Finished reading: The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food: Step-by-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone by Joseph Tychonievich 📚

This was a good read. Lots of information, but instead of being overwhelming, it is fun and easy to understand. Great for people who are brand new to gardening or people like me who think they have an idea but missed some key points along the way. For example, I learned that my seedlings are growing so slowly because I should have thinned them out sooner.

Making a real effort to grow as much as I can from seed. A bit late in the season but the babies are getting big! Using actual seed starter soil was a huge help.

Close up photo of a flat of seedlings. Baby lettuces are in the foreground with kale and broccoli in the background.


First attempt at visible mending. Still have one more knee and the butt to do. Tried to keep it pretty simple. I still don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to sewing, but slowly learning.

I think I pulled the thread too tighy because of all the puckering. It looks fine when they are on though.

The instructions I followed did not say to fold the edges of the patch, so I didn’t. Kind of concerned about fraying though. Will try folding with the other knee and see how that goes.

A close up of a pair of faded black jeans. Both knees have holes. The knee on the right has an interior patch with lots of rows of stitching.


Prepping the garden for the fall. Went through and pulled up/pruned. Now to actually sit down and plan this year instead of just dropping seeds in wherever. Time to actually start a garden journal. Since we will also have a plot at the community garden this should help keep track of things.

Currently taking a little four-week victory garden course offered by the UC Master Gardeners. Learning a lot, would recommend, even if you already have some experience.

Recently found out about Remainders Creative Reuse. It is a store, makerspace, and classroom. One of the many things that makes this place unique is that everything for sale has been donated and sold for next-to-nothing. Which means lots of bins of fabric scraps and buttons and things to dig through.

It combines several things that our society needs to prioritize: reuse, learning skills, repair, and community. They also give free supplies to educators.

I’ve only known of one other store like this, and it was all paper goods. Sadly, it did not last more than a year or so, but it was in one of those weird locations that always have a high turnover rate.

Haven’t been yet, but eagerly looking forward to it. Have quite a few items that need patches (like my shoes) but don’t have any scrap fabric or anything I could afford to cannibalize.


Took a few minutes to thin out the planter.
Turned these into a pesto with some radish greens.

A group of young carrots sitting on a white tiled surface.


Went to my first volunteer event at the community garden last night.
Collected the finished compost and moved the dumping and curing piles over.
Felt good to shovel and sift again.

Still not feeling very well so I went home and was essentially dead for the rest of the night, even though it was only two hours of work.
Worth it though.


Slowly adding little libraries to google maps. Not doing this in a systematic way, just adding them in as I find them while out on walks.

Screenshot of google maps with scattered location icons indicating where libraries are.

Link - Socialism’s DIY Computer


“A computing enthusiast since 1979, Zoran Modli caught wind of Galaksija after the publication of Computers in Your Home. As host and DJ of Ventilator 202—a renowned New Wave radio show on Serbia’s Radio Beograd 202—Modli was something of a minor celebrity in Yugoslavia. This was the period in which the compact cassette tape had begun to usurp the 12-inch vinyl record as the listening medium of choice for audiophiles; portable pocket recorders like the Sony Walkman were in the ascendant. Sensing an opportunity in this media shift, Regasek called Modli one day in the autumn of 1983 with a pitch for a radically new Ventilator segment. Because all the day’s computers, including Galaksija, ran their programs on cassette, Regasek thought Modli might broadcast programs over the airwaves as audio during his show. The idea was that listeners could tape the programs off their receivers as they were broadcast, then load them into their personal machines.

During the hour, Modli would announce when the segment was approaching, signaling to his listeners that it was time for them to fetch their equipment, cue up a tape, and get ready to hit record. Fans began to write programs with the expressed intention of mailing them into the station and broadcasting them during the segment. Those programs included audio and video recordings but also magazines, concert listings, party promotions, study aids, flight simulators, and action-adventure games. In the case of games, users would “download” the programs off the radio and alter them—inserting their own levels, challenges, and characters—then send them back to Modli for retransmission. In effect, this was file transfer well before the advent of the World Wide Web, a pre-internet pirating protocol.”

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Be Your Own Salad Spinner


Even though I have been a vegan for many years I don’t eat a lot of salads. The main reason for this is I don’t like soggy greens and I am never going to spend money on something as wasteful as a salad spinner. Giant tubs of plastic on plastic. There has to be a better way.

Surely people were eating freshly cleaned dry greens before plastic?

So here is my new solution and so far it has been working amazingly well.

  1. Wash Greens
  2. Place greens in cloth bag or wrap up in a tea towel.
  3. Go outside and spin it around and around. You can do big windmill circles or small wrist circles. Spin above your head or at your side. Whatever. Just go fast.
  4. It only takes a few minutes and your greens are ready to go.