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Reading June 2022 Issue of Poetry

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.12]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.22]

Just read the June 2022 issue of Poetry.

Picture of me holding the June 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine

Just read the June 2022 issue of Poetry.

Picture of me holding the June 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine

Longer, with details: just seriously injured my knee by tripping and falling over my daughter’s bike in the garage - I was rushing through while doing maintenance on our water heater. So, instead of continuing with the water heater, I am laid up with an ice pack in my son’s bedroom, reading the June 2022 issue of Poetry until I feel rested enough to try to go upstairs to my own bedroom.

My favorite entry in the magazine was actually the closing prose essay from Shelby Handler about translating ancient Hebrew texts - “Astrological Speculum,” and Other Objects Found on My Way to the Ancestors

I might write and share more thoughts on the essay at some point - besides being beautifully written and thought provoking, it made me cognizant of some of the Jewish/Hebrew cultural appropriation I once engaged in as a Mormon.

Standalone post link: Reading June 2022 Issue of Poetry
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Spring Listening 2022: Turn Into and Everybody Works by Jay Som

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.26]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.27]

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my favorite phone notifications.

These are:

  • two of my favorite albums
  • two of my favorite albums to listen to on vinyl, that I own on vinyl1
  • two of my favorite albums that sound like spring to me, though I can’t say why2
  • two of my favorite albums that I am listening to on vinyl right now, and noting on my website on this day, for these reasons

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my favorite phone notifications.

These are:

  • two of my favorite albums
  • two of my favorite albums to listen to on vinyl, that I own on vinyl1
  • two of my favorite albums that sound like spring to me, though I can’t say why2
  • two of my favorite albums that I am listening to on vinyl right now, and noting on my website on this day, for these reasons


  1. also two of my favorite albums to listen to endlessly on shuffle on my phone while I work or drive around or whatever, though it has been awhile ↩︎

  2. the blossoms on that cover, though ↩︎

Standalone post link: Spring Listening 2022: Turn Into and Everybody Works by Jay Som
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Little Dell February

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.22]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.27]

dead thistle blossoms shaking in the wind near the shore of Little Dell Resevoir, still mostly frozen in February

I went to Little Dell a month ago, and this is what it was like.

dead thistle blossoms shaking in the wind near the shore of Little Dell Resevoir, still mostly frozen in February

I went to Little Dell a month ago, and this is what it was like.

I should go back and see what it is like now.

Standalone post link: Little Dell February
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welcome to joshua w dot xyz

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.21]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

Screenshot of my website with updated domain joshuaw.xyz as listed in the Netlify management dashboard

Upgraded the primary domain for this site to its final form here at the end of the internet:

Welcome to joshuaw.xyz

Screenshot of my website with updated domain joshuaw.xyz as listed in the Netlify management dashboard

Upgraded the primary domain for this site to its final form here at the end of the internet:

Welcome to joshuaw.xyz

(Also updated the introductory text of my home page a bit to reflect this change.)

Standalone post link: welcome to joshua w dot xyz
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Home and Taxonomy Updates (March 20, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.20]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

  1. Updated the home page of this site today, adding prominent links to RSS feeds, a gallery of recent post images, and returning a link to the “Featured / Longer Things” post collection. Now I need to update the front matter of all the other missing posts that belong in that “featured” collection.

screenshot of joshuaw.xyz home page on 3/20/2022

And with the images back I feel like I should start taking and posting more photographs of things other than just screenshots and shit I bought.

  1. Updated the home page of this site today, adding prominent links to RSS feeds, a gallery of recent post images, and returning a link to the “Featured / Longer Things” post collection. Now I need to update the front matter of all the other missing posts that belong in that “featured” collection.

screenshot of joshuaw.xyz home page on 3/20/2022

And with the images back I feel like I should start taking and posting more photographs of things other than just screenshots and shit I bought.

  1. Also updated the Tree of Life, a.k.a. Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, a.k.a. Site Taxonomy page, improving styling and adding toggle buttons to make each element collapsible. This will be extremely useful to me, if to no one else, as my next job here is to clean up and standardize all the taxonomical front matter in old posts. This will be the authority.

screenshot of joshuaw.xyz tree of life / site taxonomy page


(This is the first attempt at me posting status updates in the notes feed when I make changes to a static page. I got this idea from maya.land as a possible solution to the problem I described in “My Revisionist History” the week before last. I have another essay or whatever mostly drafted about my evolution and plans on future site organization, inspired in part by exploring Maya’s and other people’s web pages, but I don’t know when/if that will see the light of day. I do need to do more learning on digital gardens and whatnot.)

Standalone post link: Home and Taxonomy Updates (March 20, 2022)
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The 15% rule for Reading Updates

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.20]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I had in mind a new reading update rule for 2022 - I wasn’t going to post a reading update about any book (neither here nor on Goodreads) until I was at least 10-15% of the way into the book.

But I forgot my rule, and now the books I barely started and haven’t continued to read are hanging over my head, and I hate all you big invisible jerks for holding me silently accountable for every random thing I post here.

I had in mind a new reading update rule for 2022 - I wasn’t going to post a reading update about any book (neither here nor on Goodreads) until I was at least 10-15% of the way into the book.

But I forgot my rule, and now the books I barely started and haven’t continued to read are hanging over my head, and I hate all you big invisible jerks for holding me silently accountable for every random thing I post here.

Just kidding. I do have a lot of false starts, and I do hate the weird pressure and embarrassment that comes from posting about a book and then not following through, even though people probably aren’t actually paying any attention.

Maybe I should set the line at 20 percent…

Ditto to posting about “favorite” music prematurely. I want to deliberately wait until I have truly listened to something 3-4 times, or purchased a physical copy, because I’m impressionable. I’m doing a bit better on the music front this year, though.

Standalone post link: The 15% rule for Reading Updates
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Now (March 19, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.19]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.19]

Here are some of the things I’m working on and thinking about now…

Here are some of the things I’m working on and thinking about now…

  • Concocting and rolling out changes to this website.

  • Proceeding on my work goal of getting back to creating and curating more resources, as well as being better about sharing and promoting the resources that already exist.

  • Listening to Nilüfer Yanya’s album PAINLESS pretty obsessively, as well as the new Big Thief double-album Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You.

  • I read Moon Witch Spider King and had big plans for more reading, but I’ve kind of fallen off.

  • Playing Pokémon Legends: Arceus

  • Our backyard is a a muddy hellscape that will dry to a dustbowl in summer, and I should be doing something about it, but I just can’t.

This page was last updated on March 19, 2022. See my prior ‘now’ updates here.


Credit for the ‘now’ page concept goes to Derek Sivers.

Standalone post link: Now (March 19, 2022)
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A Thing I Made At Work - Granite Top Titles of 2021

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.09]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

I recently built and shared this ‘Top Titles of 2021’ thing at work.

Granite Top Titles of 2021 header image

I recently built and shared this ‘Top Titles of 2021’ thing at work.

Granite Top Titles of 2021 header image

I crunched data, built these interactive charts, and cranked out a series of posters and presentation graphics showing the most-circulated books in my district’s school libraries in the last calendar year.

This is the first remotely ‘creative’ product I can remember making at work in forever, unless you count bespoke MARC records for self-published Amazon titles, or XML files custom-mapped from inventory spreadsheets of thousands of Chromebook serial numbers for import into our resource management system. Oh, and of course, my never-ending quest to write The Great American Email. Actually, one of the Great American Emails was written to describe this very ‘Top Titles’ project, so now I’ve come full circle. Self actualization?

Standalone post link: A Thing I Made At Work - Granite Top Titles of 2021
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Listening Repeatedly to PAINLESS by Nilüfer Yanya

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.08]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my very favorite phone notifications.

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my favorite phone notifications.

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my very favorite phone notifications.

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my favorite phone notifications.

I woke up last Friday morning to see these notifications pop in that several anticipated albums had been released, and had thus automatically added themselves to my music library/streaming service of choice.

I was excited to get listening, but work turned out to be way too hectic for headphones that day, and so I only got partway through one album on my commute to and from work. And as it turns out I have basically just listened to that one album, PAINLESS, over and over again since then, intermixed with older tracks from the same artist, Nilüfer Yanya. I’m listening to it again right now.

PAINLESS Album Cover

Not sure what to say about this album, but I’ve added it to my Favorite Music of 2022 collection. Might have to get a physical copy. Might have to get tickets for her show in Salt Lake later this year, if I decide I am going to do things like go out to events again.

Standalone post link: Listening Repeatedly to PAINLESS by Nilüfer Yanya
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blackleopardredwolfagain

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.07]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

Turns out I can’t resist the re-read.

Dust jacket of Black Leopard Red Wolf on my desk

Turns out I can’t resist the re-read.

Dust jacket of Black Leopard Red Wolf on my desk

I am going to finish Little Devil in America first, though. And read other things in-between. A slow re-read, because I already pretty much know what happens?

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