11 September 2020

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.”

This Week

I’m taking a break from my usual internet haunts for a little while. This mostly means avoiding Twitter but also the barrage of all my regular feeds. The results are: 1) I don’t have as many links as usual and 2) I feel calmer than I did previously. I hope you agree it’s worth it.

In other news, the weather has taken a turn towards fall, virtual school has begun and I am wearing warm socks and sweaters. Also, I am beginning to assemble my first miniature room (from a kit, but I have many customizations planned). I’m ready for cozy autumn and winter.

I also made my first little video using my DSLR camera (as opposed to earlier videos I made with my phone camera). So that’s a thing.


Your ‘surge capacity’ is depleted — it’s why you feel awful. If you have been through extended periods of intense difficulty without a finite end like poverty or illness, you might recognize much of this. If you do, the good news is that these methods of resilience are familiar to you.

The internet of protest is being built on single-page websites.

The Winamp skin museum.

“Museums fall within the larger field of GLAM—art galleries, libraries, and museums—where you’re not supposed to go there knowing everything. That’s the myth of museums. You don’t have to know every single book when you go into a library. You go to a library to gather information, and we should be looking at museums in the same way.” Kimberly Drew on demystifying the museum.

The best piece on the long strange history of the Black Dahlia that I’ve read.


  • This past week I sat down and watched my favorite movie when I was ten years old, which I hadn’t seen in probably twenty-five years: Batman (89). It was the first time my daughter had seen it. We followed it up with Batman Returns, obviously. I’m pleased to report that dark and weird still works for me, although it’s possible my early attachment to Tim Burton’s vision of Batman is what cemented my taste, not the other way around.

  • The weather this week turned gray, cold and rainy, so I turned to one of my favorite autumn sounds: Tom Waits.

Hope you are finding comfort where you can.




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This week’s quote is from Hal Borland.