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Joshua Whiting

learner, writer, creator, librarianish person

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Just Trees, Really

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.21]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Really, most of the time I just like sitting beneath trees, and it turns out my backyard is an extremely serviceable place for that, so no need to go anywhere else to write or work.

Really, most of the time I just like sitting beneath trees, and it turns out my backyard is an extremely serviceable place for that, so no need to go anywhere else to write or work.

And right as I was about to post this my laptop ran out of battery power, and now I have to decide whether to go inside or set up a huge extension cord or just keep sitting here and not use my laptop.

What I decided:

extension cord to my tree-sitting spot

Standalone post link: Just Trees, Really
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20220718 Changelog

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.18]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I’m playing around with reorganizing almost my entire site into topic- and theme-based files and folders on the back end.

With keeping my new “digital garden” off to the side of the rest of my content, I can’t decide where to put things. It feels redudant; so I’m making the whole site into the garden.

I’m playing around with reorganizing almost my entire site into topic- and theme-based files and folders on the back end.

With keeping my new “digital garden” off to the side of the rest of my content, I can’t decide where to put things. It feels redudant; so I’m making the whole site into the garden.

Keeping most of my content in a chronological organization just doesn’t make sense anymore for the direction I want to take this site. I’ve successfully set up “stream”/“recent updates” pages and an RSS feed that pull in all the new or newly-updated posts chronologically, regardless of where in the folder structure they are located.

I’ll gradually start gathering files together that go together topically/thematically or as series. Posts clearly about music will all go together. Changelogs will all go together. Reading updates all go together. Within the reading updates, notes about a specific book all go together. Things about my backyard all go together. Random surreal essay-poem-list things (I should have more of those) all go together. If something doesn’t have a clear focus or is all over the place, maybe it will stay in the chronological notes folders?

I’ll continue the taxonomy as-is but it will just be a secondary way to make more connections between things. The whole site will be a garden; displaying whether something is a “digital garden”-type entry or note will be a matter of unique templating/post-types. I’m going to have to play around with the templating a lot more now. Always be cataloging and meta-ing, I guess…

Standalone post link: 20220718 Changelog
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Give Me a Sentence...

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.18]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Give me a sentence which no intelligence can understand. There must be a kind of life and palpitation to it, and under its words a kind of blood must circulate forever.

– Henry David Thoreau, from “Monday,” A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Give me a sentence which no intelligence can understand. There must be a kind of life and palpitation to it, and under its words a kind of blood must circulate forever.

– Henry David Thoreau, from “Monday,” A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Standalone post link: Give Me a Sentence...
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How to Build a Trail

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.17]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

In our backyard we have a little hill/bluff down to a creek, but no easy way to get down there. I’ve decided to build a simple rustic step trail down, and here is how I think I’m going to go about it.

In our backyard we have a little hill/bluff down to a creek, but no easy way to get down there. I’ve decided to build a simple rustic step trail down, and here is how I think I’m going to go about it.

How to Build Rustic Garden Stairs ⚒ | Give It a Grow
How to Build Rustic Trails for Free | Give It a Grow
How To Build Wooden Steps To Prevent Erosion On Your Hill | How To Video Channel

…and a couple of picture ideas I saw on Pinterest1 and probably shouldn’t repost here, but will anyway as sketchy bespoke “re-pins” …

[ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2392606043808484/ ]

[ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110901209566643332/ ]

  1. which reminds me that someday I want to build some kind of simple screencapture/image-saving bookmarking setup for this website, because I don’t want to mess with Pinterest anymore. ↩︎

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Listens Last Week (July 17, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.17]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

(This is a log of my music listens in the past week, by albums and playlists, not including completely random shuffles.)

My Top Artists Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot

(This is a log of my music listens in the past week, by albums and playlists, not including completely random shuffles.)

My Top Artists Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot


Date | Album or Playlist | Artist or Curator


Sun.2022.07.10 | Warsaw Demos July 18, 1977 | Warsaw (l.k.a. Joy Division)

Format/Source: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE0CWIcB2mQ
Location/Context: while reading the 33⅓ volume Unknown Pleasures

Sun.2022.07.10 | RCA Demo Session | Joy Division

Format/Source: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UYnyiL8-VI
Location/Context: while reading the 33⅓ volume Unknown Pleasures

Sun-Mon.2022.07.10-11 | [Playlist - various albums, eps, singles, non-album tracks, and live recordings] An Ideal for Living EP * Unknown Pleasures * Substance * Still * Closer | Joy Division

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: while reading the 33⅓ volume Unknown Pleasures, driving, working

Mon.2022.07.11 | Mahal | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Mon-Tue.2022.07.11-12 | [full artist albums, mixtape, and singles shuffle] Mahal * Outer Peace * Soul Trash * Boo Boo * Samantha * What For? * Anything in Return * Freaking Out * Underneath the Pine * Causers of This * June 2009 * | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working, driving

Tue.2022.07.12 | Comfortably in Pain and Digital Meadow EPs | Dora Jar

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Notes: First listen


Tue.2022.07.12 | TWOPOINTFIVE | Aminé

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Notes: First listen


Tue.2022.07.12 | Hajime EP | Yumi Nu

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving

Notes: first listen


Tue-Wed.2022.07.12-13 | Forest in the City | UMI

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, working

Notes: first listen


Wed.2022.07.13 | Comfortably in Pain and Digital Meadow EPs | Dora Jar

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Wed.2022.07.13 | Asha’s Awakening | Raveena

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Notes: first listen


Wed.2022.07.13 | Harry’s House | Harry Styles

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Notes: first listen


Wed.2022.07.13 | Mahal | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Wed.2022.07.13 | Once Twice Melody | Beach House

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Wed-Thur.2022.07.13-14 | The Turning Wheel | Spellling

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, working

Thur.2022.07.14 | græ | Moses Sumney

Format/Source: Double Vinyl LPs
Location/Context: home stereo, cooking chili

Fri.2022.07.15 | Gemini Rights | Steve Lacy

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, working

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Sat.2022.07.16 | Mahal | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: website puttering, finalizing this very list
Standalone post link: Listens Last Week (July 17, 2022)
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Unknown Pleasures

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.12]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I read this 33 and ⅓ entry on Unknown Pleasures and then re-listened to pretty much every track Joy Division ever recorded.

Picture of the book Unknown Pleasures by Chris Ott, about Joy Division Screenshot of my Joy Division discography playlist in Apple Music

I read this 33 and ⅓ entry on Unknown Pleasures and then re-listened to pretty much every track Joy Division ever recorded.

Picture of the book Unknown Pleasures by Chris Ott, about Joy Division Screenshot of my Joy Division discography playlist in Apple Music

I’ll say that this book was better and more detailed than just reading Wikipedia. It seemed to have good research, had its moments of good writing, and didn’t romanticize the end of Curtis' life as much as a lot of what I found when I scrolled through this copyright-infringing fan blog. And that’s okay.

The night that I scrolled through that blog turned out to be the eve of the anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death. It was eerie. Or maybe I was the one romanticizing things.

Love will tear us apart in stone

I think that would have been around the time I also ordered this weird t-shirt, which I now have in my possession but have not yet worn.

Joyful Visions - Utahn Pressures

He that hath an ear, let him hear

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Poem Link - The Treasure

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.10]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]
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Links Last Week Not Happening Sort Of

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.10]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

The first “links last week” still isn’t really happening today - I didn’t keep up with it other than the first day of the week, which happened to be the 4th of July.

I guess I could still post the links I did note at the first of the week, because a couple of them are really good, though a bit dependent on the “Independence Day” context. Find them after the jump.

The first “links last week” still isn’t really happening today - I didn’t keep up with it other than the first day of the week, which happened to be the 4th of July.

I guess I could still post the links I did note at the first of the week, because a couple of them are really good, though a bit dependent on the “Independence Day” context. Find them after the jump.


Article or Link Title | Author or Creator

Miscellanea - Wonderful Random Internet Things


HOW 2 SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE AND OTHERTHINGS even if you accidentally set everything on fire | Katie Alice Greer and maybe some other people.

Notes: An old comic/collage/zine tumblr that I found and scrolled through and laughed at a lot. Found while clicking around on https://www.katiealicegreer.com trying to make some sense of her new album Barbarism, which I’ve listened to twice now and will probably be listening to more times, though I’m not sure whether I actually enjoy it or not yet.

Poetry


“Dependence Day” | John Daniel

Source: Poetry Foundation Poem of the Day Newsletter

Notes: I then of course had to read the other John Daniel poems from the November 1990 issue of Poetry.

Food / Travel


“The Challenges that Keep Asian Chefs from Cooking How They Want” | Esther Tseng

Source: Bon Appétit

Note: I get this random daily email/newsletter from Condé Nast (I don’t remember signing up for it) that has links to a bunch of articles from their different magazines. There is almost always at least one I read, and then I start clicking around in the magazine’s website after. Thus, this and the next link.


“Oakland Is America’s New Queer Food Capital. Here’s Where to Eat” | Ray Levy Uyeda.

Source: Bon Appétit

[You can see my book reading here and my music listening here.]

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Listens Last Week (July 10, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.10]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Here goes my second “listens last week” post. Strange exercise, but whatever.

I think next week is going to be a Toro y Moi kind of week, but not yet. Currently listening to the sounds of the birds and the creek by my backyard, and somebody’s prop plane looping around above the city macking a racket this morning.

My Top Albums Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot

Here goes my second “listens last week” post. Strange exercise, but whatever.

I think next week is going to be a Toro y Moi kind of week, but not yet. Currently listening to the sounds of the birds and the creek by my backyard, and somebody’s prop plane looping around above the city macking a racket this morning.

My Top Albums Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot

(This is a log of my music listens in the past week, by albums and playlists, not including completely random shuffles.)


Date | Album or Playlist | Artist or Curator


Sun.2022.07.03 | LOVE QUANTUM | Theo Crocker

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, chores, whatever

Notes: First listen


Sun.2022.07.03 | DRILL MUSIC IN ZION | Lupe Fiasco

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: chores, whatever

Notes: First listen


Sun.2022.07.03 | Barbarism | Katie Alice Greer

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: chores, whatever

Notes: second listen - more conflicted than first listen - at least one more listen is in order


Mon.2022.07.04 | Some Cities | Doves

Format/Source: CD rip to my phone via Apple Music
Location/Context: chores, whatever

Notes: songs were in my head while mowing lawn (engine too loud for my earphones), or otherwise doing yard work (I make myself listen to the birds, the wind in the trees, the creek, and random neighborhood noises rather than listen to music) - so later, inside, on it went.


Mon-Wed.2022.07.04-06 | Barbarism | Katie Alice Greer

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, then work

Notes: I wanted there to be something profound about listening to Flag Wave Pts. 1 and 2 on the actual 4th of July, but my driving trip was over less than halfway through and I never got back to listening to music again until the 6th of July. Oh well. This album has actually never sounded more right than it did while blaring out of my phone speaker.


Wed.2022.07.06 | Happier Than Ever | Billie Eilish

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: direct from iPhone speaker on my desk at work

Notes: a song came up on shuffle and it was great and I realized I never gave much attention to this album when it came out, so I gave it another listen right then. I still don’t find it as exciting as her first album, but extremely solid with some great songs.


Wed-Thur.2022.07.06-07 | Pink Dolphins | Anteloper

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving

Thur.2022.07.07 | It’s Giving SELF LOVE! | Dear Silas

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: reading with earphones

Fri.2022.07.08 | Movement (Definitive) [2019 Remaster] | New Order

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Notes: This edition has a bunch of their early demos on the second “disc” (not sure a CD version actually even exists.) I want to buy physical copies of the “Collector’s Editions” of their first four albums, because they have second discs with all of the original singles and b-sides from the time period and New Order singles are absolutely key tracks - in the meantime I won’t lie I got three of them from the library and ripped them.


Fri.2022.07.08 | Any Shape You Take | Indigo De Souza

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working

Fri-Sat.2022.07.08-09 | [Playlist] Superbloom | Apple Music Pop

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working, driving, reading

Notes: Added a bunch of albums to my library for future listening from this playlist this time. I wonder if Spotify still has that Pollen playlist I used to like, and what it would be like now if it even exists…

Standalone post link: Listens Last Week (July 10, 2022)
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Reading Myself Write

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.08]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Ugh. Fell into the “Writing the Great American Email” trap at work today. Several times.

Some people like hearing themselves talk, I guess I like reading myself write.

Ugh. Fell into the “Writing the Great American Email” trap at work today. Several times.

Some people like hearing themselves talk, I guess I like reading myself write.

(I recognize that this could be the thesis statement for this website.)

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