Issue 008

Thursday, May 21, 2020

It's Thursday, 5/21. Thanks to the handful of folks who made me aware that I was a little to eager for the weekend, last issue, I tripled checked this one... This is the eighth issue of plus450.

A few words.

Over this last weekend I relocated my quarantine to my small hometown in Maine. The operation was a complex and long one, not free from stress, but I am glad I made it nonetheless. I'll be working remotely from here this week and soaking up some different. I just needed some different.

Before leaving, I took the plunge into some bread baking. I chose Mark Bittman's classic no-knead recipe. I was intimidated, to say the least, as I started mixing the ingredients, but quickly realized how simple, while long, the process is. My first loaf came out a little flat: a result of a pan that was too wide and not enough rising time. My second loaf was a huge improvement, see below. Give this recipe a try if you've got the flour, the time, and the curiosity. I will certainly be making more loaves once I return to the city.

I celebrated my 24th birthday over the weekend. 24 was a milestone I once viewed as a far-away, foggy aspiration—"I would surely have my life figured out by then", I probably once thought. Oh well, life does certainly hurdle quickly, and one source of solace I've found in all this is the fact that amongst the vastness of life, our little lockdown will still be a brief (yet very dire) stint. A tomato plant found its way to my socially-distanced birthday celebration with family. Yet another indicator I am no longer an adolescent: I am now a full-fledged grower of tomatoes. A new career turn that has me dreaming of one of these.

And lastly—thanks to an early birthday gift from my girlfriend, I've been reading this past week. That's right, reading! Whether it's a surprise to you or not, I've never been an avid reader — I am too easily distracted and bored by the effort of turning pages. However, I told her that if I were to jump back into reading again, it would have to be with something that really hooked me. She came through: The Stand by Steven King, a 1978 a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy about a pandemic. I'm seven chapters in and thoroughly enjoying it.

One of my lovely loaves.

Some visual stimuli.

Stamp design project by Duane Dalton.
Behance Link
A Typographic Odyssey: Magazine by John Bresciani
Behance Link
Haws Rebrand by Together Design
Dieline Link
Trois Mille by Sharp Type

A playlist.

New mix, who this? Expect some COIN, Wallows, and Maggie Rogers.
Remember to follow and save your faves!
Some words about the iconic Unknown Pleasures album cover by Peter Saville.
That's it! Thank you for scrolling and hopefully appreciating. Just hit reply if you'd like to share your thoughts or feedback. Have a great weekend—stay inside and stay hungry.

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