• The Mixing Bowl, aka the Springfield Interchange, overlayed on downtown Richmond. It takes up an entire city’s downtown! Wild / barf!

    The Mixing Bowl, aka the Springfield Interchange, overlayed on downtown Richmond. It takes up an entire city’s downtown!
  • Whoa! Friday Cheers landed Mdou Moctar??

    venturerichmond.com/our-event…

  • Finished reading: Train Dreams by Denis Johnson 📚

    The audiobook is like a Sunday afternoon listening to an elder tell you stories from their past—if your grandpa happens to be Will Patton and he lived in the frontier.

    (Did someone here recommend this to me? I don’t remember how it ended up on my list.)

  • Sigh.

    Both the House (HB644-Sullivan) and Senate (SB305-Salim) bills to allow localities to establish ordinances on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers are dead for this year.

    Via VAPLAN

  • Maestro, 2023 — ★★★.  The main character of this movie is cigarettes.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon, 2023 — ★★★★½.  ☹️

  • The NC State Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox is my absolute favorite plant resource. I almost always just search “ncse <plant name>”, because what you find there will be 100x more useful than whatever rando blogsite.

    plants.ces.ncsu.edu

  • Insidious: The Red Door, 2023 — ★★.  When will we get the Insidious-Conjuring crossover we are owed, Patrick Wilson???

  • Finished reading: Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros 📚

    I regret to inform you that, unfortunately, I do recommend both sexy dragons books.

  • White House Down, 2013 — ★★★★.  We need more shot-for-shot remakes of Die Hard like this.

  • Big time additional reason to keep getting those COVID-19 vaccines. It’s definitely not too late to make an appointment for the new one from this past fall!

    Among adults, the more vaccines you get, the less likely you will get long Covid. This is called a dose-response relationship: one dose of vaccine reduces risk by 21%, 2 doses reduces risk by 59%, and 3+ doses reduces risk by 73% in a study that followed patients through fall 2022.

    via Long Covid Research Roundup

  • For the first time in my life, a life filled with saying “That’s just the sell by date.”, the milk had, in fact, gone bad.

  • Wait. Why does messenger have an N in it?

  • Someone should deepfake replace Harrison Ford with Joe Biden in the new Indiana Jones movie. They’re the same age and both look good in a leather jacket.

  • Need to get a few of these printed for my house.

    A sign that shows a volley ball with a red line through it, and below it says “NO BALL PLAY IN THIS AREA”

  • Two smart people asking the same sort of questions around generative AI.

    Here’s John Siracusa:

    This leads me back to the same question. Where is the act of creation?…I’m not sure what the right answer is, but I think I’m getting closer to the right question. It’s a question I think we’re all going to encounter a lot more frequently in the future: Who made this?

    And here’s Hank Green on recent social media post from Magic: The Gathering.

  • Remember when all the gums had bangers for jingles?

  • Does anyone have any food recomendations in…Atlantic City? 😬

  • Finished reading: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute 📚

    The structure of this book is maybe more interesting than the plot (which is still pretty interesting!).

  • Why does my bike’s chain lube smell like blue cheese?

  • Why does Henry James do this to us??? This is me, but in my late 20s and on through my early right nows.

    Like many writers, I went through an extreme em-dash phase (if you think I use a lot of em-dashes now, you have no idea). Then I moved on to the colon, and at some point, the semi-colon. This was in my late teens and 20s. I was reading a lot of Henry James…..and then a lot of academic writing.

    via A Theory of the Modern Exclamation Point!

  • Finished reading: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros 📚 The best part was getting Outlook reminders from Siri while listening to The Hot Chapter. 💌

  • This is my spring Pink, cursive text that says “Can’t, volleyball”

  • Three different drivers almost hit me with their three different cars as I rode my bike in the Lombardy Street bike lane between Broad and Leigh Streets. What if this was actual infrastructure instead of a narrow gutter?

  • A Benadryl disaster.

    I spilled a bunch of tiny pink Benadryl pills into a wet sink. Lots of pink streaks in the sink from me trying to scoop up the slippery guys.

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