Welcome to Prints volume 1, issue 9.
Table of contents: Reading • Making • Links
Recent nonfiction reads
- The Last American Aristocrat, by David S. Brown. Confession: I went into this thinking it was about Henry James. No. It’s about Henry Adams (grandson of John Quincy Adams), who I knew nothing about beforehand. It ended up being a much slower read, I believe because its prose was dense and less scannable. There were also some mildly confusing time jumps. Overall, though, I liked it and I’m glad I read it. Learned a lot about the late 1800s and early 1900s. Also picked up the word filiopietistic.
Recent fiction reads:
- Network Effect, by Martha Wells. The full-length Murderbot novel. Really liked it. It was more horror in some ways, but still a comfort read. I’m going to be sad when I read Fugitive Telemetry and run out of Murderbot.
Books acquired since last issue
- Shakespeare: The Biography — Peter Ackroyd
- The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco — Marilyn Chase
- First Platoon: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance — Annie Jacobsen
- Heir to the Empire — Timothy Zahn
- Dark Force Rising — Timothy Zahn
- The Last Command — Timothy Zahn
- From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death — Caitlin Doughty
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate — Naomi Klein
- A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty — Mimi Matthews
- Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power — James McGrath Morris
- Emerson: The Mind on Fire — Robert D. Richardson
- Part-Time Gods — Rachel Aaron
- Night Shift Dragons — Rachel Aaron
- Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities — Craig Steven Wilder
- An Eye for an Eye — Carol Wyer
- The Puma Years: A Memoir — Laura Coleman
- The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America — James Bamford
- The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens—and Ourselves — Arik Kershenbaum
- Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found — Suketu Mehta
- The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth — Richard Conniff
- Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence — Christian Parenti
- The City We Became — N. K. Jemisin
- The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal — Simon J. Knell
- Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation — Anton Howes
- Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle — Clare Hunter
- Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages — Dan Jones
Some religious art:
Retzi (working title): Ten minutes a day is still working spectacularly well, and I’m making good if slow progress. The first draft of this story is done (it’s only five pages), just need to do a final editing pass. Expect it next time!
Religious art: Got burned out on this and planned to take a long break, but that didn’t last. Thinking about using Blender more for texturing, like I did with Within the Walls of Your Own Homes, using both displacement/bump maps and sculpting. But I also really like the SVG techniques I’ve been using lately, so we’ll see.
Picture book: Haven’t really done much of anything on this (soon to be a common theme). Thinking about using the multi-layer SVG technique for the art.
Shadow art: Nothing to report.
Type design: Nothing to report.
Musical: I think I have the basic idea and some initial song ideas.
Film: Nothing to report.
Getty’s Persepolis Reimagined. So cool.
Julia Evans with a list of newish command-line tools. I’ll admit I have a weakness for these kinds of tools.
Ernest Blum back in 2008 on learning languages via interlinear texts. Mixed feelings on this.
Mermaid, a Markdownish tool for diagramming and charting. Intrigued, particularly from the genealogy angle (pedigree/descendancy charts).
Kottke on kaketsugi. Love this.
Jim Nielsen on ordering CSS declarations. Agreed. I’ve been using alphabetical declarations for a while and it’s worked well (and any exceptions are then obvious).
Rikako Murayama and Akiko Okamoto on new electric chopsticks to enhance salty tastes. I don’t know what to say, but I’m intrigued.
Isabel Slone on learning to sew at the end of the world. I still itch to get into sewing.
Rob Gardner’s “My Kindness Shall Not Depart from Thee”. One of my favorite songs.
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