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Last updated: Aug 3, 2018 @ 4:39 pm

My running goal in 2018 is 1102 miles (I hit 1101 in 2017). As of August, I’m right on track to hit it.

Family’s good (including the dogs).

Current Focuses

Last fall, I launched my latest digital preservation-focused project, the Hip-Hop Radio Archive. It’s been very well received by fans, DJs, and archivists so far and I’ve teamed up with some great collectors and DJs to expand the collection. It launched with about 100 episodes and is up to 450 now. We should easily hit 500 before the end of the year.

In my genealogy research, I’ve continued to try and answer a lot of the same questions I’ve been facing for the last couple of years. Last month, I attended the GHOTES genealogy conference on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I ended up meeting two distant cousins (sitting next to one of them!) and visiting my Revolutionary War naval officer 5x-great-grandfather’s grave, which is a 5 1/2 foot tall stone in the middle of someone’s front yard.

I’ve lost focus on some other projects that were in the works, but that’s how things go. I’ll find my way back to them.

What I’m Digging

In terms of movies, I’ve been on a bit of a noir kick. Among my favorites thusfar, Elevator to the Gallows (’58), Odd Man Out (’47), and Double Indemnity (’44). I also recently headed back up to the awesome Mahoning Drive-in for a schlockfest triple feature (it was a quadruple feature, but I couldn’t make it past 2:30am) that included Dimentia 13, The Slime People, and the craptastic Guru, The Mad Monk. Of current films, I dug Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and Black Panther. Looking forward to seeing Rock Rubber 45s, Eighth Grade, Blackkklansman, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, and November.

Books. I’m still working on a book of Basho’s poetry and a Seneca classic. I’ve finished a ton of great books this year. On the fiction side, Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy and Ivy Noelle Weir’s Archival Quality (graphic novel). On the non-fiction front, Clare Evans’ Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, and Roshi Joan Halifax’s Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.

Music… I haven’t been feeling a whole lot this year, to be honest. Lots of “pretty good” stuff, but very little that’s blown me away. That said, the overall quality of new music is still quite good.

I do love this song (and video):

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.