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Notes · · Tucson

Glitch

Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.

― Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices

Photos · · Tucson

October Plumeria

Plumeria

We've been looking for clay pot planters at yard sales because buying them new can get expensive. People at yard sales often just want to get rid of them, so they'll practically give them to you. At one recently, there were a lot of planters and a lot of succulents. We came home with some of the pots and this plumeria.

Notes · · Tucson

Christmas in October

Sooner than later all sorts of people will be up in arms about people saying Merry Christmas again. I think I'd settle for people just saying good morning to each other again.

Links · · NYT

What it means to be silent

Literature, because it is made of language, returns language to us. If we have the words, we are not silenced, although we learn, through the enforced quiet of reading, what it means to be silent. – Jeanette Winterson

Photos · · Tucson

Citrus reveal party

Citrus reveal party. We moved into a house in May with a diligent little citrus tree in the yard that looks like it’s been cut down a few times but keeps coming back. When it bloomed we compared the

Citrus reveal party. We moved into a house in May with a diligent little citrus tree in the yard that looks like it’s been cut down a few times but keeps coming back. When it bloomed we compared the flowers to those on trees at the nursery. Our best guess was that it’s a lemon tree. But we were prepared to love and squeeze and savor its fruit whatever it might be. It turns out it’s a lime tree, and to be honest that’s what we were hoping for.

Photos · · Tucson

This is what it looks like. It’s when Hiram makes blue corn tortillas for dinner quesadillas but not what it looks like when you wake up angry, from a dream that a family of four has cut in front of

This is what it looks like. It’s when Hiram makes blue corn tortillas for dinner quesadillas but not what it looks like when you wake up angry, from a dream that a family of four has cut in front of

This is what it looks like. It’s when Hiram makes blue corn tortillas for dinner quesadillas but not what it looks like when you wake up angry, from a dream that a family of four has cut in front of you in line at the Blue Willow and is ordering blueberry pancakes to go. What kind of nightmare monsters buy carry out pancakes? Good morning!

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Some Loft Cinema memories: All the not rated foreign films they let us high schoolers into in the eighties when the teeny tiny theater was in a room of that old church above the bike shop on Sixth Str

Some Loft Cinema memories: All the not rated foreign films they let us high schoolers into in the eighties when the teeny tiny theater was in a room of that old church above the bike shop on Sixth Str

Some Loft Cinema memories: All the not rated foreign films they let us high schoolers into in the eighties when the teeny tiny theater was in a room of that old church above the bike shop on Sixth Street. Sneaking Taco Salad into Taxi Zum Klo, and thinking popcorn would have been a safer pairing. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Structurally unsound dancing in the aisles to Stop Making Sense. Dennis Hopper impersonations at the urinal after Blue Velvet. Almodóvar, Almodóvar, Almodóvar, Kubrick, and wtf Jodorowsky. And so on.

Notes · · Tucson

Amanda Gris

What if the novel in you is one you yourself would never read? A beach novel, a blockbuster, a long, windy, character-driven literary drama that ends sadly? What if the one novel in you is the opposite of your idea of yourself?
― Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

Photos · · Tucson

Orange ya glad you learned to use a can opener? Half a cup evaporated milk, half a cup half-and-half, 4 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, tablespoon cocoa powder, tablespoon sugar. Combine in a double bo

Orange ya glad you learned to use a can opener? Half a cup evaporated milk, half a cup half-and-half, 4 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, tablespoon cocoa powder, tablespoon sugar. Combine in a double bo

Orange ya glad you learned to use a can opener? Half a cup evaporated milk, half a cup half-and-half, 4 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, tablespoon cocoa powder, tablespoon sugar. Combine in a double boiler over medium heat until it’s all dissolved together. Keep stirring! Let it cool a bit. Pour into molds. Poke with sticks. Freeze. Lick or bite.