Web Miscellany: Compilation #60

Hello, internet friends! How has you week been? Last weekend, I had the opportunity to gift a friend some homemade baby gifts I’ve been sewing up over the last few months and every day she’s been texting to point out another small detail she just noticed. I can’t believe I’m going to be an auntie in a few short weeks! I haven’t been around kids at all since my siblings were young, so I’m both nervous and excited to meet this itty-bitty human.

As this letter goes out, I’m chilling in creek-side cabin, surrounded by changing leaves. Soon, we’ll be embarking on either a one-mile walk along the creek or a four-mile trek up the canyon, then returning for a simple meal and jigsaw puzzling. Unfortunately the “magic” jigsaw puzzle I backed on Kickstarter was sent to Target rather than it’s backers… so we’ll either be picking a new puzzle or revisiting an old favorite.

The anniversary gift made it home with a comical chorus of “don’t look in the backseat!” and “go in the office and close the door!” and “don’t look under the bed!” He received a huge piece of digital artwork he has been coveting for years with a special commissioned piece on the back. I got a tube of cortisone cream for the seven-year itch. It’s been our inside-joke for years and I’d have be disappointed if I received anything less. 😉

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Here are a few links from around the web. Feel free to share anything interesting you’ve stumbled upon in the comments.

  1. “Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
  2. “Going for a walk is an age-old salve for many ills: isolation, disappointment, drowsiness, worry, heartbreak, writer’s block, general stagnation, and boredom. The activity of walking benefits the mind and body in ways we’re still discovering, due to its all-star ingredient list of fresh air, exercise, change of scenery, contact with nature, and contemplation time… A recent study has identified another beneficial ingredient of walking: the emotion of awe.” The Healthy Emotion We Don’t Get Enough Of from David at Raptitude.
  3. Using an AI-based framework called Pixel2Style2Pixel and searching for faces in a dataset harvested from Flickr, Nathan Shipley made some more photorealistic faces for Pixar characters. Fascinating and uncanny.
  4. In Flight: Dramatic photographs by Mark Harvey capture acrobatic birds mid-air. Stunning.
  5. The comments section of of this article on The Easiest Relationship Tip melts my heart.
  6. ‘We’re like athletes’: the secret lives of giant-vegetable growers. This was strangely fascinating.
  7. We picked up these Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Computer Speakers at Costco a few weeks and set them up in our living/dining room and they’ve been a fantastic upgrade. We’ve been listening to Enya’s The Memory of Trees on repeat and thoroughly enjoying it.
  8. Daisugi is a sustainable forestry technique that originated in Kyoto in the 14th or 15th century. The tops of Kitayama cedar trees are carefully pruned so that a stand of very straight branches grow straight up from a main platform.
  9. What does it mean to for clothing to spark joy? How do you know whether or not an item deserves your time and energy and a place in your home? Learning What it Means to Spark Joy.
  10. Stumbled across this older music video recently. It’s a great pick-me-up in this uncertain times.

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