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This old favorite was on repeat all last week and it is looking like this week will be much of the same.

Don’t trust people who don’t have a favorite neighborhood tree.

A close up of the bark of a cork oak tree looking up to the branches

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Been listening to this on repeat for days. It is peak comfy synth. Just the right balance of warmth and adventure.

Finally bought a Paperlike Screen Protector for the ipad. Pretty nice so far.

A digital drawing of an anthropomorphic frog wearing a bowtie sitting on a red and white toadstool playing a cello. Stars and sparkles are coming out of the cello and becoming stars in the sky above.

Spider mites came back with a vengeance. I ended up having to pull up one of the tomatoes, the eggplant, and a couple of beans. Hopefully, the others are salvageable. Tried the leaf wipe down method. Hoping that combined with the neem spraying will do the trick as the other plants only had them on a few leaves so far.

I know losing plants is all part of it, but it is still hard to take.

Link - If โ€œLabor Is Entitled to All It Creates,โ€ Where Does That Leave Graphic Design?

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Q: How can graphic design be more receptive to alternative models of ownership and class-consciousness?

Fisher: An important way is to actually understand how complicit graphic designers are intuitively with the interests of capital. Polemically within the discipline, there are a lot of narratives that get espoused about the capacity of graphic design to make social change. To imagine graphic design itself as actually outside of the class struggle is a flawed position. Just remembering how conditioned design is by its subordinate position in relation to capital is really important.”

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I needed a distraction today, so I went to the library (+ their bookstore) and swung by a local bookshop to finally pick up Incredible Doom Vol 1 by @bogart
One of my current goals is to get back into reading comics regularly. Forgot how much I love them and I’m hoping to pick up some tricks on how to make my illustration work feel less stiff.

A stack of books (Trail to California, Trails of the Angeles, Shrubs and Trees of Southern California Coastal Region and Mountains, Shrubs & Trees of Southern California Deserts, Incredible Doom, Gender Queer, PTSD, Cannonball) next to a cookie jar that is shaped like a head of lettuce with a bunny figure on top..

Currently Reading: The Runner’s Handbook : The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Runners (2nd rev Edition) by Bob Glover ๐Ÿ“š

Found this little gem at a second hand shop for .99cents. I sometimes to get into modes of thinking I don’t need resource books because I already have the internet, and he horrible mindset of, “how hard could it be?” which usually leads to failure. The book is great, goes into detail on a lot of important topics, provides training plans for different goals, and discusses how to handle sickness/injury/lack of motivation. Plus it is written in a friendly and encouraging way that does not feel intimidating. Excited to get back into running and and to have an actual plan.

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Feels like everything I’ve been reading points back to Buckminster Fuller. Might be time to dig more into his work. He put out so many books though, not sure where to start.

Link - Climate colonialism and the EUโ€™s Green Deal

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“The EUโ€™s apolitical narrative on climate change โ€“ ignoring the impact of colonialism and capitalism and heavily influenced by the very corporations who profit from them โ€“ could result in climate action that is not only non-impactful but, worse, could be unsustainable and damaging for marginalised communities on the continent as well as the Global South.

It relies on tech solutions and silver-bullet ideas, promising to lead a โ€œgreen, sustainableโ€ economy with electric vehicles, solar panels, wind turbines and other exciting renewable innovations.

But the question is, who will this be sustainable for?

In order not to fall into climate colonialism, the European Green Deal needs a clear plan to eradicate harmful extractive models, recognise its historical responsibility in the climate crisis, and provide accountability for the damage EU companies cause in the Global South.”

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First time growing tomatoes that are not cherry/grape.
Managed to fend off the mites with nightly neem oil and morning water blasts.
Everyone seems to be recovering well, but I will need to plant some replacements.
Malabar spinach are all popping up. They sprouted fast. Excited to see how well they do.

Close up of four green tomatoes growing on the vine.

Bits and Bobs

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Made a playlist last week for World Goth Day. Just a short little mix of some of the standards/intro bands. It is a little heavier on the post-punk side. Recently I’ve been focusing on digging up newer groups so it was nice to spend some time with the favorites.

Went through a period of slowing down my usual reading amount. Suppose that goes hand-in-hand with reading three back-to-back books that required a bit of a pause and reflection after each chapter/essay. Trying to get back into the swing of it. Was lucky enough to find a used copy of Extra Bold: a Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. That should push me to pick up the pace a bit.

The garden is being attacked by mites right now, but neem oil seems to be doing the trick. I know they have to eat too, but it is just out of control. Sorry little ones.

A few weeks ago I attended a portfolio review event through AIGA. I was lucky enough to give five one-on-one presentations. The feedback was almost entirely positive. So thankful to have such a great free resource. Wasn’t sure what to expect when joining AIGA, but the experience has been excellent.