I’m intrigued by this new print-only newspaper and wish it all success. I would like to point out, though, that if you find “the printed page an immersive experience without constant distractions” (which I do!), and although they are also online, print magazines do also still exist!

Jen Myers: It’s Not Okay to Start Late

Now when you make art, you can put the whole of your beautifully, painfully created selves into it, and it will be something unprecedented and vital. It’s not “okay” that you started late. It’s powerful.

Saturday’s beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XX (2017) ​
another delicious one from Mike’s basement stash 🍺

“here at GitHub we’re all about AI but still offer the wrong default selection for ‘Choose which email address to associate with this commit’ approx. half the time.”
(I use one (of two) ~99% of the time; even just making it last-one-used would be great. are they trolling me?)

watched the series finale of Reservation Dogs tonight: what a wonderful show. it became more a drama & less a goofy comedy over the 3 seasons, but was still so good (seriously considering a rewatch, which is rare for us) 📺

joined a video meeting today on my phone, at home on wifi, listening with bluetooth earbuds. got in the car & ran an errand, during which the phone switched from wifi to cell data & the audio switched from earbuds to car stereo – and back again, repeatedly – without a hitch. frickin’ magic

I’ve been learning to program in Go (and liking it maybe a little too much?), and though this goofy little app was 100% for me to tinker with & use myself, I did put it on GitHub, including a “release” GitHub Action that makes binaries: honey-do

First Aid Kit at Stubb’s. wonderful show, despite a little rain (!) 🎵

I found this “Mother Nature” video from Apple to be really well done: self-aware, serious (but not too serious), & making clear commitments. bravo

we’re being warned of rolling blackouts in Texas in this hottest-ever summer, yet somehow the Bitcoin scammers are profiting off of it. beyond infuriating: ERCOT Paid Bitcoin Miner $31 Million to Conserve While Texans Sweat

Saturday’s beer: Blackfoot River Brewing’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2014) 🍺
one of the longest long-shots I brought home from Mike’s basement stash, it’s maybe a little over sweet on the back end but still pretty damn good after 9 (!) years

I’ve listened to a lot of Jimmy Buffett in my life, thanks to my older brothers, but the one track I’ve kept & listened to the most over the years is this masterpiece shaggy-dog story: God’s Own Drunk. sit back with a margarita or a cerveza and give this a listen 🎵 Rest in peace, Jimmy

new Tiny Desk Concert by Speedy Ortiz, featuring a song from each of their four albums (including their newest, out today: Rabbit Rabbit) 🎵

I was the best at being second place
but now I’m just the runner-up

American hero Megan Rapinoe, in The Atlantic ⚽️

I’ll miss being able to represent our country. I think, a lot of times, that gets lost, when people talk about me in particular: Oh, you guys don’t sing the anthem, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. You don’t love America. But we do love America. It’s just more in a James Baldwin kind of way, not in a bald-eagle-on-your-shoulder kind of way.

read: Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea 📚. wonderful for its fascinating depiction of little-known World War II history (American Red Cross Clubmobiles). it did sag a little for me in a couple of spots, but especially given the (somewhat) biographical aspects, I recommend it

Saturday’s beer: Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss (2016) 🍺
maybe a little too smooth after 7 years, but delicious nonetheless (from Mike’s basement stash)

There was occasionally a little fierceness in his demeanour, but it was directed chiefly against false opinion, of which there is so much to correct in the world that a man of some reading and experience necessarily has his patience tried.

- Middlemarch, on Borthrop Trumbull

this cop culture bullshit alert triggered late last night, and again early this morning. I’m sorry you were shot, sheriff’s deputy 170 miles away in Houston, but I am not going to jump up & join the manhunt (plus it’s an “emergency alert” so I can’t even disable these)

cheers, big brother 🍺

WaPo: Fans waited 31 years for his next novel. It’s finally here. my brother was one of those fans: he was so looking forward to this book. unfortunately today, on the very date of its publication, he succumbed to the cancer he’s been fighting for a little over a year. RIP, Mike.

in the 2nd World Cup game for today, another team in white & blue vs. an underdog in red, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 is showing how it’s done after just 4 minutes. hard to imagine the US 🇺🇸 lifting the trophy with performances like today’s (all due credit to Portugal 🇵🇹, who played great) ⚽️

You say: Oh I’m not afraid it can’t happen to me
I’ve lived my life as a good man
Oh no you’re out of your mind it won’t happen to me
’Cause I’ve carried my weight and I’ve been a strong man

Listen to the man in the liquor store, yelling:

Anybody want a drink before the war?


RIP, Sinéad

but I will rise
and I will return
the phoenix from the flame
I have learned
I will rise
and you’ll see me return
being what I am
there is no other Troy
for me to burn

- Troy, a favorite song from The Lion and the Cobra, a favorite album, start to finish 🎵

something to listen to until their new album comes out: Soft Science, Undone (live at KEXP) 🎵

Siouxsie & the Banshees, Fireworks 🎵

Holiday beer: Goose Island Beer Co.’s Bourbon County Stout (2020)
it doesn’t get much better than this 🇺🇸 🍺

bookmarked: Guardian Experts’ Network Women’s World Cup 2023: “A unique collaboration between some of the world’s best media outlets, bringing a local flavour and expertise to our coverage of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand” ⚽️ good previews of NZL 🇳🇿 & NOR 🇳🇴 so far

my summer reading project is to finally get to a few of the 19th-century English classics on my shelf. just finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; next up: Middlemarch 📚

why are we in this timeline, instead of the one where this 2009 video for PJ Harvey’s This Is Love changes the course of pop music, as it clearly should have? 🎵

Duvel Moortgat Brewery’s Duvel Barrel-Aged Jamaican Rum Edition (2021)


deliciousness in the special glass it came with 🍺

Luscious Jackson, Daughters of the Kaos (do yourself a favor, check out the whole In Search of Manny EP) 🎵

Friday’s beer: Lazy Beach Brewing’s Poblano Wit
just enough of the pepper to taste, but not overwhelm 🍺

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