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The other day, I learned what an oxbow is. It is when a river changes course and leaves behind a crescent-shaped body of water. The Omaha area has one of these in Carter Lake. The town of Carter Lake, Iowa sits inside the crescent, which is the border separating it from Nebraska, with the Missouri River separating it from the rest of Iowa. If you’re driving to the Omaha airport from downtown Omaha, you’ll pass through Carter Lake, putting you in Iowa for no more than a couple minutes before reentering Nebraska.

Oxbows exist all along the major river channels in the United States. I learned of these watching a TrueSouth episode about Lake Village, Arkansas, which sits on Lake Chico, which used to be part of the Mississippi River. Author Boyce Upholt is currently working on a book about the Changes the Mississippi has endured, something to look forward to if you’re into topography like I am. These changes along these rivers change how people live along them. The changes in topography are subtle over a lifetime, but can be drastic across generations.

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I just watched the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’m sucked in. Well done.

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Sounders FC goaltender Stefan Frei on the gun culture in America.

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The current front page of The Onion.

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I miss when the only fear a child had at school was a fist fight with the biggest kid.

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🔗 Apple unveils new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands - Apple

I like these new bands. I’ll probably end up with the Nike version.

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I have an automation that triggers when my alarm goes off, which turns on the lights in my office and fires up KEXP on my HomePod Mini. I’m currently hearing a jazz cover of Afrika Bambataa’s “Planet Rock” by Jason Moran. It shows just how interwoven jazz and hip-hop are. 🎶

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I just now learned Public Enemy sampled Slayer.

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Micro.blog May Photo Challenge
Day 21: symmetry

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Arcade Fire’s new album We is a quicker listen than I’d thought it would be. It’s very good, but I wanted more.

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Micro.blog May Photo Challenge
Day 20: beverage

Trying to drink more water, even if it means flavoring it.

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🔗 A Return to Analog — The Focus Course

I can speak to one of the reasons I now carry a pen and a notebook with me everywhere is to give myself less reason to use my phone.

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“How you journal is much less important than why you are doing it: To get something off your chest. To have quiet time with your thoughts. To clarify those thoughts. To separate the harmful from the insightful.”

— Ryan Holiday

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🔗 I Buy More Books Than I Read – Shawn Blanc

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Just picked up a Fisher Space Pen refill for my Mark Two. Works as advertised. As an added bonus, the Space Pen refills won’t smudge on Field Notes' Expedition Edition note books, which have a different paper type.

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I’m ready for this drop off.

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I somehow managed to break the tip of the refill in my Mark Two today. That’s not useful at all.

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Micro.blog May Photo Challenge
Day 17: hold

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PSA: Wash your watch bands

I laid two of my fabric Apple Watch bands on this paper towel and sprayed them with OxyClean. The yellow is the sweat stains that were lifted off the bands.

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🎶 Kendrick Lamar - N95

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The lunar eclipse last night has renewed my interest in astronomy a bit. There’s been talk of gathering a few friends for a night at the observatory.

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🔗 Sunny Day Real Estate Announce First Tour in 12 Years - SPIN

Omaha - September 14

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There’s a game of Where’s Waldo? on my friend Cheri’s blog this morning. Give it a try instead of doom scrolling your timelines today.