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Joshua Whiting

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Currently Reading - Beyond Magenta

[Originally Posted: 2022.08.15]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.16]

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out [66%]

by Susan Kuklin

[currently reading - started on 2022.08.15]

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out [66%]

by Susan Kuklin

[currently reading - started on 2022.08.15]

Another day, another challenged book.

Standalone post link: Currently Reading - Beyond Magenta
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Poem Link - Summer Wind

[Originally Posted: 2022.08.14]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.14]
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Changelog - 2022.08.11

[Originally Posted: 2022.08.11]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

2022.08.11 (committed)

  • Added a [more of ‘Title’] link at the bottom of the main microblogish rss index
  • Added [more/less] buttons to recent updates on homepage and ‘new/now’ list pages
  • Improvements to the functionality of the ‘recent images’ section of the home page
  • Moved ‘links’ into their own main section

2022.07.22 (committed)

2022.08.11 (committed)

  • Added a [more of ‘Title’] link at the bottom of the main microblogish rss index
  • Added [more/less] buttons to recent updates on homepage and ‘new/now’ list pages
  • Improvements to the functionality of the ‘recent images’ section of the home page
  • Moved ‘links’ into their own main section

2022.07.22 (committed)

Related still to-do

  • Standardize [more/less] functionality across all list pages
  • Create a standard ‘gallery’ partial
  • Re-create the jdw-gallery page (page showing just the images I consider to be my own creations not stealing/screenshotting/remixing
  • Standardize breadcrumbs across all templates
  • Update templates
  • Much more post/static page reorganization
  • Fix and standardize image tags in all old posts
Standalone post link: Changelog - 2022.08.11
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Listens Last Week (August 7, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.08.07]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

A log of my music listens in the past week, by albums and playlists, not including completely random shuffles.

My Top Albums Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot

A log of my music listens in the past week, by albums and playlists, not including completely random shuffles.

My Top Albums Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot


Sun.2022.07.31 | Florist | (2022) | Florist

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: don’t remember

Mon.2022.08.01 | Mahal | (2022) | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving

Notes: getting pretty obsessed with this album now, which is usually the case with Toro y Moi, but it was delayed this time. I think I just thought that throwaway “Mr. Postman” song was so stupid when I first heard it that I couldn’t listen beyond that, just took this for a whole throwaway album. But it is as solid as anything he has ever done, with some decent psych leanings.


Mon.2022.08.01 | Orange Blood | (2022) | Mt. Joy

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: dishes, chores, whatever

Notes: Meh. First listen to this album and this band. Feels like something I might have liked 15 or 20 years ago, but not a style or songwriting I’m excited by at this moment.


Mon.2022.08.01 | Remove Your Skin Please [EP] | (2019) | Chat Pile

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: reading, whatever

Mon.2022.08.01 | This Dungeon Earth [EP] | (2019) | Chat Pile

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: reading, whatever

Mon-Tue.2022.08.01-02 | Hey What | (2021) | Low

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: reading, whatever, driving

Notes: came up on shuffle and really hit the spot - I haven’t listened to Low enough, need to change that.

Tue.2022.08.02 | God’s Country | (2022) | Chat Pile

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: don’t remember

Tue.2022.08.02 | Hellfire | (2022) | black midi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: don’t remember

Wed-Thur.2022.08.03-04 | Florist | (2022) | Florist

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: working, driving, whatever

Thur.2022.08.04 | American Rituals | (2022) | Cheri Knight

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving

Fri.2022.08.05 | Mahal | (2022) | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving

Notes: these songs are often in my head now and it is a good vibe.


Fri.2022.08.05 | [Playlist] August 5 New Releases | Diabolical Records

Format/Source: Streaming - Spotify
Location/Context: driving, whatever

Fri.2022.08.05 | [Playlist] New Music Friday | NPR Music

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: whatever

Sat.2022.08.06 | i’m in your walls | (2022) | Death Insurance

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, errands

Sat.2022.08.06 | comfortably in pain [EP] | (2022) | Dora Jar

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, errands

Sat.2022.08.06 | Oil on Canvas | (2022) | AJ Suede

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, errands

Sat.2022.08.06 | Could We Be More | (2022) | Kokoroko

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, errands
Standalone post link: Listens Last Week (August 7, 2022)
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On spending Saturday afternoon driving around two counties in the…

[Originally Posted: 2022.08.06]
[Last Updated: 2022.11.25]

On spending Saturday afternoon driving around two counties in the rain making returns of dumb shit I bought online that doesn’t fit or that I don’t really need, and on being too self conscious to go to the art museum and go in with wet clothes on the last day of an exhibition I wanted to see, even though I was just a few blocks from it and going there was my original plan

On spending Saturday afternoon driving around two counties in the rain making returns of dumb shit I bought online that doesn’t fit or that I don’t really need, and on being too self conscious to go to the art museum and go in with wet clothes on the last day of an exhibition I wanted to see, even though I was just a few blocks from it and going there was my original plan

  • Most of the new music that I queued up to listen to while driving was unfortunately not that exciting to me

  • Parley’s Canyon was stunning in the rain - the wisps of clouds hanging around the peaks and trailing up the side canyons, the wet washed sandstone faces several shades darker than their familiar sunbleached appearance, the scrub oak leaves just humming with so much green, thick life

  • I hydroplaned four times, but I recovered before crashing every time and I’m okay

  • I think I’ve finally cracked the textile-encoded messages letting me know that J. Crew and J. Crew “Factory” actually just don’t want short, fat people to wear their clothes

  • I don’t care about going into Target with wet clothes from the rain

  • I don’t care about going back out into the rain after shopping in Target, since I was able to cover my purchases so they wouldn’t get ruined

  • I do I guess care about going into an art museum with wet clothes from the rain, but maybe that was just an excuse to indulge my self-consciousness

  • I can hopefully browse and buy the artist’s book associated with the exhibition later, which is what I probably actually really wanted

  • I have several hundred dollars coming off my credit card balances now

  • I maybe should have stopped somewhere and taken pictures - I drove that way because I had to return some things to one of the “factory stores” by Park City, and I guess all in all it was worth it

Standalone post link: On spending Saturday afternoon driving around two counties in the…
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Art Link - My Grandma Is a Meme

[Originally Posted: 2022.08.04]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]
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Listens Last Week (July 31, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.31]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

The truth is I’m not listening to music right now but to backyard morning sounds: birds, creek, calm Sunday morning traffic from 1300 East, my neighbors' baby fussing a bit, an AC unit kicking on, and a single dog bark. I also really didn’t listen to a lot of music last week, between spending time at the cabin (cabin/canyon sounds are prioritized, just like backyard sounds) and people being around in the office at work when I did go back into work. There are some interesting things here nonetheless, and I have a lot of promising stuff queued up to listen to soon.

My Top Artists Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot

The truth is I’m not listening to music right now but to backyard morning sounds: birds, creek, calm Sunday morning traffic from 1300 East, my neighbors' baby fussing a bit, an AC unit kicking on, and a single dog bark. I also really didn’t listen to a lot of music last week, between spending time at the cabin (cabin/canyon sounds are prioritized, just like backyard sounds) and people being around in the office at work when I did go back into work. There are some interesting things here nonetheless, and I have a lot of promising stuff queued up to listen to soon.

My Top Artists Last Week - Last.fm - Screenshot


Sat-Sun.2022.07.23-24 | [Playlist] New Music Friday | (2022) | NPR Music

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: whatever

Notes: I also queued up / incorporated a bunch of new tracks I read about in various newsletters and other sources, intermixed with this playlist.


Wed.2022.07.27 | Drifting Toward the Absolute | (2021) | Josh Medina

Format/Source: sound files from bandcamp - tape music but I don’t own the actual tape
Location/Context: earphones cabin cleanup chores

Notes: Wanted something kind of lowkey natural while I washed dishes, and this came up in the shuffle first thing and was perfect. Then I listened to…


Wed.2022.07.27 | Chihuahuan Desert / Birdscapes | (2021) | Rob Frye

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music - tape music but I don’t own the actual tape
Location/Context: earphones cabin cleanup chores

Thur.2022.07.28 | Causers of This | (2010) | Toro y Moi

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving

Fri.2022.07.29 | Connection | (2022) | The Maghreban

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving, reading, whatever

Notes: First listen


Fri.2022.07.29 | Ginkgo | (2022) | Field Guides

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: reading, whatever

Notes: First listen. Didn’t know anything about this and tried it based solely on the band name and the cover art. Not quite what I had hoped for, whatever that unfairly means, but I may have to give them another chance.


Fri.2022.07.29 | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | (2021) | Deb Never

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: reading, whatever

Notes: First listen


Sat.2022.07.30 | God’s Country | (2021) | Chat Pile

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: chores, driving errands

Notes: First listen. This is another great recommendation from that record store that I unfortunately never go visit. (This is also a record I would be unlikely to ever buy on vinyl because no one else in my house ever would want to listen to this.)


Sat.2022.07.30 | God’s Country | (2021) | Chat Pile

Format/Source: Streaming - Apple Music
Location/Context: driving errands, chores, whatever

Notes: Immediate re-listen

Standalone post link: Listens Last Week (July 31, 2022)
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a hike!

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.30]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.02]

My knee has recovered enough that I went on somewhat of an actual hike!

Luna helping me navigate the aspens on the mountainside

A Moffitish mountainside forest

My knee has recovered enough that I went on somewhat of an actual hike!

Luna helping me navigate the aspens on the mountainside

A Moffitish mountainside forest

tree mountain

View to a Moffitish Peak

(That Moffitish peak in the background here is the destination I was aiming for, but I only got half way up.)

I ended up bushwhacking a bunch and felt like I should turn around before actually getting to the peak I was hoping to reach, but I went almost 3 miles with an elevation gain of 1100+ feet, without a trail over half of the way.1

Considering that two or three weeks ago I didn’t even want to go up a flight of stairs, this was pretty good. My knee has relapsed a little bit since, but I think it will still be fine.


  1. I like using AllTrails to navigate and track my hikes in realtime, but I’m keeping the map and recording of this hike private since I started in private land and went off trail extensively. ↩︎

Standalone post link: a hike!
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Grasshopper Shed Door

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.30]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.31]

Here’s a photo of a grasshopper on the door of the shed in my backyard.

Grasshopper Shed Door

Here’s a photo of a grasshopper on the door of the shed in my backyard.

Grasshopper Shed Door

I took so many shots of this guy but this is the only one I even remotely liked.1 I kind of hate this camera on my phone that tries too much to fix my photos for me. I need to get out our old late-00s DSLR, or get a film camera again, or something. I don’t think my cousin ever gave my film camera back to me, and I didn’t think that was a problem but now I miss it…


  1. I could probably go through the video I took and find some stills to pull out and crop, but I don’t have the patience for that right now. ↩︎

Standalone post link: Grasshopper Shed Door
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Link - Reality Is Just a Game Now

[Originally Posted: 2022.07.27]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]
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