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Wall Text, Text Notes, Email Deluge – Disquiet, relaxing music – Lyric Say

I do that manually on the finish of every week: collating (and typically calmly modifying) a lot of the latest little feedback I’ve made on social media, which I consider as my public scratch pad. Some find yourself on earlier, typically in expanded type. Nowadays I principally hang around on Mastodon (at, and I’m additionally making an attempt out a few others. I take weekends and evenings off social media.

▰ I’m making an attempt to take a look at artwork at museums earlier than I learn the wall textual content. Attempting. Actually spending extra time on artwork than textual content. Talking of which, the Day Jobs group present at Cantor/Stanford is superb, all about how work and artwork interacted for numerous folks: Warhol, LeWitt, Kruger,  Kilgallen, Pindell, and so forth.

▰ Safari has been sluggish as molasses so I’m giving the Courageous browser one other go

▰ I’m again within the “single text file” section of the to-do record carousel, which cycles via Apple Notes -> spreadsheet -> numerous devoted apps -> single textual content file -> Apple Notes -> and so forth.

▰ E-mail lately is like tribbles performing The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. My inbox was effectively over 1,300. A silly use of time, however I winnowed to 80 these previous few days. These 80 will take time. (And this doesn’t rely promotional emails filtered robotically to folders and, thus, bypassing my inbox.)

▰ “Old timer, tell me again about the olden times when you got so much email spam over night that by the time you were done deleting your first batch in the morning more had arrived? And how sometimes it took a third round before your workday could really begin?”

▰ Stoked for any indicators of an RSS resurgence:

▰ I respect a synthesizer module that may set the BPM as little as .5 — that’s, one beat each two minutes. Kudos, additionally, to this system for granting new life and function to previous MIDI controllers (notably the Novation Launchpad and the APC Mini). It’s the Crosspatch Triggerpad.

▰ The second we realized the German phrase for balloons in Duolingo, I knew a query alongside these traces would ultimately be requested.

▰ I’d say my research of seventh chords have taken a step again however that’d be a half diminished chord which is probably the most complicated to me of all of them and that’s me making an attempt (and doubtless failing) to make a music idea joke and I’ll be right here all week

▰ I discover myself sitting in an electrical automobile, at the moment turned off, listening to precisely the type* of music that may make a passerby suppose the automobile is operating

*slowmo granular synthesis

▰ Heaven is a spot

▰ Fascinating to see the New York Occasions add the “Listen” choice to the principle nav inside its cell app. Unsure what this implies for the standalone NYT Audio app. Looks as if these don’t use AI/machine voices, which can clarify why there’s a lag between breaking information and what’s obtainable to take heed to.

After I posted this on-line, an interlocutor on Mastodon offered one other publication’s instance:

“The swiss online magazine Republik ( has a interesting approach. All texts are immediately available for listening via text to speech, but they also follow up with a version recorded with professional voice artists. You can set a notification for when that version is available. Like this (I assume) they manage to establish listening to their articles as a “standard service” and on the identical time preserve and worth the premium expertise of an expert voice.”

And, persevering with on this theme, New Scientist has its personal strategy to audio, which appears mobile-only (or maybe mobile-first). I’m nonetheless sorting it out. In the meanwhile, publications are exploring audio, however there isn’t a business customary.

▰ I’m testing out a buddy’s work-in-progress VCV Rack modules (they’re very cool), and there’s a humorously sophisticated workaround to get unofficial modules into one’s laptop computer software program with out Rack overwriting them. I’m wondering if there’s a extra environment friendly course of for testing that we’ve bought going.

▰ The March 29 New York Occasions Strands puzzle (“Pardon my French!”) was particularly enjoyable

▰ It’s a possible signal a brand new service isn’t going all so effectively while you get a “You’re off the waitlist” alert concerning an inventory you by no means signed up for within the first place

▰ I completed two graphic novels and a sorta-comic this week. I very a lot loved Travis Dandro’s Hummingbird Coronary heart, a memoir in regards to the adolescent expertise of cascading loss after dying ruptures a household, in flip rupturing friendships, all proper on the cusp of maturity, the arrival of which is its personal supply of loss, as effectively. I learn the primary quantity of Radiant Black, a reasonably customary superhero origin story. Unsure I’ll proceed with the sequence however we’ll see. And my buddy Gene Kannenberg, Jr., has produced a exceptional factor, a pop-up e book, Right here Comes Charlie Brown!, that takes the 4 panels of the very first Peanuts e book and turns them into three dimensions. The amount, revealed by Abrams, with a canopy by Chip Kidd and packaging (together with an exquisite backbone) by Shawn Dahl, each cherishes the supply materials and investigates its literal and emotional depth. Gene is credited with “paper engineering,” the very best job title nobody instructed us about in grade college. And whereas the physicality of the e book is great, I particularly respect Gene mentioning the distinctive qualities of the colours he elected to make use of: “I have taken the liberty of adding color,” he writes, “but with digital equivalents of coloring techniques used in comic books and Sunday comics supplements in the mid-twentieth century.” It’s a implausible object, this e book.

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