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Pat Dryburgh

CJ Chilvers has been blogging a lot about newsletters lately. As someone who doesn’t subscribe to newsletters and instead prefers technology like RSS, this bit hurt a bit:

I just wanted to let you know that there’s more going on in my newsletter than on this blog for a reason: I take your invitation to your inbox very seriously and I want to add value with every issue.

I’m not sure how subscribing to a blog’s RSS feed is any less an “invitation to my inbox” other than the fact it’s a inbox dedicated to what I want to read as compared to my email inbox which is full of stuff I have to read.

Of course, I’m probably wrong about all of this. My blog has less than a hundred subscribers and my newsletter—which is just a digest of everything I post on this blog sent as an email every Thursday—has less than 40 readers. Maybe there’s something to be said for putting in the time to create unique content for both audiences? I really don’t know.

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Driving down to Portland to attend tomorrow’s NXT: Takeover event. I think the best decision I made in 2019 was to attend more professional wrestling events. Tomorrow’s will be my first of 2020 and hopefully not my last.

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Digitally preserving The Joshua Tree

My friend Edward Platero has started working on a project that seeks to preserve the remains of The Joshua Tree. The namesake of U2’s 1987 album and the location for the album’s cover photo is estimated to have fallen in the year 2000. Fans from all around the world have visited the tree and left mementos of their pilgrimage, but the tree itself is slowly rotting into the earth.

The goal of thejoshuatree.earth project is to preserve this piece of musical history through 3D recreation. Last month, Edward visited the tree and took over 4,000 photographs which he will use to construct a 3D model and eventually an immersive Virtual Reality experience using Photogrammetry.

Details about the project and suggestions for helping out can be found at thejoshuatree.earth.

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I just bought an Apple Watch in an Apple Store and was served by a deaf customer care rep. Communicating to her through lip reading and the Notes app brought me back to when I was in a band with a singer who had a speech impediment and would type what he wanted to say using T9 on his flip phone. Just a gentle reminder that sometimes, tech lives up to the ideal.

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