Notes for week of 24 July, 2023

⤳ It’s been a while. No real reason. Just… Stuff happening, like stuff does.

⤳ As noted here this site has had a little bit of a refresh. As part of that I’ve added a ‘media diet’ page to track what I’m reading, watching etc. I do that in these posts too, but I just wanted a list in one place. Nice and neat :) I’ve stopped tracing things on sites like Letterboxd and Goodreads, but I do want a personal record of this stuff I can look back on later.

As you’ll see from that Media Diet page, I went to see Oppenheimer, which, for me, outstayed its welcome into the third hour. I also watched Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game which was much more enjoyable.

⤳ I start a (kind of) new job next week. The agency I’ve been freelancing at for the past couple of years offered me a perm role. I’ll talk more about them and the job at a later date, but for now I’ll say I’m excited to get my teeth into something again.

⤳ What’s been really messing my brain up though, is what to do with London in Bits. I think I’ve come to a decision on that, but will take a couple of weeks to play out, so more on that later too.

⤳ Some interesting things I’ve read these past few weeks:

Continuing my fascination with Robert Pirsig, I read Chrome and Black and Dusty: Robert Pirsig’s Motorcycle Heritage. from the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (via Tim Bray). It’s written by Paul F. Johnston who is the ‘Curator of Transportation History’ at the Smithsonian museum (which owns Pirsig’s Honda 305-cc Super Hawk motorcycle and plenty of other of Pirsig’s tools, manuscripts and other documents) so this article is full of details and images I’ve never seen before. Gorgeous stuff.

In the NY Times: What happens when an editor who runs a breaking news team turns off his phone and takes a weeklong vow of silence at a meditation retreat.

⤳ Listening to: