Abacus Noir

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Human origins

It’s one thing to encounter this in some fringe blog or video and another thing to see it as front-page news.

In my opinion, this is very very significant.

These are people like us, anatomically, cranially. Were they just sitting around, for all those millennia? What were they up to ?!

Zeppelin repair

Came across this in a large coffee-table size book on the Hindenburg.

Imagine doing repairs on the side of this giant airship, while in the middle of the ocean!

Clips from the weekend newspaper

“Animal farm” and “1984” would’ve never happened if Orwell hadn’t escaped the nightmare he later wrote about.

More graphic novels

I’ve decided to only check out graphic novels (for various reasons).

I enjoyed the last one I’d read (“The ring of the Nibelung”), and moved on to something random yet promising (essentially, browsed the stacks, picked one of three that I liked).

β€œThe lunatic is all idΓ©e fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars.”

Umberto Eco,Β Foucault’s Pendulum

Elephant and Piggie

We’ve had this series for a while now.

It’s the one set of stories that works for children before they can read, when they can read only a few words, and for adults too!

Individual stores are collected in these “Biggie” editions

Highly recommend πŸ™‚

Missing blogs

The content I find online is largely crap, of the form

  • “10 ways to …”
  • “How to …”
  • or, with increasing regularity, “you should feel angry about …”

(These days I’m finding occasional success with Substack. But only occasional.)

My favorite kind of content was a bit of the rambling sort, sharing opinions on this-and-that, without really any expectations of being read at all.

Quoting from other sources, making connections, the dream of hyper-text as briefly presented in the mid-90s, some time before the end-of-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-history.

This current “mood” was brought upon by accidentally coming across a blog I read around 2005-2010, and learning that the author passed away in 2013. Time flies.

Yes, there’s a risk of getting nostalgic here, and there are forms of content (most notably video, more on which some other time), and I used to be tired of “backward-looking-ness” too, but there you have it.

I know that kind of blogging isn’t going to come back, and I miss it.

An old car

Something about keeping this old car running seemed really inspiring.

Preserving a 1918 Ford Model T

Monthly recap (Aug 2021)

An evening sunset

Major updates

  • Trip to Aptos
    • Started out as a Santa Cruz day trip, expanded in scope to the weekend πŸ˜€
  • Tara started school (in-person! first grade!)
    • Sadly, many of her former friends’ families relocated in the last year’s Covid churn

Minor updates

  • Some dental adventures I won’t go into 😞
  • A team dinner (sounds boring but I hadn’t done one of these in a long time !)
  • Family “game time” with Labyrinth and Ticket to ride
  • Two birthdays, two-three social meetups
  • Tara’s first sleepover

Watched/read/played/made

  • Watched Harry Potter #3: Prisoner of Azkaban with Tara. One and a half times.
  • Watched the new season of Money Heist
  • A new “reading mode” where I just keep a bunch of books open.

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An old television

Saw this “for pickup” on the sidewalk recently.

I can’t imagine who would use something like this, but it was pretty high-end in its time!

RCA “ColorTrak 2000” television

This is as old as me! The style then was to “embed” these into large cabinets (I’m guessing), hence the simulated woodgrain.

Here is a view of the connections at the back, which really show its vintage (“look, it’s stereo! you can even turn the left and right speakers on and off!”)

Here is a 1985 newspaper advertisement for it (link courtesy Wikipedia).

Tale of two articles (2)

Saw these two articles side-by-side, the contrast was too much πŸ™‚

On one hand, “we need to raise the debt ceiling, we’re about to default, the Treasury will exhaust emergency measures“, on the other hand, “we need to borrow another 3.5T”

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