Acquired Two Story Shed Blue Little Free Library (Little Free Library)

The Two Story Shed Blue Little Free Library is handmade by craftsmen in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This little library box is weather-resistant, long-lasting, and would make a great addition to any neighborhood.

$349.95

Key Features:

  • Durable little library design made from pine and plywood with a metal roof for extra water protection
  • Popular two-story design with an adjustable shelf for extra book storage
  • Arrives completely finished, assembled, and ready for installation
  • Handcrafted in America by Amish artisans

Details:

  • Weighs 40 lbs
  • Exterior dimensions: 22.5" tall x 14.5" deep x 17" wide (Roof overhangs 1" on all sides of the library)
  • Interior dimensions: 14.5" wide x 21" tall x 12" deep
  • Installation materials (post, post topper, and installation hardware) not included
  • View our Returns Policy.

Official registration and standard charter sign included with your library ($39 value)! They're your key to our World Map, exclusive Facebook stewards group, and other helpful offers and activities. Choose your sign with the drop-down box above. (Charter sign ships separately. Spanish and French signs available in Silver only.)

Special offer! Save 10% with promo code JULY2020 at checkout. Offer is good through July 14 or while supplies last.

Okay, it’s been far too long since I had to decommission my original Little Free Library. So for my birthday today I’ve ordered a new library. It’ll be about two weeks and we’ll be back in business!

I’ve been tempted to build or up-cycle something like I did last time, but I also wanted to support the mission of the non-profit, so I’m considering the overage on my purchase to be a donation to the cause. Plus, this one looks pretty cute even if it’s a bit smaller than my last library.

Acquired Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 by Clare CorbouldClare Corbould (Harvard University Press)

In 2000, the United States census allowed respondents for the first time to tick a box marked “African American” in the race category. The new option marked official recognition of a term that had been gaining currency for some decades. Africa has always played a role in black identity, but it was in the tumultuous period between the two world wars that black Americans first began to embrace a modern African American identity.

Following the great migration of black southerners to northern cities after World War I, the search for roots and for meaningful affiliations became subjects of debate and display in a growing black public sphere. Throwing off the legacy of slavery and segregation, black intellectuals, activists, and organizations sought a prouder past in ancient Egypt and forged links to contemporary Africa. In plays, pageants, dance, music, film, literature, and the visual arts, they aimed to give stature and solidity to the American black community through a new awareness of the African past and the international black world. Their consciousness of a dual identity anticipated the hyphenated identities of new immigrants in the years after World War II, and an emerging sense of what it means to be a modern American.

This looks fascinating! 

Total impulse buy.

Acquired Breaker – podcast listening & discovery (Breaker)
Listen to the best new podcast episodes with Breaker. Follow your friends to see what they’re listening to, and discover new shows that you’ll love. Like, share, and comment on your favorite episodes. Join the Breaker community and listen to the best stuff!
Downloaded a copy of this to my Android Phone to test out the functionality. Not much hope for using it as a daily driver, but I’m curious how they handle sharing URLs and if it could be used in creating listen posts.

Reminds me that I should throw a few podcast feeds into Indigenous for Android to see how it might work as a podcatcher and whether it would make a good Listen post micropub client.

IndieWeb.org 2020/Austin/fromflowtostock Session () (#)

Acquired Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster)

America’s political system isn’t broken. The truth is scarier: it’s working exactly as designed. In this book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us—and how we are polarizing it—with disastrous results.

“The American political system—which includes everyone from voters to journalists to the president—is full of rational actors making rational decisions given the incentives they face,” writes political analyst Ezra Klein. “We are a collection of functional parts whose efforts combine into a dysfunctional whole.”

In Why We’re Polarized, Klein reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America’s descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump’s rise to the Democratic Party’s leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.

America is polarized, first and foremost, by identity. Everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Over the past fifty years in America, our partisan identities have merged with our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities. These merged identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.

Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the twentieth century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. And he traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis.

This is a revelatory book that will change how you look at politics, and perhaps at yourself.

Ezra Klein Why the media is so polarized — and how it polarizes us (Vox) () (#)
Acquired Tribe Lacrosse hooded sweatshirt, gray, large (Gildan)
It was crazy cold out this morning, with a light breeze and a heavy fog, so I couldn’t resist picking up a very fluffy and warm sweatshirt. Definitely a good call, even while I’m already wearing two layers.
Acquired Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure by Wayne P. Lammers (Stone Bridge Press)
Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this “real manga, real Japanese” approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable. As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a reference and review for veterans, Japanese the Manga Way is perfect for all learners at all levels.
Present from Dave Harris
Acquired MEGREZ Chinese Calligraphy Drawing Felt Mat, Sumi Xuan Paper Painting Felt Desk Pad for Practice Chinese Japanese Calligraphy Brush Paintings Writing, Gray, Large (amazon.com)
  • The felt mat size: 31.5 x 51.18 x 0.12 inch (80 x 130 cm x 3 mm).
  • Good quality. Thickened felt pad, it contains wool material.
  • Can be hold your paper and keep the table clean, you won't get ink on your desk.
  • Can be used for practice calligraphy/sumi and drawing, perfect for beginners and Chinese lovers.
  • Easy to carry and easy to use.
Acquired Moon+ Reader Pro for Android (moondownload.com)
Your finger reader for fantastic reading experience in android
I’d read a couple books on the free version of Moon+ Reader this past year and it was a relatively pleasant experience. I saw they were having a New Year’s sale, and couldn’t resist helping out the cause.

They’ve got some reasonable highlights and notes functionality and sharing/export (though their HTML export doesn’t seem to be working).

Acquired Heritage Poplin Long-sleeved Shirt, Navy Gingham, medium (SI2ZBP-35-52) (Orvis)

Our Heritage Poplin Shirt is washed to softness for a lightweight and versatile summer style.

Say hello to your new summertime go-to button-down—lightweight and breathable, this 4-oz., 2-ply cotton Heritage Poplin Shirt feels just right for the warmer months. The bright colors—and relaxed look—are ideal for the season, but the shirt layers easily under a sports jacket or summer-weight sweater for those times you want to dress things up a bit. We heavily washed the shirt for extreme softness and cut it so the hem falls right at your pants' front pockets—perfect for wearing it untucked when you please. We also trimmed the body for a true active fit. Button-down collar, one patch pocket, two-button adjustable cuffs, center back box pleat with locker loop. Pure cotton. Washable. Imported.
Sizes M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).

  • Lightweight, breathable 4-oz., 2-ply cotton poplin
  • Layers easily under a sports jacket or summer-weight sweater
  • Heavily washed for extreme softness
  • Hem falls right at your pants' front pockets—perfect for wearing untucked
  • True, trimmed-down Active Fit
  • Button-down collar and one patch pocket
  • Two-button adjustable cuffs
  • Center back box pleat with locker loop
Christmas gift
Acquired Foul Weather Lined Sweater, blue, medium (SI14SF-XX-52) (Orvis)

Our windproof and water-repelling Foul Weather Sweater incorporates a lined body and a fleece-lined collar. Combine those features with draft-eliminating rib-knit trim on the cuffs and waist, and you've got effective assurance against nasty weather. Detailed with cotton twill shoulder patches, side-seam pockets with microfleece lining, and contrast grosgrain inside the collar. Printed lining. Shell: pure wool. Lining: polyester. Washable. Imported.
Sizes S(34-36), M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).

  • Wears like a sweater, works like a jacket
  • Windproof, water repelling, and warm
  • Draft-eliminating rib-knit trim on the cuffs and waist
  • Fleece-lined collar
  • Detailed with cotton twill shoulder patches
  • Side-seam pockets lined with warm microfleece
  • Printed lining
Christmas present
Acquired White Lily Self Rising Bleached Flour - 80 oz
  • One 5 lb bag
  • White Lily had been helping southern cooks make great biscuits since 1883
  • 100% pure red winter wheat with a lower gluten content than typical flours
  • Best for biscuits, pastries and quick breads
  • A regional product not generally available in the West and Northeast
White Lily Flour
Purchased some red winter wheat with a lower gluten content to make some fluffier Southern-style biscuits for the coming holidays!