Local crime beat

I remember how sleepy this place was when I first moved here (not all that long ago, yet feels much further back, at a time when Twitter and Facebook were relatively new, and not-yet-toxic)

I remember how someone told me this story about jaywalking or rolling on a stop sign, and getting a ticket.

That was the most that happened in those days.

Since then, though, it has been a steady beat.

A lot seems to have happened just this year.

In 2022, a fatal drug overdose at school.

In 2022, a child was killed while riding his bicycle.

In 2022, a police officer was shot after midnight at a traffic stop.

As someone who’s been here for over a decade, I’ve seen quite a bit of change now, with a lot more apartment buildings, a lot of new stores and restaurants (and a lot of closures).

However, I do hope the increase in crime doesn’t become wedded to this change; it’s easy to forget how pleasant the existence of basic law and order can be, and I’d rather not get stuck in the quagmires that places like San Francisco find themselves in today, which few good options out.

Looking forward to making it to 2030, with this still being a generally happy place to live!

Random Note #6782036478

A perspective on waste and social media.

From this article

Waste books/Sudelbücher

This sub-genre of notebooks comes out of the tradition of double-entry book keeping where accountants often kept a daily diary of all transactions in chronological order. These temporary notes were then later moved into a more permanent accounting ledger and the remaining book was considered “waste”.

In the commonplace book tradition, these books for temporary notes or (fleeting notes in a Zettelkasten framing), might eventually be copied over, expanded, and indexed into one’s permanent commonplace collection.

In modern digital settings, one might consider some of the ephemeral social media stream platforms like Twitter to be a digital version of a waste book, though to my knowledge I may be the first person to suggest this connection. (To be clear, others have certainly mentioned Twitter as being a waste and even a wasteland.)