Desert Island: The Dollop

I'm going on a trip. The internet will probably be pretty horrible, at least at first.

I've been asking everyone their Desert Island Recommendations. One of mine is The Dollop. This is how you download every episode of The Dollop with a little bit of python.

You have to install python3, requests, and beautifulsoup4. I won't help you with that, but there are a load of good resources.

import time
import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
def download(href, title, extension="mp3"):
    filename = "%s.%s" % (title, extension)
    filename = filename.replace("/", "-")
    # todo, path management
    local_filename = filename
    r = requests.get ...


Mark Equidistant Points on a Spiral

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I had a dinner date with my wife's parents. I was running ahead of schedule and I stopped at House of Shields, hoping to find a barstool where I could sit and read. 5:30. No stools. No booths. Standing room only. On to the next spot, Novella. Despite the full bar, I ordered a drink and leaned against a pillar to read. After ...


We Need You


I want you to live.

I want you to thrive.

We need you.

This is a post about fire safety with practical advice for making constant improvements.

We’re burying friends. That sucks. Grit your teeth and make some commitments so this happens less often.

Tragic situations often arise out of indifference toward dangerous situations.

We have to do better and this is a team effort.

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Sidewalk Chalk Stand

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I like the idea of encouraging people to make sidewalk chalk sketches and notes. I love sidewalk chalk games and things that make the urban environment a little more playful. I put a layer of chalkboard paint on this, but I didn't want ...


Issac Kelly