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I’m Jeremy. I seek broad knowledge over deep knowledge. I keep my eyes and my mind open. I believe in listening to and telling stories, in that order. I try to always be kind. I live simply and prefer to move constantly.

I am, in fact, the only person I know who frequently uses comma clauses and ellipses (as well as parentheticals)—not mention em dashes—in everyday text messages…

Beautiful weather today in the UP, cool and clear. Wandered the trails that lace the woods around town, sumitted a piney knob of jasper. Grabbed pints at a brewery along the new highway back of town. All the architecture here sits bunkered against a winter it’s difficult to imagine in spring.

Paid a bunch for a bunch of locally grown mushrooms because we want to live in a world where people can make a living growing food for their community. (These mushrooms will be used with leeks in a pasta.)

A bunch of whole oyster mushrooms on a cutting board in the foreground with a bowl of cut shiitake mushrooms in the back.

📍 Now I’m in…Ishpeming, MI.

Finished The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth. Enjoyed this modern lampoon of an 18th century adventure novel. Set in the crude and ignoble early days of American history, it’s laced with clever winks, irreverent humor, and allusions of all sorts, most of which I’m sure I missed. Worth a re-read. 📚

the good’s great when it’s gettin and the bad’s hard when it’s gone

📍 Now I’m in…Appleton, Wisconsin.

We plan to visit all five Great Lakes this year. First up: Lake Michigan, at Chicago, on a foggy day!

The surf braking along the beach of Lake Michigan. The water is blue-green and the sand is gold, even though its a foggy day.

A scattering of people standing about the end of a boardwalk on the beach, looking out over a foggy Lake Michigan.

ghostly trees and the pale details of closed patio restaurant on the beach on a foggy day along Lake Michigan.

In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.

Hannah Arendt

@zbarocas I believe it’s from “No Name in the Street” but I came across it in an article on the moral hazards of extractive space exploration that I can’t find now.

There is reason, after all, that some people wish to colonise the moon, and others dance before it as an ancient friend.

James Baldwin

It’s somebody with a very weird looking hammer imagining the existence of deeply implausible nails.

From Elon Musk wants to turn Tesla’s fleet into AWS for AI — would it work?

The Chicago alleyway intrigues me, though I couldn’t say why.

A long view down an alleyway with garage doors and trash cans lined up on either side.

📍 Now I’m in…Chicago, IL

At first there was nothing…then nothing turned itself inside-out and became something.

Sun Ra

Today I tumbled down the rabbit hole on Quote Investigator. Highly recommended. We live in an endless game of telephone.

@snptrs I am so glad you asked this question, because I came across it randomly online, but you made me suspicious, so I did some digging. According to this, which carries the weight of actual citations, not only is this quote frequently misattributed, but it has an interesting history, and yes, Yeats is involved. I've updated the post accordingly. Thanks!

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”, 1920

The fundamental cause of trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure, while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell, “The Triumph of Stupidity”, 1933

The problem is that bad writers tend to have the self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.

Charles Bukowski, interview in Arete, 1989

(h/t to Quote Investigator)

“The world is too vast to live in a single place, or three, or four”

ELO’s debut album was released in the United States in March 1972 as No Answer. The name originated after a US record company secretary called the UK label for the name of the album, but as she was unable to reach anyone, left a note in the file reading “No answer.” A similar mistake resulted in the releas...

If you’re ever in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, eat at Lacayo!!! Pan-Latin American–Iberian fusion? Best meal I’ve had in a while.

📍 Now I’m in…Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

📍 Now I’m in…Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

solecism (n): 1. A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction; 2. A violation of etiquette; 3. An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity. Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikizein, to speak incorrectly, from soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi (Soli), an Athenian colony in Cilic...

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness.

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

@Dunk true! (Had to delete the original post cause I put it on the wrong blog…)

@odd haha I didn’t know there was a place with this name either! Home to 5,000 people and apparently the largest town square in America.

@jabel YES. I've thought about this a lot, but beyond just the timeline to the character of the whole media landscape around me: my priorities, the way I approach problems, the little fantasies that spark in my head, all bent by influences that found me with agendas of their own instead of by influences I sought out in my own pursuits. As a result, I'm growing much more mindful of my information environment, and I try to engage with it on my terms (I'm still working out what those are). This inevitably leads to the whole "how much of me is actually me" question, which is a real trip!

@V_ wow great question. hmmmmm…I like rummaging through the produce for the right items for the dishes we’ve planned for the week, bantering with the folks at the counters, wandering around watching people shop, snooping on the items in their carts. We dedicate our Sundays to acquiring the food we need for the week, so we don’t need to be efficient. I’m envious of people who live places with markets instead of supermarkets; I love the idea of buying veg from the green grocery, meat from the butcher, etc. I don’t live a life conducive to gardening (which I love), so engaging with people when I make my groceries is the next best thing.

@dejus didn’t know commercial campgrounds had that option. Cool! I love how life on the road makes you think creatively

@V_ I don't buy much other than groceries these days (and I love going to the grocery store), but I find there are a few things you cant really find anywhere but amazon. Like esoteric power cords.

@JohnBrady No judgment on anyones purchasing habits intended! Its just unreal to me that such a huge company can apparently invest so little in its UX. I guess thats what market capture does for you?

@dejus So how do you do amazon living on the road, if you don't mind my asking? When we need something we just HAVE to get from amazon, we try to time it with pick up kiosks located along our route, but it feels fraught.

@ReaderJohn YES, another important quality of a down-at-heel retailer! Good luck!

@odd he grew up in a tiny town in southwest Arkansas but is generally associated with Little Rock because before he become president, he was governor of Arkansas and the city is the state capitol.

@patrickrhone 😳 knowing what I know about the coroner’s office…

@Annie right? been wracking my brains all day for a way to casually work it into a conversation

@Annie @patrickrhone can I be buddies too since I always carry a book with me absolutely everywhere (just in case)? 🤓

@Miraz it’s a pretty regular occurrence in New Orleans, really. I know to keep on top of it, but I was daydreaming.

@jeannie Done! Hope you enjoy your visit!

@jeannie hi! I keep a huge list of stuff I recommend in New Orleans…some of it may be right for you, some not. It’s 5 pages long 😂. If you interested, just let me know where to send it!

@thedimpause glad you’ve enjoyed it!

@Dunk yes, I’ve got SOMA on the list! I hadn’t seen the radio browser map, but I have enjoyed browsing, which is similar.

@maique yes indeed, it’s quite striking!