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Joshua Whiting

learner, writer, creator, librarianish person

Welcome to joshuaw.xyz, my home at the end of the internet.

My name is Joshua Whiting (he/they). I am a dad, a husband, a media specialist / librarianish person in the educational technology department of a school district, a sometimes writer, and maybe some other things.

I want to learn, write, make, and curate more things, and I wanted a place of my own to share those things, so I created this site. This is my main venue for creative activity and publication on the internet.

Please visit the now page to see what I am up to right now, or scroll down to browse some recent notes and images. You can find a menu of additional views and features by clicking on the [ + ] sign in the top right corner of this web page.

Thanks for visiting.


Featured Note


2024.01.01

A new year, a new arbitrary occasion to start up this website again and think about sharing things and engaging with people on the internet again.

Let’s do it!

I’m going to first practice sharing daily or frequent notes and status updates exclusively here on my own website, and see how it feels.

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A new year, a new arbitrary occasion to start up this website again and think about sharing things and engaging with people on the internet again.

Let’s do it!

I’m going to first practice sharing daily or frequent notes and status updates exclusively here on my own website, and see how it feels.

I’m going to continue to read and lurk and learn in some places and from some people who inspire me and are doing the types of things I want and hope to do on the internet; I’m going to try not to be parasocial or toxic about it. Maybe awkward and a little bit weird about it, though. I can’t really help that.

If my practice here feels right I’ll start engaging with more blogs/networks/platforms directly, and possibly start a syndication process.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while - I’m just using the new year designation (not to mention the impending end of my holiday work break) as an occasion to act.

Standalone post link: New Year's Day 2024 Website Note


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2024.01.28

Some things I’m working on and thinking about now…

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Some things I’m working on and thinking about now…

Now

  • making a little progress on activating and functionalizing this website again - I’ve set up my reading and listening logs for 2024, and I have them propagating to the main ‘now’ page

  • inspired into reading kidlit and yalit again after the ALA Youth Media Awards, book talks to librarians from King’s English booksellers, and otherwise finding a lot of intriguing titles while doing collection development work for Sora

  • focusing on collection development work for Sora, and also carving out space for myself to actually do some catalog improvement work

  • laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, cooking, &c.

  • taking baby steps towards being more deliberate and thoughtful about food and shopping choices in terms of quality, variety, supporting local businesses, paying in cash at local businesses, sustainable and fair trade products, &c.

Next

  • a bunch of movies I want to see in the theaters, award nominees coming back, etc, but I haven’t gone once yet

  • Plan and prep the garden and yard for spring

  • cook a bunch of stuff

  • compile and share ‘top titles’ in the school libraries for 2023

  • research and plan my cataloging breakout for UCET/UELMA conference in March

  • get doing stuff outside - hiking, snowshoeing, or at the least yardwork and taking Luna on walks

  • honest writing


Visit the main ‘now’ page to see my growing library of dynamically generated activity logs and links to my past ‘now’ updates.

Credit for the ‘now’ page concept goes to Derek Sivers. I tend to get aspirational when I update it, so I’ve decided to embrace that by adding a ‘next’ section.

Standalone post link: Now and Next (January 28, 2024)


2024.01.22

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Standalone post link: My 2024 Reading Log


2024.01.21

Description: morning birds winter rain window - field recording

the birds this morning when I opened the bathroom window - I took a video but mainly for the sounds - forgot birds would do that in the winter morning rain, I associate this with spring - our little creekside backyard and neighborhood is a stopover for migrators - I should pay more attention

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the birds this morning when I opened the bathroom window - I took a video but mainly for the sounds - forgot birds would do that in the winter morning rain, I associate this with spring - our little creekside backyard and neighborhood is a stopover for migrators - I should pay more attention

Morning Birds Winter Rain Window - still

Standalone post link: Morning Birds Winter Rain Window


2024.01.02

Front yard perennial pollinator native sustainable grass replacement project - Update 2024-01-01

I planted seeds as the sun set on the first evening of the new year. (Not to be overly dramatic about it or anything, this is just what happened.)

New Year’s Day 2024 Seed Planting -02

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Front yard perennial pollinator native sustainable grass replacement project - Update 2024-01-01

I planted seeds as the sun set on the first evening of the new year. (Not to be overly dramatic about it or anything, this is just what happened.)

New Year’s Day 2024 Seed Planting -02

Continuing my belligerent contrarianism to neighborhood lawn and garden norms by planting pollinator-friendly native drought-resistant perennial wildflower seeds all over my front yard. The yard that I didn’t once water in 2023, and that I woodchipped over a couple of months ago. The yard where this summer I let a volunteer/“weed” yarrow grow large and bloom in the middle of the “grass” rather than mow it down. That yarrow showed me what the yard actually wanted to do, so I am helping it actualize that now. (Note to self: I should have gotten some yarrow seeds to give it companions; I wonder if I can find some today…)

I feel like I probably shouldn’t be able to do this in January, but it’s 40 degrees, the ground is bare of snow, the chips are not frozen together. It is supposed to get colder any day now, and snow significantly, so this won’t last. These are seeds that can/should be planted in fall so that they can cold stratify over the winter, then sprout in spring and summer. Seems much better to have them do this in the ground than in a moist paper towel in a freezer bag or something, since I still can.

My method is digging holes in the chips (which have started composting beneath the surface but after just a month or two aren’t there yet), filling each hole with two scoops of organic planting soil I purchased, then planting a recommended group of seeds in that soil. My thought is that I’m basically mimicking seed starters or pots, but while the seeds are stratifying the composting chips will at the same time be improving the soil under and around their immediate little soil spot. Or the composting could burn up the seeds, too, I guess.

Have no idea if this will work or at what scale, but I feel it’s worth a try. I don’t have much to lose but an afternoon’s time and the cost of some seed packets and soil. And the earth is maybe going to burn us off anyway if more people don’t start doing more stuff like this, so might as well try.

Types of seeds planted or that I will plant soon:

From seed packets purchased at Millcreek Gardens a month or two ago:

  • Showy Milkweed
  • Butterfly Flower Milkweed
  • Echinacea (Coneflowers)

From a seed packet purchased via mail from Plants of the Southwest a couple of years ago

  • Rocky Mountain Penstemon
  • Chokecherries

From paper and plastic bags of seeds I harvested from sheep ranch and national forest land around my wife’s family’s cabin in upper Weber Canyon:

  • Arrow leaf Balsamroot and/or Mules Ears Wyethia (I harvested these in the same bag)
  • some kind of lavender fleabane daisies or asters that I really like
  • shrubby cinquefoil
  • two kinds of sagebrush

New Year’s Day 2024 Seed Planting -03

New Year’s Day 2024 Seed Planting -01

New Year’s Day 2024 Seed Planting -04

Standalone post link: Planting Seeds on New Year's Day


2024.01.01

Cleaning up a bit to begin actively using and sharing this site in 2024.

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Cleaning up a bit to begin actively using and sharing this site in 2024.

  • Home page:
    • slightly modified introductory blurb
    • created a placeholder for my unfinished “Why he/they?” essay
    • created a “Featured Note” section on the home page and populated it using a new taxonomic parameter
    • temporarily reduced numbers of ‘recent updates’ displayed so that only updates that are actually recent are displayed
    • temporarily hid gallery images until I share more recent images in future updates
    • temporarily hid the “Featured / Longer Things” links as I evaluate whether I want to feature those things going forward.
  • Updated the menu, clearing out “digital garden references”
  • Updated the header to display differently on all pages except the home page
  • Updated the title and blurb for the taxonomy tree page
  • Updated the ‘Now’ page, making it a ‘Now and Next’ page
Standalone post link: joshuawxyz changelog 20240101


2024.01.01

A new year, a new arbitrary occasion to start up this website again and think about sharing things and engaging with people on the internet again.

Let’s do it!

I’m going to first practice sharing daily or frequent notes and status updates exclusively here on my own website, and see how it feels.

[]

A new year, a new arbitrary occasion to start up this website again and think about sharing things and engaging with people on the internet again.

Let’s do it!

I’m going to first practice sharing daily or frequent notes and status updates exclusively here on my own website, and see how it feels.

I’m going to continue to read and lurk and learn in some places and from some people who inspire me and are doing the types of things I want and hope to do on the internet; I’m going to try not to be parasocial or toxic about it. Maybe awkward and a little bit weird about it, though. I can’t really help that.

If my practice here feels right I’ll start engaging with more blogs/networks/platforms directly, and possibly start a syndication process.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while - I’m just using the new year designation (not to mention the impending end of my holiday work break) as an occasion to act.

Standalone post link: New Year's Day 2024 Website Note

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(Currently re-evaluating what I'd like to share here. Check back soon.)
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