πŸ“ On Stationery

Pens and notebooks are the tools of my trade. Finding stationery with the exact qualities I covet can be difficult.

Some thoughts:

  • The best type of pen is the pen that makes you want to write.
  • I like grid paper. Blank paper is too intimidating. Lined paper is too restrictive.
  • The crinkle of used Tomoe River Paper is one of the best sensations in the world.
  • I want to like fountain pens, but I find them too fussy.
  • There are too many great notebooks and not enough time or use cases for them.

Some pens:

Some notebooks:

Some planners and journals:

πŸ’― My Favorites

All of my favorite media and more:

πŸ“š Book: The Count of Monte Cristo

πŸ“š Detective series: Hercule Poirot novels

πŸ“š Fantasy series: The Tales of Dunk and Egg

πŸŽ₯ Movie drama: Rear Window

πŸŽ₯ Movie comedy: In Bruges

πŸŽ₯ Foreign film: The Lives of Others

πŸ“Ί Comedy series: Curb Your Enthusiasm

πŸ“Ί Drama series: The Wire

πŸ“Ί Comfort show: Poirot or The West Wing

πŸ“± Podcast: Take Note

πŸ“± Educational podcast: In Our Time

πŸ“± History podcast: More Perfect

πŸ“± Interview podcast: Conversations with Tyler

⏱ Historical figure: Theodore Roosevelt

✍ Authors: Agatha Christie, George R.R. Martin

πŸ“š Book publisher: DK

πŸŽ₯ Filmmakers: Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock

🎻 Composer: Johannes Brahms

🎹 Film composer duo: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

🎸 Band: Led Zeppelin

🎀 Standup comic: George Carlin

⚾ Sports team: 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers

πŸ€ Basketball team: 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers

🏈 American football team: 1999 St. Louis Rams

πŸ”— Link Dump #12

  1. The most popular AI websites as sorted by traffic. [πŸ”— ilib.com]
  2. Some blogging myths. [πŸ”— jvns.ca]
  3. Why and how to write things on the internet. [πŸ”— benkuhn.net]
  4. An interactive guide to rights the Supreme Court has established and might take away. [πŸ”— projects.propublica.org]
  5. Rate and review YouTube channels. [πŸ”— favoree.io]
  6. A graph-based approach to exploring Wikipedia. [πŸ”— wikigraph.netlify.app]

πŸ”— Link Dump #10

  1. A simple, ephemeral daily planner. [πŸ”—Β focustxt.github.io]
  2. A walkable-oriented development map. [πŸ”—Β aei.org]
  3. The 100 greatest children’s books of all time. [πŸ”—Β bbc.com]
  4. A guide to cozy mystery books, movies, and television. [πŸ”—Β cozy-mystery.com]
  5. Free and open-source Kanban management software. [πŸ”—Β kanboard.org]
  6. Vacations with artists. [πŸ”—Β vawaa.com]
  7. An archive of Golden and Silver Age comic books. [πŸ”—Β comicbookplus.com]

πŸ‘‘ Notes on London

I spent two and a half months in the spring of 2022 living in London. Here are my notes:

  • I could never get bored of London. There is so much to do.
  • The tube and buses make cars unnecessary. Everywhere in London is accessible with public transportation. It’s surprisingly freeing.
  • London museums are free and amazing. I went to the British Museum twice and still didn’t get to see all it has to offer. The Natural History Museum is worth a visit for the building alone. I also enjoyed the Museum of London and National Gallery.
  • When you visit, get a Santander Bicycle and take a ride through Hyde Park. Stop at the cafe by the lake for a snack.
  • Other lovely parks I visited include Hampstead Heath, Bishops Park, Holland Park, and Regent’s Park. I wish I had taken the time to make it out to Richmond Park.
  • The theatre is fun and affordable. Avoid the big productions. Go see something more intimate. The Play That Goes Wrong is a blast.
  • There are outdoor markets everywhere, and the food is always great. I particularly recommend Portobello Market, Borough Market, Broadway Market, and the small farmers’ market at Hampstead Heath.
  • Eat a Sunday roast and a full English breakfast. But don’t stick only to traditional English food. London is full of amazing cuisine from all over the world.

πŸ’­ Some Thoughts, 2023-05-23

  1. Somehow my blog got compromised by malware. It was automatically redirecting visitors to other websites, but would still allow me to use my site as normal. I deleted the plugin I think was behind the act. I also deleted all theme files and reinstalled them. I think the issue is handled now. #web and tech
  2. Sometimes I walk down a street at night that I’ve walked down a dozen times before but always during the day, and it seems like a completely different place. #urbanism
  3. Killers of the Flower Moon is a spectacular book and this is a spectacular trailer. #books and media
  4. Overdrive/Libby are the coolest apps ever invented. #web and tech
  5. Hiking and audiobooks make for a combo that is hard to beat. #unsolicited advice
  6. The Minnesota legislature is killing it right now.

πŸ”— Link Dump #9

  1. An open-source resource management game. [πŸ”— farmhand.life]
  2. Free worldwide relief maps. [πŸ”— maps-for-free.com]
  3. An AI that gives answers using the most useful Reddit posts. [πŸ”— thegigabrain.com]
  4. 35 ways real people are using AI right now. [πŸ”— nytimes.com]
  5. The United States has a truck problem. [⏯ youtube.com]
  6. The condiment packet gallery. [πŸ”— condimentpacket.com]
  7. A blog about transit maps. [πŸ”— transitmap.net]

🍎 On Apples

I have opinions on the ever-so-popular fruit.

Some thoughts:

πŸ§€ Apples with cheese is an underrated combo.
πŸ₯ͺ Apple slices are an underrated sandwich ingredient.
🍎 Red Delicious is the worst popular apple variety.
πŸ₯§ Dutch apple pie is the best apple-centric dish.

Some facts:

🌱 Most apples aren’t true to seed. The apple variety that grows out of the seed won’t necessarily be the same as the variety from which the seed originated.
πŸ₯› Vermont has a law in place that stipulates when serving apple pie, one must make a good-faith effort to provide either a cold glass of milk, a slice of cheddar cheese, or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Some art:

🎨 The US government commissioned these dope watercolor illustrations at the turn of the century.
πŸ“’ Field Notes made beautiful harvest-themed notebooks that feature an apple illustration.