Sorry about that!

WordPress used to have a nice “rebloggung” feature, and maybe they still do if you’re on your computer, but I tried to reblog a neat post on the Armistice earlier today using my phone and was not happy with the result. My WordPress app’s reader has also given me trouble here and there over the past few months. Anyway, the Armistice post, reblogged from Ici & La Nature, is about the end of WWI and the spot in a French forest where the train cars of the German envoys and French general met and the armistice was signed. Here is a link to the original post.

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France – November 11, 1918 – 100 years ago , the Great War ended there : The clearing of the Armistice – 40 photos

France – November 11, 1918 – 100 years ago , the Great War ended there : The clearing of the Armistice – 40 photos

France – November 11, 1918 – 100 years ago , the Great War ended there : The clearing of the Armistice – 40 photos
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Late Bloomer

Found this dandelion among the fallen leaves on Monday. Kind of a cheerful sight, but talk about terrible timing: Milwaukee is predicted to get approximately three inches of snow this morning (Friday, November 9)!

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Discovering Twitter’s “Bookmarks”

Maybe you’re not a Twitter user, in which case you’re probably not going to be interested in today’s blog post 🙂

But if you do use Twitter, maybe like me you didn’t know about Twitter’s bookmarks. The bookmark feature has been around since the end of February, but I only just discovered it last week. Here’s a blog post from Twitter on the day the bookmarks were introduced. I’ve bookmarked things several times since I realized I could. Bookmarking is exactly what it sounds like. You can “bookmark” a tweet to save it to a list, where you can later go to retrieve it for reading when you have time. Because of the extreme speed at which tweets fly through my feed, I would not easily be able to find things again without this feature.

Before now the only way for me to “save” tweets I wanted to refer back to was to “like” or retweet them. Which led to awkward moments like this one, in which The Paris Review appears to be reacting happily to the news of Robert Stone’s death.

Actually, in looking at that old image, a screenshot I took on the day Robert Stone died, January 11, 2015, I now realize that Twitter’s “like” is an even newer feature than I thought. As you can see, The Paris Review actually “favorited” the LA Times Books’ tweet about Stone’s death; they didn’t “like” it. I did a quick online search and found that Twitter replaced the “favorite” feature with the “like” in early November 2015. Here’s a great article from The Verge on the switch from the “favorite” stars to the “like” hearts.

Personally, I am grateful for Facebook’s “like” alternatives. It’s so nice to be able to put a tearful face up as a reaction to sad news instead of a thumbs-up or a star or a heart.

Twitter’s bookmarks are private, which is another really nice feature about them. Sometimes if a person I follow has “liked” tweets that I’ve found disturbing, then I think badly of them as the kind of person who likes that kind of tweet. Yet occasionally I’ve wanted to save something myself for later reference, maybe for teaching, that I would ordinarily never decide to “like” because it was an unlikable subject even though it was useful for making a point in class. Now I can bookmark that tweet and find it again without accidentally causing people to judge me or unfollow me because they think I am liking and supporting something heinous.

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Color Blocking

Sort of. One day I suddenly noticed the bright red of the bathroom stall in my building. Took a photo. Decided to edit it so that it no longer bore strong resemblance to a bathroom stall. Because, really: Who takes pictures of a bathroom stall?

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Tell the truth. If you saw this photo and didn’t know what it was, would it still scream out “BATHROOM STALL”? Not that it really matters, I guess. I liked that red, and I liked the lines. So then I took another one just to change it up a little. I don’t know; the red is way too dominant. Maybe if there was more light so the other side would balance out the red’s intensity? And I would need to bring my good camera to work one day so I could get a sharper focus.

Except that getting a better image of this subject is probably not a very worthwhile use of my time 🙂

Oh hey, look at what I just noticed on the card advertising the Grohmann Museum’s current special exhibit!


Well, yes, of course it is.

But maybe also a case of great minds thinking alike. Although probably not 🙂

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20 gallons’ worth of network security?

Saw this truck parked outside an office building in downtown Milwaukee last Friday morning. I don’t know what business these hats’ owner works in, but given the “white hats,” I figured network security was as good a guess as any 🙂

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The Highwaymen: “Highwayman”

I heard this song on the radio while driving home the other night. Here’s the Wikipedia article on The Highwaymen supergroup. Like some others I really like—for example, “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “MacArthur Park”—this song was written by Jimmy Webb. Just thought I’d share 🙂

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