Today, we cleaned up the Boxes of Mysterious Cords and I ran across my old iBook, neatly stored. On a lark, I booted it up. The screen is broken, but I still had the RCA adaptor, which the computer used to gamely send some video over to an external monitor. The screen was much too big for the input so the text was blurred with colored edges, like I was looking back through a time machine to the year OSX10.4. I’d cleaned the files off, but it still had a Hikaru no Go desktop image, my eternal friend the MoofMenu, Quicksilver, Sherlock, and Grapher.
This is the computer that I hauled all over Japan in my messenger bag as a student and a teacher of English, so it was a nostalgic reunion, even as I now return it to a boxy slumber.
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This upcoming year will be my sixth year with a Hobonichi Techo, an exciting milestone. While I don’t write every day, there is such enjoyment in looking back and seeing the joys, small and large, over the years.
This year has been more difficult than usual with the worries of COVID around the world, the disrupting being able to see friends and families, as well as blocking much of my planned professional and academic work that relies on international travel. I have been so thankful for the resiliency and kindness of those around me. But at the same time I have been a bit intermittent about using my Hobonichi in this year of challenge.
For next year, I am excited to try starting a 5-year Hobonichi, in which there are years for each set of two facing pages. I hope that in successive years I can fill in the pages with more joys, thoughts, and plans for the future to create something that is both a tool for action and a beautiful artifact to keep.
Also, in case others are looking, I can confirm that the Hobonichi 5-Year Techo does fit in the ohayo case. The case is full when zipped but other incidentals would fit within reason. There is not much give for pasting things in but I tend toward ink and watercolor so this suits me well. Plus who can resist a little dancing fox?
Maybe a decade overdue, but this website is now responsive to screen width. On smaller widths the links now move to the top of the screen to leave the full width for the text. This should work well for a mobile experience without cutting off any functionality since the same elements are all there, just in a more convenient place.
(For any micro.blog visitors, hit up the main homepage to see the design instead of the wordpress template.)
Panel 1: (drawing of cat) Once upon a time there was a cat who liked to nom.
Panel 2: (drawing of pen end) Especially things that look like bugs moving around in the air.