Welcome to my blog, where I post infrequently about books I'm reading, cool things I've found on the internet, poems I've liked, and other things that catch my attention.

The Village of Sannois, by Gerrit van Blaaderen

I'm a big fan of the Rijksmuseum, especially their Rijkstudio feature that makes it easy to download public-domain works and use them to create your own objects or collages or whatever.

A recent casual search for 20th century works with a particularly lovely shade of green showed me a beautiful landscape by Gerrit van Blaaderen.

Learning Resource

Leggiamo is an excellent resource for studying Italian.

The first level, Italian 101, consists of a series of short stories (actually, each story has a short version and an expanded version), with full audio of each story.

It's easy to download the full text and all the audio.

The material for Italian 102 is similar, but it's an adaptation of a single story: I promessi sposi.

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Sometime in the past year or two, I came across a reference to people who were trying to eat 800 grams of fruit and vegetables a day. For some reason, the idea delighted me, and over time, I occasionally searched for more information ... but mostly I just kind of took in the idea and let it sit in my head.

And now it's a vague ambition - something I don't track (as it turns out, it's not very easy to track it automatically), something I don't take seriously at all - but something I enjoy as an approximate aspiration, something I can aim for in a careless way.

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I've been reading easy (extremely easy) Japanese books at tadoku.org, which has a large selection of extremely easy books for people learning Japanese.

Recently I read one about a man from America who had gone to Japan to build houses to replace a few of the homes destroyed when the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The man was Floyd Schmoe.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Japanese book, and after I finished it, I wanted to learn more about Schmoe. Wikipedia was most helpful, of course, and I found some photos and articles online that filled in more details.

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Recently during my daily practice of looking at art, I was poking around various pages at the Art Institute of Chicago, and I came across this article about Kinds of Red.

It had thumbnails of some beautiful works - I was expecially taken with the red diacritics in the 1000-year-old Qur'an, and the advertisement by Elsa Kula.

But what delighted me the very most was learning about the website's feature that lets you filter images by color. The article links to artworks matching a nice bright red as an example.


Over on MetaFilter, beagle posted an appreciation of languagehat's blog, which has been running since 2002; beagle notes that there have been "posts on a daily basis virtually all of those twenty years."

languagehat is one of my favorite members of MetaFilter, and I am always happy to see his name appear as I'm reading threads there.

Somehow I completely failed to know that he had a blog.

It is, unsurprisingly, wonderful.


The latest delightful Wordle-inspired puzzle game is Redactle, "a daily browser game where the user tries to determine the subject of a random obfuscated Wikipedia article, chosen from Wikipedia's 10,000 Vital Articles (Level 4)."

I did pretty well on my first two attempts (game #10 and game #11). It takes me a while to solve them, though, so I'm not sure how often I'll take the time out of my day to play. Sure is fun, though.