The online journal of Ashur Cabrera.

As I wrote last year, neighborhood walks during the pandemic kicked off my fascination with stamps and plaques found in sidewalks.

Stopping suddenly on a walk and straddling awkwardly to grab a squared-up photo of some concrete probably looks pretty strange, and makes for a bizarre hobby, but look at these!

A bright brass seal reads 'The Hinchman-Renton Co., Denver' is set in an aging, pebbled sidewalk “Laid by F.H. Heimbecher, Denver, ‘56” is set in an all-caps serif, enclosed by a diamond

I’d been collecting photos and throwing them up on Instagram, but over the end-of-year break I decided to build a whole dang website — Written in Stone, the sidewalk website nobody asked for!

Written in Stone, a website, showing an array of photos of sidewalk stamps and plaques

Side projects are always a fun way to learn something new, but I've been wanting to add more context to my growing photo collection than Instagram will allow by connecting dots between people and places:

An individual post page on Written in Stone, showing a Rogers Concrete seal with links to nearby stamps and other stamps by Rogers

I thought building Written in Stone would just be a fun way to take my hobby way too seriously to try some new front-end development tricks. But, between us, I am sincerely touched and amazed by the response I've gotten from people since launching ☺️

P.S. If you're a sidewalk stamp enthusiast — and I've been surprised to learn there are many of us — please let me know if adding your photos to Written in Stone is something you'd be interested in...

Guide to Computing

James Ball’s Guide To Computing is a jaw-dropping photo series of vintage computers:

Screenshot of the Guide to Computing site, featuring a 1970s-era mainframe terminal on a bright orange background

“His delightful images present every dial, button and screen in exquisite detail. The computers in Guide to Computing are quaint—slow and stodgy by today’s standards—yet fascinating. They are the precursor to the machines so central to your life.”

(via Stefan Bohacek)

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