2021 Dec 11


@December 11, 2021 9:39 AM (EDT)

Feels like many people are getting disillusioned with Roam community. From what I remember, there was some bizarre moment when their new community manager declared themselves as the pope of note-taking. I guess maybe there is a subtle art to being delirious. I have similar hesitancy with Obsidian (they have a super small team). Feel good about having Notion as a central hub. Just need to set up some backup/exporting tests and see what it's like to work with the data.

@December 11, 2021 9:59 AM (EDT)

Make sure there is a "monthly update" process I go through on my site. It's a forcing function to gather pictures, links & think about how I explain what I'm currently up to. Annual reviews are tricky.

@December 11, 2021 10:00 AM (EDT)

"When I was a younger man - two wives ago, 250,000 cigarettes ago, 3,000 quarts of booze ago" - Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle ... The "bug fight" scene in chapter 6 is forever etched into my memory.

@December 11, 2021 10:04 AM (EDT)

If you want monoclonal antibodies, there's a meandering snake-line that wraps 7 hours back, just outside the Gold Pond hospital.

@December 11, 2021 10:06 AM (EDT)

One the most important writing demons to slay is the truth. In some roundabout way, when you slay details and nuances, and give your self permission to slice two truths into a false, your page glows into some quasi-reality that rings brighter. A step away from peer-review and a step towards a council that thinks only in dream-logic.

@December 11, 2021 11:13 AM (EDT)

some delirious dean stories in the cue - AI-art-tulpas - and the accidental-billion-dollar puzzle - what's neat is that there can be actual NFTs tied to these - although, I still hesitate to execute the puzzle idea

@December 11, 2021 11:15 AM (EDT)

big finger covered in a blanket of mist. visibility is low. good time to explore

@December 11, 2021 11:43 AM (EDT)

December a delirious phase. Risk-first. Wide ground. considered the idea of an alterego frenzy was appealing. 15x on my site, 15x on Twitter. Even 2 newsletters. Through approaching that, I learned a lot, and landed on a rational answer I might not have found if I didn't go nuts. Basically, 1 newsletter, 1 Twitter. Website is broken into craft, essays, and stories. The stories section is where I have room to sprawl and get delirious. It can exist without mudding the high level navigation.

@December 11, 2021 11:46 AM (EDT)

See you in the next life,

Delirious Dean

@December 11, 2021 1:13 PM (EDT)

World record for brussel-sprouts eaten in 60 seconds is 31. Seems achievable and (relatively) healthy

@December 11, 2021 4:14 PM (EDT)


Spotlight not right

Tongue-tame tackle-tied

Doo-rowsy maps



A trigger-trap

A lip-nap

On air

On ice

On tarantula-bourbon with foundation finger fried rice

Truth's out man

Quick-sand land in Zoom-goop

Face prisms lodged in left hole of fruit-loop

Not Pre-paid

Not Pre-pared

Half Tazmanian winter in stretched-out moleskin-underwear

Premise guesses

Sketch-deck lecterine

Press-dressed in red trees

Like rigwash gone fumble-tak in tractorine dreams

Hero's lie


Too-gone sly guy



Back-door window slam

Eyes entice

The dice are loose-goose trampoline in lemon slice

@December 11, 2021 4:30 PM (EDT)

maybe my weekly newsletter can start by dissecting examples of great writing (through video), and showing principles along the way

@December 11, 2021 4:33 PM (EDT)

"A Discourse on Emerging Tectonic Visualization and the Effects of Materiality on Praxis ... Or an essay on the ridiculous way architects talk."

@December 11, 2021 4:55 PM (EDT)

Barebuger Ketchup = Sir Kensington's Spicy Ketchup

@December 11, 2021 5:00 PM (EDT)

the dilemma of architecture: the education of the architect is wasted on buildings. these programs breed polymaths, and then funnel them into specialized roles around detailing, drawing, technology, construction, or management. buildings are too-complex and law-driven for the romantic "master-architect" to emerge.

@December 11, 2021 6:23 PM (EDT)

considering a shift in focus for the rest of December -instead of exploring alter-egos, I could look backwards - i've picked out my top 27 essays. thinking to do an edit-pass on them, and then more prominently feature them going into the new year

@December 11, 2021 10:21 PM (EDT)

Watched Dead Poet Society for the first time since in 11th grade English class. Food for worms. Fertilizing daffodils. Thoreau, Whittman, Shelley. Suck the marrow out of life. Poetry drips from the tongue like honey. Quiet desperation (Thoreau) vs. Disquiet. Sweaty-toothed madman. Yawp!

@December 12, 2021 12:38 AM (EDT)

Breathed smoke deep down into the bottom of a hollow suit... "Pussy boy software designer" - George carlin