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Notes: They’re not quite an article, but maybe a bit more than a tweet?


please join me on the new mastodon instance i just spun up, hejira.is, a place for like-minded individuals to beatifically discuss their appreciation of joni mitchell’s 1976 masterpiece

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Dropped into my local record store around lunchtime. Clerk saw me, walked over and said “Dude, I have a truckload of new, super clean 80s indie and alternative in, but that copy of ‘Green’ I posted on Insta last night just walked out the door.”

I feel very Seen. It feels good.

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Listening to the audiobook version of Insanely Simple and the author tells a story about Steve Jobs proudly demoing a “with special offers” version of OS 9 that would ship with a 60-second startup commercial, along with other ads throughout the OS.

I’m going to maybe spend the rest of the day thinking about this alternate timeline.

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It’s remarkable how quickly Hop Along’s “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” moved along this progression:

  • I like it, but I maybe liked their last jawn better
  • wait, holy shit, this is great
  • this is definitely one of the year’s best records
  • telling everyone I know how great this band and record are
  • this is definitely one of the decade’s best records
  • this record has become my new Emotional Center, my safe harbor

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About 8 years ago, we received a coffee grinder as a Christmas gift. It was a very thoughtful gift, because my wife and I both love coffee. Except that after a pretty short while, it became a hassle. Grinding beans is just another step in the morning, I don’t notice much if any taste difference, and it’s almost impossible to make a cup in the morning with my son asleep.

Yet still, we bought bag after bag of whole bean coffee. Because we had a grinder, and we couldn’t let that go to waste, y’know?

Finally, I had a Moment of Clarity on the subject. I realized that this was silly, and that we should just buy ground coffee, and that we should ignore the “sunk cost” of already having a grinder. I felt enlightened as I went to grind beans for presumably the last time this morning.

The coffee grinder was dead.

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