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Digital gardens and fungi research (Learning Things: May 15, 2023)

It's really feeling like spring here in NYC (or summer, really—it's been toasty). My wife and I went to Central Park this week, which is in bloom and full of birds (we saw a black-crowned night heron, which is always exciting). The cranesbill bloom pixel art that accompanies this

A pixel drawing of a cranesbill plant
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Vintage zines and research woes (Learning Things: May 8, 2023)

Here's a rundown of what I've been up to this week: Paranormal research Over the weekend, I spent a while looking through old UFO newsletters and zines. I love the aesthetic of the typewritten, xeroxed 1950s-1980s publications (I definitely have a bit of anemoia when it comes to 'em.) I

a yellow UFO with a purple background with a graph of notes
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Learning Things: May 1, 2023

What I got up to last week.

A halftone version of the Buried Secrets Podcast logo with a black crow and a white crow inverted and facing each other.
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Following a vintage automatic writing planchette ad down a rabbit hole

Digging into the backstory of an ad in Mystic magazine.

Digital drawing of an automatic writing planchette.
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The History of Automatic Writing Planchettes

The story of the planchette, a predecessor of the Ouija board.

A black and white digital drawing of an automatic writing planchette with halftone shading and a grungy border.
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Tree talkin' and train tracks (Learning Things: April 24, 2023)

I wish I could say that I made a ton of progress on all of my goals this week, unlike last time. But that'd be a lie. I was a bit under the weather this week and moved very, very slowly, so it's kinda a wonder I got anything done

White tree branches with grainy pink shading and a mint green background.
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Magnolia trees and frustration (Learning Things: April 17, 2023)

A lot of my efforts (in all areas of my life) this week have felt like trudging slowly through mud. While writing this, I paused and looked up whether a Mercury Retrograde is approaching, and sure enough, it looks like we've been in the shadow period since the April 6.

a black and white digital drawing of an owl with blank white eyes
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Starting the biodata sonification build (Learning Things: April 10, 2023)

Biodata sonification supplies and Erik Satie-inspired automatic drawings.

A black and white drawing of a snake plant with the repeated words "love to talk to plants" in the background.
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Screaming plants (Learning Things: April 3, 2023)

Thoughts on plant communication and an attempt at automatic drawing.

A graphite-style digital drawing of a tradescantia zebrina plant.
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Planchette and Automatic Writing (Ouija Boards Part 1)

Starting with the automatic writing method planchette, we begin a series about Ouija boards. We’ll dig into the strange history of the much admired and maligned method of communicating with spirits and/or having fun at parties. Before Ouija, there was planchette. Invented in Paris in the 1850s, planchette

Planchette and Automatic Writing (Ouija Boards Part 1)