Sunday Selection 2020-03-01

Happy Post-Leap-Day, (and beginning of March) everyone! I love it when the end of one month and the beginning on the next falls on a weekend. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of reflecting on the (near) past and making plans for the (not-too-distant) future. The transitions between months and weeks are perfect times to do that, and it’s even more perfect when they align.

This last week I’ve been thinking a lot about routines, rituals, practices and how all of that can cross the line between public and private. I’m hoping to write more about that in the near future, but some today’s selections offer a glimpse into the inputs of those potential outputs.

Warren Ellis Ltd.

Warren Ellis is the brains behind the original Dark Knight comics, as well the recent Castlevania (which is being brought to Netflix). I’ve been reading his weekly newsletter for a few months, but I recently found out he has an old-fashioned daily-ish blog. He’s been using it to post about everything he does each day, as well as think aloud about the future of blogging.

No Algorithms

I added this to my to-blog list months ago but never got around to actually writing about it. Part of what I’ve been thinking about blogging, I’ve been thinking about how we can post, share and discover without being mediated by opaque algorithms that probably don’t have our best interests at heart. I have thoughts on this, but for now you can read what Brett Simmons thinks about it.

For Over 30 Years, A Soba Chef Drew Everything He Ate

I love food, and I love art, so obviously I’m a sucker for something that combines the two. I love the mix of clean, geometric lines, intricate patterns and clear colors. And it reminds me that one of these days I really must go spend some time in Japan.

My Tools and Programs, 2020

As much as I enjoy food and art, I also like learning about people live and work, and in particular what tools they use in the process. I usually go to Uses This to satiate that particular craving, but this post is from writer and photographer John Scalzi. Personally I find the idea of writing anything substantial in Windows to be frightening, but apparently it’s really good at handling long documents.

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