Tuesday, December 3

10E2644: Knives Out

Rip-roaring whodunnit... Lot of elements; from Sleuth and the mystery writer / plot controller, to Murder On the Orient Express "did everyone do it - and excessively accented detective", and much more.  Yes the house itself is also a character in this one...   

If you live in the Boston area and want to see this properly you HAVE to see it at Fine Arts in Maynard. A piece of the plot revolves around a car chase and more along Maynard's Main Street. And if you have seen the movie, yes those stores on the right are real.

Also! There is a fantastic Grey Gardens-styled "great nana" character who keeps popping up. Fur and tweeds. Indoors. Key.

Thursday, November 21

10E2643: 20,000 Blankets Under The Sea

Ned (Kirk Douglas): There's only one thing to do when a fella's made a mistake as big as this... [saving Captain Nemo from squid death].
Conseil (Peter Lorre): What?
Ned: Get drunk!

Harpooner Ned Land catches a nap on the Nautilus.  Strong blanket game w/ Grecian motif.

 Etsy find.

ALSO - the ABYSS was 30 this year.

Thursday, November 14

10E2642: Deadstock 10E sticker pack $5

SOLD OUT  NOS.  6 item 10E crate dig sticker pack; 2 of each Stormrider/Open Season/Tree = 10" squared of vinyl.  $5 shipped.

Pro travel tip - stick on the bottom of your laptop so you aren't staring at 3 identical silver MacBooks in the TSA recovery line... 

Open Season was 1999 wintertime effort w director&filmer Bollenbacher. The beginning... watch

Tuesday, October 29

10E2641: The Lighthouse merch

"Lack of human contact is no excuse not to warsh up, swab the deck, and smell your best. Set includes 1 scented beard oil fit for a sea king and 1 lathering soap"... via A24

Tuesday, October 15

10E2640: Carrie Wicks - Reverie cd release party | Seattle, WA

The Carrie Wicks Quintet performing next week to support release her new Reverie album
October 22nd at the Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle WA.       
$18 on the door - opens at 7pm.
"A restrained, deeply musical jazz singer who also co-writes genre-busting songs, Carrie Wicks is one of a kind."
Cosign! Carrie is sister-in-law here... and might be listed in the dictionary under 'jazz, cocktail'...
She’ll be joined by the stellar Reverie band: longtime accompanists Bill Anschell on piano and Jeff Johnson on bass, plus D’Vonne Lewis on drums and Brent Jensen on saxes.

Monday, October 14

10E2639: Universal Works - h core you know the score

Stay safe...and warm via Stag

Moccasin meets bowling shoe plus kilties x Sebago via Universal Works

'Bakers' jacket and apron in hickory.  Made up for a triple threat Bottiglieria

Sunday, September 15

10E2638: Heritage and Handiwork - rope as decoration only

In a twist [o! -ed.] of fate one of the clients I work with as a digital asset management (DAM) librarian is Samson Rope (holder of the oldest active Federal trademark, 1884). That reminded me of the bones [guts -ed.] of an an old 10e post on rope as decoration. One day will expand on it... intro as below... 


Rope in a nonfunctional form, and its motifs, has long been used in housewares and as an accessory. The addition of a rope motif reminds us of nautical exploits, but why is there a long lasting cultural attraction? Were any persons particularly responsible for propagating this tradition? Which more and less well known references to the rope trade still linger on in New England, unknowingly continuing this tradition? Have rope references, its vocabulary, and idioms become part of everyday speech and daily life? Spoiler - they have.

Loose cannon, or the bitter end!  Will let you discover those literal meanings... 

“Photographic portrait of Mrs. D. Williams made in 1885. She is posed standing next to a chair and wearing three rings, matching rope style bracelets and a dress with intricate decorative applique.” Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Once purely decorative, and culturally appropriate, rope now functions as a nod to Romantic and Transcendental notions that are reflected in our recollection of the sailing and whaling industries of the 18th and 19thC. And why not! Sailors and whalers were the gladiators and astronauts of their time. Rope’s appearance in our digitally connected lives can produce a “shock of the old”, that hearkens to that former time. If lucky, it delights us, though we sometimes bask in modernity...

Steven Spielberg looking over a script during the filming of Jaws on Martha's Vineyard, MA, 1974.
A rope 'bracelet' (tied in a turks head style) was a common sailor's accessory as mopped sweat well.  IRL smells like dog pretty quickly...

This nautical romanticism is so ingrained in our psyche that we do not question its provenance. By detailing those references we can re-discover the roots of this phenomenon, deepening our connection with the sea - or at least be entertained and enlightened. 

Any full investigation would inevitably include mention of various types of knots, splicing, and uses of rope in the 19th century whaling industry (for instance Melville dedicated a whole chapter to Monkey Rope), but that is not the primary focus. Reminder, we all tie our shoes... we are closer to the subject matter than we might realize. 


Ashley, Clifford W. The Ashley Book of Knots., 1944.
Butchart, Amber. Nautical Chic., 2015.
Bonner, Willard H. Mariners and Terreners: Some Aspects of Nautical Imagery in Thoreau. American Literature, vol. 34, no. 4, 1963, pp. 507–519.
Brown, Dona. Inventing New England: Regional Tourism in the Nineteenth Century. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.
Edgerton, David. The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Gilbreth, Frank B, and Donald McKay. Of Whales and Women: One Man's View of Nantucket History. New York: Crowell, 1956.
Graumont, Raoul, and John Hensel. Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work. New York: Cornell Maritime, 1944.
Jody Rosen. In Praise of the Humble Knot. New York Times. Sept. 17, 2014 http://nyti.ms/1QK4x2e
Melville, Herman. Moby-dick, Or, the Whale., 1851.
Nash, Andrew. William Clark Russell and the Victorian Nautical Novel: Gender, Genre and the Marketplace., 2014.
Peck, John. Maritime Fiction: Sailors and the Sea in British and American Novels, 1719- 1917. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001.
Stackpole, Edouard A. The Sea-Hunters: The New England Whalemen During Two Centuries, 1635-1835., 1953.

Friday, September 13

10E2637: That Archives Conference Look

Pumped like a Reebok sneaker - to be headed to an archives conference next week. An ultimate “worlds collide”... The ICA Section on Business Archives conf' references (NPI) my day job as I&E Librarian for DAM Image Relay, but even better it is being held at Levis with a stacked '10engines' style attendees list from Carhartt, Red Wing and more. Basically required to wear this Troy Mills blanket lined Type III jacket I found at the Thirty Attic (VT) about 30 years ago. hashtaguniform hashtagdamlibrarian

Friday, August 9

10E2636: Combi Gingham

Jumpsuit tied at the waist.  Yup. From OMIL; "There's no such things as a bad gingham shirt. This is just science."  Haha 100%. Give me 2 ginghams and double your fun.  via Strato. 

Friday, August 2

10E2635: Wood's

James Wood & Sons, established 1890. Barber shop in Edinburgh, Scotland. Services schoolboys to skinheads. Heavy reliance on the clippers. I def make a point when travelling to visit a local barber, but haven't been here for over 25 years. Looks to have barely changed...

Tuesday, July 30

10E2634: The Lighthouse

Filmed in 35mm B&W in an old timey aspect ration, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in The Lighthouse, from director Robert Eggers (The Witch). In Theaters October 18. 'American Gothic' filmed in Nova Scotia for coast of late 19th C Maine. Heavy nautical vibes.   They read from
Sarah Orne Jewett [I bet County of the Pointed Firs? - ed] for dialect inspo - some speaking parts of that pretty thick...

Friday, July 26

10E2633: Amanda Winterhalter - Gothic Americana Tunes

To quote my jazz singing sister in-law "Amanda Winterhalter. You might like her stuff too; she's working on getting her second album out." 

Also Mountain Man are playing at Seattle's Crocodile (The Croc to the locals apparently) next Tuesday.  Get tickets.

Friday, May 24

10E2632: Book Sale | Acton, MA | June 1

My volunteer gig is for a local "friends" group that has a unique function - not only granting raised money to the local town library [natch' - ed.], but also to every.single.school.library in town (there are 6 elementaries including the one in the town over), plus the jr high and high school libraries too. Pretty neat.

Just like your home town library book sale the materials sold are donated by residents - and gotta say this sale is stacked. Silly. Stocked to the gills. This is Acton (Massachusetts) not far from Walden Pond.  20 minutes from Alewife off the Concord rotary. Next Saturday. Come by.

 Hat tip to our high school volunteers who help us sort and carry all year round.

Tuesday, April 9

10E2631: Umbrella Pr0n

In the 1960s one could go to the lost and found at Kings Cross and say "I seem to have misplaced my brolly... it was a simple black affair with a bamboo handle..." and probably walk away in good shape.  Better get your initials engraved on the silver band so you don't lose yours.  Whangee is the shorthand name for the cane handled job above, a type of bamboo.

All of the above via James Smith & Sons (London). They have some amazing g'narled wood walking sticks too. Believe some/all of them may be manufactured by Fox Umbrellas in fact; handmade in England.  

Course they do a parrot headed version for the nanny too...

Friday, March 8

10E2630: Lambchop - Everything for you

Everything for you - single from new Lambchop album This (is what I wanted to tell you). 

Listen via spotify

If you didn't like FLOTUS you may not dig it as further down that road.  FLOTUS really grew on me... 

Thursday, March 7

10E2629: Shopping from the Archives | Carhartt

Contractors Clothing Company based in Michigan still exists - this was a 90s circular in safety orange no less... featuring the greatest hits from Carhartt's 93/94 era. The vinyl square logo ironed on undershirts, straight legged pants, 'western' and the hunting line.  Oof.

Saturday, March 2

10E2628: Ninth Annual Allen Smith Symposium: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education

Calling area library professionals, especially archivists...

"The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2008, following the death of Dr. Allen Smith, a beloved faculty member at SLIS [Simmons Library School] for 31 years. Smith taught primarily in the areas of reference, humanities, and oral history."   
The Encyclopedia of Shipwrecks... you know that one?  Allen Smith was my first tutor at Simmons and made a massive impression on me.  Bow tie and jeans sort of guy; farrier, sailor, motobike rider, Appalachian dulcimer cataloger, and library hero generally. "You have to be proactive. It might come as a shock to some of you, but a large part of the success of that library is your personality and the way you treat people." 100%.

The 2019 Allen Smith Symposium, "From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education," will gather SLIS faculty and area professionals to engage in discussion. Over the past decade, archival concerns have increasingly focused on social issues as records professionals recognize and confront the responsibilities and challenges of documenting a complex global and digital society.  Topics of discussion include the below - registration link here.

Early start - bring donuts...

 Friday, April 12

  • What is a professional archivist today?  
  • Is there still a clear professional identity? 
  • Are traditional archives dead?  
  • If so, what is the new archives?  
  • Is it only one stream or many?

  • Does traditional Western archival theory and practice continue to meet the record-keeping and documenting needs of an increasingly multi-cultural and digital society that honors cultural difference? 
  • How can that traditional theory and practice evolve to meet those needs, and how must archival education change? 
  • Are there options for service learning, community partnerships, and other creative learning strategies?
  • Much of archival education focuses on traditional Western theory and processes and many of our students will be working in these environments, but increasingly cultural sensitivity and an understanding of non-traditional and indigenous archival practices are essential in documenting the record-keeping practices and cultural expressions in our socially conscious environment. 
  • How do we combine the old with the new so that on the one hand, students are ready for the workplace, and on the other, they are open to a wide variety of archival options?

Saturday, February 9


LANDSMITH: Adventure and Coffee. THAT is something we can get behind. You can TOO! With this modest Kickstarter from Heather Schmidt - running coach and cofounder of the maple soaked Union Square Donuts in Somerville MA;

Heather is sharing her marathon / trail running contacts to launch an outdoorsyworkshop/ coffeeshop called Landsmith; offering educational classes and outdoor instruction on trail biking and bike travelling, trail running, and weekly group runs and rides.  Whether you are an h-core beardy fullface rockhopper, or mum & dad and 3 kids - there will be chances for all to get involved.

Hey Heather - what is Landsmith?"
Located in Malden MA, Landsmith is a cafe and outdoor adventure club; an inspiring meeting place for locals, commuters, runners, cyclists, and adventurers alike. Whether you're stopping in on the way to work or for a run on the trail, we’ll offer you great food, coffee, community and connection to the outdoors.” 

Camp mugs, stickers, tees or Forestbound bag among the Kstarter thank you gifts. Aiming for Fall 2019 open. Can't wait to see this built out! 🌲🥐☕️  Link again here.