Loaf of whole wheat sourdough sandwich bread on a wooden cutting board with three slices.

Experimentation with my Low Effort Sourdough Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe continues.

Today, I tried 75% whole wheat, 25% bread flour. It looks about the same as the 50/50 version, but has a bit more bite and a nuttier aroma as expected. The bit I sampled with some butter was tasty. So far, I’ll call it a success. I’ll see how it is with sandwiches.

This was a vacation week, for the most part. I did get back to the grind on Friday as I slogged through my inbox. Not much else to say other than it’s good to be home and nice to be greeted with leaves on the trees that were still looking quite wintry when I left.

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Two sailboats in Caribbean waters, a double rainbow and islands in the distance.
A double rainbow off Norman Island.

Due to travel, this weeknote is late and brief.

My One a Day project wrapped up this week. It’s great that the last photo is solar eclipse related (no, I didn’t plan that).

For my birthday, I was treated to one of the best restaurant meals in recent memory at Metropolis. Highly recommended.

I was off to the British Virgin Islands on a sailing trip for most of the week. The double rainbow shown here greeted us on our first morning on the water.


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That’s a wrap on the One a Day project! 366 photos, one leap year’s worth. Well, not quite 366, we’ll get to that in a moment…

Here are a few parting thoughts about this little project:

  • Missing photos: It’s not easy for me to take an even somewhat interesting picture every day. On 28 occasions, I had nothing. That’s an 8% failure rate, not great. There are several other days were I forgot and ended up shooting something lame just to have a photo.
  • Breaking rules: I didn’t stick to the one and only one rule for this project (“The photo needs to have been taken that day–no stockpiling”). There were about 3 or 4 days in the last month or so where I posted something taken on a different day rather than posting nothing. In the end, I decided something was better than nothing.
  • Neighborhood borders are fuzzy: The neighborhood is listed in many of these pictures. There were several occasions when I wasn’t sure exactly which neighborhood I was in. This Extremely Detailed Map of New York City Neighborhoods is invaluable when one isn’t quite sure where one neighborhood starts and another begins. It might not be perfect, but I tend to agree on the consensus there.
  • Things change fast: One of the inspirations I cited at the onset of this project was a set of photos taken in London in the 50s and 60s. Even in the short life of this project, large and small things are changing. One of my favorites (so far) is below.
Two photographs showing the signage from the Perelman Performing Arts Center in two different locations. On August 9, 2023 (left photo) it is lower than August 31. 2023 (right photo).

The big news this week was, of course, the New Jersey earthquake that shook the region. I learned two things:

  1. I didn’t know what to do in the moment. I resorted to looking at my coworker in bewilderment. Now I know to dive under my desk–and be prepared to move with it.
  2. “I survived the insert event here of 20XX” t-shirts can be marketed before the event is over–no matter how short said event may be.

Now for some nostalgia. Remember Coin? No, not Coinbase or Bitcoin, but the all-in-one, electronic credit card. I found mine in a drawer, surprisingly it still turns on. However, all the cards in it are expired. Coin shut down in 2017. It was a cool idea, but not quite as cool or convenient as paying with a phone, which has become commonplace now.


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