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Garden Scene 10 From the 2022 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour via Instagram [Photography]

By Douglas E. Welch on Jun 22, 2022 04:34 pm

Garden Scene 10 From the 2022 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour via Instagram [Photography]

 

2022 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour

2022 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour

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Climbing the stairs to the 100” Telescope, Mount Wilson Observatory via Instagram [Photography]

By dewelch on Jun 22, 2022 04:24 pm

Climbing the stairs to the 100” Telescope, Mount Wilson Observatory via Instagram [Photography]

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Fun with File Formats | The Signal via Library of Congress

By techiq@welchwrite.com (Douglas E. Welch) on Jun 22, 2022 02:04 pm

This is a pretty geeky post, but if you are interested (or concerned) about digital archives, this should provide some great info on the wide variety of file formats available both in the present and historically. – Douglas

Are you a file format fan? If you’re curious how to pronounce the still image format HEIF (spoiler alert: it rhymes with “beef”) or the difference between PDF/A-3 and PDF/A-4, the Library of Congress’s Sustainability of Digital Formats (a.k.a., Formats) is the place for you. To help you satisfy your need for in-depth technical, and perhaps more than a bit nerdy, knowledge about all things digital file formats, we’ve decided to start a regular series about what we’re up to. Welcome to Issue Number 1 of Fun with File Formats!

The Formats site is one of the premiere resources in the world for in-depth information about digital file formats. It covers over 525 formats, encodings and wrappers in a variety of content categories – sound recordings, still images, datasets, textual materials, moving images, website and web archives, geospatial, music composition, 3D and architectural drawings and many more (see below).

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My Top 30 Native Plants for the Garden via Harmony in the Garden [Shared]

By Douglas E. Welch on Jun 22, 2022 01:50 pm

I am always looking for new plants for my garden, whether I purchase them or propagate them using cuttings from my friend’s gardens, so I always make sure to save resources like this for future ideas. – Douglas

My Top 30 Native Plants for the Garden – Harmony in the Garden

My Top 30 Native Plants for the Garden via Harmony in the Garden [Shared]

I’ve been designing gardens with native plants for decades, using both California natives and those native to the different regions of the US.

And, after all these years, I’ve come up with my Top 30 favorite native plants that thrive in a garden setting.

What makes these plants a favorite?

Most importantly, they must reliably return year after year.

Following that, they must also be a stunning addition to the garden (hopefully offering more than one season of interest) while attracting loads of pollinators.

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A Search Engine That Finds You Weird Old Books by Clive Thompson via Debugger [Shared]

By dewelch on Jun 22, 2022 01:39 pm

There is a wealth of beauty and knowledge in old books and I am always turning up new things to share on my blogs and directly to friends with specific interests. Recently I started searching for historical crochet books to pass along to my sister who loves the hobby. This book finder will certainly make it even easier to turn up amazing new finds. – Douglas

A Search Engine That Finds You Weird Old Books | by Clive Thompson | Debugger

A Search Engine That Finds You Weird Old Books by Clive Thompson via Debugger [Shared]

Last fall, I wrote about the concept of “rewilding your attention” — why it’s good to step away from the algorithmic feeds of big social media and find stranger stuff in nooks of the Internet.

I followed it up with a post about “9 Ways to Rewild Your Attention” — various strategies I’d developed to hunt down unexpected material.

One of those strategies? “Reading super-old books online.”

As I noted, I often find it fun to poke around in books from the 1800s and 1700s, using Google Books or Archive.org…

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Percy, our neighborhood peacock, stops by for a visit via Instagram [Photography]
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