@odd I’ve always assumed the same thing. Once I started digging into it just now, I assumed they meant US-9, which runs north-south through New York and New Jersey, and US-30, which runs east-west in central New Jersey — and they intersect right outside Atlantic City.
So if they’d said Atlantic City instead of Carson City, then I’d've thought it was referencing US-9. But, while Atlantic City used to be known for quickie weddings, “Carson City” implies Nevada. And calling a highway "The X" is a very Western-US thing to do (for example, The Four-oh-Five, The One (except in Chicago and the northeast (but only with named highways like the Dan Ryan or the Cross Bronx))).
But also, remember it’s a cover by a band from Boston, and there’s a State Route 9 that runs west from Boston to Worcester.
In short — I have no idea. And as far as I can tell, no one else does either.
@crossingthethreshold Exactly! And until the advent of CSS and flexbox, HTML was just as clunky as Markdown when it came to complex typography.
You’re touching on something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently, namely, how our technologies shape our expression. It’s unsettling to realize how often the tools choose the task and how rarely the task dictates the tools. This was one of the unstated issues I was kicking against as I was trialling Ulysses and reviewing my overall workflow — was my workflow serving me, or was I serving my workflow?
And this is actually part of what McLuhan meant by “the medium is the message” — that every novel technology (e.g. the alphabet, movable type, double-entry bookkeeping, musical notation, tempered instruments, radio, multi-track recording, ProTools, PowerPoint, HTML, email, etc etc) both expands and constricts our possibilities for expression, and that the mode of communication we choose will itself become part of whatever we’re trying to express.
For example, a lot of contemporary poetry is being written to look good on computer screens, for which there isn’t any simple way of indenting — at least not within the limited coding abilities of most poets or online lit mag editors. So while poetry has never been so available to so many people, there is a whole universe of poems that are NOT being written now that would have been effortlessly common in the 1950s with the use of typewriters and mimeograph machines, and Linotype and Monotype typesetting.
And this is another aspect of Zoom fatigue: culture shock. The environment in which we communicate alters how, and even what, we communicate — and with Zoom (and Meets, and Teams, etc) we’ve been forced suddenly into a dramatically different medium and our expectations of how we communicate hasn’t caught up.
@mjkaul Now that would be something I’d be up for! It could be a series. First up: Is Ulysses right for Penelope? Next week: Lotus Notes for the Lotus-Eaters. Then: Which weather app is best for Aeolus? (Or maybe that should be: Aeolus compares Substack and Medium?)
@terrygrier Yes, I think Byword is something of a dark horse among markdown/text editors, after having been a feted favorite there for a while. I don’t use it on iOS at all (for me, that’s Drafts and 1Writer), but on the Mac I think it’s one of the best distraction-free, markdown text editors. It’s certainly every bit as good as iA Writer. The only significant difference between them, to me, is that with Byword you need to use the Finder for your file management & navigation, while iA Writer has its own, with its internal “Locations.”
(Full resolution image here; note the paint tube says Pimlico, which is the station for the Tate Gallery.)
Our tiny apartment is all bookshelves and windows, so what little art we can hang is mostly in the long entry hall, which is terrible for viewing, but it’s better than nothing.
@pimoore I agree! Same with the pages some people maintain that catalogues all the hardware & software they use. I try to supply as many links as possible, because a lot of the things I read are by poets published by small presses, and they need all the link love they can get.
I sort of backed into tracking what I was reading; it started out as a focused attempt to read my way through my poetry stacks specifically, since I found I wasn't really reading poetry from cover to cover but rather drifting, foraging, or diving (while simultaneously buying armloads of the stuff at every opportunity). In 2019, I expanded it to track every book I finished of any genre, which was fine until we hit 2020 (or, I should say, when 2020 hit us). I think I’m ready to start reporting out again.
@Cheri Right on! And it’s so good to see someone keeping the “Micronaut" sobriquet alive.
@gpittman Not unfair.
@crossingthethreshold Obviously there’s a great deal of personal preference & bias, but—
For one thing, there was an ease of use with the Archive, and things just seemed to click for me, whereas setting up nvUltra felt arduous. I found nvUltra’s settings far more intimidating. It certainly seems like there’s a lot of power in nvUltra, but just looking at that Settings pane makes me tired.
Also, the vast bulk of the documents in my junk drawer originated in Bear or iA Writer, both of which use #tags in plain text within each file (unlike, say, Drafts or Ulysses, where tags are more likely part of the metadata and, depending on how you export the data, can be lost). Anyway, the #tags are hotlinks in Archive: I can click on one and it’s like a search for that term. Sure, I could copy/paste the #tag in nvUltra, but that’s a few extra steps.
So basically, Archive just works to my expectations, whereas nvUltra seems fussier.
@pimoore I’ve already heard a fair amount of anguish over the lack of an iOS version (just like the lack of an iOS version of nvUltra), but this is actually to my advantage, personally: I want a fair amount of friction, I don’t want to be able to just throw stuff in there without thinking.
Obviously, if I were hoping to use it as a primary note-taking app, I’d have to do set up a totally different workflow. As it is, my Archive/Junk Drawer will be for deep storage: archived texts & notes that can stay out of the way until by chance I need them.
@alongtheray You’re welcome! And I just hopped over to your website — are you still in your Scamp? My parents and I camped all over the American West in a 13´ Scamp when I was a kid. Great little campers.
@gpittman Me, too! A rough stretch from Friday over to Saturday, but nothing Tylenol couldn’t handle. And I’ve felt great today, maybe even a little giddy. I’m half expecting the injection site to get a little itchy or rashy over the next few days, but all of this is a very small price to pay to help boost the herd immunity.
The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms.
@simonwoods Yes — this last tumultuous week has, for me, been both a return to form and also a counter-reformation. And I credit the thoughtful community of micro.blog as a catalyst: even when the conversations on process veer off into flights of faddish fancy, there is a good faith understanding that we are all trying to bring more not less stability to our digital lives.
@hjalm Yep, this is exactly why Darwin was so staggeringly, horrifyingly offensive to his contemporaries. Our belief systems don’t need to be accurate, they just need to be comforting and internally consistent in a manner we can justify to ourselves. The average homo sapiens has barely begun to grasp the full implications of natural and sexual selection on human culture.
@stevesnider Good list and I agree with most of them. But it’s appalling that M Ward’s cover of Let’s Dance wasn’t on the list. It crushes Bowie’s original like a grape. (Even if that is Stevie Ray Vaughan playing lead guitar…)
@rnv @crossingthethreshold Funny, it was because I was thinking about how I needed an app that could interact smoothly with Blot and Dropbox that spurred my reflections on the artificial demands that syncing has made on us over the last decade whenever we evaluate software — and yet I skipped over that detail entirely and never actually spelled it out, opting instead to make more silly Arlo Guthrie references. This is why I was a terrible student in school: I'm entertaining and allusive, but I refuse to connect the dots for you or explicate why I mentioned this or that core detail, even (or especially) if a passing grade depends on it…
@peterimoore Thanks, glad you liked it! And yes, as much as I love plain text that stays out of the way, there are many situations where wysiwyg is crucial. And I've been working with Scrivener so extensively for over a decade, so I have workflow habits that I cannot alter without committing even more violence than what I've done in the last week.
@crossingthethreshold No, sorry if I wasn’t clear. That’s only in regard to my Blot post templates. Any formatting that approaches rich text remains, for me, the exclusive purview of Scrivener...
@cn except if you’re willing to tunnel