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Joshua Whiting

learner, writer, creator, librarianish person

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mbs

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.15]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I just corrected an error in my RSS template and site configuration, and now, after months of transmission failure, my notes on this site are propagating to micro.blog. Now that it is working I’m not sure how I actually feel about it.

I just corrected an error in my RSS template and site configuration, and now, after months of transmission failure, my notes on this site are propagating to micro.blog. Now that it is working I’m not sure how I actually feel about it.

Actually, I am sure how I feel about it - super vulnerable and shy, and like I might delete that connection any second now, even obscure as it is. I’m still wanting to hide in the dark forest.

Update: I turned it back off. I was just frustrated that it wasn’t working and wanted to figure it out, didn’t think through the ramifications. I’m not ready to re-engage with even that little tiniest corner of the world quite yet.

Standalone post link: mbs
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Reading The Hobbit with my son

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.14]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.22]

I’m reading The Hobbit with my son at bedtime now.

Picture of me holding my copy of The Hobbit that I am reading with my son

I’m reading The Hobbit with my son at bedtime now.

Picture of me holding my copy of The Hobbit that I am reading with my son

We hit 21% completion tonight, so according to my new reading update ‘best practices’ I can post about it now.

Standalone post link: Reading The Hobbit with my son
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archivefever.eth

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.14]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I apparently live in a version of the internet where Derrida’s 1995 lecture-turned-book Archive Fever is trending.

I apparently live in a version of the internet where Derrida’s 1995 lecture-turned-book Archive Fever is trending.

Not long ago, in thinking about the various possibilities of nonfiction writing (more exploration on that later on this site if I turn this into a real digital garden and get around to it) I suddenly recalled reading Derrida’s Dessemination back as a college sophomore in Intro to Critical Theory with a weird sort of fondness for the puns and linguistic games he played. That playfulness kind of infuriated me at the time, but now I think I’m ready for it. (Also the stakes are low for me now - I don’t have a grade to get.) I thought I should maybe read it again or try some more Derrida sometime, just for kicks and weird writing ideas. Looks like Archive Fever may be the thing to read.

I found it, or some version of it, on JSTOR: https://www.jstor.org/stable/465144

(You can read 100 articles a month for free on JSTOR if you are not associated with an institution of higher learning or library which provides access to JSTOR, and I am not associated with such an institution. Like I said, stakes are low.)

Or you could probably find a PDF by a little Googling and clicking around on stuff. A sketchy link to some artist’s PDF download that was probably for some old class and that they probably don’t even realize is publicly accessible seems like an appropriate way to access something called Archive Fever, anyway.

Standalone post link: archivefever.eth
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Going Forward / Going Back

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.13]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I’m going forward by going back…

I let this site go dormant again, but that was not for lack of unpublished notes, pictures, ideas, etc. – I have physical and digital notebooks full of stuff.

Basically: I get busy, and I also get shy.

What to do about all that could’ve / would’ve stuff?

I’m going forward by going back…

I let this site go dormant again, but that was not for lack of unpublished notes, pictures, ideas, etc. – I have physical and digital notebooks full of stuff.

Basically: I get busy, and I also get shy.

What to do about all that could’ve / would’ve stuff?

This a perennial quandary for me, and typically an impediment to moving forward with adding new things to the site.

But this time I’m going to try to not let it hold me back. My intentions are to just start posting things if I feel like it, even if they are “outdated.”

So I may be posting some backdated items.

But more than that, I’m gradually going to build and surface more topic-based static pages on this site, and de-emphasize the reverse-chronological-status-update feed tyranny of the “notes.”

I’m starting to think and design in terms of digital gardening, though I still have a lot to read and learn and look at before I implement.

One of my first plots/beds should probably be documenting this learning and exploring I am doing in regards to digital gardening and site design. Need to build the raised bed and add compost before I plant the seeds, though…

Standalone post link: Going Forward / Going Back
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20220613 Changelog - Taxonomy List Pages

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.13]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

This post’s notes about breadcrumbs helped me figure out some things with my taxonomy list pages today.

In other words, I updated my taxonomy list page template, so as to prepare for a move toward building and surfacing more topic-based pages, supplemented by changelogs such as this.

I also added another instance of the Taxonomy Tree (a.k.a. Tree of Life, a.k.a. Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, a.k.a. Cast Out from the Digital Garden, a.k.a. Site Taxonomy) to the home page of the website, utilizing my now increasingly ubiquitous [+/-] toggle buttons. Again, a move I’m making as I explore ideas around digital gardening. I’m not actually doing digital gardening yet so I don’t have anything to link to - yet.

This post’s notes about breadcrumbs helped me figure out some things with my taxonomy list pages today.

In other words, I updated my taxonomy list page template, so as to prepare for a move toward building and surfacing more topic-based pages, supplemented by changelogs such as this.

I also added another instance of the Taxonomy Tree (a.k.a. Tree of Life, a.k.a. Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, a.k.a. Cast Out from the Digital Garden, a.k.a. Site Taxonomy) to the home page of the website, utilizing my now increasingly ubiquitous [+/-] toggle buttons. Again, a move I’m making as I explore ideas around digital gardening. I’m not actually doing digital gardening yet so I don’t have anything to link to - yet.

This is the first semi-official changelog for joshuaw.xyz, and is also the start of me trying to be better about documenting and crediting people when I learn something or pilfer code and ideas from their blog posts.

Standalone post link: 20220613 Changelog - Taxonomy List Pages
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Reading June 2022 Issue of Poetry

[Originally Posted: 2022.06.12]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.22]

Just read the June 2022 issue of Poetry.

Picture of me holding the June 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine

Just read the June 2022 issue of Poetry.

Picture of me holding the June 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine

Longer, with details: just seriously injured my knee by tripping and falling over my daughter’s bike in the garage - I was rushing through while doing maintenance on our water heater. So, instead of continuing with the water heater, I am laid up with an ice pack in my son’s bedroom, reading the June 2022 issue of Poetry until I feel rested enough to try to go upstairs to my own bedroom.

My favorite entry in the magazine was actually the closing prose essay from Shelby Handler about translating ancient Hebrew texts - “Astrological Speculum,” and Other Objects Found on My Way to the Ancestors

I might write and share more thoughts on the essay at some point - besides being beautifully written and thought provoking, it made me cognizant of some of the Jewish/Hebrew cultural appropriation I once engaged in as a Mormon.

Standalone post link: Reading June 2022 Issue of Poetry
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Spring Listening 2022: Turn Into and Everybody Works by Jay Som

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.26]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.27]

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my favorite phone notifications.

These are:

  • two of my favorite albums
  • two of my favorite albums to listen to on vinyl, that I own on vinyl1
  • two of my favorite albums that sound like spring to me, though I can’t say why2
  • two of my favorite albums that I am listening to on vinyl right now, and noting on my website on this day, for these reasons

‘Album Released’ notifications might be my favorite phone notifications.

These are:

  • two of my favorite albums
  • two of my favorite albums to listen to on vinyl, that I own on vinyl1
  • two of my favorite albums that sound like spring to me, though I can’t say why2
  • two of my favorite albums that I am listening to on vinyl right now, and noting on my website on this day, for these reasons


  1. also two of my favorite albums to listen to endlessly on shuffle on my phone while I work or drive around or whatever, though it has been awhile ↩︎

  2. the blossoms on that cover, though ↩︎

Standalone post link: Spring Listening 2022: Turn Into and Everybody Works by Jay Som
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Little Dell February

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.22]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.27]

dead thistle blossoms shaking in the wind near the shore of Little Dell Resevoir, still mostly frozen in February

I went to Little Dell a month ago, and this is what it was like.

dead thistle blossoms shaking in the wind near the shore of Little Dell Resevoir, still mostly frozen in February

I went to Little Dell a month ago, and this is what it was like.

I should go back and see what it is like now.

Standalone post link: Little Dell February
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welcome to joshua w dot xyz

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.21]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

Screenshot of my website with updated domain joshuaw.xyz as listed in the Netlify management dashboard

Upgraded the primary domain for this site to its final form here at the end of the internet:

Welcome to joshuaw.xyz

Screenshot of my website with updated domain joshuaw.xyz as listed in the Netlify management dashboard

Upgraded the primary domain for this site to its final form here at the end of the internet:

Welcome to joshuaw.xyz

(Also updated the introductory text of my home page a bit to reflect this change.)

Standalone post link: welcome to joshua w dot xyz
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Home and Taxonomy Updates (March 20, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.03.20]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

  1. Updated the home page of this site today, adding prominent links to RSS feeds, a gallery of recent post images, and returning a link to the “Featured / Longer Things” post collection. Now I need to update the front matter of all the other missing posts that belong in that “featured” collection.

screenshot of joshuaw.xyz home page on 3/20/2022

And with the images back I feel like I should start taking and posting more photographs of things other than just screenshots and shit I bought.

  1. Updated the home page of this site today, adding prominent links to RSS feeds, a gallery of recent post images, and returning a link to the “Featured / Longer Things” post collection. Now I need to update the front matter of all the other missing posts that belong in that “featured” collection.

screenshot of joshuaw.xyz home page on 3/20/2022

And with the images back I feel like I should start taking and posting more photographs of things other than just screenshots and shit I bought.

  1. Also updated the Tree of Life, a.k.a. Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, a.k.a. Site Taxonomy page, improving styling and adding toggle buttons to make each element collapsible. This will be extremely useful to me, if to no one else, as my next job here is to clean up and standardize all the taxonomical front matter in old posts. This will be the authority.

screenshot of joshuaw.xyz tree of life / site taxonomy page


(This is the first attempt at me posting status updates in the notes feed when I make changes to a static page. I got this idea from maya.land as a possible solution to the problem I described in “My Revisionist History” the week before last. I have another essay or whatever mostly drafted about my evolution and plans on future site organization, inspired in part by exploring Maya’s and other people’s web pages, but I don’t know when/if that will see the light of day. I do need to do more learning on digital gardens and whatnot.)

Standalone post link: Home and Taxonomy Updates (March 20, 2022)
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