June 4th, 2019

blackhat

From this weekend

Skipped Meeting Sunday morn and instead went and harvested seed heads from the best wild grass ever, Dichanthelium laxiflorum, open flowered rosette or witch grass. (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24525837) I'll mow it soon to cut back all the seed heads and then won't need to mow for months. I scattered cut seed heads in places where i hope to encourage the grass along, and have more drying in the sun.

Christine gave me some very fun socks to wear on the trip, as well as a nice eye mask. One more weekend at home before the trip.

Saturday was spent mostly working. At the end of the day on Friday, i created a color palette based on the Estonian flag (boring color choice, oh well). I've learned how modify Google Slide themes and added a creative commons image from the old town of Tallinn and changed the color palette. When i couldn't bear looking at survey results any more, i made my own clip art for "collaborative research" and played with the WordArt.com wordle.

I thought a little about the days of overhead projectors. This much fluff (layout, graphic design) falls under a certain computer-driven loss of productivity. I read about this ages ago, in the 90s i think, an analysis of how much time was spent fiddling with margins and fonts and layouts that hadn't really feasible if you were working from a typewriter. I could have stuck with a plain black on white or white on black slide theme....