This week 5 years ago, I was winding down the last few days at my regular job. It was a great job working with great people, but I knew I had to move on to be able to create Micro.blog. In a blog post on my last day at the job, I wrote about starting over and the hope for what would come next.
- Mifune-The Last Samurai – Short but informative documentary on the life and work of Toshiro Mifune.
- Stray Dog – Early noirish Kurosawa thriller about a rookie cop who loses his gun. More Mifune.
- Silicon Valley – Very late to this but I just watched all of season one and loved it. Looking forward to the rest.
- Muggington Lane End – The excellent new album by Lavinia Blackwall. I’m sure this is going to be in my end of year top ten.
It feels endless and anarchic, a riposte to the algorithmically determined monoculture behind everything from the Spotify Recommended section to ghost kitchen-reheated delivery food. Bandcamp, and the half-billion dollars it has paid to artists since its inception in 2008, is real.
Bandcamp is great. It’s refreshing to find a company like this that really does care about artists and music. I’ve built up quite a collection of Bandcamp purchases now.
The weather was wet and miserable today but things brightened a little when I followed a link to this album, The Stubborness Of Things by Peter Rogers (Bandcamp). I had one listen through and bought it soon after. My new “Good Things” Twitter list is bearing fruit already.
Who are the “sheep”? People that wear face-coverings to protect their family and friends? Or those that want to get on their knees and defend an economy that doesn’t give one single hoot about them?
I do like my little corner of Twitter with its jokes and poems and puns and art. Sometimes I glance over the fence at the shouting and fighting and nastiness but then I turn back to tend my garden, hoping to raise a smile.
My latest homescreen layout. I’m on the iOS 14 public beta but I’m not using any widgets yet. I’ve removed all pages and I’m using stock apps for mail, notes, and reminders. The other apps are the ones I tend to use the most.
It is a most wonderful comfort to sit alone beneath a lamp, book spread before you, and commune with someone from the past whom you have never met.