I enjoyed a sunny walk up to Bellevue Hill Park yesterday. The city was still.

    Bellevue Hill

    It would seem we can still stand to learn from Bill Gates’ TED Talk from 5 years ago covering Earth’s ill-preparedness for a pathogenic epidemic.

    Finally got around to adding dark mode to this blog. Thankfully, most of the legwork was already done by hadalin minus a few tweaks.

    Speaking of U.S. government websites, time.gov got an upgrade and has never looked better. I love the strong contrast between components and yes, it’s even responsive.

    It might not be pretty, but weather.gov is my go-to USA weather site. It has all the information I need, minus the ads/tracking.

    Our honeymoon in New Zealand could not have been more beautiful.

    Milford Sound

    My first time in Wales, upon the Sugar Loaf Mountain, in Brecon Beacons.

    Brecon Beacons

    The time we decided to make California an annual trip.

    Carmet Beach

    There’s nothing like a simple place of refuge on the weekend for a city dweller to free his mind.

    Hocking Hills

    Bon Iver’s i,i

    Matthew Strauss, writing for Pitchfork:

    There’s no more hiding on i,i. Justin Vernon takes the Bon Iver sound and reassembles it like a cubist collage, with his voice right out front. All the familiar elements are here—impressionist swells of sound, impenetrable-yet-tender lyrics, mesmerizing studio tricks—and they are buoyed by Vernon’s supple baritone, the instrument he knows how to manipulate best. Acoustic guitar, horns, and piano return to prominence alongside the jittery electronics and synths that Vernon has lately favored. But the mood he conjures with these elements feels new. These songs don’t swallow you whole with grandeur; they look outward, leaving some room for the rest of the world.

    A musician of our time, Justin Vernon has one of the most distinctive voices in the industry. While his lyrics are often difficult to follow, there is a certain contentment evoked by his surreal yet highly calculated sounds.