Link dump 2016/1: Modernist libraries, fiction publishing, podcasts and Noah Webster

While I keep working on the draft of my first actual blog posts, let’s see if I can also use this space to keep track of what I recently enjoyed reading:

This week, I also learned that most of American English spelling can be traced to Noah Webster. He axed the extra u’s in colour and neighbour, changed offence to offense and cheque to businesslike check. He’s the one who insisted the letter “z” be pronounced “zee” instead of “zed” (he also wanted “y” to be called “yi” and “w” to become “we”). All this, and much more, from the first chapter of Mary Norris‘ Between You & Me, which is a true delight to read1.

  1. Nonrestrictive clause

Hello world!

So this is it. After a 10-year hiatus, it looks like I’m ready to start writing on my website again. For a long time, timtom.ch has simply redirected visitors to my Flickr page, while other things, like our family blog (still private, sorry) and my notebook were only accessible to those who knew the URL to get there.

Well, hopefully this will change. I have recently felt the need for a blog of sorts again. A place to post tutorials, talk a little bit about my projects, maybe revive some of my photography, discuss random thoughts. But also maybe, just maybe, this Hello World post will remain here alone and unloved. Who knows.