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Last updated: Sep 25, 2017 @ 6:21 pm

My running goal in 2017 is 1000 miles. I’ll hit 800 miles this week, so I’m on target barring any major injuries (plantar fasciitis? I’m running right through it).

In the late summer, I started feeling a motivation that I haven’t felt in a while. I started a new side project, registered random domains like I was 25 and had no kids, and have enough podcast ideas outlined in Evernote to make for a full-time job.

I’m not watching football this year. Three weeks into the season, I don’t miss it a single bit. That pretty much brings my sports intake down to the Little League World Series.

I had a nice trip to Vegas and the Grand Canyon this summer that involved the standard visits to a ghost town and a pet cemetery in the desert as well as realization that my fear of heights is made super intense by canyons that are grand.

Family’s good (including the dogs).

Current Focuses

This week I’ll be launching my latest digital preservation-focused project, the Hip-Hop Radio Archive.

Additionally, I picked up some new hardware and cassette digitization has resumed, so Normal Bias and Raw Deal Radio will be getting active again.

I’ve stalled on a presentation on preservation that I may someday try to shop around to some local genealogical societies.

What I’m Digging

In terms of movies I realized that the public library had the DVD set for Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog series, so I’ve been enjoying that this summer. The movies are some astoundingly sad, yet beautiful portraits of humanity. They’re draining, so I take them one at a time. Dekalog was not made for binge-watching.

Books! This summer I decided to dive into the civil war, using my great-great grandfather’s service an excuse to educate myself about the war better than my history teachers did in school. I read This Hallowed Ground: A History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton on the recommendation of a former neighbor while also reading about my grandfather’s regiment (the 2nd Pennsylvania Volunteers) in a book titled (deep breath) Our Campaigns: or, The marches, bivouacs, battles, incidents of camp life and history of our regiment during its three years term of service by Evan Morrison Woodward (written in 1865). I finished both books recently and am now reading a book on Basho’s poetry, a pre-release copy of a book on digital preservation, and a Seneca classic.

Music… The Warsaw Village Band put out an album called Sun Celebration early this year. I liked it a lot (as I’ve liked their earlier work as well). A good starter track is “Perkun’s Fire.”

What I’m Available For

Over the past few years, I’ve been pulling way back on freelance work or outside web work. I’m definitely suffering from burnout and a need to focus on some of my own projects. I’ve still got a few pieces of freelance work I’m trying to transition to others.

So, really, I’m not available for much. But I’m always willing to talk or answer questions, particularly about my areas of focus. Like, if you want to get started doing genealogy or preserving things, talk to me. If you need advice on how to get started with podcasting or a website, give a shout. Or if you want to go vegan and don’t know how to do it, I’m your man.