ms. Bento. Separate bowls are fun to assemble & permit staged …

2018-12-07: Vantage point.

2018-12-06: I wish there was one halfway decent iOS rowing app for non-Concept2 ergs. I guess charting with …

2018-12-06: You know a meeting is off to a good start when you spend twenty-five minutes discussing the meaning …

2018-12-05: Watch your step.

2018-12-04: This morning has been a perfect match of quiet productivity & one of my favorite albums of the …

2018-12-03: The case against the pity of war is that it was a sentiment that could be turned around to a worship …

2018-12-02: Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night…

2018-12-02: Kapusniak on a wet, windy December evening.

2018-12-02: See saws.

2018-12-01: Christmas blues.

2018-11-30: To put another way, there are around 600,000 to a million new books published per year … but …

2018-11-29: Jeff Goldblum oozes charm as he tickles the ivories. Can we get a flick premised around Jeff …

2018-11-29: I’ve been commuting via bus for over a decade. Five days of every week are built around that …

2018-11-28: I’m finally back down to a single digit of unread email at my work address for the first time …

2018-11-28: I knew that Philip Johnson, creator of several of my favorite (& some least favorite) examples …

2018-11-27: When I first visited our independent specialist, I knew I‘d found the right place by the cars …

2018-11-27: My stepdad was a specialist mechanic at an independent shop. Our cars are tended by an independent …

2018-11-26: Tired of turkey? Peanut stew is a delicious way to reframe those bird leftovers.

2018-11-26: An examination of where many folks labor, appropriate for the Monday after Thanksgiving: From …

2018-11-26: I must’ve recently been duped into turning on automatic updates without realizing it, because …

2018-11-25: Time for a new hobby. That’s what I’m calling it, anyway.

2018-11-24: The time of festivity has arrived.

2018-11-24: Dome light.

2018-11-22: Here we go.

2018-11-22: The new baby monitor is a bit too enthusiastic about Thanksgiving.

2018-11-21: I feel closest to my late grandmother on the evenings when I’m cooking several dishes for a …

2018-11-21: Flawless sunset, two days in a row.

2018-11-20: Lepore on Innovation & Disruption Jill Lepore, in an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, skewers the cult of innovation …

2018-11-20: If we have a public culture that suffers for lack of ability to comprehend other human beings, we …

2018-11-19: Overhead.

2018-11-18: Tonight I’m going to see the man whose work has been central to the development of my sense of …

2018-11-17:

2018-11-16: I signed up to support the launch of The Correspondent last night. (Disclosure: personal referral …

2018-11-15: Always interesting to see this explicit messaging out in the world.

2018-11-14: For all the typewriter enthusiasts: Kurt Vonnegut’s Smith-Corona 2200.

2018-11-13: A few recent web searches: Camp Korean Village Iraq slag pile Buick LeSabre window regulator Toro …

2018-11-12: Some say “five-by-five,” but it’s always “lickin’ chicken” to me.

2018-11-12: NPR’s 1A begins airing in just over an hour. I’m the last guest for today. You can …

2018-11-11: I’m listening to WNWI on my way through Chicago. The station is airing Radio Belgrade reports …

2018-11-11: Best brunch view ever; possibly the best fried frog legs & catfish I’ll ever eat.

2018-11-11: A century ago, on the last day of the Great War, 11,000 soon-to-be-former combatants were killed …

2018-11-10: Road tripping like a pro means putting 16 gallons of gas in your 14 gallon tank at a fuel stop.

2018-11-10: Listened to some fine pieces at the launch party for issue VII of So It Goes, the Kurt Vonnegut …

2018-11-10: On Monday I get to check off “guest on a national radio program” from my list. I wonder …

2018-11-09: Always glad for the arrival of our beautiful seasonal ground cover.

2018-11-08: Higher education’s alumni databases and the third party vendors that service them are the next …

2018-11-07: Today, this week, all of it.

2018-11-06: Voter #21 at my polling station at 7am. With a two-term disaster up for re-election as governor …

2018-11-05: Is there a Smoldering Dad™ model flashlight? Because after being nearly run over by a driver …

2018-11-05: Thankful for this glorious oak this morning.

2018-11-04: 1000 words: our cats’ spirits.

2018-11-03: We like our brandy here.

2018-11-02: If you have a young child in your life, you probably know what this is. If you are a parent, it will …

2018-11-02: This morning I rode an elevator non-stop from below-grade parking to the twelfth floor of one of the …

2018-11-01: Finally at the end of what I hope is my longest day of the academic year (or at least this …

2018-10-31: Apple, hypercapitalism, environmental responsibility, & the luxury market Apple’s event yesterday provoked two thoughts: The new MacBook Air & Mac mini’s …

2018-10-30: Excellent: the new 12.9” iPad Pro will actually fit in my cherished Tom Bihn Co-Pilot without …

2018-10-30: Nothing gold can stay. Not even the Mac mini (last updated 1475 days ago).

2018-10-29: I just discovered Quotebook has been out of development for two years. (A disappointment — it was a …

2018-10-28: Our backyard is ringed with mature trees in our neighbors’ yards. I mulched all the fallen leaves in …

2018-10-28: Our backyard is ringed with mature trees in our neighbors’ yards. I mulched all the fallen leaves in …

2018-10-28: It’s been weeks since my first listen, but I cannot get Tohru Aizawa Quartet’s version …

2018-10-27: Metropolitan, plus a few shakes of Peychaud’s & a couple Amarena Cherries. A perfect autumnal …

2018-10-27: Dismal Trivia We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, …

2018-10-26: One of many yarn-bomb cozies for light poles on the main campus mall - a Women Take the Polls …

2018-10-14: John Roderick’s cameo in one of the books my daughter received her first Scholastic book order last …

2018-08-11: Tonight makes the second time I’ve taken a batch of photos with Halide, only to have them disappear …

2018-07-17: My daughter’s room was my office before she was born. Since her room is in the center of the …

2018-06-27: I was in my mid-twenties before I had my first bánh mì. A sausage bánh mì was the last thing I ate …

2018-06-24: My daughter’s very interested in the global radar view in Dark Sky, so this evening I gave her the …

2018-06-22: My daughter composed her first plate presentation last night. She looked at the different elements …

2018-06-17: I lost my dad & stepdad of 27 years within eight months in 2011. Three years ago yesterday I …

2018-05-29: This weekend I watched my daughter sing “Happy Birthday” to her great-grandmother, who turns 93 …

2018-04-28: Today was, in some ways, the definitive Saturday: inside & outdoor household chores, a thwarted …

2018-04-22: Listening to my my wife sing a lullaby to our daughter, who is sleepily singing along. My heart is …

2018-03-04: Wires got crossed somehow, and this is how my daughter is asking for additional kiwi now: More …

2018-01-01: A moment of recognition today: my daughter asking “Home?” in a half-plaintive, half-hopeful voice as …

2017-12-30: This is not groundbreaking insight, but I will pass it on to my daughter: Never undervalue the …

2017-12-09: Listening to my daughter & wife in the living room as I recuperate in the bedroom, the remove is …

2017-11-24: One of the sweetest treats of Thanksgiving this year was watching my daughter interact with her …

2017-10-21: Halsten Blækkelien, died 2 October 1868, aged 82 years. Taran Blækkelien, born 25 December 1786, …

2017-10-16: Anticipation.

2017-10-16: I didn’t know iOS 11 enabled viewing SpringBoard & Notification Center simultaneously…

2017-09-18: Marie's old man doughnuts Forget boutique doughnuts. Every city needs a good purveyor of what my cousin Grace calls an …

2017-09-18: The weather in Sacramento last weekend was pretty okay.

2017-09-05: Busy day.

2017-09-05: A new academic year means retiring another bus pass.

2017-09-04: Chops marinated overnight in soy, brown sugar, & rice wine vinegar, pan-seared, & finished …

2017-08-30: My daughter saw this shirt in my closet this morning & gave an approving “Ooooooooh! …

2017-08-29: The makings.

2017-08-28: Important August safety tip.

2017-08-22: Signs.

2017-08-18: The autumn semester is nearly here.

2017-08-14: This beautiful beast lives a block away from our house, and we can often smell it at work on ribs, …

2017-08-05: Polka, drinks, & dining in the firehouse.

2017-08-05: I can remember when this pumper was brand new. Next year it turns thirty.

2017-08-05: Dad’s rolling memorial.

2017-08-05: Firemen’s dance tonight.

2017-08-02: Currying flavor.

2017-07-26: The bees were going nuts for these.

2017-07-26: Chicken marinated in ginger, mixed citrus, & soy sauce overnight; roasted in a wind oven for 30 …

2017-07-25: How to make your buds happy. Chicken marinated in ginger, mixed citrus, & soy sauce overnight; …

2017-07-24: Weeknight variation on spaghetti alla carbonara, with lardons of homesmoked paprika & red pepper …

2017-07-24: Even five years ago, I could not have claimed to care much about flowers, let alone claim one as a …

2017-07-14: Favorite flower season.

2017-07-10: She can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile.

2017-07-10: Newish mother & brand-new grandmother teeter-totter.

2017-07-10: I love the way the power poles form the first letter of the city’s & state’s name.

2017-07-10: My favorite city? It’s a close call. Certainly my favorite skyline.

2017-07-10: A poorly played game (I could do without Kyle Gibson ever starting again), but a lovely day after …

2017-07-08: This place has everything.

2017-07-06: Scene from a morning detour.

2017-06-24: Post-lawn mowing reward: Vietnamese-inspired pork chops.

2017-06-21: Tiling the ridgepole.

2017-06-15: You do not labor in vain, historians. Someone is going to read that 76 year old MA thesis.

2017-06-06: Chicken in turmeric-lime yoghurt sauce on a bed of cardamom-cinnamon rice, topped by a salad of …

2017-06-05: I could sit down here with my coffee all morning.

2017-05-31: Huh.

2017-05-26: A tribute to 深夜食堂.

2017-05-17: From last week: Cheera thoran, with Swiss chard subbing for the amaranth.

2017-05-07: Supper: veggie and rice bowl. Napa cabbage, mint, cilantro, Persian cucumbers, and golden beets on a …

2017-05-07: Grab a little sun.

2017-05-07: Burr oak — beautiful giant of the prairie.

2017-05-07: Perfect day to visit the Arboretum.

2017-05-07: Risotto at home: a simple pleasure.

2017-05-06: This works. But no other photos?

2017-05-06: We’re trying to work on instilling respect for her books, but pop-ups are proving too enticing …

2017-05-05: I’d never want to work in this building, but the occasional committee meeting here reveals …

2013-09-15: The diner from Diner.

2013-09-15: J. and partner perform “the Crab Dance.”

2013-09-15: Our supper guests are crabby.

2013-09-15: Early nineteenth century parade rest is almost second position in ballet.

2013-09-15: A FREE TRADE and SAILORS RIGHTS

2013-09-15: Fort McHenry. Our flag IS STILL there.

2013-09-15: The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore.

2013-09-15: The cathedral’s sanctuary. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation (Baltimore).

2013-09-15: An offering of basil at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore.

2013-09-15: When your first child gets married, who better to MC the toasts (and give the first one himself) …

2013-09-13: Supper in a random Zagat-rated strip mall pho shop in Columbia, Mayland. I had Bún bò Huế.

2013-09-13: Easily the best part of O’Hare.

2013-09-09: An unexpected package arrived at my house today bearing a $55 Priority Mail label. This is what was …

2013-09-09: Good morning! Time for foodies!

2013-09-08: Been going here when I visit my Uncle Sam since 1990. The church has had the same priest that whole …

2013-09-08: Night is coming.

2013-09-04: My friend’s memoir just arrived. Looking forward to diving in, K.

2013-08-26: Homemade Southwestern chile verde. Taken yesterday, but tastes even better today.

2013-08-21: Not a bad haul for one evening.

2013-08-21: A closer look at the Abu Rawans. These things are somewhere between vermillion and persimmon in …

2013-08-21: The differences between tomato varieties is so cool.

2013-08-19: The first melon from our garden, a Minnesota Midget. No bigger than a tomato and very fragrant. No …

2013-08-17: The product of our morning: homemade tomato sauce from some of our tomatoes. It was a double batch, …

2013-08-16: Tonight: Dry-rubbed, bone-in, thick-cut pork chops with roasted beets, chevre, and fresh basil. Dry …

2013-08-10: West Indies-inspired meatloaf. A 50/50 mix of ground pork and beef, with oats, egg, garam masala, …

2013-08-10: Our seven-foot-tall heirloom tomato plants have started yielding.

2013-08-06: Homemade chicken bánh mì. Substituted liverwurst for pâté, and pickled jicama for pickled daikon. …

2013-08-02: I didn’t know Mayor Soglin was moonlighting as a vendor at Twins games.

2013-08-02: Watching the Twins with K, Louie, and Matt.

2013-08-02: Minneapolis lunch: a Juicy Lucy and a Grain Belt at Matt’s.

2013-08-01: Cheese, Gromit!

2013-07-31: Satisfaction.

2013-07-27: Headed home from Columbus, Matt & I discover the reason for so much traffic in a town of 4900 — …

2013-07-26: Not sure what this guy is, but it sure looks cool.

2013-07-26: This tiny melon has escaped the netting and is wearing a little flower hat.

2013-07-26: Double Daylily.

2013-07-26: Scenes from around the garden.

2013-07-24: Does your dentist’s office have Sandhill Cranes?

2013-07-23: Our hibiscus is awesome.

2013-07-21: Snoozy.

2013-07-20: Forty-four years ago we sent three men to this speck in the heavens.

2013-07-16: From our backyard flower garden: Globe Thistle.

2013-07-16: Pan con Chicharrón at Surco. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten — roasted pork, …

2013-07-16: Checking out The Flower Factory in Stoughton.

2013-07-13: Glow Sticks and Show Tunes in the Park.

2013-07-13: Honestly, I don’t know why anyone leaves this town in the summer. No filter.

2013-07-13: Opera Glasses in the Park

2013-07-13: Supper in the Park: oven-roasted chicken breast with honeydew-Serrano-lime salsa, baguette, figs, …

2013-07-13: Sometimes you just need to lay out on a blanket and look up at a tree.

2013-07-13: Our view from up the hill.

2013-07-13: Fellow early arrivals to Opera in the Park.

2013-07-13: Playing Grill Master at the neighborhood brat & hot dog sale.

2013-07-12: A little late-night homemade banana pudding.

2013-07-11: Someone at Fraboni’s has a sense of humor.

2013-07-10: For J.

2013-07-10: I hope to see my friend Yvette’s work here someday.

2013-07-10: Norman, you and I gotta get over here and get hatted if we ever win the lottery.

2013-07-10: Haberdasher’s shop in the Monadnock building.

2013-07-10: A 3D, to scale, up-to-date model of Chicago in the Railroad Exchange building.

2013-07-05: First cucumber of the summer.

2013-07-04: Independence Day backyard fireflies.

2013-07-04: The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause …

2013-07-02: “Good morning! It’s foodies time!”

2013-06-28: Somebody joined the club.

2013-06-28: Came across the local distillery’s old K-series International flatbed, parked on the street …

2013-06-26: Presenting the Chicago Goat, my friend Greg’s creation. If you’ve ever had Malört …

2013-06-26: Tried something new at the local diner today: a Boston Cooler. Vanilla ice cream, ginger beer, and …

2013-06-23: Root beer, still homebrewed according to a recipe dating back to Prohibition.

2013-06-23: Drive-ins are the best.

2013-06-23: Scene from a country road.

2013-06-23: What’s left of the Poor Farm near Trempealeau. There used to be an outbuilding with …

2013-06-22: When you grow up in a French village on the Mississippi, there’s nothing like blackened …

2013-06-21: Got to drive this primered monster today: a ‘57 Ford with a 429, manual brakes, and manual …

2013-06-19: Night factory. Very reminiscent of the one I worked at in high school. Loved third shift.

2013-06-19: So, a box came from Amazon today…

2013-06-12: Pastel de Acelgas, waiting for me to put on its top layer of dough.

2013-06-10: J. is making koulóuria — Greek sesame rings.

2013-06-08: Last time the Buick was out for a cruise was 2010. First stop: Dad’s fire department.

2013-06-07: Grain Belt keeps things friendly.

2013-06-07: The main sound system in Dad’s shop — a Zenith console stereo complete with 8-track. I’m …

2013-06-05: It’s running!

2013-06-03: When trying to comprehend technology that was obsolete twenty years before you were born, a good …

2013-06-03: Dad’s Buick has sat for over three years. I’m trying to get it running this week.

2013-06-02: The view from our supper table.

2013-06-02: So, yesterday at Farm & Fleet, this happened.

2013-05-31: My friend, Will, was a huge influence on me during my first semester in our program. His arguments …

2013-05-30: Woke up early, so I get to read a little of a book I haven’t reread in at least fifteen years.

2013-05-25: Lost Cocktail #2 - an Aviation. I’ve been waiting fifteen years for one of these.

2013-05-25: Greg made me one of the great lost cocktails — a Twentieth Century.

2013-05-20: My little pal.

2013-05-20: J. and I really love allium. She planted a few, but other, smaller allium that Alice (our …

2013-05-20: Baby rabbits. The burrow is in the flower garden.

2013-05-20: First harvest from the garden.

2013-05-20: A favorite liquid antidote to warm weather.

2013-05-18: Right now it sucks to be them. In two hours it sucks to be me.

2013-05-16: Scenes from the garden.

2013-05-14: If you’ve been wondering what J. has been up to, this is it. She built a raised bed garden …

2013-05-14: Can you find Charlie?

2013-05-10: Wally plays his first iPad game. He was too smart for it and kept looking for the mouse on the floor …

2013-05-08: Dusk Blossoms.

2013-05-07: Landscape through Brutalism.

2013-05-05: Orthodox Easter supper: roasted lamb chops marinated in garlic, oregano, thyme, lemon juice & …

2013-04-29: Rhubarb-strawberry crisp topped with a pistachio-oatmeal crumble.

2013-04-27: Our next door neighbor retired from the Marine Corps this week.

2013-04-21: Greg, losing it.

2013-04-21: 10th place of 370+ teams as of Hour 31.

2013-04-20: Turning in music question answers.

2013-04-19: Trivia Speedball # 1

2013-04-19: My shiny.

2013-04-19: First “Epic White Guy Dancing” of Trivia.

2013-04-09: And that is one righteous spring storm system.

2013-04-09: It’s a cold, heavy rain splashing down our gutters tonight.

2013-04-07: My first attempt at making loco moco at home. Tried lightly poached eggs in lieu of fried ones.

2013-04-04: He was playing “Fishing Blues” when I walked by.

2013-04-03: Nearing show time.

2013-04-02: At WORT.

2013-04-02: I’m a union member, and I vote.

2013-04-01: Opening Day Soup, made on the fly. Leeks, carrots, potatoes, white wine, chicken stock, egg yolks, …

2013-03-30: Why is it that I just found out about loco moco today?

2013-03-26: Took J’s mom out for some bao and tea for supper.

2013-03-22: Trying new pizza.

2013-03-18: Snowy morning coffee.

2013-03-17: Post-grad recruitment dinner beers at Mickey’s Tavern. We filled the back three rooms beyond …

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2013-03-12:

2013-03-11: Music Club tonight.

2013-03-07: Soon I will have to grade these, but for now it’s nice and quiet.

2013-03-05: Standing in our driveway, J. says she is “done with this game and want[s] to go inside and …

2013-03-04: Seems like the appropriate response to their correspondence.

2013-03-01: “So, you want to read a PDF on your Kindle?”

2013-02-24: Apparently it’s bath time.

2013-02-23: This exhibit just opened at the Chazen Museum of Art. We went through it with some Illinois friends …

2013-02-23: Skylight in the Wisconsin State Senate chamber.

2013-02-23: On the floor of the Wisconsin State Senate.

2013-02-22: Only one coat on the left so far.

2013-02-21: Drinks down below.

2013-02-19: Finally, the fruit: a golden French melon, an orange miniature melon from Minnesota, and …

2013-02-19: Peppers: a red bell from the Ozarks, a chocolate bell from Romania, and a mildly hot Hungarian.

2013-02-19: Tomatoes: a solid dark cherry type, plus one variety each from Iraq, Ukraine, and Russia.

2013-02-19: Haricots vert, which we’ll grow along the side of the house, plus three kinds of cucumbers. …

2013-02-19: Our root veggies: purple carrots and two kinds of beets, which I can’t wait to roast.

2013-02-19: Our seeds arrived!

2013-02-16: 2AM: Four members of the pride snoozing together.

2013-02-14: Pro-organized labor, pro-public education rally.

2013-02-14: Anniversary gathering.

2013-02-14: Two years.

2013-02-12: Gotta eat these last three by midnight.

2013-02-07: In front of Memorial Library: The cart in the foreground is Argentinian, the one in the background …

2013-02-05: Not-so-little nut.

2013-02-01: One reason I love Reese’s Pieces — the unabashed use of early 1980s San Diego Padres colors.

2013-01-31: Love my mechanic’s condiment holder.

2013-01-28: We’re getting some pretty serious Jurassic Park rain (for winter, anyway) at the moment. Hold …

2013-01-25: Important safety tip.

2013-01-24: “My house. Mine.”

2013-01-23: Supper acquired.

2013-01-14: Today is Wally’s cake day; he came home with us two years ago this evening.

2013-01-13: Sunday night with my little pal.

2013-01-10:

2013-01-07: С Рождеством Христовым!

2013-01-05: What else do you do on a Saturday night in early January? Game 1 of the 1987 World Series and Chex …

2012-12-30: Charlie and Papou, one year later.

2012-12-30: I met J. for the first time seven years ago today. There have been some great highs and some really …

2012-12-27: In which Charlie learns that rubber bands are not toys for kitties.

2012-12-25: All dressed up with no place to go.

2012-12-20: When you get 18 inches of snow in one day, this is how you plow the streets.

2012-12-20:

2012-12-20: J. got me a backgammon/нарды board that matches our living room decor. Gonna have to develop some …

2012-12-20: Post snow-blowing breakfast: two egg & cheese omelette and six ounces of blackened catfish.

2012-12-14: I miss you, Pa.

2012-12-09: Picked this up yesterday. It’s a documentary record made in 1966, recorded live in Vietnam.

2012-12-09: Sunday afternoon, spinning vinyl with Tim. Up first: “Death Might Be Your Santa Claus,” …

2012-12-09: Snowfall!

2012-12-07: FIRST SNOW!

2012-12-07: This classic treat is mandatory here in Wisconsin and over in Minnesota this time of year.

2012-12-07: I love finding new spots like this in town.

2012-12-05: Waiting.

2012-12-03: I’ve always been a big fan of mercury glass, so I’m really enjoying the mercury glass …

2012-12-02: The tale of my last 24 hours.

2012-12-01: Tree’s lit, Christmas mix is on shuffle, currently playing Marvin Gaye.

2012-12-01: Next year we’ll try just the rooflines.

2012-11-30: We decided that we’re going to add some lights in the windows, but we’re trying to keep …

2012-11-24: Christmas Greyhound.

2012-11-24: Tonight J. told me I can buy a retired fire truck from my dad’s fire department if I can …

2012-11-24: Lincoln Park, St. Charles, just prior to the Electric Parade.

2012-11-23: Nike has reached maximum fun at The Annual.

2012-11-23: Greg considers a vague point in the rules.

2012-11-23: New game unlocked at The Annual!

2012-11-21: Charlie’s done with this game.

2012-11-20: My mentor hipped me to a new food cart down the block from our office. Delicious Kansas City-style …

2012-11-14: Night light.

2012-11-14:

2012-11-10: “Whoa. This is what a mousey sees right before I make the red gravy come.”

2012-11-06: Voter 189 at the Hmong church down our street.

2012-11-05: Morning and evening. Possibly the biggest musical day of my life so far.

2012-11-05: Bob Dylan, playing harmonica.

2012-11-05: Mark Knopfler playing “What It Is.”

2012-11-05: POTUS.

2012-11-05: The Boss exits as POTUS enters.

2012-11-05: Bruce!

2012-11-05: At the Springsteen/Obama rally with J.

2012-11-03: Fire pit and Brandy Old Fashioneds.

2012-11-02: A whole different kettle of fish.

2012-11-02: Uff-da! We’ll be eating well tonight.

2012-11-02: Bring it on, Winter.

2012-11-01: Night library.

2012-10-31: One of the best Wisconsin things.

2012-10-27: Anthony, who TAs the Vietnam class with me, listens to a story at our music club’s ECM night.

2012-10-27: I got a Mike Schmidt, who might have been the best player in the set, Dave Stieb, Cesar Cedeno, and …

2012-10-27: A present from my friend Jeff K.: two unopened packs of ‘86 Topps. Visually this was one of my …

2012-10-27: I might be mistaken, but I think this is the first time I’ve ever made lunch at 4am.

2012-10-23: Action scene from my classroom: On the day we discuss the Commerce Hall riot, Kent State, and …

2012-10-22: What I’m Doing Now: Grading midterms and listening to Sketches of Spain.

2012-10-19: Grading midterms is easier when you have good supervision.

2012-10-18: Sharing one of my favorite albums of the last five years (and maybe my life) with my students …

2012-10-18: At the beginning of the week that pile of rubble was a small group of decrepit brick buildings, …

2012-10-16: One of the sunsets I hope I never forget. No filter.

2012-10-16: Radiance.

2012-10-15: Sometimes our imperfect brains fail us when we need answers.

2012-10-14: Looking down Bungalow Row in the rain.

2012-10-14: Blueberry pancakes at Sophia’s.

2012-10-13: I know many people feel days like this are dreary, but I love rainy autumn days.

2012-10-12: There’s also an exceptionally weird roof sculpture next to the atrium skylight two floors …

2012-10-12: There is, however, a sliver of lake view.

2012-10-12: The general view outside J’s room. Pretty safe to assume this hospital didn’t win any …

2012-10-10: The Goddess lives outside my mechanic’s shop.

2012-10-07: It’s hard to accept that as of today (the 7th) my little guy is already two years old.

2012-10-07: Apparently listening to Philip Glass brings out my inner Serj Tankian.

2012-10-07: (Part of) My Hometown.

2012-10-06: My Amma, 87 years old and very much the matriarch of our family. Two hip replacements means she no …

2012-10-06: Emphasis on “Just.”

2012-10-06: Wedding wheels.

2012-10-06: Singing “Someone Like You” in three-part harmony with Claudius and my brother as …

2012-10-06: Hands on keys.

2012-10-06: Claudius, who was our German foreign exchange student twelve years ago, plays Dylan’s …

2012-10-06: He knows about them.

2012-10-06: Two dozen treasures.

2012-10-05: The pipe organ for my sister’s wedding tomorrow. Sounds as good as it looks.

2012-10-04: Came outside because these things kept circling my house. Took a picture, then started to head back …

2012-10-04: …only to see this rising into the sky. Instantly recognizing what it was, I ran into the yard …

2012-10-04: Our backyard has a secret tunnel of autumn color that stretches three streets away, where a little …

2012-10-04: Out the picture window, autumn’s golden carpet.

2012-10-03: At the Brewers vs. Padres game. Go Friars!

2012-10-02: This only means one thing — Thursday is really going to be a headache.

2012-10-02: One of my favorite 1960s front end treatments.

2012-09-28: Listening to one of the great bossa nova albums as I study this evening.

2012-09-28: What I saw hovering over farm fields on my way to pick up Chinese takeout over in Cottage Grove.

2012-09-26: Underneath Union South.

2012-09-26: Long Binh Film Festival: Born on the Fourth of July.

2012-09-25: The very first advance copy of my friend and colleague’s novel about Vietnam, and it’s …

2012-09-24: Somebody has taken to sitting on my lap when I read for seminar in the evenings.

2012-09-23: Headed toward Trempealeau on Highway 35, the Great River Road.

2012-09-22: My brother-in-law to be at his chef competition, giving pointers to his beauty queen helpers. (He …

2012-09-22: Headed south on Minnesota Highway 43.

2012-09-22: United Farmers Co-operative grain elevator, Rushford, Minn.

2012-09-22: By name, my favorite hometown watering hole.

2012-09-22: Be advised: Poochie.

2012-09-22: Doughnut of the gods.

2012-09-22: Subaru gets new tires in Pa’s old bay. It’s still hard to come here and not see him or …

2012-09-22: These two articles, one about Pa and one a son’s tribute to him, hang side by side on the wall …

2012-09-21: Hand & Foot.

2012-09-21: Study music. The second movement of Shostakovich’s second piano concerto is exquisite.

2012-09-21: Reading in my office with my study partner.

2012-09-18: Planning this afternoon’s lecture.

2012-09-15: Cheesemaking demonstration outside the Green County Courthouse at Cheese Days.

2012-09-15: Cheese, Gromit.

2012-09-14: First shots in the new bar.

2012-09-09: Dinner at Sardine.

2012-09-09: Finally got the new house numbers up. Now I just have to replace that hideous doorbell.

2012-09-08: I voted (in the American Historical Association’s 2012 election).

2012-09-08: What I’m listening to tonight: the perfect album for a rainy September evening.

2012-09-08: Drinking beer out of a Dixie coffee cup. It’s Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin; gotta stay …

2012-09-08: Grilling at the neighborhood association’s brat fry.

2012-09-05: Life is hard for the cats around here.

2012-09-04: Heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh from our garden.

2012-09-04: Snapped this out the window on the ride home after class.

2012-09-03: At my office, running off photocopies for handouts in tomorrow’s first day of class.

2012-09-02: Turbodog float.

2012-09-01: What I’m listening to this afternoon: some excellent office-cleaning music.

2012-08-31: Got Wally a bed so he can sleep more comfortably in our room. I guess he likes it okay.

2012-08-30: Solidarność.

2012-08-30: The Marshal.

2012-08-30: Went back for the evening screening of High Noon. I love this film so much.

2012-08-30: At Sundance 608 with J. to see High Noon (Gary Cooper! Grace Kelly!) on the big screen as part of …

2012-08-30: One of the two orange couches in my office.

2012-08-29: Oh so dainty.

2012-08-27: Relaxing on the couch with a cup of coffee and plenty to read.

2012-08-26: The bread J. made has filled the kitchen with a toothsome smell. Looking forward to trying it.

2012-08-25: A good Old Fashioned Saturday night.

2012-08-25: Earlier today: After the salvage yard, a car show. This is a 1948 Ford F-1 pickup.

2012-08-24: Wally has never been comfortable sleeping on our bed at night, and since we moved into the house, …

2012-08-24: What I’m listening to right now: The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam in …

2012-08-23: What I’m listening to tonight: Steve Kuhn Trio’s Wisteria.

2012-08-23: Wickedly good on a hot August night.

2012-08-23: Monday night’s sunset in Aurora.

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2012-08-20: It’s hard to get a clean shot of a red-throated hummingbird from ten feet away.

2012-08-20: Come fly with me.

2012-08-20: Leaving the Pacific Northwest is bittersweet. The Upper Midwest is my home, but I have a deep …

2012-08-20: What the 12 ball sees.

2012-08-20: Two Russian grandmas looking at photos of a great-grandchild on an iPad.

2012-08-19: Barbecue pork bánh mì from Saigon Deli in the International District.

2012-08-19: Bremerton ferry.

2012-08-19: The inbound Bremerton Ferry, Olympic Mountains in the distance.

2012-08-19: Downtown Seattle from Alki Point.

2012-08-19: A West Seattle front “yard.”

2012-08-19: Queen Anne Hill from across Elliot Bay, with the Space Needle hovering over the bay on the right.

2012-08-19: A quilted topographical map of Mt. Rainer National Park. Asking price was several thousand dollars …

2012-08-19: A few of the delicious items available.

2012-08-19: Best breakfast in town, down at Pike Place.

2012-08-19: The Millionaires’ Club. Good street string bands are a spiritual experience.

2012-08-19: ¡La Reina!

2012-08-19: El Diabla.

2012-08-19: Wall mural at El Diablo.

2012-08-19: Sunday breakfast: a long awaited reunion with El Diablo Coffee Co.’s Cortadito.

2012-08-19: A lamp on the bride’s cottage at the farm where the ceremony and reception were held.

2012-08-19: The very simple, but very beautiful, outdoor altar.

2012-08-19: Alice and Stan.

2012-08-17: There’s something about baseball that lends itself to this kind of effect.

2012-08-17: Twins at Mariners, top of the fifth.

2012-08-16: Space Needle.

2012-08-16: Seattle.

2012-08-16: Stan, the best friend a guy could ever hope for.

2012-08-16: Downtown Seattle from our hotel suite in downtown Bellevue.

2012-08-16: The view from our paintball place.

2012-08-15: “Uncle” Artur, my good friend from Moscow, and a new friend from Seattle, both by way of …

2012-08-15: Headed to Seattle.

2012-08-14: Wisconsin primary for US Senate, House, state, and county offices.

2012-08-13: A selection of ties in my tie drawer.

2012-08-12: Tsuro board.

2012-08-11: Fire pit at Greg & Kelly’s.

2012-08-11: Ike.

2012-08-11: A Minneapolis Threshing Machine steam engine, predecessor of Minneapolis-Moline tractors.

2012-08-11: Steam shovel!

2012-08-10: Back at the hospital again.

2012-08-07: Charlie turns one today. When we agreed to take care of a nine week old kitten we got more than we …

2012-08-05: Huge picture windows are perfect kitty snoozing perches.

2012-08-05: A 1939 Hudson coupe. The owner was asking $14,500, which seems pretty high for an orphan that needs …

2012-08-04: How you know you’re an adult: when your treat from the co-op is a bunch of golden beets.

2012-08-04: If it seems like I am finding rain exceptionally newsworthy, it’s because it really is that …

2012-08-04: The inner fender of a 1969 Ford pickup. Couldn’t believe I found one in decent condition - …

2012-08-04: Went to a salvage yard in Waunakee this morning looking for truck parts. This is what’s left …

2012-08-02: Bath time.

2012-07-31: La lune est belle ce soir.

2012-07-30: Cedar house siding: before & after.

2012-07-27: Ceiling of the IMAX lobby.

2012-07-26: Wally as Spaceman Spiff.

2012-07-24: We picked up a pair of these green one-piece lamps this weekend.

2012-07-24: A salad of heirloom tomatoes, feta, olive oil, and basil from our garden that J. made for supper.

2012-07-23: Time for a beverage.

2012-07-23: Testing the boys’ problem-solving abilities by sticking them into modular furniture cubbies. …

2012-07-22: Blue Hawaiian.

2012-07-22: Antique liquor bottles at Avenue Bar.

2012-07-21: Talkin’ union blues.

2012-07-21: Greg & Kelly!

2012-07-21: Sky. Light.

2012-07-20: Preparing organic blueberries for freezing. We got five pounds with our CSA.

2012-07-19: This is just so wrong.

2012-07-18: RAIN. LOTS OF RAIN.

2012-07-18: This is lonely.

2012-07-17: I’m not one for watering grass, but our lawn is starting to remind me of Twentynine Palms.

2012-07-17: Rain! (Briefly.)

2012-07-15: Supper: meatloaf with roasted beets dressed in cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, S&P, and topped …

2012-07-10: After a Moscow Mule I had this - a “Cucumber Corpse Reviver,” made with cucumber-infused …

2012-07-10: Went to Sardine for dessert and drinks.

2012-07-09: Our local pet food supplier. The folks that work here are incredibly friendly and helpful. I …

2012-07-09: Stopping to replenish our peppercorn reserves.

2012-07-05: At least it only feels like 103ºF?

2012-07-04: About anthropomorphism…

2012-07-04: No rain. No rain. No rain.

2012-07-04: Thankful that I don’t have to forage on the grass right now. This little guy is probably the …

2012-07-03: Despite the severe drought, these little beets are looking good.

2012-07-03: Wally relaxing on the new couch, just delivered this afternoon.

2012-07-02: One of UW’s Med Flight Eurocopters. Four years ago one crashed near La Crosse, with the loss …

2012-07-01: Hospital skylight. No filter.

2012-06-30: Jailbreak to go watch fireworks on the roof of the parking garage.

2012-06-30: When it comes to living Madison, sometimes it’s the little things that stand out most.